March 9

Next update March 23

Big news – we’re taking Children of Fire pre-orders now!

We still haven’t locked down the cover (though we’re getting close), but Amazon and Barnes & Noble are already taking pre-orders. (It’s already listed for Kindle, too.)

For those of you who don’t know, Children of Fire is the first book in my original fantasy trilogy. Right now, the trilogy is also called Children of Fire, which could get confusing since it’s also the name of the first book, but it worked for The Hunger Games, so I’m just going to leave it for now.

Most readers know me from my sci-fi books (or science fantasy in the case of Star Wars). But my first love has always been classic fantasy, and I’m thrilled to be able to return to it in a world totally of my own creation. I’ve updated my NOVELS page with a little more info about the book, but for those of you too busy (lazy?) to click on the links, here is the official publisher’s synopsis from the Random House website:

Drew Karpyshyn has made his mark with imaginative, action-packed work on several acclaimed videogames, including Mass Effect and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, as well as in a succession of New York Times bestselling tie-in novels. Now Karpyshyn introduces a brilliantly innovative epic fantasy of perilous quests, tormented heroes, and darkest sorcery—a thrilling adventure that vaults him into the company of such authors as Terry Goodkind, Brandon Sanderson, and Peter V. Brett.
 
Long ago the gods chose a great hero to act as their agent in the mortal world and to stand against the demonic spawn of Chaos. The gods gifted their champion, Daemron, with three magical Talismans: a sword, a ring, and a crown. But the awesome power at his command corrupted Daemron, turning him from savior to destroyer. Filled with pride, he dared to challenge the gods themselves. Siding with the Chaos spawn, Daemron waged a titanic battle against the Immortals. In the end, Daemron was defeated, the Talismans were lost, and Chaos was sealed off behind the Legacy—a magical barrier the gods sacrificed themselves to create.
 
Now the Legacy is fading. On the other side, the banished Daemron stirs. And across the scattered corners of the land, four children are born of suffering and strife, each touched by one aspect of Daemron himself—wizard, warrior, prophet, king.
 
Bound by a connection deeper than blood, the Children of Fire will either restore the Legacy or bring it crashing down, freeing Daemron to wreak his vengeance upon the mortal world.

 

As we get closer to the release, I’m going to start doing more things to promote Children of Fire. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m targeting both GenCon in Indy and DragonCon in Atlanta this year. I’ve also joined Goodreads, though I’m still feeling my way around the site. I’ll probably do a couple giveaways or chats through it once I get more familiar with it, but for now you can go there to see my ratings for many of the books I’ve read – it should give you a feel for the kinds of things I like (and sometimes don’t like). I’m also trying to set up an Ask Me Anything on the Star Wars EU sub-Redditt  - I’ll be posting details on my Twitter account once this is a go.

Okay, one last thing before I go. We’re still taking sign-ups for the Lifelong Friends Charity Golf Tournament. If you live in the Austin area and you’re a golfer (or just an animal lover), I really hope you can come by on Wednesday, March 27th to help out a great cause.

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