18/01/2008. Contributed by Jessica Martin
UK scifi publisher Solaris has just acquired the novel Lord of Silence from British fantasy novelist Mark Chadbourn.
The Lord of Silence is a new epic fantasy novel. When the great hero of the city of Idriss is murdered, Vidar, the Lord of Silence, must take his place as chief defender against the mysterious terrors lurking in the dense forest beyond the city’s walls.
But Vidar is a man tormented—by a lost memory and a vampiric jewel that demands the life energy of others.
Now, with a killer loose within Idriss, and the threat from without mounting, Vidar must solve a three thousand year-old religious mystery to unlock the terrifying secrets of his own past.
A two-time winner of the British Fantasy Award, Mark Chadbourn is the author of eleven novels and one non-fiction book. A former journalist, he is now a screenwriter for BBC television drama.
His other jobs have included running an independent record company, managing rock bands, working on a production line, and as an engineer’s “mate”. The lucky git lives in a forest in the English Midlands.
Mark Chadbourn told SFcrowsnest.com, “After several years writing my own particular and peculiar brand of urban fantasy, I wanted to try something completely different. The Lord of Silence is me cutting loose and experimenting way out of my comfort zone—a completely new world, new characters, a twisted take on magic, and a mystery that spans several thousand years. It’s a sword and sorcery, noir, puzzle-cracking, romance, serial killer, adventure-mystery. With mad, dancing magicians.”
Publisher Marc Gascoigne added, “It’s always been puzzling to me why a writer of Mark’s immense talent, and with such a huge British fanbase, has rarely been offered the opportunity to release his books in the US. It’s time to remedy that, with the best book of his career so far.” The Lord of Silence will be released in 2009 in the US and UK.
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