I’m pleased to announce that I’ve sold two more Egil and Nix novels, A Conversation in Blood and Ass Kicking Sword and Sorcery IV: This Time it’s Personal (not the actual title; but really, shouldn’t it be?) to Del Rey. Here’s the link to the announcement. As you can see, I’ll be working with the most excellent Frank Parisi, with whom I’ve had several gun duels and two whiskey-drinking contests. Oh, and he also edited my Old Republic Star Wars novel, Deceived.
The first two Egil and Nix novels, The Hammer and the Blade and A Discourse in Steel, were very well-received, both commercially and by critics. Hell, Library Journal was kind enough to say that “Kemp delivers sword and sorcery at its rollicking best, after the fashion of Fritz Leiber’s Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser.”
Anyway, I plan to continue just so with A Conversation in Blood and AKS&S IV:TTIP.
As I’ve mentioned before, I try to write the Egil and Nix novels the same way a lot of classic sword and sorcery was written — each book might reference the events from previous books, but each novel is a standalone. A reader can jump into the series anywhere along the way.
So, if you haven’t yet read The Hammer and the Blade and A Discourse in Steel, I hope you’ll consider it. And for those of you who’ve been reading right along with the Boys from Dur Follin, I can’t wait to spring A Conversation in Blood on you.
Oh, and also too: Huzzah!