Much-anticipated new epic fantasy from award-winning bestselling author Christopher Nuttall

Master story-teller Christopher Nuttall weaves a new epic fantasy series. Five years after the earth-shattering events at the end of his Bookworm series, the Golden City has fallen, the Empire is no more, and ancient magic threatens the land.

DARTFORD, KENT – 02 February 2018 – Elsewhen Press, an independent UK publisher specialising in Speculative Fiction, is delighted to announce the publication of The Promised Lie the first book in a new epic fantasy series, The Unwritten Words, by Christopher Nuttall set in the world of his bestselling Bookworm series.

Cover artwork by Alison Buck
Cover artwork by Alison Buck

Christopher Nuttall, one of the most popular science fiction and fantasy authors on Amazon, is an accomplished writer of epic fantasy. His bestselling, and award-winning, Bookworm series has achieved worldwide success as ebooks, paperbacks and, more recently, as unabridged audiobooks from Tantor Media. The first book was published by Elsewhen Press in 2013 and the final, fourth, book in the series was published in 2015. Since then fans have been clamouring for more stories set in the same world. Now, in 2018, Christopher has obliged with a new series that begins five years after the events at the end of the original series. Shifting focus away from the Golden City and the powerful magical families who lived there, The Unwritten Words looks to what is happening in the other kingdoms that are suddenly no longer in thrall to the Empire. The few sorcerors who are left have no authority, so land grabs and power plays rely on might rather than magic. Which means that anyone who can wield magic has an immediate advantage.

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Bookworm audiobook now available

The Bookworm series by Christopher Nuttall, is being released in unabridged audiobook format this summer by Tantor Media, narrated by Zehra Jane Naqvi.

Bookworm, the first book in the series, is now available to buy as a downloadable audiobook from Apple iTunes and Audible. The rest of the series will follow over the coming weeks.

 

Christopher Nuttall’s bestselling fantasy Bookworm series to be released as unabridged audiobooks

The Bookworm series will become the first Elsewhen Press titles available on audiobook, in transatlantic deal announced with Tantor Media Inc.

DARTFORD, KENT – 03 April 2017 – Elsewhen Press, an independent UK publisher specialising in Speculative Fiction, is delighted to announce the signing of a deal with Tantor Media Inc. for the unabridged audiobook rights to Christopher Nuttall’s bestselling Bookworm series.

Bookworm cover image   Bookworm II – The Very Ugly Duckling cover image   Artwork: Alison Buck Library photograph: zens/shutterstock.com skull: leonello calvetti/shutterstock.com   Artwork: Alison Buck

Bookworm is an Epic Fantasy series that follows Elaine, an orphan with limited magical talent working as a librarian in the Great Library in Golden City. Her life changes when she triggers a magical trap and ends up with all the knowledge from the library – including forbidden magic that no one is supposed to know – stuffed inside her head. If the senior wizards find out what has happened to her, they will almost certainly have her killed. The knowledge that was locked away was meant to remain permanently sealed and letting it out could mean a repeat of the catastrophic Necromantic Wars of five hundred years earlier. Elaine struggles with the terrors and temptations of her newfound knowledge, while trying to stay out of sight of those she fears, embodied by the sinister Inquisitor Dread. Meanwhile, a darkly powerful figure has been drawing up a plan to take the power of the Grand Sorcerer for himself; and Elaine, unknowingly, is vital to his scheme. Through the four books in the series, Elaine grows in self-awareness and resolve as she tries to unlock the mysteries behind her new knowledge, divine the unfolding plan, discover the truth about her own origins and stop the evil that threatens those she loves, Golden City, and her entire world.

Peter Buck, editorial director of Elsewhen Press said “This is the first time any of our titles will have been released as an audiobook. We are thrilled to begin with Christopher Nuttall’s fantastic Bookworm series and hope this is the start of a long relationship with Tantor.”

Scott Smith, who acquired the Bookworm series for Tantor Media, said “Christopher is one of the top Fantasy and Science Fiction authors out there right now so we’re beyond excited to be working with him and Elsewhen Press in getting the Bookworm series published in audio.”

“We’re thrilled to be entering into this new partnership with Elsewhen Press,” said Ron Formica, director of acquisitions for Tantor Media. “Tantor has a strong catalog of fantasy and science fiction audiobooks, and adding an author of Christopher’s caliber is very exciting for us.”

Book one in the Bookworm series is expected to release in audio in June 2017 and will be available through major retailers, the rest of the series will release throughout 2017.

Notes for Editors

About Christopher Nuttall

Christopher NuttallChristopher Nuttall has been planning sci-fi books since he learnt to read. Born and raised in Edinburgh, Chris created an alternate history website and eventually graduated to writing full-sized novels. Studying history independently allowed him to develop worlds that hung together and provided a base for storytelling. After graduating from university, Chris started writing full-time. As an indie author, he has self-published a large number of novels. The Royal Sorceress was the first of his novels to be published by Elsewhen Press, quickly followed by Bookworm. Both launched successful series. Elsewhen Press has now published eleven titles by Chris. Chris is currently living in Edinburgh with his wife, muse, and critic Aisha and their son.

visit http://bit.ly/Bookworm-Series

About Tantor, A Division of Recorded Books

Located in Old Saybrook, Connecticut, Tantor Media, a division of Recorded Books, is a leading publisher of thousands of bestselling and award-winning unabridged audiobooks. Tantor audiobooks are available through all major distributors in the retail and library markets, digitally and in CD format. Tantor’s parent company, Recorded Books, is the largest independent publisher of unabridged audiobooks in the world, with operations in the US, UK, and Australia.

visit https://tantor.com

Tantor Media contact: Cassandra McNeil +1 877-782-6867 x57 cmcneil@tantor.com

 

“one of the best novels of its kind” – review of Bookworm IV: Full Circle on Risingshadow

Artwork: Alison Buck
Artwork: Alison Buck

Seregil of Rhiminee has reviewed Christopher Nuttall’s fourth and final book in the Bookworm series, Bookworm IV: Full Circle, on the Risingshadow website. Describing it as “fluently written fantasy entertainment at its best” he starts by saying that “Christopher Nuttall is one of the few authors who write consistently good entertainment”, writing fascinating and “captivating stories filled with interesting characters, good ideas and plot twists”.

After describing the characters and the basic premise of the “fast-paced” story, Seregil comments that along with “intriguing characters, the author’s detailed descriptions about magic are the heart and soul of this novel, because he writes fascinatingly about magic and how it is being used in the world.” As the final book in the Bookworm series, Seregil says, this is “an action-filled and highly entertaining novel that brings Elaine’s story to a satisfying conclusion”. He adds, “Now that I’ve read all of the novels in this series, I can say that it’s been a pleasure to read the whole story. The author has created a wonderfully large story arc that has allowed him to develop his characters and has given him an opportunity to let them mature as persons. I have to admit that it’s a bit sad to say goodbye to Elaine and her companions, because it’s been fun to read about them and their deeds, but all good things must come to an end. It’s nice that the ending is satisfying and leaves room for possible future exploration of the fantasy world.”

Seregil’s conclusion is that for readers who enjoy fantasy, Bookworm IV: Full Circle “will provide fascinating entertainment”, going on to say that “It’s one of the best novels of its kind, because it features plenty of action, magic and plot twists”. He finishes by saying that “you can’t go wrong by reading this novel and its predecessors”.

You can read Seregil’s full review on Risingshadow here.

 

The Bookworm and the Angry Man: Deconstructing Elaine and Johan

Artwork: Alison Buck
Artwork: Alison Buck

Hot on the heels of the publication of Bookworm IV: Full Circle, Christopher Nuttall has written an interesting post on his blog The Chrishanger entitled “The Bookworm and the Angry Man: Deconstructing Elaine and Johan”. In it he analyses Elaine and Johan, the two main characters in the Bookworm series. It is well worth reading but includes spoilers, so if you haven’t read the whole series yet (why not?) it might be better to bookmark it and read it later 😉

You can read it on his blog here.

 

Bookworm IV: Full Circle – final instalment of Christopher Nuttall’s best-selling fantasy series

In the fourth and final book of the internationally popular Bookworm epic fantasy series, a new Emperor has arisen and the Empire is collapsing into chaos. Elaine and her surviving friends head for Ida in the hope of confronting the Witch-King.

DARTFORD, KENT – 02 October 2015 – Elsewhen Press, an independent UK publisher specialising in Speculative Fiction, is delighted to announce the publication of Bookworm IV: Full Circle, the fourth and final book in the best-selling Bookworm series by Christopher Nuttall.

Artwork: Alison Buck
Artwork: Alison Buck

The first book in the series, Bookworm, was published by Elsewhen Press in 2013 becoming a best-seller almost overnight. It won the Gold Award for Adult Fiction in the 2013 Wishing Shelf Independent Book Awards and the German translation rights were acquired by Random House and published in January 2015 under their Blanvalet imprint (as Die Bibliothek der Schwarzen Magie 1 – Die Wissende). The next two titles in the series were also immediate bestsellers, reaching the top 10 in Fantasy in various countries. Bookworm IV is already high in the charts based on pre-orders alone.

The series takes place in a rich world with a magical elite who wield political power in the Golden City, the greatest city on the planet and capital of a Great Empire. Elsewhere, an old aristocracy control a variety of kingdoms in an ever- changing web of alliances and intrigue; those without their own magic ever keen to attract sorcerers to their court. Wars in centuries past unleashed magical power, not all of which has been controlled or contained. Throughout the lands, the Inquisitors from the Empire keep a watchful eye on the use of magic, helping the Grand Sorcerer maintain a fragile peace.

We entered this world in the first book where we met Elaine, an orphan with limited magical talent, enough to ensure a magical training but very inexperienced and lucky to get a position working in the Great Library. Her life changed dramatically when she triggered a magical trap and ended up with all the knowledge from the library – including forbidden magic that no one is supposed to know – stuffed inside her head. This unwanted gift didn’t give her greater power, but it did give her a better understanding of magic, allowing her to accomplish far more than ever before.

As the series has progressed, Elaine has come to understand her true heritage and the identity of the old evil behind the unexpected changes being wrought throughout the Empire: the Witch-King who is pulling all the strings from his tomb as he prepares to rise again. In this final book, Elaine and her loyal friends race towards Ida determined to try to stop him before he destroys the whole world.

Bookworm IV: Full Circle is available from today on all popular eBook platforms. It will be out in paperback in November 2015.

Notes for Editors

About Christopher Nuttall

Christopher NuttallChristopher Nuttall has been planning sci-fi books since he learnt to read. Born and raised in Edinburgh, Chris created an alternate history website and eventually graduated to writing full-sized novels. Studying history independently allowed him to develop worlds that hung together and provided a base for storytelling. After graduating from university, Chris started writing full-time. As an indie author he has self-published a number of novels, but this is his eighth fantasy to be published by Elsewhen Press. The fourth and final instalment in the bestselling Bookworm series, Bookworm IV: Full Circle concludes Elaine’s story. Chris is currently living in Edinburgh with his wife, muse, and critic Aisha and their son.

 

REVEALED – The cover of Bookworm IV: Full Circle

For all the fans of Christopher Nuttall’s bestselling fantasy Bookworm series, the revelation at the end of Bookworm III: The Best Laid Plans, when it was released in February, that the series would conclude with Book IV was both happy and sad: on the one hand there was the pleasure of looking forward to the final dénouement and hopefully a show down between Elaine and the Witch-King, while on the other hand there was the disappointment that the end to such a fantastic series was in sight. Those fans won’t have to wait much longer to experience that exquisite mix of pain and pleasure because Bookworm IV: Full Circle will be published as an eBook in October and in paperback in November. Still can’t wait? Well at least we can now reveal the cover of the book, which raises all sorts of questions on its own…

Artwork: Alison Buck
Artwork: Alison Buck

“perfect entertainment” – review of Bookworm III: The Best Laid Plans on Risingshadow

On the Risingshadow.net website, Seregil of Rhiminee has reviewed Bookworm III: The Best Laid Plans, the third volume in the Bookworm series by Christopher Nuttall. He admits in his introduction that he was “eager to read this novel” because he had enjoyed the first two volumes in the series. He wasn’t disappointed, as he says he found it be a “worthy sequel to Bookworm and Bookworm II: The Very Ugly Duckling” and indeed “even better” than them. He says he was “immediately hooked by the story” and “couldn’t stop reading it, because it was absorbing escapism”.

If you’ve read any of Seregil’s reviews before, you will know that they are always thoughtful, detailed and insightful. His review of Bookworm III is no exception. I’ll try to summarise some of Seregil’s main comments, but you should read the full review yourself.

Artwork: Alison Buck Library photograph: zens/shutterstock.com skull: leonello calvetti/shutterstock.com
Artwork: Alison Buck
Library photograph: zens/shutterstock.com
skull: leonello calvetti/shutterstock.com

Seregil starts by saying that the book is “a well written novel about magic, control, power and family ties in the Golden City. This novel is so entertaining that it will capture the reader’s imagination immediately when he/she begins to read the story”. He goes on to say that the Bookworm series is “one of the most entertaining fantasy series written for fantasy readers who want to read good escapism. Perhaps the most important reason why this fantasy series is such an entertaining series is that Christopher Nuttall has created an interesting and easily likeable protagonist, Elaine. He writes fluently about Elaine, her problems and her adventures. He has also managed to create an interesting fantasy world with a dark and violent past.” He adds that this book is “a perfect novel for readers who are looking for a fast-paced, entertaining and fluently written novel that has plenty of magic (it’s one of the best novels of its kind)”.

Seregil continues by describing how believable he finds Christopher Nuttall’s writing. This is demonstrated by: how he handles relationships, especially that between Elaine and Johan, and Johan’s attraction to the werewolf Daria; the changes in the Conidian family following Johan’s actions in Bookworm II, how Charity is struggling to be the head of the family and has to cope with the sudden arrival of an Emperor and then losing control to him through the oath she is forced to swear; and changes in Golden City, the already damaged social order made worse by the new Emperor and his imposition of martial law. One of the “best scenes in this book”, says Seregil, is when Elaine meets Vlad Deferens, the Emperor. Elaine’s defiance frustrates the Emperor who needs her compliance to use all the forbidden knowledge in her head.

“One of the best things about this novel and the whole series” says Seregil, “is that Christopher Nuttall writes fascinatingly about magic, its possibilities and its limitations” including how “seductive and dangerous magic can be” if used in the wrong way and how “terrifying things could be if somebody were to use forbidden knowledge to do bad things”. Seregil says that he fund it “captivating” that Christopher also writes about the theoretical aspects of the magic, which “added quite a lot of depth to the storyline”.

The Bookworm series story will conclude in the next (fourth) volume, and Seregil says he looks “forward to reading it, because it’ll be fun to find out how the author concludes the story and what happens to the characters”.

Seregil concludes by saying that he’s “amazed at Christopher Nuttall’s ability to write good and easily likeable entertainment, because he seems to be one of the few fantasy authors who are capable of writing fluent escapism that appeals to many readers. I consider him to be one of the best authors of entertaining epic fantasy, because it’s easy to like his novels.” He adds that this book is “perfect entertainment for readers who have enjoyed reading the previous novels in the Bookworm series” and recommends the Bookworm series to fans of Christopher’s books as well as those who are new to his work “because they’re wonderful light-hearted escapism with interesting characters”.

You can read Seregil’s full review on Risingshadow here.

 

The third book in Christopher Nuttall’s bestselling Bookworm fantasy series is published today

Bookworm III – The Best Laid Plans is already high in the bestseller charts from pre-orders alone.

DARTFORD, KENT – 13 February 2015 – Elsewhen Press, an independent UK publisher specialising in Speculative Fiction, is delighted to announce the publication today of Bookworm III – The Best Laid Plans, the third book in the bestselling Bookworm series by Christopher Nuttall. The first book in the series won the Gold Award for Adult Fiction in the 2013 Wishing Shelf Independent Book Awards and the German translation rights were acquired by Random House for publication in January 2015 under their Blanvalet imprint (with the title Die Bibliothek der Schwarzen Magie 1 – Die Wissende).

Artwork: Alison Buck Library photograph: zens/shutterstock.com skull: leonello calvetti/shutterstock.com
Artwork: Alison Buck
Library photograph: zens/shutterstock.com
skull: leonello calvetti/shutterstock.com

Bookworm III – The Best Laid Plans, available to pre-order as an eBook since the beginning of February, has already reached the top 20 in the Amazon Fantasy and Action & Adventure bestseller charts in North America, Australia, the UK and Europe, (top 10 in Australia and Germany).

The story follows straight on from Bookworm II – The Very Ugly Duckling, with Elaine and Johan intent on tracking down the Witch-King. But as they are preparing to leave Golden City, with Daria and Cass, Elaine is arrested by two Inquisitors on the orders of a new ‘Emperor’. She resists and is hit with a powerful spell that forces her to concentrate all her effort on protecting her mind from its intrusion. Taken to the palace she finds that the Grand Sorceress has been removed and the Throne has accepted an heir to the Empire. Realising this has to be the work of the Witch-King, Elaine must defeat the spell that is eating away at her defences if she is to escape and destroy him. Meanwhile, Johan, Daria and Cass are trying to find a way to get to Elaine and break her out of the cell in which she is being held. The Golden City is still widely devastated from the disastrous battle for power that followed the death of the previous Grand Sorcerer. The recent escalating breakdown of social order can only be made worse by an Emperor who imposes martial law while building a huge army. The Privy Councillors and Heads of the Great Houses succumb to the power of the new Emperor. It is up to Elaine and her friends, with some unexpected help, to prevent an all-out war.

Bookworm III – The Best Laid Plans is published in digital editions today by Elsewhen Press and will be published in a print edition at Easter 2015.

Notes for Editors

About Christopher Nuttall

Christopher NuttallChristopher Nuttall has been planning sci-fi books since he learnt to read. Born and raised in Edinburgh, Chris created an alternate history website and eventually graduated to writing full-sized novels. Studying history independently allowed him to develop worlds that hung together and provided a base for storytelling. After graduating from university, Chris started writing full-time. As an indie author he has self-published a number of novels, but this is his seventh fantasy to be published by Elsewhen Press. The third instalment in the bestselling Bookworm series, Bookworm III: The Best Laid Plans continues Elaine’s story. Chris is currently living in Edinburgh with his wife, muse, and critic Aisha and their son.

 

“fantastic escapism” – review of Bookworm II: The Very Ugly Duckling on Risingshadow

Bookworm II – The Very Ugly Duckling cover image
Artwork: Alison Buck
Library photograph: zens/shutterstock.com

In his review last year of Bookworm by Christopher Nuttall, Seregil of Rhiminee wrote that it was “Excellent escapism” (remind yourself about his review here).

Today, in his review on Risingshadow of the second in the Bookworm series, Bookworm II: The Very Ugly Duckling, he describes Christopher as an author of “fantastic escapism” and The Very Ugly Duckling as an excellent example.

As usual, Seregil has written an extensive review and I can’t really do justice to it by picking out only a handful of passages… but I’ll try! He starts by saying that because he “enjoyed reading Bookworm, I was eager to read The Very Ugly Duckling. I liked this novel very much, because it was good escapism and the author had come up with an interesting story”, a story which, he says, “captured my attention immediately when I began to read it and I found myself reading it as fast as possible, because the story flowed effortlessly from start to finish.”

He highlights some of the aspects of the book that illustrate how well Christopher writes “about the difficult relationships between the characters”, and “about all things magical” which he says “seems to be easy for Christopher Nuttall. He’s one of those authors who write fluently about magic and how it is used in different ways. His descriptions of magic and magical abilities are entertaining and also amusing.” He also says it “was captivating to read how Johan reacted to his new powers” and feels that Christopher “explores power and what kind of an effect it has on the characters in an interesting way”, going on to say that he “writes surprisingly fluently about the addictive power of magic and what it can do to careless users who let themselves be seduced by it.” [A warning to us all?]

He picks out certain events in the story that appealed to him, in particular “the scene in which Johan confronts his family after he has gained magical powers is a great and unforgettable scene.”

As Bookworm II: The Very Ugly Duckling is available from tomorrow in paperback, now would be a good time to read Seregil’s review here. Then go and buy the book!