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.

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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.

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

 

“a brightly shining gem of epic YA fantasy” – review of Mandigo and the Hellhounds on RisingShadow

Artwork: Alison Buck
Artwork: Alison Buck

On RisingShadow, Seregil of Rhiminee has reviewed Mandigo and the Hellhounds by Anders Reemark, the first book in the Mandigo series. Originally published in Danish this is an English translation by Nina Sokol. Seregil starts by describing this as “an epic, fast-paced and well written fantasy novel for young adult readers” although he adds that it “will also be of interest to adult readers who love entertaining fantasy novels”. Seregil observes that much recent fantasy has been in the style of George R.R. Martin’s books, which he welcomes, but does mean he’s come to miss Tolkienesque fantasy with magic, evil forces, elves and wizards; so he says that he was thrilled to read this novel because “it feels refreshing to read this kind of classic fantasy for a change”. It was a “pleasant and rewarding reading experience” because the “story was good”, the “events were satisfyingly dark and epic” and it had an “easily likeable protagonist”. He also complimented Nina Sokol on managing to convey the nuances of the original Danish story to English-speaking readers.

Seregil considers Mandigo and the Hellhounds to be “one of the best epic YA fantasy novels written during the recent years” because it has “clearly been written out of love for classic epic fantasy” and as soon as you start to read you “immediately feel at home with the story” with elements such as “young magic users” and “evil forces”. It is, he says “a brightly shining gem of epic YA fantasy”, a “a well-constructed and thrilling story about an epic battle between good and evil, family secrets and magic”.

Seregil felt the main characters were interesting and well-created, and Anders pays attention to relationships and the characters feelings for those around them, especially those who are different. He enjoyed reading about the way magic works in this novel, and the secrets of Bloodstone. He also enjoyed the impressive world-building and the fact that the world of Stormlands has a dark history. He adds that “Anders Reemark’s vision of good and evil is interesting and has a timeless quality to it. The impending threat of the Lord of Shadows added a fascinating touch of darkness and malice to the storyline.” He liked Anders’ “fluent and fast-moving prose” and a writing style that keeps the story moving fast forward. “It’s great that he effortlessly builds up tension from the intriguing prologue towards the epic ending.”

He sums up by saying that Mandigo and the Hellhounds has everything he’d expect to find in classic YA fantasy fiction, which not only appealed to him, but made him “read the story as fast as possible”, adding that on reason it is interesting is that it has “a Scandinavian feel to it. After having read several English fantasy novels, this novel felt like a breath of fresh air to me.” It is “one of the best YA fantasy novels I’ve read during the last couple of years”, it “wholly captivated me with its gradually unfolding story and dark atmosphere”.

He concludes that Mandigo and the Hellhounds is “epic YA fantasy fiction at its best and most intriguing, because it feels almost like a tribute to classic fantasy stories”.

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

 

FIRST LOOK: The cover of Reimar Breaking

Jonathan Rivalland’s exhilarating new fantasy series The Iberan War will be exploding onto our scene in August with the first book Reimar Breaking, The Prelude to the Iberan War. It’s not just the start of a fantasy series though… it’s our first vision of a universe that has been populated by Jonathan in a masterpiece of world-building.
 

Artwork: Alison Buck
Artwork: Alison Buck

Reimar is one country in the continent of Iber, on the world of Brisia. Brisia is linked to other worlds by the Helion, a portal through which the Reimarans trade. But Reimar is not alone on Iber, they are bordered by other nations many of whom covet the Helion and the prosperity it brings. There is Iln to the North and both Arn and Shar to the East, not to mention the untrustworthy Archipelagans to the south. Trouble is brewing and someone is fomenting rebellion. Welcome to the court of King Abarron du Tealdan.

You’ll need to wait until August to meet the King, his daughter Siera who is proving to be a great military commander in the making, and her older brother Ramiros who rather enjoys life at court. But to make the wait a bit more bearable – or maybe to tease you and make the wait less bearable – we can give you a first look at the book’s cover. Jonathan’s world-building included a map, of course, identifying the various countries, cities and significant topographical features. As Jonathan himself says: “Fantasy titles with lots of locations but no map somewhat irk me – I want to know!” So it was clear that his map should be included in the book, and Jonathan’s draft map has been fully realised by our multi-talented artist Alison Buck. It can be seen in all its glory here on our series page and on Jonathan’s own website The Fourth World where much riveting background material can also be found.

Once the map was completed we set about discussing the best cover for the book – one suggestion was a shield to suggest the military aspects (although the word ‘War’ in the subtitle is probably an even bigger clue!) – but having seen the map, Jonathan commented “if I see a book with a huge map cover I’m thinking there’ll be depth to this one.” We agreed that the map would be the perfect background for the cover of the book. I hope you think so too.

Jonathan’s immediate reaction was “This cover looks fantastic”. Phew!

Reimar Breaking, The Prelude to the Iberan War will be available as an eBook from the 19th August and in paperback in November (just in time for Novacon!)

 

“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.

 

Seattle author Jonathan Rivalland signs epic fantasy series to UK publisher

One sudden shocking event is all it takes to disrupt the delicate interplay of politics, commerce and power that has been at the heart of the nation of Reimar. But is a continent-wide war inevitable?

DARTFORD, KENT – 29 April 2016 – Elsewhen Press, an independent UK publisher specialising in Speculative Fiction, is delighted to announce that author Jonathan Rivalland has signed a deal to publish his debut novel, Reimar Breaking, the prelude to The Iberan War series in his Fourth World universe.

Of all the known worlds, of all their nations and all their peoples, there is little rarer than the Helions. Each of these ancient structures is a vast, freestanding portal to other worlds; made by an unknown hand long before humanity arose. Those who control one can claim vast wealth by means of trade and movement through these portals. And on the world of Brisia, it is controlled by the nation of Reimar.

Through both scheming and conflict, Reimar won out against its competitors to claim the territory in which the Helion stands. But Reimar’s rivals do not sit idle, and should widespread conflict break out between the more powerful nations, even the smaller countries have grudges to settle.

Reimar’s wealth and prestige flows from trade, especially cross-world trade through the Helion. But there are signs of an imminent rebellion, especially among the younger members of more distant noble houses, and some rival nations are eager to take advantage of any internal distractions. Princess Siera du Tealdan has shown herself to be a strong and innovative military commander, while her older brother Ramiros enjoys life at the court of their father King Abarron du Tealdan.

When the situation in Reimar takes a shocking turn for the worse, Siera’s military expertise is desperately needed. With no mercenaries available for hire, Siera must pull off a miracle. Having only one skyship armed with ballistae and an under-strength Royal Guard, she must fend off the rebellion, while at the same time dealing with Reimar’s old enemy Iln, that has declared an opportunistic war in order to raid and pillage across the border. If the rebels gain control of the Helion, the kingdom will suffocate.

Peter Buck, Editorial Director at Elsewhen Press said “Jonathan has built his universe with precision, dedication and perhaps even a little obsession. He knows what has happened over thousands of years, and what is yet to come. He has a wealth of stories to tell within this universe and has chosen to start with the Iberan War. Reimar Breaking is the prelude to that war and quickly and effortlessly draws the reader straight into this intricate world where one sudden shocking event is all that it takes to disrupt the delicate interplay of politics, commerce and power that has been at the heart of the nation of Reimar. In a world where warfare still relies on greatbows, and a sailing ship can be capable of flight through enchantment, the strength, cunning and determination of a commander can determine the fate of a nation.”

Reimar Breaking will be published later this year by Elsewhen Press in both digital and print editions.

Notes for Editors

About Jonathan Rivalland

Jonathan RivallandA sharp dislike of anything to do with the outside has greatly complemented Jonathan Rivalland’s intense desire to write novels and stories. Having finished his first book he is eagerly moving forward on to the other dozen or so titles that all deserve their turn (ability to complete them all in a standard lifetime notwithstanding). After incidentally being from South Africa, graduating university with majors in History and Psychology, moving to South Korea to teach ESL (and staying for four years), he moved to the US, where he primarily spends his time either writing or thinking about writing.

Reimar Breaking is both the beginning of a series (The Iberan War) as well as the first of a variety of titles, set in the same universe (The Fourth World), concerning an array of characters, locations, and events. None of these have any reliable completion dates because the author is vigorously allergic to deadlines.

 

Gold Award for Bookworm confirms Christopher Nuttall as star of indie fiction

Wishing Shelf Independent Book Awards present Gold Award for Adult Fiction for 2013 to epic fantasy novel from best-selling science fiction and fantasy author, Christopher Nuttall

DARTFORD, KENT – 28 April 2014 – Elsewhen Press, an independent UK publisher specialising in Speculative Fiction, is delighted to congratulate Christopher Nuttall for winning the Gold award in the Adult Fiction category of the 2013 Wishing Shelf Independent Book Awards for his epic fantasy novel and Amazon best-seller, Bookworm. The winners of the awards were announced at AuthorConUK in Manchester on Saturday afternoon (26 April 2014).

Bookworm is a high fantasy novel in which the main protagonist, Elaine, an inexperienced witch in Golden City, has her life turned upside down when she triggers a magical trap hidden within a book. All the knowledge of magic in the Great Library becomes crammed inside her head, making her the Bookworm of the title. Avoiding the Inquisition she tries to understand what has happened to her. But she is a pawn in the dark plans of one who wants the Grand Sorcerer’s power.

A review on Risingshadow described Bookworm as “fluently written escapism” and said that Nuttall has “woven an exciting and entertaining story of secrets, dark history, books, werewolves and magic, and knows how to keep the story on the move.”

Bookworm was published in January 2013 by Elsewhen Press and became a best-seller almost overnight in the US, UK, Germany and elsewhere. In June 2013 it was announced that the German translation rights to Bookworm had been acquired by RandomHouse Germany for publication under their Blanvalet imprint in 2015.

Bookworm was the first in the Bookworm series. The second in the series, Bookworm II: The Very Ugly Duckling, was published by Elsewhen Press in January 2014 and it too was an immediate best-seller. The next in the series, Bookworm III: The Best Laid Plans, is planned for early 2015.

About Christopher Nuttall

Christopher Nuttall has been planning sci-fi books since he learned 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. Bookworm was his second fantasy novel to be published by Elsewhen Press, who have so far published six of his novels. Chris is currently ranked in the top 100 most popular authors on Amazon and is consistently one of the two most popular science fiction and fantasy authors on Amazon.

About Bookworm

Bookworm cover image
Artwork: Alison Buck
Library photograph: zens/shutterstock.com

Elaine is an inexperienced witch in the Golden City. Her life turns upside down when she triggers a magical trap and ends up with all the knowledge in the Great Library stuffed inside her head. This unwanted gift doesn’t give her greater power, but it does allow her to accomplish far more with her weaker powers than she previously could. If the senior wizards find out what has happened to her, they will almost certainly have her killed. Elaine is forced to struggle with the terrors and temptations of her newfound knowledge while trying to stay out of sight of the Inquisition. But a powerful and mysterious figure is drawing up a plan to take the power of the Grand Sorcerer for himself; and Elaine, unknowingly, is nothing more than a pawn in his plans. She must unlock the mysteries behind her new knowledge, a plan that threatens the entire world… and her own origins.

 

Bookworm announced as a finalist in Independent Book Awards

Bookworm cover image
Artwork: Alison Buck
Library photograph: zens/shutterstock.com

The Wishing Shelf Independent Book Awards have just announced the 2013 finalists. In the category of fiction for Adults, the twelve finalists include our very own Bookworm by Christopher Nuttall.

The GOLD, SILVER and BRONZE winners, picked from the finalists, will be announced in April at AuthorCon.

You can see the full list of finalists and read more about the Wishing Shelf awards here

 

Eagerly-awaited Bookworm II available from today

Bookworm II – The Very Ugly Duckling cover imageFollowing the success of Christopher Nuttall’s bestselling high fantasy novel Bookworm at the start of 2013, the next book in the series Bookworm II: The Very Ugly Duckling is now available in digital formats. If you thought Elaine would be stuck in the library forever, you were SO wrong!

In the wake of the disastrous attack on the Golden City, Lady Light Spinner has become Grand Sorceress and Elaine, the Bookworm, has been settling into her positions as Head Librarian and Privy Councillor. But any hope of vanishing into her books is negated when a new magician of staggering power appears, one whose abilities seem to defy the known laws of magic…

Read more about Bookworm II: The Very Ugly Duckling here.

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