Blackdog … and White Dog

Three rousing cheers, champagne and fireworks … okay, cheese and crackers, not fireworks. Might frighten the neighbours. My author copies of Blackdog have arrived.

Blackdog and the White Dog

There’s nothing quite like that first moment of opening a box and viewing those shiny copies of the New Book, and this new book was particularly grand. You’d think, having done this nineteen times, by the twentieth one might be a bit blasé about it, but it’s not like that at all. This was as exciting as viewing a shiny stack of Torrie and the Dragons way back when, except, in some ways, even more thrilling because Blackdog is such a gloriously fat book. Not, perhaps, quite an Empress of Blandings of a book; I think the silver medal in the fat books class at the Shropshire Agricultural Show would be bound to go to Erikson, but still, at 547 pages Blackdog is respectably hefty in the hand. And Raymond Swanland’s cover is something I’d love to hang on my wall. I also had a great editor at Pyr in Lou Anders, a pleasure to work with, and that adds to the general air of jubilation — the book is everything I wanted it to be. It’s available now in the US, a bit ahead of its originally-scheduled release date, and should be shipping soon up here north of the border.


About K.V. Johansen

The author of Blackdog, The Leopard, The Lady, and Gods of Nabban, epic fantasies from Pyr, I also write for teens and children, including the "Torrie", "Warlocks of Talverdin", and "Cassandra Virus" series, and the "Pippin and Mabel" picture books, as well as a couple of short story collections and two works of adult literary criticism on the history of children's fantasy literature. I have a Master's degree in Mediaeval Studies, and read a lot of fantasy, science fiction, and history. Blog at
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2 Responses to Blackdog … and White Dog

  1. Nick Sharps says:

    The cover is what hooked me into buying this book but I got it two days ago and I just can’t put it down. Blackdog is a truly awesome tale 🙂

  2. KV Johansen says:

    Thanks, Nick! That’s given me a great start to my day.

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