As you might have heard, late last year the publisher of Gods of the Caravan Road, Pyr, was sold by its parent publisher, Prometheus, to another company called Start. This also meant that the distribution switched from Penguin Random House to Simon and Schuster. Unfortunately, during the changeover in distribution, there was a glitch. Most of the ensuing problems were rapidly sorted out, but it seems that some pre-orders for four [update: five! I missed one …] forthcoming Pyr books, including The Last Road, Book Five of Gods of the Caravan Road, were wiped out, and those who had pre-ordered the books from some online retailers received an email saying the books had been cancelled. Not the case! However, if you had pre-ordered The Last Road, or the new Pyr books coming from K.D. Edwards, Richard A. Knaak, Tracy Townsend, and David Walton, you might want to check your account and make sure that your order still exists.
In case you did lose your pre-order of The Last Road, or hadn’t pre-ordered yet, and because you might want to check out some other new Pyr titles, here are the
four five books that were hit by this, with links to various purchasing options in Canada, the UK, and the US. You’d be doing us all a favour if you passed the word along, too. As you probably know, pre-orders are a really important part of a book’s first wobbly steps into the real world; they can affect how much push a new release gets from publishers and bookstores, among other things — and ours were all erased.
That’s it for now . . . I hope to have more news about The Last Road soon.
four five forthcoming Pyr books affected by the pre-order gremlin:
K.D. Edwards – The Hanged Man: The Tarot Sequence Book Two
The last member of a murdered House tries to protect his ward from forced marriage to a monster while uncovering clues to his own tortured past.
The Tarot Sequence imagines a modern-day Atlantis off the coast of Massachusetts, governed by powerful Courts based on the traditional Tarot deck. Rune Saint John, last child of the fallen Sun Throne, is backed into a fight of high court magic and political appetites in a desperate bid to protect his ward, Max, from a forced marital alliance with the Hanged Man.
K.V. Johansen – The Last Road: Gods of the Caravan Road Book Five
When even the gods are dying, the hope of the world may lie in its most feared enemies.
A new god proclaimed as the All-Holy has arisen in the west and leads an army eastward, devouring the gods and goddesses of the lands between, forcibly converting their folk and binding their souls to himself. Even the great city of Marakand seems powerless to resist, though the devils Moth and Yeh-Lin and the assassin Ahjvar, undying consort of the god of distant Nabban, have come to stand with it.
Richard A. Knaak – Black City Dragon
A historical urban fantasy set in Prohibition-era Chicago, which combines action, mystery, and romance against a backdrop of gangland wars and the threat of supernatural horror.
For sixteen hundred years, Nick Medea has guarded the gate between our world and Feirie, preventing the Wyld—the darkest Feirie of all—from coming into Chicago to find human prey. But since he defeated Oberon, more and more Wyld have been slipping through. Nick and his Feirie companion, the shapeshifter, Fetch, have been busy hunting them down.
Tracy Townsend – The Fall: Thieves of Fate Book Two
An apothecary clerk and her ex-mercenary allies travel across the world to discover a computing engine that leads to secrets she wasn’t meant to know—secrets that could destroy humanity.
Eight months ago, Rowena Downshire was a half-starved black market courier darting through the shadows of Corma’s underside. Today, she’s a (mostly) respectable clerk in the Alchemist’s infamous apothecary shop, the Stone Scales, and certainly the last girl one would think qualified to carry the weight of the world on her shoulders a second time. Looks can be deceiving.
David Walton – Three Laws Lethal
A science fiction thriller in which fleets of self-driving cars make life-and-death choices.
In a near-future New York City, where self-driving cars roam the city streets, rival entrepreneurs Brandon and Tyler compete to produce the smartest AIs, training them in a virtual game world to anticipate traffic and potential customers better than the competition. The result? Intelligent computers that excel at using all available data to determine which humans should live, and which should die.