• Fiona McIntosh: Voyager Author of the Month

    Fiona McIntosh was born and raised in Sussex in the UK, but also spent early childhood years in West Africa. She left a PR career in London to travel and settled in Australia in 1980. She has since roamed the world working for her own travel publishing company, which she runs with her husband. She lives in Adelaide with her husband and twin sons. Her website is at www.fionamcintosh.com.

    Her latest book, The Scrivener's Tale, is a stand-alone and takes us back to the world of Morgravia from her very first series, The Quickening:

    About The Scrivener's Tale:

    In the bookshops and cafes of present-day Paris, ex-psychologist Gabe Figaret is trying to put his shattered life back together. When another doctor, Reynard, asks him to help with a delusional female patient, Gabe is reluctant... until he meets her. At first Gabe thinks the woman, Angelina, is merely terrified of Reynard, but he quickly discovers she is not quite what she seems.

    As his relationship with Angelina deepens, Gabe's life in Paris becomes increasingly unstable. He senses a presence watching and following every move he makes, and yet he finds Angelina increasingly irresistible.

    When Angelina tells Gabe he must kill her and flee to a place she calls Morgravia, he is horrified. But then Angelina shows him that the cathedral he has dreamt about since childhood is real and exists in Morgravia.

    A special 10th Anniversary edition of her first fantasy book, Myrren's Gift, will be released in December!



David Eddings passes away

As I am sure many of you will have heard by now, David Eddings, author of numerous books including The Belgariad series, died on June 2. He’ll be sorely missed by the fantasy community.

Jane Johnson, Publishing Director atf HarperCollins UK says:

“The Voyager team and I were immensely sad to hear the news. The arrival of a new Eddings novel used to be a grand event for the whole division. In the 90s, each one was guaranteed a Number One position on the Sunday Times hardback bestseller list, selling 100,000 copies apiece.

“But his huge worldwide success and fame did not change Dave at all. In his dealings with me, and with Joy Chamberlain, his long-time editor, he was unfailingly self-effacing on the subject of his success, once saying: ‘I’m never going to be in danger of getting a Nobel Prize for literature, I’m a storyteller, not a prophet. I’m just interested in a good story’.

“He was a towering force of modern commercial fiction, a master of the epic, and a delight to work with. We’ll miss him tremendously.”

The Guardian obituary for David Eddings

4 Responses

  1. I don’t think it’s too melodramatic to say that the Belgariad changed my life. It started my obsession with fantasy, which lead to my website, my university choices, my aspirations.

    David and Leigh Eddings wrote the books that created modern fantasy after Tolkien, alongside with others like Raymond E Feist.

    Thank you David for all you gave to fantasy and to life.

  2. Not melodramatic at all – I think he had the same effect on many, many readers. He was truly a legend.

  3. David Eddings had a powerful effect on me too, and my son Aaron. I read all of the Belgariad aloud to Aaron when he was growing up and he read passages to his first daughter, Xe’Nedra Grace, the day she was born, and passed away.

    Mr. Eddings touched our lives. He encouraged my fantasy writing and my son’s career as a VFX/animator. Mostly he told stories that stimulated, comforted, challenged and moved us.

    We will appreciate you David, and your books, for generations to come.

    Namasta, from all of us.

  4. I was crushed to hear of David Eddings death. I am a big fan of his fantasy books and many of his brainchildren like Belgarion, Polgara, Belgarath, Sparhawk, Aphrae, Anthalus and many many more. His works touched my life and with a few simple pages, gave me insights which molded and crafted the way I see things in life. I had always looked forward to the next Edding’s book and it is with the heaviest heart ever that I learn the great man behind those wonderful stories has passed on.

    May his legacy continue to touch many many lives as it has mine, for mine is much richer now for having him in it. May his wife Leigh and his family be continually blessed for the goodness he has brought to us. And may he enjoy his tankard of Alorn ale in the land of clouds above, surrounded by the wonderful Gods he wrote about.

    Thank you… for everything…

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