• 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!



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The triumff of a good book

Cabin Crew member Tim Miller’s thoughts on his pick for October: Triumff: Her Majesty’s Hero by Dan Abnett

Sir Rupert Triumff. Adventurer. Fighter. Drinker.

Sir Rupert Triumff. Adventurer. Fighter. Drinker.

Triumff  has made enemies of everyone apart from his trusted man Agnew, Uptil and his lady, Doll Taresheet, a notable actress of the Wooden Oh who do pretty much anything to get him out of trouble.

Triumff has fallen out of the English court’s favour after stalling his report to the queen about his recent discovery of Australia, because, fundamentally, he doesn’t want them to ruin it. This is some funny alternative history, where the Leonardo da Vinci equivalent reinstated the use of magick in the renaissance and this England emerged from it. There is so much political intrigue in this, betrayals and assassinations, the plot moves from one thing to the next with speed and fluidity.

Abnett’s writing style is witty, with a good sense of character. Triumff is a likeable fellow, and you can see how his easy-going nature grinds on the other characters and pulls out the worst characteristics from them. Every part of this is well thought out, the plot threads pull together at the end to form a dazzling conclusion, the characters have fantastic rivalries and their own quirks that bring them to life off the page.

Verdict: A thoroughly good read.

Reminded me of … Gerald in the Rogue Agent trilogy by K E Mills.

Trimuff: Her Majesty’s Hero is out now from Angry Robot books.

3 Responses

  1. I know of Dan Abnett as a writer from his earlier works from the Warhammer 40,000 world and its great he has spread his wings and if I’m not mistaken his style of writing is always a laugh a minute. I think it not changed but matured like fine wine. It’ll be fun to read this because this post has peaked an interest.

  2. He certainly has spread his wings – and Angry Robot are very good at spotting the talent out there that could go in different directions. Triumff is definitely laugh a minute! And you can become a fan of Dan on Facebook if you like: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Dan-Abnett/34329961369?v=wall

    Actual blurb:

    Sir Rupert Triumff. Adventurer. Fighter. Drinker.


    Pratchett goes swashbuckling in the hotly anticipated original fiction debut of the multi-million selling Warhammer star.

    Triumff is a ribald historical fantasy set in a warped clockwork-powered version of our present day … a new Elizabethan age, not of Elizabeth II but in the style of the original Virgin Queen. Throughout its rollicking pages, Sir Rupert Triumff drinks, dines and duels his way into a new Brass Age of Exploration and Adventure.


    Fantasy [An Age of Alchemy / A Dashing Swordsman / The Queen Must Die]

  3. Similar to KE Mills? Nuff said- it’s now on my reading list.

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