• 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!

     

     

All Dwarves are Scottish

Our inhouse Voyager reading club recently decided to go back and re-read ( or read for the first time- *gasp!* ) Raymond E. Feist’s original classic fantasy epic Magician, published in 1982. Upon reaching the introduction of Feist’s Dwarves, and the character Dolgan in particular, it struck me that I assumed the ‘deep, rolling burr’ of the Dwarven accent was Scottish. The names of their mines ( “Mac Mordain Cadal”), Dolgan’s frequent use of ‘lad’ & organisation into clans didn’t help either.

So I got to thinking: when, exactly, did the Dwarf become synonymous with Scotland? Despite being responsible for much of the modern fantasy concept of Dwarves as an imagined race, Tolkien never gave them any distinctively Scottish traits. They were based much more on nordic myth I thought. One of our Sales Managers pointed out that a possible source for aspects of dwarvish culture for Tolkien may have been the archetype of the “rough & hearty” working class miners of Cornwall or Wales, which would certainly fit with his stated goals of creating a modern mythology for the British Isles.

Wikipedia argues that the modern version of the ‘Scottish Dwarf’ originates from the book Three Hearts and Three Lions by Poul Anderson (published in 1961, but originally a novella from 1953 ) which featured a Dwarf named Hugi with a Scottish accent and a man transported from WWII to a parallel world under attack by Faerie. The book was a major influence on Dungeons & Dragons, which introduced Dwarves as playable race in 1974 and helped disseminate a “standard” idea of what Dwarves were like.

From there it seemed to become a self-perpetuating idea. The parallels between the bearded Dwarves as warlike mountain dwellers and long-haired Scottish Highland warriors are fairly obvious, and perhaps this was Anderson’s starting point too. The love of drinking, feasting and fighting has perhaps more Viking or sterotypical “working class miner” associations. A recent animated film, How to Train Your Dragon ( based on a children’s book of the same name ) features Vikings with scottish accents ( though all the children & teenagers mysteriously have American accents ) who also look a lot like oversized Dwarves. The enormously popular Warcraft universe has steampunk Dwarves with Scottish accents.

It all came full circle with the film version of The Lord of the Rings having Gimli sport a very Scottish accent. It will be interesting to see how far they take this with The Hobbit film though. From the little we’ve heard in the trailers they don’t seem particularly Scottish, but time will tell …! What do think? Do you usually associate dwarves with Scotland or is it just me?

An apology for ‘A Crown Imperilled’ error

Sometimes things go wrong in the complex process of publishing a book, but we do try to keep it to a minimum! This time a glitch has slipped through our safety net, and unfortunately it’s in the otherwise wonderful A Crown Imperilled. We at Voyager are not only the publishers of Ray’s work, we are also his fans, so this pains us deeply.

We would like to apologise wholeheartedly for any inconvenience the error may have caused you. We are aware of the fault, and are correcting it in the reprint. For a new copy, you should take the book back to the store from which you purchased it and they will exchange it for a credit or a replacement, when they are available. The corrected edition is identifiable by a jewel printed on the inside front jacket flap.

For those who have purchased the e-book edition, an updated version will be provided and available as a free download from your e-book retailer.

A note from Raymond E. Feist and Jane Johnson:

Dear Reader, Putting a book together is a collaborative undertaking, but ultimately the responsibility for errors falls to the author. Even if someone introduces an error in production, the author is given the opportunity to read the final manuscript and should spot it. A Crown Imperilled has such an error, one potentially annoying to the reader. In the last stage of production, I inadvertently inserted a much early draft version of part of one chapter in lieu of the final draft, which resulted in a continuity gaff. For this I deeply apologize, and will do my very best to not repeat such a mistake. It’s the first real gaff in thirty years, and doubly galling because I know how it was supposed to read. Thank you for years of support.’

-Raymond E. Feist

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‘It’s not fair that Ray should shoulder all the blame. I was the editor in charge of getting a perfect book to press, and in the midst of a white-hot edit I missed the fact that suddenly Pug was in two places at once! Editors are supposed to be infallible (it’s our job), but I fear I was swept away by the story, reading like a reader and not like an editor. After 27 years you’d think I’d have got that one down. And then the proofreader, whose job it is to sweep up after both of us, missed it as well. I am so sorry: we pride ourselves on the quality – both in terms of the writer’s imagination and of our production – of Voyager novels, and I sincerely hope the glitch will not spoil this wonderful novel for you.’

Jane Johnson, Publishing Director

Win a copy of A Kingdom Besieged!

A Kingdom Besieged has hit the top ten bestselling books in Australia this week. Win a copy (see instructions below)!

 The Darkness is coming …

The Kingdom is plagued by rumour and instability. Kingdom spies in Kesh have been disappearing — either murdered, or turned to the enemy side. Information has become scant and unreliable; but one thing appears clear. Dark forces are on the move …

Since Pug and the Conclave of Shadows enforced peace after the last Keshian invasion, the Empire has offered no threat. But now factions are rising and Jim Dasher reports mobilizations of large forces in the Keshian Confederacy.

As the men of the West answer the King’s call to muster, Martin conDoin — left as caretaker of Crydee Keep — will suddenly be confronted with the vanguard of an invading army. He reminds himself that he is a year older than his legendary ancestor, Prince Arutha, was when he stood firm against the Tsurani invasion, but Arutha had an army to command, and Martin is left with old men and young boys.

Massive events are about to unfold, events which threaten the future of all human life in Midkemia …

We’re celebrating by giving away a copy to the reader who answers the following question creatively:

Australia is divided into  kingdoms by state and territory lines: The Kingdom of South Australia, the Kingdom of the North, The Kingdom of Victoria etc … Which Kingdom would you rule, and which Kingdom would you attack, and why?

Congratulations to Linda, our winner!

Hip hip hooray: hardbacks for Voyager’s birthday!

Finally we can share with you the five beautiful hardbacks we are releasing for Voyager’s 15th Birthday. Raymond Feist’s Magician, Robin Hobb’s Assassin’s Apprentice, Sara Douglass’ Battleaxe, George R R Martin’s A Game of Thrones and Kylie Chan’s White Tiger have all been reworked into amazing Collector’s Editions. Here they are, in all their glory!

The five special edition Voyager 15 Collector’s Editions

Beautiful hardbacks, embellished covers, a ribbon marker and a new introduction to Voyager from Publishing Director Jane Johnson – a must have for any Voyager fan.

They are available EXCLUSIVELY at Dymocks now at the great price of $32.99. Go and check them out for yourself!

P.S. As you all know Kylie Chan and George R R Martin are appearing at WorldCon – why not take your Collector’s Edition along to get signed?

Do you love Voyager? Are you looking forward to WorldCon? Have you invited all your friends to join our Facebook fan page? Let us know by commenting below and we’ll randomly pick a lucky winner who will receive a complete set of our 15th Birthday Hardbacks! (Australian residents only). Competition ends on 30 Sept 2010.

THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED.

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Win 1 of 5 copies of At the Gates of Darkness!


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The dramatic conclusion of the bestselling Demon War series, which began with Rides a Dread Legion, is finally here.

While recent events have shocked and devastated the Conclave of Shadows, grieving for lost loved-ones must wait. The followers of the Demon prince have almost succeeded in bringing him through the dimensions. The Conclave must regroup and find a way to meet the approaching evil, whilst trying to stop civil war from destroying Triagia before the demon horde even arrives.

For your chance to win tell us in 25 words or less:

With the Demon War series coming to an end what new book or series are you most looking forward to in 2010 and why?

Email your answers to voyager@harpercollins.com.au

Win the entire Quantum Enchantment series!


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To celebrate the upcoming release of Strange Attractors, the final book in the Quantum Enchantment series, Voyager is giving you the chance to win the entire series.

If you haven’t yet discovered this compelling series this is your chance to find out why Traci Harding called Kim Falconer’s debut, The Spell of Rosette,  ‘one of the best fantasy books I’ve read in ages!’

For your chance to win 1 of 3 complete sets tell us in 25 words or less:

What is the best fantasy book that you have read in ages and why?

Email your answer to voyager@harpercollins.com.au

View the terms and conditions here. Competition is only open to Australian residents.

2010: the year of amazing sequels

Here’s a list of some of the glorious sequels we’re expecting in 2010:

The Risen Queen by Duncan Lay – out now!
Sequel to: The Wounded Guardian (The Dragon Sword Histories)

Earth to Hell by Kylie Chan – out now!
First book in the Journey to Wudang trilogy, following the Dark Heavens trilogy

At the Gates of Darkness by Raymond E Feist – out now!
Sequel to: Rides a Dread Legion (Demonwar Saga)

February

Griffin’s Flight by K J Taylor
Sequel to: The Dark Griffin (The Fallen Moon trilogy)

Strange Attractors by Kim Falconer
Completing the Quantum Enchantment trilogy and following Arrows of Time 

Wizard Squared by K E Mills
Last book of the Rogue Agent trilogy, following Witches Incorporated

March

Stormlord Rising by Glenda Larke
Sequel to The Last Stormlord (Watergivers trilogy)

Dragon Haven by Robin Hobb
Sequel to The Dragon Keeper (The Rain Wild Chronicles)

The Desert Spear by Peter V Brett
Sequel to The Painted Man (The Demon Cycle)

April

Shalador’s Lady by Anne Bishop
The follow up to The Shadow Queen

May

The Infinity Gate by Sara Douglass
Completing the Darkglass Mountain trilogy and following Twisted Citadel

June

The Reluctant Mage by Karen Miller
Sequel to The Prodigal Mage (Fisherman’s Children series)

We’ll have a list of our upcoming debut novels this year coming soon, in the mean time, we hope you’ve got plenty to look forward to!

Win a Voyager New Release Pack worth more than $100!

Voyager Competition

Voyager Competition

We have so many great new stories from Voyager we just couldn’t choose which one to giveaway. So we will give you a chance to win them all!
Three lucky winners will win a Voyager pack worth over $100. Your pack will include:
K.J Taylor’s tale of a world where griffins rule — The Dark Griffin
The Last Stormlord — The beginning of Glenda Larke’s absorbing new series
Galileos’s Dream — The dazzling new novel from the acclaimed author of the Mars trilogy Kim Stanley Robinson
We’ll Always Have Paris – an all-new collection of effortlessly beautiful tales from the author of FAHRENHEIT 451 Ray Bradbury
Rides A Dread Legion — The first book in a blockbuster series by the master of epic fantasy, Raymond E. Feist.

For your chance to win tell us in 25 words or less:

What has been your favourite Voyager book of 2009 and why?

Remember to include your name and address details. Competition closes 5pm Wednesday 30th September 2009. To enter email voyager@harpercollins.com.au with the subject line “New Release Pack”

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