For a fantastical evening of speculative fiction, join us in conversation with authors D.J Butler, Christopher Husberg, Christopher Ruocchio, and Luke Tarzian.
D.J.’s exciting and critically acclaimed Witchy War fantasy series has won a 2018 Association for Mormon Letters Novel Award and The Whitney Award in the Speculative Fiction category. Publisher’s Weekly has called the first book in the series “a satisfying second tale of a magic-filled early America…Fans of epic and alternate historical fantasy will savor this tale of witchery and intrigue.” D.J.’s third entry in the series, Witchy Kingdom, sees Sarah Elytharias Penn resisting the Imperial fist that is tightening around her city of Cahokia. She must access the power of the serpent throne if she wishes to finally unify the New World.
When not devising university courses concentrated on gender and pop-culture studies in the television show Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Christopher Husberg makes a living writing. Husberg’s 2016 debut novel, Duskfall, was called “perfect for fans of Daniel Abraham and Brandon Sanderson” by Library Journal. His latest work, Fear the Stars, is the last novel in his Chaos Queen Quintet series. All parties are finally converging on the capital city of Triah, whether to establish a new religion or to find answers regarding Winter, a tiellan woman who has come to conquer the city. As battle lines are drawn, all answers will soon be revealed.
Christopher Ruocchio is an Assistant Editor at Baen Books, where he has co-edited anthology books Star Destroyers, a collection of military science fiction, and Space Pioneer, a collection of Golden Age reprints showcasing tales of human exploration. His debut novel and first in the Sun Eater series, Empire of Silence, was called an “epic science fiction at its most genuinely epic” by James. S.A. Corey, New York Times-bestselling author of The Expanse series of novels. In Husberg’s second novel in the series, Howling Dark, Hadrian Marlowe has searched half a century as the captain of a band of mercenaries for the lost planet of Vorgossos. In efforts to bring the end of nearly four hundred years of war, he ventures beyond the Sollan Empire to face creatures that were once human, as well as mankind's oldest enemy. If he fails his mission of peace, the very galaxy will burn.
Luke’s debut novel Vultures, is a dark fantasy story where the world has become the dominion of merciless demons. Theailys An seeks to reforge The Keepers’ Wrath in hopes of putting an end to the demon reign and ensuring the survival of what remains of humanity. To bring peace to a land that has been plagued by a war of shadows for a millennium, Theailys must secure what is needed while navigating through a landscape of divine intervention, magic wielders, and a history that seems to repeat itself.
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