Naomi Novak’s Crucible of Gold published in the US

Crucible of Gold, the seventh book of Naomi Novak’s Temeraire series has just been published (6th March) in the US. I have only read the first book in the series so far, but I loved the premise and the execution of it – reminded me of a slightly dumbed down version of Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, but a great read nevertheless (sometimes dumbed down is good!) I have a special affection for historical fantasy, so the next six books of the series are in my to read eventually list!

There’s a funky trailer here:

And here’s some more information from Del Rey’s press release about the book:

Naomi Novik’s beloved series returns, with Captain Will Laurence and his fighting dragon Temeraire once again taking to the air against the broadsides of Napoleon’s forces and the friendly—and sometimes not-so-friendly—fire of British soldiers and politicians who continue to suspect them of divided loyalties, if not outright treason.

For Laurence and Temeraire, put out to pasture in Australia, it seems their part in the war has come to an end just when they are needed most. But perhaps they are no longer alone in this opinion. Newly allied with the powerful African empire of the Tswana, the French have occupied Spain and brought revolution and bloodshed to Brazil, threatening Britain’s last desperate hope to defeat Napoleon.

And now the government that sidelined them has decided they have the best chance at negotiating a peace with the angry Tswana, who have besieged the Portuguese royal family in Rio—and thus offer to reinstate Laurence to his former rank and seniority as a captain in the Aerial Corps. Temeraire is delighted by this sudden reversal of fortune, but Laurence is by no means sanguine, knowing from experience that personal honor and duty to one’s country do not always run on parallel tracks.

Nonetheless, the pair embark for Brazil, only to meet with a string of unmitigated disasters that force them to make an unexpected landing in the hostile territory of the Incan empire, where they face new unanticipated dangers.

Now with the success of the mission balanced on a razor’s edge, and failure looking more likely by the minute, the unexpected arrival of an old enemy will tip the scales toward ruin. Yet even in the midst of disaster, opportunity may lurk—for one bold enough to grasp it.

Alt Hist – changes to Submission Policy

Alt Hist’s submission policy for fiction has begun to creak a little bit. I have realized that I haven’t been clear enough about what we’re looking for. To that end I have updated the submissions policy for fiction. Here’s the new policy:

Fiction submitted:

1. Must be a short piece of fiction – under 10,000 words.
2. Must be either historical fiction, alternate history, or historical fantasy.
3. Must be a well written character based story rather than an exercise in ‘what if …’
4. Must not be simultaneously submitted to another publication.
5. Must be an original work that has not been published elsewhere.

If anyone has any questions please let me know – it will be a sure sign that I need to refine things a bit more!

Alt Hist Issue 4 – What’s Coming

I thought I would give a quick update on Alt Hist Issue 4. We now have six stories accepted for the fourth issue so we should be on track for publication in May – probably eBook publication first with print book publication to follow. The sixth story has only recently been accepted so I will be starting on getting draft copies of each story edited and typeset during March, with final changes being made during April.

I will provide some updates on exactly what’s going to be in Alt Hist Issue 4 next time!