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March 3rd, 2004, 09:19 AM #1
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I just heard that there is going to be a new series by Paul Kearney, who is one of my fav. Anyone got any info about that?
March 3rd, 2004, 09:57 AM #2
Here are a couple of interview excerpts I found. It's not much, but at least it verifies that a new series is on the way.
Q: The forthcoming series, The Sea-Beggars, is to be set in an all-new world. What will this world be like?
A: Big. Big, and unknown and full of all the ideas, peoples and cities that never made it into the Monarchies. Normannia was a civilized continent. The world of the Sea Beggars owes more to Robert E. Howard. It's full of perplexing mysteries, and all the maps have a lot of blank spaces at the edges. My characters Rol and Gallico are going to spend their time looking out for the main chance, but it won't always work out that way. Have you ever read a fantasy book and loved the world it presents but thought just how much more interesting it would be if it were tweaked a little in some way? That's what made me come up with this world, and these heroes. Think Fafrhd and the Gray Mouser meet Hornblower, and you have some idea. I don't know about the readers, but as a writer, I'm having immense fun with this stuff. That's not to say that some more serious element is buried there too, but all the books are self-contained -- no more series for me -- and I feel like I'm 18 again, with a rucksack on my back. I want the same sense of wonder I first got upon reading Tolkien -- the sense of undiscovered lands, lost histories, vanished nations. We'll see how it goes I guess.
You can find the whole interview at:
Q: What can you tell us about your next project? Care to share your short and long-term intentions? What's in the works, and what's just starting to germinate?
A: I'm currently signed up to write two books for Bantam and I'm halfway through the first as we speak. Entitled The Sea Beggars, it's set in an entirely different milieu, and revolves around the adventures of a fleet of pirates. It started out low-key and light-hearted, but I smell a change in the air...
You can find the whole interview at:
May 2nd, 2004, 01:08 PM #3
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October 1st, 2004, 08:17 AM #4
I've managed to get a copy of Riding the Unicorn from my library. Not heard of this author before, so hoping I've discovered a new favourite author
Anyone read any of his other books?
October 1st, 2004, 05:06 PM #5
try his Monarchies of God series (5 books), i've browsed through them and they look quite enjoyable ; and i've heard some great comments about this author , that's why i bought his books in the first place but i'm having difficulties finding the time to read them (a lot on the shelf at the moment waiting to be read)
October 2nd, 2004, 02:19 AM #6
Just received my copy of The Sea Beggars today via Amazon UK. So: it's here.
Not much more to say at present, though - except that Monarchies was, overall, a very good series and Kearney should be rather more well known than he is!
Oh wait - Rune, just read your post. Go out and get the five Monarchies books immediately. You'll like 'em. In many ways, the series reflects the "modern" tendency towards big and gritty fantasy epics (like Ericson) - however, it's all condensed into five relatively short books. Good stuff!
The titles are:
The Heretic Kings
The Iron Wars
The Second Empire
Ships From The West
From this, you might think Kearney's a little too convoluted for your tastes, but he isn't, really. Have fun...
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October 7th, 2004, 04:12 AM #7Originally Posted by Julian
I am going to try and get my hands on Hawkwood's Voyage from my Library and if I enjoy it buy the rest. I think he's written to other stand alones I would like to try and of course the new series.
The posts here don't seem to rave about the new series much though
October 12th, 2004, 11:49 PM #8
I know someone who's reading it right now so I'm waiting word for the review. But the concept (as detailed in Amazon UK) looks good.
I do want to say that I loved his previous series, "Monarchies of God", it was that damned good. And based on that, I'll be getting his succeeding books.
December 19th, 2007, 12:03 PM #9
I noticed Kearney started to write a new series, is The Sea Beggars finished in two books? or did he leave it unfinished? i don't want to start reading an uncomplete series that might never be finished.
December 19th, 2007, 12:40 PM #10
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I am sure others have better info on this, but if i understand correctly..there will be 2 more books in the Sea Beggars (i think it was originally going to be 4 books).
I believe an omnibus of the Monarchies of God (with a partially rewritten book 5) is coming out next year, followed by a book called The Ten Thousand..not sure where the Sea Beggars conclusion fits into all of this, though. Hopefully someone else will pop in with better intel.
December 19th, 2007, 06:54 PM #11
Basically, what happened was that Kearney was under contract with Bantam UK to write four Sea-Beggars books. Book 3 was nearly finished when Bantam suddenly dropped the series due to poor sales of Book 2, This Forsaken Earth. Bizarrely, this was before they released it in mass-market paperback.
What happened next is that Solaris Books swooped in to offer Kearney a new contract. They managed to secure the rights to The Monarchies of God and are publishing it in omnibus at the end of 2008 (possibly later, due to a legal snafu with Ace Books in the USA not returning the US rights to Kearney when they should have done, but apparently this is being sorted out). However, Bantam refused to give up or sell the Sea-Beggars rights to Solaris, leaving that series unfinished and in a legal loophole. In a few years the rights revert to Kearney and Solaris can publish all four books in omnibus as well.
Until that happens, Kearney clearly has some spare time on his hands so has written a new stand-alone novel (although sequels are likely) for Solaris called The Ten Thousand, which is out in August 2008. The omnibus version of Monarchies of God also features a heavily-rewritten final volume with some 40,000 words of additional material and appendices featuring information on Normannian history.
December 20th, 2007, 01:42 AM #12
Guess i will wait with The Sea Beggars until all four books are out...
I thought The Ten Thousand was the first book of a new series though, if it's a standalone, i can get it soon.
December 20th, 2007, 07:31 AM #13
I am looking forward to the omnibus edition of "The Monarchies of God" series. I really enjoyed them, and fell they are rather underrated books. I am very interested in reading the changes to the fifth book. And the geek in me is excited about the appendices.
December 20th, 2007, 07:27 PM #14
If you head over to Paul's website (google it), I think you can see the cover artwork for The Ten Thousand and his comments on the whole Sea Beggars situation.
December 21st, 2007, 02:10 AM #15
I've not really been interested in his previous ( more nautical) sagas but The Ten Thousand is one I will definitly pick up once it is released.