Juliet E McKenna
Juliet E McKenna has been interested in fantasy stories since childhood, from Winnie the Pooh to The Iliad. An Abiding fascination with other worlds and their peoples played its part in her subsequently reading Classics at St. Hilda's College, Oxford. After combining bookselling and motherhood for a couple of years, she now fits in her writing around her family and vice versa. She lives with her husband and children in West Oxfordshire, England.
Banners in the Wind
Released 25 May 2010
A few stones falling in the right place can set a landslide in motion. That’s what Lescari exiles told themselves in Vanam as they plotted to overthrow the warring dukes.
But who can predict the chaos that follows such a cataclysm? Some will survive against all the odds; friends and foes alike. Hope and alliances will be shattered beyond repair. Unforeseen consequences bring undeserved grief as well as unexpected rewards.
Necessity forces uneasy compromise as well as perilous defiance. Wreaking havoc is swift and easy. Building a lasting peace may yet prove an insuperable challenge!
Blood in the Water
Released 7 January 2010
Those exiles and rebels determined to bring peace to Lescar discover the true cost of war. Courage and friendships are tested to breaking point. Who will pay such heartbreaking penalties for their boldness? Who will pay the ultimate price?
The dukes of Lescar aren't about to give up their wealth and power without a fight.They won't pass up any chance to advance their own interests either, if one of their rivals suffers in all this upheaval.
The duchesses have their own part to play, more subtle but no less deadly...
"If you're not reading McKenna, you should be... Sorcery, mercenaries, and the little people rising up against their oppressors. I mean, what more could you want?"
"Shows McKenna at her best, combining politics, violent action, and a concern for the domestic... it's fundamentally about clever people, trying to do their best, in swift-changing circumstances."
-Paul Cornell [on Irons in the Fire]
Released 26 July 2011
In a world where magic is banned, what protection is there for the innocent against murderous roving corsairs? And who will be the first to unveil the secret of a widow’s mysterious guardian?
The first book in a stunning new fantasy series, with Dangerous Waters renowned author Juliet E. McKenna promises a thrilling re-invention of fantasy with a unique series far removed from the clichés of the genre.
The Caladhrian Coast is a rich new world filled with pirates and politics, rogue wizards and adventure. This is the perfect point to join a new fantasy series from an increasingly dominant voice in the genre.
The prequel for the series, The Wizard’s Coming, is available as a free eBook and introduces some of the characters and events leading up to this stunning new fantasy series from a major voice in fantasy writing.
“A tapestry of conflict and complications that you can’t bring yourself to put down.”
-SF Site on Irons in the Fire
UK: 9781907519970 | 4th August 2011
US: 9781907519963 | 26th July 2011
Released 28 February 2012
He may have been hailed as a hero, but Captain Corrain now harbours a dark secret.
While the Caladhrians are content to celebrate their salvation from the Aldabreshin corsairs, Corrain knows the truth - the wizard he bribed to help them has merely claimed the corsair island for his own. Will the Archmage break his policy of non-interference and crush this upstart or will the outraged Aldabreshin warlords decide that magic has no place in their world at all?
In the second book of her stunning new trilogy, The Hadrumal Crisis, McKenna delves deeper into this tangle of dark magic, treachery and intrigue - raising the stakes and plunging Corrain and the widow Lady Zurenne into a web of danger that they may not escape, even with the magewoman Jilseth’s help.
This rich new tale filled with pirates, politics and adventure confirms McKenna’s place amongst the pantheon of top fantasy writers with a thrilling reinvention of the genre.
The prequel for the series, The Wizard’s Coming, is available as a free eBook (free to download as an ePub, PDF and Kindle) and introduces some of the characters and events leading up to this stunning new fantasy series from a major voice in fantasy writing.
UK: 9781907992766 | 1st March 2012
US: 9781907992773 | 28th February 2012
Released 11 March 2012
With The Hadrumal Crisis, Juliet E. McKenna reinvented the magical world she created for Solaris. Now she brings the latest saga of wizards, wonder, and war to a thundering climax with Defiant Peaks.
Archmage Planir and the wizards of Hadrumal have demonstrated their devastating powers and the corsair threat is no more. But the mainland rulers' relief is overshadowed with fear of one day facing such a threat to their own dominion. Corrain, Baron Halferan and Lady Zurenne believe they have finally won respite from all their trials. Yet the lull before winter descends from the distant northern peaks will be a short one.
Now is the perfect time to read the whole trilogy – one filled with pirates, politics, wizards, and adventure, which confirms McKenna’s place amongst the pantheon of top fantasy writers with a thrilling reinvention of the genre.
The prequel for the series, The Wizard’s Coming, is available as a free eBook from the Rebellion store here and introduces some of the characters and events leading up to this stunning fantasy series from a major voice in fantasy writing.
About the series
The Archmage of Hadrumal enforces the Edicts of the Council of Wizardry as all his predecessors have done. Foremost is the ban on magecraft in warfare.
But old certainties have been shaken. There is rumour of rogue wizardry in Lescar’s recent civil war and corsairs raid the Caladhrian Coast. In Hadrumal, Archmage Planir waits and watches, keeping his own counsel. That doesn’t suit the Masters and Mistresses of the Elements. There are too many whispers and doubts about Planir’s judgement lately, in Hadrumal and on the mainland.
“Juliet's own unique writerly voice makes this a title that was more than a joy to spend some time with.” – Falcata Times on Dangerous Waters
“McKenna exhibits traits from many previous great fantasy authors pulled together in threads that make her eminently accessible to fantasy readers.” – Fantasy Book Review on Dangerous Waters
Written to be accessible to readers coming fresh to McKenna’s magical world, The Hadrumal Crisis is a powerful epic filled with incredible characters.
UK: 9781781080573 | 6th December 2012
US: 9781781080580 | 27th November 2012
Irons in the Fire
Released 31 March 2010
The country of Lescar was carved out of the collapse of the Old Tormalin Empire. Every generation has seen the land laid waste by rival dukes fighting for the High King's empty crown. Tathrin's parents sent him to the distant city of Vanam to escape the recurrent skirmishes.
He meets Aremil, another Lescari, whose parents have their own reasons for sending him so far away. These two young men cannot forget their homeland. Can they persuade other exiles with Lescari blood to help relieve their kinfolk's misery?
If they can persuade Branca, the down-to-earth scholar, to share the ancient lore which she has studied, then this mismatched band of commoners, merchants and nobles can begin plotting a revolution.
Full of rich characters and high adventure, this novel marks the beginning of a thrilling new series.
UK: 9781906735821 | 13th May 2010
US: 9781844166015 | 31st March 2009