I am really proud of this one. It is my first attempt at writing an epic fantasy. I had a lot of fun with it.
Despite me not being a *real* author, Son of the Black Sword had done pretty good.
Sales were solid. Audio book sales were excellent (due to the fantastic narration of Tim Gerrard Reynolds).
This year SotBS has been a finalist for the Audie, AML, CLFA, Rampant Manticore, H Beam Piper Memorial, Gemmell Legend, and Dragon Award.
Shockingly, despite being considered a mere purveyor of hack pulp,I actually got some some good critical acclaim for once. It made Buzzfeed’s best of 2015 list, made Audible’s best of 2015 list, got a starred review on Publisher’s Weekly, was an LA Times pick, and I know I’m forgetting some other ones. I’ve never gotten “critical acclaim” before.
Even big time academic English professors loved it. https://www.dialoguejournal.com/2016/book-review-son-of-the-black-sword-the-saga-of-the-forgotten-warrior-i/ Dr. Collings is a respected academic, and the world’s leading expert on Beowulf or something, but he can still appreciate some good old fashioned monster stabbing!
This is one of my favorite reviews. http://www.scifiwright.com/2016/03/son-of-the-black-sword-by-larry-correia/ Because John C. Wright was blown away. And that is high praise coming from someone that skilled.
SotBS got a Jim Butcher cover quote. And true story, one day on Facebook fans were trying to decided who to vote for in the Dragon for best fantasy. Aeronaut’s Windlass is one of the other finalists. And this is a tough one, because the Venn diagram of Butcher and Correia fans overlaps a lot (though Jim’s circle is way bigger). But then Jim commented and said he thought SotBS was better.
I about died. What a class act (and brilliant author, if you’re not reading him you’re missing out).
But the best thing of all? I got Larry Elmore artwork! BOOM! Winning! 😀
The next two books in the Saga of the Forgotten Warrior are:
House of Assassins
Destroyer of Worlds
I’ll be working on the next one as soon as I finish up Monster Hunter Siege.