Hard Magic is the first book in my new series, The Grimnoir Chronicles. It will be released in May 2011 from Baen. It is set in an alternative 1932, in a world where magical abilities began to randomly appear in the 1850s. The Grimnoir are a secret society dedicated to protecting magicals from the world, and the world from magicals. This is the only novel I’m aware of that features a teleporting magic ninja fight on top of a flaming pirate dirigible.
I found this page the other day, and I figured posters here would be interested. I’ve got the first seven chapters posted for free over on my blog.
A little about myself, I’m a New York Times bestselling novelist, mostly known for writing the Monster Hunter International series. I'm currently collaborating with John Ringo on a sci-fi series and I've got a military thriller coming out next year. I grew up with a love of big pulp action, and I wanted to write something that was basically an epic fantasy only with a much cooler setting. I'm also a history nut, so this project was a lot of fun for me to write. Turns out I was writing diesel punk before I'd heard the term. :) I hope you enjoy it.
It also has got quite a bit of interior artwork by Zach Hill & Justin Otis. The cover is by Alan Pollack.
Sounds pretty cool to me. Love the title and the concept. Thanks for posting -- I'll check out those chapters.
"Grimnoir" is a pretty funny word.
How are the sales of Hard Magic so far?
I know you were talking to the author "Larry" but I just got my copy in the mail today. :)
So I've done my part.
Hard Magic and the sequel Spellbound are are outstanding, I have worn out my copies of both re-reading them and am waiting for further installments!