Quillifer

Quillifer

Williams, Walter Jon

Book 1.0 of Quillifer

language: English

Publisher: Saga Press

Publishing date: Oct 1, 2017

Words: 174066
Pages: 701

Description:

From *New York Times* bestselling and award-winning author Walter Jon Williams comes an adventurous epic fantasy about a man who is forced to leave his comfortable life and find his fortune among goddesses, pirates, war, and dragons. Rogue. Joker. Lover. Reluctant soldier. Quillifer is a young man, serially in love and studying law, when a family tragedy throws him into the world to seek his fortune. A charmer rather than a fighter, he soon finds himself embroiled with a bandit gang, caught up in vicious court intrigues, and the plaything of an angry, beautiful, and very jealous goddess. While he struggles to establish himself in the capital, the country finds itself pitched into a civil war, and Quillifer, a unwilling soldier at best, finds himself caught up in the action, and able to tip the scales of fortune. *Quillifer*, with its engaging hero and his exploits with lovers, brawlers, warriors, and privateers, is a book that bursts with life. It’s the first volume in a new epic fantasy by bestselling and award-winning author Walter Jon Williams. ** ### Review "Williams’ swashbuckling tale is reminiscent of George MacDonald Fraser’s Flashman Papers series in the maleadventure tradition, and it is enriched with the splendiferous vocabulary of likable Quillifer’s invented words." (-- Booklist) "A thoroughly enjoyable series of historical adventures in a faux-Europe." (-- Locus Magazine) "In this sprawling, lively episodic adventure, Williams (Angel Station) returns to his swashbuckling historical fantasy roots while exploring new territory. Williams excels at setting up conflicts and other entanglements, skillfully maneuvering Quillifer across the landscape and into increasingly engrossing situations." (-- Publishers Weekly) ### About the Author Walter Jon Williams is the author of thirty volumes of fiction, in addition to works in film, television, comics, and the gaming field. Williams has appeared on the bestseller lists of *The Times* and *The New York Times*. He is a world traveler, scuba diver, and a black belt in Kenpo Karate. He has twice been awarded the Nebula Award. * * * Gregory Manchess is an award-winning painter and has worked as a freelance illustrator for nearly forty years on advertising campaigns, magazines, and book covers. His work has appeared on covers and for feature stories of *National Geographic*, *Time*, *The* *Atlantic*, and *Smithsonian*. Gregory’s excellent figure work has led to numerous commissions for stamps by the US Postal Service, including the Mark Twain stamp and the recently released March on Washington stamp. With Manchess’s passion for history, the National Geographic Society sent him on expedition to record the exploits of explorer, David Thomson, and chose his work to illustrate the adventures of the first discovery of an actual pirate ship for the traveling exhibition, *Real Pirates: The Untold Story of the Whydah, from Slave Ship to Pirate Ship*. Widely awarded within the industry, Manchess exhibits frequently at the Society of Illustrators in New York. His peers at the Society presented him with their highest honor, the coveted Hamilton King Award. Gregory is included in Walt Reed’s latest edition of *The Illustrator in America, 1860–2000*. He lectures frequently at universities and colleges nationwide and gives workshops in painting at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, , and the Illustration Master Class in Amherst, Massachusetts.