The Guns of Ivrea - Clifford Beal

Brian G Turner

Fantasist & Futurist
Staff member
Nov 23, 2002

Thought this was coming out next month, but I just found that Amazon has a release date for February 2016 (@Clifford Beal - is this a confirmed date, or is this a default setting for Amazon?)


Acquel Galenus, former thief and now monk of no particular skill, uncovers a terrible secret under the Great Temple, one that could shake the one faith to its core. A secret that could get him killed.

Pirate princeling Nicolo Danamis, mercenary and captain of the largest fleet in the island kingdom of Valdur, has made one deal too many, and his enemies are now closing in.

Citala, the daughter of the chieftain of the Merfolk, finds herself implacably drawn to the affairs of men. She puts events in motion that will end her people's years of isolation but which could also imperil their very existence.

Their fates will intertwine as they journey across the land, through duchies and free cities riven by political intrigue, religious fervour, and ancient hatreds. Alliances are being forged anew and after decades of wary peace, war is on the wind once again...

And it appears that Solaris quietly put up an interview with Clifford Beal about this new series last year, in which he reveals a little more about the story:

Renaissance Venice! Pirates! Junkie mer-people!

Sounds like my type of book. :)

I notice that Goodreads has a blurb suggesting it might appeal to GRRM fans - but whoever wrote that might consider swapping in the name Scott Lynch instead. :)
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Just caught up with this thread. You're right Brian, Solaris pushed the release date back until February. But the cover is now final and here it is with the new typography. I'm well chuffed with it I must say. Back cover is equally moody. In agreement about the GRRM comparison (not my idea). I like my lightness and darkness in equal measure. Unrelenting misery gets very boring.

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