Richard Swan announces Grave Empire, a new trilogy to follow The Empire of the Wolf

Last Updated on May 17, 2024

Richard Swan will be releasing a follow-up series to his extremely popular Empire of the Wolf trilogy, Orbit announced today. In news that is sure to delight the growing Swan fanbase, Grave Empire will take place in the same world as his current series, though 200 years in the future.

The blurb has me absolutely humming with excitement:

Blood once turned the wheels of empire. Now it is money.
A new age of exploration and innovation has dawned, and the Empire of the Wolf stands to take its place as the foremost power in the known world. Glory and riches await.

But dark days are coming. A mysterious plague has broken out in the pagan kingdoms to the north, while in the south, the Empire’s proxy war in the lands of the wolfmen is weeks away from total collapse.

Worse still is the message brought to the Empress by two heretic monks, who claim to have lost contact with the spirits of the afterlife. The monks believe this is the start of an ancient prophecy heralding the end of days—the Great Silence.

It falls to Renata Rainer, a low-ranking ambassador to an enigmatic and vicious race of mermen, to seek answers from those who still practice the arcane arts. But with the road south beset by war and the Empire on the brink of supernatural catastrophe, soon there may not be a world left to save…

The author also exclusively told Grimdark Magazine:

“I’m tremendously excited about this dark, epic flintlock fantasy, which goes something like LAST OF THE MOHICANS x BLAIR WITCH PROJECT x LITTLE MERMAID x 28 DAYS LATER. Death magick, epic gunpowder warfare, apocalyptic stakes, mermen who wield great white sharks as living weapons…. This is my most ambitious and exciting project to date, and I can’t wait to get it into readers’ hands.”

Would anybody like to join me in a collective FUCK YES? How good does this sound!

Swan’s first traditionally published books The Justice of Kings, The Tyranny of Faith, and Trials of Empire have received almost universal acclaim. Here at Grimdark Magazine, we described the first book as ‘brilliant’ and filled ‘with intrigue, excellent character arcs and a brutal magic system’.

Book two is equally well-loved and was a 5-star read for GdM, as was the finale.

For me, Swan has already firmly established himself as one of the top dark fantasy writers currently publishing in the genre. Grave Empire is sounding like exactly the kind of thing we hope for in a second trilogy, with something familiar that we love mixed with something new to get really excited about.

I, for one, will be eagerly waiting!

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Chron is a suffering journalist by day and loves to lose himself in magical worlds at night. Chron loves everything epic and has a soft spot for incredible warriors with even more incredible reputations (Hi Vaelin Al Sorna). He also enjoys a cheeky criminal caper and bleak fantasy where our heroes have no chance.

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