So, I have a new Viking fantasy novel coming out early next year called TWILIGHT OF THE GODS; the a sequel of sorts to 2017's A GATHERING OF RAVENS, linked by the main character: an immortal, profane savage called Grimnir. Grimnir is the last of his kind, the last son of a mythical race called the kaunar, from whence JRR Tolkien took his inspiration for Orcs in LOTR. His ancestors were Norse dwarves, taken by Loki and force-fed the afterbirth of his monstrous children with the giantess, Angrboda. It warped them, but also conferred long life, serpent-like cunning, wolfish ferocity, and an immunity to disease and poison. Stan Wagenaar, who visits these boards, called him "Like Conan with a hangover and a toothache." That pretty well sums up his character, IMO.
Starting this month, I'm releasing a chapter a month through January 2020. It will hit bookstores on 18 February 2020. Here's the first chapter -- which has as its spiritual forebear a certain Cimmerian's romp with the daughter of Ymir . . .
Hey S&S fans, you really need to check this book out; it’s a bloody good read! Although this second novel of Grimner falls into the general category of fantasy, it’s more along the lines of Historical Fantasy with an emphasis on that “Northern Thing”, dipped in a thick coating of S&S. I had a great time reading it, and Scott even made me change my opinion on dragons; I generally have no interest in the damn things, but Scott blew my mind with this one! Not your typical high fantasy dragon by any stretch...
Post by trescuinge on Jun 11, 2020 15:02:50 GMT -5
I finally read and highly recommend Twilight of the Gods. Scott has made really inventive use of Northern mythology to drive his story. The characters are believable and interesting, the settings well sketched, and the battle scenes are simply some of the best I've ever read.