I met Jon Sprunk a few years ago at Balticon back when he was still writing his Shadow Series. Then I scored a signed copy of Shadow’s Son at the Baltimore Book Festival and enjoyed it so much that Jon did the first, and I think only, guest blog on my site.
Tomorrow marks the release of Jon’s first book in a new series. It’s called Blood and Iron.
After the deaths of his wife and son from plague, Horace, a soldier from the west, joins the crusade against the eastern Akeshia. At the onset of the book, Horace’s ship, in route to the crusade, is destroyed in a magical storm at sea. When he washes ashore, he finds himself at the mercy of a people whose language and culture he doesn’t understand—the very people he was sent to kill.
This is a departure from Jon’s previous anti-hero assassin-based novels into a little more positive adventure story that’s easy to like. Jon is another fantasy author who prefers clear, easy to read prose, and stories that are not overwritten or overbuilt. Nothing stands between the reader, the characters, and their stories.
Here’s hoping Jon has an easier time than Horace with his adventures in a new world.