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Masterworks Spotlight: the Anvil of Ice

It seems like only yesterday, that Gollancz editor Marcus Gipps shared his thoughts on Michael Scott Rohan‘s much-loved fantasy series The Winter of the World.

Now, we’re delighted to announce the publication of the first volume, The Anvil of Ice, as a Fantasy Masterwork!

The chronicles of The Winter of the World echo down the ages in half-remembered myth and song – tales of mysterious powers of the Mastersmiths, of the forging of great weapons, of the subterranean kingdoms of the duergar, of Gods who walked abroad, and of the Powers that struggled endlessly for dominion.

In the Northlands, beleaguered by the ever-encroaching Ice and the marauding Ekwesh, a young cowherd, saved from the raiders by the mysterious Mastersmith, discovers in himself an uncanny power to shape metal – but it is a power that may easily be turned to evil ends, and on a dreadful night he flees his new home, and embarks on the quest to find both his own destiny, and a weapon that will let him stand against the Power of the Ice.

His wanderings will bring him great friends but earn him greater enemies, and eventually they will transform him from lowly cowherd to a mastersmith fit to stand with the greatest of all men.

The Anvil of Ice is available as a Fantasy Masterworks paperback and an SF Gateway eBook. It is the first volume of Michael Scott Rohan’s acclaimed The Winter of the World sequence.  The full series is available in eBook from from SF Gateway:

1. The Anvil of Ice

2. The Forge in the Forest

3. The Hammer of the Sun

4. The Castle in the Winds

5. The Singer and the Sea

6. Shadow of the Seer

You can find more of Michael Scott Rohan’s work via his Author page on the SF Gateway website and read about him in his entry in The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction.