A new novel from me, Into the Storm

They just officially announced it. Coming soon: https://skullislandx.com/warmachine/into-the-storm

Here is the cover art by Mario Mazzoni.

Into the Storm (2)

A knight of Cygnar follows a strict moral code. His integrity is beyond reproach. He holds himself to the highest standards whether dealing with friend or foe. And he values honor above all.

The year is 606 AR, and Cygnar has been sorely pressed by its enemies both at home and abroad. In Caspia, the conflict with the Protectorate is about to erupt into full war with the looming invasion of Sul. The Cygnaran military is desperate for soldiers with the skill, strength, and bravery to take up the devastating galvanic weaponry of the new Storm Division. In this climate, every soldier is valuable, even those fallen from the honor expected of a Storm Knight. A group of such men—thieves, drunkards, and worse—comprise the Sixth Platoon. All they need is someone to lead them.

Lieutenant Hugh Madigan, a peerless warrior knighted during the reign of deposed King Vinter IV, has spent years in obscurity, punished for his loyalty to the former king. Now he has been ordered back to the front and given command of the Sixth, his task to turn a platoon of miscreants into elite soldiers fit to be called Storm Knights. Time is short, and war is coming. One way or another, Lieutenant Madigan must lead his men into the storm . . .

I wrote this for Privateer Press, for their Skull Island Expedition’s imprint, and it is actually novel length, not a novella like the last one I wrote for them. This is set in the world of Warmachine, except I wrote it in a manner that even if you aren’t familiar with the world this is a really good place to get into it. Cygnar is sort of similar to a fantasy Victorian England, and the guys I’m writing about are knights wielding magic mad science lightning swords and giant steam powered fighting robots in a war against a bunch of religious fanatics.

I had a lot of fun with this one. I’m really proud of it. It is a cross between Band of Brothers and the Dirty Dozen. The Storm Knights are an elite force, the pride of their nation, only these guys are the dregs. The left overs that nobody wants.  They are the bottom of the barrel, scraped together out of desperation. But it is a massive call up in prelude to an invasion, and it is all hands on deck, so they all get shoved off into one dead end platoon. And who better to lead a bunch of failures, than a commander who has already been dishonored? There was a coup a decade ago, and this particular knight was on the losing side, only he is very bad at losing.  🙂

These are some of my favorite characters I’ve gotten to work with. I’ll admit to getting a little emotional when I killed many of them. 🙂  (one downside of writing in somebody else’s IP is that you can’t just go killing off their big name characters, however, I made all of these guys up so NO ONE IS SAFE! Mwa HA HA HAH!)

I’m hoping people enjoy it, because there is a sequel just dying to be told. I’ll post again when it is available for sale.

This is actually my 10th published novel, so that’s kind of a milestone.

13 Responses

  1. Looking forward to it Larry. I was hoping you would write a Merc Story but maybe in the future.

  2. Sounds like a fun read, Larry! I look forward to reading it 🙂

  3. Keep ’em coming, Larry! Your works are fun, intense, imaginative and a pleasure to read. That makes me happy to support your work.

  4. “… in a war against a bunch of religious fanatics.”

    They’re fighting Star Wars fans? I’m in!

  5. I look forward to it. You have to go some to beat Monster Hunter anything. Oh, and Dead Six.

  6. Can’t wait for this one. You had me at “it’s like Band of Brothers, with lightning swords.”

  7. This sound fun.

  8. Sooo…Warhammer 40K basically?

  9. You had me at “knights wielding magic mad science lightning swords and giant steam powered fighting robots.”

    So basically it’s steampunk cranked up to eleven. I’m in.

  10. God that sounds cool. I can’t read, though, so is there any hope of an audiobook version? On a related note, how about an ebook? I feel compelled to ask since this is a new series, new publisher, and a game tie-in unlike most of your other stuff.

  11. Just finish reading it. Awesome book. totally love it.

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