Sunday Book Swoop!

New year, new beginning –


New stuff on the blog!


I’ll give you a minute to catch your breath.

Because it’s January and I like you, my lovely readers, I have talked to my Benevolent Masters at JFB – and every Sunday in January I’ll be giving away a choice piece of writing, starting with:

The Emperor's Knife

Find me a thing not to love about this cover. Seriously. It is almost illegally badass.


Be warned – some of these reviews may mildly spoiler-alerty – but the sources are good.

“A solid first effort, with a great amount of potential. Looking forward to more.” – Jaym Gates, SF Signal

“…The Emperor’s Knife as a whole is a very impressive debut byMazarkis Williams, who immediately ranks among the year’s most exciting new fantasy authors.” – Robert Thompson, Fantasy Book Critic

“…overall, this is strongly recommended.” Nic Clarke, SFX

So what do I do to win me a sweet paperback with some knives and a hooded man and a truckload of awesome?

1) Click on the ‘leave a comment’.
2) Enter the name of your favourite story character. This has no bearing on the result – I’m just curious.
3) I select one comment at random – results are to be announced on Tuesday.

That’s it – enjoy!

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  1. Thrainn
    Posted January 6, 2013 at 12:47 pm | Permalink

    Lucky Luke (Lukku Láki)

    • Posted January 7, 2013 at 11:57 am | Permalink

      Thrainn – Lucky Luke! Aw man – hours of fun there. I vaguely remember referring to one of my teachers as ‘the missing Dalton Brother’. She was not amused.

  2. Sverrir
    Posted January 6, 2013 at 3:20 pm | Permalink

    Would have to depend on the genre! 🙂

    Drizzt Do’urden and John Patrick Ryan, Sr. (Jack).

    • Posted January 7, 2013 at 11:59 am | Permalink

      Sverrir – Can’t go wrong with a bit of Drizzt. A classic choice, Sir. I last read Clancy many, many moons ago, but I seem to remember Ryan kicking reasonably over the requisite amount of ass.

  3. Adam
    Posted January 6, 2013 at 3:25 pm | Permalink

    kvothe has always been my favourite!

    • Posted January 7, 2013 at 12:00 pm | Permalink

      Adam – As I am intending to meet Rothfuss at Worldcon in Brighton it probably wouldn’t do to reveal the shrine – or the life-size statue – or the wallpaper made of his witty blog posts. I am with you on Kvothe.

  4. Gunnar Ingi
    Posted January 6, 2013 at 4:04 pm | Permalink

    Death (from the Discworld novels)

  5. Janeiac
    Posted January 6, 2013 at 5:05 pm | Permalink

    Tiger – (Talks with a Tiger – Donald Bisset)

    • Posted January 7, 2013 at 12:02 pm | Permalink

      Jane – I do not know this Tiger of which you speak, but based on the cover it seems more of the “playful, friendly” variety and less “500 pound furry killing machine”. We approve.

  6. Mackenzie
    Posted January 6, 2013 at 5:11 pm | Permalink

    Gray Pierce (James Rollins’ Sigma series)

    • Posted January 7, 2013 at 12:03 pm | Permalink

      Mackenzie – Ooh! Something I know absolutely nothing about! *excited* This shall be looked into.

  7. Julian
    Posted January 6, 2013 at 6:00 pm | Permalink

    Locke Lamora from the Gentleman Bastards Collection.

    • Posted January 7, 2013 at 12:04 pm | Permalink

      Julian – Yep, yep and yep. Once upon a time I would have hunted down Scott Lynch and tried my best to eat his brain to gain his special powers. Odds are he’d deploy his Storytelling +5 and stun me, though. Locke is awesome.

  8. Posted January 6, 2013 at 6:40 pm | Permalink

    Harry Copperfield Blackstone Dresden

    • Posted January 7, 2013 at 12:05 pm | Permalink

      Gunslingers – Harry is a good’un. I read the first book of the Dresden Files and didn’t quite get into it through no fault of the books – stored for future reacquaintance, methinks.

  9. Chris
    Posted January 6, 2013 at 8:06 pm | Permalink

    Thom Merrilin from WoT

    • Posted January 7, 2013 at 12:06 pm | Permalink

      Chris – Yes! We like him. Old scoundrels for the win.

  10. Tom Slack
    Posted January 6, 2013 at 8:30 pm | Permalink

    Kvothe or Matrim Cauthon are definite favourites

    • Posted January 7, 2013 at 12:08 pm | Permalink

      Tom Slack – Excellent choices – I vascillate between Mat and Perrin, myself.

  11. Posted January 6, 2013 at 11:53 pm | Permalink

    Prince Honorous Jorg Ancrath from The Broken Empire

    • Posted January 7, 2013 at 12:09 pm | Permalink

      KZ – The Prince of Thorns is on my to-read list – I am much looking forward to it.

  12. Joscha
    Posted January 7, 2013 at 7:48 am | Permalink

    Vin From Mistborn series. I just loves how she evolves from the streets.

    • Posted January 7, 2013 at 12:13 pm | Permalink

      Joscha – Indeed. There is something very – not sure of the word but I’ll go with lean about the way she is written as well. I loved the series – for my personal preference I would have wished her to have more low-minded sides as well, but there is no question about it. She is a fine character.

  13. Will
    Posted January 7, 2013 at 12:50 pm | Permalink

    Durzo Blint. Surly Drunk bad mamajama.

  14. Damiano
    Posted January 7, 2013 at 1:46 pm | Permalink

    Kruppe, of the Malazan Book of the Fallen series

  15. Posted January 7, 2013 at 4:19 pm | Permalink

    Logen Ninefingers from The Blade Itself. He’s already a badass, and then he gets upset…
    Also, anyone from Gemmell’s Winter Warriors. Characterfest of awesome.

  16. Sverrir
    Posted January 13, 2013 at 1:53 am | Permalink

    You might want to keep it that way, reading Clancy many moons ago that is! Much of this co-authored stuff isn’t so good imho.

  17. Posted January 13, 2013 at 11:26 pm | Permalink


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