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New Treasures: The Bloodsounder’s Arc Trilogy by Jeff Salyards

Sunday, February 14th, 2016 | Posted by John ONeill

Scourge of the Betrayer-small Veil of the Deserters-small Chains of the Heretic-small

Every time a fantasy trilogy successfully wraps up, Black Gate throws a little fiesta. (Someone has to cherish these little publishing milestones. We think it should be us.)

Jeff Salyards’ Bloodsounder’s Arc trilogy began with Scourge of the Betrayer, his debut novel, back in January 2013. Veil of the Deserters was released in June 2014, and now the balloons and shrimp tacos are standing by for Tuesday’s release of Chains of the Heretic, the third and final volume. (We used to celebrate with cheeseburgers, but last year Tor started publishing Pathfinder trilogies, and I gained 30 pounds.)

Now that the whole series is available, I’m looking forward to tucking into Bloodsounder’s Arc. Over at SF Signal Nick Sharps called the first volume “both Debut of the Year and Fantasy of the Year. It is also one of the finest debuts I have ever read.” At B&, Paul Goat Allen said:

Scourge of the Betrayer is a literary appetizer that will undoubtedly captivate anyone who enjoys fantasy, be it epic fantasy, adventure fantasy, military fantasy, etc. If you’re a fan of Cook’s Black Company, or GRRM’s A Song of Ice and Fire, or of classic fantasy sagas like Leiber’s Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser and Moorcock’s Elric, this is a debut novel that is, like Jagger said, ‘what you need.’”

Sounds pretty promising to me. Chains of the Heretic will be published by Night Shade Books on February 16, 2016. It is 524 pages, priced at $25.99 in hardcover and $11.99 for the digital edition. The cover is by Ryan Pancoast. Read an excerpt from Scourge of the Betrayer here.


  1. I’ve only read the first two, but I highly, highly recommend them and am looking forward to #3 sooner rather than later.

    (Although first I have Cherryh’s Rusalka trilogy to finish.)

    Comment by Joe H. - February 14, 2016 10:56 pm

  2. Thanks for the rec, Joe!

    Comment by John ONeill - February 15, 2016 12:59 am

  3. Just started the third novel and this is a very high quality series. Upper echelon of Fantasy writing. A must read if you enjoy Joe Abercrombie, GRR Martin or Mark Lawrence. Put aside your other books and do make time for Salyard. You will be very pleased.

    Comment by DrFated - February 15, 2016 10:23 am

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