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New Treasures: Savage Legion by Matt Wallace

Wednesday, August 5th, 2020 | Posted by John ONeill

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Cover by Chris McGrath

Matt Wallace is the author of the 7-volume Sin du Jour series from Tor.com, which began with Envy of Angels. I first heard whispers of his ambitious new fantasy trilogy Savage Rebellion back in 2018, when the Barnes & Noble Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog announced “a Trope-Smashing New Epic Fantasy Trilogy from Matt Wallace,” saying (in part)

You probably know [Matt] for the Sin du Jour novellas. It’s a brilliantly subversive, totally wackadoo contemporary fantasy series about a NYC catering company that services the supernatural communities of the world, from goblin kings to the lord of Hell, and for fantasy fans or foodies, it’s a full meal… A few years from now, however, Matt will likely be best known for something else: today, we’re pleased to announce that he’s signed a deal with Simon & Schuster’s Saga Press to publish his first novel — or rather, his first trilogy. It’s a fantasy epic that promises to be just as daring as his novellas. The first book is called Savage Legion, and it sounds primed to grind genre tropes into a fine paste.

What’s so different about Savage Legion? It has a very different take on fantasy action. I think the Publishers Weekly starred review encapsulates it nicely.

Cunning plotting and brisk action elevate this impressive tale of swords and super-science, the first in the Savage Rebellion series from Hugo Award winner Wallace (Sin du Jour). At first glance, Evie is a belligerent drunk. That’s why the Empire of Crache dragoons her into the Savage Legion, a hapless mob of suicide commandos culled from the downtrodden masses of the empire and forced to fight and die on its behalf. But Evie is secretly a warrior on a mission, infiltrating the Legion to rescue her former lover who was kidnapped after discovering government corruption… Wallace masterfully subverts readers’ expectations. As the plot spins through convincing battlefield combat and personal confrontations, Evie rallies the Savage Legion to turn against the empire that exploits them. Readers will be left thoroughly satisfied and eager to know what’s to come.

Savage Legion was published by Saga Press on July 21, 2020. It is 498 pages, priced at $27.99 in hardcover and $7.99 in digital formats. The cover is by Chris McGrath. Listen to an audio excerpt at the Simon & Schuster website.

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4 Comments »

  1. Matt’s short fiction impressed the hell out of me a while back, so I’ve been waiting for this release. I downloaded it to my Kindle as soon as it was released, and I look forward to reading SAVAGE LEGION!!!

    Comment by John R. Fultz - August 7, 2020 7:56 pm

  2. Glad to hear it, John. Love to have a review from you when you finish!

    Comment by John ONeill - August 8, 2020 11:14 am

  3. Thanks, John–the question is when will I have time to read it, now that school is starting back I’m teaching again and my reading time is back to a fraction of what it is during the summer. Nevertheless, I shall persist…

    Comment by John R. Fultz - August 8, 2020 9:10 pm

  4. Chalk up one sale for Envy of Angels. A new author for me, see we will see how it goes.

    Comment by Terry2007 - August 9, 2020 9:02 am


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