Lost and found

James Is­ling­ton in­tro­duces his epic new fan­tasy saga

SFX - - Red alert -

War-torn land­scapes, gifted young­sters, cen­turies-long power strug­gles… Those tropes will be fa­mil­iar to many fan­tasy fans, but they’re given a gritty dust-down in James Is­ling­ton’s de­but novel, The Shadow Of What Was Lost. Fol­low­ing stu­dent Da­vian, the first book in The Li­ca­nius Tril­ogy sees him head­ing off on a danger­ous jour­ney. “It’s not long be­fore he finds out there are dark, vi­o­lent forces ac­tively pur­su­ing him and his friends,” Is­ling­ton tells Red Alert. “So yes – there’s plenty of magic, blood and fight­ing through­out!”

Hail­ing from Aus­tralia, the au­thor spent his twen­ties run­ning a tech start-up be­fore he re­turned to his teen­hood pas­sion for writ­ing. He started scrib­bling The Shadow Of What Was Lost on his 30th birth­day and, five years later, it’s fi­nally hit­ting shelves, with Is­ling­ton aim­ing to in­fuse his se­ries with the “amaz­ing sense of scope, deep his­tory and epic stakes” that he loved in Robert Jor­dan’s Wheel Of Time books.

And with a whole tril­ogy mapped out (“I know ex­actly how the story ends, but I do leave room for things to shift around”), he’s al­ready hard at work on book two, An Echo Of Things To Come, out mid-2017. “I’m in the process of edit­ing it right now,” he re­veals. “It’s a lit­tle darker than Shadow, with the cen­tral con­flict of the se­ries re­ally start­ing to come into play.” Sounds epic to us.

The Shadow Of What Was Lost is re­leased by Or­bit on 10 Novem­ber.

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