James Calbraith is a 34 year old Poland-born writer, foodie and traveller, currently residing in
Growing up in communist
on a diet of powdered milk, Lord of the Rings and soviet science-fiction, he had his first story published at the ripe age of eight. After years of bouncing around university faculties, he moved to Poland in 2007, found a decent IT job and started writing in English. His debut historical fantasy novel, ""The Shadow of Black Wings"", has reached ABNA semi-finals. It was published in July 2012 and hit the Historical Fantasy and Alternate History bestseller lists on Amazon London & US . UK
I’m gonna go with a list of 10 favourite movies, because I’m a movie junkie J
I list them in no particular order. It’s too hard to choose the best one.
1. Blade Runner, by Ridley Scott
Best science fiction movie Hollywood ever made. Still. Ridley Scott burned all his talent on this one.
2. Seven Samurai, by Akira Kurosawa
Every single movie by Kurosawa could appear on this list, but Seven Samurai is his most epic and famous one.
3. After the Rain, by Takashi Koizumi
A movie Kurosawa didn’t live to make, it represents the quintessential Japanese “nothing really happens” story.
4. My Neighbour Totoro, by Hayao Miyazaki
Hard to choose one Miyazaki movie, but Totoro is the one I’ve seen the most times, so it goes here.
5. Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence by Nagisa Oshima
David Bowie’s best role. Takeshi Kitano’s acting breakthrough. Fantastic music. And a final scene that is, to me, the most emotional scene in all of cinema history.
6. 2001: Space Odyssey, by Stanley Kubrick
Another director with a long list of great movies. Space Odyssey is more than just a sci-fi movie – it’s a religion.
7. A Scene at the Sea, by Takeshi Kitano
Takeshi Kitano’s first “non violent” movie, and a masterpiece of understatement.
8. Kill Bill 1&2, by Quentin Tarantino
I know “Pulp Fiction” is regarded as his best one, but I can watch Kill Bill non-stop on a loop. It just never gets old.
9. Lawrence of Arabia, by David Lean
I’ve recently seen it in cinema – a full, four hour version. Any movie that manages to keep you for four hours in the seat deserves a place on the list.
10. Stalker, by Andrey Tarkovsky
I grew up on Soviet science fiction, especially novels of Strugatsky brothers. Tarkovsky’s version of their most famous book is a pure work of cinematic art.
Series: The Year of the Dragon #1
Author: James Calbraith
Genre: Fantasy, Historical Fantasy, Epic Fantasy, Alternate History,
Publisher: Flying Squid
Format: Ebook and Paperback
Length: 70000 words
Purchase: Amazon |
"Fast paced and full of energy"
--Adrian Tchaikovsky, author of the Shadows of the Apt
"This manuscript is full of highly crafted detail that will make readers shiver at times with fear and delight ... a familiar yet highly original fantasy that is a worthwhile read."
-- Publishers Weekly
"The real-world cultures are incredibly well-researched and truthful, and yet well-balanced with the fantasy elements. An intriguing and impressive series."
-- Ben Galley, author of the Emaneska Series
It is the Sixteenth Year of Queen
. In the powerful empire of Dracaland, Bran, a young dragon rider, joins his father on a military expedition to the mysterious lands of the Orient. In the reclusive Yamato, Sato, a tomboy samurai girl, strives to prove her right to inherit her father's school of western magic. Nagomi, a timid shrine apprentice, is haunted by the visions of dark future she must keep secret even from her best friend. Victoria
They don't know it yet, but their paths will cross... And when they do, nothing will ever be the same again.
Welcome to The Shadow of Black Wings, a steam-powered romp across the land of dragons, wizards and samurai. It's big, it's fast, it's been compared to Tolkien in terms of world-building, it has strong female characters and lots of carefully researched detail. You will meet the Royal Marines sailing mighty ironclads and Chinese walking machines; mysterious warlords and crazy inventors; you will discover dark prophecies, family secrets and blood-thirsty demons. And all that in just the first volume!
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The Shadow of Black Wings by James Calbraith