Not even close.
And especially this year. 2011 is a hotbed for epic/high fantasy releases, many of them New York Times bestsellers and at least two or three of them hitting/will hit #1 on that list. Patrick Rothfuss, George R. R. Martin, Daniel Abraham, Joe Abercrombie, Brandon Sanderson, Terry Brooks — the list goes on and on.
There are even a few debut writers being published between those mentioned. Peter Orullian is one of them. He has most certainly written an epic fantasy, a large sprawling tale told with almost a dozen point of view characters in a world that is as alive and real as our own. In support of that book, The Unremembered, Peter stopped by the University Bookstore in Seattle WA on April 18, 2011 to talk about his debut, how it came to be published, how music informs his life, and how trans media is shaping the creative world we know.
But first, here is a bit more about The Unremembered:
The gods, makers of worlds, seek to create balance — between matter and energy; and between mortals who strive toward the transcendent, and the natural perils they must tame or overcome. But one of the gods fashions a world filled with hellish creatures far too powerful to allow balance; he is condemned to live for eternity with his most hateful creations in that world’s distant Bourne, restrained by a magical veil kept vital by the power of song.
Millennia pass, awareness of the hidden danger fades to legend, and both song and veil weaken. And the most remote cities are laid waste by fell, nightmarish troops escaped from the Bourne. Some people dismiss the attacks as mere rumor. Instead of standing against the real threat, they persecute those with the knowledge, magic and power to fight these abominations, denying the inevitability of war and annihilation. And the evil from the Bourne swells…
The troubles of the world seem far from the Hollows where Tahn Junell struggles to remember his lost childhood and to understand words he feels compelled to utter each time he draws his bow. Trouble arrives when two strangers — an enigmatic man wearing the sigil of the feared Order of Sheason and a beautiful woman of the legendary Far — come, to take Tahn, his sister and his two best friends on a dangerous, secret journey. Tahn knows neither why nor where they will go. He knows only that terrible forces have been unleashed upon mankind and he has been called to stand up and face that which most daunts him — his own forgotten secrets and the darkness that would destroy him and his world.
Want to learn more? Want to hear Peter speak about the book, do a short reading, and talk about his life as a debut writer and why he’s excited about the prospect of epic fantasy? Here is the video:
The Unremembered is in fine bookstores now! It can also be ordered on The Signed Page and Peter will sign it!