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New Event: BFS Open Night, London — Fri 5 June

05/06/2015 @ 19:00 - 23:00

Summer Open Night, London.

Venue: The Blacksmith & Toffeemaker pub, 292-294 Saint John Street, London EC1V 4PA. Same venue we used for our event back in March, close to Angel tube (5 mins walk) website: theblacksmithandthetoffeemaker.co.uk

Come and join us for our next London Open Night for good conversation, friends old and new, a HUGE free prize draw (books galore!) and of course, a drink or two. Our Open Nights are a great place to meet fellow genre writers, readers, publishers and fans.

Featuring Guest Author: Edward Cox, author of The Relic Guild (Gollancz), which is reviewed here: http://www.britishfantasysociety.org/reviews/the-relic-guild-book-review/

Magic caused the war. Magic is forbidden. Magic will save us.

It was said the Labyrinth had once been the great meeting place, a sprawling city at the heart of an endless maze where a million humans hosted the Houses of the Aelfir. The Aelfir who had brought trade and riches, and a future full of promise. But when the Thaumaturgists, overlords of human and Aelfir alike, went to war, everything was ruined and the Labyrinth became an abandoned forbidden zone, where humans were trapped behind boundary walls 100 feet high. Now the Aelfir are a distant memory and the Thaumaturgists have faded into myth. Young Clara struggles to survive in a dangerous and dysfunctional city, where eyes are keen, nights are long, and the use of magic is punishable by death. She hides in the shadows, fearful that someone will discover she is touched by magic. She knows her days are numbered. But when a strange man named Fabian Moor returns to the Labyrinth, Clara learns that magic serves a higher purpose and that some myths are much more deadly in the flesh. The only people Clara can trust are the Relic Guild, a secret band of magickers sworn to protect the Labyrinth. But the Relic Guild are now too few. To truly defeat their old nemesis Moor, mightier help will be required. To save the Labyrinth – and the lives of one million humans – Clara and the Relic Guild must find a way to contact the worlds beyond their walls.

About Edward: Edward Cox began writing stories at school as a way to pass time in boring lessons. With his first short story published in 2000, Edward spent much of the next decade earning a BA 1st class with honours in creative writing, and a Master degree in the same subject. He then went on to teach creative writing at the University of Bedfordshire. Currently living in Essex with his wife and daughter, Edward is mostly surrounded by fine greenery and spiders the size of his hand. The Relic Guild is his first completed novel, and it is the result of more than ten years of obsessive writing. Edwards’ next book is The Cathedral of Known Things (Book Two of The Relic Guild) and will be published later this year. Edward is represented by John Berlyne of Zeno Agency. Edward can be found on twitter @edwardcox10 and his website is edwardcox.net

Also, a book giveaway by Solaris Books of:  The Raven’s Banquet by Clifford Beal.

The Raven’s Banquet is the gripping prequel to the critically acclaimed Gideon’s Angel, and like that which went before it – or after it, depending on your perspective – it packs a hard punch of swashbuckling greatness. Set in Germany in 1626, the hero of Gideon’s Angel – Richard Treadwell – returns to tell how his journey into the supernatural began. A special first Edition, limited to just 200 copies, will be available from the Forbidden Planet chain of stores. As a young man he journeyed to Hamburg to seek his fortune as a mercenary with the Danish army in the vast war raging in Germany between the Catholic Hapsburg empire and the Protestant princes. But he brings with him an old secret that, as he descends into a horrific maelstrom of conflict and slaughter, quickly destroys his illusions of adventure, right and wrong, and good and evil.

All welcome, BFS members, lapsed members and non-members alike. Hope to see you there!


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The Blacksmith & The Toffeemaker
292-294 St. John's Street
London, EC1V 4PA United Kingdom
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