The Crown of the Blood goes Audio

Ullsaard. Looking mean, staying keen.

Ullsaard. Looking mean, staying keen.

Sixteen hours of commuting to do? Or perhaps a bit of entertainment during the next few painting sessions?

I am very happy to announce that The Crown of the Blood is now available to download from Audible. This unabridged audiobook clocks in at less than $2 an hour, which makes it better value than a movie, even from this modern t’internet thingy. Plus it has giant cats in it, which most movies don’t. If you’re already a  member, why not make this your book of the month for even better value? And if that doesn’t tempt you and you’re not a member of Audible yet you can get it for free by starting a one-month trial! I challenge anyone to find more hard bastards riding giant cats for that kind of outlay.

Not sure? Here’s what some reviews have said:

“I tore through The Crown of the Blood in one long sitting… This is a properly high fantasy world – rock people, dark sorcery, landships, riding panthers and (of course) dinosaurs – but all of it is introduced naturally and casually… his book is hairy, gory, sweaty, shameless… and perhaps even a little bit thoughtful.”


“there’s plenty to keep you turning the pages… An intriguing ending promises something different for book two”
SFX Magazine


“The Crown of the Blood should really have a warning sticker on the front (Angry Robots take note) it’s one of those books that are almost impossible to put down, so much so that you find yourself unconsciously continuing to (try to) read after getting up to make a brew / go to work / go to bed (delete as applicable and don’t try this at home kids). The novel also stands out with a very strong opening scene and excellent end, with a genuinely unexpected twist.”


“Fantastic characterisation, intriguing world-building and an ending that makes your jaw drop, The Crown of the Blood is an excellent novel that is a must-read for any fantasy fan.”
Shadowhawk at The Founding Fields

The Crown of the Blood coverListening to the extract, it’s plain that Paul Thornley has done a great job. Having performed readings of this opening chapter myself, I instantly regretted calling the otherworldly beings the eulanui, and even more that one has the near-unpronounceable title of huoyakuitaka, but Paul pulls it off with aplomb (though I suspect he may have read that and cursed my name).

“This is one of Thorpe’s best novels. The setting and story are well thought out and are remarkably logical for a fantasy novel. If you enjoy military or historical fiction, you will enjoy The Crown of the Blood. Action, intrigue, conquest, and charismatic generals are waiting for you here!”
James Atlantic Speaks


“The Crown of the Blood (Gav Thorpe) is an old-fashioned sword and sorcery romp. There’s not a great deal of sorcery, but there’s lots of fighting and plotting and planning to conquer… it’s a fun book. This book is for readers who want a blast from the past; who want their hour of adventure in a strange world.”
Gillian Polack


“This is an absolutely fantastic novel; I recommend it.”
Daniel’s Thoughts

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