Release day: Six Heirs (The Secret of Ji #1), translated by Matthew Ross

Well, we’ve had release day posts for quite a few books now, but this is still a first for Bull Spec. It’s not an author or artist or editor, but rather one of the translators whose local ties warrant the book’s mention here. So, without further adieu…

Six Heirs (The Secret of Ji, #1)

Six Heirs (The Secret of Ji, #1) by Pierre Grimbert, Matthew Ross (Translator), and Eric Lamb (Translator) — in print/ebook from AmazonCrossing — narrated by Michael Page for Brilliance Audio. Here’s the publisher copy:

From France’s most celebrated author of fantasy. The Known World is a sprawling region ruled by mortals, protected by gods, and plied by magicians and warriors, merchants and beggars, royals and scoundrels. Here, those with the gift of the Erjak share a psychic bond with animals; a far-reaching fraternity unites criminals of every persuasion in a vast army of villainy; and upon the mighty river Alt, the dead will one day sail seeking vengeance on the enemies of their descendants. But for all the Known World’s wonders, splendors, and terrors, what has endured most powerfully is the strange legacy of Ji. Emissaries from every nation—the grand Goranese Empire; desolate, frozen Arkary; cosmopolitan Lorelia; and beyond—followed an enigmatic summons into the unknown. Some never returned; others were never the same. Each successive generation has guarded the profound truth and held sacred the legendary event. But now, the very last of them—and the wisdom they possess—are threatened. The time has come to fight for ultimate enlightenment…or fall to infinite darkness. The first book in the highly acclaimed Ji series, available for the first time in English.

First of all, a big tip of the hat to Tyler Curtain for bringing local translator Matthew Ross to my attention. I’d seen the book when browsing forthcoming listings, but had no idea that Ross was translating from the local area. Look for more coverage of this book (and the rest of the series) soon, but for now I’ve only just added it to the 2013 Local and Regional Author Preview listings. Unfortunately I don’t see the book on Kobo or Nook listings (I hadn’t expected either, as an Amazon-published title) but the print book and audiobook are also available from IndieBound, Powell’s, and B&N, along with the Amazon, Kindle, and Audible/iTunes editions.

Anyway: Congratulations, Matthew!

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