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Publication Order of Steelhaven Books

Herald of the Storm (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Shattered Crown (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lord of Ashes (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Thaddeus Blaklok Books

Kultus (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of War of the Archons Books

as R.S. Ford
A Demon in Silver (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hangman's Gate (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Spear of Malice (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Anthologies

The Writer's Library(2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Richard R.S. Ford is a Science Fiction & Fantasy author originally from Leeds in Yorkshire who currently lives in the wildlands of Cambridgeshire. Ford is the author of more than six novels having started his writing career with “Kultus,” a steampunk adventure novel that he published in 2011. He followed that up with the “Steelhaven” an epic fantasy trilogy and “War of the Archons” series of novels, which has become one of his most popular. The “Steelhaven” series have been published under the name Richard Ford, while his subsequent novels have been written as RS Ford. Ford is also the author of several short stories featured in the “Black Library.” He is also a contributor to the computer game “Elite: Dangerous.” He deems himself an ordinary person that spends much of his time reading and playing console games. When he is not doing that, he may be found watching rugby or cooking.

Ford has always been interested in reading and writing and has been influenced by books in his writings. His earliest influence was “2000AD” a comics book that he was a huge fan of during his preteen years. He particularly loved the “Slaine MacRoth” series and has said that “Kultus” his debut novel was significantly influenced by the comic strip. The novel features the same type of anti-hero living in a violent ultra-crazy world that was to be found in the heyday of the comic. He has also been influenced by the Weiss and Hickman “Dragonlance” books and later on by the likes of “Game of Thrones” by George RR Martin, “Best Served Cold” by Joe Abercrombie, David Gemmell’s “Sword in the Storm,” and any literary work by Elmore Leonard. As a huge consumer of episodic television, he has also been inspired by it in the structure of his novels. RS Ford tends to write snappy and short chapters and often switches around the point of view of his characters. He is also known for writing prose that would provide great cinematic visuals. He has asserted that one of the scenes in his novels was influenced by “Carnivale,” a criminally short TV series that he could not resist emulating even as he thought it criminally short.

Richard R.S. Ford does not remember a particular time when he made the conscious decision to become an author. It was something he always wanted to do even though as a child and teenager, he thought that becoming an author was a dream too far. However, just like many of his contemporaries, he cannot help but moan and whine about all the hard work, it takes to write and publish a novel though he would never give it up for the world. Frankly, Ford has never been good at anything else in his life and he loved writing a lot. It thus seemed like an attractive career choice and once he published his debut novel, he has never looked back.

“A Demon in Silver” by Richard R.S. Ford is set in a world where magic has long disappeared and the continent had been ravaged by war. The average people have few possessions, bandits roam the roads attacking travelers and the nations are at war. A young woman suffering from amnesia got injured in a fire but she heals quickly and now intends to use her skills with weapons to survive. In another place, Livia suddenly discovers that she had magical powers but has to hide it since she would be taken to Duke Gothelm. She has the power to cast a spell over a garden and make it bloom overnight, which is something that has not been seen for centuries. There is a huge rush to get the magical power before other nations can get their hands on it as superstition runs rampant and magic is rare. Among the powerful, the Duke is cuckolded by Josten Cade, who has always portrayed himself as one of his most loyal subjects. Silver does not remember much of her life before she started working at the farm and often had bad dreams that include frightening paranormal beings that she has to fight off. Livia’s magic can be erratic and this puts her in danger of getting caught which eventually happens. As the novel moves forward, the different threads in the story start coming together to make for a very interesting narrative.

“Hangman’s Gate,” the second of the “War of Archons” series of novels by Richard R.S. Ford is set more than a century after “The Fall.” The Archons had broken the heartstone by striking an accord and overnight, magic and the gods had faded into stories, legend, and myth, leaving humanity to their own devices. But then the Archons had begun stirring and were now taking steps to reenter the world. Slowly but surely, the fabric is tearing, the magic is returning and the scars are becoming unstitched as people all over the world start manifesting magical capabilities not seen in more than 100 years. Iron Tusk the monstrous warlord is marching towards his opponents and has vowed that they will fall, obey, kneel or die. He has mustered a huge army and is heading towards the crumbling ancient fortress of Dunrun. He has taken over the Shengen Empire after killing the emperor. He subjugated the land and its people and seeks to expand his kingdom beyond what he has now. Iron Tusk had united the tribes and brought in all the tribesmen, criminals, and bandits to his banner. He has an insurmountable army and he is worshipped in his domain just like God. He is now looking to rule the world and have dominion over all the kingdoms but he is yet to defeat the last bastion of resistance – the Dunrun.

“The Spear of Malice” by Richard RS Ford is the third of the “War of the Archons” series of novels. There is still a war that is threatening the existence of humanity and people everywhere brace for war. But as the kingdoms all around make preparations for war, Kanto the city-state maintains a precarious hold on its stance of neutrality. The queen regent Suraan is facing challenges all around even as Rahuul her son remains too young to take over as king. Adaali his guardian that also happens to be his eldest sister is charged with protecting him from enemies that would take his throne. But there are dark forces from outside and inside and to save Rahuul, Adaali and her mother might have to seek the help of the most unlikely of powers. If not, they risk being swept away by the war of the gods which threatens to destroy everything in their path.

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