Bane and Shadow cover and pre-order links!

The second book in the Empire of Storms trilogy will be out February 28th, 2017. This is the follow-up to last year’s Hope and Red, set in a fracturing empire spread across savage seas, where two young people from different cultures find common purpose.

Here is the jacket copy:

Red is being trained as a cold-blooded assassin by the biomancers. As he becomes increasingly embroiled in palace politics, he learns that even life among the nobility can be deadly.

While terrorizing imperial ships as the pirate Dire Bane, Hope stumbles onto a biomancer plot of such horrifying scope that it makes even the massacre of her childhood village seem small in comparison.

With the biomancers tightening their grip of fear over the empire, Hope and Red struggle to fill their new roles and responsibilities, but the cost will be greater than any of them realize.

Guest post round-up

Well, Hope and Red is out in the world now! Here’s a round-up of guest posts I did on various blogs:

This is one of the reasons why I don’t have a true blog of my own. Because I’d have nothing to write when these came around.

HOPE AND RED Gets Starred Review from Publishers Weekly!

Here’s what they say:

YA author Skovron builds on his strengths in his first book for adults, diving deep into the lives of two, gruesomely orphaned children in an Earthsea-like island realm. The land is ruled by a degenerate imperium whose amoral face is the biomancers—part scientist and part sorcerer—who operate with utter impunity for ends of their own. Bleak Hope is the sole survivor of a village destroyed by a biomancer. She’s raised by the leader of a sect of warrior monks who give her all the skills she will need to wreak vengeance. Red, son of a chemical-addicted artist and a prostitute, hitches his star to Sadie the Goat, who mentors him into becoming the greatest thief in the stews of New Laven. When the adolescents emerge from their apprenticeships, they launch their adult voyages. Skovron’s eye for characterization and situations is exceptional, raising this from a fun ninja and pirate mash-up to a compelling coming-of-age yarn that genuinely merits a multivolume treatment.

I’m not sure I need to add anything to that 🙂

Hope and Red on the B&N Sci-Fi and Fantasy Blog

Hope and Red made the Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Books of June 2016 on the Barnes and Noble SF&F Blog. Here’s what it says:

Skovron’s first foray into adult fiction is an unexpected ride into a richly-imagined fictional world. On an island realm ruled by amoral and self-interested Biomancers—men and women skilled in a powerful combination of magic and science—two children from vastly different backgrounds come of age. Bleak Hope survives the destruction of her village by a biomancer and is trained by a group of warrior priests for revenge. Red is the son of drug addicts and prostitutes, trained to be the greatest thief the world has ever known. That their fates are intertwined is a given, but Skovron’s briskly-paced story doesn’t skimp on the world-building—and thank goodness, because it’s quite a world.

Pre-order now!

Download the first two chapters of HOPE & RED for free!

That’s right! No email sign-up or weird DRM, just some sweet PDF, multi-platform goodness:

Now, of course, if you do sign up for my mailing list, you’ll have early access to chapters 3 and 4 as well (see what I did there?)

And if you enjoy these chapters, why not preorder from one of these fine retailers?

Hope and Red will be out NEXT MONTH! Weee!

HOPE & RED makes its first list!

From a Barnes & Noble post titled “2016 Books SF/F Editors Want You to Read”

Hope and Red is hands down one of the most exciting fantasy debuts I have read in years. Author Jon Skovron takes the usual fantasy tropes and makes them feel new and wonderfully fresh again. Reading Hope & Red for the first time reminded me of when I first fell in love with authors like Brent Weeks, Brandon Sanderson and Scott Lynch. The main characters – Hope and Red – are a trained warrior and a thief, who will do anything it takes to survive the corrupt underworld they were born into, even taking a risk and working together. You’re going to love spending time with them in this world, and when you’re done, you’ll be dying for the second book, Bane and Shadow. —Devi Pillai, Editor