David Liss is the author of fourteen novels, as well as numerous novellas and short stories. His previous books include A Conspiracy of Paper which was named a New York Times Notable Book and won the 2001 Barry, MacAvity and Edgar awards for Best First novel. The Coffee Trader was also named a New York Times Notable Book and was selected by the New York Public Library as one of the year’s 25 Books to Remember. Many of his novels are currently being developed for television or film. Liss has worked on numerous comics projects, including Black Panther and Mystery Men for Marvel, The Spider and Green Hornet for Dynamite, and Angelica Tomorrow.
We are delighted to feature Marshall Ryan Maresca as a Special Guest at ArmadilloCon 2021! All of us could use more fun in our lives, and Maresca delivers that, book after book after book! He is one of the hardest-working writers out there, and as far as we can tell, he is always working on at least two books and two series, all of them fun.
We were equally delighted by A Murder of Mages, which kicked off a new series focusing on two brilliant but unusual members of Maradaine’s crime-fighting Constabulary. Satrine Rainey is a former street rat and ex-spy. Inspector Minox Welling is a brilliant detective and untrained mage, unfortunately known as “the jinx” because misfortunes seem to befall anyone around him. Nobody in the Constabulary wants to work with them, so they end working together. Their crime-fighting adventures continue in An Import of Intrigue and A Parliament of Bodies.
Ocean’s 11 with Magic!
Who doesn’t love a well-done caper story? Maresca kicked off the Streets of Maradaine series with The Holver Alley Crew. The B&N SciFi & Fantasy Blog called it “an irresistible low-fantasy caper” and “a glorious riot of high adventure and low cunning, fast, furious, and most of all, fun.” Their one complaint was that “it’s nearly impossible to find a good place to stop reading it.” This series stars the Rynax brothers, a group of accomplished thieves who were planning to give up crime and then go back for one last job. Maresca is great at the witty, fast-paced banter that make a good caper story so much fun. The crew is back at it in The Fenmere Job and finally Lady Henterman’s Wardrobe.
Ready for Political Intrigue?
Maresca’s Maradaine Elite series delivers fast-paced high fantasy with plenty of turmoil and political intrigue. In The Way of the Shield, young hero Dayne Heldin, a member of a glorious but perhaps fading order of noble warriors, is forced to choose between his ideals and his political future. The story of Dayne and fellow warrior Jerinne Fendall continues in The Shield of the People and People of the City.
New! Preorder Time!
Maresca has a new book coming this fall — A Constabulary of One! This one will start a new series. It will feature Corrie Welling, a young law enforcement officer we met in the Constabulary series. It’s great to see she’ll be getting to star in her own story. After being abducted and shipped out of Maradaine, she escapes but has to find her way in a new city on the other side of the world. She doesn’t speak the language, doesn’t know the culture, and is forbidden from leaving the city until she pays off a colossal debt. It may take her years to settle her accounts and get home.
Marshall Ryan Maresca is one of the people behind the excellent podcast World Building for Masochists! WFM was a finalist for the 2021 Best Fancast Hugo Award. Tune in and find out why! It’s described as “a podcast by three fantasy authors who love to overcomplicate their writing lives and want to help you do the same.” Truthfully, you do not need to be either a writer or a masochist to enjoy the podcast a great deal. It’s a warm, entertaining ongoing conversation that gets a spectacular array of guests. Don’t miss it.
Learn more about Marshall Ryan Maresca and his writings and doings at his website.