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  • Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz; New edition edition (14 Sept. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857985605
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857985603
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 10.8 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,029,718 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stan Nicholls is the author of more than thirty books, most of them in the fantasy and science fiction genres, for both adult and young readers. Titles include 'Strange Invaders', 'Fade to Black', The Nightshade Chronicles trilogy and 'Wordsmiths of Wonder: Fifty Interviews With Writers of the Fantastic'. He adapted David Gemmell's 'Legend' and 'Wolf in Shadow' into graphic novel form, novelised TV series 'Dark Skies', and wrote authorised biographies of, among others, Gerry Anderson of Thunderbirds fame and Coronation Street's Willam Roache. His Quicksilver trilogy (Dreamtime trilogy in the US) - 'Quicksilver Rising', 'Quicksilver Zenith' and 'Quicksilver Twilight' - is published in the UK by Voyager/HarperCollins.
His Orcs: First Blood trilogy - 'Bodyguard of Lightning', 'Legion of Thunder' and 'Warriors of the Tempest' - published in the UK by Gollancz, is a worldwide bestseller, with over a million copies sold to date. The associated Orcs story "The Taking" was shortlisted for the 2001 British Fantasy Award. The second trilogy, Orcs: Bad Blood, consists of 'Weapons of Magical Destruction', 'Army of Shadows' and 'Inferno'. The trilogies have appeared as unexpurgated audiobooks, read by John Lee and published by Tantor Media. An original Orcs graphic novel, 'Orcs: Forged For War', illustrated by Joe Flood, was published in October 2011 by First Second Books in the US, Pan Macmillan in the UK and Les Editions Gallimard in France, and entered the New York Times bestseller list. It also won the 2011 Geek Life Award for Best Comic Book of the Year, and was awarded a Great GN Accolade by Graphic Novel Reporter. A collection of orcs novellas and short stories, entitled 'Orcs: Tales of Maras-Dantia', is scheduled for publication in Spring 2015.
His books have been published in more than 20 countries, including Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, New Zealand, Poland, Romania, Russia, Spain and the United States.
Before taking up writing full-time in 1981, Stan co-owned and managed Notting Hill bookstore Bookends, and was manager of specialist sf bookshop Dark They Were and Golden Eyed. He was the first manager of Forbidden Planet's original London store, and helped establish and run the New York branch.
He has had approximately fifty short stories published in anthologies and magazines. A collection entitled 'Shake Me To Wake Me: The Best Short Fiction of Stan Nicholls' was published by NewCon Press in November 2013.
A journalist for national and specialist publications, and the Internet, Stan was for six years the science fiction and fantasy book reviewer for London listings magazine 'Time Out', and subsequently reviewed popular science titles for the magazine. His journalism has appeared in 'The Guardian', 'The Independent', 'The Times', 'Film Monthly', 'Films & Filming', 'Movie', 'Rock Power', 'SFX', 'Sight & Sound' and some seventy other publications.
He was the recipient of Le'Fantastique Lifetime Achievement Award for Contributions to Literature, presented at the Trolls & Legendes Festival in Mons, Belgium, 7th-8th April 2007. Stan is Chair of the annual David Gemmell Awards For Fantasy. The first presentation, which he co-hosted, took place at the headquarters of The Magic Circle in London on 19th June 2009.
Stan is married to psychotherapist Anne Nicholls, who writes self-help books and journalism under that name, and sf/fantasy as Anne Gay.


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Amazon Review

Legion of Thunder continues Stan Nicholls's "Orcs: First Blood" trilogy, which began in 1999 with Bodyguard of Lightning. The neat premise is that tough orc soldiers--the villainous cannon fodder in generic fantasylands ever since Tolkien-- appear as heroes. Humans, if not exactly evil, are unwanted immigrants whose presence poisons this otherworld's wellsprings of magic. Book one saw orc commander Stryke's warband the Wolverines forced into conflict with practically everyone, leading to a quest for (as ever) five magic artifacts, and ending in multiple cliffhangers. Headlong action continues through Legion of Thunder, with the separated Wolverines splitting further to tackle impossible-seeming challenges while repeatedly threatened by minions of evil queen Jennesta, assorted bounty hunters, slave traders, kobolds, goblins, imps, sea-dwelling "nyadds", sorcerous automata, and religious fanatics with a fondness for smiting the heathen. Much vicious skirmishing ensues. Meanwhile Stryke continues to have strange--prophetic?--dreams of an orc utopia. A mysteriously appearing and disappearing personage called Serapheim hopes to direct events for reasons of his own. And the magical "instrumentalities" so far collected are singing a seductive mindsong to which it may be unwise to listen. By the end of the novel the surviving Wolverines have an army or two hotly pursuing them. Can they possibly survive for book three? Fast-moving, gory fantasy adventure, with flashes of black comedy. --David Langford --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Geoff Clarke on 13 Oct. 1999
Format: Paperback
Stan Nicholls has come up with a great idea. These books fill in the gap in the knowledge of everyone who has read a book or played a game where the enemies are orcs. Whether you liked Lord of the Rings or Dungeons and Dragons these books are a must read.
The pace is gripping and the fight scenes suitably graphic.
If there is a failing its that all that happens is the band run from A to B fight, win then run to C. But maybe that's just how orcs are.
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Amazon.com: 2 reviews
Enjoyable Romp 8 May 2009
By Steven Ross - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The second book in the trilogy, this continues directly from the first Bodyguard of Lightning (ORCS: First Blood, Book 1). It maintains the same fast pace and chases.
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wow 27 May 2001
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book is wicked! There are so many cool characters and it keeps you on the edge of your seat every time that you read it, whether it be first of fourth.
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