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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (29 Dec 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575078081
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575078086
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 2.3 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 319,734 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.

www.stannicholls.com

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The Orcs are back! The epic conclusion to the internationally bestselling double trilogy.

About the Author

Stan Nicholls has been a reviewer and interviewer in the UK for more than 20 years and is a key figure on the genre scene. He writes a regular column for TIME OUT and contributes to both INTERZONE and STARBURST. As well as the original Orcs trilogy, his Quicksilver fantasy trilogy has also been an international sensation.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Huge on 31 May 2012
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Totally in agreement with other reviewers. I liked the Orcs omnibus (the first 3 books) a lot. Quicksilver was OK. Bad Blood couldn't be more aptly named. Repetitive, boring and frankly just incredibly badly written. We KNOW Standeven is obsessed by the stars - stop going on about it every chapter! Haskeer needs some character development - it's not enough just being cross all the time. Why doesn't Jennesta just fry the Orcs with magic? it smacks of James Bond villains plotting Bond's death with a fiendish contraption that he can get of rather than just shooting him. And the world hopping - enough already. Don't write another Stan, you are done. Read Jim Butcher instead.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ChrisT on 17 July 2012
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I waited quite a long time for this final episode of the Orcs Bad Blood Trilogy and i have to agree with other reviewers who were under-whelmed by it.I wouldnt say it was boring, just showing signs of the author wanting to get it finished and chucking in anything to fill up the pages. Yes there were too many conversations between Standeven and Pepperdyne about the instrumentalities, and i had the feeling that Stan Nicholls was straining to find ways of describing battles that he hadnt used before. Just how many ways can you describe Haskeer cutting off an opponents arm with a battleaxe? Also, he seems to have totally confused two goblin characters, Weevan-Jirst and Gleaton-Rourk , the first being second in command of the Gateway Corps and the second a mercenary leading a band of goblins attached to Jennestas army. In the final chapter its obvious he is referring to the latter, but uses the formers name. Its almost like, 'well they 're goblins with hyphenated names, who cares?' Surprising no one at Gollancz picked it up - sloppy editing? Finally we are left with the question, can orcs and humans interbreed - apparently so as in the last page Coilla is pregnant with the deceased Pepperdynes baby.............
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By jabegy on 6 Feb 2012
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I've read Stan Nicholls Orcs series since it began and have grown to like the characters and settings in the stories, it is refreshing to see what people refer to as having heroes in a story who are down, dirty and ugly, this makes it more compelling when the heroes, the orcs in question, do great things, they seem more human because of it rather then just paragons of power.

That said, I was somewhat let down by the events of this book, the last in the current Bad Blood series.
(If you do not want hints as spoilers, don't read on).

The bad blood series started off kind of undertoned from the previous one, with the orcs shown somewhere softer then before. This changed a bit when they began there journey to bring about Jennesta's death after her own father failed to do so years before.
The drive in this series was quite odd, because with the instrumentals the orcs seemed to just keep jumping from world to world well chasing over Jennestra. One thing about this trilogy was unlike the last one, there seemed to be more story drawn from the orcs travelling around then fighting or interacting.

The biggest letdown in the series came with the final book, because well in this trilogy it had so much development around characters, hints of one of them being a traitor, the relationship between the humans in the warband with the rest, as well as all the offshot elements the wolverines meet along the way from other worlds.
However, disappointment came when most of the final book was about the wolverines chasing down Jennesta, running across landscapes to try and reach there final goal and the final conflict with her arch rival... and yet the final battle, the conclusion, the revalation to the story after all this time was writen out in just 1 final chapter.
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A wonderful completion of a journey through six book. Wish the book could have been consisting of many more pages as I didn't want their adventures to end.
My hope is that the story will continue in follow up books.
The Wolverines bring pure enjoyment to the reader that allows him/herself to be transported into their magical world.

Stan please bring more fun, excitement, comradery and blissful smiles to so many us in a follow up series.
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By Avidreader on 5 Jun 2014
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This book was great to read the action was constant and a sort of good ending but once again the swearing spoiled it for me
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By Nick B on 24 Feb 2014
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I have read all the Stan Nicholls Orc series and enjoyed them so much that I am often buying them for others as presents, these novels are compelling and once I start I can barely put them down.
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