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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: BOOK CLUB ASSOCIATES (2003)
  • ASIN: B0011DBSUG
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,926,772 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Judging a book by its cover 8 Feb 2005
They say never to judge a book by its cover, but that is exactly what I did. I saw the cover of this book on the back of The Third Alternitive magazine two years ago and thought that it would be something I would like. And I was right. This is an excellent book, one of the best in recent years.
It enters into the action straight away and is fast-paced, clever and sharp all the way through. The sequenses describing fights are breath-taking, superbly well written. The characters are well formed and believable. The story is the first in a trilogy, but it doesn't leave you feeling empty. You know you've read a book as it gets right into the story from the begining and stays there.
The use of magic as (possibly) a symbol of money, greed, power in modern life is a great stroke.
A most enjoyable read. Recomended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book. Must read! 31 Oct 2006
Quicksilver Rising

Book one in the Quicksilver Trilogy

Stan J. Nicholls

Quicksilver Rising is the first book in the Quicksilver Trilogy. The main character of the book is named Reeth Caldason. Reeth is the last remaining warrior of his tribe who were massacred decades ago. Since he has been cursed with an uncontrollable rage which is a danger for his enemies and friends alike he's wandering around the world. His quest: find a cure for his curse and avenge the death of his fellow tribesman.

In the beginning of the book Reeth meets the young apprentice wizard named Kutch. Kutch master has just been murdered by a group of paladins, the so called guardians of the law. The young wizard seems to now more about a solution to Reeths problem. Teaming up they move out to the capitol city of Bhealfa in search of a secret magical society unaware of the dangers in front of them.

After writing "The Nightshade Chronicles" Stan Nicholls has succeeded in evolving as a writer. This is high fantasy as it should be written. As always Stan knows how to keep his readers turning pages wanting to know what will happen next.

Really enjoyed this one, can't wait to start reading part two of the trilogy. Might just be even better then Stan Nicholls much acclaimed "Orcs".

Pieter W. Lak

31 october 2006
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars QUICK SILVER TRILOGY 6 Dec 2005
i don't think i have every enjoyed a book quite as much as this. Slightly slow to start with but after about chapter 5 i couldn't put it down. the use of magic is excellent and the author has a great way of making you feel like you are really there watching from the outside. The second book was equally as addictive and i am really looking forward to the third book in march.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff. 27 Oct 2005
I really liked this book, I found the realtionship between Kutch and Reese really captivating.Definetly worth my 7.oo quid.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quicksilver Rising by Stan Nicholls 10 Jun 2010
Have read all of The Orcs books so thought i would try this series. Really glad i did. Filled with believable characters both good and bad with a mixture of the two thrown in for good measure. Story rolls along very sweetly and leaves you wanting to carry on and not put the book down. Good basis for Book 2 to carry on. Loved it.
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