FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 9th, 2022 [Combermere, Ontario, Canada] - Please join us Sunday, January 16th, 2022 at 5pm EST for the official launch of Antony Swithin’s monumental Perilous Quest for Lyonesse, a projected 12 novel series that has been described by Hugo Award-winning author Robert J. Sawyer as “one of the most significant achievements in the history of fantasy worldbuilding.” Antony Swithin was the pen name of William (Bill) A.S. Sarjeant, a true Renaissance man, who, until his death in 2002, was a professor of geology at the University of Saskatchewan and a world authority in his field.
The first four novels in the series were originally published in the 1990s by Harper Collins UK and are now experiencing a well-deserved resurrection after having gone out of print. These four novels are in fact being re-published by Gollancz in the UK with significant editorial input and revision by Mark Sebanc, co-author of the Legacy of the Stoneharp fantasy series. Mark, who has been commissioned by the Sarjeant Estate to edit and revise all 12 novels in the cycle, will be participating in the launch, as will renowned Tolkien illustrator Ted Nasmith, who has done the cover art for the new Gollancz versions.
Bill’s novels are set for the most part in the early 15th century, largely in Rockall, an imaginary continent that can only be entered in desultory fashion by chance through a wormhole in the North Atlantic. To this day, there are undersea ridges in that part of the ocean that are named after some of Bill’s place names alongside ridges named after Tolkien’s world. Speaking of Tolkien, Bill delivered a lecture at Oxford on the geology of Middle-earth in 1992 on the occasion of the centenary of Tolkien’s birth. In many ways, Bill’s world rivals Tolkien’s in its richness and amplitude, although it’s more grounded in a magic realism suggestive of our own earth’s prehistory. Rockall is conceived in fact as the remnant northern portion of a larger continent that Sarjeant construes as Atlantis. In many ways, his work, a concatenation of genre-defying elements, is truly unique and deserves a large audience of new readers, especially those looking for a traditional story of quest and adventure in the great tradition of writers like Robert Louis Stevenson, Arthur Conan Doyle, and Rider Haggard, to mention just a few.
Join us on Sunday, January 16th, 2022 at 5pm EST, for the live video and chat meet-up celebrating the launch of the new website and re-launch of the new Perilous Quest book series. The video will feature a discussion with editor Mark Sebanc and artist Ted Nasmith. All are welcome to view the live broadcast and get involved in the group chat at https://www.theperilousquest.com/liveevent
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