COMPETITION: THE COPPER PROMISE teeny weeny paperback giveaway!

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So the small format paperback of THE COPPER PROMISE is officially out now! Smaller, lighter, some might say sexier – all of the epic fantasy fun but in handy “can actually fit in your bag and doesn’t make a good blunt instrument” size. Here’s the blurb, since it occurs to me that I’m always forgetting to tell people what the book is about:


There are some tall stories about the caverns beneath the Citadel – about magic and mages and monsters and gods.

Wydrin of Crosshaven has heard them all, but she’s spent long enough trawling caverns and taverns with her companion Sir Sebastian to learn that there’s no money to be made in chasing rumours.

But then a crippled nobleman with a dead man’s name offers them a job: exploring the Citadel’s darkest depths. It sounds like just another quest with gold and adventure … if they’re lucky, they might even have a tale of their own to tell once it’s over.

These reckless adventurers will soon learn that sometimes there is truth in rumour. Sometimes a story can save your life.


In celebration, I am eating French Fancies (see pic) and giving away three copies of the new paperback (signed, with the inevitable dragons drawn inside, with a sampler of THE IRON GHOST).

To win a copy, post your answer to this almost entirely random question in the comments below:

Tell me who your favourite villain is (from books, TV, film – whatever you like!)

I’ll pick three and post the winners up on Monday the 1st of September, so keep an eye out. Time to eat more cake!

35 thoughts on “COMPETITION: THE COPPER PROMISE teeny weeny paperback giveaway!

  1. Oooh, who to pick… I think Saruman in The Lord of the Rings. It’s always intriguing when a “good guy” goes bad…

  2. Raymond Lemorne, from The Golden Egg (book) by Tim Krabbe and Spoorloos (The Vanishing) by Georges Sluzier. A masterclass in the banality of evil. To say anymore would be to give away the plot but here is man who commits an evil act as an experiment, just to see what it will feel like. Chilling, upsetting and heartbreaking in equal measure.

  3. It has to be Vizzini from The Princess Bride. Because, well, it’s The Princess Bride. And the battle of wits between him and the Dread Pirate Roberts is one of the most perfect battles in film.

    Anything else would be inconceivable. :-)

  4. I love The Rani, from 1980s Doctor Who. She’s a very interesting villain; her motivation is scientific curiosity, but without any ethical regard for the species she is investigating.

    My favourite French Fancies are chocolate, by the way.

  5. Mola Ram from Temple of Doom because who doesn’t like a man who can hold your heart in your hand? Also Fernand Mondego from The Count of Monte Cristo.

  6. Argh it’s far too difficult to pick ONE villain from books, so I’m going to have to go TV and say Sylar from Heroes, simply because Zachary Quinto pulls off the character so damn well!

  7. I like my villains complex and layered as well as villainous. So I’m going to go with Gul Dukat from Deep Space 9, because he was so many things throughout that series.

    He was always so damn reasonable about things that you find yourself thinking he might have a point sometimes. He was such a devoted father that you couldn’t help liking him. He clearly had complicated feelings for Major Kira, and he was practically a good guy when he was fighting the Klingons. But then he always, always did something else villainous that made you wonder if that had been his plan all along.

    How could you not love a villain like that?

  8. The first person that came in to my mind was Jason Isaacs both as Lucius Malfoy in the Harry Potter movies but especially as Colonel Tavington in the Mel Gibson movie The Patriot. He oozes evil in that role.

  9. Questions like this are always difficult. I think part of me has to go with Darth Vader, of course, one of the classic villains of cinema.

  10. Scorpius!! One of the greatest villains – properly scary and unpredictable and every time he came on screen it was an “oh crap” moment. LOVE him!

  11. Oh this seemed so easy, then I thought about it. I’ve narrowed it down.
    Captain Charles Vane-Black Sails (who seems rather a bad sort but in actual fact is no more evil than the fox who hunts the rabbit, he is surviving. Historical figure also, look him up.)
    Ann Bonny-Black Sails (cold hearted killer and one of Captain Charles crew. She was the first documented female pirate. Historical Figure.)

  12. It’s simply got to be Randall Flagg / Walter O Dim / the Walkin’ Dude. Simply everything bad about human nature wrapped up in one seriously creepy enigma.

  13. Tough question…I think I’m gonna go with one of Spider-Man’s deadliest foes – the Green Goblin.
    (Or possibly Darth Vader.)

  14. Hmm. I loved the villain(s) in Karen Marie Moning’s ‘Fever’ series because you really don’t know until the last book exactly who you can trust or not.

    And yay for normal sized paperbacks! Moving it to the top of my book shopping list :)

  15. Tricky. Alfred Bester from Babylon 5 is a villain who loves to play the part. He *seems* to be capable of love, and to care about ‘his’ people, the telepaths (until they cross him at least), but has no empathy for normals, and you have to wonder if there is anyone he would not sacrifice (including his sleeping lover and the PsiCorp itself) if it suited him. He revels in his reputation, and the fear and distrust it engenders. You can be almost sympathetic, then he does something to reawaken the awareness of what a nasty cold bastard he really is. He will use anything and anybody to achieve his aims, with no care for the resulting destruction. What he does to Garibaldi is out of expediency, but he enjoys the pain and destruction it causes and that’s a big bonus to him. He’s a villain, he knows it, and he loves it. Be seeing you.

  16. I have to go with the first villain who (inexplicably) terrified me, Baron Silas Greenback! I think it was the laugh that did it, but I always had to watch Danger Mouse from behind a cushion and he haunted many a childhood nightmare of mine. There’s been plenty of bigger and badder villains since then but as they say, you never forget your first 😉

  17. It’s got to be the Gentlemen from Buffy…so, so creepy even to this day. In fact, all Buffy villains are generally fabulous!

  18. Richard III, typically one of history’s villains. That’s a matter of debate, but Phillipa Gregory’s Cousins War series casts him in an interesting light.

  19. Not an easy question to answer with so many scintillating choices, from Davros to Dracula.

    But thinking about it I keep coming back to Klytus from the 1980 Flash Gordon movie.
    So, He’s the Number Two villain. But quite often isn’t it the subordinate villain who is the greater? Rupert of Hentzau? Saruman? even Darth Vader; the subordinate malefactors.

    But I have a very specific reason for my nomination of Klytus. Yes, it may be chilling enough that his job description is ‘Head Of The Secret Police’. Yes, his true face may be entombed behind an expressionless gold mask. Yes, he might have a voice you could pour over pancakes.

    But, despite his torturing and brainwashing and penchant for ‘the bore worms’ the real reason I’m nominating him is for HIS HANDKERCHIEF.

    I don’t know if you’ve seen the film, but every time Klytus indulges a particularly depraved whim he takes out a golden handkerchief and wafts it delicately under his nose; so presumably therefore it is a PERFUMED hankie, flourished by a monster with only the golden simulacrum of a nose.

    So this above all other considerations is why I bring Klytus to your attention. I know of no other villain to have brandished a perfumed hankie.

  20. Max Schreck’s portrayal of Nosferatu with his grotesque features – bat-shaped ears, taloned claws, creepy eyes and those pestilent, rat-like fangs. Not a hint of dangerous seduction, he doesn’t even get a fancy coffin but instead a rotting, manky old box to sleep in. He’s an unsettling, haunting presence as he lurks at the edges of the frame or emerges from shadowy gothic archways. So glad Florence Stoker didn’t succeed in having all copies destroyed. Best of all, a silent film; no Darth Vader ‘Nooooooo’ to shatter the illusion.

  21. Oh hard to choose just one favourite, but this is up there as one of my favourites: The great two-man con by Mr Wednesday and Low-Key Lyesmith in American Gods by Neil Gaiman

  22. Oh that’s hard! So many great villains. I would have to go with the great two-man con Mr Wednesday and Low-Key Lyesmith from American Gods by Neil Gaiman.
    And within the same book, maybe an under the radar villain in Hinzelmann.

    P.s. This may accidentally post twice.

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