David B. Coe

Author of Fantasy Novels and the Occasional Short Story


You have reached the website of David B. Coe, the Crawford Award-winning fantasy author of The LonTobyn Chronicle, Winds of the Forelands, and Blood of the Southlands. Here you'll find information about David and his books (all of which are published by Tor Books) including Rules of Ascension, Seeds of Betrayal, Bonds of Vengeance, Shapers of Darkness, and Weavers of War the five volumes of Winds of the Forelands, The Sorcerers' Plague, The Horsemen's Gambit, and The Dark-Eyes' War, the three books of his Blood of the Southlands trilogy, and his most recent book, the novelization of Robin Hood, the major motion picture directed by Ridley Scott and starring Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett. You'll also find sample chapters from every fantasy book he has written, as well as heaps of other neat stuff!

So have a look around, read a chapter or two. Feeling lucky? Check out David's latest trivia contest! You might win a free book. Have a question about David's books? Interested in picking his brain about writing issues in general? Visit MagicalWords, the blogsite on the craft and business of writing that he shares with several fellow fantasy authors. Want to find David at a convention or a bookstore? Desperate to learn the very latest about his releases? Check out the "News and Events" page. Want to see his latest blog entry? You get the picture.

Again, welcome! And enjoy.

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THIEFTAKER, by D.B. Jackson (Jacket art by Chris McGrath)THIEVES' QUARRY, by D.B. Jackson (Jacket art by Chris McGrath)February 2013: Yeah, it's been way too long since the last update. There's a reason for that, and it's time to address it on this website. David is now writing under two names: David B. Coe, of course, and also D.B. Jackson. As D.B. Jackson he is writing historical urban fantasy (also known as Tricorn Punk!), putting to use his background in history, as well as his continued love of fantasy. The first D.B. Jackson book, Thieftaker, book I of the Thieftaker Chronicles, came out last summer, and the second volume, Thieves' Quarry, will be released on July 2 of this year. The books are set in pre-Revolutionary Boston, and combine history, fantasy, and mystery. They're terrific fun. You should really check them out. You should also check the Author Appearances page to see where David/D.B. will be appearing this year. And keep checking back, because there will be many more appearances scheduled, as well as a blog tour.

February 2012: David is pleased to announce that he has been invited to be Literary Guest of Honor at two upcoming conventions. The first is Con*Stellation, in Huntsville, Alabama in October of this year; the second is Marscon, in Williamsburg, Virginia, in January of 2013. For more details, please check his appearance page.

November 29, 2011: The paperback edition of The Dark-Eyes' War, the third and final volume of Blood of the Southlands, is out and available for purchase!! Buy it here. Or here. Or here. Or even here.

The Dark-Eyes' War, by David B. Coe, book III of Blood of the Southlands (Jacket art by Romas Kukalis)

Dragon's Lure, edited by Danielle Ackley-McPhailEPIC E-Book AwardIllustration for "The Dragon Muse"









September 2011: A couple of news items to report. First is that the paperback edition of The Dark-Eyes' War, the third and final volume of Blood of the Southlands, is set for release on November 29 and can be pre-ordered here. Second, Dragon's Lure, the dragon-themed anthology featuring short stories from a number of authors, including David's "The Dragon Muse," has been named a finalist for an Electronic Publishing Industry Coalition (EPIC) E-Book Award!


July 12, 2011: How to Write Magical Words: A Writer's Companion, the How-to-Write book published by David and his fellow bloggers at Magical Words, is now available in Kindle format and Nook format, which is kind of cool. Find it here or here. Also, David has added several appearances to his 2011 schedule, including his Guest of Honor appearance at JordanCon in Atlanta in April, his appearance at DragonCon in September, and his stint as instructor at the South Carolina Writer's Workshop Annual Conference in October.

How To Write Magical Words:  A Writer's Companion, Edited by Edmund Schubert, cover photograph by David B. Coe

December 6, 2010: Following up on yesterday's update, How To Write Magical Words: A Writer's Companion has gotten its first cover blurb. And it's a good one:

"This is the best idea for a writing book that I've ever seen. It's like sitting in a room full of professional writers, and after each one delivers a riff on one aspect of writing, the others weigh in to buttress, amplify, refine, or add to what was said. It's an extended conversation with writers who know what they're talking about - and what matters in writing fiction that really communicates with readers." -- Orson Scott Card.

December 5, 2010: How To Write Magical Words: A Writer's Companion, is now available for preorder!! This book has been a long time in the making and the writers of the Magical Words blogsite -- Faith Hunter, Misty Massey, A.J. Hartley, C.E. Murphy, Stuart Jaffe, the book's editor, Edmund Schubert, and David -- couldn't be prouder of the finished product. Like the site itself, the book is dedicated to discussions of the craft and business of writing. It includes one hundred essays on everything from writing dialog to finding an agent, from worldbuilding to convention etiquette. It is published by BellaRosa Books and is available for $18.00, including shipping. The Magical Words crew hopes that you'll enjoy it. Oh, and that cool photo on the book jacket? That's one of David's, taken in New Zealand's Milford Sound.

Rules of Ascension, by David B. Coe (Book I of Winds of the Forelands, jacket art by Gary Ruddell)Seeds of Betrayal, by David B. Coe (Book II of Winds of the Forelands, jacket art by Gary Ruddell)Bonds of Vengeance by David B. Coe (Book III of Winds of the Forelands, jacket art by Romas Kukalis)Shapers of Darkness by David B. Coe (Book IV of Winds of the Forelands, jacket art by Romas Kukalis)Weavers of War by David B. Coe (Book V of Winds of the Forelands, jacket art by Romas Kukalis)

September 1, 2010: As many of you are aware, Seeds of Betrayal, the second book in David's Winds of the Forelands quintet, briefly went out of print this summer. David heard from many of you who suddenly could not get your hands on a new copy of the paperback edition of the book, and was able to go to his agent and editor and talk to them about getting the book back in print. David is happy to say that Tor has gone back to press with the book and that people at MPS (the distribution arm of MacMillan) say the book should be available within the next few days. So if you're interested in reading the Forelands series -- or rereading it! -- this is a great time to put in your orders! And thanks to all of you for your support and help with this.

Summer 2010: Hope this finds all of you well and enjoying the summer. A few announcements. David will be a presenter at the Tennessee Antiquarian Book Fair on July 18th, in Cowan, Tennessee. His talk will be on "Character and Conflict Development in Fantasy." He will also be signing books.

ROBIN HOOD, by David B. Coe, a novelization of the major motion picture directed by Ridley Scott

Robin Hood corrections! Yes, that's right. Not everything in the book came out just the way it was supposed to, which is not entirely surprising given the frenzied editing that took place near the end of the process. On p. 85, in the second paragraph, please ignore the reference to Godfrey. The sentence should read: "This was good land, their ride thus far had been uneventful, but Robin sensed that they were being followed, hunted." And on page 88 in the second full paragraph, please simply ignore the sentence that mentions Godfrey. Thank you!

There's a new review of The Dark Eyes' War at Fantasy Book Critic. Check it out!

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David B. Coe is a member of SFF.NET and the Science Fiction Writers of America (SFWA).

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