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The Raven’s Shadow – giveaway!

Cover of The Raven's Shadow***This giveaway is now closed!***

Ooh, a new book . . .

As you may know, this coming Thursday, 15th August, sees the publication of THE RAVEN’S SHADOW in the UK, and shortly thereafter in Australia and New Zealand.

This is the third volume of The Wild Hunt series, and things are heating up. Gair’s back on the mainland with a mission to fulfill. Teia is struggling through the mountain snow, desperate to reach safety before her child is born. As the moons move inexorably towards their conjunction and Ytha’s war band levels its spears at the Empire itself, deception and tragedy await. Actions have consequences, and not all of them can be foreseen.

I don’t know about you, but I’m just a-quiver with excitement.


And look! There’s free stuff!

Because I am immensely proud of this book, and y’all are the nicest bunch of readers, I am also giving away some signed copies of the Gollancz edition. These very ones, in fact:

Hardbacks to give away

5 signed, personalised hardbacks, delivered worldwide

To be in with a chance of winning, all you have to do is leave a comment on this post before midnight UK time on 29th August to go into the draw. On the 30th I will select five winners’ names at random.

In the light of the last giveaway, I do have a few things I want to point out. Please note, the Rules of Engagement:

Rules of Engagement

  • One entry per person. Duplicate entries will be discarded.
  • Winners’ names will be drawn at random, using a random-number generator. Randomly.
  • If you leave a comment and it doesn’t appear straight away, that’s because I have to manually authorise comments from email addresses the site doesn’t recognise. It’s nothing personal, I’ve just had all the fake Rolexes, NFL jerseys and Louis Vuitton knock-offs I can stand. Sorry.
  • Only comments on this post are eligible. Please don’t ask to be entered via Twitter, Facebook, Reddit or by email because this needs to be fair and simple to administer.
  • Please leave a valid email address or I won’t be able to get in touch with you to tell you you’ve won. Make sure it’s an email address you actually check more than once in a blue moon, because if you win and I email you and you don’t respond to said email within a reasonable time (say seven days) I will give the book to someone else.
  • The dedication doesn’t have to be to you. It can be your sister, mother-in-law, boss or pet rat – I really don’t mind. I will even post it to another address, if it’s a present for someone. Just don’t ask for gift-wrap as well, because do I look like Amazon to you? Sheesh.
  • Yes, I really will ship worldwide. That includes Chile, Burkina Faso and PO boxes on little islands off the coast of Australia. Neither rain, nor snow, nor glom of nit can stay my messengers about their duty.

All clear? Right, off you go then – and good luck!



  1. Sarah

    Hi Elspeth,
    Your books are amazing! I was at the library a month ago and came across “songs of earth” and also picked up “trinity rising”( I didn’t know trinity rising was the 2 book). I read” songs of earth”in a couple days, it’s one of those books you can’t put down. I was ecstatic to find out I had by chance picked up the second one as well. I read trinity quickly as well and was distraught raven’s shadow was not out yet but congratulations it is today! You are a gifted writer, with your descriptive writing, I get lost in the story. I really look forward to ” Raven’s Shadow”
    Well done!

  2. Mark

    Winning this would be awesome, thanks.

  3. Manuel

    I am looking foward to read this book

  4. Caiti

    I’ve meaning to read your books for a while, this would be a great oppurtunity πŸ™‚
    And thanks for doing an international giveaway – us non-UK/US readers feel quite neglected at times πŸ™‚

  5. Aaron

    This is my first time hearing about this series. Maybe I’ll win but I’m going to look into the other books right away, I’ve been looking for a great series to read for awhile now.

  6. Wayne Hygema

    It seems like a trend developing of great authors giving away copies of books for exposure. I, for one, love this trend, and hope it continues to grow.

  7. Gordon Davidescu (@gordond)

    Saw this on reddit, looking forward to reading all of your books, they sound beautiful and awesome. Yes, based on their names. Really well chosen. πŸ™‚

  8. Pawe?

    Worldwide ship thats pretty rare, count me in.

  9. Joe Redcorn

    I’d like to enter as well!

  10. Kris

    Glom of nit! Squee for authors quoting other books! Your book looks beautiful, and I’d love a shot at a signed copy! Thank you for hosting a giveaway.

  11. Steve

    Thanks for the contest – looking forward to reading your book (win or lose)!

  12. Raul Rangel

    I am interested in reading your words

  13. Catrina

    I’d like to enter! Thanks so much for making this offer possible.

  14. Teresa Sciortino

    Would love to win!

  15. Tanya

    Hey, I really like the cover and the book sounds interesting. I love reading new books, so count me in. Thanks for the chance!

  16. Paul

    I’ve heard about this series on Reddit before but haven’t had time to read new books in a while, looks cool!

  17. Sam

    I have not read you before so this could be the perfect chance to check out a new author. I hope I win!

  18. Brian

    Looks good always looking forward to new books to read.

  19. Carlos Ramirez

    Thank you for for this opportunity!

  20. Josh Garteb

    Would love to win this. Can’t wait to read this one.

  21. Chris

    Thanks, Elspeth! Good luck with the new book!

  22. Tim Snyder

    I’ll give this a shot, then. Its a shame that I’ll need to buy the first two if I do win. Bummer; I hate buying new books.

  23. Cait Duffy

    Wooo! Who doesn’t like free books? Especially what I fully expect to be a GOOD free book!

  24. David

    Yes, I would like to read one of your books.

  25. Zach

    Winner winner chicken dinner.

  26. Curtis Shephard

    This would be a great addition to my son’s fantasy library.

  27. David Zaldivar

    I would love to read this free book.

    Thanks for doing this :).

  28. Adam

    I have been recently recommended this series and would love to get my hands on the 3rd book! They sound great!

  29. Joel P.

    Thanks for this – this would look great next to Songs of the Earth and Trinity Rising on my bookshelf!

  30. Ryan Shumate

    I’d gladly take one of those Fake NFL jerseys along with my book if I win πŸ™‚ Thanks for doing the giveaway!

  31. James Parsons


  32. Joe Bruno

    Thanks for the give away! I’d love to add your signed hardcover to my newly founded Signed Library.

  33. Ashley

    This is amazing πŸ™‚

  34. Alexander

    This is very cool!

  35. Nathaniel

    Haven’t read any of your books before but saw this on Reddit and checked out the book. Looks good and hope to give it a read.

  36. John

    Big money, no whammy!

  37. Colton


  38. Eoin

    Count me in!

  39. Kyle


  40. Matt

    Thanks for the giveaway, always so so nice to see authors willing to do worldwide giveaways on physical books! So thanks again and good luck to everyone.

  41. Adam

    Let’s go, rodeo!

  42. Hristo

    Good luck to all !

  43. T

    Looking forward to your AMA on /r/fantasy.

  44. Pat

    Another great giveaway!

  45. David

    Looking forward to your new book, just recently purchased Songs of the Earth and can’t wait to read it.

  46. Edward Spencer


  47. Koen

    I’m in!

  48. Ronnie Arendt

    Well, I must admit I haven’t read anything from you yet or even heard of you (a message from behind the seven mountains in Germany), but I’m avid Science Fiction and Fantasy reader and would look forward reading ein Meisterwerk. Regards Ronnie

  49. Rafael Moreno


  50. Russ

    Havent read any of them.. but saw you on reddit.

    Any chance it comes with an ebook copy? πŸ™‚

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