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German Interview Podcast

Posted by Karen

Hey everyone! On Peat’s German Tour, he did a bunch of interviews. One of them was with the awesome people at who recorded it in podcast form! Volker spearheaded the interview and did an absolutely amazing job.


You can find the whole interview here along with dual-language introduction text and a German synopsis. I’m listening to it right now and the quality (both sound and questions) are really good.

There’s only a few days left to take advantage of Badali’s April sale on Demon Cycle Jewelry. You can check that out here!

Posted on April 25, 2016 at 8:00 am by Karen
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Dream Covers Exhibition

Posted by Karen

Hey everyone! The Dream Covers Exhibition is just what it sounds like. And it is AWESOME. Here’s how it’s going down…

Lauren Panepinto is curating a gallery show where famous professional artists paint their “Dream Covers”. They pick beloved novels and re-imagine covers for them. Artist Allen Williams (who, among other things, designs Kaiju for Pacific Rim) chose to do Warded Man.

Peat dragged Myke Cole to see it while they were in town for Emerald City ComiCon and it was seriously amazing:

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Thanks so much to Lauren for putting this all together. We’d also like to give a special shoutout to Julie Baroh and the rest of the Krab Jab Crew for their help in making it happen!

Dream Covers a must-see show. If you’re in Seattle, it’s definitely worth checking out.


Featured artists include: Marc Scheff, Tran Nguyen, Rebecca Yanovskaya, Jeremy Wilson, Laurie Lee Brom, Brom, Wylie Beckert, Dan Dos Santos, Dave Palumbo, Scott Fischer, Allen Williams, Chris Buzelli, Rovina Cai, Vanessa Lemen, Winona Nelson, Julie Bell, Boris Vallejo, Anthony Palumbo, and Kimberly Kincaid.

The Dream Covers Exhibit runs from April 9th to May 7th. For more information, visit their official website.

Demon Cycle jewelry is on sale for the rest of April. You can check it out here!

Posted on April 22, 2016 at 8:00 am by Karen
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Croatian Newspaper Interview

Posted by Karen

Hey everyone! A little while ago we were contacted by Vujica Ognjenovi. He wanted to do an interview about how literature helps to deal with fear and we were more than happy to oblige. On March 5, the interview was published by the Croatian newspaper Vijesti.

You can find the whole interview on Vijesti’s website.

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We’ve got two shoutouts this time. One goes to Vujica for reaching out to us and writing the questions, the other to Vijesti for publishing it.

This is seriously awesome and we’re grateful to everyone who made this possible, so from all of us involved with The Demon Cycle world—Thanks.

You can get your copy of The Warded Man here!

Posted on April 21, 2016 at 8:00 am by Karen
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Warded Wednesday: Favorite Ward

Posted by Karen

Hey everyone! You know how this goes.

Today we’re asking you to think about all the different wards in the Demon Cycle world. There are a bunch of different types and each one serves a different purpose.

The question for this week’s giveaway is:

What’s your favorite ward?

This can be the look, the function, or anything else. Bonus points for letting us know your reasons. For a full list of wards, check out the Ward Grimoire.

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The prize for this giveaway is a Warded Man trade paperback!


This giveaway book was provided by our friends at Del Rey. The Warded Man is where everything begins. If you’d like a copy signed by Peat himself, go ahead and enter.

Remember, we can only pick your comment if you respond to our post on the blog. We’re looking forward to your answers.

Giveaway answers will be accepted until Monday. The winner will be announced Tuesday.

You can get your copy of The Skull Throne here!

Posted on April 20, 2016 at 8:00 am by Karen
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Warded Instruments Winner!

Posted by Karen

Hey everyone! There weren’t as many submissions this week, which means the people who did enter had a high chance of winning. So it goes…

Once again, the selection was random. This week’s winner had a super-creative doozy of a battle plan:

This is going to seem odd, but it just kind of popped in my head. My suggestion would be 2 similar versions of the same type of wooden percussion instrument, xylophone and marimba, where you’ve carved wards into each of the wooden bars.

The marimba is larger and stationary, so I envision it as something you would use in a village/town or set up when making camp. Since it has a lot more notes and can be played by multiple people or as many as 4 mallets by a single person, it could conceivably be used as both an offensive and defensive weapon. Since it has a limited number of bars/notes but portable, I think the xylophone would be purely offensive.

I have a vision of when the note is played you see a holographic representation of the ward either searching out a prospective target or creating a protective barrier around an area. The drawback would be coming up with music to take advantage of the notes. Also, someone would have to play constantly for the marimba to be effective defensively.


Congratulations, Tom! We’ll be contacting you shortly about your prize.

Our next Warded Wednesday is TOMORROW. In the meantime, we’d like to give a shout-out to another talented fan who sent in this creative entry:

Right. So I play an array of instruments but my primary instrument is the flute. I’d engrave different wards into all the flaps so whatever tune I play it would hit the demons with a changing array of blows and attacks (if that’s what I’m going for) or I could play a certain key to focus on a certain demon for example if I engrave a wood demon ward on the d flap then a song in d would affect them more than any other breed. The higher I’d play the stronger the attack.
And since flutes are made partially of silver it might work with charging it with demon magic over night.
If I ever loose my flute I can always sing so I’d make sure I have wards drawn around my throat whenever I go into battle even if I have my flute with me.

Thanks so much to everyone who sent in their submissions! If you have any suggestions for future Warded Wednesday questions, feel free to leave them in the comments below.

You can get your copy of The Warded Man here!

Posted on April 19, 2016 at 8:00 am by Karen
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