So here we go, third and (probably) final in the Age Of… series, which I’ve taken to calling the Pantheon Triptych.  It’s out, available, on sale from all good bookshops and online retail sites.  Buy, buy, buy!

Like its predecessors, this is a headlong, full-blooded military-SF adventure.  With gods.  In this case it’s the Norse pantheon, depicted in a way that I doubt anyone has seen before.  They’re humane, brutal, funny, dysfunctional, even mad.  There are also frost giants, huge exotic war machines, and a female President of the United States who may bear a resemblance to a certain Republican firebrand who’s currently striking fear into the hearts of sane people everywhere.  There’s even power armour, though it’s anything but high-tech.

Click here for an extract, the first chapter of the novel.  Warning: contains swearing (frequent, strong) and mild drug references.  Plus a car crash.  And lots of snow.  And mention of Jeremy Clarkson.

213 Responses to “The Age Of Odin”

  1. James says:

    I’ve got Redlaw wandering about New York already in the new book, and I’m drawing on both my memories of various visits to the Big Apple and whatever reference materials I can dig up, be it travel guides or the internet. I had fun writing the America scenes in The Age Of Zeus, and that gave me the confidence to attempt to set an entire book Stateside. I mean, I have done it before, sort of, when I co-wrote Escardy Gap with Peter Crowther, but that was smalltown America based largely on our shared passion for the work of Ray Bradbury and was, in essence, a piece of purely imaginative fiction. Wouldn’t dare attempt that with Redlaw: Red Eye.

    How cool to get a sketch from Mr Lanning. Of all his inking jobs, I think I admire most the work he did on Infinite Crisis over Phil Jimenez’s pencils. Just the level of intricate detail involved is mind-boggling. I’m surprised he didn’t go blind, or mad.

  2. Nick Sharps says:

    I suppose the reboot of the classic computer game Syndicate is pretty much a shooter version of Altered Carbon. Evil corporations controlling the sheep like civilians, angry anti-heroes with a penchant for violence, and of course lots of conspiracy. B-e-a-utiful. I’ve never read Morgan’s Black Widow comic. I knew about it but I wasn’t sure what to think. I’ll have to take your word and go for it though.

    Congratulations to you and Mrs. Lovegrove on your anniversary! Very exciting occasion! It sounds like you guys have a really sweet shindig planned. Booze and music and catering? Sounds like my kinda party. Give the Missus my best, and make sure to relax enough to enjoy it all! I’ll be spending my weekend doing homework. Maybe some karaoke. That would be awesome.

  3. Andrew Miller says:

    Firstly congratulations on your anniversary. I hope that you and Mrs. Lovegrove all the best for your big 10 year and that you guys have many more to come. With that you have earned the right to sit and relax, it seems that the big bash is going to be taking a lot out of you. Secondly from what I understand so far about the character of John Redlaw seeing him in NYC will be totally badass. New York can be intimidating but at the same time with the amount of research you put into your books and having taken trips there it shouldn’t be too big of a problem. Again I don’t know what areas of NYC you are going to focus on but there are definitely enough landmarks and side streets for you to have a full playground with. Graduate school is the ONLY reason I haven’t blasted through the rest of Redlaw yet because it has grasped me and is pulling me in to the point I need to see where it goes.

    If there is two pieces of admiration that I have to express it is these two pieces: your commitment to research and details as well as your ability to keep me on the edge of my seat. I have such an issue with most of today’s writers I try not to be picky with the genre of story I like but like everyone else I have my preferences. The majority of the time though there is a very predictable ending with minor, and usually crappy twists. This is something that I am very pleasantly pleased with in reading your books (also why I recommend your books to all my friends and family.) Secondly is the dedication and research I have seen. Just using the Age of ______ as my example. To sit down and learn everything there is to know about any given pantheon and then use that and translate it into a story that is gripping with a legitimate twist is a very impressive feat. I myself have a ton of what I think are good ideas that I would love to sit down and write, but besides work, school, hobbies and sleep knowing I have to do the research then write it out is what sidelines me. Hopefully one day I can actually write my ideas down and give my characters life, but I only reference myself is because it is when I read books like Redlaw or stories by Richard Matheson that makes me very inspired to at least try.

    As far as getting a sketch by Mr. Lanning it was unreal. He was doing commission sketches but the fee was well worth the work. He did two for me one a headshot of the character Nova (from Annihilation) on a comic backboard and the other of Captain America from waist up in my sketchbook. He also explained that his penciling style was considered too “cartooney” twenty years ago when he started and that is why he became an inker and as you pointed out he is an unbelievable inker.

    Again Happy Anniversary to you and the misses James. Hope you enjoy it!

  4. James says:

    It went well. I’m a little bit tired this afternoon but that’s definitely lack of sleep over the weekend, as opposed to drinking. Most of the guests got very boozed up and there’s a certain amount of hangover guilt on Facebook right now. It’s amazing how many people seem to blame the waiters for topping up their glasses, as if somehow it was all beyond their control.

    More will follow when I have a little more time and I’ve managed to make up for lost shut-eye.

  5. James says:

    Thank you for all the kind words. About my books: I try my hardest, and it’s lovely to have one’s efforts appreciated. About the anniversary: I’m slowly recovering from the weekend, and will be chattier again in the near future.

  6. Nick Sharps says:

    Glad to hear it went well :) I lost no small amount of sleep this weekend as well. Pullin’ all-nighter art projects. Good stuff. Can’t wait for some updates from merry ol’ England (or do you prefer Britain?). I finished Richard K Morgan’s fantasy novel and sadly it reminded me more of Woken Furies than it did Altered Carbon. I also watched Kevin Smith’s fundamentalist horror/ATF screw up movie Red State and I can safely say it sucked. More on that when you have the time however. Get some rest!

  7. James says:

    Ah, I was quite curious about Red State. Smith is no great stylist as a director but he usually has something interesting or amusing to say.

    I’m British, I’m English, I don’t mind either. I’m not even too bothered by “limey”. Just not European. I really have no interest in being classified as that.

  8. Krystalanna says:

    Once I opened up the book, The Age of Odin, putting it down was near impossible. I was completely engrossed by from the very beginning. Though, that is no surprise considering that is also how I felt while reading The Age of Zeus. I initially picked it up because it had two of my favorite things, Greek mythology and military power, what could go wrong? I was not disappointed in the least. Both these books have left me wanting more. I definitely want to increase my knowledge on Greek and Norse mythology. I look forward to reading The Age of Ra and anything else you have to offer.

  9. James says:

    Thanks for that, Krystalanna. Glad you’ve enjoyed the books so much. I’m loving writing them and I hope that shows. They’ve also been a great excuse for me to expand my own knowledge of various mythologies. I was pretty into the Greek and Norse myths already, but investigating the Aztec gods for Age Of Aztec gave me an insight into a religious mindset I’d never before explored. What’s also nice is that basically, for my background research, I’m reading stories. It’s hardly work at all!

  10. Ray says:

    James:

    Since you brought up your research, were you surprised by how similiar the dieties were for Age of Ra and Age of Aztec?

  11. James says:

    Yes, quite a bit of crossover there, including an incestuous brother/sister coupling. It’s interesting because the Egyptian and Aztec civilisations were so far apart geographically yet so similar in many ways, e.g. a cavalier attitude towards human life and slavery. I can understand the Greek and Roman mythologies cross-pollinating, as they’re more or less next-door neighbours, but two nations with the entire Atlantic (and more) separating them?

  12. Tom Tomasic says:

    Dear Mr Lovegrove, I must say I really love this book. It is my favorite out of the first three. I love the character of Gideon, and the ending is brilliant, a year after reading this book, I feel a sense of emptiness, longing to know what has happened to these wonderful characters, and will there ever be a sequel? I know you are a busy man. But if you ever were to write a sequel to any of your pantheon novels, I hope it’s this one. One thing that bothers me in your books, and please don’t take this the wrong way, your portrayal of the gods’ power levels are inconsistent. You have a storytelling mode like Christopher Nolan, the story is more important than the details. Okay, I can respect that. But as a hardcore geek and huge fan of Thor, I find it frustrating. I think he should have been physically stronger, and the gods should have been bulletproof. The scene of Apollo’s death in the second book was okay, but he should have had the strength to not be held down by a bunch of humans. Also, it didn’t make sense to me that the greek gods could have been killed or even injured by bullets, otherwise they would have been long dead before they would have conquered the world. I mean no disrespect, I am just a stickler for continuity and cannon. Keep up the good work!

  13. James says:

    The gods’ power levels vary from book to book in the Pantheon series, sometimes because they aren’t gods at all in the conventional sense, other times (I’ll admit) to suit the dictates of the plot. In Age Of Zeus they’re not immortals, while in Age Of Odin they’re a strange hybrid of deity and human — humanised deities, if you will, in keeping with the tone of some of the Norse sagas. In Age Of Aztec they’re something else altogether, but I won’t say what, because spoilers. Thor could have been stronger, I suppose, but almost everything that happens in that story happens on a physical, tangible plane and I think I wanted to maintain an element of realism throughout (hence the Valkyries on snowmobiles). Unfortunately there aren’t plans for a sequel, but I can tell you that moves are afoot to revisit the Greek pantheon. I won’t say any more because there hasn’t been an official announcement yet, but there’s definitely going to be one more Age Of… and, with luck, more than one. Aren’t I a tease?

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