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Win a copy of Blood of Asaheim

15 February, 2013 Leave a comment Go to comments

Does that really say 'Garviel'?

Does that really say ‘Garviel’?

Want a signed hardback of Space Wolves: Blood of Asaheim? Want to get it before (almost) anyone else? If so, here’s what you need to do: come up with the name of an original 40K character and tweet it to my address, plus a mini-bio for it. Add the hashtag #BoAComp so I can find it.

You’ll have to be concise – that leaves you only around 120 characters to play with. It’s worth making it good, though, as I’m currently planning the second book in the series and thinking about what’s going in it. If I like your idea enough, I’ll add the winning character as a brief cameo, thus immortalising your creation in print. Here’s an example (that is neither original nor very good) to give you the idea:

@wraightc #BoAComp Ragnar Blackmane: youngest ever Wolf Lord, heir to Berek Thunderfist; rash, brash and impetuous; called the Young King.

If that sounds good to you, start thinking, and then start tweeting. I’ll keep the competition open until just before BL Live – midnight GMT on Thursday 28 Feb – and any tweets received before then will be considered. You can send as many in as you like, but bear in mind that if you spam me with dozens then you’re unlikely to win – try to limit entries to two or three ideas at most. I’ll contact the winner the following week, and I’ll publish the results, and the best runners-up, here.

You can suggest names from any part of the 40K mythos, but it’s worth pointing out that the factions represented in Book II are likely to be Space Wolves (naturally), various bits of the Ecclesiarchy including Battle Sisters, and Imperial civilians, governors, etc. There’s also a fair chance that servants of the Dark Gods will turn up, who may suffer from a fair degree of plague, pox, rheumatism, etc. If the winning character name isn’t from one of these factions but is amazing enough, then it’ll have achieved the mighty feat of actually influencing the plot.

So, that’s it. Good luck!

Rules and Stuff

1. Character name and bio must be original and created by you: neither an existing part of the 40K background nor any other fictional background.

2. Inclusion of the character into upcoming books is subject to editorial consent. If it gets used in a Black Library publication, then it’ll be copyright Black Library.

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  1. 17 February, 2013 at 16:57 | #1

    It is very hard to sum up a character in only 120 characters (minus the @ and #) haha. Hopefully I did enough justice to what was in my head.

    • Chris Wraight
      17 February, 2013 at 17:16 | #2

      It’s very hard! But also, hopefully, fun. All the entries I’ve seen so far have been great.

      • 18 February, 2013 at 13:23 | #3

        Yes it is very fun trying to come up with a character that I would love to read about — even though the contest is only for a short cameo haha. I’m still fairly new to the 40k universe (I have plenty of books on the to-read shelf. I have a mixture so far, but love the Space Wolves and was very excited when I saw the cover release and that you were the author — it’ll be on my shelf regardless of contest outcome.), so I don’t know a whole lot of background just yet — it was fun to research and see what type of character I would like to have.

  2. Mortemer
    18 February, 2013 at 13:18 | #4

    I dont’ have a tweeter account. Just in case though, I have also included the hashtag just to be fair:

    @wraightc #BoAComp Long Fang Harvour “The Pretty”: his features relulsive to look upon after the 103 near death injuries he has suffered.

  3. Liliedhe
    3 March, 2013 at 22:55 | #5

    I bought the book at BLL and read it last night (which was not very intelligent of me since it meant I got about 2 hours of sleep… ). Awesome. Probably the best book I read this year so far. I especially loved the character dynamic between the members of the squad and how Ingvar’s absence and his experiences in the Deathwatch upset it. In a well working DW RPG group we often had similar dynamics. Did you ever play Deathwatch? Just had to ask^^.

    I also enjoyed Ragnar’s cameo. So cool. The brash little boy grew up a lot… And his nickname, the Young King kinda reminded me of Game of Thrones, couldn’t help it.

    So, very nice book, can’t wait to read the next one. The new and improved Puppies rock.

    • Chris Wraight
      4 March, 2013 at 11:17 | #6

      Thanks for this! Glad you enjoyed, and it was a lot of fun to write Ingvar’s character. I’ve never played the Deathwatch RPG, but I do love the background, so I’m glad you found it rang true. In the future I’d like to delve a little deeper into Onyx Squad, but we’ll see how things pan out…

      • Liliedhe
        4 March, 2013 at 11:20 | #7

        Now, that would be awesome :).

  4. 5 March, 2014 at 15:34 | #8

    So, um, Mr. Wraight?

    I’m sorry if this is a bit impertinent, but why did you choose to portray the Sisters as incompetent weaklings in this book?

    • Chris Wraight
      5 March, 2014 at 15:54 | #9

      Hi Ray. They weren’t intended to be weak, just overwhelmed, as well as brave and impressive in the face of their likely demise. Obviously that’s not how they came across for you, so I’m sorry if you felt they were poorly served in the book. Thanks for the comment, though.

      • 5 March, 2014 at 15:55 | #10

        Then why didn’t they make any preparations until the Wolves showed up?

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