Baen to publish sword and sorcery series The Chronicles of Hanuvar, with first book in August 2023

RIVERDALE, NEW YORK, August 17, 2022—Baen Books has signed author Howard Andrew Jones to a five-book deal for a new series of sword and sorcery fantasy titled The Chronicles of Hanuvar.

Set in a fantasy world, the series is based on the cultures of the ancient Mediterranean, with Hannibal of Carthage inspiring its hero. He is driven by a singular purpose: to find what remains of his people, who were carried into slavery across the empire, and free them from subjugation by any means necessary.

The series features the kind of action and worldbuilding sword-and-sorcery fans expect. The Chronicles of Hanuvar offers twists to the subgenre, such as a middle-aged protagonist who outwits enemies as often as he outfights them.

The series has been a longtime passion project for Jones, known to be a staple of the subgenre. Jones authored the Ring-Sworn trilogy published by St. Martin’s Press, and served as the editor at Black Gate. He is the current editor of Tales from the Magician's Skull magazine.

“I can honestly say that I’ve never had as much fun writing books as I’ve had writing these,” said Jones. “I’m thrilled to see Hanuvar find a place at Baen, which is already home to many of my favorite writers, like David Drake and Tim Powers.”

Baen Publisher Toni Weisskopf stated, “We’re thrilled to bring Howard Andrew Jones onboard at Baen and are looking forward to sharing the adventures of Hanuvar with all of our readers. We think fans of Robert E. Howard and David Drake, in particular, will be as excited as we were to find a new author to enjoy and a new series to dive into.”

“I’m delighted by Baen’s support and the level of backing they’ve already provided, and thrilled that their passion for classical sword-and-sorcery matches my own,” Jones said. “We can hardly wait to share Hanuvar with all of you.”

The first book in The Chronicles of Hanuvar, Lord of a Shattered Land, will be released in hardcover on August 1, 2023. Jones is represented by Bob Mecoy of Creative Book Services.

Baen Books is known for its New York Times bestselling science fiction and fantasy, including David Weber’s Honor Harrington series, Eric Flint’s Ring of Fire alternate histories, Larry Correia’s Monster Hunter International urban fantasies, and Lois McMaster Bujold’s multiple award-winning Vorkosigan Saga. Baen’s physical books are distributed by Simon & Schuster, while their Ebooks are sold via numerous venues, including their own website.

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