Announcement: Unbound II edited by Shawn Speakman

Announcement: Unbound II edited by Shawn Speakman

Dear Grim Oak Friends,

It pleases me to finally announce Unbound II!

Just like Unfettered II was dedicated to my mother, Unbound II is my father's commemoration anthology. That is my dad on the cover; my short story contribution is about him. It is an important book to me personally. I'm excited to finally reveal it to you.

Some details about the anthology. The wrap around cover and interior art is by artist Todd Lockwood and Don Maitz respectively, both of whom also worked on Unfettered II. There are seventeen stories in Unbound II. Authors Tamora Pierce, Kristen Britain, and Anna Smith Spark contributed stories that will lead to new series from them. Mark Lawrence wrote a Jorg tale; Kevin Hearne wrote a story about Gladys. The anthology as a whole is amazing. I hope you'll give it a read.

There will be two editions up for pre-order this Friday, September 2nd at 11AM PT. There will be a white hardcover ARC limited to 200 copies and the regular hardcover. For those of you wondering about the S&N Limited Edition, we won't know the date for that edition's pre-order until we are further along in the signature page process.

The regular Unbound II hardcover publishes on December 6th. But if you pre-order either the ARC or the regular hardcover or both from the Grim Oak website, the two editions will ship once we receive them in the warehouse about a month before that. And I will sign any of those pre-orders that come in.

Audible is considering the anthology for audiobook adaptation. But there is an ebook available for pre-order right now. You can pre-order it now:

And as usual, if you have any questions, do let me know!

With Magic,

Shawn Speakman
Publisher & Creative Director


Unbound II Description:

A magical collection of seventeen original stories by an amazing list of contributors—including a Dune story by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson!

Like Unbound and Unfettered before it, Unbound II boasts a collection of SF&F writers allowed to submit the tales they've been wanting to write for a long time—without the constraints of theme. The result? A new anthology as powerful as the first. The stories gathered here are only bound by how enchanting and enthralling they are.

Enter an underworld of history and dark creatures with Kristen Britain. Return to the aftermath of Dune's Butlerian Jihad with Brian Herbert & Kevin J. Anderson. Revisit the Broken Empire trilogy with Jorg Ancrath and Mark Lawrence. Go on the most enchanting and dangerous of knight quests with Anna Smith Spark. Discover how Gladys got her name in a new Ink & Sigil story by Kevin Hearne. Uncover the magical truths of the Frasier family with Tamora Pierce. These tales and the others that comprise Unbound II will leave you reading long into the night and early morning hours.

Featuring all-new stories by:

  • Dyrk Ashton
  • Kristen Britain
  • Saara El-Arifi
  • Kevin Hearne
  • Brian Herbert & Kevin J. Anderson
  • Mark Lawrence
  • Peter Orullian
  • Tamora Pierce
  • Jordan Ross
  • Ken Scholes
  • Anna Smith Spark
  • Shawn Speakman
  • Jon Sprunk
  • Anna Stephens
  • Patrick Swenson
  • Adrian Tchaikovsky
  • Django Wexler

And an introduction by Shawn Speakman!

Following the award-winning success of the Unfettered anthology series, Unbound II offers the best manner to discover great new writers while reading authors you've followed for years—all of them master storytellers of the highest caliber.



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