The Hodderscape Review Project: The Copper Promise, by Jen Williams


By Anne Perry

Posted on March 10, 2014 in Books with tags Fantasy, Hodderscape Review Project, Jen Williams, The Copper Promise

The reviews are in – The Copper Promise is fantasy fun!

Hodderscape’s Review Project Title for February was The Copper Promise, by Jen Williams – published by our friends over at Headline. In case you missed it, here’s acquiring editor John Wordsworth’s introduction:

The Copper Promise combines all of the complexity and darkness of modern epic fantasy – just read the first chapter and you’ll see what I’m talking about – with the energy and excitement of the classic high fantasy romp.

The Copper Promise published last month to superb reviews. So how did our reviewers find it? (Click on the link to read the full review.)


Reader Dad: Fast-paced and wonderfully-realised, Jen Williams’ first novel is a delight, even for one so jaded as me when it comes to fantasy fiction.

A Fantastical Librarian: The Copper Promise was all it promised and more. It’s a wonderful sword and sorcery novel with some very memorable characters and a dragon to boot. If you enjoy full-throttle action, awesome monsters, and fun, snarky dialogues then The Copper Promise is definitely a story you won’t want to miss. I loved Jen Williams’ debut novel and I’m looking forward to seeing where she goes next. Hopefully we’ll see more of our intrepid trio at some point in the future as well.

Civilian Reader: If you are looking for a fantasy novel that has a classic sense of fun coupled with a more contemporary style, then The Copper Promise should suit your needs.

Mithril Wisdom: a fantastic debut and I can’t wait for more of the same. It’s intelligent, fast paced and a hell of a lot of fun.

Glen Mehn: Williams’ vivid imagination and worldbuilding will take her far, along with a real talent for dialogue, leaving curmudgeonly me behind in a rainy London.

One Chapter More: absolutely brilliant fun, and  a no-nonsense modern take on classic sword-and-sorcery.

Ana of the Booksmugglers had ‘mixed feels’ about The Copper Promise: Dragons! Adventure! A Most Dangerous Lady! A Gay Knight! A Broody Troubled Anti-Hero! Plus truly diverse characters. In spite of the aforementioned problems, this was actually pretty fun. Here is hoping for a sequel that will address those issues, develop the characters further and also bring on the sexytimes.

And Robin of Quicksilver Reads found The Copper Promise ‘a highly accomplished début by a fresh new voice… This is a fine novel that I enjoyed from first page to last. The characterisation is second to none, and there are some great new innovations and interesting reworkings of old tropes. I particularly liked the way magic works. The novel stands in its own right, which is always good, yet there is plenty of scope for more stories. With her three central characters Jen Williams has created something special. I can envisage reading tale after tale that featured them without ever getting tired. This book may have been based on the promise of copper but it delivers gold.’

But wait – there’s more!

In case you just can’t get enough of The Copper Promise (and who could?), and if you’re in London tonight (Monday the 10th of March), Jen Williams will be staring the stage with Gollancz debut Den Patrick, author of The Boy with the Porcelain Blade, at Blackwell’s Charing Cross! Both are wonderful, fun, funny fantasies by wonderful, fun, funny authors and it promises to be a fantastic night. I’ll be there, so if you do drop by, say hello! (I’ll be the person wearing the enormous tiger necklace – you’ll know it when you see it!)



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