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25th Anniversary Illustrated Edition of Assassin's Apprentice

Magali Villeneuve's illustration of The Fool, from Assassin's Apprentice
The Fool by Magali Villeneuve.  One of the illustrations in the 25th Anniversary Edition of Assassin's Apprentice.

A number of years ago, in France, I had the good fortune to meet a wonderful illustrator named Magali Villeneuve. I was very impressed with her work, to put it mildly. She had illustrated such well known properties as A Song of Ice and Fire, The Lord of the Rings and Star Wars. I attended Imaginales in Epinal, France several more time, often encountering Magali and getting to know her better. At one time, she presented me with a lovely book of her work, entitled A Journey Through Illustrations ; in the front was a hand drawn sketch of FitzChivalry. And immediately I wished I could see more of her impressions of my characters and the Realm of the Elderlings.


When discussing with Anne Groell, my longtime US editor at Random House, the possibility of a 25th anniversary edition of Assassin's Apprentice, Anne asked me what illustrators I might like. As it happened, Magali Villeneuve was someone we both wanted for the project.


I was delighted when Magali agreed, and remain so!


On October 1, in both the US and the UK, the 25th Anniversary Edtion of Assassin's Apprenticed will be released. It features ten lavish color illustrations by Magali.

I will launch the book, as always, from University Book Store in Seattle, Washington, on October 1 at 7 PM. I will be available to sign copies that evening. If you are unable to attend, but still desire a signed copy, it is possible. When pre-ordering the book from the bookstore website (above) , just fill in the 'comments' section of your order with the request that the book be autographed.


For those attending New York City Comic Con from October 3 to 7, I will also be making appearances there and signing the book. I will post more on that as my exact schedule is known.