by: Joseph Brassey
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“One of those remarkable books that consists entirely of ‘the good parts.’ Nonstop fun with unexpected moments of real pathos.”
Neal Stephenson

An apprentice sorceress and her skyship crew race to claim a mythical truth-refracting jewel before an unstoppable mage-knight and his tyrannical masters can use it to unleash an age of conquest.


File Under: Fantasy [ Diamond in the Sky | Quest for Truth | Knights Magical | Eternity & Beyond ]

The First Book in the Drifting Lands Series

The Axiom Diamond is a mythical relic, with the power to show its bearer any truth they desire. Men have sought for it across many continents for centuries, but in vain. When trainee sorceress Aimee de Laurent’s first ever portal-casting goes awry, she and her mentor are thrown into the race to find the gem, on the skyship Elysium. Opposing them are the infamous magic-wielding knights of the Eternal Order and their ruthless commander, Lord Azrael, who will destroy everything in their path…

“One of those remarkable books that consists entirely of ‘the good parts.’ Nonstop fun with unexpected moments of real pathos.”
Neal Stephenson

“To say that Skyfarer was Firefly meets the Battle at Helm’s Deep would be to dismiss the amazing world-building that Brassey wraps us up in, or to gloss over the intricate and intense battles we are thrust into, both on high and up close. Brassey raises the bar for everyone else. More, please.”
– Mark Teppo, author of Earth Thirst and Silence of Angels

“This book has one of the best covers I’ve seen all year, and it’s incredibly accurate in its depiction of the characters and mood of the story. Do judge the book by its cover!”
– Beth Cato, author of Breath of Earth

“Brassey’s writing is an adrenaline dump in page form.”
– Stant Litore, author of The Zombie Bible series

“A richly imagined story full of soaring adventure, dark intrigue, and characters you’ll fall in love with.”
– Megan E O’Keefe, author of Inherit the Flame

“Brassey has created an action-packed roller coaster ride with rich characters, incredible combat scenes, and a fresh heroine audiences will love.”
– John G Hartness, author of the Black Knight Chronicles series

“I finished this book in one night, and smiled when it was over. For a weekend of fun fantasy reading, you can’t do much better.”
B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog

“A captivating book from the first page. The world building is flawless… Skyfarer is non-stop action from start to finish.”
The British Fantasy Society

“Mythical relics, magic, and space-ships. Why hasn’t anyone done this before?”
Morpheus Tales Reviews

Skyfarer is a novel packed with equal parts entertainment, emotion, energy, homage, and originality.”
SFF World

Skyfarer ended up being just about everything I was hoping it would be.”
Writings of a Reader

“A delightful experience.”
Bloggers Bookshelf

“No one who reads Skyfarer will ever accuse Joseph Brassey of being hip; this novel is so unabashedly dorky, it reads like something dreamed by a Mountain Dew guzzling twelve-year-old hooked on Star Wars and Final Fantasy. This sword and sorcery space adventure stands apart from everything else currently out there in the SFF market.”
The 1000 Year Plan

“Fun and engaging throughout.”
Skiffy & Fanty

“This is a fun read — the pacing, the tone, everything makes this feel like the adventure films and books that I grew up on. You want to read it — not just to find out what’s going to happen next, but because it’s written in such a way that you just want to be reading the book, like a having a glass of iced tea on a summer’s day.”
The Irresponsible Reader

“It’s hard to write a good review of this book because the entire time I was reading it, I was just having so much fun and couldn’t put it down… I already know several people who I’m going to make read this when it comes out, and I can’t wait on the next book. This is a book that I would very highly recommend and is one that I will happily re-read multiple times. If you enjoy Fantasy or Sci-Fi, I would definitely suggest giving this a chance. It’s a fast and fun read and I just had so much fun reading it.”
Brenhine’s Books

“A delightful experience.”

“His prose, in the field Skyfarer was written in, is purely original and uncontested – at least in all my years of reading books. It is, without a doubt in my mind, a dazzling claim to place Brassey right there among the greats: Isaac Asimov, Alastair Reynolds, Brandon Sanderson, William C Dietz, Steven Erikson, Ray Bradbury…I can honestly do this all day but you get the point: the guy wrote a story that blew my mind.”

“If Skyfarer asked me to run away with it, marry it, and never read another book except for it for all eternity… I might very well say yes. ”

“Wow! This was a highly entertaining read. I loved that despite being a standalone (for now, maybe?) and the average number of its pages, Skyfarer managed to paint a world set in the galaxy that is believable and rich in folklore… Blissfully satisfying.”
Wayward Kitsune

Release Date


Series Drifting Lands
Cover Art Ignacio Lazcano

Paperback , Ebook


5th September 2017 | 9780857666772 | Epub & Mobi | RRP £6.99 / US$6.99 / CAN $7.99


5th September 2017 | 9780857666765 | Massmarket Paperback | RRP US$7.99 / CAN$10.99

UK Print

7th September 2017 | 9780857666758 | Paperback | RRP £8.99

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Joseph Brassey

Joseph has lived on both sides of the continental US, and has worked as a craft-store employee, paper-boy, factory worker, hospital kitchen gopher, martial arts instructor, singer, and stay-at-home Dad (the last is his favorite job, by far). Joseph was enlisted as a robotic word-machine in 47North's Mongoliad series, and still trains in – and teaches – Liechtenauer's Kunst des Fechtens in his native Tacoma.

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