Tim Akers

Tim Akers was born in deeply rural North Carolina, the only son of a theologian, and the last in a long line of telephony princes, tourist attraction barons, and gruff Scottish bankers. He moved to Chicago for college, and stayed to pursue his lifelong obsession with apocalyptic winters. He lives (nay, flourishes) with his brilliant, tolerant, loving wife. He splits his time between pewter miniatures and fountain pens.

Find Tim on his website or his blog.

Bibliography

  • Standalone
    Knight Watch
    Tim Akers
  • Standalone
    The Horns of Ruin
    Tim Akers
  • The Burn Cycle
    Heart of Veridon (#1)
    Tim Akers
  • The Burn Cycle
    Dead of Veridon (#2)
    Tim Akers
  • The Hallowed War Series
    The Pagan Night (#1)
    Tim Akers
  • The Hallowed War Series
    The Iron Hound (#2)
    Tim Akers
  • The Hallowed War Series
    The Winter Vow (#3)
    Tim Akers
     

Reviews

Standalone

Knight Watch
“Akers boldly treads the line between fantasy and reality.”

Publishers Weekly

"Buckle up and get ready for a fun ride. Tim Akers delivers an epic story about weekend ren fair warriors versus actual monsters. Best fictional use of a Volvo station wagon ever.”

Larry Correia

The Horns of Ruin
“Hard to put down. From the compelling opening sentence to the last, The Horns of Ruin is much like its protagonist: powerful, relentless and impossible to ignore. Akers seamlessly blends steampunk and fantasy elements in an adroit feat of world-building that is rich in story-bolstering detail but never interferes with the frenetic pace of the action. Fantasy and steampunk readers, particularly any fan who loved Elizabeth Moon’s The Deed of Paksenarrion, should not miss The Horns of Ruin and should keep an eye out for Akers in the future.”

The Miami Herald

“Akers (‘Heart of Veridon’) creates a complex steampunk world… Ash is a vibrant city, and the cults of the three brothers have a relationship as ambivalent and complicated as the relationship among any actual siblings.”

Publishers Weekly

“Deals with weighty issues of faith and science while narrating a fast-paced adventure.”

Library Journal

“A solidly created world, populated with magic, action and adventure that could easily accommodate far more entries to come […] we haven’t come across such a refreshing take on multiple sci-fi and fantasy forms in a while. Horns of Ruin comes highly recommended.”

Sci Fi Now

“A fun and flowing read. I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for something different to the normal fantasy tropes.

SF Crow’s Nest

“Unique and clever aspects […] some interesting juxtapositions of science and magic, and an exciting story.”

Critical Mass

“[Tim Akers is] worth keeping an eye on.”

Interzone (UK)

“An energetic rollercoaster ride in a well accentuated world that needs to be further explored.”

Mad Hatter’s Bookshelf

“Establishes itself as a unique fantasy adventure in a world all its own […] should be at the top of your list.”

Examiner.com

“A brilliant idea, the kind that makes you smile uncontrollably.”

Antick Musings

“Highly enjoyable […] a novel gifted with both a great storyline and very developed, streamlined writing […] this vastly original and captivating read is one I can highly recommend.”

LEC Book Reviews

“One of the most exciting new novels I’ve read all year […] This is a truly invigorating read, and for those of you who like your steampunk with a twist, I cannot recommend it highly enough.”

Rob Will Review

“Compelling, action-packed storyline […] plenty of room for more stories in this setting. I can’t wait for the sequels.”

Fantasy Literature

“As a fantasy novel, this reminds me of some of the best modern fantasy I’ve read […] In short I highly recommend this book to fans of intricately plotted fantasy with a unique take on magic, religion, and technology.”

Steam Ingenious

“The magic-system that Tim Akers employs [is] extremely unique in written fiction […] I found [Tim Akers’s world-building] to be layered, nuanced, compelling, varied and highly enjoyable.”

Shadowhawk’s Shade

The Burn Cycle

Heart of Veridon (#1)
“This impressive first novel mixes steampunk, fantasy, and noir in the colorful city of Veridon.”

Locus

“The action keeps the pages turning, and readers will want more novels set in this world.”

Library Journal

“Imaginative and absorbing.”

Ranting Dragon

“I absolutely loved this book. I was impressed with how Akers hit the necessary noir-style dialogue pitch perfect, and how he managed to tell a compelling noir-mystery inside the confines of an urban fantasy. Veridon is an amazing place to visit, and if you are like me, you’ll want to go back again and again.”

Tor.com

“If you like action then this is the book for you .”

SF Crowsnest

“The world building in the novel is outstanding. A notable 2009 [novel] for me and highly recommended.”

Fantasy Book Critic

“Highly recommended for anyone who likes well-written action-packed adventure.”

Fantasy Literature

“Akers has barely scratched the surface of [Veridon’s] potential […] on the strength of this showing he will not be returning to Veridon alone.”

Interzone

“Filled with wonders […] If Solaris can find more promising writers like Akers the owners should be very happy with the results.”

Critical Mass

Dead of Veridon (#2)
"[DEAD OF VERIDON] drew me in effortlessly, chronicling a descent into a dark river filled with living dead, a delivery of a mysterious object, and the ensuing and unexpected assault on the city of Veridon by the river’s undead. These aren’t your usual stripe of zombie: Akers’ superior world-building extends to these river-born revenants."

Tor.com

“A clever plot that holds more than one surprise as it unravels. Akers looks like a promising addition to the fantasy field and while most of the elements of this novel are familiar in themselves, he assembles things into a refreshingly interesting whole.”

Critical Mass

“Very fast-moving, full of action, color, and invention.”

SF Site

The Hallowed War Series

The Pagan Night (#1)
“Full of strong world building, cinematic and frequent battle scenes, high adventure, great characters, suspense, and dramatic plot shifts, this is an engaging, fast-paced entry in a popular subgenre.”

Booklist, starred review

"Generations clash, as well as religions, in this emotionally involving epic fantasy [...] Akers, an experienced hand at steampunk noir, succeeds in capturing the essence of historical fantasy."

Publishers Weekly

“This masterful fantasy novel provides plenty of action and magic set in a world where the continued existence of the old gods and those who worship them threaten the new religion [...] Excellent writing keeps the pages turning.”

SFRevu

“The novel develops some interesting plot threads throughout, and the contrast between the northern religion and the south is explored in detail. It is a complex tale, which fans of epic fantasy will be grateful for. Among the epic fantasies entering the genre, this one is set to be a standout of the year. A tale of religious conflicts and cleverly drafted characters, a must for all epic fantasy fans.”

Starburst Magazine

“THE PAGAN NIGHT builds up beautifully, creating a riveting world.”

SciFi Now

“Considerable care and detail are laid down in setting a foundation for the world during the early stages of the novel. Once the plot begins rolling and the stage is set, THE PAGAN NIGHT goes full throttle into Epic storytelling mode, revealing the layers of conflict that fuel the characters and their motivations. The novel is steeped in history, and that early table-setting for the milieu of this world paid off since there is a very authentic feel to the world.”

SF Signal

“THE PAGAN NIGHT is an extremely good read – written in such a way that commands the reader to keep turning the pages.”

The Bookbag

“This first novel is just about the perfect book.”

Black Gate

“An intriguing and somewhat colourful world, but also a relatable one [...] I started each chapter eager to know what was coming and I look forward to the following volumes. The Pagan Night is an epic fantasy story with action, intrigue and a good story, and that’s what you want in a fantasy novel of this type. Recommended.”

Farsight Blogger

“The Pagan Night has every thing you need for an epic start to and epic fantasy series.”

Mike Reads

“This book really caught me by surprise. I had no expectations going in so I was completely open to embarking on an epic adventure, but I had no idea I would end up loving it as much as I did [...] Perfect for the history buffs and fans of Game of Thrones, this book has it all. Add it to your reading list because you definitely won’t want to miss out on this epic adventure! 5/5 Stars.”

Accio Reviews

“It’s great to see someone is still writing good traditional swords and sorcery, with as much attention paid to the magic, as the action. It moves at a fast pace, the characters are real enough to make the unreal more credible, and the whole thing is just an excellent page-turner.”

Simon R. Green, New York Times bestselling author of ROBIN HOOD: PRINCE OF THIEVES

“Dark omens, old grudges and blood feuds bode ill, and the fate of a kingdom hangs in the balance. A thrilling mix of intrigue and action.”

Gail Z. Martin, author of the Chronicles of the Necromancer

The Iron Hound (#2)
“Akers is able to build on every piece of the amazing world building which he had laid out in the first novel and up his storytelling game to boot […] THE IRON HOUND is exactly what you’d want to see in a sequel with an increase in both character development and pacing.”

Science Fiction.com

“At first glance, THE IRON HOUND seems to be set in the faux Celtic fantasy landscape that so many books tend to be set in. Aker’s world is far more developed than many though – with intriguing conflicts forming the heart of this deep and vivid world. These conflicts lead to action – and it’s here where Akers truly excels, writing scenes that are exciting and action packed.”

The Book Bag

The Winter Vow (#3)
“The depth of [Aker’s] world was intense and fascinating.”

Erlebenisse

Awards & Accolades

Standalone

The Horns of Ruin
United Kingdom

SciFi Now: 2010 Rising Star Award

The Burn Cycle

Heart of Veridon (#1)
USA

#8 Fantasy Book Critic: “SFF Book of 2009”

USA

Library Journal and Ranting Dragon: “Top 20 Steampunk”

The Hallowed War Series

The Pagan Night (#1)