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

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

“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

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

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

“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)

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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)