Release Day!

by wjw on October 4, 2016


George R.R. Martin writes: “Interstellar adventure has a new king, and his name is Walter Jon Williams.”  Now, my friends, comes the Return of the King.

The new Praxis novel Impersonations is released upon the world today, either in trade paperback or ebook format.  You may order the book from your local bookstore, or order online from Barnes & NobleAmazon, KoboiBooks and Google!

Impersonations may be the fifth work in a series, but you don’t need to read the first four books in order to appreciate the new work.  I’ve inserted enough material to catch you up nicely.

But in order to make the series more accessible and to celebrate the new release, I’m running a sale of my own.  Investments, the companion piece to Impersonations featuring my other protagonist Gareth Martinez, is now on sale for 99 cents!  Find the ebook at:  [kindle] [nook] [Smashwords] [iBooks] [Kobo]

And those of you outside North America are doubly lucky, because I’ve also discounted The Praxis, the first book in the series!  (North American rights are held by the original publisher, so I can’t discount on this side of the water.)  Buy The Praxis for 99 cents at:, and Google!

Happy reading, everybody!

William England October 4, 2016 at 4:16 pm

Got a notice from the Amazon app this morning and put in my order for the paperback!

Geoff October 4, 2016 at 7:31 pm

Got my copy today. Can’t wait to dig into it tonight!

Clyde October 4, 2016 at 8:35 pm

Got it. Started it.

Susan Beaty October 4, 2016 at 10:23 pm

Just finished my first reading of “Impersonations” and really enjoyed it. It’s been so long since I read the original trilogy I was really glad you filled in the backstory and I believe that someone new to the series could jump right in and not be lost. I like the development of Sula’s character, but won’t say much more than that in case someone might consider it spoilery.

Thanks for a great read. Makes me want to go back and re-read the first four books again, but alas, the TBR queue stretches out so far…

Susan Beaty October 5, 2016 at 7:49 pm

ICYMI, there is a really good review on GoodReads from someone who got an ARC and had never read any of the other Praxis books. I posted my 5 star review on both Goodreads and Amazon, but it wasn’t the best review I’ve ever written. Hopefully my enthusiasm will make up for lackluster prose.

wjw October 5, 2016 at 9:59 pm

Susan, thanks for the reviews! The enthusiasm is what really matters. (Along with the five stars, of course.)

Steinar Bang October 6, 2016 at 2:15 am

Impersonations purchased from Looking forward to reading it.

Even though I’m outside the US (I’m in Norway), I was unable to buy the discounted The Praxis from The store will happily sell me shippable stuff such as DVDs and books, but for kindle stuff, they just send me to…

wjw October 6, 2016 at 7:09 pm

Steinar, does Amazon know you’re in Norway? If you registered the device in the U.S., you’re probably considered an American resident.

If that isn’t the problem, I don’t know how to fix it, but I can complain to Amazon.

Etaoin Shrdlu October 7, 2016 at 11:37 pm

Just curious, why did Sula say “On Zanshaa, they’re handmen” instead of “cliquemen” as they had been called throughout all three novels?

wjw October 8, 2016 at 3:51 pm

Probably because my memory is fallible.

Steinar Bang October 10, 2016 at 2:19 pm

@WJW: Just taking the last thing first: complaing to amazon worked in an earlier case, so complaining again (about a releated issue, actually) would probably be a good thing.

Then back to the questions: Yes, both and have shipped me stuff (DVDs and books), so they know where I live.

I have never owned a kindle (I own a Sony reader), so I use amazon on PC to download the book to the PC and then use calibre to convert it to ePub that the Sony reader can display. Tor books and their practice of no DRM makes this process simple and legal.

I use Amazon because amazon is one of a few stores that actually will sell me the ebooks outside of the US (other stores that will sell are Baen ebooks, and smashwords). However, I have never been able to buy ebooks through, I have always been redirected to for the ebooks.

I ran into this earlier when John Scalzi sold chapters for his upcoming book at 50 us cents a chapter.

At that point in time residents of the UK could buy the ebooks for 50 us cents from, residents of Germany could buy the ebooks from for 50 us cents from and residents of France could buy the ebooks for 50 us cents from All europeans from countries not blessed with a local amazon store would be redirected to and have 2 USD added to the 50 cents for “international wireless delivery” (to a device I don’t have).

I told John Scalzi this, and he complained to amazon (or told his publisher, also Tor, who complained), and the 2 USD extra charge on each ebook mysteriously went away.

Etaoin Shrdlu October 10, 2016 at 6:21 pm

I guess that’s why you called her “Dagmar” instead of “Sula” a couple of times, too! 🙂

Still trying to figure out whether her Cree chef was the one who worked at Julian’s restaurant, but my copy of the trilogy is eleven timezones away, alas.

Urban October 13, 2016 at 2:43 am still hasn’t found any paperback to send me. But they have five other ones in stock they’ll be happy to sell me, at slightly more £ than the May pre-order price.
But we have a saying here in Sweden: “If you’re waiting for something good, you never wait too long”

Clyde October 13, 2016 at 8:49 am

Finished. It was good.
I’ll put up a review on Goodreads soon. On the road now.

Urban October 14, 2016 at 2:42 am

I was wrong, it wasn’t the price change: “Your order of “Impersonations” has been dispatched”, so it probably meant it it’s a popular title.

Anonymous May 27, 2018 at 1:26 pm

I finally got around to reading “City on Fire”, and so I finally found out where your memory pulled “handmen” from.

I’m looking forward to Quillifer moving wormholes around in “The Accidental War”. 🙂

Etaoin Shrdlu May 27, 2018 at 1:27 pm

I finally got around to reading “City on Fire”, and so I finally found out where your memory pulled “handmen” from.

I’m looking forward to Quillifer moving wormholes around in “The Accidental War”. 🙂

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