We’re Back—And Giving Away Free Books!

You may have noticed: The Ranting Dragon has been offline for almost two weeks. The downtime was definitely involuntary—we tried to move to a bigger host that’s better capable of handling all of you guys, but in the middle of that big move, our old host decided to place a “hold” on our domain name. Long story short, we ended up paying for two hosts. But that really doesn’t matter. We’re back, and that’s all that matters!

We hope you have found your way safely back to us. You weren’t feeling too lonely without The Ranting Dragon, were you? (You were, you know it.) No worries, we’ll start posting reviews and articles again just like you’re used to!

To both express how sorry we are for the downtime and to celebrate the fact that we have found our way back to the world wide web, we are giving away four great books to four lucky winners. All you have to do to win is fill out the form below. The giveaway is international, and ends on Friday October 19 at midnight EST.

The books you can win are The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson, Star Wars: Allegiance by Timothy Zahn, Control Point by Myke Cole (with a signed book plate, courtesy of the author!), and Hounded by Kevin Hearne. Scroll to the bottom of the form for more information about each of the books!


The giveaway has now ended. A big thank you to everyone who participated! Congratulations to James, Alejandro, Cory, and Christy, who each won a paperback version of one of the books below.

Keep an eye on The Ranting Dragon for more upcoming giveaways, or sign up for our newsletter on the right.


Here are the books you can win:

The Way of Kings
The Way of Kings

The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson

Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soiless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter.

It has been centuries since the fall of the ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor that transform ordinary men into near-invincible warriors. Men trade kingdoms for Shardblades. Wars were fought for them, and won by them.

One such war rages on a ruined landscape called the Shattered Plains. There, Kaladin, who traded his medical apprenticeship for a spear to protect his little brother, has been reduced to slavery. In a war that makes no sense, where ten armies fight separately against a single foe, he struggles to save his men and to fathom the leaders who consider them expendable.



Star Wars: Allegiance by Timothy Zahn

The destruction of the Death Star by the Rebel Alliance was a decisive blow against the Empire, but Palpatine and his monstrous enforcer, Darth Vader, are no less of a threat. The brutal extermination of Alderaan not only demonstrated the magnitude of their murderous power, but served as a chilling testament to their resolve to crush the Rebel uprising. Standing against them, Skywalker, Solo, and the Princess remain uncertain opponents. Luke is gifted and brave, but unschooled in the power he possesses. Han has doubts about waging someone else’s war–and his contentiousness is one more burden for Leia to bear as she struggles to help keep the Rebellion alive. The three have been sent to mediate a dispute between Rebel Alliance factions in Shelsha Sector–agitating matters by forcing Han to deal not only with pirates, but with his more dreaded enemy, politics. At the same time, Mara Jade–all of eighteen and years away from her fateful meeting with Luke–is serving her evil master, Palpatine, well in her role as the Emperor’s Hand: tracking suspected treachery in the Empire to what may be high places–while trying to stay out of Darth Vader’s way.

But the Rebels will prove to be only one of the Empire’s concerns. For Imperial Stormtrooper Daric LaRone, his faith in the Empire shaken by the wanton destruction of Alderaan, will commit a sudden and violent act of defiance, and take four other enforcers with him, in a desperate bid to elude their masters’ wrath.

Each of these fateful actions, whether sanctioned, secret, or scandalous, will expose brutality and corruption, spur upheavals destined to shake the Empire to its core, and shape momentous events yet to come.


Control Point
Control Point

Control Point by Myke Cole

Army Officer. Fugitive. Sorcerer.

Across the country and in every nation, people are waking up with magical talents. Untrained and panicked, they summon storms, raise the dead, and set everything they touch ablaze.

Army officer Oscar Britton sees the worst of it. A lieutenant attached to the military’s Supernatural Operations Corps, his mission is to bring order to a world gone mad. Then he abruptly manifests a rare and prohibited magical power, transforming him overnight from government agent to public enemy number one.

The SOC knows how to handle this kind of situation: hunt him down–and take him out. Driven into an underground shadow world, Britton is about to learn that magic has changed all the rules he’s ever known, and that his life isn’t the only thing he’s fighting for.



Hounded by Kevin Hearne

The first novel in the original six-book (and counting!) Iron Druid Chronicles, introducing a cool new funny urban fantasy hero.

Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, lives peacefully in Arizona, running an occult bookshop and shape-shifting in his spare time to hunt with his Irish wolfhound. His neighbors and customers think that this handsome, tattooed Irish dude is about twenty-one years old—when in actuality, he’s twenty-one centuries old. Not to mention: He draws his power from the earth, possesses a sharp wit, and wields an even sharper magical sword known as Fragarach, the Answerer.

Unfortunately, a very angry Celtic god wants that sword, and he’s hounded Atticus for centuries. Now the determined deity has tracked him down, and Atticus will need all his power—plus the help of a seductive goddess of death, his vampire and werewolf team of attorneys, a sexy bartender possessed by a Hindu witch, and some good old-fashioned luck of the Irish—to kick some Celtic arse and deliver himself from evil.


About Stephan van Velzen

Stephan van Velzen
A 29 year-old Communications student, Stephan loves publicity and design, particularly web design. When he’s not designing websites, he’s busy being a total geek for fantasy. In The Ranting Dragon, he has found a way to combine these passions and discover a new love for writing too. Most of all, though, Stephan is just a crazy Dutch guy who enjoys doing things that people don’t expect.

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  1. Hmph. Those are all GUY books. Oh, all right. It’s true. I read them so I guess they aren’t necessarily GUY books.

  2. Good to have you back! And this is an awesome giveaway, too!

  3. I would settle for any of those books but I really want to get The Way of Kings 😀

  4. Ooooooo! I’m intrigued! The last two really caught my attention but the first looks great also! And who doesn’t love Star Wars, right? My fingers are crossed!

  5. I selected 3 of the book, but wanted to clarify I didn’t select way of kings because I already own it in hard back and audio book.

  6. Love SciFi – and I read an excerpt of Myke Cole’s book – reads well. Could be good! 🙂

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