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Phoenix Ark Press are delighted to announce, for the first time, the publication to e-book of The Telling Pool by David Clement-Davies. Available from Amazon, The Telling Pool is a mystical and richly woven Arthurian fantasy, following the adventures and coming of age story of Rhodri Falcon, which was short-listed for the Tir Na Nog prize in the UK. Its publication precedes a number of exciting new titles this year including Scream of the White Bear, The Terror Time Spies, The Dragon Book and The Godhead Game. Also to be published are exclusive US editions of FireBringer and The Sight and a coedition of The Sight and Fell.

From Booklist:

Gr. 6-9. A wizened crone at the village fair reads the cards for young Rhodri Falcon, revealing the suffering to come from a looming war. In his haste to escape from the crone’s strange intensity, Rhodri is drawn toward a grizzled and blind blacksmith who speaks of quests, a true sword, and the mysterious Telling Pool. These ancients’ interest in Rhodri, the son of a Welsh falconer who serves a Norman lord during the time of the Third Crusade, hinges on an ancestry of which he has no knowledge: Rhodri is descended from Arthur’s Guinevere and has an important role to play in the dark times ahead. With the aid of the blacksmith, the powers of the Telling Pool, his beloved rock falcon, a wise young woman, and an infamous sword, Rhodri must walk a difficult path to save his family, king, and country from the forces of evil…a satisfying and well-crafted story that through Arthurian lore, brings a steadfast young boy to manhood and adult understanding. Holly Koelling
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Scream of the White Bear by David Clement-Davies, the book that helped cause a horror story in New York, the complete disrespect of fundamental artistic, human and contractual principals there, and led to the birth of Phoenix Ark Press too, will also be published by this August, at the latest. Since David, with the help of the US Author’s Guild, took back his eRights from Abrams on two other novels, who when challenged to sue him backed down within a day, but also got his eRights from Dutton in America, he will go on fighting for his work and voice, for a far more transparent and human artistic world, and for the work of others too. Dear reader, you are all invited to join the Phoenix story and an adventure where fact became stranger than fiction.

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A Charming Letter, On Facebook

Dear Mr Clement-Davies,

I just wanted to send you an email to say thank you! I 1st read Fire Bringer 10 or 11 years ago, at the time I must admit, being 14 I wasn’t a huge reader. I first picked up the book as we had one English lesson per week so we had half an hour reading. I can’t remember the exact reason why I picked up the book, but once I did I couldn’t put it down until it was finished. Since that point, I have regularly been immersed in one book or another.

I recently found a copy of Fire Bringer in a 2nd hand shop and was delighted to have the chance to read it again, and once more I didn’t put it down until it was done!! It really is a fantastic book that has had the same effect on me as an adult as it did as a child.

Many thanks for your time in reading this.

Many kind regards,


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Thank you! Thank you!! Thank you! I have just read with delight your announcement to publish “Scream of the White Bear” next year. Let us know when we can order advance copies. – Barb

Dear B,

you too, but if I knew precisely what I was doing I would let you know! I am so angry about the last two years I am tempted to give it to fans free, but in the ironies of the human animal, people might think it was worth less. Apart from the fact that I would have to start begging down The Old Kent Road, and Polar Bears still wouldn’t have a chance against Russian oil giants, or conventional New York publishers! DCD

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If you’ve ever seen a publisher, and its authors, try hard, and succeed or fail, right in front of your nose, this is where the story’s at! Apologies for delays, but we are trying to do a lot of things at the same time, and trying not to crash and burn.

The publication of Scream of the White Bear will now be brought forward, after a previous delay this year, to Spring of 2011. Not ideal for that vital Christmas Market, next year, but David Clement-Davies is not having disappointed fans waiting any longer. The situation at Abrams caused enough grief, as it is, and it is time a book came out.

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Saturday Telegraph Review May 3, 2008 – Fell

“One might have thought that after more than a century of vampire stories, begun by Bram Stoker, the dramatic possibilities of Transylvania and the Carpathian mountains had now been exhausted by genre writers. Not so. This is a startlingly involving, richly textured tale…written with style and élan. His headlong narrative – full of peasant stockades, impenetrable forests and ice caves, is summoned with a brilliant vividness. Those ghostly old Carpathian foothills have been given a new lease of life.”

Sinclair McKay

Dear David,

Together, you and Erin Hunter have inspired me to write a novel. I am, merely, a twelve year old girl with high demands at what a book should be. But ‘The Sight’ and the series by Erin Hunter ‘Seekers’ are just that. To me, they are right up there with Watership Down, The Animals of Farthing and all those other brilliant books that don’t always end happily, and explain death as well as life.I have yet to read ‘Fell’ but am eagerly awaiting the day when my Dad is going to take me to a Book Shop, which will hopefully be soon.

I can imagine that you are an incredibly busy person (writing is extremely time consuming I know) but I was wondering if, when you are stuck for things to do, places to go or people to see. That you could have a quick glance at the beginning of my book, which is called the Kirja. It’s a mere 9,000 (or there abouts) pages, but I’m trying to write at least 500 words every day. Just knowing that you’ve actually looked at my work, would spur me on to write better and expand my writing style to broader horizons.
But mainly this email is just to say Thank You. In The Sight, you have created the most brilliant thing, which is more than just a book; it is a place where I can escape to.
From your ‘fan’,


The first book of yours I read was The Sight, I bought it at a little store in Jackson, Wyoming when I saw camping. I was seventeen and it was the first book I that when I started reading I couldn’t and wouldn’t put it down until I was done. You are the only author who I check to see if there is a new book out everytime I enter a bookstore. I love reading your stories and becoming completely engrossed in them. I look forward to reading more. Thank you for the great reads! Holly

Hello Mr. Davies,

If you have not read The Thief Lord, I would highly recommend it. Her writing is absolutely beautiful, just like yours. I am a big fan of your books the Sight and Fell (REMARKABLE!) and The Thief Lord just has this magical appeal to it, even though it is not necessarily fantasy related until the end, which totally took me by surprise and I think it will take you by surprise as well. You, Cornelia Funke, and Jk Rowling are my biggest inspirations when it comes to writing. I hope to one day follow in your footsteps.

I hope all is well and please take care!

aspiring author,

By far my favorite children’s book moment would have to be in “The Sight” when you find out that Fell is ……… and that he is able to turn his life around. I have read both “Fell” and “The Sight” and loved them. You should really write more on the subject of wolves from the perspective of the wolves. They were brilliant, compelling, and stimulating. Please write another wolf book, either a continuation from the Sight and fell or another wolf pack. I am sure that there would be no issues finding a publisher or readers!!! Thanks!DY

When Fell rose from the water to fight Jalgan, that was AMAZING! I was reading and it just really stood out. I had dreams of it for the next week or so! Fell is one of my favorite characters, and when I saw that there was a book
about him, I was telling everyone I knew for the past month or so.

I’m 16 yrs. old, but your books have moved me and encouraged me to write more. I must say you are my favorite author. I wanted to remind you that your writing effects others like myself. I truly hope that I will one day be
able to write like you. AW

Re Firebringer: I have read this book 4 times and am in the middle of the fifth go. It is an amazing book and an inspiration to all. It shows the true values of friendship and courage. I adore every moment of adventure that Rannoch, and his friends encounter. Thank you, this book changed my life.

You are a genius! The Sight was magnificent! I don’t know how you did it! But Fell was even better, it brought in my life dream , to have a wolf commpanion! You should so do a third about a new prophecy that Fell tells to his children when he dies!! B

I’m going to tell you that I feel that anyone who gives good advice is a friend and, as I want to be an author, by reading your book you gave me advice. Your book was compelling and it inspired me to write my own book.
‘The Journey’Thank you ACH Age 12

Dear Mr Clement-Davies,
Thank you very much for your kind words and for taking the time to respond. I’m happy to say that I’ve recently signed a contract with a literary agency and I’m working on edits as I write this. I’ve also started work on a second novel, so things are very exciting at present. Thanks again for your feedback, I really appreciate it.
Best regards
S (nice that you like my name, it means “rose” in Hebrew)

Dear David,

Things are even better – I’ve just signed a publishing contract with Little Acorn Press to publish “The Witch’s Book.” Thanks for your encouragement and kind words, much appreciated.

Best wishes,

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Cheering us on!

‘Picked up The Sight in 7th grade about 8 years or so ago and it’s been my most prized book out of all the books I own. Fell was just as great. Firebringer is another one that is beautifully written and also graces my shelves. I was extremely disappointed when Scream of the White Bears wasn’t released in the U.S. It was the book that I was most looking forward to reading. I hope it gets the release in the U.S. that it deserves. I’ll keep checking back for news. Keep on writing this wonderful world. One that’s kept me enthralled for years.’ ~Buwie

It makes such a difference to hear. It may be a while to get my writing life back, after the two-year Abrams scandal, and give myself and other Phoenix authors the very best shot at publication, so doing what we do best, being allowed to write and create. But I’m sorry for disappointing, please hang in there, and help to make this your publisher too, by spreading the word! Thank you for taking the time to write. DCD

Explaining to younger readers: For anyone I’ve dissapointed in cancelling Scream originally, because books seem to magically appear in shops, perhaps Phoenix should try to explain. Writers too have to eat and survive, and apart from the writing time, to publish independently means getting the best chance with reps, who sell books, and with shops, who work on long time frames for orders, as shops do with any ‘product’. We still believe dedicated writers are far more than just products, and should be treated as such, which is why we have broken away from the often cynical giants like Abrams and Amulet, though that is a very particular story.

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BEST SELLING FANTASY AUTHOR TURNS HIS BACK ON CORPORATE PUBLISHERS: Phoenix Ark MD and established author David Clement-Davies says “It’s time the true value of story, grounded in the protection and nurturing of talented writers, is brought to the forefront in publishing once again. In my experience publishers are too political, hide their strategies far too much from their authors, and follow quick sales, above building talent and finding quality. Publishing is fracturing everywhere, and though keeping an eye on outlets, publishers need to return to the authority of the word, and of the author. Essentially to get right back to basics, with a smaller scale vision that cares both about people, and the tremendous power of story.” Phoenix Ark are building their strategy in the public eye, and creating a talented community in London, who can also agent for each other.

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In the Pipeline

As you watch this publisher’s story too, please send in ideas, and comments on our logo. The WILDCALL and THUMBMARKS logos, for childrens/fantasy and adult imprints, are being designed now, and will be posted soon. When editors so very close to me could do that in New York, or to my work, but above all to the spirit of the storyteller, one day I hope it will be one in the eye for the machine, and real fairy tales will come true again! I just need a true Tarlar, who happens to know about editing too, but we all live in hope. DCD

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