Troubador The Abdication

Released: 28/07/2021

ISBN: 9781800463950

eISBN: 9781800465961

Format: Paperback/eBook

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The town of Unity sits perched on the edge of a yawning ravine where, long ago, a charisma of angels provided spiritual succour to a fledgeling human race. Then mankind was granted the gift of free will and had to find its own way, albeit with the guidance of the angels. The people’s first conscious act was to make an exodus from Unity. They built a rope bridge across the ravine and founded the town of Topeth. For a time, the union between the people of Topeth and the angels of Unity was one of mutual benefit. After that early spring advance, there had been a torrid decline in which mankind’s development resembled a crumpled, fading autumnal leaf.

Following the promptings of an inner voice, Tula, a young woman from the city, trudges into Topeth. Her quest is to abide with the angels and thereby discover the right and proper exercise of free will. To do that, she has to cross the bridge – and overcome her vertigo. Topeth is in upheaval; the townsfolk blame the death of a child on dust from the nearby copper mines. The priests have convinced them that a horde of devils have thrown the angels out of Unity and now occupy the bridge, possessing anyone who trespasses on it. Then there’s the heinous Temple of Moloch!

The Abdication is the story of Tula’s endeavour to step upon the path of a destiny far greater than she could ever have imagined.

2019 And All That

Justin concluded his World Tour of Somerset and the West Country with a book signing at Weston-super-Mare’s WH Smith’s last Saturday (14th December).
That marked his 14th book signing this year, taking in various Waterstones stores, two WH Smith branches, and a host of South West indie bookshops, including the Snug in Bridgwater, Hunting Raven in Frome, and Chard Bookshop in Chard.
In 2019, Justin’s given 26 author talks in South West libraries and local associations. These have taken him into wilds of Wiveliscombe and Worle, amongst others. A place on the 2019 Honours’ Board is reserved for the librarians of Bridwgater, Frome, Minehead, Wells and Yeovil, who were brave enough to have him back twice this year.
He’s also given 22 radio interviews and been invited to studios in Taunton, Bristol, Yeovil, Bridgwater and Frome. It’s possible he’s now knows how to speak into a radio mic!
This PR is not just a tally of all the places he’s been fortunate enough to visit this year, but also a chance to say a huge thank you to all the bookshop managers and owners, the library staff and the U3A organisers, who have backed him through the year. Not forgetting all the people who came along to his talks and who bought his books. A special thanks is reserved for the good folks at Troubador Publishing for putting up with me for another year!

2020 Onwards.

Justin is giving an author talk, The Mother and Father of All Things, at Dorchester Library at 11 a.m. on Saturday 18th January 2020.
I will be giving my Thought for the Day on BBC Radio Bristol's Morning Show at 8.40 a.m. on Friday 24th January.
On Saturday 25th January at 4 p.m. at the Stable Creative Hub in Weston-super-Mare, I will be giving a talk on Self-Publishing: How to Promote your Book.
The official publication date of my third novel, The Coronation, is 28th January.
At 7.30 p.m., on Thursday 30th January, I'll be giving an author talk entitled 'The Great Enlightenment: Is That How it Was Meant to Be?' at Exeter St. Thomas Library.
I will be back in Exeter, at the Main Library, from 12-2 p.m. on Sunday 16th February for an Author Meet and Greet and Book Signing.
I'll be signing copies of The Coronation from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Saturday 22nd February at Chard Bookshop, Chard, Somerset.
From 22nd-28th February, Love Books Tours will be hosting a blog tour on behalf of The Coronation.
At 4 p.m. on Saturday 29th February, I am thrilled to have the official book launch of The Coronation at Waterstones Weston-super-Mare branch.

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I very much enjoyed this novel by Justin Newland. Set in a time that might, perhaps, be pre-Christian, 'The Abdication' follows the story of Tula, a determined seeker of truth and destiny. Like many a traveller before, Tula soon finds herself in a nail-biting situation.

This is a fascinating tale; part science-fiction, part-thriller, part-fantasy. The reader could enjoy it as any, or all three. There are adventures, heartbreak, spiritual truths and science fantasy in this book. I loved the anagrams and the allegories. And I really loved the ending.

by Jennifer Pittam


I very much enjoyed this novel by Justin Newland. Set in a time that might, perhaps, be pre-Christian, 'The Abdication' follows the story of Tula, a determined seeker of truth and destiny. Like many a traveller before, Tula soon finds herself in a nail-biting situation.

This is a fascinating tale; part science-fiction, part-thriller, part-fantasy. The reader could enjoy it as any, or all three. There are adventures, heartbreak, spiritual truths and science fantasy in this book. I loved the anagrams and the allegories. And I really loved the ending.

by Jennifer Pittam


Justin Newland

JUSTIN NEWLAND writes historical, fantasy and speculative fiction with a supernatural bent. Short stories in anthologies include: The Fool of Abbot's Leigh in Hidden Bristol and Fisher of Men in North by Southwest. Another short story, Vallum Hadriani, is included in The Dark Half of the Year. His first novel, The Genes of Isis, is an epic fantasy set in Ancient Egypt that speculates on the genesis of the human race. His second novel, The Old Dragon's Head, is a historical fantasy set in Old China. His third is a historical novel set in East Prussia during the Enlightenment in the 1760's and is entitled The Coronation. All his novels are published by Matador and deal with war, religion, evolution, and the human's place in the universe. For author info, see www.justinnewland.com.


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