In a flash, Ted Callan’s world exploded and amid the flames he saw the incomprehensible, the burning figure of the fire giant Surtur. Before long, Ted learns that the creatures of Norse folklore walk among us and his fate is forever tied to them.
Ted wants nothing more than to have his old life back. No more magic. No more smart-ass gods. To get it, Ted is willing to fight his way through any creature of legend. The problem is, if he succeeds, it might just be the end of the world.
Shortlisted for the 2013 Aurora Award for Best Canadian Science Fiction/Fantasy Novel in English (winner to be announced in October 2013); Winner of the Mary Scorer Book Award for Best Book by a Manitoba Publisher
"An excellent first novel, Thunder Road is ultimately a creative fantasy about a human thrust into the role of a peacemaker between mythological forces....Imagine True Blood crossed with Thor and Beowulf."
-- Winnipeg Free Press
"In Thunder Road, Chadwick Ginther opens a doorway to the mythical in the modern world, letting his reader almost believe that at the edges of our reality, in the most mundane of places, there lurks the remnants and lingering presence of the Otherworld...."
"Unique and brilliantly crafted, Thunder Road leaves the reader salivating for the next book in this trilogy and the next instalment in the life of Ted Callan."
Ginther handles both the mythic and human aspects of Thunder Road with considerable skill. ...Thunder Road is a fast-paced, thoughtful novel, and news that it’s the first in a trilogy is welcome indeed."
- Quill & Quire
"[Thunder Road] blends Norse mythology into the Canadian landscape as smoothly and naturally as Joss Whedon married the Hellmouth to Southern California."
-- AE - The Canadian Science Fiction Review
"If you liked Neil Gaimon's AMERICAN GODS, you'll adore this (frankly, I think it's better, sorry Neil)."
-- Lauren B. Davis
Chadwick Ginther is a major new talent. His stunning debut novel grabs you by the throat and shakes you mercilessly; his prose is vivid and sharp and his are settings gritty and terrifyingly real. This is serious fantasy for grownups.
—Robert J. Sawyer, Hugo Award-winning author of Triggers
Thunder Road is a gritty, two-fisted action fantasy jammed with Norse mythology and the unique atmosphere of the Canadian prairies. The imagination and attention to detail make this book a compelling and exciting read. By the time I finished I needed a stiff drink, a smoke and a shower. Chadwick Ginther is one of those authors that gets under your skin. I’m looking forward to his next book.
-- J. A. Pitts, author of Forged in Fire
Originally from Morden, Manitoba, Chadwick Ginther was fascinated by Norse mythology at an early age. Today, he spins sagas of his own set in Canada's western wilderness where surely monsters must exist. Chadwick is a regular contributor to Quill & Quire, The Winnipeg Review, and Prairie Books NOW and has done guest blogs for Manitoba Scene. His short fiction has also appeared in On Spec Magazine. His first novel, Thunder Road was nominated for a Prix Aurora Award and won the Mary Scorer Book Award for Best Book by a Manitoba Publisher. He lives in Winnipeg.