Ace Books has announced plans to publish Fable: The Balverine Order, the first tie-in book for Lionhead Studios’ acclaimed action-adventure franchise Fable, this October, just ahead of the release of Fable III. As a bonus for fans, the novel will include a code to redeem an exclusive weapon players will then be able to use in the upcoming threequel.
“Having a novel based on one of our games is a real first for Lionhead Studios,” said Lionhead Studios head lion Peter Molyneux in a statement. “We are all very proud and pleased with the way the Fable story has evolved to become more powerful with every iteration. Fable: The Balverine Order is a great read in its own right and complements the skill and imagination our in house writing team has shown in creating the world of Albion and making the Fable story so compelling.”
The Balverine Order, penned by New York Times bestselling author Peter David, is set between the events of Fable II and Fable III, and tells the following story:
“The days of magic and adventure are fading away, giving way to the age of industry and science. As the aged last Hero sits upon the throne of Albion, two friends—the privileged Thomas and his loyal servant, John—set out for the East in search of a legendary beast: the vicious, rarely-seen balverine. But their desire for adventure may be their ultimate undoing—because their quarry has just found them.”
Fable: The Balverine Order will be released on October 5 for $9.99. If you can't wait that long, you can read an exerpt from the novel over at Penquin Books' site.