Available October 2010, FABLE: THE BALVERINE ORDER Will Include An Exclusive Game Code To Unlock An Exclusive Weapon in Fable III

September 9, 2010, 2010 (New York, NY)  Ace Books, a division of Penguin Group (USA), recently announced the publication of FABLE: THE BALVERINE ORDER (Ace Mass Market Paperback Original; October 5, 2010; $9.99), a book based on the world-wide video game phenomenon. This is the first novelization based on the Fable game franchise from Lionhead Studios and will include a special code to unlock an exclusive weapon in the forthcoming Fable III.

Peter David, the New York Times bestselling author of numerous novels, and the creative mind behind many comics and television projects wrote FABLE: THE BALVERINE ORDER.

Knowing players would be curious about an original novel set in the Fable world; Lionhead Studios provided something sure to intrigue readers of FABLE: THE BALVERINE ORDER even further: a special weapon for the Fable III game. Players can download this weapon by redeeming the unique code included in each physical copy of the novel through their Xbox Live accounts, and then use the weapon while playing Fable III. This weapon code will only be available inside copies of FABLE: THE BALVERINE ORDER.

Fable is a ground-breaking role-playing adventure game series from Peter Molyneux and Lionhead Studios, in which your every action determines your skills, appearance, and reputation. The original game debuted to rave reviews and sold more than 3 million copies. Lionhead Studios went on to create Fable II and now plans to release Fable III on October 26, 2010.

The action in FABLE: THE BALVERINE ORDER takes place between Fable II and Fable III. 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.

Anne Sowards, Executive Editor at Ace Books says, "We are thrilled that Lionhead has made this weapon available as a bonus to readers of the book. It's tremendously exciting, and certainly the first time we have ever participated in this kind of promotion."

The team at Lionhead Studios also welcomed the unique opportunity to give players a deeper look inside the Fable universe.
"Having a novel based on one of our games is a real first for Lionhead Studios" said Studio Head Peter Molyneux, "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."

by Peter David
An Ace Premium Mass Market Paperback Original
ISBN: 978-0-441-02006-5
496 pages / $9.99
On Sale: October 5, 2010



About Peter David
Peter David is a prolific author whose career, and continued popularity, spans nearly two decades. He has worked in every conceivable medium: television, film, books (fiction, nonfiction, and audio), short stories, and comic books, and acquired followings in all of them. His books have placed on the New York Times best sellers list numerous times throughout his writing career. For more information visit his website at

About Ace Books
Ace Books is an imprint of The Berkley Publishing Group, part of Penguin Group (USA). Penguin Group (USA) Inc. is the U.S. member of the internationally renowned Penguin Group. Penguin Group (USA) is one of the leading U.S. adult and children's trade book publishers, owning a wide range of imprints and trademarks, including Berkley Books, Dutton, Frederick Warne, G.P. Putnam's Sons, Grosset & Dunlap, New American Library, Penguin, Philomel, Riverhead Books and Viking, among others. The Penguin Group is part of Pearson plc, the international media company. For more information visit:

About Fable III
FABLE III is the latest installment to the action-packed and critically acclaimed Xbox 360 and Games for Windows exclusive franchise. Fans new and returning will now embark on an epic adventure, where the race for the crown is only the beginning of your spectacular journey. Five decades have passed since the events of FABLE II and Albion has matured into an industrial revolution, but the fate of the kingdom is at peril. In FABLE III you will be called upon to rally and fight alongside your people, ascend to the seat of power, and experience the true meaning of love and loss. The choices and sacrifices you make while fanning the flames of revolution, and then as you rule as King or Queen of Albion, will lead to an ever evolving world of consequences that will be felt across your entire land. This sets the stage for unparalleled action and adventure that offers even more ways to fight and engage than ever before.