Salyards' Chains of the Heretic cover art

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Thanks to Mihai at Dark Wolf's Fantasy review, you can now take a look at the cover of one of my most awaited release for next year, the finale of the Bloodsounder's Arc by Jeff Salyards, Chains of the Heretic. His first book was my debut of the year in 2012 and the follow-up was my favorite novel of last year. You will be able to pick it up February 2016!

Next read?

Thursday, March 19, 2015

I will soon finish Kameron Hurley's The Mirror Empire and I wasn't sure what to pick up next.  I have many many many many books on my to read pile (I hope it's the same for all of you), but on top are two novels that I will ask you readers to choose from. So... what book should I read next:

Col Buchanan's The Black Dream, the third novel in the fabulous Heart of the World series, directly from the UK or the ARC of A Crown for Cold Silver by Alex Marshall, one of the most anticipated Fantasy debut of 2015?

Scott Lynch's The Thorn of Emberlain's cover art

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Gollancz unveiled today the cover art for the fourth book in the Gentleman Bastard Sequence by Scott Lynch, The Thorn of Emberlain.  The tentative release date is still in 2015. The artwork is from Alejandro Colucci.

A kingdom torn by civil war. 

A breakaway republic, outnumbered on all fronts. 

Two thieves caught between avarice and admiration. 

Things change forever.

March releases

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

March is already upon us and it's time for the monthly Fantasy releases spotlight, courtesy of your humble host.

The Black Dream by Col Buchanan, a book and series going under the radar that need much more exposure (I loved the first two books) is the one I'm most eager to read. I haven't picked up Lloyd first novel in his new series (when will I have time to remedy the situation?) and even if I know that Brett's fourth book will be up the reading pile of many Fantasy readers, if I consider the last offering, I keep some hopes but I'm not thrilled...

You'll aslo notice that it's the first time I post The Black Dream cover. Not bad!

What about you? Anything missing that you'll most likely pick up? L.E. Modesitt Jr. ninth book in the Imager Portfolio (Madness in Solidar)?


The Black Dream
Heart of the World book 3
Col Buchanan
March 12th (UK - unconfirmed for NA)

As the empire of Mann threatens the world with enslavement, only a single island nation continues to stand in its way - the Free Ports of the democras. For ten years they have held their own, but now the empire draws its noose even tighter over them. 
Rallying to its defence are those from the secretive network known as the Few, including the cripple and troubleshooter Coya Zeziké. Coya has hopes of enlisting the forest contrarè in the aid of the besieged city of Bar-Khos. With him is Shard, the only Dreamer of the Free Ports, a woman capable of manipulating waking reality or the strange dimensions of the Black Dream. 
The Roshun order of assassins have also engaged in the war at last. But Ash, their ailing farlander, has more urgent business to overcome. Facing him is a skyship voyage into the Great Hush, then further journeying to the fabled Isles of Sky, where he hopes bring his dead apprentice Nico back to life. Yet, his voyage into the unknown may save more than just Nico . . . it may save the Free Ports themselves. 

Old Man's Ghosts 
The Empire of a Hundred Houses book 2
Tom Lloyd
March 19th
Some men can never outrun their ghosts. 
Enchei thought he'd found a home at last - a life of quiet obscurity far removed from the horror of his military days. After a decade in the Imperial City his mistakes have been few, but one has now returned to haunt him. 
As Narin's pregnant lover comes to term, life has never been so perilous. There couldn't be a worse time for a nightmare to be unleashed on the Imperial City, but luck's rarely been on Narin's side. 
Once, Enchei swore he'd take his own life rather than let his past catch up with him, but now it's not just his own in the balance. Demons, rogue mages and vengeful noblemen haunt the city - and a man's ghosts are always watching and waiting...

The Skull Throne
Demon Cycle book 4
Peter V. Brett
31st March


The Voyage of the Basilisk
Memoir by Lady Trent book 3
Marie Brennan
March 31th
Devoted readers of Lady Trent’s earlier memoirs, A Natural History of Dragons and The Tropic of Serpents, may believe themselves already acquainted with the particulars of her historic voyage aboard the Royal Survey Ship Basilisk, but the true story of that illuminating, harrowing, and scandalous journey has never been revealed—until now. Six years after her perilous exploits in Eriga, Isabella embarks on her most ambitious expedition yet: a two-year trip around the world to study all manner of dragons in every place they might be found. From feathered serpents sunning themselves in the ruins of a fallen civilization to the mighty sea serpents of the tropics, these creatures are a source of both endless fascination and frequent peril. Accompanying her is not only her young son, Jake, but a chivalrous foreign archaeologist whose interests converge with Isabella’s in ways both professional and personal. 
Science is, of course, the primary objective of the voyage, but Isabella’s life is rarely so simple. She must cope with storms, shipwrecks, intrigue, and warfare, even as she makes a discovery that offers a revolutionary new insight into the ancient history of dragons.

Joe Abercrombie's Half the World Limited art

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

So far, most of Joe Abercrombie's Subterranean Press Limited Edition books presented splendid covers and interior art (most since I don't really like the Red Country cover). Recently, the covers for Half a King and Heroes were among my favorite works ever as far as Fantasy book covers are concerned. Well... they didn't disappoint with the cover and various interior illustrations for the follow-up in the Shattered Seas series, Half the World. The artist is Jon McCoy Enjoy!

By the way, have you ever bought a Subterranean Press Limited Edition book? Which one? If not, what book would you have liked? I think that Gardens of the Moon by Steven Erikson would have my pick, in fact, I almost bought it but instead, I ordered a signed print of the cover with Anomander Rake. Amazing work by Michael Komarck.

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