Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme originally hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine and continued now by Tressa at Wishful Endings under the heading “Can’t Wait Wednesday” where readers and bloggers share and discuss books they are excited about reading and which have generally not yet been released. I’m sticking with “Waiting On Wednesday” just because I like the way it rolls off the tongue.
Author: K.S. Villoso
Publisher: Liam’s Vigil
Series: The Agartes Epilogues
Length: Hardcover 774 pages; Paperback 771 pages (according to Amazon)
Publication Date: January 16, 2019
If you’ve followed my blog this year you’ll know I have a new found love for indie/self-pub fantasy and sci-fi. I even attempted a self-pub fantasy month back in September only to have life/work issues get in the way. The larger point I’m trying to make though is that I discovered there are some great self-pub fantasy authors and books out there, and I’m all about getting the word out.
One such author is K.S. Villoso. Kay is one of my favorite authors to follow over on Twitter (@k_villoso). At the beginning of the year I kept seeing posts from other bloggers about her (at the time) latest publication, The Wolf of Oren-Yaro and I immediately bought a copy for my Kindle. It’s the first in the Annals of The Bitch Queen series, I mean how can you pass a name like that up? Anyway, i finally read it back in September and became an instant fan. Kay has a reputation for writing really good character driven novels, the kind that make you swear at the characters and at her, while begging for more. The Wolf of Oren-Yaro also moves a way from the typical Western setting, with Kay giving us wonderfully fleshed out Asian cultures and landscapes. At some point I’ll get my review written up for all of you.
But I’m digressing. I’m not here to talk about The Wolf of Oren-Yaro today. I discovered not long after my purchase that Villoso had written some other books prior to The Bitch Queen series. One of these was The Agartes Epilogues, consisting of Jaeth’s Eye, Aina’s Breath, and Sapphire’s Flight.
“Over a hundred years ago, Agartes Allaicras, Hero of the Kag, helped form the city-states of Cael and Kiel, forged from previously-uninhabitable wilderness into bastions of culture and prosperity in Western Vir.
For his service to the Kag people, he was awarded power, prestige, and lands in the Kingdom of Hafod, where he and his young bride settled to raise their large family. Agartes’ world turned from fighting tribes and monsters to long walks on his massive estate, surrounded by the laughter of children.
But there are no happily ever afters. In the battle for Northern Hafod against the Dageian Empire, Agartes paid the ultimate price.
In the silence that follows, only stories remain.”
– From ksvilloso.com
I haven’t read any of the Agartes series yet but I did go ahead and buy all three books. I did that over the past couple of months because Villoso announced she was taking them off the market. Why you ask? Well now it turns out she has combined the Agartes Epilogues trilogy into one omnibus titled An Elegy of Heroes. You’ll be able to get the whole series in one volume with some stunning new cover art. It will be available January 16th on ebook, paperback, and hardcover. I’m gonna get a copy even though I have the others because omg look at that cover! Plus I want all the editions. I’m already bummed there’s some I missed out on.
So whether you’re a collector, or a Villoso fan new to this series, or you’ve never read any of Kay’s books, this is a great way to pick up what looks to be a fabulous edition of The Agartes Epilogues in the new year. If you’ve already read the series let me know what you think. If you’ve never read it and are thinking about it chime in as well.
Check out Villoso’s Year End Post for more information about the omnibus as well as some other exciting releases.