Waiting On Wednesday: An Elegy of Heroes

Waiting On Wednesday

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.

AnElegyOfHeroes

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 Continue reading

Advertisements

Waiting On Wednesday: The Gutter Prayer

Waiting On Wednesday

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.

TheGutterPrayer

Author: Gareth Hanrahan
Publisher: Orbit
Series: The Black Iron Legacy (Book 1)
Length: 560 pages
Publication Date: January 22, 2019

OK, not gonna lie, I was sold on this book by the cover alone. I’m a huge sucker for a good cover and with one glance I knew it was by Richard Anderson my favorite current fantasy artist. Put Anderson to work on some cover art and you’ve got my money.

But yeah eventually you have to read the thing. Well I guess you don’t HAVE to read it. It could just sit on your shelf and look pretty. But you WANT to read it right? So lets assume you’re gonna read it because it’s a book and that’s what you do. Eventually the plot has to interest you. Continue reading

Waiting On Wednesday: The Family Blood

SelfPubFantasyMonth

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.

Fans of the blog will know how much I loved Quenby Olson’s supernatural/horror novel The Half KilledIf you’re not a regular follower check out my review in the link in the previous sentence. Here’s the blurb from the back cover of that one:

“Dorothea Hawes has no wish to renew contact with what lies beyond the veil. After an attempt to take her own life, she has retired into seclusion, but as the wounds on her body heal, she is drawn into a world she wants nothing more than to avoid.

She is sought out by Julian Chissick, a former man of God who wants her help in discovering who is behind the gruesome murder of a young woman. But the manner of death is all too familiar to Dorothea, and she begins to fear that something even more terrible is about to unleash itself on London.

And so Dorothea risks her life and her sanity in order to save people who are oblivious to the threat that hovers over them. It is a task that forces her into a confrontation with her own lurid past, and tests her ability to shape events frighteningly beyond her control.”

As I said in my review, it’s story that will seduce you. I absolutely love Olson’s dark, intimate, and immersive writing style and the Victorian setting. It was a five star read for me, and I’ve been waiting on a follow-up novel for months. Unfortunately this isn’t a Waiting On Wednesday post about book two in the series. From what I understand Olson is working on that story, but it isn’t ready yet. She did write a short story though…and that’s what this post is about Continue reading

Waiting On Wednesday: Bloody Rose

Waiting On Wednesday

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.

img_4273

Author: Nicholas Eames
Publisher: Orbit
Series: The Band (Book 2)
Length: 510 pages (plus some extras)
Publication Date: August 28, 2018

Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy, oh boy, oh boy, oh boy, oh boy, oh boy, oh boy, oh boy, oh boy!

This week’s Waiting On Wednesday selection is Bloody Rose by Nicholas Eames. And OK, I’m not really waiting on it as you can tell from the pic because I have it…but you should be waiting on it. I have to go ahead and thank Orbit now for sending me a copy. It came in the mail by surprise on Monday and I’m not gonna lie I squealed like a little girl. My boys thought I might have finally lost it.

Why all the excitement you ask? Well, as you can tell from my review of Kings Of The Wyld I absolutely loved book one of the series. In fact it went down as my favorite read of 2017 and one of my favorite fantasy books of all time. There was a lot of love going around last year for Kings Of The Wyld and it recently won two Gemmell Awards, the Morningstar Award for best fantasy debut and the Ravenheart Award for best cover art/design. And why not? It had great characters – characters who are old like me, it had heart, it was funny as hell, it paid homage to countless hours of D&D growing up, it had a 70’s rock band theme…and it even had a soundtrack. I could keep going. Oh…and I love those covers by Richard Anderson!

Eames picks up the story with a new generation of characters including the daughter of one of the original Band members from KoTW. Eames is keeping the rock band theme going but with a new generation we’ve moved on to 80’s rock and a whole new soundtrack you can find on Spotify. Bloody Rose has been my most eagerly anticipated book of 2018 and I can’t wait to dive in.

Here’s the blurb from Amazon and from the book cover:

“A band of fabled mercenaries, led by the infamous Bloody Rose, tour a wild fantasy landscape, battling monsters in arenas in front of thousands of adoring fans, but a secret and dangerous gig ushers them to the frozen north, and the band is never one to waste a shot at glory . . . even if it means almost certain death.
 

Live fast, die young.
Tam Hashford is tired of working at her local pub, slinging drinks for world-famous mercenaries and listening to the bards sing of adventure and glory in the world beyond her sleepy hometown.

When the biggest mercenary band of all, led by the infamous Bloody Rose, rolls into town, Tam jumps at the chance to sign on as their bard. It’s adventure she wants – and adventure she gets as the crew embark on a quest that will end in one of two ways: glory or death.

It’s time to take a walk on the wyld side.

Did you notice that bit about the POV character? She’s gonna sign on as the bard…and you know what always happens to bard’s in the Wyld…well it’s like drummers for Spinal Tap. Life on the road is bound to be rough for our new friend Tam.

If you haven’t read KoTW yet I recommend you go out and get a copy today. Do it. Trust me. Read it. Then put in an order for Bloody Rose as soon as you can. If this is anywhere near as good as its predecessor you’re not gonna want to miss it. Don’t be the last one of your friends to read this series. Don’t be that guy! (or girl). Then let’s all gush all about it and sing together in classic girl punk fashion…

“Girls just want to have fun”

Waiting On Wednesday: Noumenon Infinity

Waiting On Wednesday

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.

One of my favorite book surprises last year was Noumenon, by Marina J. Lostetter. I read it back before I started the blog so I never wrote a full-on review, but I did include it in my Best Books Of 2017 post at the end of the year. Here’s what I said about it at the time:

“Noumenon is a story of humanity’s exploration of the stars. Or one star in particular. An anomalous star has been discovered that seems to defy the laws of physics. Astrophysicist Reggie Straifer proposes a plan to send a deep-space mission to investigate it and return home with its findings. The big catch however is the journey will take centuries. Generations of crew will live and die before the mission ever returns home. How will they do it while also ensuring a talented make-up for the thousands of crew spread across nine ships required for this undertaking? The answer…clones.

This book was nowhere on my radar until just about the time it was released. I read a few early reviews and picked it up. It was a lot more than I expected. I’d say it’s more social science fiction than hard science fiction. It explores what might happen on a scientific journey through space lasting centuries while retaining the same genetic make-up through the use of clones. What kind of society forms out of that pot? How does it evolve? What conflicts arise? What has to be shed from their previous earthly cultures? What remains? How do they return home? Will Earth even be home anymore?

There were times reading Noumenon that I felt joy and times I felt gutted. Lostetter did a fantastic job with her debut and I look forward to more.”

Well, more is coming! Noumenon Infinity drops on August 14th from Harper Voyager and I can’t wait to get a copy. The blurb is below, but if you haven’t read Noumenon maybe don’t look any further down the page than the cover as  it does give away a couple of minor plot points. If you haven’t read Noumenon I recommend you pick it up, then join me for Noumenon Infinity.

NoumenonInfinity

Continue reading

Waiting On Wednesday: Ravencry

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.

Ravencry US

U.S. Edition

Author: Ed McDonald
Publisher: Ace (In U.S.) and Gollancz (In UK)
Series: The Ravens Mark (Book 2)
Length: 384 pages (Paperback US) / 432 pages (Hardcover UK)
Publication Date: August 21, 2018 (U.S.) / June 28, 2018 UK Continue reading

Waiting On Wednesday: The Grey Bastards

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.

The Grey Bastards

Author: Jonathan French
Publisher: Crown (In U.S.) and Orbit UK (In UK obviously)
Series: The Lot Lands (Book 1)
Length: 432 pages
Publication Date: June 19, 2018 (U.S.) / June 21, 2018 UK Continue reading

Waiting On Wednesday: Trail of Lightning

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.

trail-of-lightning-cover

Author: Rebecca Roanhorse
Publisher: Saga Press
Series: The Sixth World (Book 1)
Length: 304 pages
Publication Date: June 26, 2018

“While most of the world has drowned beneath the sudden rising waters of a climate apocalypse, Dinétah (formerly the Navajo reservation) has been reborn. The gods and heroes of legend walk the land, but so do monsters.

Maggie Hoskie is a Dinétah monster hunter, a supernaturally gifted killer. When a small town needs help finding a missing girl, Maggie is their last—and best—hope. But what Maggie uncovers about the monster is much larger and more terrifying than anything she could imagine.

Maggie reluctantly enlists the aid of Kai Arviso, an unconventional medicine man, and together they travel to the rez to unravel clues from ancient legends, trade favors with tricksters, and battle dark witchcraft in a patchwork world of deteriorating technology.

As Maggie discovers the truth behind the disappearances, she will have to confront her past—if she wants to survive.

Welcome to the Sixth World.”

Continue reading