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23Jun/15Off

New Fantasy Releases: Week of June 23, 2015

Below is this week's list of new fantasy releases...

-The Blood Curse (The Cursed Kingdoms Trilogy Book 3) by Emily Gee (concludes the trilogy)
-Batman: Arkham Knight - The Riddler's Gambit by Alex Irvine
-Trailer Park Fae (Gallow and Ragged) by Lilith Saintcrow
-Curse of the Phoenix Crown (Time of Legends) by CL Werner
-The Gentleman Bastard Series 3-Book Bundle: The Lies of Locke Lamora, Red Seas Under Red Skies, The Republic of Thieves (Gentleman Bastards) by Scott Lynch

11Jun/15Off

New Fantasy Releases: Week of June 9, 2015

Below is this week's list of new fantasy releases, according to Amazon...

-The Hidden Masters of Marandur (The Pillars of Reality Book 2) by Jack Campbell
-Dead Ice (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter) by Laurell K. Hamilton
-The Invasion of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling) by Erika Johansen
-The Darkling Child: The Defenders of Shannara by Terry Brooks
-Spellstorm (Forgotten Realms) by Ed Greenwood
-Amber Smoke: The Escaped - Book One by Kristin Cast
-Beneath London (Langdon St. Ives) by James P. Blaylock
-The Iron Assassin by Ed Greenwood
-The Clockwork Crown (Clockwork Dagger Novels Book 2) by Beth Cato
-Oathkeeper (THE GRUDGEBEARER TRILOGY) by J.F. Lewis

2Jun/15Off

New Fantasy Releases: Week of June 2, 2015

Below is this week's list of new fantasy releases (links take you to Amazon)...

-Storm and Steel (The Book of the Black Earth) by Jon Sprunk
-Corum - The Queen of Swords: The Eternal Champion by Michael Moorcock
-The Birthgrave: Birthgrave Trilogy: Book One by Tanith Lee
-Stories of the Raksura: The Dead City & The Dark Earth Below by Martha Wells
-Briar Queen (Night and Nothing Novels) by Katherine Harbour
-The Shadow Revolution: Crown & Key by Clay Griffith & Susan Griffith
-Resistance: Dave vs. the Monsters (David Hooper Trilogy) by John Birmingham
-Knight's Shadow (The Greatcoats Book 2) by Sebastien de Castell (if you saw my review yesterday, you'll know this one is a must buy)
-The Master Magician (The Paper Magician Series Book 3) by Charlie N. Holmberg
-From a High Tower (Elemental Masters Book 11) by Mercedes Lackey
-The Change: Tales of Downfall and Rebirth (Change Series) by S.M. Sterling
-From a Drood to A Kill: A Secret Histories Novel by Simon R. Green
-The Liar's Key (The Red Queen's War Book 2) by Mark Lawrence

1Jun/15Off

Quick Review: Traitor’s Blade by Sebastien de Castell

I finished reading Traitor's Blade by Sabastien de Castell a few nights ago, and wanted to give it a quick plug. As usual, I won't spend any time rehashing the plot (you can find all that info on Goodreads, or the Amazon link at the beginning of the post).

For the first 100 pages or so, I was a bit mixed. I was enjoying it, but something about the writing felt a bit awkward to me. Not sure if it was the dialogue, or just the phrasing of some sentences. But as the story progressed, it got better and better. The story is told in first person by Falcio val Mond, and he happens to be my favorite type of character. The kind does that strives to do what he thinks is right, not matter what. He turned into one of my favorite characters in recent memory. I also enjoyed the banter between the 3 main characters (Falcio, Brasti, & Kest)....this was another element that got better as the book progressed. And let me just say that chapters 27 and 28 were some of the best reading I've done in a long time. If you can read those two chapters without standing up and cheering AND shedding a tear...you are dead inside.

I know the reviews of this book have been a bit mixed...but I thought it was awesome. By the time I finished, it had become my favorite read of 2015 so far. And I rushed out and found a copy of book 2 in a local bookstore (release date is June 2, but its not a hard date, so your local bookstore might have a copy). If you are looking for a good "buddy" novel, with some humor and snappy dialog...you definitely need to check this one out.

26May/15Off

New Fantasy Releases: Week of May 26, 2015

Below is this week's list of new fantasy releases, according to Amazon.

-Strange Magic (A Morris and Chastain Investigation Book 7) by Justin Gustainis
-Zapped: A Tor.Com Original by Sherwood Smith
-People of the Songtrail: A Novel of North America's Forgotten Past by Kathleen O'Neal Gear & W. Michael Gear
-Trial of Intentions (Vault of Heaven Book 6) by Peter Orullian (of course, this isn't really book 6. Someone made a mistake on the book page, apparently).
-Long Black Curl: A Novel of the Tufa by Alex Bledsoe
-World of Warcraft: War Crimes by Christie Golden
-Beauty (Tales from the Kingdoms Book 3) by Sarah Pinborough
-Desert Rising by Kelley Grant
-The Iron Ship (The Gates of the World Book 1) by K.M. McKinley
-Veiled Empire by Nathan Garrison (this one is an ebook only release, from Harper Collins. Full novel length, though at 412 pages per the Kindle page)