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Most Anticipated Fantasy Books of 2015

Happy New Year!

Continuing with yesterday’s post (Best Books of 2014), here are the books we’re looking forward to the most in 2015. Descriptions, release dates, and covers have been added where possible.

Shane’s (SJardine):

The Aeronaut’s Windlass (Cinderspires #1) by Jim Butcher:

The Cinder Spires is set in a world “of black spires that tower for miles over a mist-shrouded surface” and follows a war between two of the Spires: Spire Albion and Spire Aurora.

It’s League of Extraordinary Gentlemen meets Sherlock meets Hornblower. There are goggles and airships and steam power and bizarre crystal technology and talking cats, who are horrid little bullies. – From Goodreads

I’m not 100 percent positive that this book will be published in 2015, but I really hope it is. Jim Butcher is one of my favorite authors, and if anyone can pull off a great Steampunk novel, he can.

Fool’s Quest (Fits and the Fool #2) by Robin Hobb:

This will be the continuation of Hobb’s the Fitz and the Fool trilogy, and I find myself checking daily to see if any more information has been released about it. I can’t wait to find out what happens after the events of Fool’s Assassin. Fitzchivalry Farseer never seems to catch a break.

Tentative publication date: August 11th 2015 by Del Rey

Magic Shifts (Kate Daniels #8) by Ilona Andrews:

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Mercenary Kate Daniels and her Mate, former Beast Lord Curran Lennart, have broken with Pack, but Curran misses challenges of leading, so he grabs when Pack offers him its stake in the Mercenary Guild. As a veteran merc, Kate can take over Guild’s unfinished jobs, not knowing they are connected. An old enemy has arisen.Goodreads

The Kate Daniels series is another Urban Fantasy series I’ve discovered in the last few months that I burned through in just a couple days. The name Magic Shifts sounds like it will describe this next book perfect, everything is starting to change for Kate and Curran.

Expected publication: August 4th 2015 by Ace

The Iron Ghost (Copper Promise #2) by Jen Williams:

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Beware the dawning of a new mage…

Wydrin of Crosshaven, Sir Sebastian and Lord Aaron Frith are experienced in the perils of stirring up the old gods. They are also familiar with defeating them, and the heroes of Baneswatch are now enjoying the perks of suddenly being very much in demand for their services.

When a job comes up in the distant city of Skaldshollow, it looks like easy coin – retrieve a stolen item, admire the views, get paid. But in a place twisted and haunted by ancient magic, with the most infamous mage of them all, Joah Demonsworn, making a reappearance, our heroes soon find themselves threatened by enemies on all sides, old and new. And in the frozen mountains, the stones are walking… – Goodreads

I don’t think this series has a publisher in the US yet, so I’m probably going to have to convince one of my friends across the pond to send me a copy. I enjoyed the first one enough that I’m willing to pay international shipping just to get my copy of it.

Expected publication: February 26th 2015 by Headline

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Bookplate Contest Winners

This past week we had a giveaway running for bookplates and a signed copy of The Warded Man by Peter V. Brett.

Selected winners are listed below, winners have 48 hours to email me (or message on Facebook) with their address before their prize is forfeit to someone else.

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Signed copy of The Warded Man:

  1. Shannon Jones

Bookplate Winners

  1. Vinay Thukral
  2. Andy “Ebookwyrm” Angel
  3. Amer Hassounah
  4. Paul Neale
  5. Roger Bellini
  6. Axel

Thank you to everyone who entered! There are more giveaways planned for the future. Follow us, or “Like” us on Facebook for updates on new posts, and announcements.


Interview and Giveaway with Peter V. Brett

Last week, Peter V. Brett, author of The Demon Cycle braved Toronto’s chilly winter to sign his newest novel, The Daylight War (my review for which can be found here). Before his signing, he was kind enough to sit down for a fairly lengthy chat about his novels, writing, and zombies. I don’t think there’s are any spoilers really … but we do discuss some things which touch on The Daylight War, so just a slight warning about that.

As usual, for convenience P = Peter V. Brett, and R = Rebecca (myself).

R: Hi Peter! Thank you for joining us. Would you mind saying a little bit about yourself for people who aren’t entirely familiar with your works?

P: Sure. Hi, I’m Peter V. Brett, author of The Demon Cycle series from Del Rey Books. The first book is The Warded Man, followed by The Desert Spear, and as of a couple of days ago, The Daylight War. Which is the third in a five book series. It’s rooted in epic fantasy, although I try to break some of the genre rules in that. I’m not a big believer in hard classifying things as one type of fantasy or another.

I’m currently doing my first book tour, this is my first stop, here in Toronto. The beginning of about 6 weeks of non-stop touring which has me both super excited and a little terrified.

R: Alright, thank you! What was your favourite part in The Daylight War to write?

P: To write? There are a couple of parts which I really enjoyed. There are several weddings in the book, but there’s one big wedding scene that I think anyone who has read the book will immediately recognize was surprisingly touching.

Normally as an author, I can separate myself emotionally from what’s going on with the characters. However, when I went back to that one scene and read it, I got a little bit choked up.

There was that, and there was also a big confrontation between two of the main protagonists, Arlen and Jardir, which has been building for some time now and I was very excited to write it.

I deliberately wrote the book in chronological order and did not write it until it was time, but I already choreographed the whole thing in my head by the time I did that. So that probably took as long to write as it did to read.

But this book took me three years to write, and there were parts of it which were a pleasure to write and there were parts of it that were absolutely miserable to work on. But when I look back at what I’ve done, I’m so incredibly proud of how it came out. It really is exactly how I wanted it to be.

R: Yeah, I think it may be my favourite of the series so far, I’m still debating whether I liked this one or The Warded Man better.

P: Well, they’re very different books. And they’re meant to be. There are a lot of writers – very successful ones – who use the same formula over and over again with each of their books, they do that because they found a formula that works, and that people love, but I very much did not want to do that. So each book is its own animal, and represents where I was in my life and in my writing at the time, and I love all of them equally. It’s hard for me to say which one is my favourite, but I put out the best book that I can put out and that’s all I can ask for.

R: They are all good reads. And as you mentioned before, there are going to be two more books in The Demon Cycle, but do you have anything planned for after those? Or will there be more spin-offs like Brayan’s Gold?

P: I’m contracted for three more books, and it’s kind of complicated, the way this worked out. I had originally planned out a five book series, and the fourth book in that series was going to be a sort of “Now for something completely different” book, meaning that at the end of The Daylight War I was going to shift focus entirely to Tibbet’s Brook, which is the small town where two of the main protagonists grew up. I was going to tell a story completely from there, and then get back to the main story – which excuse my language – was kind of a dick move, but it really amused me to do that at the time.

But then The Daylight War grew so big that I couldn’t fit everything into one book. So I ended up cutting it in half and moving that section into what would have been book 4, and taking that fourth book and making it a standalone sixth book.

So, I’m contracted for three more books. There will be two more in this main series, closing off this story line for all these characters, and then there will be that sixth standalone book set in Tibbet’s Brook.

I don’t want people to think that this means The Daylight War is half a book. It is not by any means. This isn’t George R.R. Martin’s Feast for Crows where you’re only getting half the story, I basically had multiple climaxes in one story and when I went to write it out, it was just too much to put into one book. But this means I’ve got a nice big head start on the next one which should make some people happy.

R: I think so, not having to wait a few years for the next one would make quite a few readers happy. So is there anything outside of The Demon Cycle that you’re working on, or have plans for?

P: I have some notes for other stories, that date back a while now. But I’ve been deliberately not giving much thought to them. I’m afraid that if I start thinking about it too much, I’ll get excited about another project, and not be focused on what I should be working on; which is finishing off this series. My head needs to stay here.

With each successive book, when you’re writing stories, especially big epic fantasies like this one, each book has to keep canon with everything that has gone before, and you have this ongoing soap-opera between all the characters which grows with each story. You have to remember who did what to who, who slept with who, and who killed who and every time characters interact with each other.

It’s gotten particularly difficult with these books because I have a whole other generation growing up. One of the protagonists – Jardir – has dozens upon dozens of children, many of whom are becoming characters in their own right. And all of them are interconnected through family or other things with a bunch of other characters, and keeping all of that straight is so much, that if I start focusing on another project, I’m going to lose something. So, I’m trying very hard to keep steady on this until it’s done.

R: Fair enough, and this question is a bit more specific about an aspect in the books, but the Corelings are attracted to large masses of people, so how is it that they’re always able to find lone messengers, and travellers, when it’s a single person and not a group?

P: Well, they’re not exactly attracted to large groups of people, they are attracted to places where there are signs that people have been there. So, if there’s a city that has been destroyed, Corelings will see the remnants of a human city and they’ll think that people might come back. So, there’ll be some demons that just haunt that place. Whereas others will move around and hunt for whatever they can.

Demons thrive on killing, and will happily kill animals and other things if they don’t have humans around. So, during their few hours on the surface each night, they’ll hunt and rove as far as they can. And if they encounter signs of life somewhere else, they’ll move on in stages.

Messengers travel along very specific roads because most of the land has become completely overgrown now, and so the demons can see the well-travelled areas and know that those are places which are likely to have the kind of prey they’re after. And so they’ll tend to roam those areas a little bit more frequently.

R: Alright, thanks. That’s just something I was wondering while doing my reread. Another question regarding the Corelings, and this is something you’ve done a bit more in this last book, but how do you bring back the sense of fear in a story when characters like Jardir and Arlen are becoming so invulnerable and omnipotent?

P: That’s the escalation problem, and every writer has to deal with that when they have a story where the story has characters that start out weak, and starts with a low-magic setting, and they get more powerful over time. You need to have things that continue to challenge them. It’s the same in video games, movies, and anything else. I very carefully — before I even finished writing the first book, planned out how these five books were going to play out, and how I was going to layer in more magic, more super powers, items, and such throughout the series in a way that was believable and kept challenging the characters.

To a normal person, Arlen and Jardin have become like messiahs, they can see into the heart’s of people, they can do all sorts of magical things, like leap 30 feet in a single bound, and whatever. Though when the new moon comes and they face the Demon Princes, they realize that they’re up against creatures that have had these same powers and more for thousands of years, while they’re just beginning to scratch the surface of what they can do with those powers. Whereas the real demons – the powerful demon lords, know that stuff so well, so Arlen and Jardir are still pretty well out-matched.

And they also have to protect huge groups of people who don’t have these powers, whereas the demons don’t have such compunctions. This is something that becomes a real threat because when you need to protect a populace, you don’t just need to protect the people, you need to protect their food. And so, protecting farmland, water supplies and things like that… Suddenly those great powers which are so amazing on a one-on-one basis, you realize they can’t do everything and that they need help just as much as anyone. That’s a lot of what this story is about; them admitting that they can’t do everything and that they need the people around them to rise up beside them, and help to save themselves.

R: Okay, and I know you were asked a couple of days ago on Twitter to confirm that you’ve read a Game of Thrones by @Master_Pastry… He and I were discussing this, and we’ve noticed many similarities between Abban and Varys; how they weave webs around them, and while they have a low rank on a societal scale, they’re amongst the most powerful. We were wondering if there was any inspiration for Abban from Varys, or if this was entirely coincidental.

P: That is entirely coincidental. I never even thought about that until you mentioned it. I don’t know if I would go so far as to say that it’s a stereotype, but there are certainly a lot of characters throughout literature, and fantasy in particular who are physically weak, or maimed, or are unable to compete with warriors on a physical level or whoever but are just as powerful in their own way.

I think this is why Abban is such a fascinating character, because he comes from a culture that completely reveres physical strength and fighting prowess, and he has none of that, and yet he manages to not only survive in that culture, but to thrive and make himself so essential that people can’t just discount him. He’s really one of my favourite characters, I love writing him.

R: And he’s fun to read. That’s just something we were talking about a couple of days ago. Now, my next question is not so much about the series itself, but on writing in general. But how do you find the time to write? You’re quite active on social media – Twitter, Facebook, and the like, and with your daughter and family. So how do you balance all of that with your writing?

P: It’s been particularly hard, with this last book because for the majority of it, my daughter wasn’t in school full-time. Now, she’s in school during the day and I find those hours go by really fast. For the most part, you just have to make time when you can. And I’ve somehow managed to find a way to be creative on command.

And so, when my daughter is in bed, I’ll do a bit of writing, when she’s at school, I’ll do a bit of writing; if I’m on the train, I’ll do a bit of writing. I try to do a certain amount each day, but my schedule is so chaotic and hectic that where I steal the time each day changes. I’m hoping now — she’s starting kindergarten this year — I’m hoping for the next book I’ll have much more consistent schedule and I’ll be able to focus a bit better on my writing time.

At the same time, my writing career is growing in ways that I hadn’t anticipated. That brings a lot of clerical work and other things that nobody tells you when you’re looking to be a writer, that writing suddenly becomes a very small portion of your overall job.

I do have a great assistant, Meg, who helps me tremendously, and between that and my daughter going to school, I think I’m going to try and have a much more balanced writing schedule for this next book, which I have plotted out already. So, it’s just a matter of focusing, and layering prose, chapter by chapter.

If I can make a schedule, I’m hoping to do this one faster than the one before.

R: Alright, thank you. And I know some authors — and you’ve mentioned this recently as well — have issues with Amazon’s book reviewing policies. How people can write a fake reviews, or negative ones just based on the pricing. If you were able to make changes to their policy for things like that, what would you do?

P: Well, this is a difficult situation, and I don’t entirely blame Amazon for it. They’re kind of damned if they do, and damned if they don’t. They want people to review books, because that’s an enormous sales-driver and validator for themselves as a company, and shows their power and is a great tool to help people decide what to read. In a world where book stores are becoming more and more rare, the showroom of being able to walk into a book store and flip through books is disappearing and people need to find a way to find new things.

So having reading reviews on Amazon is a huge help for that. So Amazon wants to keep their hands out of it as much as possible. However, there are a lot of authors who have some shady practises to try to promote themselves, some of them have managed to do this quite successfully. By straight-up lying, or hiring people to write fake reviews for them… Using programs to auto-generate reviews, or trashing their competition.

I understand Amazon’s desire to limit that, but I think that they don’t have the capacity to do it on a case-by-case basis, and so they took a broad hammer sweep of just saying “Well, if you’re an author, you are therefore bias by nature and can’t review at all.” I think that was a really bad decision. Personally, I’ve read hundreds and hundreds of books in my life, and I have all sorts of opinions about them, and I continue to do so. And I consider myself to be a very honest reviewer.

It frustrates me to have my integrity called into question just because I’m a professional in the industry. At the same time, and I’m sure this is part of the question because it came up yesterday, my new book came out yesterday and the first few reviews were all one-star reviews that basically said “I didn’t read this book, but I’m mad about the ebook price… and because of that I’m going to give it a one-star rating.” And when you’re an author whose new book has just come out, and it’s received a bunch of ratings and they’re all that low…. That was three years of my life, three years where I poured so much into this book making it the best I possibly could, and to have people come out and blatantly admit that they didn’t even read it, but they’re going to trash it any ways is infuriating.

Amazon has not been as diligent as I would like in dealing with that. They’re quick to say “Well, if you’re an author, you’re bias and we’re not going to accept your review.” But not as quick to say when someone says in a review “I did not read this book.” to allow them to review it anyway seems kind of ridiculous. You’d think they could write a program to search out those reviews and get rid of them. I mentioned this on Twitter yesterday, and was very fortunate that a lot of my readers — the ones who tend to take a book and read it all in one sitting overnight — came out and wrote reviews or complained about those one-star reviews. Or even commented on them point out that they’re not hurting the publisher, or Amazon, but instead the author they claim to love. And the author does not set the price.

Another frustrating thing was a comparison some of them were making, the cost of the paperback edition vs the ebook. The paperback edition doesn’t even come back for another year, so they’re saying the ebook cost is higher than an edition of the book which doesn’t exist yet.

It’s an aggravating situation on multiple levels. As I said, I don’t entirely know how to fix it as there are millions of reviews that go up on Amazon, and if they try to get down into the trenches and read each review and decide which are real and which aren’t, that’s just a money pit that’s not going to get them anywhere. It’s a tough situation and it’s one of many that as we adapt to the digital age and ebooks, and online retailing being a dominate force, we’re going to have to come up with ways to solve those problems. But there are no simple answers, people keep trying to make it simple, but it’s not.

R: Yeah, one of the things that really annoys me about things like that, is those are the same people who will spend just as much on a a couple hours of entertaining at a movie theatre whereas the book gives you days.

P: I completely agree. I can’t think of anything that gives you as many hours of entertainment per dollar as a good novel, and that’s something people seem to forget. There are so many authors, and publishers, who are so desperate to get their names out that they’re dropping prices to these ridiculously low prices just to get attention. But what they’re doing is devaluing a product to the point where people don’t realize it’s actually worth something, or that someone worked really hard on that, and needs to recoup that.

I spent three years working on The Daylight War, I wouldn’t have done that if I wouldn’t be able to pay my rent or support my family on it. So to have someone who hasn’t read the book tell me that it’s not worth $9.99 or whatever it is they’re charging, is frustrating.

R: Yeah, it’s not a position most people get rich on unless they get picked up by HBO or made into a movie. It frustrates me when people complain about books being too expensive, or when there are books that are 99c, and they comment saying it should just be free.

P:  This is another thing that some of the sales techniques that people applied early on are going to hurt them in the long run. Because they’ve convinced people that that’s what their work is worth. It’s going to evolve into what it’s going to evolve into. There’s not too much that can be done about it at this point.

Though, I had a publisher who wanted to do a promotion to give away the first book really cheaply, and my agent and I talked about that and decided it wasn’t the right choice. We didn’t agree that that’s what people should think that that’s all we thought it was worth. We’re selling the books at a very reasonable price, and I also give away books all the time on my website, and try very hard to give something back to my readers. So, I don’t think there’s anything wrong, or to be ashamed of in asking for a fair price for your book.

R: That’s true, and entirely reasonable. On another note, if you could write a collaborative work with any author — living or dead — who would it be and what would you write about?

P: I don’t really know. I don’t think I play well with others when it comes to writing. I think that I’m doing that a little bit with comic books where I have to work with artists, but those are two completely different skill sets. I think that I became an author because I’m such a control freak that I want to have control over every aspect of the story to the point where I’ve gotten shy of having beta readers. With each successive book I’ve let less people read it as I’m working on it as I like having that control. There are a lot of other authors whose work I respect and love, but I don’t know that I would collaborate with another author.

Unless it was something where we created a world together, and then separately wrote stories based in that world, and the stories were sort of related to one another; I might consider doing something like that where the nuts and bolts of the world building I could do with someone else. Then we could each be free to tell our own stories, and there are any number of authors with whom I’d be willing to do stuff like that with.

R: Fair enough, and you mentioned comics… You had a Red Sonja comic released today as well, did you not?

P: Yeah. Red Sonja: Unchained came out today. This is a follow-up to a one shot I did about two years ago called Red Sonja: Blue. Red Sonja was a book I read when I was younger and was a big fan of. Everyone knows Red Sonja as the stereotypical woman in a chainmail bikini fantasy character, but when I was young and reading the books, it was written by a woman named Louise Simonson, and drawn by Mary Wilshire. They had taken Sonja out of the bikini she had worn in the seventies and put her into a blue fur tunic, to make her more reminiscent of Conan who used to strut around in a fur loin cloth.

That was the Sonja I knew, growing up. I had read all the other books, and when Dynamite books re-licensed and relaunched it, they put her back in the chainmail bikini. From an iconic and a marketing standpoint, that was a good decision and worked very well for them.

When I met them though, and mentioned I read Red Sonja they asked me to write the book. I agreed only if I could put her back into the outfit I knew her in. Also, with the intention of trying to draw in some readers who might not normally read that sort of book. The chainmail bikini – for as many people it attracts – turns some people off. So, I’ve tried to maintain the character as bawdy, and keeping that barbarian aspect; keeping it a fun and sexy book but in a way that’s not as blatantly “cheesecake” as the flagship book is.

R: Cool! Good luck with that and I hope it goes well for you. Switching topics again, do you have any advice for people who want to start writing fantasy?

P: Well, it’s not an exciting answer, but: practise. Practise and accept that your writing needs to get better, and that it takes a long time, and takes a lot of work. I wrote four novels, prior to The Warded Man, that have never seen print, will never see print and that I don’t want to see print. They were just not good enough. But I don’t regret writing them one bit because I would not have developed the skills I needed to write a saleable manuscript if I hadn’t done that.

So when people lament that their writing isn’t good, there’s no solution other than to keep practising. People talk a lot about talent, and say things like “You have a talent for writing.” but I’m not convinced talent exists. When you love doing something, you’re willing to put in the practise to get better at it. So if talent is anything, it’s enjoying something enough to put in that hard work,

Everyone I know who works on a professional level, and has something they’re proud of has worked hard and diligently, writing a lot of stuff that no one will ever see to get up to that level. So, there’s nothing for it but to practise and practise, continuing to challenge yourself and not accepting  that something is good enough. Keep trying to make it better.

R: Sounds good, thank you. For the last question, something a bit sillier. Do you have a zombie survival plan?

P:  Yes, I do, actually. I have a warded spear that was given to me as a gift when I published my first book by my friend, and author Myke Cole. He has a history in armour making. He used to work for the royal armouries in London. He hired an armourer to make a battle-ready steel spear — sharp. I have it hanging in my office. As well, in my younger days I amassed a bit of a sword collection, so both at my office and at home I have things that won’t run out of bullets, ready for the day the zombies arrive.

R: Alright! I think that’s it. Thank you very much for taking the time to do this. It was a pleasure to finally meet you.

P: Thank you so much Rebecca!


Be sure to check out Peter’s Demon Cycle! He will also have a short story in the Unfettered anthology.

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The Daylight War by Peter V. Brett : Review

This post may contain slight spoilers for earlier books. Read my review of the first novel, The Warded Man here

On the night of the new moon, the demons rise in force, seeking the deaths of two men both of whom have the potential to become the fabled Deliverer, the man prophesied to reunite the scattered remnants of humanity in a final push to destroy the demon corelings once and for all.

Arlen Bales was once an ordinary man, but now he has become something more—the Warded Man, tattooed with eldritch wards so powerful they make him a match for any demon. Arlen denies he is the Deliverer at every turn, but the more he tries to be one with the common folk, the more fervently they believe. Many would follow him, but Arlen’s path threatens to lead him to a dark place he alone can travel to, and from which there may be no returning.

Ahmann Jardir has forged the warlike desert tribes of Krasia into a demon-killing army and proclaimed himself Shar’Dama Ka, the Deliverer. He carries ancient weapons—a spear and a crown—that give credence to his claim, and already vast swaths of the green lands bow to his control.

Once Arlen and Jardir were as close as brothers. Now they are the bitterest of rivals. As humanity’s enemies rise, the only two men capable of defeating them are divided against each other by the most deadly demons of all—those lurking in the human heart. – source

I was admittedly sceptical of this novel, because while I absolutely loved Brett’s debut novel, The Warded Man, the sequel to it — The Desert Spear failed to live up to my expectations, and was an unsatisfying read in comparison to the first; falling short of the novel’s potential. Fortunately, my scepticism wasn’t needed as Brett’s latest novel proved to be a gripping read, and a fantastic addition to its predecessors’, with its great back story and fantastic battle scenes.

One thing that I have to mention though, was that my main issue with The Desert Spear (which continues to be an issue in this latest instalment in the Demon Cycle) was the imbalance of power.

There are characters which (for lack of a better word) are perfect. They’re strong; they can deal with anything, and do absolutely anything. Arlen is especially vexing at times due to that, especially as some of his abilities begin to manifest and gain potency.

An example of this is the Corelings — in the first book, they were invincible, impossibly strong and deadly creatures, by the end of the second book they can pretty much be killed with a look. He does remedy that a bit in this novel, reintroducing the element of fear, even from the “super-powers”.

That imbalance of power can be a bit of a stint when reading Brett’s Demon Cycle. Despite this, it’s enjoyable to follow along their adventure, and his characters are ones that are easy to care about and they’re fun to read,

The Daylight War is easily one of the top 5 novels I’ve read this past year. Readers of Brett’s Demon Cycle have a lot to look forward to in February. I can say with complete confidence that Brett has outdone himself, and this latest instalment surpasses The Desert Spear, and is perhaps even better than The Warded Man (which is one of my favourite fantasy novels).

With his breath-taking descriptions, epic battle scenes (that’ll make you say “Damn! That’d look epic on the big screen” — Rojer and his music continue to be an amazing addition.), the powers that shape the world, and of course, keeping with the theme of the series, Brett tells yet another amazing coming of age story, this time of Jardir’s wife, Inevera.

The Daylight War, Book Three of The Demon Cycle by Peter V. Brett is a fast-paced, action-packed and exhilaratingly detailed novel that will leave readers breathless and in eager anticipation for more.

The Daylight War will be released February 12th.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

 


Most anticipated fantasy/sci-fi novels of 2012

2012 is just a couple of days away, and with the new year comes new books.. Here’s some great books to look forward to (in no particular order). I’m sure this list will be updated a bunch over the next few days, so keep on checking back — and please feel free to share what books you’re looking forward to, and they’ll be added to the list!

1) Wheel of Time book 14 – A Memory of Light by Brandon Sanderson and Robert Jordan

The Eye of the World (book 1) was published back in 1990. 22 years later, the series is finally coming to a close. With the Last Battle between good and evil approaching; and  the end of an age, Rand, Mat, Perrin and the rest of the world must unite under a common goal and put their own wars and differences aside to fight the Dark One and the Forsaken, along with their hoards of evil creatures.

A Memory of Light is set to be released in Autumn 2012.

2) The Grigori Legacy book 2 – Sins of the Son by Linda Poitevin

–  Sins of the Angels was the first book I reviewed on here (that review can be found here). With Sins of the Sons, Poitevin continues the adventures of homicide detective Alexander Jarvis. Armaggedon on Earth is fast approaching; and as Alex tries to protect those she cares about; the conflict that arises may push the world into the very chaos they’re trying to avoid.

Sins of the Sons is set to be released March 27th

3) The Lightbringer book 2 – The Blinding Knife by Brent Weeks

Sequel to the Black Prism (my review for which can be found here)… No summary or description is available yet, this will be edited/updated ASAP. — I’ve read some of the excerpt he’s made available though, and it’s sure to be awesome.

The Blinding Knife is set to be released September 1st

4) Dark Eden by Chris Beckett 

– On the sunless planet of Eden in an enclosed valley, a family of 500 live; their two ancestors had been marooned there over a century ago. Living with the hope of returning to Earth one day, John Redlantern defies the Family’s sacred traditions leads a group of followers across dark, frozen mountains in search of wider lands. With a cost of bloodshed, and division, the price may just be too high..

Dark Eden is set to be  released January 1st

5) House of Shadows by Rachel Neumeier

Two orphan sisters, sweet and innocent Karah, and Nemienne are in search for their fortunes. As they both start to settle into their new lives – Karah, secure in a glamorous Flower House, and Nemienne the apprentice to a mysterious magician – soon find themselves entangled in a plot threatening to upset their lives; and destroy their kingdom.

House of Shadows is set to be released July 10th

6)  Crusade book 3 – Vanquished by Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguié

–  War has come between the Cursed Ones and humanity. With humans laying down their fight; bedazzled by the glamorous vampires, the Cursed Ones have come to rule the night. Only small groups of humans (and the occasional werewolf, and witch) are fighting back. Jenn and the rest of the Hunters must band together and become stronger than ever to fight back — while Antonio and Heather must fight a battle of their own; a battle which may destroy them and the one they love and care about the most. (No summary has actually been released about Vanquished.)

Vanquished is set to be released August 28th

7) The Shadow Saga book 5 –  Shadows in Flight by Orson Scott Card

At the end of Shadow of the Giant, Bean flees to the stars with three of his children–the three who share the engineered genes that gave him both hyper-intelligence and a short, cruel physical life. The time dilation granted by the speed of their travel gives Earth’s scientists generations to seek a cure, to no avail. In time, they are forgotten–a fading ansible signal speaking of events lost to Earth’s history. But the Delphikis are about to make a discovery that will let them save themselves, and perhaps all of humanity in days to come.

For there in space before them lies a derelict Formic colony ship. Aboard it, they will find both death and wonders–the life support that is failing on their own ship, room to grow, and labs in which to explore their own genetic anomaly and the mysterious disease that killed the ship’s colony. – From Amazon

Shadows in Flight is set to be released January 17th

8) The Wards of Faerie by Terry Brooks

Set 100 years after The High Druid of Shannara trilogy; people of the Four Lands have become distrusting of magic after the failure of the Third Council. However, when a druid stumbles upon information on the lost elfstones of faerie, the Ard Rhys of Paranor must decide to undertake this mission to acquire them.

Others–
Demon Cycle book 3 – The Daylight War by Peter V. Brett

– I can’t find an official release date, but I believe it’s supposed to be published late 2012 (September-ish), though there have been some sites reporting February 2013. Either way; it should be a great read.

Humanity is fighting back. Although the night still belongs to the demons that arise as the sun sets, new wards and weapons are giving those willing to fight in the darkness a chance to retaliate against their core-spawned enemies.

But, as humanity is about to learn, not all monsters are confined to the dark.

Civil war ravages the north and south, battles fought between those who should be working together. It is up to Arlen – the Painted Man – and Jardir – the self-proclaimed Shar’Dama Ka, the Deliverer – to put aside their differences and bring their people to terms if they are to have any chance of saving their civilisation from demon-rule.

The Long Earth by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter  – June 26th
-There really isn’t a description or anything else available for this yet, except for a release date.. We’ll just have to wait and see!

Dark Vegeance vol. 2 – Winter and Spring by Jeff Mariotte – May 1st
– While in most senses I’ve already read this (Witch Season Vol. 2 – Winter and Spring), I do enjoy a good re-read, and when it’s a book that has been edited and had some changes made.. Well, the reread can be all the more enjoyable. Especially, since you get to try and remember and see what has been changed.
Winter – Kerry, no longer the trusting person she used to be, is back on her own searching for the witch Season to avenge Daniel. Now armed with magic and knowledge; she must figure out who she can trust.
Spring – The only one who can end the war; one who has discovered more than she could ever imagine, Kerry is faced with a task that will irrevocably change her life, and the lives of her friends, forever.
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Am I missing any? What books are you looking forward to? Leave a comment!


The Warded Man by Peter V. Brett : Review

When darkness falls, Demons rise from the mists and rule the night. In a frenzy they kill, devour and destroy; held at bay only by ancient wards. However, when the Corelings breach the wards; tragedy strikes. Houses and towns burned to rubble; family and friends slaughtered. There is no way to fight back; all you can do is cower in fear, hide and pray that your wards will hold through the night – and be thankful that it isn’t you that’s being devoured.

The story follows three main characters; Arlen, who after a series of events and observing a great cowardice from his father; runs away in an attempt to be free, and moreover – fight back against the demons. Arlen is ever willing to do what others have thought impossible for generations, ever since the lost wards and the return of the Corelings. He gains his talents and specialities during his quests for knowledge and the desire for change.

After escaping from her manipulative and demanding mother, Leesha goes trains under the town hag and becomes a skilled healer. As she grows older, she must also deal with the leering looks of men, and protect herself in a male-dominant society; all the while searching for the right guy. She shows great strength of character; and alongside her skills with healing, she finds herself with a will to fight.

Rojer was raised by a Jongleur after his parents were killed by the demons when he was three. Scarred from that encounter; Rojer is missing fingers, though they serve as a reminder of his parent’s love. Struggling with juggling, Rojer more than makes up for that lack with his extraordinary skills playing the fiddle – skills which may prove magical.

Peter Brett‘s debut novel, The Painted Man (A.K.A The Warded Man in some countries) at first begins like the traditional well-known fantasy story; with a country-boy in a small village. Yes, there are a few clichés in the plot like that (country boy goes on a quest to change the world), as well as a bit of predictability. However Brett does a fantastic job with making it his own. With the characters starting out fairly young; as they mature and age (the story spans about 15 years) the plot goes from the idiosyncrasies of small villages to the complexity of city-life, with the different sights, sounds and people. His great use of description allows you to experience the story alongside the protagonists and makes for an enthralling read. Brett’s protagonists are all well written, and dynamic (though, I had some issues with Leesha’s story close to the end), and they’re interesting to read.

One of the main things that stinted this story was the view-point transitions. They seemed a bit roughly done, and with the timelines jumping back and forth it could be confusing at times.

In short: It’s a great book, The Painted Man is among my favourite fantasy novels and even though it has its flaws, I found it to be a very enjoyable read. I recommend it to anyone who likes fantasy novels, action – and can deal with some of the more mature subject matter which are brought up in the story.

Though, I have mixed feelings about The Desert Spear (book 2), which wasn’t a terrible book, it just didn’t live up to my expectations and (to me) fell short of the potential it had. However, the majority of other reviews seem to disagree with me on this point.

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Peter’s Website : http://www.petervbrett.com/
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