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Review: The Wolf's Call by Anthony Ryan


The Wolf's Call
Author:  Anthony Ryan
Series:  A Raven's Blade Novel 1
Publisher:  Ace, July 23, 2019
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 432 pages
List Price:  US$28.00 (print); US$14.99 (eBook)
ISBN:  9780451492517 (print); 9780451492531 (eBook)

Review: The Wolf's Call by Anthony Ryan
VAELIN AL SORNA RETURNS

Anthony Ryan’s debut novel Blood Song—the first book of the Raven’s Shadow series—took the fantasy world by storm. Now, he continues that saga with The Wolf’s Call, which begins a thrilling new story of razor-sharp action and epic adventure.


Peace never lasts.

Vaelin Al Sorna is a living legend, his name known across the Realm. It was his leadership that overthrew empires, his blade that won hard-fought battles – and his sacrifice that defeated an evil more terrifying than anything the world had ever seen. He won titles aplenty, only to cast aside his earned glory for a quiet life in the Realm’s northern reaches.

Yet whispers have come from across the sea – rumours of an army called the Steel Horde, led by a man who believes himself a god. Vaelin has no wish to fight another war, but when he learns that Sherin, the woman he lost long ago, has fallen into the Horde’s grasp, he resolves to confront this powerful new threat.

To this end, Vaelin travels to the realms of the Merchant Kings, a land ruled by honor and intrigue. There, as the drums of war thunder across kingdoms riven by conflict, Vaelin learns a terrible truth: that there are some battles that even he may not be strong enough to win.



Tracey's Review

Vaelin Al Sorna has served Queen Lyrna, also known as the Fire Queen, as Tower Lord of the Northern Reaches since the end of the Liberation War. Now, word has come of the Stalhast, a powerful enemy rising in the Far West, led by Kehlbrand, who is regarded as a god by his people. Kehlbrand is a man whose lust for domination over all free people knows no limits and who will raise his bloody fist in challenge to the Fire Queen if not stopped. Vaelin may have been content to wait until the Stalhast became a tangible threat, but he soon learns that the healer Sherin, a woman he sent to the Venerable Kingdom to ensure her well-being years ago, is directly in their deadly path. And so Vaelin sets out to assure her safety and assess this new threat first-hand.

Full disclosure: I am a huge Anthony Ryan fan. His first book Blood Song, which I reviewed in 2013, was my favorite read that year. The Wolf’s Call, a Raven’s Blade Novel which succeeds A Raven’s Shadow trilogy, begins a new chapter for Vaelin, the veteran warrior and defender of the Unified Realm. Ryan hits the ground running with his newest installment and I couldn’t be more delighted. Although the first trilogy tied things up nicely, it was very satisfying to learn what befell the characters I knew so well in the aftermath of the Liberation War’s destruction.

Ryan really knows how to create characters that readers can admire, distrust, pity, or fear. In Vaelin al Sorna he has created a character that readers really care about and root for. Vaelin’s no-nonsense reasoning, coupled with his fighting skills, and amazing sense of loyalty to those he loves makes him special. The Wolf’s Call is a great blend of familiar characters and brand-new additions. For instance, Nortah, Vaelin’s Brother of the Sixth Order, hearkens back to his early years, while his niece Ellese has just recently been sent to the Northern Reaches for training. Although Ellese is young, she is smart and her fighting skills are daunting, but it’s her attitude - the perfect balance of insubordination and rebellion - that bring her to life. Vaelin’s newest enemy, the Stalhast, were interesting to learn about. Kehlbrand is arrogant, brutal and a master manipulator which makes him a powerful threat. His sister, Luralyn has gifts and talents of her own and shares her thoughts through her own POV narrative which makes for effective story telling.

The Wolf’s Call comes in the form of a threat and warning from an old enemy. As I mentioned before this time it's personal as one of the few people still alive that Vaelin loves is being threatened. In true epic adventure form Vaelin assembles a diverse, yet trustworthy company to find the healer and protect her from harm’s way. Ryan effortlessly introduces new characters who are almost instantly relatable in the context of his consummate worldbuilding skills. He is also a master strategist, and keeps the adrenaline pumping during this action-packed volume. I really enjoyed The Wolf’s Call; I didn’t want to put it down and certainly did not want it to end. If you are looking for epic adventure, answer The Wolf’s Call.

The View From Monday - July 22, 2019


Happy Monday!

There are two debuts this week:

The Gomorrah Gambit by Tom Chatfield;

and

The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep by H.G. Parry.

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Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

The Dark Above by Jeremy Finley;

Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia;

The Damned (The Darkest Hand Trilogy 1) by Tarn Richardson;

The Fallen (The Darkest Hand Trilogy 2) by Tarn Richardson;

The Risen (The Darkest Hand Trilogy 3) by Tarn Richardson;

and

The Wolf's Call (A Raven's Blade Novel 1) by Anthony Ryan.

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Debut novels are highlighted in blue. Novels, etc. by formerly featured DAC Authors are highlighted in green.

July 22, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Hateful Things Terry Goodkind F



July 23, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Completionist (h2tp) Siobhan Adcock LF
The Gomorrah Gambit Tom Chatfield TechTh
Desdemona and the Deep C. S. E. Cooney F/DF
Medusa in the Graveyard Emily Devenport SF/GenEng - The Medusa Cycle 2
The Dark Above Jeremy Finley Sus/SF/AC
Incarnation John French SF - Horusian Wars 2
The Seekers Heather Graham SupTh/GH/PNR - Krewe of Hunters 28
The Adventure of the Innsmouth Mutations Lois H. Gresh Cr/Occ/Sup - Sherlock Holmes vs. Cthulhu 3
Gods and Mortals Guy Haley et al. F - Warhammer: Age of Sigmar
Jade War Fonda Lee F/Cr/Sagas - Green Bone Saga 2
Luna: Wolf Moon (h2tp) Ian McDonald SF/SE/HSF/SO - Luna 2
Gods of Jade and Shadow Silvia Moreno-Garcia HistF/FairyT/FolkT/LM/MR
Tortured Cardboard: How Great Board Games Arise from Chaos, Survive by Chance, Impart Wisdom, and Gain Immortality Philip E. Orbanes Board Games/History
The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep (D) H. G. Parry CoA/CF/Occ/Sup/FairyT/FolkT/LM
Verses for the Dead (h2tp) Douglas Preston
Lincoln Child
M/Occ/Sup/Sus - Special Agent Pendergast 18
The Making of Alien J.W. Rinzler PerfArts/H
A Conspiracy of Truths (h2tp) Alexandra Rowland F
The Wolf's Call Anthony Ryan F/DF - A Raven's Blade Novel 1
Sweet Dreams Tricia Sullivan SF/CyP/TechTh
The Violent Century (ri) Lavie Tidhar AH/SF/HistTh/SH
The Last Astronaut David Wellington SF/H/AC/SE
Thrawn: Treason Timothy Zahn SF/SO/MTI - Star Wars: Thrawn 3



July 25, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Japanese Ghost Stories (e)(ri) Lafcadio Hearn
Paul Murray (Ed)
Occ/Sup/SupTh
Castle of Sorrows (ri) Jonathan Janz H - Fiction Without Frontiers
The Damned (Ke) Tarn Richardson AH/H - The Darkest Hand Trilogy 1
The Risen (Ke) Tarn Richardson AH/H - The Darkest Hand Trilogy 3
The Fallen (Ke) Tarn Richardson AH/H - The Darkest Hand Trilogy 2
They Kill Tim Waggoner H/DF - Fiction Without Frontiers



July 26, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Doorways to the Deadeye Eric J. Guignard Hist/H



D - Debut
e - eBook
Ed - Editor
h2mm - Hardcover to Mass Market Paperback
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
mm - Mass Market Paperback
ri - reissue or reprint
tp2mm - Trade Paperback to Mass Market Paperback
Tr - Translator



AA - Action and Adventure
AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternative History
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CoA - Coming of Age
Cr - Crime
CW - Contemporary Women
CyP - CyberPunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
Eng - Engineering
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FL - Family Life
FolkT - Folk Tales
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghost(s)
Gothic - Gothic
GothicR - Gothic Romance
H - Horror
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HistM - Historical Mystery
HSF - Hard Science Fiction
HU - Humorous
Ke - Kindle eBook
LC - Literary Criticism
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legend and Mythology
M - Mystery
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PerfArts - Performing Arts
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PolTh - Political Thriller
PsyTh - Psychological Thriller
RF - Romantic Fantasy
SE - Space Exploration
SF - Science Fiction
SO - Space Opera
SS - Short Stories
ST+R - Small Town and Rural
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
Tech - Technology
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy
WS - Women Sleuths

Note: Not all genres and formats are found in the books, etc. listed above.

Review: The Legion of Flame by Anthony Ryan


The Legion of Flame
Author:  Anthony Ryan
Series:  The Draconis Memoria 2
Publisher:  Ace, June 27, 2017
Format:  Hardcover and eBook,  576 pages
List Price:  US$28.00 (print); US$11.99 (eBook)
ISBN:  9781101987896 (print); 9781101987902 (eBook)

Review: The Legion of Flame by Anthony Ryan
Empires clash and a fell power stakes its claim in the second in a new series from the New York Times bestselling author of the Raven’s Shadow Trilogy.

For centuries, the vast Ironship Trading Syndicate relied on drake blood—and the extraordinary powers it confers to those known as the Blood-blessed—to fuel and protect its empire. But now, a fearsome power has arisen—a drake so mighty that the world will tremble before it.

Rogue Blood-blessed Claydon Torcreek, Syndicate agent Lizanne Lethridge, and ironship captain Corrick Hilemore embark upon perilous quests to chase down clues that offer faint hopes of salvation. As the world burns around them, and the fires of revolution are ignited, these few are the last hope for the empire and for all of civilization.



Trinitytwo's / Tracey's Review

Review for The Waking Fire (Draconis Memoria 1) here.

The Legion of Flame, the second book in the Draconis Memoria series, picks up in the aftermath of the destruction wreaked upon the people of the Corvantine Empire by the ruthless White Drake and its army of lesser drakes and Spoiled humans. Unlike its kin, this legendary dragon is enormously powerful and has the ability to transform the humans it takes as captives into slaves by compelling them to stare into mysterious crystals. The slaves, called the Spoiled, remain humanoid in appearance but their yellow eyes and the scaled ridges on their faces make their presence easy to identify. The White is able to command the Spoiled nonverbally, and although a portion of their individuality remains, they are largely a collective mind. As the Spoiled army systematically wipes out settlement after settlement, it also amasses more recruits. Their assimilation results in shared knowledge and abilities that the White plans to use to for its goal of permanently subjugating humankind.

In this action-packed, quest-driven sequel to The Waking Fire, author Anthony Ryan focuses each chapter on the exploits of one of the four main characters. Each POV storyline successfully navigates the balance of adrenaline-filled action with eye-opening exposition. Sirus, a new POV character, gives the reader the opportunity to understand the mutated Spoiled's perspective. Sirus' quick intellect and ability to lead make him a valuable asset. And although he is filled with self-loathing, he is consistent and very successful in furthering the White's plans. Sirus' chapters were the most difficult for me to read. It was unsettling to watch him devise ingenious methods to kill and capture humans. But although it was uncomfortable, I also found it illuminating and fascinating. Through Sirus, Ryan is able to share the very alien nature of the drakes and the White in particular, in a very natural and uncontrived setting.

Corrick Hilemore and Clay Torcreek set sail to the frigid southern isles with the purpose of discovering the true nature of their enemy and perhaps a means to destroy it. Although Hilemore and Clay begin their journey together, they soon become separated, which leads both protagonists through harrowing experiences. Though Hilemore has an important role to play, it is Clay that provides the back-story of the White's origins. Similar to The Waking Fire, Hilemore is relegated to the position of secondary character and although he is extremely earnest and likeable, I'm beginning to wonder if his sole purpose is to fill in some of the series' blanks. Clay's travels are much more vital and quickly take an unexpected turn. His subterranean passage is especially exhilarating and extremely informative.

Lizanne Lethridge and her mission engaged me the most. Seeking a fabled weapons inventor, she must infiltrate the virtually impenetrable prison city of Scorazin. Lizanne's skill set as a spy and assassin are sorely tested in a fortress city whose only inhabitants are hardened criminals. Most admirably, Lizanne never quits no matter how many obstacles are thrown in her path or how many detours she is forced to endure. Hands down my favorite character, her foray in Scorazin and her interactions with its denizens kept me turning pages late into the night.

Always impeccable, Anthony Ryan's world building skills do not fail to amaze. In the Draconis Memoria series, he completely immerses his readers in a steampunk-esque world where the struggle for survival is palpable against an emerging army of ferocious drakes. I especially appreciated the premise of short-sightedness by the power-hungry. Mirroring current world events, this theme is resoundingly appropriate.

The Legion of Flame pits human perseverance and ingenuity against the brute force and intellect of a race vying for its own place in history. Pure and simple, it is brilliant story-telling. This series is top notch and not to be missed.

The View From Monday - June 26, 2017

Happy last Monday in June!

There are 3 debuts this week:

The Waking Land by Callie Bates;

Soul of the World by David Mealing;

and

Amatka by Karin Tidbeck.

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Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.



From formerly featured DAC Authors

The Furthest Station by Ben Aaronovitch;

The Race by Nina Allan is out in Mass Market Paperback;

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden is out in Trade Paperback;

The Queen of Swords (Golgotha 3) by R. S. Belcher

The Bones of the Earth (Bound Gods 2) by Rachel Dunne;

Escape Velocity (The Dire Earth Cycle 5) by Jason M. Hough;

Eleventh Grave in Moonlight (Charley Davidson 11) by Darynda Jones is out in Mass Market Paperback;

and

The Legion of Flame (The Draconis Memoria 2) by Anthony Ryan.

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The View From Monday - June 26, 2017



June 27, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Race (tp2mm) Nina Allan SF/AP/PA
The Bear and the Nightingale (h2tp) Katherine Arden F/MR/LF
Twelve Days Steven Barnes SF/SupTh
The Waking Land (D) Callie Bates F
The Queen of Swords R. S. Belcher HistF/WW - Golgotha 3
A Ghostly Light Juliet Blackwell PM - Haunted Home Renovation 7
HALO: Envoy (tp2mm) Tobias S. Buckell SF - HALO
Blackmail Rick Campbell TechTh
Monster Hunter Memoirs: Grunge (h2mm) Larry Correia
John Ringo
UF - Monster Hunter Memoirs 1
Mash Up (tp2mm) Gardner Dozois (Ed) MU -Anthology
The Bones of the Earth Rachel Dunne F - Bound Gods 2
Reach for You Pat Esden FR/Gothic - Dark Heart 3
Flashmob Christopher Farnsworth Th- John Smith 2
The Spawn of Lilith Dana Fredsti UF/DF
The Sweetest Burn Jeaniene Frost PNR - Broken Destiny 2
Seven Stones to Stand or Fall: A Collection of Outlander Fiction Diana Gabaldon Hist/HistF - Outlander
Eye of Terra (tp2mm) Laurie Goulding SF - The Horus Heresy 35
Spoonbenders Daryl Gregory FL/SH/LF
The House of Memory Carolyn Haines PM - Pluto's Snitch 2
The Weaver's Lament (h2mm) Elizabeth Haydon F - The Symphony of Ages 9
Eterna and Omega (h2mm) Leanna Renee Hieber HistF - The Eterna Files 2
Escape Velocity Jason M. Hough SF/Th - The Dire Earth Cycle 5
The Fatal Gate Ian Irvine F - The Gates of Good and Evil 2
The Fate of the Tearling (ri) Erika Johansen LF/F - Queen of the Tearling 3
Eleventh Grave in Moonlight (h2mm) Darynda Jones PM - Charley Davidson 11
Legacies (ri) L. E. Modesitt Jr. F - Corean Chronicles 1
Unholy Blue Darby Kaye FR - Bannerman Boru 2
The Dark Tower I: The Gunslinger (mm) Stephen King DF/MTI - The Dark Tower 1
The Green Mile: The Complete Serial Novel (ri) Stephen King Occ/Sup
Little Girls Ronald Malfi H/GH/Th
Enigma Tales Una McCormack SF - Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Soul of the World (D) David Mealing F - The Ascension Cycle 1
Hunted Elisabeth Naughton PNR - Eternal Guardians Novella
Supernatural: The Usual Sacrifices Yvonne Navarro MTI/DF/P - Supernatural
The Complete Aliens Omnibus: Volume Four Yvonne Navarro
S. D. Perry
MTI/SF - Aliens
If the Haunting Fits, Wear It Rose Pressey PM - A Haunted Vintage Mystery 5
The Legion of Flame Anthony Ryan F - The Draconis Memoria 2
Galactic Games (tp2mm) Bryan Thomas Schmidt (Ed) SF - Anthology
Extinction Edge Nicholas Sansbury Smith SF/AP/PA - The Extinction Cycle 2
The Court of Broken Knives (e) Anna Smith Spark F - Empires of Dust 1
Lawless and the Flowers of Sin (tp2mm) William Sutton HistM/HistTh - Lawless
Amatka (D) Karin Tidbeck LF/SF/VisMeta
Smoke (h2tp) Dan Vyleta LF/AH/HistF
A Dance in Blood Velvet Freda Warrington
The Witchwood Crown Tad Williams F/DF - Last King of Osten Ard 1
StarCraft: Evolution (h2mm) Timothy Zahn SF/MTI - Starcraft



June 29, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Doctor Who: Myths and Legends (e) Richard Dinnick SF- Doctor Who



June 30, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Furthest Station Ben Aaronovitch UF - PC Grant Novella
Dancing with the Doctor: Dimensions of Gender in the Doctor Who Universe Lorna Jowett HC
Mightier than the Sword K. J. Parker F



D - Debut
e - eBook
Ed - Editor
h2mm - Hardcover to Mass Market Paperback
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
mm - Mass Market Paperback
ri - reissue or reprint
tp - Trade Paperback
tp2mm - Trade to Mass Market Paperback
Tr - Translator



AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CB - Coloring Book
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CoA - Coming of Age
CoT - Conspiracy Theories
Cr - Crime
CyP - Cyberpunk
CW - Contemporary Women
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FL - Family Life
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GB - Genre Bender
GH - Ghost(s)
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
Gothic - Gothic
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HistM - Historical Mystery
HistTh - Historical Thriller
HU - Humor
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legends and Mythology
M - Mystery
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PRS - Paranormal Romantic Suspense
Psy - Psychological
PsyTh - Psychological Thriller
RSus - Romantic Suspense
SF - Science Fiction
SH - Superhero(es)
SocSci - Social Science
SP - Steampunk
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy
VisMeta - Visionary and Metaphysical
W - Western
WW - Weird Western

Note: Not all genres and formats are found in the books, etc. listed above.

What's Up for the DAC Authors, Part 30


This is the thirtieth in this new series of updates about formerly featured Debut Author Challenge authors and their works published since their last update. The year in parentheses after the author's name is the year that author was featured in the Debut Author Challenge.



Part 1 here Part 11 here Part 21 here Part 31 here Part 41 here
Part 2 here Part 12 here Part 22 here Part 32 here Part 42 here
Part 3 here Part 13 here Part 23 here Part 33 here Part 43 here
Part 4 here Part 14 here Part 24 here Part 34 here Part 44 here
Part 5 here Part 15 here Part 25 here Part 35 here Part 45 here
Part 6 here Part 16 here Part 26 here Part 36 here Part 46 here
Part 7 here Part 17 here Part 27 here Part 37 here Part 47 here
Part 8 here Part 18 here Part 28 here Part 38 here Part 48 here
Part 9 here Part 19 here Part 29 here Part 39 here Part 49 here
Part 10 here Part 20 here Part 30 here Part 40 here Part 50 here




Beth Cato (2014)

Call of Fire
Breath of Earth 2
Harper Voyager, August 15, 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook, 362 pages

What's Up for the DAC Authors, Part 30
At the end of Breath of Earth, Ingrid Carmichael had barely survived the earthquake that devastated San Francisco and almost crippled her with an influx of geomantic energy. With her friends Cy, Lee, and Fenris, she flees north, keenly aware that they are being pursued by Ambassador Blum, a cunning and dangerous woman who wants to use Ingrid’s abilities as the magical means to a devastating end.

Ingrid’s goals are simple: avoid capture that would cause her to be used as a weapon by the combined forces of the United States and Japan in their war against China, and find out more about the god-like powers she inherited from her estranged father. Most of all, she must avoid seismically active places. She doesn’t know what an intake of power will do to her body–or what damage she may unwillingly create. After all, her father was the cause of San Francisco’s obliteration.

A brief stopover in Portland turns disastrous when Lee and Fenris are kidnapped. To find and save her friends, Ingrid must ally with one of the most powerful and mysterious figures in the world: Ambassador Theodore Roosevelt. Their journey together takes them north to Seattle, where Mount Rainier looms over the city. And Ingrid is all too aware that she may prove to be the fuse to alight both the long-dormant volcano…and a war that will sweep the world.

[description from Author's website]





Anthony Ryan (2013)

The Legion of Flame
The Draconis Memoria 2
Ace, June 27, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 592 pages

[cover not yet revealed]
Empires clash and a fell power stakes its claim in the second in a new series from the New York Times bestselling author of the Raven’s Shadow Trilogy.





Jeff Salyards (2012)

Chains of the Heretic
Bloodsounder's Arc 3
Night Shade Books, February 14, 2017
Trade Paperback, 524 pages
Hardcover and eBook, February 2016

[cover not yet revealed]
The third volume in Jeff Salyards’s gritty, clever, and inventive grimdark fantasy saga.

Emperor Cynead has usurped command of the Memoridons—Tower-controlled memory witches—and consolidated his reign over the Syldoonian Empire. After escaping the capital city of Sunwrack, Captain Braylar Killcoin and his Jackal company evade pursuit across Urglovia, tasked with reaching deposed emperor Thumarr and helping him recapture the throne. Braylar’s sister, Soffjian, rejoins the Jackals and reveals that Commander Darzaak promised her freedom if she agreed to aid them in breaking Cynead’s grip on the other Memoridons and ousting him.

Imperial forces attempt to intercept Braylar’s company before they can reach Thumarr. The Jackals fight through Cynead’s battalions but find themselves trapped along the Godveil. Outmaneuvered and outnumbered, Braylar gambles on some obscure passages that Arki has translated and uses his cursed flail, Bloodsounder, to part the Godveil, leading the Jackals to the other side. There, they encounter the ruins of human civilization, but they also learn that the Deserters who abandoned humanity a millennium ago and created the Veil in their wake are still very much alive. But are they gods? Demons? Monsters?

What Braylar, Soffjian, Arki, and the Jackals discover beyond the Godveil will shake an empire, reshape a map, and irrevocably alter the course of history.
[description from Hardcover]





Sofia Samatar (2013)

The Winged Histories
Small Beer Press, April 11, 2017
Trade Paperback, 337 pages
Hardcover and eBook, March 1, 2016

What's Up for the DAC Authors, Part 30
Using the sword, pen, body, and voice, four women confront a rebellion and the older, stranger threat behind it.

Four women—a soldier, a scholar, a poet, and a socialite—are caught up on opposing sides of a violent rebellion. As war erupts and their loyalties and agendas and ideologies come into conflict, the four fear their lives may pass unrecorded. Using the sword and the pen, the body and the voice, they struggle not just to survive, but to make history.

Here is the much-anticipated companion novel to Sofia Samatar’s World Fantasy Award-winning debut, A Stranger in Olondria. The Winged Histories is the saga of an empire—and a family: their friendships, their enduring love, their arcane and deadly secrets. Samatar asks who makes history, who endures it, and how the turbulence of historical change sweeps over every aspect of a life and over everyone, no matter whether or not they choose to seek it out.


Tender: Stories
Small Beer Press, April 11, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 256 pages

What's Up for the DAC Authors, Part 30
The first collection of short fiction from a rising star whose stories have been anthologized in the first two volumes of the Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy series and nominated for many awards. Some of Samatar’s weird and tender fabulations spring from her life and her literary studies; some spring from the world, some from the void.





Jamie Sawyer (2016)

Origins
The Lazarus War 3
Orbit, August 30, 2016
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 464 pages

What's Up for the DAC Authors, Part 30
"A gripping read that moves at warp speed." - Jack Campbell on The Lazarus War: Artefact

For someone who has died and come back as many times as Conrad Harris, the nickname Lazarus is well-deserved. His elite military teams are specialists in death - running suicide missions in simulant bodies to combat the alien race known as the Krell.

But now the Krell Empire has wreaked such devastation that military command is desperate for a new strategy. And Harris and his team are being sent on a mission that could finally turn the tide of the war.

Review: The Waking Fire by Anthony Ryan


The Waking Fire
Author:  Anthony Ryan
Series:  The Draconis Memoria 1
Publisher:  Ace, July 5, 2016
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 592 pages
List Price:  US$28.00 (print); US$11.99 (eBook)
ISBN9781101987858 (print); 9781101987865 (eBook)

Review: The Waking Fire by Anthony Ryan
The New York Times bestselling Raven’s Shadow Trilogy was a perfect read for “fans of broadscale epic fantasy along the lines of Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series and George R. R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire novels.”* Now, Anthony Ryan begins a new saga, The Draconis Memoria…

Throughout the vast lands controlled by the Ironship Syndicate, nothing is more prized than the blood of drakes. Harvested from the veins of captive or hunted Reds, Green, Blues and Blacks, it can be distilled into elixirs that give fearsome powers to the rare men and women who have the ability harness them—known as the blood-blessed.

But not many know the truth: that the lines of drakes are weakening. If they fail, war with the neighboring Corvantine Empire will follow swiftly. The Syndicate’s last hope resides in whispers of the existence of another breed of drake, far more powerful than the rest, and the few who have been chosen by fate to seek it.

Claydon Torcreek is a petty thief and an unregistered blood-blessed, who finds himself pressed into service by the protectorate and sent to wild, uncharted territories in search of a creature he believes is little more than legend. Lizanne Lethridge is a formidable spy and assassin, facing gravest danger on an espionage mission deep into the heart of enemy territory. And Corrick Hilemore is the second lieutenant of an ironship, whose pursuit of ruthless brigands leads him to a far greater threat at the edge of the world.

As lives and empires clash and intertwine, as the unknown and the known collide, all three must fight to turn the tide of a coming war, or drown in its wake.

*Library Journal



Tracey's Review

At the dawn of the Corporate Age, the Mandinorian nobility replaced their properties and privileges for shares in the Iron Trading Syndicate. Their pursuit of profit reigns supreme and the most sought after commodity comes from the "Interior" of the untamed continent of Arradsia. Indigenous to the Interior are several species of drakes, (dragons) whose blood can be distilled into a miraculous mixture called "product". However the blood of drakes is dangerous to all but the small percentage of humans, called Blood-blessed, who can safely consume it. Product is extremely valuable because once used by a Blood-blessed, it temporarily provides enhancements comparable to superpowers.

Overhunting and exploitation of the drakes has seen a drop in the amount of product available and a shortage in product would mean a sharp reduction in profit. Lodima Bondersil, a prominent member of the Iron Trading Syndicate, believes there may be a solution. An artifact has recently been recovered that can be linked to the ill-fated Wittler Expedition. Over thirty years ago, Wittler and his team had been searching a particularly dangerous section of the Interior for the nesting place of the elusive White Drake. Legend has it, that the White Drake is the most powerful of all its brethren. The explorers, along with Ethelynne Drystone, one of Lodima's prized pupils disappeared without a trace, but not before sending a communication to Lodima of a vital discovery.

Setting her secret plans into motion, Lodima plans to succeed where Wittler failed. She hopes that even the remains of a White will boost the projected decline in the economy. But complications arise as the aggressive Corvantine Empire's desire for conquest blossoms and war between the two hegemonic regimes becomes imminent.

The Waking Fire is the first book in author Anthony Ryan's second series; The Draconis Memoria. And by the way; it's awesome. A complete departure from the world he created in his previous Raven's Shadow series, The Waking Fire is set in a complex and beautifully detailed steampunk-esque era. Ryan is a skilled world-builder and his expertise is demonstrated throughout this nearly six hundred page book. I was immediately impressed with the particulars of this world's settings and the fact that his descriptions are as rich in texture as they are to the senses of sight and sound. Ryan effortlessly transports his readers from a hideout concealed in a decaying church in the slums, to life aboard an Ironship war vessel, and easily transitions to the deserts, mountains, and jungles of the danger-fraught Interior.

The Waking Fire is a detailed account, written in the perspective of three characters, each important players in the unfolding events. Efficient and ruthless, Lizanne Lethridge, is this world's version of Agent 007. Being Blood-blessed allows Lizanne the opportunity to perform fantastic feats that are utterly kickass and believable. Clay Torcreek is an orphan and a thief who uses the fact that he is an unregistered Blood-blessed to his every advantage. Clay is one step away from leaving the slums forever when the consequences of his life of crime catch up with him. Motivated by guilt and the promise of freedom, he is coerced into joining his uncle's expedition into the Interior. I really like that Lizanne and Clay start off somewhat unlikeable, but gradually grew in my affections. The third main POV, 2nd Lt. Corrick Hilemore, is an honorable naval officer who is compassionate as well as brave. Although he is involved in some amazing battles at sea, his thread doesn't shine as bright as Lizanne's or Clay's, and his story arc stagnates during the last portion of the book. I am assuming that he is intended for bigger and better things in book two.

This gorgeous new world, fraught with peril at every turn, delivers a breathtaking ride through battles, across oceans, and deep into the heart of the jungle. Its characters are well-written and three-dimensional; dealing with topics such as political intrigue, greed, and impending war. I absolutely love this book and have high hopes for the series. Anthony Ryan weaves an intricate tale that is part Raiders of the Lost Ark, part James Bond, and part Master and Commander, but with dragons. Calling all lovers of epic fantasy; you don't want to miss The Waking Fire.

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Happy Monday and Happy Independence Day to the USA!

There are 5 Debuts this week - from Horror to a Psychological Thriller in an postapocalyptic setting. There is Fantasy - Dark and Contemporary - and literary Speculative Fiction. Something for everyone!

The Hatching by Ezekiel Boone;

Night of the Animals by Bill Broun;

The Wolf Road by Beth Lewis;

The Interminables by Paige Orwin;

and

The Copper Promise (Copper Cat 1) by Jen Williams.


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And from previously featured DAC Authors:

Take the Monkey and Run (A Call of the Wilde Mysery 4) by Laura Morrigan;

and

The Waking Fire (The Draconis Memoria 1) by Anthony Ryan.

In new formats:

Unbreakable (Chronicles of Promise Paen 1) by W.C. Bauers is out in Trade Paperback;

The Venusian Gambit (Daedalus 3) by Michael J. Martinez is out in Mass Market Paperback;


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July 5, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Flameout Keri Arthur UF - A Souls of Fire Novel 3
Unbreakable (h2tp) W. C. Bauers SF - Chronicles of Promise Paen 1
Killing Titan (h2tp) Greg Bear SF/SO - War Dogs 2
A Toxic Trousseau Juliet Blackwell PM - A Witchcraft Mystery 8
Faces (h2mm) E. C. Blake F/DF - The Masks of Aygrima 3
The Hatching (D) Ezekiel Boone H - The Hatching Series 1
The Best of Bova: Volume 2 Ben Bova SF - Collection
Night of the Animals (D) Bill Broun LF/SpecFic
The Cinder Spires: The Aeronaut's Windlass (h2mm) Jim Butcher F/SP - The Cinder Spires 1
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (h2tp) Becky Chambers SF - Wayfarers 1
The Continuous Katherine Mortenhoe (ri) D. G. Compton SF/GenEng/TechTh/Noir
The Dragon Hammer Tony Daniel F - Wulf's Saga 1
The Year's Best Science Fiction: Thirty-Third Annual Collection Gardner Dozois (Ed) SF - Anthology
Neil Gaiman's How to Talk to Girls at Parties Neil Gaiman GN
Roaring Dawn: Macey Book 3 (e) Colleen Gleason PNR- The Gardella Vampire Hunters 10
The Traveler David Golemon Th/SF - Event Group Thrillers 11
The Autobiography of James T. Kirk (h2tp) David A. Goodman SF
The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2016 Edition Paula Guran (Ed) DF/H - Anthology
Beyond the Woods: Fairy Tales Retold Paula Guran (Ed) F - Anthology
The Black Fox (e)(ri) H. F. Heard GO/M
The Great Fog: And Other Weird Tales (e)(ri) H. F. Heard H/SF - Collection
The Lost Cavern: And Other Stories of the Fantastic (e)(ri) H. F. Heard H/SF - Collection
Doppelgangers (e)(ri) H. F. Heard H/M
Murder by Reflection (e)(ri) H. F. Heard PsyTh/H
A Taste for Honey (e)(ri) H. F. Heard M - Mycroft Holmes Mysteries 1
Reply Paid (e)(ri) H. F. Heard M - Mycroft Holmes Mysteries 2
The Notched Hairpin (e)(ri) H. F. Heard M - Mycroft Holmes Mysteries 3
The Conclave of Shadow Alyc Helms UF - Missy Masters 2
Satan's Lambs (e)(ri) Lynn S. Hightower M/Occ - The Lena Padget Mysteries 1
Fortunes of the Dead (e)(ri) Lynn S. Hightower M - The Lena Padget Mysteries 2
When Secrets Die (e)(ri) Lynn S. Hightower M - The Lena Padget Mysteries 3
In the Shadow of Frankenstein: Tales of the Modern Prometheus Stephen Jone (Ed) H - Anthology
Until Death We Do Part (e) Sherrilyn Kenyon PNR - Dark Hunter Novella
Heroine Complex Sarah Kuhn UF/HU/P - Heroine Complex 1
The Harrows of Spring James Howard Kunstler LF/Dys - A World Made by Hand Novel 4
Lammas Night (e)(ri) Katherine Kurtz Sup/Hist/Occ
The Legacy of Lehr (e)(ri) Katherine Kurtz SF/M
St. Patrick's Gargoyle (e)(ri) Katherine Kurtz F
The Temple and the Crown (e)(ri) Katherine Kurtz
Deborah Turner Harris
F - Knights Templar 2
The Temple and the Stone (e)(ri) Katherine Kurtz
Deborah Turner Harris
F - Knights Templar 1
Song Of The Shiver Barrens Glenda Larke F - Mirage Makers 3
Syndicate's Pawns (e) Davila LeBlanc SF/SO- A Tale of the Jinxed Thirteenth 2
Alliance of Equals Sharon Lee
Steve Miller
SF - Liaden Universe 19
The Wolf Road (D) Beth Lewis PsyTh/PA/AP/Sus
After Alice (h2tp) Gregory Maguire LF
The Last Adventure of Constance Verity A. Lee Martinez F - Constance Verity 1
The Venusian Gambit (tp2mm) Michael J. Martinez SF - Daedalus 3
The Dinosaur Knights Victor Milán F - The Dinosaur Lords 2
The Burning City Megan Morgan UF - Siren Song 3
Take the Monkey and Run Laura Morrigan PM - A Call of the Wilde Mystery 4
The Interminables (D) Paige Orwin CF/SH/UF
Threading the Needle Joshua Palmatier F - The Ley 2
The Nethers: Frontiers of Hinterland M.E. Parker SF/AP/PA/Dys - Hinterland 2
Departure (h2tp) A. G. Riddle SF/TT
The Waking Fire Anthony Ryan F - The Draconis Memoria 1
The Transference Engine Julia Verne St. John SP/HistF/F
A Death in the House: And Other Stories (e) Clifford D. Simak SF - Complete Short Fiction of Clifford D. Simak 7
Earth for Inspiration: And Other Stories (e) Clifford D. Simak SF - Complete Short Fiction of Clifford D. Simak 9
Good Night, Mr. James: And Other Stories (e) Clifford D. Simak SF - Complete Short Fiction of Clifford D. Simak 8
The High Ground Melinda Snodgrass SF - Imperials 1
Billionaire in Wolf's Clothing Terry Spear PNR - Billionaire Wolf 1
Half Wolf Linda Thomas-Sundstrom PNR
Oath of the Vayuputras Amish Tripathi F - Shiva 3
The Devil's Evidence Simon Kurt Unsworth M/Cr/H - Devil 2
Wolf in his Heart N.J. Walters PNR - Salvation Pack 7
Flag in Exile - Signed Leatherbound Limited Edition David Weber SF - Honor Harrington 5
Tempting the Dragon Karen Whiddon PNR
The Copper Promise (D) Jen Williams F/DF - Copper Cat 1
Panacea F. Paul Wilson Th
Underground Airlines Ben Winters Th
The Prisoner of Hell Gate Dana I. Wolff SupTh/H
The Memory Painter (h2tp) Gwendolyn Womack Th
The Cobra War Trilogy Timothy Zahn SF - Cobra Omnibus



July 6, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Sic Semper, Sic Semper, Sic Semper: A Tor.Com Original (e) Douglas F. Warrick SF/TT



D - Debut
e - eBook
Ed - editor
h2mm - Hardcover to Mass Market Paperback
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
Ke - Kindle eBook only
tp2mm - Trade to Mass Market Paperback
ri - reissue or reprint



AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CoA - Coming of Age
CM - Cozy Mystery
Cr - Crime
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
GB - Genre Bender
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghost
GN - Graphic Novel
GO - Gothic
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HistTh - Historical Thriller
HU - Humor
LF - Literary Fiction
M - Mystery
MR - Magical Realism
Noir - Noir
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
Pol - Political
PsyTh - Psychological Thriller
R - Romance
RR - Regency Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SH - Superheroes
SO - Space Opera
SP - Steampunk
SpecFic - Speculative Fiction
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy
Z - Zombies

Note: Not all of these genres are represented in the book above.

The View From Monday - June 6, 2016


Happy Monday! This is a busy week for debut novels!

Silent Hall by N.S. Dolkart;

The Many Selves of Katherine North by Emma Geen;

Infomocracy by Malka Older;

Hell's Gate by Bill Schutt and J. R. Finch;

The Root by Na'amen Gobert Tilahun;

Security by Gina Wohlsdorf;

and

Magruder's Curiosity Cabinet by H.P. Wood.

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Clicking on a novel cover will take you to its Amazon page.


From formerly featured DAC Authors:

The Suicide Motor Club by Christopher Buehlman;

Saint's Blood (The Greatcoats Quartet 3) by Sebastien de Castell;

The Wheel of Osheim (The Red Queen's War 3) by Mark Lawrence;

Like a Boss (Windswept 2) by Adam Rakunas;

Nova (Nova 1) by Margaret Fortune is out in Mass Market Paperback;

and

Queen of Fire (Raven's Shadow 3) by Anthony Ryan is out in Trade Paperback.

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Clicking on a novel cover will take you to its Amazon page.


Debut novels are highlighted in blue. Novels by formerly featured Debut Author Challenge Authors are highlighted in green.



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June 7, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Year's Best Military & Adventure SF 2015: Volume 2 David Afsharirad (Ed) SF - Anthology
Three Faces of Asprin Robert Asprin SF - Collection
The Medusa Chronicles Stephen Baxter
Alastair Reynolds
SF - Medusa 2
The Suicide Motor Club Christopher Buehlman H/DF
Saint's Blood Sebastien de Castell HistF - The Greatcoats Quartet 3
The Best Science Fiction of the Year: Volume One Neil Clarke (Ed) SF - Anthology
Spear of Light Brenda Cooper SF/SO - The Glittering Edge 2
The Best Horror of the Year Volume Eight Ellen Datlow (Ed) H - Anthology
Lethal Kisses: 18 Tales of Sex, Horror, and Revenge (e) Ellen Datlow (Ed) H - Anthology
Silent Hall (D) N. S. Dolkart F - Silent Hall 1
Mash Up Gardner Dozois (Ed) SF/F - Anthology
Death's Bright Day David Drake SF - RCN 11
A Green and Ancient Light Frederic S. Durbin HistF
Nova (h2mm) Margaret Fortune SF - Nova 1
Neverwhere: Author's Preferred Text (h2tp) Neil Gaiman CF
The Many Selves of Katherine North (D) Emma Geen LF
Warcraft - Official Movie Novelization Christie Golden F
DR. DOA Simon R. Green UF - Secret Histories 10
From a Drood to A Kill (h2mm) Simon R. Green UF - Secret Histories 9
Death Masks Ed Greenwood F - Forgotten Realms
Death of the Old World Guy Haley
Josh Reynolds
F - The End Times 3
The Gospel of Loki (h2tp) Joanne M. Harris F
The Vampire's Protector Michele Hauf PNR
Autumn Princess, Dragon Child Lian Hearn F - The Tale of Shikanoko 2
Devastating Hate Markus Heitz F - The Legends of the Alfar 2
Awakened by the Wolf Kristal Hollis PNR
The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy 2016 Edition Rich Horton (Ed) SF/F - Anthology
Little Sister Dev Jarrett H
Assassin Queen Anna Kashina F/FR - Majat Code 3
End of Watch Stephen King Sus/H - The Bill Hodges Trilogy 3
Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge Paul Krueger UF /P
A Study in Sable Mercedes Lackey HistF - Elemental Masters 11
From a High Tower (h2mm) Mercedes Lackey HistF - Elemental Masters 10
Sense of Deception (h2mm) Victoria Laurie PM - Psychic Eye Mystery 13
The Wheel of Osheim Mark Lawrence F - The Red Queen's War 3
Allhallow's Eve (e)(ri) Richard Laymon H
Night's Master (ri) Tanith Lee F/DF - Flat Earth 1
Charnel House (e)(ri) Graham Masterton H
The Devils of D-Day (e)(ri) Graham Masterton H
The Devil in Gray (e)(ri) Graham Masterton H
Three Moments of an Explosion: Stories (h2tp) China Miéville F/CF - Collection
Robert Asprin's Myth-Fits Jody Lynn Nye F/HU - Myth-Adventures 20
Infomocracy (D) Malka Older SF/CyberP
Pathfinder Tales: Liar's Bargain Tim Pratt F - Pathfinder Tales 33
Like a Boss Adam Rakunas SF - Windswept 2
Black Tide Rising John Ringo (Ed)
Gary Poole (Ed)
PA/AP - Anthology
Peel Back the Skin: Anthology of Horror Stories Anthony Rivera (Ed)
Sharon Lawson (Ed)
H - Anthology
A Tale of the Free: Exile (e) Brian Ruckley F
Queen of Fire (h2tp) Anthony Ryan F - Raven's Shadow 3
Otto Binder: The Life and Work of a Comic Book and Science Fiction Visionary Bill Schelly LC/PopCul
Galactic Games Bryan Thomas Schmidt (Ed) SF - Anthology
Hell's Gate (D) Bill Schutt
J. R. Finch
HistScTh
An Affinity for Steel Sam Sykes F - The Aeons' Gate Trilogy Omnibus
Just One Damned Thing After Another Jodi Taylor SF/TT - Chronicles of St. Mary's 1
The Bookman (ri) Lavie Tidhar SP - Bookman Histories 1
The Root (D) Na'amen Gobert Tilahun UF - Wrath & Athenaeum 1
The Price of Valor (h2mm) Django Wexler F - The Shadow Campaigns 3
Empire of Imagination: Gary Gygax and the Birth of Dungeons & Dragons (h2tp) Michael Witwer Biography
Security (D) Gina Wohlsdorf Sus
Magruder's Curiosity Cabinet (D) H.P. Wood Hist
Sisters of Tomorrow: The First Women of Science Fiction Lisa Yaszek (Ed)
Patrick B. Sharp (Ed)
SF - Anthology
The Fellowship: The Literary Lives of the Inklings: J.R.R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, Owen Barfield, Charles Williams (h2tp) Philip Zaleski
Carol Zaleski
Biography



June 8, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Lullaby for a Lost World: A Tor.Com Original (e) Aliette de Bodard DF



June 9, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Invasion: Extinction Biome Volume 1 (e) Addison Gunn SF - Extinction Biome
Operation Atlas Lion (e) Addison Gunn SF - Extinction Biome: Invasion 5
The Poisoned Quarrel: Episode 3 (e) Duncan Lay F - Poisoned Quarrel




D - Debut
e - eBook
Ed - editor
h2mm - Hardcover to Mass Market Paperback
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
tp2mm - Trade to Mass Market Paperback
ri - reissue or reprint


AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CoA - Coming of Age
CW - Contemporary Women
CyberP - Cyberpunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tale
FolkT - Folk Tale
FR - Fantasy Romance
GH - Ghost
H - Horror
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HistScTh - Historical Science Thriller
HistTh - Historical Thriller
HU - Humor
LC - Literary Criticism
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legends and Mythology
M - Mystery
MR - Magical Realism
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PHR - Paranormal Historical Romance
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PopCul - Popular Culture
Psy - Psychological
R - Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SO - Space Opera
SP - Steampunk
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy
Z - Zombies

Note: not all of these genres are represented in the above releases.

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 48


This is the forty-eighth in a series of updates about formerly featured Debut Author Challenge authors and their 2015 works published since the last update and any upcoming works for 2016. The year in parentheses after the author's name is the year she/he was featured in the Debut Author Challenge.

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Christopher Buehlman (2011)

The Suicide Motor Club
Berkley, June 7, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 368 pages

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“Rising horror star”* Christopher Buehlman, author of The Lesser Dead, returns with a chilling and thrilling tale of dark evil lurking on the lonely, open road…

Bram Stoker, quoting the ballad “Lenore,” said, “The dead travel fast.”

Those words have never rung more true…

Remember that car that passed you near midnight on Route 66, doing 105 with its lights off? You wondered where it was going so quickly on that dark, dusty stretch of road, motor roaring, the driver glancing out the window as he blew by.

Did his greedy eyes shine silver like a coyote’s? Did he make you feel like prey?

You can’t remember now.

You just saw the founder of the Suicide Motor Club. Be grateful his brake lights never flashed. Be grateful his car was already full.

They roam America, littering the highways with smashed cars and bled-out bodies, a gruesome reflection of the unsettled sixties. But to anyone unlucky enough to meet them in the lonely hours of the night, they’re just a blurry memory.

That is—to all but one…

Two years ago, they left a witness in the mangled wreck of her family car, her husband dead, her son taken. She remembers their awful faces, despite their tricks and glamours. And she’s coming for them—her thirst for vengeance even more powerful than their hunger for blood.

On the deserted highways of America, the hunters are about to become the hunted…




Sara Humphreys (2011)

Trouble Walks In
The McGuire Brothers 2
Sourcebooks Casablanca, August 2, 2016
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 320 pages

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He could be the man to rescue her

Big city K-9 cop Ronan McGuire loves women, loves his dog, loves his job—but when old flame Maddy Morgan moves into his jurisdiction, he can’t think about anyone else. Ronan knows she’s way out of his league, but he’s determined to help Maddy live life to the fullest.

In more ways than one

With tragedy in her past, Maddy has immersed herself in work and swiftly made a name for herself in the hot New York City real estate market. She’s looking for safety, not love, but Ronan McGuire is as persistent as he is sexy, and his crooked smile is hard to resist. But all other concerns are wiped away when Maddy goes missing and Ronan and his bloodhound K-9 partner are tasked with finding her and bringing her home.




Suzanne Palmieri (2013)

The Witch House of Persimmon Point
St. Martin's Griffin, October 11, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 352 pages

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Jay Posey (2013)

Outriders
Angry Robot, May 3, 2016 (North America Print and eBook)
     May 5, 2016 (UK Print)
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 448 pages

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A daring hostage rescue leads to the discovery of an imminent terrorist attack. Thanks to the Outriders, thousands of lives are saved. Until they aren’t.

Despite the intelligence and the warnings provided by the unit, the terrorist attack goes off unhindered. What was supposed to be a triumph becomes a tragedy, and a “mission completed” completely unravels. And when they learn the reasons why, the Outriders find themselves tasked with stopping a war before it can ever start.

A dangerously cunning woman who most assuredly should be dead has seemingly returned. And her plans aren’t just devastating, they might be unstoppable.

How do you defeat a hidden enemy when you can’t let them know they’ve been discovered?

You send in the Outriders.

File Under: Science Fiction




Anthony Ryan (2013)

The Waking Fire
The Draconis Memoria 1
Ace, July 5, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 592 pages

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The New York Times bestselling Raven’s Shadow Trilogy was a perfect read for “fans of broadscale epic fantasy along the lines of Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series and George R. R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire novels.”* Now, Anthony Ryan begins a new saga, The Draconis Memoria…

Throughout the vast lands controlled by the Ironship Syndicate, nothing is more prized than the blood of drakes. Harvested from the veins of captive or hunted Reds, Green, Blues and Blacks, it can be distilled into elixirs that give fearsome powers to the rare men and women who have the ability harness them—known as the blood-blessed.

But not many know the truth: that the lines of drakes are weakening. If they fail, war with the neighboring Corvantine Empire will follow swiftly. The Syndicate’s last hope resides in whispers of the existence of another breed of drake, far more powerful than the rest, and the few who have been chosen by fate to seek it.

Claydon Torcreek is a petty thief and an unregistered blood-blessed, who finds himself pressed into service by the protectorate and sent to wild, uncharted territories in search of a creature he believes is little more than legend. Lizanne Lethridge is a formidable spy and assassin, facing gravest danger on an espionage mission deep into the heart of enemy territory. And Corrick Hilemore is the second lieutenant of an ironship, whose pursuit of ruthless brigands leads him to a far greater threat at the edge of the world.

As lives and empires clash and intertwine, as the unknown and the known collide, all three must fight to turn the tide of a coming war, or drown in its wake.

*Library Journal


What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 41


This is the forty-first in a series of updates about formerly featured Debut Author Challenge authors and their 2015 works published since the last update and any upcoming works for 2016. The year in parentheses after the author's name is the year she/he was featured in the Debut Author Challenge.

This Update includes covers that have recently been revealed (by the author or publisher) for books already mentioned in a previous update and/or new books.



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Jay Kristoff (2012)

Nevernight
Thomas Dunne Books, August 9, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 384 pages
[revealed at Tor.com]

In a land where three suns almost never set, a fledgling killer joins a school of assassins, seeking vengeance against the powers who destroyed her family.

Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvere is barely able to escape her father’s failed rebellion with her life. Alone and friendless, she hides in a city built from the bones of a dead god, hunted by the Senate and her father’s former comrades. But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the door of a retired killer, and a future she never imagined.

Now, a sixteen year old Mia is apprenticed to the deadliest flock of assassins in the entire Republic—the Red Church. Treachery and trials await her with the Church’s halls, and to fail is to die. But if she survives to initiation, Mia will be inducted among the chosen of the Lady of Blessed Murder, and one step closer to the only thing she desires.

Revenge.




Michael J. Martinez (2013)

The  Daedalus Incident
Daedalus 1
Night Shade Books, February 23, 2016
Mass Market Paperback, 464 pages
Trade Paperback and eBook, August 13, 2013

Bizarre earthquakes are rumbling over the long-dormant tectonic plates of the planet, disrupting its trillion-dollar mining operations and driving scientists past the edges of theory and reason. However, when rocks shake off their ancient dust and begin to roll—seemingly of their own volition—carving canals as they converge to form a towering structure amid the ruddy terrain, Lt. Jain and her JSC team realize that their routine geological survey of a Martian cave system is anything but. The only clues they have stem from the emissions of a mysterious blue radiation, and a 300-year-old journal that is writing itself.

Lt. Thomas Weatherby of His Majesty’s Royal Navy is an honest 18th-century man of modest beginnings, doing his part for King and Country aboard the HMS Daedalus, a frigate sailing the high seas between continents . . . and the immense Void between the Known Worlds. Across the Solar System and among its colonies—rife with plunder and alien slave trade—through dire battles fraught with strange alchemy, nothing much can shake his resolve. But events are transpiring to change all that.

With the aid of his fierce captain, a drug-addled alchemist, and a servant girl with a remarkable past, Weatherby must track a great and powerful mystic, who has embarked upon a sinister quest to upset the balance of the planets—the consequences of which may reach far beyond the Solar System, threatening the very fabric of space itself.

Set sail among the stars with this uncanny tale, where adventure awaits, and dimensions collide!


The Enceladus Crisis
Daedalus 2
Night Shade Books, May 3, 2016
Mass Market Paperback, 320 pages
Trade Paperback and eBook, April 15, 2014

Lieutenant Commander Shaila Jain has been given the assignment of her dreams: the first manned mission to Saturn. But there’s competition and complication when she arrives aboard the survey ship, Armstrong. The Chinese are vying for control of the critical moon Titan, and the moon Enceladus may harbor secrets deep under its icy crust. Back on Earth, Project DAEDALUS now seeks to defend against other dimensional incursions, but there are other players interested in opening the door between worlds . . . and they’re getting impatient.

For Thomas Weatherby, it’s been nineteen years since he was second lieutenant aboard the HMS Daedalus. Now captain of the seventy-four-gun Fortitude, Weatherby helps destroy the French fleet at the Nile and must chase an escaped French ship from Egypt to Saturn, home of the enigmatic and increasingly unstable aliens who call themselves the Xan. Meanwhile, in Egypt, alchemist Andrew Finch has ingratiated himself with Napoleon’s forces . . . and finds the true, horrible reason why the French invaded Egypt in the first place.

The thrilling follow-up to The Daedalus Incident, The Enceladus Crisis continues Martinez’s Daedalus series with a combination of mystery, intrigue, and high adventure spanning two amazing dimensions.


The Venusian Gambit
Daedalus 3
Night Shade Books, July 5, 2016
Mass Market Paperback, 320 pages
Trade Paperback and eBook, April 14, 2015

In the year 2135, dangerous alien life-forms freed in the destruction of Saturn’s moon Enceladus are making their way toward Earth. A task force spearheaded by Lieutenant Commander Shaila Jain is scrambling to beat them there while simultaneously trying to save crewmember Stephane Durand, who was infected during the mission to Saturn and is now controlled by a form of life intent on reopening a transdimensional rift and destroying the human race. But Jain doesn’t realize that the possessed Stephane has bigger plans: beaming critical data to other conspirators suspiciously heading not for Earth, but for Venus . . .

In 1809—a Napoleonic era far different from our own—the French have occupied England with their Corps Eternélle, undead soldiers risen through the darkest Alchemy. Only the actions of Lord Admiral Thomas Weatherby and the Royal Navy have kept the French contained to Earth. But the machinations of old enemies point to a bold and daring gambit: an ancient weapon presumed lost in the jungles of Venus.

Now Weatherby must choose whether to stay and fight to retake his homeland, or pursue the French to the green planet. And Shaila must decide if it’s possible to save the man she loves, or if he must be sacrificed for the good of two dimensions. In the dark alien jungles of Venus, humanity’s fate in both dimensions hangs in the balance—forcing past and present to once again join forces against an ancient terror.



Note: MJ-12: Inception (Majestic 12 #1) will be published in Fall 2016 by Night Shade Books. Read more about it at Michael J. Martinez's website.





Will McIntosh (2011)

Faller
Tor Books, October 25, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 336 pages
[revealed at Tor.com]

Day One

No one can remember anything—who they are, family and friends, or even how to read. Reality has fragmented and Earth consists of islands of rock floating in an endless sky. Food, water, electricity—gone, except for what people can find, and they can’t find much.

Faller’s pockets contain tantalizing clues: a photo of himself and a woman he can’t remember, a toy soldier with a parachute, and a mysterious map drawn in blood. With only these materials as a guide, he makes a leap of faith from the edge of the world to find the woman and set things right.

He encounters other floating islands, impossible replicas of himself and others, and learns that one man hates him enough to take revenge for actions Faller can’t even remember.
[catalog copy from Tor.com reveal]




Melissa F. Olson (2012)

Nightshades
Tor.com, July 19, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 176 pages
[revealed at Author's Facebook Page]

Alex McKenna is the new Special Agent in Charge of the Chicago office of the Bureau of Paranormal Investigations―the division tasked with investigating crimes involving shades.

Or vampires, as they’re more widely known.

Children have been going missing, and agents are routinely being slaughtered. It’s up to McKenna, and some unlikely allies, to get to the bottom of the problem, and find the kids before it’s too late.

Nightshades is a new gritty urban fantasy from Melissa F. Olson.




Anthony Ryan (2013)

Queen of Fire
A Raven's Shadow Novel
Ace, June 7, 2016
Trade Paperback, 656 pages
Hardcover and eBook, July 7, 2015

The thrilling conclusion to the “deftly and originally executed” (Booklist) New York Times bestselling Raven’s Shadow trilogy from the author of Blood Song and Tower Lord.

After fighting back from the brink of death, Queen Lyrna is determined to repel the invading Volarian army and regain the independence of the Unified Realm. To accomplish her goals she must not only rally her loyal supporters, but also align herself with forces that possess the strange and varied gifts of the Dark, and take the war to her enemy’s doorstep.

Victory rests on the shoulders of Vaelin Al Sorna, Battle Lord of the Realm. However, the Volarians have a new weapon on their side that Vaelin must destroy if the Realm is to prevail: a mysterious Ally with the ability to grant unnaturally long life to his servants. And defeating one who cannot be killed is a nearly impossible challenge, especially when Vaelin’s blood-song, the mystical power that has made him the epic fighter he is, has gone ominously silent…

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