close

The Qwillery | category: Dan Koboldt

home

The Qwillery

A blog about books and other things speculative

qwillery.blogspot.com

The View From Monday - October 15, 2018


Happy Monday!

There is 1 debut this week:

The Oyster Thief by Sonia Faruqi.

The View From Monday - October 15, 2018
Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

Treason of Hawks (The Shadow 4) by Lila Bowen;

The Black Khan (The Khorasan Archives 2) by Ausma Zehanat Khan;

Dan Koboldt is the editor of Putting the Science in Fiction: Expert Advice for Writing with Authenticity in Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Other Genres;

Tomorrow Factory: Collected Fiction by Rich Larson;

The Wastelanders by K.S. Merbeth;

Shades of Magic Boxed Set: A Darker Shade of Magic, A Gathering of Shadows, A Conjuring of Light (Shades of Magic) by V. E. Schwab;

and

Mutiny at Vesta (Sheildrunner Pirates 2) by R. E. Stearns.

The View From Monday - October 15, 2018 The View From Monday - October 15, 2018
The View From Monday - October 15, 2018 The View From Monday - October 15, 2018
The View From Monday - October 15, 2018The View From Monday - October 15, 2018
The View From Monday - October 15, 2018
Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.



The View From Monday - October 15, 2018



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

October 16, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Beast Arises: Volume 1 Dan Abnett
Rob Sanders
Gave Thorpe
David Annandale
SF - Warhammer 40,000
In the Vanisher's Palace (e) Aliette de Bodard F
Treason of Hawks Lila Bowen F/HistF/CoA - The Shadow 4
The Book of Magic: A Collection of Stories Gardner Dozois (Ed) F - Anthology
Trial by Treason Dave Duncan HistF/DF/F - The Enchanter General 2
Rejoice, a Knife to the Heart Steven Erikson SF/AC/LF/Pol
The Oyster Thief (D) Sonia Faruqi F
The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2018 Edition Paula Guran (Ed) DF/H - Anthology
Monsters of the Week: The Complete Critical Companion to The X-Files Zack Handlen
Todd VanDerWerff
PerfArts/LC
In the House in the Dark of the Woods Laird Hunt Hist/H/LF
Riddance: Or: The Sybil Joines Vocational School for Ghost Speakers & Hearing-Mouth Children Shelley Jackson GH/CoA/P/Occ/Sup/LF
Black Wings of Cthulhu S. T. Joshi H/DF/SupTh - Black Wings of Cthulhu 6
The Black Khan Ausma Zehanat Khan F - The Khorasan Archives 2
Gotrek and Felix: Volume 1 William King F - Warhammer Chronicles 1
Putting the Science in Fiction: Expert Advice for Writing with Authenticity in Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Other Genres Dan Koboldt (Ed) Writing Skills
The Bartered Brides Mercedes Lackey HistF/Gaslamp - Elemental Masters 13
Tomorrow Factory: Collected Fiction Rich Larson SF - Collection
I Am Behind You John Ajvide Lindqvist H
The Wastelanders K.S. Merbeth SF/AP/PA
The Last Sword Maker Brian Nelson TechTh/Sus - Course of Empire 1
Creatures: The Legacy of Frankenstein David Thomas Moore (Ed) Anthology
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Seek: The Strange Case Continues Anthony O'Neill Gothic/HistM/HistTh
Melmoth Sarah Perry Gothic
The Robotic Imaginary: The Human and the Price of Dehumanized Labor Jennifer Rhee LC/SF/F/PopCul/PerfArts
Star Trek Designing Starships Volume 1: The Enterprises and Beyond Ben Robinson
Marcus Reily
PerfArts/SF/TV
The Consuming Fire John Scalzi SF/SO - The Interdependency 2
Shades of Magic Boxed Set: A Darker Shade of Magic, A Gathering of Shadows, A Conjuring of Light V. E. Schwab HistF/Gaslamp - Shades of Magic
Mutiny at Vesta R. E. Stearns SF - Shieldrunner Pirates 2
The Shadow City Ryan Wieser SF/CyP - Hunters of Infinity 3



October 18, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Collaborative Worldbuilding for Writers and Gamers Trent Hergenrader Composition and Creative Writing
Garden of Eldritch Delights Lucy A. Snyder H/SF/F - Collection



October 19, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Waking Nightmares (e)(ri) Christopher Golden CF/DF - Peter Octavian / Shadow Saga 5



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



AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternate History
Anthro - Anthropology
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CoA - Coming of Age
Cr - Crime
CW - Contemporary Woman
CyP - Cyberpunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FL - Family Life
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghost(s)
GN - Graphic Novel
Gothic - Gothic
H - Horror
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
Hist M - Historical Mystery
Hist R - Historical Romance
HistTh - Historical Thriller
HSF - Hard Science Fiction
HU - Humor
LC - Literary Criticism
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legend and Mythology
MedTh - Medical Thriller
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Parnormal Cozy Mystery
PerfArts - Performing Arts
PNR - Paranormal Romance
Pol - Political
PolTh - Political Thriller
PopCul - Popular Culture
Sc - Science
SE - Space Exploration
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SH - Superheroes
SO - Space Opera
SocHist - Social History
SocSc - Social Science
SP - Steampunk
SpecFic - Speculative Fiction
SS - Short Stories
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy

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

Melanie's Week in Review - May 20, 2018


Melanie's Week in Review - May 20, 2018


Hello! I am writing this while watching highlights of the royal wedding. I am not really a royalist and but I decided to tune in anyway. Partly it was a good excuse to eat orange scones....which I have to say are delicious. It also meant I could use the antique tea set that I barely have an opportunity to take out of my china cabinet. Did you watch?

This wasn't one of my more prolific weeks reading. It was Wednesday when I realised I wasn't even halfway through a single book. In my defense it was the release of the season finale of both Lucifer and of Dynasty so I had to watch those.  So what did I read?


Melanie's Week in Review - May 20, 2018
I read The Master, the 3rd Gameshouse Novella, by Claire North. I had reviewed the two previous books months ago and loved them. The final instalment does not disappoint. Silver decides to make a stand and challenge the Gamesmaster to the ultimate game - for control of the Gameshouse. The Gameshouse has sustained him for centuries along with the other elite players but he has decided he has had enough.  This is the ultimate game. The largest and most deadly game of chess ever played where not just the pawns are sacrificed.

This is a fantastic novella. Your head will be positively spin at the number of locations that Silver finds himself. North has a real gift of describing her characters and their environment without a lot of prose which means that she is able to send Silver on a manic journey from one country to the next and next and next in just novella. In this series North creates characters who you can't help but like even though they are pretty uncaring and rather evil. I was really cheering on Silver from the sidelines and I wasn't sure how it was going to turn out. If you want a great series of novellas that are both standalone but interconnected then look no further! These are must reads.


Melanie's Week in Review - May 20, 2018
I was determined to finish The World Awakening by Dan Koboldt so that I could tell you all about it. So now I have a confession. I just couldn't finish it. I had planned to cheat as I got over halfway through and was going to skip to the end but I just couldn't. I discussed my inability to finish this book with the hubinator. I couldn't quite put my finger on what it was that meant I couldn't face reading it. As I mentioned book two was pretty dull and not much happened whereas in book 3 it was almost non stop action. The closest reason that the hubs and I could agree on was that it was just too juvenile and the hero wasn't very heroic. Its a shame as I really liked the first book. Sorry!


Well that is it for me for this week. I am planning to have more to tell you about next week. Promise! Until next week Happy Reading!





The Master
Gameshouse Novella 3
Redhook, November 3rd 2015
eBook, 100 pages

Melanie's Week in Review - May 20, 2018
The Gameshouse is an unusual institution.

Many know it as the place where fortunes can be made and lost though games of chess, backgammon – every game under the sun.

But a select few, who are picked to compete in the higher league, know that some games are played for higher stakes – those of politics and empires, of economics and kings . . .

And now, the ultimate player is about to step forward.





The World Awakening
Gateways to Alissia 3
Harper Voyager Impulse, February 13, 2018
   eBook, 448 pages
Harper Voyager Impulse, April 3, 2018
   Mass Market Paperback, 448 pages

Melanie's Week in Review - May 20, 2018
"The World Awakening is a great conclusion to what is a very readable and highly enjoyable series. Characters that are more than the sum of their parts, a world that has so much to offer, and a story that races along apace – the Gateways to Alissia books have it all." -- SFFworld

Quinn Bradley has learned to use the magic of another world. And that world is in danger.

Having decided to betray CASE Global, he can finally reveal his origins to the Enclave and warn them about the company’s imminent invasion. Even if it means alienating Jillaine…and allying with someone he’s always considered his adversary.

But war makes for strange bedfellows, and uniting Alissians against such a powerful enemy will require ancient enmities—as well as more recent antagonisms—to be set aside. The future of their pristine world depends on it.

As Quinn searches for a way to turn the tide, his former CASE Global squad-mates face difficult decisions of their own. For some, it’s a matter of what they’re willing to do to get home. For others, it’s deciding whether they want to go home at all.

Continuing the exciting adventures from The Rogue Retrieval and The Island Deception, The World Awakening is the spellbinding conclusion to the Gateways to Alissia fantasy series from Dan Koboldt.

Melanie's Week in Review - May 6, 2018


Melanie's Week in Review - May 6, 2018


Hello! Have you missed me? I realise I haven't been around for a couple of weeks.  I was on holiday in Seville, Spain in mid April. It was a fantastic holiday. We were there during a big festival called the Feria. Every woman was dressed in full flamenco clothes and men in traditional Spanish suits while riding horses. It was great with some book reading but not much. I then over-estimated what I could finish when I got back so alas no WIR last week but I'm back now. What did I read?


Melanie's Week in Review - May 6, 2018
So I have a confession to make. I had fully intended to tell you all about books 2 and 3 of Dan Koboldt's Gateways to Alissia series however I only managed to finish 1 of them. All will be revealed soon.

In book 2 - The Island of Deception the magician Quinn Bradley is about to make the big time. A big show in Vegas and his name in lights. His life is finally on the right track until his former colleagues at Case Global Enterprises call him back to Alissia. Bradley is asked to return to the alternate universe of Alissia to try to stop the former head of Case Global, Richard Holt from taking control.

The story is told from multiple POVs including Quinn, Logan, Mendez and Kiara who we met in the previous installment but mostly from Quinn's. The POVs give us a modicum of character development as the story is told from that character's voice. I have to say that I didn't enjoy book 2. Second books are always challenging when the first book of a series is really good as they don't always live up to expectations. This is definitely the case for the Gateways of Alissia series. This book was too much of a filler for me without a lot of substance and I really struggled to finish it. I would love to tell you, in detail what happened, but basically Quinn arrives, he travels around and Richard Holt is still in charge at the end.

I really tried to finish book 3, The World Awakening to tell you about this week but it was too much of a struggle. I got just over halfway through and it was either skip a bunch of chapters or try again next week. It came down to 'try again'. I will endeavor to finish it next week!


Melanie's Week in Review - May 6, 2018
While I was trying to finish The World Awakening I looked for something else I could read and discovered that book 4, Gaslight, of Dannika Dark's Crossbreed series was out. It was pretty inexpensive and I knew the previous books were quick reads. As I was pretty desperate for a quick read (it was Thursday by this point!) I decided to buy it.

After the events of book 3, Deathtrap, Raven is determined to search out and punish those who have been trafficking humans to vampires while her colleagues in Keystone have their own troubles and challenges to face. When Raven goes missing and is in the hands of her former tormentor allegiances are forged and torn apart. Christian and Raven's budding relationship is put to the test and no one is sure who will survive.

The first half of the story is pretty straight forward with Raven and Christian and what happens when Raven goes missing. Had that been constructed properly that could have been the whole plot of book but Dark decided to make it more complex and a lot more confusing. The main plot was resolved halfway through and then Dark decided to add in gratuitous sex, sentiment and some minor character development. Overall it was too disjointed with POV chapters that went nowhere or didn't contribute to the overall plot. If I compare this to the other books of the series I would have to say it was a bit of hot mess.


That is it for me this week. I know it sounds like a bit of a disappointing week and my fingers are  crossed for a winner for my next Week in Review. Stay tuned to find out if I find a perfect read. Until then Happy Reading!





The Island Deception
Gateways to Alissia 2
Harper Voyager Impulse, April 11, 2017
    eBook, 352 pages
Harper Voyager Impulse, May 30, 2017
    Mass Market Paperback, 496 pages

Melanie's Week in Review - May 6, 2018
Continuing the exciting adventures from The Rogue Retrieval, The Island Deception blends fun and mystery into a brilliant new portal fantasy from Dan Koboldt.

What happens in Las Vegas stays in Las Vegas. But what happens after you step through a portal to another world, well…

For stage magician Quinn Bradley, he thought his time in Alissia was over. He’d done his job for the mysterious company CASE Global Enterprises, and now his name is finally on the marquee of one of the biggest Vegas casinos. And yet, for all the accolades, he definitely feels something is missing. He can create the most amazing illusions on Earth, but he’s also tasted true power. Real magic.

He misses it.

Luckily—or not—CASE Global is not done with him, and they want him to go back. The first time, he was tasked with finding a missing researcher. Now, though, he has another task:

Help take Richard Holt down.

It’s impossible to be in Vegas and not be a gambler. And while Quinn might not like his odds—a wyvern nearly ate him the last time he was in Alissia—if he plays his cards right, he might be able to aid his friends.

He also might learn how to use real magic himself.





Gaslight
Crossbreed 4
Dannika Dark, February 16, 2018
Trade Paperback and eBook, 373 pages

Melanie's Week in Review - May 6, 2018
Raven Black returns in another heart-pounding installment of the USA Today bestselling Crossbreed series.

Vampire trafficking is a sinister business, and nobody knows that better than Keystone. After Raven discovers hidden clues in a cold case, the group sets a trap in hopes of catching an elusive criminal. But when the plan backfires, Raven’s world is thrown into chaos, and Christian’s loyalty is put to the ultimate test.

Buried secrets come to light, and the only thing keeping Raven grounded is her insatiable thirst for vengeance. The stakes are high as they travel to a place where the landscapes are as treacherous as the immortals who live there. This time, there’s no room for mistakes.

Will Raven have the courage to tame the violence in her heart before it swallows her whole?

The View From Monday - April 2, 2018


Happy Monday!

There are 5 debuts this week.

The Wolf (Under the Northern Sky 1) by Leo Carew;

The Waters & the Wild by DeSales Harrison;

The Oracle Year by Charles Soule;

Resurrection Bay by Emma Viskic;

and

Wonderblood by Julia Whicker.

The View From Monday - April 2, 2018 The View From Monday - April 2, 2018
The View From Monday - April 2, 2018 The View From Monday - April 2, 2018
The View From Monday - April 2, 2018
Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

The Night Dahlia (Nightwise 2) by R.S. Belcher;

Archangel (Spectre War 2) by Margaret Fortune is out in Trade Paperback;

Scourge (The Iron Druid Chronicles 9) by Kevin Hearne;

Radiate (The Lightless Trilogy 3) by C.A. Higgins is out in Trade Paperback;

The World Awakening (Gateways to Alissia 2) by Dan Koboldt is out in Mass Market Paperback;

and

Grey Sister (Book of the Ancestor 2) by Mark Lawrence.

The View From Monday - April 2, 2018 The View From Monday - April 2, 2018
The View From Monday - April 2, 2018 The View From Monday - April 2, 2018
The View From Monday - April 2, 2018 The View From Monday - April 2, 2018
Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.



The View From Monday - April 2, 2018



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

April 3, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Ruinstorm David Annandale SF - The Horus Heresy 46
Warlord: Fury of the God-Machine David Annandale SF - Adeptus Titanicus 1
School for Psychics K.C. Archer Occ/Sup - School for Psychics 1
What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky: Stories Lesley Nneka Arimah CulH/MR/LF
Origamy Rachel Armstrong SF
The City Where We Once Lived Eric Barnes Dys/SF/AP/PA/LF
The Night Dahlia R. S. Belcher UF/H - Nightwise 2
A Magical Match Juliet Blackwell PCM - Witchcraft Mystery 9
Box Office Poison Phillipa Bornikova CF/DF/UF - A Linnet Ellery Novel 2
Witchy Winter D.J. Butler HistF
The Wolf (D) Leo Carew F - Under the Northern Sky 1
The Wounded Shadow Patrick W. Carr F - The Darkwater Saga 3
Star Trek: Light-and-Sound Borg Cube Chip Carter PopCul
The Best Science Fiction of the Year: Volume Three Neil Clarke (Ed) SF - Anthology
Sodom Road Exit Amber Dawn SupTh
Sleepwalker's World Gordon R. Dickson SF/SO
Though Hell Should Bar the Way David Drake SF - RCN 12
Archangel (h2tp) Margaret Fortune SF - Spectre War 2
Bottom of the Sky Rodrigo Fresán
Will Vanderhyden (Tr.)
LF/SF/Future Studies
Ursula K. Le Guin: Conversations on Writing Ursula K. Le Guin
David Naimon
LC
Ferrus Manus: The Gorgon of Medusa David Guymer SF - The Horus Heresy: Primarchs 7
Legendary Shifter Barbara J. Hancock PNR
The Waters & The Wild (D) DeSales Harrison LF/PsyTh/FL
Scourged Kevin Hearne CF/P - The Iron Druid Chronicles 9
Shattered Roads Alice Henderson SF/PA
Radiate (h2tp) C.A. Higgins SF/SO - The Lightless Trilogy 3
The Barrow Will Send What It May Margaret Killjoy CF/DF/H - Danielle Cain 2
Seducing the Dark Prince Jane Kindred PNR
Dutchman Richard A. Knaak UF
The World Awakening Dan Koboldt SF/TT - Gateways to Alissia 2
Grey Sister Mark Lawrence F - Book of the Ancestor 2
The Beloveds Maureen Lindley PsyTh
The Unforeseen Dorothy Macardle GH
The Body Library Jeff Noon SF/TT/VisM/MR
The Dark Angel Seabury Quinn P/Occ/Sup - The Complete Tales of Jules de Grandin 3
The Nightfall Duology Mickey Zucker Reichert F/DF - Nightfall
The Queen of Storm and Shadow Jenna Rhodes DF/FairyT/FolkT/LM/F - Elven Ways 4
Firewalkers Chris Roberson UF/P/SupTh/H - A Recondito Novel 2
The Sisters Mederos Patrice Sarath HistF
River's Child Mark Daniel Seiler SF/F
The Tale of Genji: The Authentic First Translation of the World's Earliest Novel Murasaki Shikibu
Kencho Suematsu (Tr)
F
Earthcore (ri) Scott Sigler TechTh
The Oracle Year (D) Charles Soule Fict/Sup
A Fistful of Elven Gold Alex Stewart F
Change Agent (h2tp) Daniel Suarez TechTh/GenEng/SF
Fair Rebel Steph Swainston F
Resurrection Bay (D-US) Emma Viskic PsyTh/Sus
Wonderblood (D) Julia Whicker SF/AP/PA/Dys



April 5, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Doctor Who: Twice Upon a Time: 12th Doctor Novelisation (e) Paul Cornell SF/MTI
Doctor Who: City of Death (e) James Goss SF/MTI



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



AC - Alien Contact
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CoA - Coming of Age
CulH - Cultural Heritage
CW - Contemporary Woman
CyP - Cyberpunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
Fict - Fiction
FL - Family Life
FolkT - Folk Tales
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghost(s)
GN - Graphic Novel
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HU - Humor
LC - Literary Criticism
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legend and Mythology
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PopCul - Popular Culture
Psy - Psychological
Psy Th - Psychological Thriller
SF - Science Fiction
SO - Space Opera
SP - Steampunk
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy
VisM - Visionary and Metaphysical

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

The View From Monday - February 12, 2018


Happy Monday!

There are 3 debuts this week:

Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi;

The Philosopher's Flight by Tom Miller;

and

Gunpowder Moon by David Pedreira.

The View From Monday - February 12, 2018The View From Monday - February 12, 2018
The View From Monday - February 12, 2018
Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

Blood of Assassins (Wounded Kingdom 2) by RJ Barker

Olympus Bound (Olympus Bound 3) by Jordanna Max Brodsky;

Amberlough (Amberlough Dossier 1) by Lara Elena Donnelly is out in Trade Paperback;

Echoes of Understorey (Titan's Forest 2) by Thoraiya Dyer;

The World Awakening (Gateways to Alissia 3) by Dan Koboldt;

Shadow Hunt (Disrupted Magic 3) by Melissa F. Olson;

Thirty-Seven by Peter Stenson;

and

Unclean Spirits (reissue) by Chuck Wendig.

The View From Monday - February 12, 2018 The View From Monday - February 12, 2018
The View From Monday - February 12, 2018 The View From Monday - February 12, 2018
The View From Monday - February 12, 2018 The View From Monday - February 12, 2018
The View From Monday - February 12, 2018 The View From Monday - February 12, 2018
Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.



The View From Monday - February 12, 2018



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

February 12, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Night of the Hunter Susan Harris PNR/FairyT/FolkT/LM/ - Ever Chace Chronicles 4



February 13, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Blood of Assassins RJ Barker F - Wounded Kingdom 2
Madness is Better Than Defeat Ned Beauman LF
The Edda of Burdens Trilogy: All the Windwracked Stars, By the Mountain Bound, Sea They Mistress (e) Elizabeth Bear SF - Edda of Burdens
Olympus Bound Jordanna Max Brodsky UF - Olympus Bound 3
Michael Chabon's The Escapist: Amazing Adventures Michael Chabon GN
The Expanse: Origins James S. A. Corey
Hallie Lambert
Georgia Lee
Huang Danlan
Triona Farrell
Juan Useche
GN/MTI
The Ghost Notebooks Ben Dolnick LF/Sup
Amberlough (h2tp) Lara Elena Donnelly HistF - Amberlough Dossier1
Echoes of Understorey Thoraiya Dyer F - Titan's Forest 2
Freshwater (D) Akwaeke Emezi LF
Shadowbahn (h2tp) Steve Erickson LF
Malazan Book of the Fallen: Books 1-4: Gardens of the Moon, Deadhouse Gates, Memories of Ice, House of Chains (e) Steven Erikson F - Malazan Book of the Fallen
The Turn of the Screw and Other Tales Henry James
Philip Horne (Ed)
GH
Pride and Prometheus John Kessel HistF
The World Awakening (e) Dan Koboldt F - Gateways to Alissia 3
The Complete Glamourist Histories: Shades of Milk and Honey, Glamour in Glass, Without a Summer, Valour and Vanity, Of Noble Family (e) Mary Robinette Kowal HistF - Glamourist Histories
Tomorrow's Kin (h2tp) Nancy Kress SF/HSF - Yesterday's Kin Trilogy 1
The Philosopher's Flight (D) Tom Miller HistF
Altered Carbon (ri) Richard K. Morgan SF/MTI - Takeshi Kovacs 1
Shadow Hunt Melissa F. Olson UF - Disrupted Magic 3
Gunpowder Moon (D) David Pedreira SF/HSF
Black Sheep Boy: A Novel in Stories Martin Pousson MR
Monsters, Animals, and Other Worlds: A Collection of Short Medieval Japanese Tales Haruo Shirane (Ed) LitCol - Translations from the Asian Classics
Thirty-Seven Peter Stenson LF
Art of War: Anthology for Charity (Ke) Petros Triantafyllou (Ed) F - Anthology
Annihilation: A Novel: Movie Tie-In Edition Jeff VanderMeer LF/MTI - The Southern Reach Trilogy 1
Starlings Jo Walton F - Collection
The Shape Of Things To Come H. G. Wells SF - S.F. Masterworks
Unclean Spirits (ri) Chuck Wendig F
The Book of Joan (h2tp) Lidia Yuknavitch Dys



February 14, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Enchanted (e) Barbara Bretton PNR - Sugar Maple Chronicles 5



February 15, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Eleanor Cameron: Dimensions of Amazement Paul V. Allen HC



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



AC - Alien Contact
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GH - Ghost(s)
GN - Graphic Novel
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HSF - Hard Science Fiction
LF - Literary Fiction
LitCol - Literary Collection
LM - Legend and Mythology
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
NR - Near Future
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SO - Space Opera
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy

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

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works By DAC Authors


Here are some of the upcoming works by formerly featured DAC Authors. The year in parentheses is the year the author was featured in the DAC.


Melissa Caruso (2017)

The Defiant Heir
Swords and Fire 2
Orbit, April 28, 2018
Trade Paperback and eBook, 480 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works By DAC Authors
Across the border, the Witch Lords of Vaskandar are preparing for war. But before an invasion can begin, they must call a rare gathering of all seventeen lords to decide a course of action.

Lady Amalia Cornaro knows that this Conclave might be her only chance to smother the growing flames of war, and she is ready to make any sacrifice if it means saving Raverra from destruction.

Amalia and Zaira must go behind enemy lines, using every ounce of wit and cunning they have, to sway Vaskandar from war. Or else it will all come down to swords and fire.

“Charming, intelligent, fast-moving, beautifully atmospheric. I couldn’t put it down.” – Genevieve Cogman, author of The Invisible Library

“The best kind of fantasy.” – Rosalyn Eves, author of Blood Rose Rebellion

The Defiant Heir is the second novel in a spellbinding new fantasy series.

Swords and Fire
The Tethered Mage
The Defiant Heir


Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works By DAC Authors
Swords and Fire 1





Christopher Husberg (2016)

Chaos Queen - Blood Requiem
Chaos Queen 3
Titan Books, June 5, 2018
Trade Paperback and eBook, 400 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works By DAC Authors
When a series of dark rituals devastate the fledgeling Church of Canta, Jane and Cinzia realize they have ignored the movements in the shadows for too long. Daemons lurk at the edge of the world, and they are done knocking. With Knot at her side, Cinzia deals with dark beings to fight the greater evil. Meanwhile, Astrid’s attempts to elude the Black Matron backfire, and she faces that which she fears above all things: her own past.

Winter, in hopes of regaining something of her old life, returns to Pranna to find the village nothing like it used to be. She soon finds herself wrapped up in the Druids, a tiellan faction in fierce conflict with the humans. With Urstadt the soldier and Galce the tailor at her side, she must choose how to use her still-growing, all-consuming power--if she can manage to control it at all.


Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works By DAC Authors
Chaos Queen 1
Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works By DAC Authors
Chaos Queen 2





Dan Koboldt (2016)

The World Awakening
Gateways to Alissia 3
Harper Voyager Impulse, February 13, 2018
eBook

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works By DAC Authors
Quinn Bradley has learned to use the magic of another world. And that world is in danger.

Having decided to betray CASE Global, he can finally reveal his origins to the Enclave and warn them about the company’s imminent invasion. Even if it means alienating Jillaine…and allying with someone he’s always considered his adversary.

But war makes for strange bedfellows, and uniting Alissians against such a powerful enemy will require ancient enmities—as well as more recent antagonisms—to be set aside. The future of their pristine world depends on it.

As Quinn searches for a way to turn the tide, his former CASE Global squad-mates face difficult decisions of their own. For some, it’s a matter of what they’re willing to do to get home. For others, it’s deciding whether they want to go home at all.

Continuing the exciting adventures from The Rogue Retrieval and The Island Deception, The World Awakening is the spellbinding conclusion to the Gateways to Alissia fantasy series from Dan Koboldt.
[description from the Author's website]


Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works By DAC Authors
Gateways to Alissia 1
Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works By DAC Authors
Gateways to Alissia 2

Guest Blog by Dan Koboldt - The Portal Fantasy Is Not Dead


Please welcome Dan Koboldt to The Qwillery.  The Island Deception, Gateways to Alissia 2, will be published on April 11th by Harper Voyager Impulse.



Guest Blog by Dan Koboldt - The Portal Fantasy Is Not Dead




The Portal Fantasy Is Not Dead

Have you ever wished you could enter another world through a magic wardrobe, or take a stargate to a parallel dimension? If so, my friend, you’re a fan of the portal fantasy. This is a loose term for science fiction and fantasy stories that connect one world – often Earth, but not always – to another time, place, or dimension. The portal that does the connecting might be of magical, technological, or natural origin. No matter the type, the concept of a portal fantasy is easily defined: someone goes through a thing and ends up somewhere else.

If this concept sounds familiar, that’s because portal fantasy has pervaded literature for decades. Robert Heinlein’s Tunnel in the Sky (1955) offers a classic take on the idea. The main character, Rod Walker, is a high school student who dreams of becoming a professional colonist. The final test of his advanced survival course is a brutal challenge: to stay alive for several days on a hostile planet. Students reach the planet by way of a “Ramsbotham portal” – a man-made teleportation device that promptly malfunctions, stranding Rod and the other students on an uninhabited world.

Not all portal stories take the reader to hostile worlds, however. In C.S. Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia, the children depart wartime England for a fantastical world where the beavers can talk and they get to rule as monarchs (the children, not the beavers). Having sold more than 100 million copies in 47 languages, Narnia is probably the work that most readers think of when they hear portal fantasy.

In the last few years, however, some in the publishing world have grumbled that the portal fantasy fad might be over. Done with. Absolutely cannot sell. Some have gone so far as to proclaim that the portal fantasy is dead.

This is a falsehood. Portal fantasy is alive and well in the publishing world. To prove this, I went to Twitter and asked people to share their favorite portal fantasies published in the last couple of years. The responses overwhelmed my feed, and demonstrated just how diverse and vibrant the portal fantasy subgenre has become. Take a look at these recent examples, and you’ll see that we’re well beyond wardrobes, now.

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
In this series, there are four parallel versions of London: Red London, where magic is revered, White London, where people fight to control magic and monarchy both, Grey London, where no magic exists at all, and Black London, the forbidden realm no one speaks of. The main character is a rare breed of magician who travels between them as a sort of diplomat, until he unwittingly stumbles upon a dangerous artifact from Black London that must be returned there.

Hollow World by Michael J. Sullivan
Ellis Rogers is just a regular guy who, upon learning that he has a terminal illness, decides to try out the time machine he’s built in his garage. If it works, he might find more than just a cure for his illness: he might find paradise. But first, he’ll have to survive the Hollow World that lies between.

Thief of Lies by Brenda Drake
Don’t you hate it when you finally work up the nerve to talk to that hot guy in the library, only to have him disappear? That’s what happened to Gia Kearns. When she examines the strange book about world libraries that he abandoned, it transports her to a library in Paris. And summons a demonic hound that pursues them until the hit guy and his friends – who are actually magical knights charged with protecting humanity – show up to rescue them. And that’s just the beginning of this adventure.

Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire
I love the synopsis to this book: “Children have always disappeared under the right conditions; slipping through the shadows under a bed or at the back of a wardrobe, tumbling down rabbit holes and into old wells, and emerging somewhere... else.”

Nancy tumbled through such a gateway once, but now she’s back. It changed her, but the other children under Miss West’s care understand. They’ve had similar experiences, and each of them searches for a way back to their own fantasy world.

An Accident of Stars by Foz Meadows
Saffron Coulter’s dreads going to school every day, where a boy harasses her without mercy. When a stranger shows her a moment of kindness, Saffron follows her and stumbles through a hole in reality. She finds herself trapped in a magical realm on the brink of civil war. She falls in with the wrong faction and must flee to the dubious safety of another country, and it’s still better than a day at high school.

Gateway to Fourline by Pam Brondos
College student Natalie Barns takes a job at a costume shop because she needs tuition money, and in spite of her reservations about a weirdo co-worker. When she stumbles through the strange door in the back of the shop, she finds (of course) a magical world on the other side. But unlike the children in Narnia, she’s not granted royalty status or special abilities. All she knows how to do is run. In a world filled with deadly magic and decaying monsters, she’ll be doing quite a lot of that.

The Mirror Empire by Kameron Hurley
In the world of this book, magic is governed by the rise and fall of celestial bodies. At their peak, certain forms of magic are strong enough to create a portal to other realms (none of them Earth). Whether it’s frozen tundra where very little can survive, or a tropical clime where semi-sentient plants can kill, each realm is uniquely complex. Now, a dark chaotic star’s rise will bring all of these worlds together, and only one can survive.





The Island Deception
Gateways to Alissia 2
Harper Voyager Impulse, April 11, 2017
eBook, 352 pages

Guest Blog by Dan Koboldt - The Portal Fantasy Is Not Dead
Continuing the exciting adventures from The Rogue Retrieval, The Island Deception blends fun and mystery into a brilliant new portal fantasy from Dan Koboldt.

What happens in Las Vegas stays in Las Vegas. But what happens after you step through a portal to another world, well…

For stage magician Quinn Bradley, he thought his time in Alissia was over. He’d done his job for the mysterious company CASE Global Enterprises, and now his name is finally on the marquee of one of the biggest Vegas casinos. And yet, for all the accolades, he definitely feels something is missing. He can create the most amazing illusions on Earth, but he’s also tasted true power. Real magic.

He misses it.

Luckily—or not—CASE Global is not done with him, and they want him to go back. The first time, he was tasked with finding a missing researcher. Now, though, he has another task:

Help take Richard Holt down.

It’s impossible to be in Vegas and not be a gambler. And while Quinn might not like his odds—a wyvern nearly ate him the last time he was in Alissia—if he plays his cards right, he might be able to aid his friends.

He also might learn how to use real magic himself.




Previously

The Rogue Retrieval
Gateways to Alissia 1
Harper Voyager Impulse, January 19, 2016
     eBook, 384 pages
Harper Voyager Impulse, March 1, 2016
     Mass Market Paperback, 416 pages

Guest Blog by Dan Koboldt - The Portal Fantasy Is Not Dead
In the tradition of Terry Brooks' Landover series, Piers Anthony Xanth books, and Terry Pratchett's Discword novels, scientist and blogger Dan Koboldt weaves wonder, humor, and heart into his debut novel, The Rogue Retrieval.

Sleight of hand…in another land

Stage magician Quinn Bradley has one dream: to headline his own show on the Vegas Strip. And with talent scouts in the audience wowed by his latest performance, he knows he’s about to make the big-time.

What he doesn’t expect is an offer to go on a quest to a place where magic is all too real.

That's how he finds himself in Alissia, a world connected to ours by a secret portal owned by a powerful corporation. He’s after an employee who has gone rogue, and that’s the least of his problems. Alissia has true magicians…and the penalty for impersonating one is death. In a world where even a twelve-year-old could beat Quinn in a swordfight, it's only a matter of time until the tricks up his sleeves run out.





About Dan

Guest Blog by Dan Koboldt - The Portal Fantasy Is Not Dead
Dan Koboldt is a genetics researcher and sci-fi/fantasy author from the Midwest. His novel The Rogue Retrieval – about a Vegas magician who infiltrates a medieval world – was published by Harper Voyager in 2016. You can find him on Twitter (@DanKoboldt) and on his website at dankoboldt.com.












The View From Monday - April 10, 2017


Happy Monday!

There are 3 debuts this week:

Sputnik's Children by Terri Favro;

Abigale Hall by Lauren A. Forry;

and

Celestial Mechanics by William Least Heat-Moon.

The View From Monday - April 10, 2017The View From Monday - April 10, 2017The View From Monday - April 10, 2017
Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders it out in Trade Paperback;

The Witch of Torinia (Tale of Valdur 2) by Clifford Beal;

The Island Deception (Gateway to Alissia 1) by Dan Koboldt;

The Wolf Road by Beth Lewis is out in Trade Paperback;

A Murder in Time (Kendra Donovan Mysteries 1) by Julie McElwain is out in Trade Paperback;

and

The Mirror Thief by Martin Seay is out in Trade Paperback.

The View From Monday - April 10, 2017The View From Monday - April 10, 2017The View From Monday - April 10, 2017
The View From Monday - April 10, 2017The View From Monday - April 10, 2017The View From Monday - April 10, 2017
Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.



The View From Monday - April 10, 2017



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

April 10, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Blood From Stone (e) (ri) Laura Anne Gilman UF - A Retrievers Novel 6
The Nymph King (e) (ri) Gena Showalter PNR - Atlantis 3



April 11, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Wine-Dark Sea Robert Aickman H
All the Birds in the Sky (h2tp) Charlie Jane Anders CF/SF
Indomitable (h2tp) W. C. Bauers SF/SO - Chronicles of Promise Paen 2
The Witch of Torinia Clifford Beal F - Tale of Valdur 2
Fate of Devotion K. F. Breene SF - Finding Paradise 2
Generation Decks: The Unofficial History of Gaming Phenomenon Magic the Gathering Titus Chalk RP/F
Starcraft II: Heaven's Devils William C. Dietz SF - Blizzard Legends
The Alchemists of Kush Minister Faust CF
Sputnik's Children (D) Terri Favro LF/SF/AP/PA/CoA
Abigale Hall (D) Lauren A. Forry PsyTh/SupTh/H
The Regional Office Is Under Attack! (h2tp) Manuel Gonzales LF/SF
Starcraft: Liberty's Crusade (ri) Jeff Grubb SF - Blizzard Legends
Celestial Mechanics (D) William Least Heat-Moon LF
The Loney (h2tp) Andrew Michael Hurley LF
Razr: A Demonica Underworld Novella Larissa Ione PNR - Demonica Underworld
Proof of Concept Gwyneth Jones SF
The Island Deception (e) Dan Koboldt F - Gateways to Alissia 2
The Wolf Road (h2tp) Beth Lewis PsyTh/SF/AP/PA
Thirteen Views of the Suicide Woods Bracken MacLeod Occ/Sup/H - Collection
The Last Adventure of Constance Verity (h2tp) A. Lee Martinez UF - Constance Verity 1
Void Star Zachary Mason LF/Dys
A Murder in Time (h2tp) Julie McElwain TT/M - Kendra Donovan Mysteries 1
Starcraft: I, Mengsk (ri) Graham McNeill SF - Blizzard Legends
Hystopia (h2tp) David Means LF/AH
Cold Welcome Elizabeth Moon SF/SO - Vatta's Peace 1
Waking Hell Al Robertson SF
Once Upon a Summer Night Nancy Scanlon TTR - Mists of Fate 3
The Mirror Thief (h2tp) Martin Seay HistF/M/VisMeta
Special Purposes Gavin Smith SF
The Last Machine in the Solar System Matthew Isaac Sobin SF/Dys/AP/PA/LF
Avengers of the Moon Allen Steele SF/SO
Great With Child Sonia Taitz F/FR
Take Us to Your Chief: And Other Stories: Classic Science-Fiction with a Contemporary First Nations Outlook Drew Hayden Taylor SF/Aboriginal - Collection
WarDance (e) Elizabeth Vaughan F
Blue Plague: The Fall Thomas A. Watson DF - Blue Plague 1
Thrawn Timothy Zahn SF/SO - Star Wars



April 12, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Dark Warm Heart: A Tor.com Original (e) Rich Larson H



April 13, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
And the Rest is History (e) Jodi Taylor HistF/TT - The Chronicles of Saint Mary's 8



April 14, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
And Her Smile Will Untether the Universe (e) Gwendolyn Kiste H




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



AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CoA - Coming of Age
CulH - Cultural Heritage
CW - Contemporary Women
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GB - Genre Bender
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghost(s)
H - Horror
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HistM - Historical Mystery
HU - Humor
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legends and Mythology
M - Mystery
MR - Magical Realism
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PolTh - Political Thriller
Psy - Psychological
PsyTh - Psychological Thriller
R - Romance
RP - Role Playing
RSus - Romantic Suspense
SF - Science Fiction
SH - Superheroes
SO - Space Opera
SP - Steampunk
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
TTR - Time Travel Romance
UF - Urban Fantasy
VisMeta - Visionary and Metaphysical
WM - War and Military

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

Melanie's Week in Review - January 31, 2016


Melanie's Week in Review - January 31, 2016


Let's all wave goodbye to January.  I am sure that quite a few of you are glad to see the back of it. Apart from January being both mine and the hubinator's birthdays it was also a month where I read some stonkingly good books. So last week was a bit lack lustre but this week was, what can only be described in the trade as, amazeballs. Want to find out why?


Melanie's Week in Review - January 31, 2016
I was pretty lucky when the publisher approved my NetGalley request for J.C. Nelson's The Reburialists. Agent Brynner Carson is the star of the Bureau of Special Investigations. The Bureau's role is to save society from those who don't want to stay dead and Brynner has staked more undead than any other agent....well except for his father, Heinrich. When one of the corpses writes a message for Brynner in hieroglyphics in its own blood the Bureau call in their Senior Analyst, Grace Roberts to translate. Brynner's father seems to have stolen the heart of a god and now she wants it back. Brynner and Grace have to team up to find where Heinrich left the heart before an army of the undead kills anyone and everyone they hold dear.

The Reburialists is a great read. Nelson paces the action at just the right level so that you are interested from start to finish but not at the expense of the plot or characterisation. Both Brynner and Grace were flawed and this was what made them interesting to read about. Nelson also resisted the temptation to get the characters together too early in the story and let the attraction build as the story developed. I did guess a couple of the big reveals before they happened but this didn't detract from my enjoyment of the story. I hope this is the start of a new series as I want to read more about the hunky hero Brynner and the bookish Grace.


Melanie's Week in Review - January 31, 2016
Another fantastic book I read was The Rogue Retrieval by Dan Kobolt. This is Kobolt's debut and he was interviewed here on The Qwillery so check it out. As this was a debut I wrote a full review which was posted during the week. Suffice to say I thoroughly enjoyed Kobolt's first foray into urban fantasy but rather than re-writing all the great things I said about it have a read of it here.


I have been very book greedy recently and have read a few books waaaay before their publication date so I can't review them quite yet. Sorry folks but you are going to have to wait to find out what I thought of Patricia Brigg's latest in the Mercy Thompson series - Fire Touched - and Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire. I will try to be more organised next time (or maybe not...I can't resist!)


Melanie's Week in Review - January 31, 2016
The final book I am almost too embarrassed to tell you about is C. J. Archer's The Sinner. I was caught in a moment of weakness on a really long train journey where I needed a book that I didn't need to concentrate too hard on. This was pretty standard historical fiction with the 'plain Jane' Cat finding herself widowed and in need of a husband. Enter stage left is the playboy Hughe who in his spare time is an assassin.  Hughe feels obligated to see the now impoverished Cat safe and sound after killing her husband. That is pretty much all I can say as that was the sum of the plot. It did it's job however as it was short and easy to read.


That is almost it for me. Just one more thing.  For fans of the  Innkeepers Chronicles  - the first chapter of the upcoming third book, One Fell Sweep, is up at Ilona Andrews' Innkeeper Chronicles site here. Don't forget that Sweep in Peace was in my top 5 for 2015 and I was super excited that the first instalment of the latest book is up already. HURRAH!






The Reburialists
Ace, March 1, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 416 pages

Melanie's Week in Review - January 31, 2016
The author of Wish Bound and the Grimm Agency novels returns with an all-new urban fantasy novel!

Burying the dead is easy.  Keeping them down is difficult.

At the Bureau of Special Investigations, agents encounter all sorts of paranormal evils. So for Agent Brynner Carson, driving a stake through a rampaging three-week-old corpse is par for the course. Except this cadaver is different. It’s talking—and it has a message about his father, Heinrich.

The reanimated stiff delivers an ultimatum written in bloody hieroglyphics, and BSI Senior Analyst Grace Roberts is called in to translate. It seems that Heinrich Carson stole the heart of Ra-Ame, the long-dead god of the Re-Animus. She wants it back. The only problem is Heinrich took the secret of its location to his grave.

With the arrival of Ra-Ame looming and her undead army wreaking havoc, Brynner and Grace must race to find the key to stopping her. It’s a race they can’t afford to lose, but then again, it’s just another day on the job . . .




The Sinner
The Assassin's Guild 4
C. J. Archer, August 2014
Trade Paperback and eBook

Melanie's Week in Review - January 31, 2016
Elizabethan England

Lies, desperation and an offer she can’t refuse sends impoverished widow Lady Catherine (Cat) headlong into marriage with the man who killed her husband.

Guilt and desire battle within Hughe, Lord Oxley’s, soul. When the enigmatic leader of the Assassin’s Guild learns that the widow of one of his targets is at the mercy of a cruel man, he does the only thing left in his power to do. He marries her. Then the worst thing happens. He falls in love with her.

With more than one person trying to kill him and a family to rescue, Hughe needs the help of all his Assassins Guild friends to stay alive and keep his wife from learning the truth. Because he knows, and dreads, what will happen when she discovers what he did.


Review: The Rogue Retrieval by Dan Kobolt


The Rogue Retrieval
Author:  Dan Koboldt
Publisher:  Harper Voyager Impulse, January 19, 2016
Format:  eBook, 384 pages
List Price:  US$2.99
ISBN:  9780062451903

Review: The Rogue Retrieval by Dan Kobolt
Sleight of hand…in another land

Stage magician Quinn Bradley has one dream: to headline his own show on the Vegas Strip. And with talent scouts in the audience wowed by his latest performance, he knows he’s about to make the big-time.

What he doesn’t expect is an offer to go on a quest to a place where magic is all too real.

That's how he finds himself in Alissia, a world connected to ours by a secret portal owned by a powerful corporation. He’s after an employee who has gone rogue, and that’s the least of his problems. Alissia has true magicians…and the penalty for impersonating one is death. In a world where even a twelve-year-old could beat Quinn in a swordfight, it's only a matter of time until the tricks up his sleeves run out.

Scientist and blogger Dan Koboldt weaves wonder, humor, and heart into this debut novel, The Rogue Retrieval. Fans of Terry Brooks and Terry Pratchett will find this a thrilling read.



Melanie's Thoughts

Just when Bradley Quinn thought he was going to get his big break as a headline act in Las Vegas he gets a job offer that seems too good to be true. He is contracted by a powerful organisation who have discovered a portal to an alternate world. Alissia is very much like a kingdom from a fantasy novel complete with dragons, swords and magic. Quinn's job is to support his team of professional soldiers and scientists as they retrieve an employee who has gone on the run in Alissia. Quinn's role? Even he isn't sure but his magical tricks could find in him facing a death penalty in a land that punishes those who impersonate the 'real' magicians. This could be Quinn's last job and he may need to pull more than just a rabbit out of his hat to survive.

The story is told from two POVs - Quinn and his travelling companion, the super soldier Logan. This not only gives us a different view the other characters and Alissia but this also provides Koboldt with the ability to stage the plot in two different parts of the kingdom at the same time. The plot is well paced and comes together quite cleverly at the end with an ending that leaves it open for another instalment. I wasn't totally surprised by most of the big 'reveals' but Koboldt did keep my interest all the way through and I think that mostly has to do with his characters, mainly Quinn. He is funny and likeable without coming across like the comedy sidekick. I also thought that Koboldt demonstrated a wonderful imagination with the secret portal to the well constructed fantasy world of Alissia. He gets the balance right between description and exposition of Alissia, the landscape, the people and the magic that resides there. In short, great characters, great plot in a great location. The Rogue Retrieval is a really fun read and Koboldt actually manages to use He-Man to quite a humorous effect. Well done!

Koboldt has written a cracking debut novel with The Rogue Retrieval and there is something for both high fantasy and urban fantasy readers. I am already looking forward to Bradley's next adventure.

The View From Monday - October 15, 2018Melanie's Week in Review - May 20, 2018Melanie's Week in Review - May 6, 2018The View From Monday - April 2, 2018The View From Monday - February 12, 2018Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works By DAC AuthorsGuest Blog by Dan Koboldt - The Portal Fantasy Is Not DeadThe View From Monday - April 10, 2017Melanie's Week in Review - January 31, 2016Review: The Rogue Retrieval by Dan Kobolt

Report "The Qwillery"

Are you sure you want to report this post for ?

Cancel
×