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The View From Monday - June 11, 2018


Happy Monday! There are 2 debuts this week:

The Last Sun (The Tarot Sequence 1) by K. D. Edwards;

and

A Demon in Silver (War of the Archons 1 ) by R.S. Ford.

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



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

The Voodoo Killings (Kincaid Strange 1) by Kristi Charish;

Winter Tide (The Innsmouth Legacy 1) by Ruthanna Emrys is out in Trade Paperback;

An Echo of Things to Come (The Licanius Trilogy 2) by James Islington is out in Trade Paperback.

Revenant Gun (Machineries of Empire 3) by Yoon Ha Lee

and

Assassination (Born to the Blade, Season 1, Episode 9) by Malka Older.

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



The View From Monday - June 11, 2018



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

June 11, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Keepers & Waking the Bear (e) Heather Graham
Kerry Adrienne
PNR - Keepers 2



June 12, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Crystal World J. G. Ballard SF/VisM/Dys
Starless Jacqueline Carey F
We Are Where the Nightmares Go and Other Stories C. Robert Cargill DF/F/H - Collection
The Voodoo Killings Kristi Charish UF/M/P - Kincaid Strange 1
Harry's Trees Jon Cohen LF/FL/CW
The Best Horror of the Year Volume Ten Ellen Datlow (Ed) H - Anthology
The Bar Harbor Retirement Home for Famous Writers (and Their Muses) Terri-Lynne DeFino CW
Star Trek: The Official Poster Collection Insight Editions SF - Star Trek
The Last Sun (D) K. D. Edwards UF/P - The Tarot Sequence 1
Dichronauts (h2tp) Greg Egan SF/HSF/GenEng
Winter Tide (h2tp) Ruthanna Emrys DF/HistF - The Innsmouth Legacy 1
Venom in the Veins (e) Jennifer Estep FR/UF - Elemental Assassin 17
A Demon in Silver (D) R.S. Ford F - War of the Archons 1
Before the Storm Christie Golden F - World of Warcraft
Night Fall Simon R. Green UF - Secret Histories 12
Hangman Jack Heath Cr/H/PI
The Triumph of the Dwarves (e) Markus Heitz F
An Echo of Things to Come (h2tp) James Islington F/HistF - The Licanius Trilogy 2
Close Your Eyes Paul Jessup SF/GenEng
The Darwin Variant Kenneth Johnson TechoTh/GenEng/SF
You Should Have Left Daniel Kehlmann
Ross Benjamin (Tr)
LF/GH/VisM
Prisoner of the Crown Jeffe Kennedy F/HistF/DF - Chronicles of Dasnaria 1
Full Dark, No Stars Stephen King H - Collection
Old Earth Nick Kyme SF - The Horus Heresy 47
The Green Universe Trilogy: Green, Endurance, Kalimpura (e) Jay Lake F - Green Series
Revenant Gun Yoon Ha Lee SF/SO - Machineries of Empire 3
Low Chicago George R. R. Martin SF/SH - Wild Cards 17
A Fever of the Blood Oscar de Muriel M/H - A Frey & McGray Mystery 2
The Complete Fleet of Worlds: A Ringworld Series: Fleet of Worlds, Juggler of Worlds, Destroyer of Worlds, Betrayer of Worlds, Fate of Worlds (e) Larry Niven
Edward M. Lerner
SF - Known Space
Death in Time Robyn Nyx TTR/SF - Extractor Trilogy 3
The Store (h2tp) James Patterson
Richard DiLallo
Sus/SF/Cr/Th
The Dark Net (h2tp) Benjamin Percy H
Clonelord Josh Reynolds SF - Fabius Bile 2
Oscar Mauricio Segura
Donald Winkler (Tr)
Hist/Jazz/MR/LF
Ocean Light Nalini Singh PNR/SFR - Psy-Changeling Trinity 2
Tor Classics Collection: Jules Verne: Journey to the Center of the Earth, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Around the World in Eighty Days (e) Jules Verne SF - Tor Classics
The Freeze-Frame Revolution Peter Watts SF/HSF/AP/PA/SO
Spymaster (h2tp) Margaret Weis
Robert Krammes
F/SP - The Dragon Corsairs 1
Witch Hunter: The Mathias Thulmann Trilogy C L Werner F - Warhammer Chronicles 7
Golden Skies Juan Zapata SF - The New Order Trilogy 1



June 13, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Assassination (e) Malka Older F - Born to the Blade Season 1, Episode 9



June 14, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Science Fiction and the Imitation of the Sacred Richard Grigg SF
Nightly Owl, Fatal Raven Jessica McHugh DF/F
The Old Religion Martyn Waites Gothic/H/Occ



June 15, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Ring of Fire David Agranoff H
Beyond the Dreams We Know: A Collection (Ke) Rachel Neumeier F - Collection
Under The Bronze Moon Richard J. O'Brien TT/F
Hybrid Child Mariko Ohara
Jodie Beck (Tr)
Parallel Futures - SF/GenEng/SO
Arthur C. Clarke Gary Westfahl SF/HC - Modern Masters of Science Fiction



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
AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CoA - Coming of Age
Cr - Crime
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
FR - Fantasy Romance
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghost(s)
Gothic - Gothic
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HSF - Hard Science Fiction
HU - Humor
LC - Literary Criticism
LegalTh - Legal Thriller
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legend and Mythology
M - Mystery
Med - Medical
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
MU - Mash Up
NF - Near Future
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PI - Private Investigator
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
Pol - Political
PopCul - Popular Culture
Psy Th - Psychological Thriller
Rel - Religious
SF - Science Fiction
SH - Superheroes
SocSci - Social Science
SO - Space Opera
SP - Steampunk
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
Tech - Technological
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
TTR - Time Travel Romance
UF - Urban Fantasy
VisM - Visionary and Metaphysical
W - Western

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.


James Bennett (2016)

Burning Ashes
Ben Garston 3
Orbit, December 11th 2018
Trade Paperback and eBook, 400 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
In the vein of Kevin Hearne, Burning Ashes is the third book in the Ben Garston series, a contemporary fantasy tale of dragons and ancient magic hidden within our own world.

The Lore is over. For Ben Garston, the fight is just beginning.

The uneasy truce between the human and the mythical world has shattered. Betrayed by his oldest friend, with a tragic death on his hands, there isn’t enough whiskey in England to wash away the taste of Ben’s guilt. But for a one-time guardian dragon, there’s no time to sit and sulk in the ruins.

Because the Long Sleep has come undone. Slowly but surely, Remnants are stirring under the earth, unleashing chaos and terror on an unsuspecting modern world. Worse still, the Fay are returning, travelling across the gulfs of the nether to bring a final reckoning to Remnants and humans alike.< A war is coming. A war to end all wars. And only Ben Garston stands in the way…

The Ben Garston novels
Chasing Embers
Raising Fire
Burning Ashes


Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
Book 1
Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
Book 2





James Islington (2016)

The Light of All That Falls
The Licanius Trilogy 3
Orbit, February 19, 2019
Hardcover and eBook, 704 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
“Love The Wheel of Time? This is about to become your new favorite series.” – B&N SF & Fantasy Blog

The Light of All that Falls concludes the epic adventure that began in The Shadow of What Was Lost, the acclaimed fantasy blockbuster from James Islington.

The Boundary is whole once again, but it may be too late.

Banes now stalk Andarra, while in Ilin Illan, the political machinations of a generation come to a head as Wirr’s newfound ability forces his family’s old enemies into action.

Imprisoned and alone in a strange land, Davian is pitted against the remaining Venerate as they work tirelessly to undo Asha’s sacrifice – even as he struggles with what he has learned about the friend he chose to set free.

Finally, Caeden is confronted with the reality of the plan he laid centuries ago – heartbroken at how it began, and devastated by how it must end.

“Islington has built a world with all the right genre elements: complex magic, terrifying threats out of legend, political intrigue, and a large cast of characters whose motivations are seldom clear. Fans of doorstop epic fantasy will not be disappointed.” – Publishers Weekly

“Ingeniously plotted… Islington’s natural storytelling ability provides incessant plot twists and maintains a relentless pace… A promising page-turner from a poised newcomer.” –Kirkus

The Licanius Trilogy
The Shadow of What Was Lost
An Echo of Things to Come
The Light of All That Falls


Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
Book 1
Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
Book 2





Rhonda Mason (2015)

Exile's Throne
The Empress Game Trilogy 3
Titan Book, August 14, 2018
Trade Paperback and eBook, 352 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
One seat on the intergalactic Sakien Empire’s supreme ruling body, the Council of Seven, remains unfilled, that of the Empress Apparent. The seat isn’t won by votes or marriage. It’s won in a tournament of ritualized combat in the ancient tradition. Now that tournament, the Empress Game, has been called and the women of the empire will stop at nothing to secure political domination for their homeworlds. Kayla Reunimon, a supreme fighter, is called to battle it out in the arena.

The battle for political power isn’t contained by the tournament’s ring, however. The empire’s elite gather to forge, strengthen or betray alliances in a dance that will determine the fate of the empire for a generation. With the empire wracked by a rising nanovirus plague and stretched thin by an ill-advised planet-wide occupation of Ordoch in enemy territory, everything rests on the woman who rises to the top.


Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
Book 1
Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
Book 2

The View From Monday - August 21, 2017


Happy Monday!

There are 2 debuts this week:

A Red Peace (The Starfire Trilogy 1) by Spencer Ellsworth;

and

The History of Bees by Maja Lunde.

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


From formerly featured DAC Authors:

The Strategist (The Machinery Trilogy 2) by Gerrard Cowan;

Oracle Bones (Bookburners Season 3 #6) by Max Gladstone;

The God Peak (The God Wave Trilogy 2) by Patrick Hemstreet;

An Echo of Things to Come (The Licanius Trilogy 2) by James Islington;

My House Gathers Desires by Adam McOmber;

and

Reincarnation Blues by Michael Poore.

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



The View From Monday - August 21, 2017



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

August 21, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Mirror of Legends Bernard Lazare
Brian Stableford (Tr)
F/LM/FolkT - Collection
My House Gathers Desires (e) Adam McOmber F - Collection



August 22, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Iron Hound Tim Akers F - Hallowed War 2
The Book of Esther (h2tp) Emily Barton LF/AH
The Massacre of Mankind Stephen Baxter SF/AC/AH
The New Voices of Fantasy Peter S. Beagle (Ed)
Jacob Weisman (Ed)
F - Anthology
Dead Lines (e)(ri) Greg Bear TechTh/H
Rick and Morty Official Coloring Book Titan Books CB/F/SF
The Golden Apples of the Sun (e)(ri) Ray Bradbury SF
Kingsblade Andy Clark SF - Imperial Knights
Twice Bitten Lauren Dane PNR - Cascadia Wolves 7
Black Legion Aaron Dembski-Bowden SF - Black Legion 2
A Red Peace (D) Spencer Ellsworth SF/SO - The Starfire Trilogy 1
Swarm and Steel Michael R. Fletcher F/DF
Ashes of the Phoenix (e) Jess Haines UF
The God Peak Patrick Hemstreet TechTh - The God Wave Trilogy 2
An Echo of Things to Come James Islington F - The Licanius Trilogy 2
Throne of the Bastards Brian Keene
Steven L. Shrewsbury
F/H - King of Bastards 2
The History of Bees (D) Maja Lunde LF
Congregations of the Dead James A. Moore
Charles R. Rutledge
H - A Griffin and Price Novel 2
The End of the Day (h2tp) Claire North Sus
Reincarnation Blues Michael Poore CF/LF/FR
The Castle in Cassiopeia Mike Resnick SF/SO - Dead Enders 3
The Seventh Plague (h2mm) James Rollins Sus - Sigma Force11
Lawless and the House of Electricity William Sutton HistTh - Lawless 3
The Silent Shield Jeff Wheeler HistF - Kingfountain 5



August 23, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Library of Lost Things: A Tor.com Original (e) Matthew Bright F
Oracle Bones (e) Max Gladstone F/Th - Bookburners Season 3 #6



August 24, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
UFOs, Conspiracy Theories and the New Age: Millennial Conspiracism David G. Robertson UFOs/ Sociology - Bloomsbury Advances in Religious Studies
A Perfect Storm (e) Jodi Taylor SF/TT - Chronicles of St. Mary's Short Story



August 25, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Strategist (e) Gerrard Cowan F - The Machinery Trilogy 2



August 26, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Eat Local Danny King H/MTI



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



AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CB - Coloring Book
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CoA - Coming of Age
CW - Contemporary Women
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
H - Horror
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HistR - Historical Romance
HistTh - Historical Thriller
HU - Humor
LC - Literary Criticism
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legends and Mythology
M - Mystery
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PI - Private Investigator
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
Pol - Political
PP - Police Procedural
PsyTh - Psychological Thriller
R - Romance
Satire - Satire
SF - Science Fiction
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
VM - Visionary and Metaphysical
W - Western

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

The View From Monday - May 8, 2017


Happy Monday!

There is one debut this week:

How to Be Human by Paula Cocozza.

The View From Monday - May 8, 2017

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



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

Owl and the Electric Samurai (The Owl Series 3) by Kristi Charish

The Shadow of What Was Lost (The Licanius Trilogy 1) by James Islington is out in Trade Paperback;

D'Arc (War With No Name 2) by Robert Repino;

and

Tangled: A Dark Protectors Novella by Rebecca Zanetti.

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



The View From Monday - May 8, 2017



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

May 9, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Ravenor Dan Abnett SF - Ravenor Trilogy  1
Lives of the Monster Dogs (ri) Kirsten Bakis LF/SF/GenEng/Gothic
Take Back the Sky (h2tp) Greg Bear SF - War Dogs 3
The Berlin Project Gregory Benford AH
Owl and the Electric Samurai Kristi Charish CF - The Owl Series 3
How to Be Human (D) Paula Cocozza LF
Ahriman: The Omnibus John French SF - Ahriman
Blaze: Volume 1: A Dragon Romance (e) Donna Grant PNR - Dark Kings
The Argus Deceit Chuck Grossart SF
Taming the Hunter Michele Hauf PNR - Decadent Dames 1
Assassin's Fate Robin Hobb F - Fitz and the Fool Trilogy 3
Brave New World (ri) Aldous Huxley Dys
The Shadow of What Was Lost (h2tp) James Islington F - The Licanius Trilogy 1
Deadmen Walking Sherrilyn Kenyon HistF/PNR - Deadman's Cross Trilogy 1
Food of the Gods Cassandra Khaw UF - Rupert Wong
Bewitching the Dragon Jane Kindred PNR
The Last Iota Robert Kroese SF/Dys
Rise of the Dungeon Master: Gary Gygax and the Creation of D&D David Kushner GN
Nemesis Alex Lamb SF
James Lovegrove Collection Vol. 2 James Lovegrove SF
MECH: Age of Steel Tim Marquitz (Ed)
N.X. Sharps (Ed)
SF - Anthology
Tracker Shannon Mayer UF/FR/P - Rylee Adamson 6
The Creepypasta Collection, Volume 2: 20 Stories. No Sleep. MrCreepyPasta H
Men Without Women: Stories Haruki Murakami
Ted Goossen (Tr)
MR/LF - Short Stories
Invisible Planets Hannu Rajaniemi F - Collection
D'Arc Robert Repino F/Dys/SF/AP/AP - War with No Name 2
The Black Rift Josh Reynolds F - Warhammer: Age of Sigmar
Jovienne Linda Robertson UF - Immanence 1
Lies, Damned Lies, and History Jodi Taylor SF/TT - Chronicles of St Mary's 7
The Wayward Astronomer Geoffrey Thomas SF
House of Names Colm Toibin LF
Killing Gravity Corey J. White SF - The Voidwitch Saga 1
A Man Jumps Out of an Airplane: Stories Barry Yourgrau LF/MR/VisMeta - Short Stories
Tangled: A Dark Protectors Novella Rebecca Zanetti PNR



May 10, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Hexagrammaton: A Tor.com Original (e) Hanuš Seiner
Julie Nováková (Tr)
SF
Zügzwang (e) Lindsay Smith HistF - Witch Who Came In From The Cold Season 2 #12



May 12, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Sacculina Philip Fracassi 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



AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CB - Coloring Book
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CM - Cozy Mystery
CulH - Cultural Heritage
CyP - Cyberpunk
CW - Contemporary Women
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HistM - Historical Mystery
HistTh - Historical Thriller
LC - Literary Criticism
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
PopCul - Popular Culture
Psy - Psychological
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SP - Steampunk
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy
VisMeta - Visionary and Metaphysical


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

Cover Revealed: An Echo of Things to Come by James Islington


The cover has been revealed for the 2nd novel in James Islington's Licanius Trilogy - An Echo of Things to Come.

The jacket design is by Lauren Panepinto and the illustration is by Dominick Saponaro.

Read The Qwillery's interview with James here.


An Echo of Things to Come
The Licanius Trilogy 2
Orbit, August 22, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 704 pages

Cover Revealed: An Echo of Things to Come by James Islington
"Love The Wheel of Time? This is about to become your new favorite series." - B&N SF & Fantasy Blog

The second book in a glorious new fantasy trilogy by the next major force in commercial epic fantasy.

In the wake of the devastating attack on Ilin Illan, an amnesty has been declared for all Augurs - finally allowing them to emerge from hiding and openly oppose the dark forces massing against Andarra. However as Davian and his new allies hurry north toward the ever-weakening Boundary, fresh horrors along their path suggest that their reprieve may have come far too late.

In the capital, Wirr is forced to contend with assassins and an increasingly hostile Administration as he controversially assumes the mantle of Northwarden, uncovering a mystery that draws into question everything commonly believed about the rebellion his father led twenty years ago. Meanwhile, Asha begins a secret investigation into the disappearance of the Shadows, determined to discover not only where they went but the origin of the Vessels that created them - and, ultimately, a cure.

And with time against him as he races to fulfill the treacherous bargain with the Lyth, Caeden continues to wrestle with the impossibly heavy burdens of his past. Yet as more and more of his memories return, he begins to realise that the motivations of the two sides in this ancient war may not be as clear-cut as they first seemed...




And The Licanius Trilogy 1

The Shadow of What Was Lost
The Licanius Trilogy 1
Orbit, November 8, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 704 pages

Cover Revealed: An Echo of Things to Come by James Islington
"Love The Wheel of Time? This is about to become your new favorite series." - B&N SF & Fantasy Blog

"Storytelling assurance rare for a debut . . . Fans of Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson will find much to admire." - Guardian

"Islington has built a world with all the right genre elements: complex magic, terrifying threats out of legend, political intrigue, and a large cast of characters whose motivations are seldom clear. Fans of doorstop epic fantasy will not be disappointed." - Publishers Weekly

"Ingeniously plotted...Islington's natural storytelling ability provides incessant plot twists and maintains a relentless pace...A promising page-turner from a poised newcomer." - Kirkus

"Wonderful worldbuilding and terrific characters." - Boing Boing

"Will appeal to anybody looking for a coming-of-age fantasy tale with likeable characters and strong world building." - Fantasy Faction

As destiny calls, a journey begins.

It has been twenty years since the god-like Augurs were overthrown and killed. Now, those who once served them - the Gifted - are spared only because they have accepted the rebellion's Four Tenets, vastly limiting their powers.

As a Gifted, Davian suffers the consequences of a war lost before he was even born. He and others like him are despised. But when Davian discovers he wields the forbidden power of the Augurs, he sets into motion a chain of events that will change everything.

To the west, a young man whose fate is intertwined with Davian's wakes up in the forest, covered in blood and with no memory of who he is...

And in the far north, an ancient enemy long thought defeated begins to stir...


2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - November Debuts


2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - November Debuts


Each month you will be able to vote for your favorite cover from that month's debut novels. At the end of the year the 12 monthly winners will be pitted against each other to choose the 2016 Debut Novel Cover of the Year. Please note that a debut novel cover is eligible in the month in which the novel is published in the US. Cover artist/illustrator information is provided when we have it.

I'm using PollCode for this vote. After you the check the circle next to your favorite, click "Vote" to record your vote. If you'd like to see the real-time results click "View". This will take you to the PollCode site where you may see the results. If you want to come back to The Qwillery click "Back" and you will return to this page. Voting will end sometime on November 30, 2016.


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Cover art © Alejandro Colucci




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2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - November Debuts
Cover design by Tal Goretsky
Cover Art, Face; Alexandre Cappellari/Arcangel;
Cityscape © The Francis Frith Collection




2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - November Debuts
Cover design by Lauren Panepinto
Illustration by Dominick Saponaro

Interview with James Islington, author of The Shadow of What Was Lost


Please welcome James Islington to The Qwillery as part of the 2016 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. The Shadow of What Was Lost is published on November 8th by Orbit. Please join The Qwillery in wishing James a Happy Publication Day!



Interview with James Islington, author of The Shadow of What Was Lost




TQWelcome to The Qwillery. When and why did you start writing?

James:  Thanks for having me! I’d been aspiring to write something since I was a kid – simply because I’ve always enjoyed the process of creating stories - but it wasn’t until I turned 30 (about five years ago now) that I decided to really sit down and give it a serious shot.



TQAre you a plotter, a pantser or a hybrid?

James:  Definitely a hybrid... which took me ages to figure out. The first time I tried to write my book, I assumed I was going to be a pantser – my best ideas have always tended to come up as I go – but then I got 100,000 words in and discovered I’d written myself into a corner. After that, I figured I must be a plotter and got about 80,000 words into a new version of the story… only to realise that I was forcing characters in unnatural directions, just to keep things adhering to the outline.
So in the end, I figured out the skeleton of a plot - but I also left plenty of breathing room for things to change along the way. It felt (and still feels) like a messy method at times, with a lot of iteration involved, but ultimately it seemed to work for me.



TQWhat is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

James:  Stepping back and figuring out how much information to give the reader, and when. Because I already know everything about the world and the larger story, I can find it hard to assess when a lack of information crosses the line from being intriguing to just plain confusing. It’s obviously an important balance to find; too little mystery and the book risks becoming boring or predictable, but too little information and suddenly the story’s inaccessible. So I go back and forth on that a lot.

Fortunately, my editors have been great at nailing down that sort of thing. Between their input and that of my beta readers, I think I get the balance right.



TQWhat has influenced / influences your writing? Specifically why is Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn series so inspirational?

James:  I think other stories – including genres other than fantasy, and media other than books – are big influences. If I’ve really enjoyed something about a narrative, it’s inevitably going to shape how I look at my own work. On the other hand, if a story has a great concept but I think its execution is lacking, that can inspire me too - I definitely get excited when I see the missed potential of something, and then I think about the way it could be done.

Mistborn was huge for me, because I’d lost much of my interest in reading fantasy during my twenties, and Brandon Sanderson’s series was the one that really brought me back to it. In some ways, it was a throwback to everything I’d always loved about fantasy - fun, heroic characters, a cool world, an intriguing story, dark moments, and great action sequences. But in other ways, it completely changed things. It was fast-paced. It had awesome plot twists. It used a ‘hard’ magic system that gave the characters clear, logical limitations. It was simultaneously a more accessible and a more complex read than what I was used to, and the whole experience really got me enthused about writing my own book again.



TQDescribe The Shadow of What Was Lost in 140 characters or less.

James:  Fast-paced, heroic epic fantasy with a tone along the lines of The Wheel of Time, with likeable characters and some dark twists.



TQTell us something about The Shadow of What Was Lost that is not found in the book description.

James:  Part of the plot actually deals with time travel... which I’m usually hesitant to say, because that’s something that can be really hard to do in both an interesting and logically consistent way. So much so, in fact, that when I hear another story deals with time travel, it will actually sometimes put me off reading it. But I took the concept very seriously when I decided to include it – it’s absolutely key to the way the world I’ve created works, and I’m always conscious of not using it as a lazy ‘get out of jail free’ plot device.



TQWhat inspired you to write The Shadow of What Was Lost? What appeals to you about writing Epic Fantasy?

James:  I wouldn’t say there was a single, specific inspiration. I’ve always loved writing, and epic fantasy has been my favorite genre for a long time now, so it was just naturally going to be the one at which I tried my hand.

I think it’s the scope and stakes of epic fantasy that appeals to me most. When you’re writing about these massive, world-changing threats, the plot becomes intrinsically tied to the world you’re creating – so you’re not just writing a story set in another world, you’re writing a story about another world. Your world-building becomes crucial to your story rather than just window dressing, and that really makes the whole thing so much more interesting and engaging to me.



TQWhat sort of research did you do for The Shadow of What Was Lost?

James:  I did decide to read up on some of the concepts and philosophies relating to time travel – particularly determinism (in essence, that all events are inevitable), eternalism (all points in time are equally ‘real’), and the principle of self-consistency (the idea that paradoxes while time-travelling are impossible to cause) – because it’s always bothered me when I’ve seen it used in a logically inconsistent way. I wanted to make absolutely sure that my understanding of those theories was correct before I integrated them.



TQIn The Shadow of What Was Lost who was the easiest character to write and why? The hardest and why?

James:  Davian was the easiest. I think he’s closest to me in personality – I didn’t really have to think too hard about how he would act in a lot of scenes, so writing his part of the story came naturally.

On the other hand, writing Caeden was pretty tricky at times. I was always having to consider how he’d react to situations not just based on his personality, but also how his perspective was colored by what he’d remembered of his past up to that point. I enjoyed writing his scenes, but they certainly required more attention than any of the others.



TQWhich question about The Shadow of What Was Lost do you wish someone would ask? Ask it and answer it!

James:

Q: Is it possible to not be a huge Wheel of Time fan and still enjoy your book?

A: Yes! WoT is getting mentioned a lot in reviews of my book, for largely good reason, and don’t get me wrong – Robert Jordan’s series was special to me growing up and remains one of my all-time favorites, so it’s an incredibly flattering comparison. But, I think most people would concede that the series wasn’t perfect. It slowed down in the middle. It sometimes got side-tracked with its secondary characters. Some of its main characters had sections where they were frustrating to read about, for one reason or another.

As a fan, those were things I could always overlook because the rest – the vast, fascinating, complex world and story Robert Jordan created – more than made up for it. But as a writer, they’re also things I tried very hard to avoid in my own work. So if WoT didn’t click with you for some of those reasons, I still think checking out The Shadow of What Was Lost might be worth your time.



TQGive us one or two of your favorite non-spoilery quotes from The Shadow of What Was Lost.

James:

All that I wanted, I received
All that I dreamed, I achieved
All that I feared, I conquered
All that I hated, I destroyed
All that I loved, I saved

And so I lay down my head, weary with despair
For all that I needed, I lost.



TQWhat's next?

James:  I’m currently editing the sequel to The Shadow of What Was Lost – called An Echo of Things to Come – and it’ll be released in 2017.



TQThank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

James:  It was a pleasure!





The Shadow of What Was Lost
The Licanius Trilogy 1
Orbit, November 8, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 704 pages

Interview with James Islington, author of The Shadow of What Was Lost
"Love The Wheel of Time? This is about to become your new favorite series." - B&N SF & Fantasy Blog

"Islington has built a world with all the right genre elements: complex magic, terrifying threats out of legend, political intrigue, and a large cast of characters whose motivations are seldom clear. Fans of doorstop epic fantasy will not be disappointed." - Publishers Weekly

"Ingeniously plotted...Islington's natural storytelling ability provides incessant plot twists and maintains a relentless pace...A promising page-turner from a poised newcomer." - Kirkus

It has been twenty years since the god-like Augurs were overthrown and killed. Now, those who once served them - the Gifted - are spared only because they have accepted the rebellion's Four Tenets, vastly limiting their powers.

As a Gifted, Davian suffers the consequences of a war lost before he was even born. He and others like him are despised. But when Davian discovers he wields the forbidden power of the Augurs, he sets into motion a chain of events that will change everything.

To the west, a young man whose fate is intertwined with Davian's wakes up in the forest, covered in blood and with no memory of who he is...

And in the far north, an ancient enemy long thought defeated begins to stir.





About James

Interview with James Islington, author of The Shadow of What Was Lost
James Islington was born and raised in southern Victoria, Australia. His influences growing up were the stories of Raymond E. Feist and Robert Jordan, but it wasn't until later, when he read Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn series - followed soon after by Patrick Rothfuss' Name of the Wind - that he was finally inspired to sit down and write something of his own. He now lives with his wife and daughter on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria.








Website  ~  Twitter @IslingtonJames

The View From Monday - November 7, 2016


Happy Monday!


There is one debut this week -

The Shadow of What Was Lost (The Licanius Trilogy 1) by James Islington.

The View From Monday - November 7, 2016
Clicking on the novel's cover will take you to that novel's Amazon page.



From formerly feature DAC Authors:

Remnants of Trust (Central Corps 2) by Elizabeth Bonesteel;

The Mad Scientist's Daughter by Cassandra Rose Clarke is reissued;

Jeroun: The Collected Omnibus by Zachary Jernigan;

Belle Chasse (Sentinels of New Orleans 5) by Suzanne Johnson;

The Last Song Before Midnight by Ilana C. Myer is out in Trade Paperback;

and

After Atlas (A Planetfall Novel 2) by Emma Newman.

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



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



The View From Monday - November 7, 2016



November 8, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Sabbat Martyr Dan Abnett SF - Gaunt's Ghosts 7
Cocktails at Seven, Apocalypse at Eight: The Derby Cavendish Stories Don Bassingthwaite Occ/Sup
House of Mystery Courtney Bates-Hardy FairyT/Poetry
Remnants of Trust Elizabeth Bonesteel SF - Central Corps 2
The City Will Crumble Kristina Circelli H/GH/Occ - The Five Flames 4
The Mad Scientist's Daughter (ri) Cassandra Rose Clarke SF
The Role of Lightning in Evolution David Clink SpecFic/Poetry
Ashes of the Tyrant (h2mm) Erin M. Evans F - Neverwinter / Brimstone Angels 5
Leopard's Fury Christine Feehan PNR - A Leopard Novel 9
A Hunter Under the Mistletoe: All Is Bright\Heat of a Helios Addison Fox
Karen Whiddon
SFR
Utopias and Dystopias in the Fiction of H. G. Wells and William Morris: Landscape and Space Emelyne Godfrey (Ed) HC
Immortal Billionaire Jane Godman PNR
The Collected Stories of Frank Herbert (h2tp) Frank Herbert SF - Collection
Tales from the Darkside: Scripts by Joe Hill Joe Hill H
The Shadow of What Was Lost (D) James Islington F - The Licanius Trilogy 1
Minecraft: Exploded Builds: Medieval Fortress: An Official Mojang Book Craig Jelley Minecraft: Exploded Builds
Jeroun: The Collected Omnibus Zachary Jernigan SF
Belle Chasse Suzanne Johnson UF - Sentinels of New Orleans 5
Rockabilly Hell (e)(ri) William W. Johnstone H
The Secret Life of Souls Jack Ketchum
Lucky McKee
PsySus
Sons of Corax George Mann SF - Legends of the Dark Millennium 3
The Jekyll Revelation Robert Masello Hist/Th
Silver Road James Maxwell F - The Shifting Tides 2
Promise of Wrath Steve McHugh CF - The Hellequin Chronicles 6
The Chemist Stephenie Meyer Th
A Garden Fed by Lightning Marshall Moore H - Collection
Last Song Before Night (h2tp) Ilana C. Myer F
The Mountain of Kept Memory Rachel Neumeier F
After Atlas Emma Newman SF - Planetfall 2
The Calorium Wars: An Extravaganza of the Gilded Age Dennis O'Flaherty SP
Dark Shadows: Heiress of Collinwood Lara Parker P - Dark Shadows 4
The Iron Beast Andy Remic HistF - A Song for No Man's Land 3
Hearts of Darkness Andrea Speed SF/Meta/SH
Bridging Infinity Jonathan Strahan (Ed) SF - Anthology
Very Sensible Stories and Poems for Grown Persons Jason Taniguchi Poetry
Fireside Gothic Andrew Taylor Gothic - Collection
A Trail Through Time Jodi Taylor SF/TT - Chronicles of St. Mary's 4
Jim Henson's Labyrinth Artist Tribute Jim Henson et al. F/Film
Cyber World: Tales of Humanity's Tomorrow Jason Heller (Ed)
Joshua Viola (Ed)
CyberP - Anthology
New Eden William Vitka SF/AP/PA - Hellcat 3
Skinner Luce (h2tp) Patricia Ward UF/Th
Dark Titan Journey: Sanctioned Catastrophe Thomas A. Watson SF/PA/AP - Dark Titan 1
At the Sign of Triumph David Weber SF - Safehold 9
Alien Morning Rick Wilber SF
StarCraft: Evolution Timothy Zahn SF - Starcraft



November 9, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Reverse Documentary: A Tor.com Original (e) Marisela Navarro DF



November 10, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Arista's Legacy (e) Deborah Cooke SFR - The Dragons of Incendium Short Stories 2



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 to Mass Market Paperback


AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CM - Cozy Mystery
CoA - Coming of Age
CW - Contemporary Women
CyberP - CyberPunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F _ Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
Fict - Fiction
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GN - Graphic Novel
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HU - Humor
LC - Literary Criticism
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legends and Mythology
Meta - Metaphysical
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PsySus - Psychological Suspense
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SH - Superheroes
SO - Space Opera
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy


Note: Not all of these genres and formats are represented in the books above.

2016 Debut Author Challenge Update - November Debuts


2016 Debut Author Challenge Update - November Debuts


There are 5 debut novels for November.

Please note that we use the publisher's publication date in the United States, not copyright dates or non-US publication dates.

The November debut authors and their novels are listed in alphabetical order by author (not book title or publication date). Take a good look at the covers. Voting for your favorite November cover for the 2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars will take place starting on November 15, 2016.

If you are participating as a reader in the Challenge, please let us know in the comments what you are thinking of reading or email us at "DAC . TheQwillery @ gmail . com" (remove the spaces and quotation marks). Please note that we list all debuts for the month (of which we are aware), but not all of these authors will be 2016 Debut Author Challenge featured authors. However, any of these novels may be read by Challenge readers to meet the goal for November 2016 The list is correct as of the day posted.



Chandler J. Birch

The Facefaker's Game
Simon & Schuster/ Simon451, November 1, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 464 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge Update - November Debuts
For fans of Brandon Sanderson and Scott Lynch, a fantasy about a clever young beggar who bargains his way into an apprenticeship with a company of thieving magicians and uses his newfound skills in a vendetta against a ruthless crime lord.

Ashes lives in Burroughside—the dirtiest, most crime-ridden district in the huge city of Teranis. His neighbors are gangs of fellow orphans, homeless madmen, and monsters that swarm the streets at nightfall. Determined to escape Burroughside, Ashes spends his days begging, picking pockets, and cheating at cards. When he draws the wrath of Mr. Ragged, Burroughside’s brutal governor, he is forced to flee for his life, only to be rescued by an enigmatic man named Candlestick Jack.

Jack leads a group of Artificers, professional magicians who can manipulate light with their bare hands to create stunningly convincing illusions. Changing a face is as simple as changing a hat. Ashes seizes an opportunity to study magic under Jack and quickly befriends the rest of the company: Juliana, Jack’s aristocratic wife; William, his exacting business partner; and Synder, his genius apprentice. But all is not as it seems: Jack and his company lead a double life as thieves, and they want Ashes to join their next heist. Between lessons on light and illusion, Ashes begins preparing to help with Jack’s most audacious caper yet: robbing the richest and most ruthless nobleman in the city.

A dramatic adventure story full of wit, charm, and scheming rogues, The Facefaker’s Game introduces an unforgettable world you won’t soon want to leave.





Lena Gregory

Death at First Sight
A Bay Island Psychic Mystery 1
Berkley, November 1, 2016
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 304 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge Update - November Debuts
FIRST IN A VISIONARY NEW MYSTERY SERIES.

It doesn’t take a crystal ball to see that something’s not right on Bay Island…

Since she left her psychiatric practice in New York City to open up a psychic shop in her hometown on Bay Island, Cass Donovan has given her fair share of readings to conflicted customers. But what she sees in Ellie Callahan’s future doesn’t bode well.

When Ellie’s mother, Marge, publicly confronts Cass about the reading, the embarrassment makes her want to curl up and die. And when she later stumbles across Marge’s body—and is a suspect in her murder—Cass is suddenly the star of Bay Island’s rumor mill.

Cass is determined to prove her innocence and save Ellie from meeting the fate in her unfortunate vision. But even with the help of her friends Bee and Stephanie, Cass will have to channel some serious sleuthing instincts to find the real killer…





James Islington

The Shadow of What Was Lost
The Licanius Trilogy 1
Orbit, November 8, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 704 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge Update - November Debuts
"Love The Wheel of Time? This is about to become your new favorite series." - B&N SF & Fantasy Blog

"Islington has built a world with all the right genre elements: complex magic, terrifying threats out of legend, political intrigue, and a large cast of characters whose motivations are seldom clear. Fans of doorstop epic fantasy will not be disappointed." - Publishers Weekly

"Ingeniously plotted...Islington's natural storytelling ability provides incessant plot twists and maintains a relentless pace...A promising page-turner from a poised newcomer." - Kirkus

It has been twenty years since the god-like Augurs were overthrown and killed. Now, those who once served them - the Gifted - are spared only because they have accepted the rebellion's Four Tenets, vastly limiting their powers.

As a Gifted, Davian suffers the consequences of a war lost before he was even born. He and others like him are despised. But when Davian discovers he wields the forbidden power of the Augurs, he sets into motion a chain of events that will change everything.

To the west, a young man whose fate is intertwined with Davian's wakes up in the forest, covered in blood and with no memory of who he is...

And in the far north, an ancient enemy long thought defeated begins to stir.





Will Panzo

The Burning Isle
Ace, November 1, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 432 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge Update - November Debuts
A powerful and gripping debut grimdark fantasy novel, set in a world of criminals, pirates, assassins, and magic…

“A man has only three reasons for being anywhere: to right a wrong, to earn a coin, or because he is lost.”

Cassius is not lost…

The mage Cassius has just arrived on the island of Scipio. Five miles of slum on the edge of fifty miles of jungle, Scipio is a lawless haven for criminals, pirates, and exiles. The city is split in two, each half ruled by a corrupt feudal lord. Both of them answer to a mysterious general who lives deep in the jungle with his army, but they still constantly battle for power. If a man knows how to turn their discord to his advantage, he might also turn a profit…

But trained on the Isle of Twelve, Cassius is no ordinary spellcaster, and his goal is not simply money. This is a treacherous island where the native gods are restless and anything can happen…





Abigail R. Shaffer

Children of the Country
Outpost19, November 1, 2016
Trade Paperback, 290 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge Update - November Debuts
A debut coming of age story set in Southern woods filled with drugs, sex and violence--and a hidden tradition of voodoo-like magic. In a hard-scrabble town where family history defines destinies, a handful of teenagers bear witness to old traumas that still haunt adults working to keep food on the table. Modern pressures deepen old ruts, and in a circle of friends, each looks for their own path. A local drug ring offers high-speed comforts, and while some fall for easy choices, others find the strength to make their own place in the woods.

2016 Debut Author Challenge Update - The Shadow of What Was Lost by James Islington


2016 Debut Author Challenge Update - The Shadow of What Was Lost by James Islington


The Qwillery is pleased to announce the newest featured author for the 2016 Debut Author Challenge.


James Islington

The Shadow of What Was Lost
The Licanius Trilogy 1
Orbit, November 8, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 704 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge Update - The Shadow of What Was Lost by James Islington
"Love The Wheel of Time? This is about to become your new favorite series." - B&N SF & Fantasy Blog

"Islington has built a world with all the right genre elements: complex magic, terrifying threats out of legend, political intrigue, and a large cast of characters whose motivations are seldom clear. Fans of doorstop epic fantasy will not be disappointed." - Publishers Weekly

"Ingeniously plotted...Islington's natural storytelling ability provides incessant plot twists and maintains a relentless pace...A promising page-turner from a poised newcomer." - Kirkus

It has been twenty years since the god-like Augurs were overthrown and killed. Now, those who once served them - the Gifted - are spared only because they have accepted the rebellion's Four Tenets, vastly limiting their powers.

As a Gifted, Davian suffers the consequences of a war lost before he was even born. He and others like him are despised. But when Davian discovers he wields the forbidden power of the Augurs, he sets into motion a chain of events that will change everything.

To the west, a young man whose fate is intertwined with Davian's wakes up in the forest, covered in blood and with no memory of who he is...

And in the far north, an ancient enemy long thought defeated begins to stir.

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