Friday, July 22, 2016

Promising Sci-fi, horror & Fantasy - May 2016

Can I be more late with this list? Well, technically speaking I can be, I can post this list on the next year or something, but whatever, this is my list of promising books from May.

"The Jewel and Her Lapidary" by Fran Wilde
Buried beneath the layers of a traveler's guide is a hidden history: two kingdoms, powerful gems, and the even more powerful Lapidarys who bind them. Lin and Sima, caught in a web of intrigue and deceit, must find a way to escape the traps set by the past and save their kingdom.
An epic fantasy, in miniature.

[ Another one of the novella length story by, and from a author I was previously interested in, and from the reviews over the internet should be a great read.]

"Twilight of The Dragons" by Andy Remic
Part two of the high-octane fantasy series, from the natural successor to David Gemmell. A group of heroes makes dangerous bargains in order to overthrow the dragonlords and their Dragon Engines.

[ I have been meaning to check out stuff by Remic for so long and he keeps throwing more and more promising stuff in my face.]

"Outriders" by Jay Posey
The start of a Military SF series from imprint best-seller and Tom Clancy game series writer Jay Posey.
Captain Lincoln Suh died on a Wednesday. And things only got harder from there.
Snatched out of special operations and thrown headfirst into a secretive new unit, Lincoln finds himself as the team leader for the 519th Applied Intelligence Group, better known as the Outriders. And his first day on the job brings a mission with the highest possible stakes.
A dangerously cunning woman who most assuredly should be dead has seemingly returned. And her plans aren’t just devastating, they might be unstoppable.
How do you defeat a hidden enemy when you can’t let them know they’ve been discovered?
You send in the Outriders.

[ Another new Angry Robot title, from Jay Posey, who I had in this blog on the past (his guest post), should be a fun read to say the least.]
"The Silent Army" by James A Moore
The City of Wonders has been saved by nearly miraculous forces and the Silent Army is risen, ready to defend the Fellein Empire and Empress Nachia at any cost.
The power that was hidden in the Mounds is on the move, seeking a final confrontation with the very entities that kept it locked away since the Cataclysm. Andover Lashk has finally come to accept his destiny and prepares to journey back to Fellein. The Sa’ba Taalor continue their domination over each country and people they encounter, but the final conflict is coming: The Great Wave of the Sa’ba Taalor stands to destroy an empire and the Silent Army prepares to stop them in their tracks.
Caught in the middle is the Fellein Empire and the people who have gathered together on the final battlefield. The faithful and the godless, the soldiers and killers alike all stand or fall as old gods and new bring their war to a world-changing end. Some struggles are eternal. Some conflicts never cease. The Gods of War are here and they are determined to win.

[ I read the second book of this series in-a-jiffy, the third one is being a bit of a grueling read so far, nevertheless quite interesting, the final should be better, or so I hope.Check out my review of 'The Blasted Lands' , his guest post and his interview


"Stranger of Tempest" by Tom Lloyd
Lynx is a mercenary with a sense of honour; a dying breed in the Shattered Kingdom. Failed by the nation he served and weary of the skirmishes that plague the continent's principalities, he walks the land in search of purpose. He wants for little so bodyguard work keeps his belly full and his mage-gun loaded. It might never bring a man fame or wealth, but he's not forced to rely on others or kill without cause. Little could compel Lynx to join a mercenary company, but he won't turn his back on a kidnapped girl. At least the job seems simple enough; the mercenaries less stupid and vicious than most he's met over the years. So long as there are no surprises or hidden agendas along the way, it should work out fine.

[ Awesome cover and reviews say awesome stuff about the book too.]

"The Tower of Swallows" by Andrzej Sapkowski
The Witcher returns in this action-packed sequel to "Baptism of Fire, " in the "New York Times "bestselling series that inspired "The Witcher "video games.
The world has fallen into war. Ciri, the child of prophecy, has vanished. Hunted by friends and foes alike, she has taken on the guise of a petty bandit and lives free for the first time in her life. But the net around her is closing. Geralt, the Witcher, has assembled a group of allies determined to rescue her. Both sides of the war have sent brutal mercenaries to hunt her down. Her crimes have made her famous. There is only one place left to run. The tower of the swallow is waiting...

[ Ah, The latest translated novel from 'The Witcher' series, bring it on.] 

Another list finally done, now I have to get on with the rest, well, I'm off...

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