Out today – Etched in Bone by Anne Bishop, the fifth and final story of Simon and Meg and the World of the Others!
“Bishop’s Novel of the Others series has truly been one of the most original and phenomenal UF series out there, so this fifth book is a bit bittersweet. While Bishop’s worldbuilding is second to none, it has been the characters and their relationships that elevate these stories into masterpieces. It appears that this will be the final Simon and Meg book (at least for now), since in her next book Bishop will turn to new characters in a different part of Thaisia. Bottom line, this is once again an epically amazing and thrilling story, but I really hope Bishop returns to continue Simon and Meg’s unforgettable journey because this didn’t feel like a finale.” — RT Book Reviews, 4 1/2 stars, Top Pick!
“The last book of the Others ends one of the most intriguing urban fantasy series ever written. It picks up in the wake of the events of Marked in Flesh, in which the Humans First and Last movement rose up, forcing the Others to deal with them. The Others are understandably dubious about allowing humans into their realm after all that trouble, and are keeping a close eye on the folks living in the Courtyard–especially Meg Corbyn and her human friends. One final time (at least until the announced spin-off series), Bishop proves she is a master at carefully setting the scene before tearing it to shreds and throwing everything into delightful chaos: when a mysterious, powerful man arrives in the Courtyard, everyone knows the Others are watching to see how Meg and Simon Wolfgard deal with him. (We vote “teeth and claws,” but maybe cooler heads will prevail.)” — B&N SF&F Blog
Read the whole epic story!
Book 1: Written in Red
Book 2: Murder of Crows
Book 3: Vision in Silver
Book 4: Marked in Flesh
Book 5: Etched in Bone
First chapter of Written in Red!
It is with great pleasure that I welcome author Dawn Cook aka Kim Harrison to my client list! I’m very much looking forward to working with her on her future books!
Perhaps most well-known for her urban fantasy Hollows series featuring Rachel Morgan, Dawn has also written YA, traditional fantasy, graphic novels, and a one-of-a-kind world book. Her most recent release on November 22nd was THE OPERATOR, the second book in her Peri Reed Chronicles. And, of course, I’m also very excited about her upcoming prequel to the Hollows, THE TURN (you can read Chapter 1 over on her blog). The book hits the shelves in February.
My jack o’lantern for this year!
Today is the official release date for the new novel from Mary Robinette Kowal: Ghost Talkers!
“In this entrancing alternate history, Kowal (the Glamourist Histories series) introduces the Spirit Corps, a group that communicates with recently killed soldiers to gather important wartime information. It’s the summer of 1916, and American medium Ginger Stuyvesant works with the British Army at Le Havre to coordinate and lead spirit circles. When her intelligence officer fiancé, Capt. Benjamin Harford, uncovers a German plot to target the Spirit Corps and is sent to the front soon after, Ginger must use every power at her disposal to track down a traitor and protect the corps. Kowal’s depiction of spiritualism is richly imagined, and its complications and consequences are thoughtfully considered. Her depiction of the Western Front includes diverse characters often neglected in wartime stories: the many people who help Ginger include women young and old, people of color, and disabled veterans, all of whom are dismissed by the British men in charge. The well-drawn characters and the story’s gripping action and deep emotion will captivate readers.” — Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
“Once again, Kowal takes an innovative premise and executes it superbly, imaginatively marrying history with a fresh fantasy concept. Though the romance between Ginger and Ben is bittersweet, the story never becomes maudlin — in fact, it’s absolutely riveting. The story moves briskly as Ginger struggles to identify a spy in the English army, revealing itself as an engrossing amalgam of romance, historical fiction, fantasy and mystery. I only have one caution: When you start , Ghost Talkers, clear your schedule — you won’t be able to put it down.” — RT Book Reviews, 4 1/2 stars, Top Pick!
Read an excerpt here!
* I’m absolutely beyond thrilled that Nicky Drayden’s debut novel has sold to Harper Voyayer. It’s called THE PREY OF GODS. There is just something so special about discovering and then finding a home for a first novel. The news broke in this week’s PW Deals column, and Nicky has more about it on her own site too. Head on over there and learn more about the book!
* Meanwhile, about the blogosphere, Martha Wells was interviewed and discussed worldbuilding in her amazing Raksura series. “Studying how real-world cities worked at various times in history, and how cultures and religions change over time, and the kind of technologies that cities in the ancient world developed, and how different cultures interacted with each other, all helped fuel my imagination and let me create my own cultures and cities.”
* Also very excited about the card game that Evil Hat Productions is basing on the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher. They’ve got a Kickstarter going right now. Today’s funding level unlocked for supporters a preview of the first chapter of the next Dresden Files novel, PEACE TALKS. Check it out.