New Poll: SFF debut of 2009?


With Glen Cook an incredible runaway winner in the last poll, I'm now about a third into The Books of the South (Canada, USA, Europe). Not bad up to this point, but not quite as good as Chronicles of the Black Company (Canada, USA, Europe).

And in case you were not aware of this, I'm presently in the middle of an email interview with Glen Cook. . .

Ken Scholes' Lamentation (Canada, USA, Europe) has been making a lot of noise in the last few months. Advance praise is extremely positive, and this novel is being heralded as the SFF debut of 2009.

Will Ken Scholes be the next big thing, or will he just be next? Stay tuned to find out. . .

Here's the blurb:

An ancient weapon has completely destroyed the city of Windwir. From many miles away, Rudolfo, Lord of the Nine Forest Houses, sees the horrifying column of smoke rising. He knows that war is coming to the Named Lands.

Nearer to the Devastation, a young apprentice is the only survivor of the city – he sat waiting for his father outside the walls, and was transformed as he watched everyone he knew die in an instant.

Soon all the Kingdoms of the Named Lands will be at each others' throats, as alliances are challenged and hidden plots are uncovered.

This remarkable first novel from an award-winning short fiction writer will take readers away to a new world – an Earth so far in the distant future that our time is not even a memory; a world where magick is commonplace and great areas of the planet are impassable wastes. But human nature hasn’t changed through the ages: War and faith and love still move princes and nations.

7 commentaires:

myshkin said...

I just finished this book yesterday and I can say Scholes at least deserves to be the next big thing.

ediFanoB said...

Hey, in case LAMENTATION deliver what the blurb promises then we will get a great book.

Anyway I wait for paperback. So hopefully I can read reviews before release date of paperback.

GoodOldSatan said...
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GoodOldSatan said...

Pat,
It's great to see that you are interviewing Glen Cook - one of my favorites since the Starfishers original days.
I have an appreciative comment I was going to ask you to forward to him, but then I realized it would be a spoiler for Glittering Stone (which you'll feel obligated to read upon completing the Books of the South).
In any event, "Long live Croaker!"

Thank you for your great work.

Jebus said...

The blurb doesn't sound too enticing and that cover is appalling. Will wait for more reviews.

Charlener said...

The blurb reminds me of Holly Lisle's Fires in the Mist: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fire_in_the_Mist

Anonymous said...

Hey, not sure if it's the same situation in Canada but getting hold of the last series of the Black company (glittering stone) is almost impossible in the UK.