On the Horizon. . .

Since some of you are always curious to know what I'm considering reading next, here's a list of books that now find themselves on top of the pile:

- Child of Fire by Harry Connolly (Canada, USA, Europe)

Ray Lilly is living on borrowed time. He’s the driver for Annalise Powliss, a high-ranking member of the Twenty Palace Society, a group of sorcerers devoted to hunting down and executing rogue magicians. But because Ray betrayed her once, Annalise is looking for an excuse to kill him–or let someone else do the job.

Unfortunately for both of them, Annalise’s next mission goes wrong, leaving her critically injured. With the little magic he controls, Ray must complete her assignment alone. Not only does he have to stop a sorcerer who’s sacrificing dozens of innocent lives in exchange for supernatural power, he must find–and destroy–the source of that inhuman magic.

- Imager's Challenge by L. E. Modesitt, jr. (Canada, USA, Europe)

Imager’s Challenge takes up immediately after the conclusion of Imager. Still recovering from injuries received in foiling the plots of the Ferran envoy, Rhenn is preparing to take up his new duties as imager liaison to the Civic Patrol of L’Excelsis. No sooner has he assumed his new position than he discovers two things. First, the Commander of the Civic Patrol doesn’t want a liaison from the infamous Collegium, and soon has Rhenn patrolling the streets of the worst district in the city. Second, Rhenn receives formal notice that one of the High Holders, the father of a man Rhenn partly blinded in self-defense, has declared his intention to destroy Rhenn and his family.

Rhenn’s only allies are the family of the girl he loves, successful merchants with underworld connections. In the end, Rhenn must literally stand off against gang lords, naval marines, Tiempran terrorist priests, the most powerful High Holder in all of Solidar, and his own Collegium—and find a way to prevail without making further enemies and endangering those he loves.

- The Golden City by John Twelve Hawks (Canada, USA, Europe)

John Twelve Hawks's previous novels about the mystical Travelers and the Brethren, their ruthless enemies, generated an extraordinary following around the world. The Washington Post wrote that The Traveler “portrays a Big Brother with powers far beyond anything Orwell could imagine . . .” and Publishers Weekly hailed the series as “a saga that's part A Wrinkle in Time, part The Matrix and part Kurosawa epic.” Internet chat rooms and blogs have overflowed with speculation about the final destiny of the richly imagined characters fighting an epic battle beneath the surface of our modern world.

In The Golden City, Twelve Hawks delivers the climax to his spellbinding epic. Struggling to protect the legacy of his Traveler father, Gabriel faces troubling new questions and relentless threats. His brother Michael, now firmly allied with the enemy, pursues his ambition to wrest power from Nathan Boone, the calculating leader of the Brethren. And Maya, the Harlequin warrior pledged to protect Gabriel at all costs, is forced to make a choice that will change her life forever.

A riveting blend of high-tech thriller and fast-paced adventure, The Golden City will delight Twelve Hawks's many fans and attract a new audience to the entire trilogy.

- Sasha by Joel Shepherd (Canada, USA, Europe)

Spurning her royal heritage to be raised by the great warrior, Kessligh, her exquisite swordplay astonishes all who witness it. But Sasha is still young, untested in battle and often led by her rash temper. In the complex world of Lenayin loyalties, her defiant wilfulness is attracting the wrong kind of attention.

Lenayin is a land almost divided by its two faiths: the Verenthane of the ruling classes and the pagan Goeren-yai, amongst whom Sasha now lives. The Goeren-yai worship swordplay and honour and begin to see Sasha as the great spirit—the Synnich—who will unite them. But Sasha is still searching for what she believes and must choose her side carefully.

When the Udalyn people—the symbol of Goeren-yai pride and courage—are attacked, Sasha will face her moment of testing. How will she act? Is she ready to lead? Can she be the saviour they need her to be?

- Peter & Max by Bill Willingham (Canada, USA, Europe)

Set in the imaginative realm of the award-winning comic book series FABLES, PETER and MAX is a stand-alone prose novel – the first ever published starring FABLES characters!

Long ago, in the deepest dark of The Black Forest, two brothers – Peter Piper and his older brother Max - encountered ominous forces that changed them both irreparably. Thus begins an epic tale of sibling rivalry, magic, music and revenge that spans medieval times to the present day, when their deadly conflict surfaces in the placid calm of modern day Fabletown.

PETER and MAX: A FABLES NOVEL features the deft prose of award-winning comic book writer Bill Willingham and lush ink spot illustrations from FABLES artist Steve Leialoha. The novel also reveals secrets of some of the regular FABLES series cast members including Bigby Wolf, Frau Totenkinder and Bo Peep. Included as well is an 8-page bonus sequential comic story by Willingham and Leialoha that serves as a bridge to the FABLES graphic novel collections.

In between some of these novels, I'll probably fit S. L. Farrell's A Magic of Nightfall (Canada, USA, Europe), which has been awaiting my attention for too long. . .

7 commentaires:

Anonymous said...

I like the look of CHILD OF FIRE as well--it's on my wishlist.

Though I hadn't heard of SASHA, I just was reading his sci-fi series about Cassandra Kresnov and like those well enough to give SASHA a try. Thanks for letting me know!

Anonymous said...

Yikes, tough call. I liked the blurbs on each. I might go with either Joel Shepherd or John Twelve Hawks.


Wasn't thrilled with the J T Hawks series but must admit I'll be reading the third just to see were it leads.

The title Peter and Max made me laugh. Ever heard of The Arrogant Worms? They are a Canadian group and did a song... Jesus' Brother Bob.
Not relevant but that's how my mind works most days.

Jebus said...

I really liked the Cassandra Kressnov trilogy but that write up of Sasha sounds God-awful. I'll probably check it out to support an Aussie author but really, it just sounds so... dicky...

Of course 95% of SF/F book blurbs sound dicky so who am I to judge eh?

Marc said...

Pat, I'm just taking this opportunity to check whether you received the email with the Dread Empire maps, for the last time you asked about what book you should read.

Unknown said...

CHILD OF FIRE sounds great. Unfortunately, it will only be release in Mass Market Paperback. I don't get why publishers do that - not even a trade edition? I really hate MMPBs...

Amanda said...


I write to you from Regal Literary, the agency that represents John Twelve Hawks. We are running a contest for bloggers who review the Golden City-- contest winners will receive an autographed First Edition copy of the Golden City, and one lucky winner will be given a chance for a rare phone interview with John. For more information, please contact me at the e-mail address below.