Quote of the Day

Dreams are like cotton candy: they just melt away.

- STEPHEN KING, You Like It Darker

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You can now download Robert Jackson Bennett's The Tainted Cup for only 2.99$ by following this Amazon Associate link. This OneLink will take you to the nearest Amazon site serving your country and you'll see if you can take advantage of this sale.

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In Daretana’s greatest mansion, a high imperial officer lies dead—killed, to all appearances, when a tree erupted from his body. Even here at the Empire’s borders, where contagions abound and the blood of the leviathans works strange magical changes, it’s a death both terrifying and impossible.

Assigned to investigate is Ana Dolabra, a detective whose reputation for brilliance is matched only by her eccentricities. Rumor has it that she wears a blindfold at all times, and that she can solve impossible cases without even stepping outside the walls of her home.

At her side is her new assistant, Dinios Kol, magically altered in ways that make him the perfect aide to Ana’s brilliance. Din is at turns scandalized, perplexed, and utterly infuriated by his new superior—but as the case unfolds and he watches Ana’s mind leap from one startling deduction to the next, he must admit that she is, indeed, the Empire’s greatest detective.

As the two close in on a mastermind and uncover a scheme that threatens the Empire itself, Din realizes he’s barely begun to assemble the puzzle that is Ana Dolabra—and wonders how long he’ll be able to keep his own secrets safe from her piercing intellect.

By an “endlessly inventive” (Vulture) author with a “wicked sense of humor” (NPR), The Tainted Cup mixes the charms of detective fiction with brilliant world-building to deliver a fiendishly clever mystery that’s at once instantly recognizable and thrillingly new.


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You can now get your hands on the digital edition of Naomi Novik's Uprooted for only 1.99$ by following this Amazon Associate link. This OneLink will take you to the nearest Amazon site serving your country and you'll see if you can take advantage of this sale.

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“Our Dragon doesn’t eat the girls he takes, no matter what stories they tell outside our valley. We hear them sometimes, from travelers passing through. They talk as though we were doing human sacrifice, and he were a real dragon. Of course that’s not true: he may be a wizard and immortal, but he’s still a man, and our fathers would band together and kill him if he wanted to eat one of us every ten years. He protects us against the Wood, and we’re grateful, but not that grateful.”

Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted Wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life.

Her people rely on the cold, driven wizard known only as the Dragon to keep its powers at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman handed over to serve him for ten years, a fate almost as terrible as falling to the Wood.

The next choosing is fast approaching, and Agnieszka is afraid. She knows—everyone knows—that the Dragon will take Kasia: beautiful, graceful, brave Kasia, all the things Agnieszka isn’t, and her dearest friend in the world. And there is no way to save her.

But Agnieszka fears the wrong things. For when the Dragon comes, it is not Kasia he will choose.

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You can now download Raymond E. Feist's Magician: Apprentice for only 1.99$ by following this Amazon Associate link. This OneLink will take you to the nearest Amazon site serving your country and you'll see if you can take advantage of this sale.

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A worthy pupil . . . A dangerous quest

To the forest on the shore of the Kingdom of the Isles, the orphan Pug came to study with the master magician Kulgan. But though his courage won him a place at court and the heart of a lovely Princess, he was ill at ease with the normal ways of wizardry.

Yet Pug's strange sort of magic would one day change forever the fates of two worlds. For dark beings from another world had opened a rift in the fabric of spacetime to being again the age-old battle between the forces of Order and Chaos.


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You can now get your hands on the digital edition of R. Scott Bakker's The Thousandfold Thought for only 3.99$ by following this Amazon Associate link. This OneLink will take you to the nearest Amazon site serving your country and you'll see if you can take advantage of this sale.

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As the Holy War approaches its climax, emperors will fall, and terrifying revelations will come to light, in the final novel of the acclaimed fantasy epic.

All opposition to the man once derided as the Prince of Nothing has vanished or been vanquished. Their leaders slain, the heathen Fanim have fled in disarray. One final march will bring the Holy War to the fabled city of Shimeh. But so very much has changed.

Anasurimbor Kellhus, the Warrior-Prophet, now leads the Men of the Tusk. The cuckolded sorcerer Achamian serves as his tutor, betraying his school to protect the man he believes can prevent the Second Apocalypse. The Scylvendi barbarian, Cnaiur, succumbs finally to madness. The Consult, sensing the endgame near, work frantically to prepare for the coming of the No-God.

The final reckoning is at hand. Faceless assassins will strike in the dead of night. The sorcerous Schools will be unleashed. And Anasurimbor Kellhus will at last confront his father and the dread revelation of the Thousandfold Thought.


This week's New York Times Bestsellers (May 26th)

In hardcover:

Mai Corland's Five Broken Blades debuts at number 3. For more info about this title, follow this Amazon Associate link.

Rebecca Yarros' Fourth Wing is down two positions, ending the week at number 7. For more info about this title, follow this Amazon Associate link.

Rebecca Yarros' Iron Flame is down one position, ending the week at number 8. For more info about this title, follow this Amazon Associate link.

In paperback:

Sarah J. Maas' A Court of Thorns and Roses maintains its position at number 2. For more info about this title, follow this Amazon Associate link.

Sarah J. Maas' A Court of Mist and Fury is down one position, ending the week at number 4. For more info about this title, follow this Amazon Associate link.

Sarah J. Maas' A Court of Wings and Ruin is down two positions, ending the week at number 11. For more info about this title, follow this Amazon Associate link.

Sarah J. Maas' A Court of Frost and Starlight is down two spots, finishing the week at number 13. For more info about this title, follow this Amazon Associate link.

Sarah J. Maas' A Court of Silver Flames is down one position, ending the week at number 14. For more info about this title, follow this Amazon Associate link.

Daggerspell


Once again, I'm extremely late to this party. And as always, I have no excuse. I purchased my copy of Katharine Kerr's Daggerspell at some point in the 90s, meaning to read it and go on with the rest of the Deverry saga. What can I say? I guess that other books and series got in the way.

Earlier this year, I brought the paperback with me on my Asian adventure. But I got sick in the Maldives, a virus that morphed into a stomach infection in Sri Lanka. So long story short, I didn't get to read it on my trip. Enough is enough, or so I told myself, and I finally elected to give the book a shot.

My main concern was that it might not have aged well. Even though this is a revised edition, there's no denying that there is a definite 80s/90s vibe to Daggerspell. And even though it's more or less an introduction set to present events and protagonists, as well as their reincarnations across the years, I found the novel to be a compelling read. Time will tell if the rest of the series will live up to the potential shown by this first installment, yet I really want to read what comes next.

Here's the blurb:

Even as a young girl, Jill was a favorite of the magical, mysterious Wildfolk, who appeared to her from their invisible realm. Little did she know her extraordinary friends represented but a glimpse of a forgotten past and a fateful future. Four hundred years—and many lifetimes—ago, one selfish young lord caused the death of two innocent lovers. Then and there he vowed never to rest until he'd rightened that wrong-and laid the foundation for the lives of Jill and all those whom she would hold dear: her father, the mercenary soldier Cullyn; the exiled berserker Rhodry Maelwaedd; and the ancient and powerful herbman Nevyn, all bound in a struggle against darkness. . . and a quest to fulfill the destinies determined centuries ago.

Here in this newly revised edition comes the incredible novel that began one of the best-loved fantasy seers in recent years—a tale of bold adventure and timeless love, perilous battle and pure magic. For long-standing fans of Deverry and those who have yet to experience this exciting series, Daggerspell is a rare and special treat.


Katharine Kerr's worldbuilding is excellent. À la Katherine Kurtz, the author has an eye for historical details and her depiction of medieval Welsh culture brings this story to life in a way that is seldom seen. Every scene is imbued with a realism that makes everything feel genuine. This was by far my favorite aspect of Daggerspell.

Personally, I would have liked to discover more about magic, the Wildfolk, the Westfolk, and all the other mysteries of the Deverry universe. Then again, this is only the first installment, so I guess that all will be revealed in due time.

Some readers might find the structure of the tale to be a little off-putting. Since this series follows a number of souls being reborn through the centuries, the original cast you get to know at the beginning of the book is suddenly replaced by a different bunch of characters after a few chapters, and then by yet another group later on in the story. I didn't have a problem with that, but I figure that it might trouble some people. Given that reincarnation seems to be at the heart of this series, I guess that it's something everyone needs to get used to.

As a result, characterization can be a bit tricky. Because even though you're reading about the same souls, their current reincarnations don't necessarily follow exactly in the footsteps of their previous lives. There are similarities, true, but there are also some differences. Still, Kerr came up with an engaging cast and it's great to see how tragedy binds them all together through the centuries. Nevyn, a magic-user known as a dweomermaster, screwed up in the past and destroyed the lives of those men and women who keep being reborn. His task is to spend eternity correcting his mistakes so they can all fulfill their destiny.

Beyond that main story arc, I liked the fact that these souls also seem to be involved in greater things to come, such as war with the elves and the threat of an evil dweomermaster working behind the scenes.

Although the jumps through the timeline can be a bit jarring to begin with, Kerr does a good job steering readers back in the right direction somewhat rapidly. Hence, you're never truly lost and the tale progresses at a nice clip. Even though some sections flow better than others, I would say that Daggerspell doesn't suffer from any pacing issues.

If you're looking for a complex fantasy tale featuring an interesting cast of protagonists, Katharine Kerr's Daggerspell could be for you. The fact that all the sequels have already been published and you won't have to wait to get your hands on them is also appealing! So is the fact that you can still get the digital edition for only 3.99$ via the link below.

The final verdict: 7.5/10

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This week's New York Times Bestsellers (May 19th)

In hardcover:

Rebecca Yarros' Fourth Wing maintains its position at number 5. For more info about this title, follow this Amazon Associate link.

Rebecca Yarros' Iron Flame is down one position, ending the week at number 7. For more info about this title, follow this Amazon Associate link.

Leigh Bardugo's The Familiar is down two spots, finishing the week at number 10. For more info about this title, follow this Amazon Associate link.

Sarah J. Maas' House of Flame and Shadow returns at number 15. For more info about this title, follow this Amazon Associate link.

In paperback:

Sarah J. Maas' A Court of Thorns and Roses is down one position, ending the week at number 2. For more info about this title, follow this Amazon Associate link.

Sarah J. Maas' A Court of Mist and Fury maintains its position at number 3. For more info about this title, follow this Amazon Associate link.

Sarah J. Maas' A Court of Wings and Ruin is down two positions, ending the week at number 9. For more info about this title, follow this Amazon Associate link.

Sarah J. Maas' A Court of Frost and Starlight is down one spot, finishing the week at number 11. For more info about this title, follow this Amazon Associate link.

Sarah J. Maas' A Court of Silver Flames is down two positions, ending the week at number 13. For more info about this title, follow this Amazon Associate link.

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You can now download James Islington's The Will of the Many for only 4.99$ by following this Amazon Associate link. This OneLink will take you to the nearest Amazon site serving your country and you'll see if you can take advantage of this sale.

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At the elite Catenan Academy, a young fugitive uncovers layered mysteries and world-changing secrets in this new fantasy series by internationally bestselling author of The Licanius Trilogy, James Islington.

AUDI. VIDE. TACE.

The Catenan Republic—the Hierarchy—may rule the world now, but they do not know everything.

I tell them my name is Vis Telimus. I tell them I was orphaned after a tragic accident three years ago, and that good fortune alone has led to my acceptance into their most prestigious school. I tell them that once I graduate, I will gladly join the rest of civilised society in allowing my strength, my drive and my focus—what they call Will—to be leeched away and added to the power of those above me, as millions already do. As all must eventually do.

I tell them that I belong, and they believe me.

But the truth is that I have been sent to the Academy to find answers. To solve a murder. To search for an ancient weapon. To uncover secrets that may tear the Republic apart.

And that I will never, ever cede my Will to the empire that executed my family.

To survive, though, I will still have to rise through the Academy’s ranks. I will have to smile, and make friends, and pretend to be one of them and win. Because if I cannot, then those who want to control me, who know my real name, will no longer have any use for me.

And if the Hierarchy finds out who I truly am, they will kill me.


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You can now get your hands on the digital edition of Guy Gavriel Kay's amazing Tigana for only 1.99$ by following this Amazon Associate link. This OneLink will take you to the nearest Amazon site serving your country and you'll see if you can take advantage of this sale.

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A masterful epic of magic, politics, war, and the power of love and hate — from the renowned author of The Fionavar Tapestry and Children of Earth and Sky.

Tigana is the magical story of a beleaguered land struggling to be free. It is the tale of a people so cursed by the black sorcery of a cruel despotic king that even the name of their once-beautiful homeland cannot be spoken or remembered...

But years after the devastation, a handful of courageous men and women embark upon a dangerous crusade to overthrow their conquerors and bring back to the dark world the brilliance of a long-lost name...Tigana.

Against the magnificently rendered background of a world both sensuous and barbaric, this sweeping epic of a passionate people pursuing their dream is breathtaking in its vision, changing forever the boundaries of fantasy fiction.


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You can now download Alastair Reynolds' Century Rain for only 2.99$ by following this Amazon Associate link. This OneLink will take you to the nearest Amazon site serving your country and you'll see if you can take advantage of this sale.

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Three hundred years from now, Earth has been rendered uninhabitable due to the technological catastrophe known as the Nanocaust. Archaeologist Verity Auger specializes in the exploration of its surviving landscape. Now, her expertise is required for a far greater purpose. Something astonishing has been discovered at the far end of a wormhole: a mid-20th-century version of Earth, preserved like a fly in amber.

Somewhere on this alternate planet is a device capable of destroying both worlds at either end of the wormhole. And Verity must find the device, and the man who plans to activate it, before it's too late -- for the past and the future of two worlds.

Century Rain is a jaw-droppingly good SF thriller, packed with pace, adventure, brilliant storytelling and with twists that will keep you guessing to the end.

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You can now download Legends 3, a fantasy anthology edited by Robert Silverberg, for only 3.99$ by following this Amazon Associate link. This OneLink will take you to the nearest Amazon site serving your country and you'll see if you can take advantage of this sale.

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Legends-Volume 3 is a great anthology of short fiction by the masters of modern fantasy, edited by Robert Silverberg. Each author has contributed an original story based on his or her bestselling series.

Robert Jordan relates crucial events in the years leading up to The Wheel of Time in "New Spring."

Ursula K. Le Guin adds a sequel to her famous books of Earthsea, portraying a woman who wants to learn magic, in "Dragonfly."

Tad Williams tells a dark and enthralling story of a haunted castle in the age before Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn, in "The Burning Man."

Terry Pratchett relates an amusing incident in Discworld, of a magical contest and the witch Granny Weatherwax, in "The Sea and Little Fishes."

And look for Legends 1 (featuring Stephen King, Robert Silverberg, Orson Scott Card, Raymond E. Feist) and Legends 2 (featuring Terry Goodkind, George R.R. Martin, and Anne McCaffrey)!


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You can download Mark Lawrence's Red Sister for only 2.99$ by following this Amazon Associate link. This OneLink will take you to the nearest Amazon site serving your country and you'll see if you can take advantage of this sale.

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I was born for killing – the gods made me to ruin.

At the Convent of Sweet Mercy young girls are raised to be killers. In a few the old bloods show, gifting talents rarely seen since the tribes beached their ships on Abeth. Sweet Mercy hones its novices’ skills to deadly effect: it takes ten years to educate a Red Sister in the ways of blade and fist.

But even the mistresses of sword and shadow don’t truly understand what they have purchased when Nona Grey is brought to their halls as a bloodstained child of eight, falsely accused of murder: guilty of worse.

Stolen from the shadow of the noose, Nona is sought by powerful enemies, and for good reason. Despite the security and isolation of the convent her secret and violent past will find her out. Beneath a dying sun that shines upon a crumbling empire, Nona Grey must come to terms with her demons and learn to become a deadly assassin if she is to survive…

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You can now get your hands on the digital edition of L. E. Modesitt, jr.'s From the Forest for only 2.99$ by following this Amazon Associate link. This OneLink will take you to the nearest Amazon site serving your country and you'll see if you can take advantage of this sale.

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L. E. Modesitt, Jr. continues the Saga of Recluce, the long-running, best-selling epic fantasy series. In a new story arc, From the Forest follows the early life of a man known by many names depending on who you ask—hero, tyrant, emperor.

Alayiakal, who will one day be known by many names —not all of them flattering—has to climb the ranks of Cyador’s Mirror Lancers, fighting against unforeseen weapons and ancient technology.

Alayiakal, however, has secrets of his own to protect: his ties to the Great Forest and his magus abilities. He must silently pretend to be a conventional soldier favored by fate—until that very same fate forces him to choose.


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You can get your hands on the digital edition of Olivie Blake's The Atlas Six for only 1.99$ here. This OneLink will take you to the nearest Amazon site serving your country and you'll see if you can take advantage of this sale.

Here's the blurb:

The Alexandrian Society, caretakers of lost knowledge from the greatest civilizations of antiquity, are the foremost secret society of magical academicians in the world. Those who earn a place among the Alexandrians will secure a life of wealth, power, and prestige beyond their wildest dreams, and each decade, only the six most uniquely talented magicians are selected to be considered for initiation.

Enter the latest round of six: Libby Rhodes and Nico de Varona, unwilling halves of an unfathomable whole, who exert uncanny control over every element of physicality. Reina Mori, a naturalist, who can intuit the language of life itself. Parisa Kamali, a telepath who can traverse the depths of the subconscious, navigating worlds inside the human mind. Callum Nova, an empath easily mistaken for a manipulative illusionist, who can influence the intimate workings of a person’s inner self. Finally, there is Tristan Caine, who can see through illusions to a new structure of reality—an ability so rare that neither he nor his peers can fully grasp its implications.

When the candidates are recruited by the mysterious Atlas Blakely, they are told they will have one year to qualify for initiation, during which time they will be permitted preliminary access to the Society’s archives and judged based on their contributions to various subjects of impossibility: time and space, luck and thought, life and death. Five, they are told, will be initiated. One will be eliminated. The six potential initiates will fight to survive the next year of their lives, and if they can prove themselves to be the best among their rivals, most of them will.

Most of them.



You can also download Jim Butcher's Cold Days for only 2.99$ here.

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After a brief interlude in the afterlife, Harry Dresden’s new job makes him wonder if death was really all that bad in this novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling series.

Harry Dresden is no longer Chicago’s only professional wizard. Now, he’s Winter Knight to Mab, the Queen of Air and Darkness. Her word is his command. And her first command is the seemingly impossible: kill an immortal. Worse still, there is a growing threat to an unfathomable source of magic that could mean the deaths of millions.

Beset by enemies new and old, Harry must gather his friends and allies, prevent an apocalypse, and find a way out of his eternal subservience before his newfound infinite powers claim the only thing he has left to call his own...

His soul.

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You can now get your hands on the digital edition of Martha Wells' Witch King for only 1.99$ by following this Amazon Associate link. This OneLink will take you to the nearest Amazon site serving your country and you'll see if you can take advantage of this sale.

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From the breakout SFF superstar author of Murderbot comes a remarkable story of power and friendship, of trust and betrayal, and of the families we choose.

"I didn't know you were a... demon."
"You idiot. I'm the demon."

Kai's having a long day in Martha Wells' WITCH KING....

After being murdered, his consciousness dormant and unaware of the passing of time while confined in an elaborate water trap, Kai wakes to find a lesser mage attempting to harness Kai’s magic to his own advantage. That was never going to go well.

But why was Kai imprisoned in the first place? What has changed in the world since his assassination? And why does the Rising World Coalition appear to be growing in influence?

Kai will need to pull his allies close and draw on all his pain magic if he is to answer even the least of these questions.

He’s not going to like the answers.


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Hunter's Run, a collaboration between George R. R. Martin, Daniel Abraham, and Gardner Dozois, is available for only 1.99$ by following this Amazon Associate link. This OneLink will take you to the nearest Amazon site serving your country and you'll see if you can take advantage of this sale.

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Running from poverty and hopelessness, Ramón Espejo boarded one of the great starships of the mysterious, repulsive Enye. But the new life he found on the far-off planet of São Paulo was no better than the one he abandoned. Then one night his rage and too much alcohol get the better of him. Deadly violence ensues, forcing Ramón to flee into the wilderness.

Mercifully, almost happily alone—far from the loud, bustling hive of humanity that he detests with sociopathic fervor—the luckless prospector is finally free to search for the one rich strike that could make him wealthy. But what he stumbles upon instead is an advanced alien race in hiding: desperate fugitives, like him, on a world not their own. Suddenly in possession of a powerful, dangerous secret and caught up in an extraordinary manhunt on a hostile, unpredictable planet, Ramón must first escape . . . and then, somehow, survive.

And his deadliest enemy is himself.

This week's New York Times Bestsellers (May 12th)

In hardcover:

Rebecca Yarros' Fourth Wing is down two positions, ending the week at number 5. For more info about this title, follow this Amazon Associate link.

Rebecca Yarros' Iron Flame is down one position, ending the week at number 6. For more info about this title, follow this Amazon Associate link.

Leigh Bardugo's The Familiar is down four spots, finishing the week at number 8. For more info about this title, follow this Amazon Associate link.

In paperback:

Sarah J. Maas' A Court of Thorns and Roses maintains its position at number 1. For more info about this title, follow this Amazon Associate link.

Sarah J. Maas' A Court of Mist and Fury maintains its position at number 3. For more info about this title, follow this Amazon Associate link.

Sarah J. Maas' A Court of Wings and Ruin is down one position, ending the week at number 7. For more info about this title, follow this Amazon Associate link.

Sarah J. Maas' A Court of Frost and Starlight is up one spot, finishing the week at number 10. For more info about this title, follow this Amazon Associate link.

Sarah J. Maas' A Court of Silver Flames is up one position, ending the week at number 11. For more info about this title, follow this Amazon Associate link.

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You can download Evan Winter's The Rage of Dragons for only 2.99$ by following this Amazon Associate link. This OneLink will take you to the nearest Amazon site serving your country and you'll see if you can take advantage of this sale.

Here's the blurb:

Game of Thrones meets Gladiator in this debut epic fantasy about a world caught in an eternal war, and the young man who will become his people's only hope for survival.

The Omehi people have been fighting an unwinnable war for almost two hundred years. The lucky ones are born gifted. One in every two thousand women has the power to call down dragons. One in every hundred men is able to magically transform himself into a bigger, stronger, faster killing machine.

Everyone else is fodder, destined to fight and die in the endless war.

Young, gift-less Tau knows all this, but he has a plan of escape. He's going to get himself injured, get out early, and settle down to marriage, children, and land. Only, he doesn't get the chance.

Those closest to him are brutally murdered, and his grief swiftly turns to anger. Fixated on revenge, Tau dedicates himself to an unthinkable path. He'll become the greatest swordsman to ever live, a man willing to die a hundred thousand times for the chance to kill the three who betrayed him.

The Rage of Dragons launches a stunning and powerful debut epic fantasy series that readers are already calling "the best fantasy book in years."


You can also download N.K. Jemisin's The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms for only 2.99$ here.

Here's the blurb:

Yeine Darr is an outcast from the barbarian north. But when her mother dies under mysterious circumstances, she is summoned to the majestic city of Sky. There, to her shock, Yeine is named an heiress to the king. But the throne of the Hundred Thousand Kingdoms is not easily won, and Yeine is thrust into a vicious power struggle with cousins she never knew she had. As she fights for her life, she draws ever closer to the secrets of her mother's death and her family's bloody history.

With the fate of the world hanging in the balance, Yeine will learn how perilous it can be when love and hate - and gods and mortals - are bound inseparably together.


You can also get your hands on the digital edition of Hannah Whitten's The Foxglove King for only 2.99$ here.

Here's the blurb:

In this lush, romantic epic fantasy series from a New York Times bestselling author, a young woman’s secret power to raise the dead plunges her into the dangerous and glamorous world of the Sainted King’s royal court.

When Lore was thirteen, she escaped a cult in the catacombs beneath the city of Dellaire. And in the ten years since, she’s lived by one rule: don’t let them find you. Easier said than done, when her death magic ties her to the city.

Mortem, the magic born from death, is a high-priced and illicit commodity in Dellaire, and Lore’s job running poisons keeps her in food, shelter, and relative security. But when a run goes wrong and Lore’s power is revealed, she’s taken by the Presque Mort, a group of warrior-monks sanctioned to use Mortem working for the Sainted King. Lore fully expects a pyre, but King August has a different plan. Entire villages on the outskirts of the country have been dying overnight, seemingly at random. Lore can either use her magic to find out what’s happening and who in the King’s court is responsible, or die.

Lore is thrust into the Sainted King’s glittering court, where no one can be believed and even fewer can be trusted. Guarded by Gabriel, a duke-turned-monk, and continually running up against Bastian, August’s ne'er-do-well heir, Lore tangles in politics, religion, and forbidden romance as she attempts to navigate a debauched and opulent society.

But the life she left behind in the catacombs is catching up with her. And even as Lore makes her way through the Sainted court above, they might be drawing closer than she thinks.

This week's New York Times Bestsellers (May 5th)

In hardcover:

Rebecca Yarros' Fourth Wing maintains its position at number 3. For more info about this title, follow this Amazon Associate link.

Leigh Bardugo's The Familiar is down two spots, finishing the week at number 4. For more info about this title, follow this Amazon Associate link.

Rebecca Yarros' Iron Flame maintains its position at number 5. For more info about this title, follow this Amazon Associate link.

Sarah J. Maas' House of Flame and Shadow is down five positions, ending the week at number 14. For more info about this title, follow this Amazon Associate link.

Danielle L. Jensen's A Fate Inked in Blood is down seven spots, finishing the week at number 15. For more info about this title, follow this Amazon Associate link.

In paperback:

Sarah J. Maas' A Court of Thorns and Roses maintains its position at number 1. For more info about this title, follow this Amazon Associate link.

Sarah J. Maas' A Court of Mist and Fury maintains its position at number 3. For more info about this title, follow this Amazon Associate link.

Sarah J. Maas' A Court of Wings and Ruin is down one position, ending the week at number 6. For more info about this title, follow this Amazon Associate link.

Sarah J. Maas' A Court of Frost and Starlight is down three spots, finishing the week at number 11. For more info about this title, follow this Amazon Associate link.

Sarah J. Maas' A Court of Silver Flames is down three positions, ending the week at number 12. For more info about this title, follow this Amazon Associate link.

Fight Me


Well, it hasn't been a banner year thus far for speculative fiction. Hoping to find a compelling read, I decided to try something different. The press release claimed that Austin Grossman's Fight Me was akin to The Boys and Watchmen. "The Avengers meets The Breakfast Club. . . wry and engaging" reads one cover blurbs. This felt like the perfect title to drag me out of my reading slump.

Alas, Fight Me is none of those things. Though the book does aspire to be something more, it lacks the depth and the characterization to be anything more than the script of a B-movie superhero flick.

Here's the blurb:

Dr Rick Tower is a mild-mannered English professor easing into middle-age at a medium-sized New England college. A genial blur, he thinks. Even his vices are unremarkable.

But it wasn’t always like this. Not until they changed his name, altered his looks and told him: ‘pretend you were never different’.

Because, decades earlier after a very bad day at high school, he was committed to a secret government facility with three other kids, Cat, Jack and Stephanie, each special in their own way. Tested, tutored and trained, this extraordinary quartet were then told to save the world.

It was the best thing that ever happened to them. Until it became the worst.

Now, twenty years after the tragedy that forced him into academic non-entity, a mysterious disappearance means Tower must reunite with his former comrades. Each returns with their own agenda. And while great power might come with great responsibility, there’s little of that on display from any of them.

Combining compelling storytelling and fierce imagination with a rich cast of characters, Fight Me is a page-turning and distinctive thriller, a unique tale of good and evil, and a memorable portrait of man trying to do the right thing at any cost. Against impossible odds...


I found the premise intriguing, which is why I wanted to read this novel in the first place. And it does start well. Problem is, Fight Me falls short almost as soon as it gets going. And the more the story progresses, the more it becomes obvious that Grossman doesn't have much to work with. Not sure the author had the wherewithal to pull off the kind of tale he wanted to tell. There is absolutely no depth to speak of. Forget about Watchmen, this is generic cookie-cutter material. Adding some sex, drugs, and booze to the mix doesn't change the fact that this isn't original by any stretch of the imagination.

The book's structure follows two timelines; the present and flashback scenes from the past to help flesh out events and the protagonists. And yet, for every scene that adds to the story, a bunch of others add little or nothing, or even create a bit of confusion. At times Fight Me feels like a draft that hasn't gone through editing just yet.

The characterization is probably the aspect that leaves the most to be desired. Regardless of how weak the plot is, Grossman still could have pulled it off to a certain degree had the cast been great. Unfortunately, it wasn't meant to be. Other than Alex, aka Rick Tower, who's the main character and through whose eyes we watch the story unfold, Jack, Cat, Stephanie, and Meg would definitely have benefited from more exposition. Though the lack of exposition gave Meg a more mysterious outlook, which worked well with her personae. Still, although he tried to give them some depth and personality, the author ended up with a bunch of cardboard cutouts. To make matters worse, the antagonist, Sinistro, is kind of lame as well.

In many ways, Fight Me was a failure to launch. I was hooked by the first few chapters, but I quickly lost interest when I realized that the plot didn't seem to go anywhere. In the end, the novel became a veritable slog and I almost didn't finish it.

I was likely hoping for a thrilling endgame and captivating finale that never materialized. Thinking back, the whole novel often feels so random. Not sure what was Austin Grossman's objective, but personally I got nothing out of this work.

The final verdict: 5/10

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In this fantastic tale, legendary author Raymond E. Feist returns to the city of Krondor and one of his most loved characters from the Riftwar Cycle, Jimmy the Hand.

The Crawler: a name whispered in fear. . .

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Anathem, the latest invention by the New York Times bestselling author of Cryptonomicon and The Baroque Cycle, is a magnificent creation: a work of great scope, intelligence, and imagination that ushers readers into a recognizable -- yet strangely inverted -- world.

Fraa Erasmas is a young avout living in the Concent of Saunt Edhar, a sanctuary for mathematicians, scientists, and philosophers, protected from the corrupting influences of the outside "saecular" world by ancient stone, honored traditions, and complex rituals. Over the centuries, cities and governments have risen and fallen beyond the concent's walls. Three times during history's darkest epochs violence born of superstition and ignorance has invaded and devastated the cloistered mathic community. Yet the avout have always managed to adapt in the wake of catastrophe, becoming out of necessity even more austere and less dependent on technology and material things. And Erasmas has no fear of the outside -- the Extramuros -- for the last of the terrible times was long, long ago.

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This week's New York Times Bestsellers (April 28th)

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Ursula K. Le Guin's groundbreaking work of science fiction—winner of the Hugo and Nebula Awards.

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Two magicians shall appear in England.

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This week's New York Times Bestsellers (April 21st)

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Rebecca Yarros' Fourth Wing is down one position, ending the week at number 3. For more info about this title, follow this Amazon Associate link.

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Empire of Silence


Though the novel didn't get much traction upon initial release, Christopher Ruocchio's Empire of Silence and its sequels have been making a lot of noise these last few years. So much so that I knew I had to give the Sun Eater series a shot sooner rather than later.

And though the book is not without its shortcomings, it is still a good read. After all, one must not forget that this was the author's debut. There are definite Dune vibes and the structure is very similar to that of Patrick Rothfuss' The Name of the Wind. And yet, even though it's quite different in style and tone, Empire of Silence is more akin to Brandon Sanderson's bloated Stormlight Archive works.

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Hadrian Marlowe, a man revered as a hero and despised as a murderer, chronicles his tale in the galaxy-spanning debut of the Sun Eater series, merging the best of space opera and epic fantasy.

It was not his war.

The galaxy remembers him as a hero: the man who burned every last alien Cielcin from the sky. They remember him as a monster: the devil who destroyed a sun, casually annihilating four billion human lives—even the Emperor himself—against Imperial orders.

But Hadrian was not a hero. He was not a monster. He was not even a soldier.

On the wrong planet, at the right time, for the best reasons, Hadrian Marlowe starts down a path that can only end in fire. He flees his father and a future as a torturer only to be left stranded on a strange, backwater world.

Forced to fight as a gladiator and navigate the intrigues of a foreign planetary court, Hadrian must fight a war he did not start, for an Empire he does not love, against an enemy he will never understand.


The worldbuilding appears to be the most fascinating aspect of this work, but as things stand it's impossible to say whether that's the case or not. Rucchio introduces a lot of seemingly cool concepts and ideas, many of them borrowed from other franchises, yet he fails to elaborate on most of them. Hence, it's difficult to judge if this is a universe that resounds with depth and originality, or if it's simply an homage to other great SFF minds or just a poor imitation. The love garnered by the series implies that there's a lot more to come in the subsequent sequels, so I'll reserve my judgment in that regard. The presence of a lexicon at the end of the book also seems to imply that Ruocchio's creation has a lot more depth than meets the eye. Still, it would have been beneficial to the story to expand a bit more on the Holy Terran Chantry, the Sollan Empire and the other polities and societies living across the galaxies, the Cielcin, etc.

Stylistically, Empire of Silence is a medieval fantasy-esque space opera. In a day and age when you can turn a planet to slag from orbit, I found it a bit weird that most spacefaring societies use swords and other such weapons in combat. But it's kind of cool. There are a lot of Dune vibes, especially early on, with hints of an AI apocalypse which led to technological restrictions enforced by the fearsome Inquisition and which led to Rucchio's own version of Herbert's mentat. Many of the societies depicted in the novel are based on feudal hierarchies whose cities boast grand Romanesque and Gothic architectures. Not entirely original by any stretch of the imagination, but somehow the author makes it work. I have a feeling that Christopher Rucchio may have been a little too ambitious with this debut and that he sort of overextended himself in several facets of the tale. Still, overall the first installment is a fun and entertaining read.

I've always said that first-person narratives can be tricky. Absolutely everything lies on the shoulders of the main protagonist and the absence of any other perspectives can make or break the story. Done well, as was the case with Jacqueline Carey's Phèdre and Robin Hobb's Fitz, it can make for unforgettable novels/series. A first-person POV allows you to leave vicariously through the character's recounting of his or her tale. Then there are the unreliable narrators like Patrick Rothfuss' Kvothe and Rucchio's own Hadrian Marlowe. Their credibility often compromised, you never know how much you can trust their own rendition of events. I found Hadrian interesting, but I was more engaged with the seemingly immortal man writing his memoirs than the teenager/young adult whose story makes up Empire of Silence. Young Hadrian is so emo, I found myself wanting to fling the book across the room on more than one occasion. I definitely want to discover more about the tyrant who will destroy a sun and make billions of victims, but here's to hoping I won't have to put up with all that teenage angst and emo crap for another novel or two. I'm not sure I could handle that.

Ruocchio went for lyrical prose, which is not bad per se. Problem is, he definitely went over the top with this aspect and it hurts the novel in significant fashion. Everything is overwritten, every scene overlong. Rucchio uses a paragraph where a sentence would do, a page where a paragraph would do. This makes for a bloated and often repetitive narrative. There are signs of brilliance throughout Empire of Silence. But not unlike Sanderson's epic Stormlight Archive installments, one has to sift through page after page after page of superfluous scenes and storylines, overwritten to boot, to get to them and that can be extremely exhausting. How you can cope with this will likely impact how much you enjoy this book.

Given the author's propensity to overwrite and dwell on extraneous plot points that bring little or nothing to the story, as you can expect the pace for the bulk of the novel is exceptionally slow. This is no page-turner, believe you me. And yet, for all of its meandering and occasional boring ways, Christopher Ruocchio's debut nevertheless manages to keep you interested. No matter how atrocious the rhythm and no matter how redundant or pointless the sequence, there is always a little something that makes you want to keep on reading and find out what happens next.

Which is why, regardless of its shortcomings, and in that regard your mileage may vary, you should give Empire of Silence a shot. I will definitely be reading the second volume, Howling Dark. Whether or not I'll continue beyond that point remains to be seen. . .

The final verdict: 7.5/10

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The Dragonbone Chair, the first volume of Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn, was published in hardcover in October, 1988, launching the series that was to become one of the seminal works of modern epic fantasy. Many of today’s top-selling fantasy authors, from Patrick Rothfuss to George R. R. Martin to Christopher Paolini credit Tad with being the inspiration for their own series.

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From award-winning author R. F. Kuang comes Babel, a thematic response to The Secret History and a tonal retort to Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell that grapples with student revolutions, colonial resistance, and the use of language and translation as the dominating tool of the British empire.

Traduttore, traditore: An act of translation is always an act of betrayal.

1828. Robin Swift, orphaned by cholera in Canton, is brought to London by the mysterious Professor Lovell. There, he trains for years in Latin, Ancient Greek, and Chinese, all in preparation for the day he’ll enroll in Oxford University’s prestigious Royal Institute of Translation—also known as Babel.

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"It was all going so nicely, right up until the massacre."

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This week's New York Times Bestsellers (April 14th)

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God is dead. Meet the kids.

When Fat Charlie's dad named something, it stuck. Like calling Fat Charlie "Fat Charlie." Even now, twenty years later, Charlie Nancy can't shake that name, one of the many embarrassing "gifts" his father bestowed -- before he dropped dead on a karaoke stage and ruined Fat Charlie's life.

Mr. Nancy left Fat Charlie things. Things like the tall, good-looking stranger who appears on Charlie's doorstep, who appears to be the brother he never knew. A brother as different from Charlie as night is from day, a brother who's going to show Charlie how to lighten up and have a little fun ... just like Dear Old Dad. And all of a sudden, life starts getting very interesting for Fat Charlie.

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