May releases

Monday, May 4, 2015

May the force be with you!  On this Star Wars day, let's celebrate... other things not Star Wars. Here's my spotlight for May 2015. What will you read this month?


The Vagrant
Peter Newman
May 1st
The Vagrant is his name. He has no other. Friendless and alone he walks across a desolate, war-torn landscape, carrying nothing but a kit-bag, a legendary sword and a baby. His purpose is to reach the Shining City, last bastion of the human race, and deliver the sword, the only weapon that may make a difference in the ongoing war. But the Shining City is far away and the world is a very dangerous place.

Sword of the North
Grim Company book 2
Luke Scull
May 5th
Some legends never die... 
In The Grim Company, Luke Scull introduced a formidable and forbidding band of anti-heroes battling against ruthless Magelords and monstrous terrors. The adventure continues as the company—now broken—face new dangers on personal quests….  
As Davarus Cole and his former companions were quick to discover, the White Lady’s victorious liberation of Dorminia has not resulted in the freedom they once imagined. Anyone perceived as a threat has been seized and imprisoned—or exiled to darker regions—leaving the White Lady’s rule unchallenged and absolute. But the White Lady would be wiser not to spurn her former supporters: Eremul the Halfmage has learned of a race of immortals known as the Fade, and if he cannot convince the White Lady of their existence, all of humanity will be in danger.
Far to the north, Brodar Kayne and Jerek the Wolf continue their odyssey to the High Fangs only to find themselves caught in a war between a demon horde and their enemy of old, the Shaman. And in the wondrous city of Thelassa, Sasha must overcome demons of her own.

Lord of Ashes
Steelhaven book 3
Richard Ford
May 7th
The queen of Steelhaven has grown in strength. Taking up her dead father's sword, she must defend the city from the dread warlord Amon Turgha and his blood-thirsty army now at the gates. A vicious, unrelenting four-day battle ensues, the most perilous yet. 
No side is immune from danger as all hell breaks loose, with the threat of coups and the unleashing of the deadliest and darkest magick. Loyalty, strength and cunning will be put to test in the quest for victory. What fate awaits the free states?

The Sword of Destiny
Andrzej Sapkoski
May 21st
A collection of stories in the world of Geralt the Witcher, introducing some of the most loved characters from this universe. A must-read for fans of the novels and games alike. 
Geralt is a witcher, a man whose magic powers, enhanced by long training and a mysterious elixir, have made him a brilliant fighter and a merciless assassin. Yet he is no ordinary murderer: his targets are the multifarious monsters and vile fiends that ravage the land and attack the innocent. He roams the country seeking assignments, but gradually comes to realise that while some of his quarry are unremittingly vile, vicious grotesques, others are the victims of sin, evil or simple naivety. 
In this collection of short stories, following the adventures of the hit collection THE LAST WISH, join Geralt as he battles monsters, demons and prejudices alike...

Trial of Intentions
Vault of Heaven book 2
Peter Orullian
May 26th
The gods who created this world have abandoned it. In their mercy, however, they chained the rogue god—and the monstrous creatures he created to plague mortalkind—in the vast and inhospitable wasteland of the Bourne. The magical Veil that contains them has protected humankind for millennia and the monsters are little more than tales told to frighten children. But the Veil has become weak and creatures of Nightmare have come through. To fight them, the races of men must form a great alliance to try and stop the creatures. 
But there is dissent. One king won’t answer the call, his pride blinding him even to the poison in his own court. Another would see Convocation fail for his own political advantage. And still others believe Convocation is not enough. Some turn to the talents of the Sheason, who can shape the very essence of the world to their will. But their order is divided, on the brink of collapse. 
Tahn Junell remembers friends who despaired in a place left barren by war. One of the few who have actually faced the unspeakable horde in battle, Tahn sees something else at work and wonders about the nature of the creatures on the other side of the Veil. He chooses to go to a place of his youth, a place of science, daring to think he can find a way to prevent slaughter, prevent war.  
And his choices may reshape a world . . . .

New map - The Crimson Empire from Marshall's A Crown for Cold Silver

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Behold, in all it's glory, the map for Alex Marshall's A Crown for Cold Silver, electronic edition. In fact, it must be in the retail edition of the book, both electronic and physical but I only have the ARC in both formats... Anyway, here's a link for the map and cover creation process from the talented hand of Tim Paul (cover and map) and the direction of Orbit books Lauren Panepinto. It's a nice contender for my best map of the year!

It was added to the index.

On the AFR Radar

In my upcoming 2015 releases I posted at the start of the year, I forgot at least one novel (for now...), that should have been on my radar. Seth Dickinson, who wrote short stories and for different video games, is releasing his first novel in September 2015, an Epic Fantasy book titled The Traitor Baru Cormorant. I really like the title and as you'll see when you read the blurb, it looks quite intriguing.

Baru Cormorant believes any price is worth paying to liberate her people-even her soul. 
When the Empire of Masks conquers her island home, overwrites her culture, criminalizes her customs, and murders one of her fathers, Baru vows to swallow her hate, join the Empire's civil service, and claw her way high enough to set her people free. 
Sent as an Imperial agent to distant Aurdwynn, another conquered country, Baru discovers it's on the brink of rebellion. Drawn by the intriguing duchess Tain Hu into a circle of seditious dukes, Baru may be able to use her position to help. As she pursues a precarious balance between the rebels and a shadowy cabal within the Empire, she orchestrates a do-or-die gambit with freedom as the prize. 
But the cost of winning the long game of saving her people may be far greater than Baru imagines.

K.J. Parker identity reveal

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

We now know officially the identity of renowned Fantasy author K.J. Parker, who wrote with this pseudonym since 1998. Parker's real name is Tom Holt, the British writer. Pornokitsch posted the news with the consent of Orbit books today.

Holt wrote the following books under the pseudonym (and some short fiction):

The Fencer trilogy
Colours in the Steel (1998)
The Belly of the Bow (1999)
The Proof House (2000)

The Scavenger trilogy
Shadow (2001)
Pattern (2002)
Memory (2003)

The Engineer trilogy
Devices and Desires (2005)
Evil for Evil (2006)
The Escapement (2007)

Other novels
The Company (2008)
The Folding Knife (2010)
The Hammer (2011)
Sharps (2012)
The Two of Swords, serialized novel (April 2015)
Savages (July 2015)

As you can see, The Two of Swords will be serialized in three novels, available now.

Do you care about K.J. Parker real identity?

Have you read some of Tom Holt books?

Half the covers

Joe Abercrombie posted earlier this week the cover for the UK edition of the third books in his Shattered Sea series, Half a War. The book will be released this summer.

Even if the Subterranean Press edition of the first book of the series, Half a King was clearly the best, even my favorite cover of 2014. Aside from that edition, here's a recap of the UK and US covers for each books, presented with the help of a juxtaposition!

Half a King

Half the World

Half a War

So, what do you think, who's got the best covers? UK or US?

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