December release

Thursday, December 2, 2010

The end of the year is near but there's still at least one title that picked my interest in the December 2010 release calendar of the fantasy literature circle. Since I have many more books from this year to read, I think this will be my sole acquisition this month (in term of new releases).

At last, comes the third book by Ian C. Esslemont in his Malazan novels, Stonewielder!!! Hurrah! I can get another doorstopper (a bit less imposing at 640 pages) book full of Malazan goodness. At least, it's what I'm hoping for, I will be able to tell you more soon. Sorry Sam Sykes, but again, your book will be pushed aside when I finish ToM for Stonewielder, I can't let the Crimson Guard wait their turn.

By the way, the book will be released on December 6th.

Here's the blurb :
Greymane believed he'd outrun his past. With his school for swordsmanship in Falar, he was looking forward to a quiet life, although his colleague Kyle wasn't as enamoured with life outside the mercenary company, the Crimson Guard. However, it seems it is not so easy for an ex-Fist of the Malazan Empire to disappear, especially one under sentence of death from that same Empire. For there is a new Emperor on the throne of Malaz, and he is dwelling on the ignominy that is the Empire's failed invasion of the Korel subcontinent. In the vaults beneath Unta, the Imperial capital, lie the answers to that disaster. And out of this buried history surfaces the name Stonewielder. In Korel, Lord Protector Hiam, commander of the Stormguard, faces the potential annihilation of all that he holds dear. With few remaining men and a crumbling stone wall that has seen better days, he confronts an ancient enemy: the sea-borne Stormriders have returned. Religious war also threatens these lands. The cult of the Blessed Lady, which had stood firm against the Riders for millennia, now seeks to eradicate its rivals. And as chaos looms, a local magistrate investigating a series of murders suddenly finds himself at the heart of a far more ancient and terrifying crime - one that has tainted an entire land..."Stonewielder" is an enthralling new chapter in the epic story of a thrillingly imagined world.


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