It's the blog tour for author Ian C. Esslemont, with the US release of Blood and Bone (May 21st), the fifth Malazan Empire book by the co-creator of the world he shares with Steven Erikson. I still haven't read it but it's standing close to the top of my to-read pile. You can check my reviews of three of his books here (Return of the Crimson Guard, Stonewielder and Orb, Sceptre, Throne). The blurb for Blood and Bone:
In the western sky the bright emerald banner of the Visitor descends like a portent of annihilation. On the continent of Jacuruku, the Thaumaturgs have mounted yet another expedition to tame the neighboring wild jungle. Yet this is no normal wilderness. It is called Himatan, and it is said to be half of the spirit realm and half of the earth. And it is said to be ruled by a powerful entity whom some name the Queen of Witches, and some a goddess: the ancient Ardata.
Saeng grew up knowing only the rule of the magus Thaumaturgs—but it was the voices out of that land's forgotten past that she listened to. And when her rulers mount an invasion of the neighboring jungle, those voices send her and her brother on a desperate mission.
To the south, the desert tribes are united by the arrival of a foreign warleader, a veteran commander in battered ashen mail whom his men call the Grey Ghost. This warleader takes the tribes on a raid like none other, deep into the heart of Thaumaturg lands. Meanwhile word comes to K'azz, and mercenary company the Crimson Guard, of a contract in Jacuruku. And their employer... none other than Ardata herself.
Tor was kind enough to offer some giveaways and I have two books of Esslemont to offer you readers. You can choose from any books of the Malazan world written by Esslemont.
You only have to send me a mail (contact on the right) with your name and address, the book you want and "Esslemont" as the subject. The giveaway is open only for the US, Canada and UK. I'll pick up the two winners on May 31st.