I’m v excited about some new releases due out this month.
First up is Jacqueline Carey‘s “Kushiel’s Mercy” (dark fantasy): This completes the Imriel trilogy (previous books are “Kushiel’s Scion” and “Kushiel’s Justice”). I admit I had doubts about Imriel as the protagonist for this trilogy, but they quickly faded as soon as I read the first book. I can’t wait to see how she finishes off his story.
Excerpt here – warning: contains big spoiler for second book if you haven’t yet read it (out June 12)
Then there’s Diana Peterfreund‘s “Rites of Spring (Break)” (YA): I read the first book in this series, “Secret Society Girl”, a couple of weeks back and immediately had a bit of a fan-girl squee about it. I more or less zoomed through the second book (“Under the Rose”), and while I didn’t rate it as highly as the former (minor gripes – firstly, the novelty has worn off slightly, and secondly, I think there was more telling than showing), I still love the world Ms Peterfreund has created. I can’t wait to read the third. And surely she’s not teasing about the possible romance?
Excerpt here (out June 24)
Next is Lynn Flewelling‘s “Shadows Return” (fantasy): I didn’t expect she would ever return to her her Nightrunners world, but am happy to be proven wrong! This is the fourth book in the series (and her website says a fifth is scheduled for next year – yay!). Okay, bear with me because it’s been a while since I’ve read them and my memory’s a bit sketchy, but these books basically revolve around the adventures of noble-cum-spy Seregil and his former-apprentice-now-lover Alec. Think “saving the kingdom”-type fantasy. Ms Flewelling writes a good story.
Various excerpts on Ms Flewelling’s Livejournal (out June 24)
Brandon Sanderson‘s “Mistborn: The Well of Ascension” (fantasy): I am trying to rein in my spending (honest!), so I’ve been waiting for the paperback release of this book. It’s the second in the Mistborn trilogy, which is a fantasy with an interesting almost-scientific magic system. I did like the first book, and I’m impressed that I refrained from buying the hardcover. I probably shouldn’t pat myself on the back yet though, because the third book “Mistborn: The Final Empire” is also out this month… (edited to correct: M:TFE is a re-release of the first book, the third book is out in October, which will help my wallet – thanks La Plume for the info!).
Excerpts and other bonus information here
And then there’s Janet Evanovich‘s “Fearless Fourteen” (mystery): No, I haven’t yet managed to wean myself off Stephanie Plum (though I haven’t bought the St Patrick’s Day novella – it’s a step in the right direction, isn’t it?). Despite the fact the Stephanie-Morelli-Ranger love triangle never goes anywhere (I’m a Morelli girl myself), I’m still a Plum addict. It’s the offbeat humour that pulls me in – I almost always have at least one laugh-out-loud moment when reading Stephanie Plum. I say “almost” because I thought the last book was actually a bit of a letdown. So while I definitely am getting FF, it had better be good.
Excerpt here (out June 17)
Umm… and a maybe for Tanya Huff‘s “Heart of Valor” (military SF) – that’s Book 3 in the Confederation series. But – and I know this sounds terrible – I can’t remember if I’ve already read it. Arrrghhh. I need to go and read a few pages in the bookstore.