#Fantasy Friday: W*n HUNTER AND FOX by Philippa Ballantine

Today’s featured book is HUNTER AND FOX, a fantasy novel from author Philippa Ballantine released in late June. I know Pip Ballantine’s writing from her Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences steampunk series with her husband Tee Morris, so this is a new fantasy world for me. See what you think, and comment to be entered to win a copy!
ABOUT THE BOOK: In a world that is in constant shifting, where mountains can change to plains and then to lakes, Talyn is the Hunter for the Caisah, and a wreck of a once-proud person. She has lost her people, the Vaerli, and her soul working for the man who destroyed her people. All unknowing, she carries within her a Kindred, a chaos creature from the center of the earth that wants to help bring the Vaerli back to power. However, she has lost the ability to communicate with it. She must also deal with the machinations of Kelanim, the mistress of Caisah, who out of fear will do anything to bring Talyn down.Little does the Hunter know that salvation is looking for her, and it wears the face of gentleness and strength. Finn is a teller of tales who carries his own dreadful secret. He sets out to find answers to his path but ends up in the city of Perilous and Fair where he meets Talyn. He knows the danger and yet is drawn to her. Their fates are bound together.Meanwhile, the Hunter’s lost brother Byre is searching for his own solution to the terrible curse placed on the Vaerli. He sets forth on a treacherous journey of his own, which will intersect in the most unlikely place with that of Talyn and Finn. The ramifications of this encounter will be felt by all the people in Conhaero, from the lost Vaerli to the Caisah on his throne.
Want to win a copy of Hunter and Fox? Just tell me your favorite epic fantasy that isn’t by JRR Tolkien! I rather like Alex Bledsoe’s Eddie Lacrosse series, probably because it’s epic fantasy that reads a lot like, well, urban fantasy and has a minimum of apo’stro’phe’d names, which annoy the bejeezus out of me in fantasy novels.

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28 thoughts on “#Fantasy Friday: W*n HUNTER AND FOX by Philippa Ballantine

  1. damn, that’s one scary looking horse..

    harry potter! but i’m not sure if it’s epic, i just love those kids 😀

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  2. Right now, my favorite series is the one by Sarah Monette and Elizabeth Bear, starting with “Mesuline”. I find the characters so real that I use some of their expressions.
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  3. The Dark Tower by Stephen King. Although I’m only about half way, in the Tor.com read along. Apo’stro’phe’d – Love it, names have always caused me trouble in the fantasy books.

  4. I love Robin Hobb’s Liveship Traders trilogy. It’s all about pirates and politics with ships that come alive…plus sea serpents! WHat’s not to love?!
    I do find too many Apo’stro’phe’s interrupt my reading flow!

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  5. The Sevenwater Trilogy by Juliet Marillier and Rhiannon’s Ride trilogy by Kate Forsyth are my favorite. Any work by Marillier is amazing. I also love George R.R. Marten saga A Song of Ice and Fire!!

    Sadly….I am not a fan of JRR Tolkien. I love the movies!!! But his writing are killing me…there just to munch description in his books.

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  6. I know it sounds cliché these days but A Song of Ice and Fire, I have been reading the books before HBO had ever heard of it and I just love the series. It’s what brought me back to fantasy after being burnt out on Salvatore and the like. (sorry Robert, your stuff was good when I was a teenager, but I’ve moved on, it’s not you, it’s me)

  7. Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss. Hands-down most excellent books I’ve ever read.

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  8. Harry Potter is my fav.
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  9. My favourite epic fantasy? Not sure if it is epic, but… The chronicles of Aurian by Maggie Furey. Or Sword of Truth by Terry Goodkind, and Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan. Or anything by Raymond E. Feist… I can go on for a while 🙂

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  10. I loved the saga Dragons of pern by Anne Mc Caffrey ^^

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  11. I haven’t read any of these types of books yet, but they sound interesting.

    I follow the blog.

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  12. Another vote for Sarah Monette’s awesome Doctrine of Labyrinths series along with Carol Berg’s equally impressive Collegia Magica series.

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