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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