First, some housekeeping…I have a few appearances around the blogosphere today, and will compile the commenters for a $15 Amazon (or choice of book retailer) gift card–international welcome!
First, I’m doing an interview over at Musings of the Mistress of the Dark Path
, and talking about the Sentinels series (and thanks for the awesome reviews!)
Next, thanks to Rahna at Let’s Get Booked
for the fun reviews of Royal Street and River Road today!
Finally, there’s supposed to be an interview at Books and Tales
today. As of 7 a.m. CDT, it wasn’t up yet, but there is a spotlight of the Penton series.
And now to reader’s choice….
One more fairly light week for new releases before the list really begins growing again for the last week of May and the first week of June. Fair warning, we will see more than seventy new releases in the next two weeks alone. So get that wishlist ready! Still, there are some interesting titles out this week–if you’re a fan of the Malazan fantasy saga, there’s a new installment this week. Also new releases from Donna Grant’s hot paranormal romance series and the Bannon and Clare series from Lilith Saintcrow.
Now….What do you want to read? As always, leave a comment telling me the book you’d most like to win, and maybe random.org will make your wishes come true. Your choice of print or digital unless otherwise stated. International? Of course! As long as Book Depository delivers to your country, please enter. If you’d prefer the first book in a series listed here, that’s okay, too.
Egil and Nix have retired, as they always said they would. No, really, they have. No more sword and hammer-play for them. But when two recent acquaintances come calling for help, our hapless heroes find themselves up against the might of the entire Thieves Guild. And when kidnapping the leader of the most powerful guild in the land seems like the best course of action, you know you’re in over your head. (ebook Only)
The emerald banner of the Visitor descends like a portent of annihilation. On the continent of Jacuruku, the Thaumaturgs have mounted another expedition to tame the neighboring wild jungle, called Himatan. It is said to be half of the spirit realm and half of the earth. It is said to be ruled by an entity whom some name the Queen of Witches, and some a goddess: Ardata. Saeng grew up knowing the rule of the magus Thaumaturgs. When her rulers mount an invasion of the neighboring jungle, 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. Word comes to K’azz, and mercenary company the Crimson Guard, of a contract in Jacuruku. And their employer, none other than Ardata herself. (U.S. Release)
Kara has been training for months to help take down Brakken, the merciless black-wing who is making life hell for the Demiare. When Julian discovers a scout has been tracking Kara, he wants her out of the fight. Gavin isn’t much better. He’s already lost so much to Brakken and has no intention of allowing the woman he loves to be the next sacrifice. He and Julian have their hands full trying to fight Brakken’s army and keep Kara safe, especially after her recent visit to the white-wings. Since her return, she’s been acting strange. Kara doesn’t have time to think about her conflicted feelings for Gavin and Julian. If she thought it was complicated evading scouts and fending off black-wings, she’s learning that’s nothing compared to loving two strong-willed men. (ebook only)
Thrown together by fate, Arran, a Dark Warrior and Dr. Veronica “Ronnie” Reid find themselves caught up in a passion that neither of them expected—one that neither of them can control. Ronnie is unsure if she can trust this man who keeps dangerous secrets. Arran knows that his insatiable desire is the worst thing that could have happened and yet he cannot turn away from her, not when he could be so close to the answers he needs. And now danger is hot on their heels after Ronnie discovers something that would have been better left buried. Arran finds that he must protect her, not only from the rising threat, but perhaps from himself as well, especially when she uncovers his true identity. (ebook only)
The epic Wereworld saga continues as Drew Ferran, werewolf, leader of people, and the rightful king of Lyssia, battles the evil Catlords who seek to oppress the kingdom. As the war’s scope widens, Drew and his allies take the fight to the high seas. But just as many terrors await them on the water as on land, with pirates and scoundrels abounding and a host of previously unknown werelords emerging to take sides in the war that threatens to destroy the Seven Realms.
Andrew Dare has found his mate in Silver, but they haven’t found the pack they can call home. Some of his old friends think he should return and challenge Roanoke for leadership of all the werewolf packs on the East Coast. But Andrew has baggage, his violent history with the packs of Spain and the rumors of his lack of control. And then there’s Silver, the werewolf who has lost her wild self to a monster’s assault, and who can no longer shift forms. But perhaps together they can overcome all the doubters.
An uneasy peace has existed since the fall of the Awakened Empire centuries ago. The hybrid Avān share the land with the people they once conquered. With the Empress-in-Shadows an estranged ghost, it is the ancient dynasties of the Great Houses and the Hundred Families that rule. Visions have foretold that Corajidin, dying ruler of House Erebus, will not only survive, but rise to rule his people. He seeks to make his destiny certain by plundering the ruins of his civilization’s past for the science needed to ensure his survival. Mercenary warrior-mage Indris, scion of the rival House Nasarat, stands most powerfully in the usurper’s bloody path. It is Indris who reluctantly accepts the task of finding the only one able to steer the teetering nation towards peace.
Two weeks ago, thirteen-year-old Mason Stark and seventeen of his fellow cadets from the Academy for Earth Space Command boarded the SS Egypt. The trip was supposed to be a routine voyage to log their required spacetime for summer quarter. Routine goes out the airlock when they’re attacked by the Tremist, an alien race who have been at war with humanity for the last sixty years. With the captain and crew dead, injured, or taken prisoner, Mason and the cadets are all that’s left to warn the ESC. They find out exactly why the Tremist chose this ship to attack: the Egyptis carrying a weapon that could change the war forever. Mason will have to lead the cadets in an assault to take back the ship, rescue the survivors, and recover the weapon. Before there isn’t a war left to fight.
Emma Bannon, Sorceress Prime in service to Queen Victrix, has a mission: to find the doctor who has created a powerful new weapon. Her friend, the mentath Archibald Clare, is only too happy to help. A spot of Miss Bannon’s excellent hospitality and her diverting company may be just what he needs. Their quarry is a fanatic, and his poisonous discovery is just as dangerous to Britannia as to Her enemies. A single man has set Londinium ablaze, and Clare finds himself in the middle of distressing excitement, racing against time and theory to find a cure. Miss Bannon, of course, has troubles of her own, for the Queen’s Consort Alberich is ill, and Her Majesty unhappy with Bannon’s loyal service. And there is still no reliable way to find a hansom when one needs it most.
Plenty of teenagers feel invisible. Fiona McClean actually is. An invisible girl is a priceless weapon. Fiona’s own father has been forcing her to do his dirty work for years, everything from spying on people to stealing cars to breaking into bank vaults. After sixteen years, Fiona’s had enough. She and her mother flee to a small town, and for the first time in her life, Fiona feels like a normal life is within reach. But Fiona’s father isn’t giving up that easily. Of course, he should know better than anyone: never underestimate an invisible girl.
Gian returns to Sea-john from the Kingdom’s wars certain that he has skills beyond killing, death and destruction. He needs to prove to himself that love is just as strong, if not stronger, than his hate. The Summer King gives him this opportunity. (ebook only)
Five entries possible: +1 for comment to tell me what book you want, +1 for blog follow, +1 for Twitter follow, +1 for a Tweet or RT about the contest, +1 for a Facebook follow. This contest is international to any place Book Depository ships. Contests end at midnight CDT U.S. on Saturday, and winners are announced on Sunday’s blog. It’s the responsibility of the winner to contact me with their mailing info. Books unclaimed after a month will go into the Book Horde list (see tab at the top of the page).
Now….go forth and comment!