Before we get to our rather meager new release offerings, I hope you’ll join Jean, DJ, and Rene as they visit with Jen over at That’s What I’m Talking About. Although I’m sure I butchered Jean’s French as I tried to understand his pontificating, he is planning Christmas Day festivities for the whole crew!
A very light week for new releases this week. Only six books on the list!
What do you want to read this week? 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. And since the list is so short, heck, just pick a book you’d like to read that came out in 2015!
A Long Cloud (The Lion of Wales #4), by Sarah Woodbury, (December 12, CreateSpace)
King Arthur lives, but the war isn’t over, and distinguishing between friends and foes has never been more difficult. A Long Cloud takes Myrddin and Nell into England. And it is there, in the heart of Modred’s domain, that the truth about Myrddin’s parentage is finally revealed.
At Blade’s Edge (Goddess with a Blade #4), by Lauren Dane, (December 14, Carina Press)
Though she’d hoped the deadly events in Venice would end the threat to The Treaty she is sworn to protect, Rowan found evidence of a grander conspiracy to destroy the fragile peace that holds humans, Vampires and those with magic back from war. It’s not so much that someone ordered her assassination that makes her angry as it is the risks those she cares for, especially her new husband, now face. Clive Stewart has never tried to pen Rowan in or control her choices. He has his own fires to put out now that he’s married to the most powerful non-Vampire in their world. The organization that gave her a home when she’d run from The Keep at seventeen has betrayed her. Rowan is in London gathering her allies and the evidence necessary to drive out the rot within Hunter Corp. and expose whoever is at the top. Rowan is a predator and this threat is prey. She’ll burn it down and salt the earth afterward. On her terms.
No Reprieve (The Ascendant Kingdoms Saga), by Gail Z. Martin, (December 15, Orbit)
Explore the origin of Blaine McFadden and his allies in this short story prequel to the epic Ascendant Kingdoms Saga. Condemned to exile in an arctic prison colony for murdering his sister’s attacker, Blaine McFadden has lost everything, his title, his family and his fiancé. Velant Prison holds the worst of the kingdom’s convicts, overseen by brutal guards who are exiles themselves. When a sadistic guard takes things too far, Blaine’s insubordination makes him a target of the prison’s notorious commander. To survive, Blaine needs to rely on his wits and his fists, and a few good friends to watch his back.
The Bone Labyrinth (Sigma Force #10), by James Rollins, (December 15, William Morrow)
A series of strange events throws the world into turmoil. As a manned Chinese rocket explodes upon launch, three American astronauts, each separated by thousands of miles, are murdered. An archaeologist in Croatia uncovers a new cavern system that reveals elaborate primitive paintings by a tribe of Neanderthals. The artwork, painted in blood, illustrates an immense battle between the Neanderthals, joined by Homo sapiens, and frightening shadowy figures. The search for answers will take Commander Gray Pierce of Sigma Force 50,000 years back in time. They will be plunged into a war for the future of humanity that stretches across the globe. Sigma embarks on its most harrowing journey ever, and faces off against its greatest threat: an ancient evil, resurrected by modern genetic science, strong enough to bring about the end of man’s dominance on this planet. Only this time, Sigma will falter, and the world we know will change forever.
Warlords and Wastrels (The Duelists Trilogy #3), by Julia Knight, (December 15, Orbit)
Vocho and Kacha may be known for the first swordplay in the city of Reyes, but they’ve found themselves backed into a corner too often for their liking. Finally reinstated into the Duelist’s Guild for services rendered to the prelate, who has found himself back in charge, Vocho and Kacha are tasked with bringing a prisoner to justice. But this prisoner is none other than Kacha’s old flame Egimont. The prelate wants him alive, and on their side. However the more they discover of Egimont and his dark dealings with the magician, the more Kacha’s loyalties are divided. Soon she must choose a side, the prelate or the king, her brother or her ex-lover. The fate of Reyes is balanced on a knife-edge.
The Thing Itself, by Adam Roberts, (December 17, Gollancz)
Two men while away the days in an Antarctic research station. Tensions between them build as they argue over a love-letter one of them has received. One is practical and open. The other surly, superior and obsessed with reading one book, by the philosopher Kant. As a storm brews and they lose contact with the outside world they debate Kant, reality and the emptiness of the universe. The come to hate each other, and they learn that they are not alone. (ebook only)
The small print: This contest is international to any place Book Depository ships. Contests end at midnight CDT U.S. on Saturday, and winners will be announced on Sunday’s blog. It’s the responsibility of the winner to contact me with their mailing info.
Now….go forth and tell me what you want to read!