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The Gods Wake in “The Copper Promise”

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The Copper Promise by Jen Williams
Angry Robot: July 5, 2016
Genre: Fantasy
Source: Free From Publisher

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I’m not sure exactly what I was expecting going into The Copper Promise, but whatever it was my expectations were far exceeded! The Copper Promise is a fun, fast-paced, swashbuckling adventure and I can’t wait to read more about the adventures of our (mostly) heroic trio.

Wydrin of Crosshaven and Sir Sebastian are mercenaries for hire. Wydrin and Sebastian are recruited for a job by Lord Aaron Frith, a seemingly simple job: infiltrate the Citadel and snag the treasure. Of course, no job is so easy and the unforeseen consequence is that a terrible goddess has been awoken and unleashed her army. You would assume that Wydrin, Sebastian and Frith would naturally want to help defeat this terror, but you would assume wrong. Each of these characters have their own private motivations, and not all mean dealing with the scourge that they have just helped to unleashed. Yet, it’s a problem that just wont go away, and the trio must reunite and figure out how they could possibly kill a seemingly unbeatable dragon and her brood army. Smooth sailing is not in the cards for our heroes. (more…)

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Winterwood: Pirates, Magic, and Shapeshifters Oh My!

25489511Winterwood by Jacey Bedford
DAW: February 2nd, 2016
Genre: Historical Fantasy
Source: Free from publisher

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This book has so many of the elements I love in a good fantasy: pirates, fae, magic, a wolf shapeshifter, a heroine who disguises herself as a man, adventure, romance, an alternative historical setting… really, this book is just my thing.

Rossalinde (Ross) Tremayne, is introduced as she works her way to her mother’s house, where her parent lays dying. Ross and her mother have had a difficult relationship for as long as Ross can remember, and she goes reluctantly. When she arrives, she discovers that her mother sent for Ross to trick her into taking up their family’s heritage – a curse in the shape of a magical winterwood box. If Ross were to take up her destiny, she would restore balance to the world and in the process, drastically alter England., (more…)

Book Adventures Weekly, Issue 31

We seem to have transferred from A/C to heat this morning… and I never expected to be hot in the office, but here I am… sweltering.

This cheered me up: Magic Wheelchair is a company that creates Halloween costumes around children’s wheelchairs. Check out Toothless!

International Talk Like a Pirate Day (how did that even become a thing?) just happened. DPLA – the Digital Public Library of America – shares a pirate, buccaneer and freebooter map that definitely qualifies as eye candy. Click the thumbnail to see a bigger image on the source site.

In preparation for the Pope’s first visit to the U.S., the Washington Post has created an illustrated history of popemobiles that is guaranteed to waste your time. Or, well, mine.

New York Public Library is welcoming autumn with a selection of essays curated by their staff.

BookRiot has an essay on assuming book characters are white unless specifically told otherwise. Part of their observance of #BlackOutDay

The National Library of Scotland is going to put one-third of its collections online!

For more eye candy, check out NASA’s astronomy picture of the day.

Check back next week for the next round-up!

Year in Preview: 2015 Reading Itinerary

I am so far behind. Obviously this post would be more meaningful in January. But, “better late than never,” right? Right? I think so, too. So read on for some of my most anticipated books that will be published in 2015 (images before blurbs):

The synopsis of this one brings to mind so many good books: The Scarlet Pimpernel, the Secret History of the Pink Carnation, and The Forbidden Rose. I can’t wait to read it!

A mishmash of Caribbean legend, zombies, and urban fantasy set in New York City, this book looks like a wild ride.

OK, the first thing that made me want to read this book is its cover. I know the old adage, but who actually follows that? But then, I was hooked by the lost princess working on a pirate ship, with an attractive captain and a curse that brings (and keeps) them together. Helloooo, pirate adventure romance!

Every book I read by Sarah J. Maas is better than the last. So you can probably see why I’m excited about her newest series, which reworks The Beauty and The Beast with faerie lore. A young huntress kills a wolf in the woods, gets dragged to Faerie, and is held captive by Tamlin…

Unlike Sarah J. Maas, I did not enjoy the previous books by Naomi Novik (full disclosure, I only read the first in the series about Temeraire). But Uprooted looks fantastic. About a dragon, who supposedly eats maidens from a nearby village, and a maiden from said village who knows better… but still doesn’t know what’s in store for her when she gets chosen by him. (I’m assuming that last, because she’s the protagonist, so it’s obvious, right?).

I’ve never read Holly Black, but I have read good reviews of her works, which have intrigued me. A topsy-turvy take on Sleeping Beauty, with love, betrayal, and complex relationships in a faerie setting, this one is first by this author on my to-read list.

In a setting parallel universes and Travelers who can journey between them at will, Kell is a young magician who gets caught up in treason and flees to a different London, where he runs into a young cut-purse who demands her own adventures and drags him along as her ride. Unique and with what looks like an engaging sense of humor, this book definitely fits on my most-anticipated list. As a bonus, it features a male main character, which is unusual for the books I read.

One for the historical mysteries sub-genre. Set in 1543, it follows a young woman who is also an alchemist, as she gets caught up in a poisoning investigation.

This one is intriguing, but I can’t, based on the description, actually figure out how badly I want to read it.

In steampunk Seattle, a young woman working in a bordello witnesses trouble and change – a man whose machine can control minds, and the brutal murder of a young streetwalker.

**This list tells me that I need to read more science fiction in 2015. Among other things…

Summer Vacation Itinerary: Nine Adventures

I always wish I had more time to read in the summer, but there are so many other attractions! When I get the chance, though, I’ll be reading these:

Strange Chemistry, a YA imprint of Angry Robot Books, has been discontinued. Which is why I finally purchased actual, new, books: The Assassin’s Curse duology by Cassandra Rose Clarke, published by Strange Chemistry. I’ve heard great reviews from Jaclyn and others, so obviously I have to try it. And it wasn’t too hard to rationalize the purchase.

The Assassin's Curse (The Assassin's Curse #1)

The Pirate's Wish (The Assassin's Curse #2)

I’ve been thinking about Madeleine E. Robin‘s Sarah Tolerance series for ages, and as I haven’t read the third one, The Sleeping Partner, and I can’t find the first two at the library (another sad lack in libraryland), these are next on my to-buy-list. Sarah Tolerance is a swashbuckling, pants-wearing, crime-solving woman in a slightly altered 19th century. Think Sebastian St. Cyr, but female. With a little fantasy, a little mystery, and some serious fighting, this will make corn fields breeze by on your road trip.

The Sleeping Partner (Sarah Tolerance #3)

Alias Hook, by Lisa Jensen. Peter Pan, from Hook’s perspective. Enough said? Hook is not an evil villain, but a misguided, un-self-reflective, childish adult, who has some growing up to do. I’m reading this one now, and it’s the ultimate summer reading, with the top, adventure-story layer and the deeper, growing-up layer readers can choose to digest.

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