Tuesday, March 31, 2009

March Debut Round-Up

Midwinter (US - Canada - UK)
by Matthew Sturges (Website - Blog - Facebook - Forum - Twitter)
Publisher: Pyr (March 24, 2009)
Paperback: 345 pages

Publisher's Blurb:
Winter comes to the land only once in a hundred years. But the snow covers ancient secrets: secrets that could topple a kingdom.

Mauritaine was a war hero, a captain in the Seelie Army. Then he was accused of treason and sentenced to life without parole at Crere Sulace, a dark and ancient prison in the mountains, far from the City Emerald. But now the Seelie Queen – Regina Titania herself – has offered him one last chance to redeem himself, an opportunity to regain his freedom and his honor.

Unfortunately, it’s a suicide mission . . .

Read more at Pyr Books. Matthew Sturges is a former comic book writer for D. C. The author website above takes you to Clockwork Storybook, a group writer blog. Contrary to the "clockwork" part of their name, it does not appear to be a steampunk blog.

Reviews: Fantasy Book Critic - Grasping for the Wind

The Betrayal (US - Canada - UK)
by Pati Nagle (Website - Blog - Livejournal - Twitter - Facebook)
Publisher: Del Rey (March 24, 2009)
Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages

Publisher's Blurb:
The noble and magical aelven were riven by war when a rogue clan embraced a forbidden source of magic: the drinking of blood. In the bitter fighting that ensued, the vampiric Clan Darkshore were cast out of the aelven and driven across the Ebon Mountains. Stripped of their various clan colors, they were thenceforth known only as “alben,” hated and shunned. An uneasy peace now holds over the land, but it is whispered that Shalár, the beautiful and bloodthirsty queen of the alben, is readying a surprise attack to win back all that was lost–and none can say where or when she will strike.

The fate of the clans will depend on two young aelven lovers, Eliani and Turisan, who are blessed with a legendary gift: the fabled power of mindspeech. But this ability comes with great risks. Time is running out as the alben mount their attack–and their ultimate betrayal.

Reviews: Aelven

The review site above takes you to a page of author blurbs. Pati Nagle is a historical novelist making the jump to fantasy. From her bio, she has been a lifelong fan of fantasy and science fiction.

Red-Headed Stepchild (US - Canada - UK)
by Jaye Wells (Website - Blog - MySpace - Facebook - Twitter - Goodreads)
Publisher: Orbit (March 31, 2009)
Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages

Publisher's Blurb:
In a world where being of mixed-blood is a major liability, Sabina Kane has the only profession fit for an outcast: assassin. But, her latest mission threatens the fragile peace between the vampire and mage races and Sabina must scramble to figure out which side she's on. She's never brought her work home with her---until now.

This time, it's personal.

Reviews: Darque Reviews - SciFiGuy.ca

The author got a fabulous book deal for this one; congratulations to her! Her name is already familiar to me--she has been very active on Facebook. Raven has already read Red-Headed Stepchild and her review will be appearing later in the week.

1 comment:

Tia Nevitt said...

The Betrayal sounds interesting to me because it blends elf-like beings with vampires. The cover even looks to be a typical urban fantasy cover, with medieval style clothing.

Since the vamps look to be the antagonists, this one actually hooks me, despite my aversion to vampires. I think vampires make much better antagonists.