COVER REVEAL!! COVER REVEAL!! Looks Like We’ll Be Heading Back To Wonderland, After All!

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Take it in. 

Just LOOK AT IT.

Ain’t it a beaut?

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A.G. Howard’s releasing another book to her Splintered series! Granted, it’s not coming out until January of NEXT YEAR—

*SCREECHES LIKE A PTERODACTYL*

—but at least we’re eventually getting more to the story, one way or another. :3

You can check out GoodReads or the author’s website for more information, but I’m going to add the available blurb here for future reference:


 

DESCRIPTION

A post-Ensnared collection of three stories—available in both print and e-versions.

The headlining short story, Six Impossible Things, takes readers into Alyssa’s future, via new and deleted scenes, to offer a deeper understanding of the decisions made at the close of Ensnared. It’s an extended, detailed version of the epilogue and beyond. Two bonus stories, The Moth in the Mirror and The Boy in the Web, delve into the past.

Together, this collection provides a “director’s cut” glimpse into the past and futures of your favorite Splintered characters.

 

New Finds — Fantasy Books

The Dying Earth (The Dying Earth Quartet, #1) by Lack Vance

Book description:  Many eons from now, our Sun has dwindled to a cold red star. Soon it must flicker out… yet still men and women live, and love, and seek what adventure their strange world holds. And that is plenty – for on this ancient Earth the laws of physics weaken, and magic has returned to its own. Enchantment rules, from the Iron Mountains to the dreaming city of Kaiin.

Meet T’sais the sorceress, Turjan the scientist, and Liane the rogue. Journey with them through dim forests and ancient seabeds – across the mystical landscape of The Dying Earth.

Contents:

    • Turjan of Miir (1950)
    • Mazirian the Magician (1950)
    • T’Sais (1950)
    • Liane the Wayfarer (1950)
    • Ulan Dhor Ends a Dream (1950)
    • Guyal of Sfere (1950)

The Outstretched Shadow (The Obsidian Triology, #1) by Mercedes Lackey & James Mallory

Book description:  Kellen Tavadon, son of the Arch-mage Lycaelon, thought he knew the way the world worked. his fater, leading the wise and benevolent Council of Mages, protected and guided the citizens of the Golden City of the Bells. Young Mages in training – all men, for women were unfit to practice magic – memorized the intricate details of High Magick and aspired to seats on the council.

Then he found the forbidden Books of Wild Magic – or did they find him? The three slim volumes woke Kellen to the wide world outside the City’s isolating walls. This magic was not dead, strangled by rules and regulations. It felt like a living thing, guided by the hearts and minds of those who practiced it and benefited from it.

Questioning everything he has known, Kellen discovers too many of the City’s dark secrets. Banished, with the Outlaw hunt on his heels, Kellen invokes Wild Magic – and finds himself running for his life with a unicorn at his side.

Kellen’s life changes almost faster than he can understand or accept. Rescued by a unicorn, healed by a female Wild Mage who knows more about Kellen than anyone out side the City should, meeting Elven royalty and Elven warriors, and plunged into a world where the magical beings he has learned about as abstract concepts are flesh-and-blood creatures… Kellen both revels in and fears his new freedom.

Especially once he learns about Demons. He’s always thought they were another abstract concept – a stand-in for ultimate evil. But if centaurs and dryads are real, then Demons surely are as well. And the one thing all the Mages of the City agreed on was that practicing Wild Magic corrupted a Mage. Thured him into a Demon. Would that be Kellen’s fate?

Deep in Obsidian Mountain, the Demons are waiting. Since their defeat in the last great war, they’ve been biding their time, sowing the seeds of distrust and discontent between their human and Elven enemies. Very soon now, when the Demons rise to make war, there will be no alliance between High and Wild Magic to stand against them. And all the world will belong to the Endarkened.

Elric: The Stealer of Souls (Chronicles of the Last Emperor of Melniboné, #1) by Michael Moorcock

Book description:  When Michael Moorcock began chronicling the adventures of the albino sorcerer Elric, last king of decadent Melniboné, and his sentient vampiric sword, Stormbringer, he set out to create a new kind of fantasy adventure, one that broke with tradition and reflected a more up-to-date sophistication of theme and style. The result was a bold and unique hero – weak in body, subtle in mind, dependent on drugs for the vitality to sustain himself – with great crimes behind him and a greater destiny ahead: a rock-and-roll antihero who would channel all the violent excesses of the sixties into one enduring archetype.

Here is the first volume of a dazzling collection of stories containing the seminal appearances of Elric and lavishly illustrated by award-winning artist John Picacio – plus essays, letters, maps, and other material. Adventures include “The Dreaming City,” “While the Gods Laugh,” “Kings in Darkness,” “Dead God’s Homecoming,” “Black Sword’s Brothers,” and “Sad Giant’s Shield.”

Omnibus edition.

    • The Stealer of Souls (1963)
    • Stormbringer (1965)

A Hunger Like No Other (The Immortals After Dark, #1) by Kresley Cole

Book description:  A mythic warrior who’ll stop at nothing to possess her…

After enduring years of torture from the vampire horde, Lachlain MacRieve, leader of the Lykae Clan, is enraged to find the predestined mate he’s waited millennia for is a vampire. Or partly one. This Emmaline is a small, ethereal half Valkyrie/half vampire, who somehow begins to soothe the fury burning within him.

A vampire captured by her wildest fantasy…

Sheltered Emmaline Troy finally sets out to uncover the truth about her deceased parents – until a powerful Lykae claims her as his mate and forces her back to his ancestral Scottish castle. There, her fear of the Lykae – and their notorious dark desires – ebbs as he begins a slow, wicked seduction to sate her own dark cravings.

An all-consuming desire…

Yet when an ancient evil from her past resurfaces, will their desire deepen into a love that can bring a proud warrior to his knees and turn a gentle beauty into the fighter she was born to be?

Daggerspell (Deverry Series, #1) by Katharine Kerr

Book description:  ENTER A FANTASTICAL WORLD WHERE EVEN DEATH ITSELF IS COWED BY THE POWERS OF PASSION AND HIGH MAGIC

In a world outside reality, the flickering spirit of a young girl hovers between incarnations, knowing neither her past nor future. But in the temporal world there is one who knows and waits: Nevyn, the wandering sorcerer. On a bloody day long ago he relinquished the maiden’s hand in marriage – and so forged a terrible bond of destiny between three souls that would last through three generations. Now Nevyn is doomed to follow them across the plains of time, never resting until he atones for the tragic wrong of his youth…

The Adamantine Palace (The Memory of Flames, #1) by Stephen Deas

Book description:  There will be flames.

The power of the Realms depends on its dragons. Jealously guarded, nurtured by their handlers, ridden by the aristocracy, they are bred for hunting and for war. But only the alchemists and the mysterious liquid they administer to the dragons stand between the Realms and disaster; for without the liquid, the dragons would return to their natural fury: Unbiddable, terrifying, awesomely strong, able to destroy an entire army and to burn a kingdom to ashes.

Prince Jehal is thinking of other things. Of power over all the Kings and Queens of the Realms; and he is prepared to charm, lie, betray, plot, and murder to get it. Nor is he alone in his ambition. Queen Shezira has her daughters and she means to use them as she herself was used, to gain the ultimate prize, marrying them off to secure her influence and power.

All sell-sword Kemir is thinking of is money. Of freedom from the un-ending arrogance of the dragon riders. And maybe of a little cold revenge against the warlords who both need him and despise him.

And now a dragon has gone missing…

A Different Kingdom by Paul Kearney

Book description:  For Michael Fay life on his grandparents’ remote Irish farm is idyllic: haymaking, fishing in the river, exploring his own little kingdom. Then a fall on a riverbank reveals the existence of another world all around him, a different kingdom where wolves and bears still roam the dense forests, sword-bearing warriors do battle with beasts out of legend and the Devil travels the land searching for lost souls.

Drawn into this enchanted forest by Cat, a mysterious, wild and alluring girl, Michael finds himself on a dangerous and desperate journey – from which he may never escape, however far he runs…

Blue Moon Rising (Blue Moon Rising, #1) by Simon R. Green

Book description:  THE DEMON WAR

The stuff of legends.

Rupert didn’t especially want to be a prince. And he certainly never asked to be the second son of a royal line that really didn’t need a spare. After all, a kingdom suffering from financial setbacks couldn’t afford to have factions fighting over who was more worthy to rule as the next king. So Rupert was sent out to slay a dragon and prove himself – a quest straight out of legends. But he also discovered the kind of things legends didn’t tell, as well as the usual demons, goblins, the Night Witch – even the terrors hidden in the Darkwood. Rupert found his dragon and a princess to rescue, too. But the dragon turned out to be a better friend than anyone back at the castle. And with the Darkwood suddenly spreading its evil… with the blue moon rising and the Wild Magic along with it, Rupert was going to need all the friends he could get…

Heart of Stone (The Negotiator, #1) by C. E. Murphy

Book description:  What Secrets Lie Shrouded In Darkness?

Okay, so jogging through Central Park after midnight wasn’t a bright idea. But Margrit Knight never thought she’d encounter a dark new world filled with magical beings – not to mention a dying woman and a mysterious stranger with blood on his hands. Her logical, lawyer instincts told her it couldn’t all be real – but she could hardly deny what she’d seen… and touched.

The mystery man, Alban, was a gargoyle. One of the fabled Old Races who had hidden their existence for centuries. Now he was a murder suspect, and he needed Margrit’s help to take the heat off him and find the real killer. And as the dead pile up, it’s a race against the sunrise to clear Alban’s name and keep them both alive…


 

New Finds — SciFi Books by Kim Stanley Robinson

Shaman by Kim Stanley Robinson

“Shaman follows Loon from his experience on a late-winter shaman’s journey of skill and endurance to his true adulthood. The wander that begins the story is the beginning of his passage into manhood, and a shaman’s trial. Loon doesn’t want to be a shaman, at least not in the way his tribe’s shaman is, with magic and old stories. He does like the painting. In this prehistoric world, life is genuinely focused on survival, and on the flow of seasons—and so there is often a sense of fear, but there’s plenty of time for humor as well. The novel does generally succeed in its ambitious scope. It is more uneven when it comes to the viewpoint character—Loon is, after all, a 14-year-old boy. It is occasionally tiresome to be subjected to the inner workings of a fictional teenage boy, but aside from that, this novel bears the markings of Robinson’s consummate skill with a sort of anthropological fiction. Robinson’s prose is transparent, capable of sustaining massive plots, and a certain amount of troublesome characterization can be forgiven in the face of spectacular world building.”— BOOKLIST (Regina Schroeder)

Red Mars (Mars Trilogy) by Kim Stanley Robinson

Book description: For eons, sandstorms have swept the barren, desolate landscape of the red planet. For centuries, Mars has beckoned to mankind to come and conquer its hostile climate, Now, in the year 2026, a group of one hundred colonists is about to fulfill that destiny. Red Mars – Winner of the Nebula Award and The British Science Fiction Award for Best Novel. John Boon, Maya Toitovna, Frank Chambers, and Arkady Bogdanov lead a mission whose ultimate goal is to give Mars an Earthlike atmosphere. They will place giant satelite mirrors in Martian orbit to reflect light to the planet’s surface. Black dust sprinkled on the polar caps will capture warmth and melt the ice. And massive tunnels, kilometers in depth, will be drilled into the Martian mantle to create stupendous vents of hot gases. Against this backdrop of epic upheaval, rivlries, loves, and friendships will form and fall to pieces-for there are those who will fight to the death to prevent Mars from ever being changed. In his most ambitious project to date, award-winning author Kim Stanley Robinson utilizes years of research and cutting-edge science in the first of three novels that will chronicle the colonization of Mars.

Green Mars (Mars Trilogy) by Kim Stanley Robinson

Book description: In the Nebula Award winning Red Mars, Kim Stanley Robinson began his critically acclaimed epic saga of the colonization of Mars, Now the Hugo Award winning Green Mars continues the thrilling and timeless tale of humanity’s struggle to survive at its farthest frontier.

Nearly a generation has passed since the first pioneers landed, but the transformation of Mars to an Earthlike planet has just begun The plan is opposed by those determined to preserve the planets hostile, barren beauty. Led by rebels like Peter Clayborne, these young people are the first generation of children born on Mars. They will be joined by original settlers Maya Toitovna, Simon Frasier, and Sax Russell. Against this cosmic backdrop, passions, rivalries, and friendships explode in a story as spectacular as the planet itself.

Blue Mars (Mars Trilogy) by Kim Stanley Robinson

Book description: The red planet is red no longer, as Mars has become a perfectly inhabitable world. But while Mars flourishes, Earth is  threatened by overpopulation and ecological disaster. Soon people look to Mars as a refuge, initiating a possible interplanetary conflict, as well as political strife between the Reds, who wish to preserve the planet in its desert state, and the Green “terraformers”.  The ultimate fate of Earth, as well as the possibility of new explorations into the solar system, stand in the balance.


These look pretty interesting. Ahhh~ So many books! So little time!

[WTRO2] Child of Vengeance, The Folkore of Discworld, and The People in the Trees…

New finds that pique my interest! Really looking forward to reading them when I get the chance~

 

child of vengeanceBy David Kirk

Synopsis
Inspired by the true story of sixteenth-century samurai Musashi Miyamoto, David Kirk has crafted a rich, absorbing novel of one young man’s coming of age at a crucial turning point in Japanese history.

Thirteen-year-old Bennosuke is deeply disconnected from the rest of his village. When he was five, his mother died, and his father, a powerful samurai, has been traveling the country in service to his lord ever since. Raised by his uncle, a monk, who has tried to teach his charge to eschew violence and martial glory and embrace knowledge and peace, Bennosuke worships his absent, renowned father, Munisai. Subject to shifting alliances beyond his control, Munisai has become indebted to the odious Nakata clan. This escalating feud forces him to return home to his village—followed by his enemies. Now Bennosuke will be forced to confront harsh truths about his family history and his own place in it—and to choose between the paths of samurai and monk.



The Folklore of Discworld: Legends, Myths, and Customs folklore of discworldfrom the Discworld with Helpful Hints from Planet Earth
By Terry Pratchett, Jacqueline Simpson

Synopsis
OFFERING INSIGHTS INTO ALL 40 DISCWORLD NOVELS

Find out: 
– Why cheeses roll down hills
– The hazards of treacle mining
– What’s so uncanny about the humble hare
-The origins of orcs (which are not the same as goblins!)
– Why witches come in threes

Legends, myths, fairytales, superstitions. Our world is full of the stories we have told ourselves about where we came from and how we got there. It is the same on Discworld, except that beings such as vampires, trolls, golems, witches and, possibly, gods, which on Earth are creatures of the imagination, are real, alive, and in some cases kicking on the Disc.

The Folklore of Discworld, coauthored by Terry Pratchett and leading British folklorist Jacqueline Simpson, is an invaluable reference for longtime Discworld fans and newcomers alike. An irreverent yet illuminating look at the living myths and folklore that are reflected, celebrated, and affectionately libeled in the uniquely imaginative universe of Discworld.

 


 

people in the treesBy Hanya Yanagihara

Synopsis
It is 1950 when Norton Perina, a young doctor, embarks on an expedition to a remote Micronesian island in search of a rumored lost tribe. There he encounters a strange group of forest dwellers who appear to have attained a form of immortality that preserves the body but not the mind. Perina uncovers their secret and returns with it to America, where he soon finds great success. But his discovery has come at a terrible cost, not only for the islanders, but for Perina himself. Disquieting yet thrilling, The People in the Trees is an anthropological adventure story with a profound and tragic vision of what happens when cultures collide. It marks the debut of a remarkable new voice in American fiction.