Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Upcoming Novels To Keep An Eye On Part 1

Echoes of Betrayal (Paladin's Legacy book 3)
Elizabeth Moon
Del Rey
Publication Date: February 21, 2012

The product description:
The action continues fast and furious in this third installment of Elizabeth Moon’s celebrated return to the fantasy world of the paladin Paksenarrion Dorthansdotter. This award-winning author has firsthand military experience and an imagination that knows no bounds. Combine those qualities with an ability to craft flesh-and-blood characters, and the result is the kind of speculative fiction that engages both heart and mind.

All is not well in the Eight Kingdoms. In Lyonya, King Kieri is about to celebrate marriage to his beloved, the half-elf Arian. But uncanny whispers from the spirits of his ancestors continue to warn of treachery and murder. A finger of suspicion has been pointed toward his grandmother, the queen of the Ladysforest elves, and that suspicion has only intensified with time and the Lady’s inexplicable behavior. Clearly, she is hiding something. But what? And why?

Meanwhile, in Tsaia, the young king Mikeli must grapple with unrest among his own nobility over his controversial decision to grant the title and estates of a traitorous magelord to a Verrakaien who not only possesses the forbidden magic but is a woman besides: Dorrin, once one of Kieri’s most trusted captains. When renegade Verrakaien attack two of Dorrin’s squires, suspicion and prejudice combine to place Dorrin’s life at risk—and the king’s claim to the throne in peril.

But even greater danger is looming.  The wild offspring of a dragon are on the loose, sowing death and destruction and upsetting the ancient balance of power between dragonkind, humans, elves, and gnomes. A collision seems inevitable. Yet when it comes, it will be utterly unexpected—and all the more devastating for it.
I know I'm looking forward to this one! Elizabeth Moon has been teasing us with comments and snippets on her blog all year.

Home From The Sea
Mercedes Lackey
Daw Books
Publication Date: June 5, 2012

There is no product description yet, but I do know that this is the newest book in the Elemental Masters series, which, after reading Unnatural Issue has me definitely looking forward to reading this one. Should be interesting to see what fairy tale this one's based on, but I'm going to have to guess that it's going to be water-based, as will the magic. Off the top of my head, I don't think we've seen too many of the books focused on the Water-Masters yet. Fire, yes. Earth, yes (in fact the last book was Earth-based). Air, too.

A Host Of Furious Fancies
Mercedes Lackey and Rosemary Edghill
Baen Books
Release Date: September 4, 2012

The product description:
Two novels of elvish lore and modern noir brought together for the first time by bestselling Mistresses of Urban Fantasy Mercedes Lackey and Rosemary Edghill.

Beyond World's End

Sieur Eric Banyon, Knight and Bard to the court of the Queen of Elfhame Misthold, moves back to the Big Apple to take care of unfinished business. Mostly, he just wants to finish his interrupted education at Julliard School of Music and settle down to a normal life.

However, a normal life doesn't seem to be in his immediate future as he quickly discovers his Manhattan apartment has unique features, including a living gargoyle named Greystone and four Guardians who have sworn to protect New York from evil.  And soon Eric discovers that unscrupulous researchers have created a drug that unlocks magical powers in humans – a drug that is 100 percent fatal over time.  And now something evil from Underhill has other plans and seeks to use the temporary human powers to dominate World Above.  But this is one bard who is going to let no such thing happen.

Spirits White as Lightning

Eric Banyon has more to worry about than passing his courses at Julliard. The evil elf lord Aerune, whose love was killed by mortal men, is determined to destroy the human race. Eric's only hope of stopping Aerune is to trap him inside a magical maze, from which there is no escaping. But for the plan to work, Eric and his friends must cross the land of chaos and survive, then travel undetected through a gate between worlds straight into the heart of Aerune's realm and trick the elf lord into entering the maze. Stopping Aerune once before was difficult. This time, the quest seems nothing less than impossible.
This one isn't actually a new book, but a re-releasing of two books in one. Both of which, I seem to remember reading when they first came out. I don't remember a lot about them though, although I remember absolutely laughing myself silly at the antics in Bedlam's Bard, one of the previous omnibus editions set in this world.

Infamous: Chronicles of Nick
Sherrilyn Kenyon
St. Martin's Griffin Press
Release Date: March 13, 2012

The product description:
The world has fallen in love with Nick Gautier and the Dark-Hunters.

Now Nick’s saga continues in the next eagerly anticipated volume...

Go to school. Get good grades. Stay out of trouble. That’s the mandate for most kids. But Nick Gautier isn’t the average teenager. He’s a boy with a destiny not even he fully understands. And his first mandate is to stay alive while everyone, even his own father, tries to kill him.

He’s learned to annihilate zombies and raise the dead, divination and clairvoyance, so why is learning to drive and keep a girlfriend so dang hard? But that isn’t the primary skill he has to master. Survival is.

And in order to survive, his next lesson makes all the others pale in comparison. He is on the brink of becoming either the greatest hero mankind has ever known.

Or he’ll be the one who ends the world. With enemies new and old gathering forces, he will have to call on every part of himself to fight or he’ll lose everyone he cares about.

Even himself.
This is the third book in the series about Nick, one of the recurring characters from the Dark Hunter series. To be honest, I'm not all that sure how I feel about this series - it's geared towards teens, which wouldn't be an issue - my concerns are more that it's gone for the whole zombie craze, which doesn't fit in the Dark Hunter world as written in Sherrilyn Kenyon's other books.

Lover Reborn
J.R. Ward
NAL Hardcover
Release Date: March 27th, 2012

The product description:
Tohrment, the Brother who had it all, but lost everything to the enemy, is destined for a second chance at love and life. But will the past and his bitterness hold him back?
 I have to say, I'm really looking forward to this one coming out. Tohrment is one of those characters that needs something good to happen to him, and we all know in these books that there's going to be a happy ending for the main character.

It looks like March 27th is going to be a really good day for paranormal romance lovers as Sherrilyn Kenyon's newest book is due out then too:

Retribution: A Dark Hunter Novel
Sherrilyn Kenyon
St. Martin's Press
Release Date: March 27th, 2012

The product description:

Orphaned as a child and raised by vampires, Abigail Yager lives for one purpose, and one purpose only: To avenge the deaths of vampires everywhere. To destroy the merciless Dark-Hunters who stalk and kill her adoptive race. But most of all, to find the one man responsible for brutally murdering her family: the ex-gunslinger Jess “Sundown” Brady…
Resurrected from death by a vengeful Greek goddess, Jess must hunt and destroy the creature who’s assassinating Dark-Hunters. The last thing he expects to find is a human face behind the killings—and especially one resembling the human who’d murdered him centuries ago. Jess knows he’s not the one who slaughtered Abigail’s parents. But now he must convince her of his innocence—and cross the abyss between human and vampire—before the darkest of powers rises to destroy them both…

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