In the fourth and final part of Black Powder War, the struggles and demands of wartime are very real for Temeraire and company, and the prospect of making it home at all starts to look grim. But all is not yet lost…
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Series: The Manifold Worlds #1 Genre: Fantasy Publisher: Angry Robot Release date: August 2nd 2016 (ebook/US print); August 4th 2016 (UK print) This edition: NetGalley ARC Cover art: Julie Dillon
When Saffron Coulter stumbles through a hole in reality, she finds herself trapped in Kena, a magical realm on the brink of civil war.
There, her fate becomes intertwined with that of three very different women: Zech, the fast-thinking acolyte of a cunning, powerful exile; Viya, the spoiled, runaway consort of the empire-building ruler, Vex Leoden; and Gwen, an Earth-born worldwalker whose greatest regret is putting Leoden on the throne. But Leoden has allies, too, chief among them the Vex’Mara Kadeja, a dangerous ex-priestess who shares his dreams of conquest.
Pursued by Leoden and aided by the Shavaktiin, a secretive order of storytellers and mystics, the rebels flee to Veksh, a neighboring matriarchy ruled by the fearsome Council of Queens. Saffron is out of her world and out of her depth, but the further she travels, the more she finds herself bound to her friends with ties of blood and magic.
Can one girl – an accidental worldwalker – really be the key to saving Kena? Or will she just die trying?
Foz Meadows is a genderqueer author, blogger, essayist, reviewer and poet. In 2014, she was nominated for a Hugo Award for Best Fan Writer for her blog, Shattersnipe; she is also a contributing writer for The Huffington Post and Black Gate, and a contributing reviewer for Strange Horizons and Tor.com.
You can find Foz online at fozmeadows.wordpress.com, and on Twitter @fozmeadows.
I cannot believe I’m up to book four in this series already! But, with my final review for Black Powder War in the works, it is indeed time to get the schedule for the next book, Empire of Ivory, announced!
August is almost here! And rather than flailing over where the time has gone, right now I’m flailing in excitement because I can’t wait for it to arrive! That’s right. I am about to embark on two weeks of Being Outside and Doing Things. But before I get my absence on, let’s look back at what July brought, and what’s still to come…
In Part 4 of The Republic of Thieves, the gang reaches Espara and undertakes their theatrical training – though not without a few difficulties to be overcome first. Back in the present day, Locke and Jean are back at sea, and it seems like Sabetha’s got them over a barrel…
Genre: Science fiction, cyberpunk Publisher: Titan Books Release date: June 14th 2016 This edition: ARC
Shock Pao is not just any Haunt – he’s the best. There isn’t a system that he can’t crack into, nothing he can’t steal for the right price. Outside the virtual world of the Slip, though, he’s a Fail – no degree, no job, no affiliations to protect him from angry ex-customers. Of which he has quite a few. So when his ex brings Shock a job, he accepts, little realizing that it will turn out to be his most impossible, illegal and insane assignment yet.
Amiga works for Twist Calhoun, one of the toughest crime lords in the Gung, as a Cleaner – assassin. When Shock’s war comes to her, she doesn’t have a choice: it’s her job to bring him to Twist, dead or alive – or it’ll be her head in a bag in Twist’s vault.