A sci-fi thriller written with pace but with just the right amount of attention to characterization to make me feel like this is a real, fully fleshedA sci-fi thriller written with pace but with just the right amount of attention to characterization to make me feel like this is a real, fully fleshed out world. The scifi elements were fresh and exciting. The plot was twisting and intricate, which kept the pages turning. And I really came to care about not only the characters on the page, but their struggle to save humanity (sometimes from itself). Overall a really wonderful read. I can't wait to clear my plate to make way for the next two in the cycle....more
Sarah Pinborough's The Death House is a stunning, powerful, painful, and yes, beautiful, read. The speculative elements are slight, but all the more iSarah Pinborough's The Death House is a stunning, powerful, painful, and yes, beautiful, read. The speculative elements are slight, but all the more intriguing for it. The focus is squarely on the main character, Toby, and the sudden turn of events that lands him in the Death House alongside other children who've suffered the same fate. Its brilliance is in the characters and the whiplash of emotions they (and you) go through during this short, engrossing read. Fans of Neil Gaiman, Lord of the Flies, and light psychological horror should give this a go....more
A lot of folks have asked how to pronounce Çeda's name. It's CHAY-da, like mesa, or Aveda.
A new prequel novel is coming for the Shattered Sands series. OF SAND AND MALICE MADE will be released by DAW Books in September of 2016. It shows Çeda as a young woman a few years before TWELVE KINGS IN SHARAKHAI begins. Here's the description:
Çeda, the heroine of the widely anticipated, just-released novel TWELVE KINGS IN SHARAKHAI, is the youngest pit fighter in the history of the great desert city of Sharakhai. In this prequel, she has already made her name in the arena as the fearsome, undefeated White Wolf; none but her closest friends and allies know her true identity. But this all changes when she crosses the path of Rümayesh, an ehrekh, a sadistic creature forged long ago by the god of chaos. The ehrekh are usually desert dwellers, but this one lurks in the dark corners of Sharakhai, toying with and preying on humans. As Rümayesh works to unmask the White Wolf and claim Çeda for her own, Çeda’s struggle becomes a battle for her very soul. This spellbinding tale is sure to strike a chord with readers of Peter V. Brett, Brent Weeks, and Trudi Canavan—as well as fans of TWELVE KINGS IN SHARAKHAI who are eagerly awaiting book two.
I'm now hard at work on Book 2 of the series, tentatively titled WITH BLOOD UPON THE SAND. The Song of the Shattered Sands is planned as a six-book series. I may also have additional projects, like short stories along the way.
If you want to read more about Çeda, you can pick up a copy of the Blackguards anthology from Ragnarok Publications, which includes my story "Irindai," a tale about Çeda before Twelve Kings in Sharakhai begins....more
I came into this not knowing much about the book, but I'd been recommended it by someone I trust. It was an unexpectedly wonderful listen, and a greatI came into this not knowing much about the book, but I'd been recommended it by someone I trust. It was an unexpectedly wonderful listen, and a great story. Aaronovitch brings a lot of police procedural know-how and historical accuracy (with more than a few speculative twists along the way) to make the story feel rich and deep. Well-lived-in, so to speak. And the story itself started off well, but not so fast that it felt forced.
The main character, Peter Grant, was a very human soul thrust into a strange world of magic he never knew existed. Throughout the book, it was wonderful to see new twists on old magic pulled over an over again, all while Peter works the case, trying to solve the murder that sets him on the trail of the Rivers of London, the byways of the Thames incarnate.
Kobna Holdbrook-Smith was like a breath of fresh air. He brought a wonderful vibrance to the story, including a wealth of accents and a dramatic flair that had me engrossed throughout.
One of my all-time favorite urban fantasies now. I rarely begin reading the second book in a series unless I really enjoy the first book, and in this case I bought the second immediately and started listening within minutes of finishing the first.
I'll admit, it was the brilliant world of Audec-Hal that drew me in—Are you kidding me? A city built in the bones of a Titan?—but the engaging story aI'll admit, it was the brilliant world of Audec-Hal that drew me in—Are you kidding me? A city built in the bones of a Titan?—but the engaging story and fully realized characters was what kept the pages turning. Do yourself a favor. Give Shield and Crocus a try....more
I *adored* this book. First of all, I'm a sucker for thief stories. But I'll admit that I'd grown tired of reading more or less the same story over anI *adored* this book. First of all, I'm a sucker for thief stories. But I'll admit that I'd grown tired of reading more or less the same story over and over again. Scott Lynch really breathes life into this sub-genre with Locke Lamora and the beautifully realized world he inhabits. The Gentlemen Bastards is a terribly apt name for the tone of the book. It's two parts pomp and circumstance, three parts witty, irreverent banter, a healthy dollop of confidence gamesmanship, with a wonderful dash of swashbuckling to top it all off.
I would highly recommend this book for any fan of the thief story, but also for those who love fantasy in general, because Scott brings to life a very creative world via the city of Camorr. Camorr plays host to the Renaissance Venice-styled aristocracy as well as the dark underworld of thieves as run by Capa Barsavi. Beneath it all are the curious remnants of the Eldren, a people (or race?) that have long since left Camorr but left in their wake indestructible elder glass bridges, temples, and palaces.
The plot itself is a complicated weave that kept me guessing but always kept me intrigued. I grew to love the Gentlemen Bastards, each and every one of them, and was devastated when the plots of the mysterious Grey King turned against them.
I loved this story, and I'm sure it's one of the few that I will revisit in the future. Bravo, Signor Lynch.
*** As a small side note, I listened to the audio version of this book, and the narrator, Michael Page, did an incredible job—truly top notch—in bringing this book and its many interesting characters to life....more
The Walking Dead meets Law & Order in this first episode of what promises to be a gripping mystery series. In Love-Haight, Spectre of Justice, a sThe Walking Dead meets Law & Order in this first episode of what promises to be a gripping mystery series. In Love-Haight, Spectre of Justice, a story that begins as an off-the-wall courtroom drama quickly takes an unexpected turn, and then another, and another, drawing us ever deeper into an intriguing mystery driven by insidious motivations. Jump on for the ride. It's going to be a good one....more
I hope you enjoy the book. It's been a long while in the making, and it's exciting to finally have it out there. Please also feel free to check out myI hope you enjoy the book. It's been a long while in the making, and it's exciting to finally have it out there. Please also feel free to check out my website (www.quillings.com) and drop me a line there if you're so inclined....more