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Tuesday, January 1, 2008

SPOTLIGHT: Books of January 2008

Welcome to the January 2008 edition of Fantasy Book Critic’s monthly SPOTLIGHT. Previous spotlights for the year 2007 (June-December) can be visited HERE. Hopefully everyone enjoyed the holidays and had a great New Years! I also hope you have some money left over because 2008 is upon us and kicks off with a very busy month. Fans of urban fantasy/paranormal romance, YA, and vampires should especially be happy :) No matter what floats your boat though, if January is any indication, then 2008 looks to be another exciting year for lovers of speculative fiction! (NOTE: Unless stated otherwise, all release dates are for the US):

Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse” edited by John Joseph Adams. Release Date: January 1, 2008. Gathering together the best post-apocalyptic literature of the last two decades from many of today's most renowned authors of speculative fiction—including
George R.R. Martin, Gene Wolfe, Orson Scott Card, Cory Doctorow, Octavia E. Butler and Stephen KingWastelands explores the scientific, psychological & philosophical questions of what it means to remain human in the wake of Armageddon…
Official John Joseph Adams Website
Official Night Shade Books Website
Order “Wastelands: Stories of the ApocalypseHERE

Kitty and the Silver Bullet” by Carrie Vaughn. Release Date: January 1, 2008. Continuing her popular paranormal romance series, Carrie Vaughn’s fourth Kitty Norville adventure finds the title character living large—her radio show is as popular as ever and she has a boyfriend who actually seems to understand her. Unfortunately, Kitty soon finds herself drawn back into a world of politics & violence, and to protect her family, her lover, and herself, she'll have to choose sides…and maybe become what she hates—a killer…
Official Carrie Vaughn Website
Order “Kitty and the Silver BulletHERE
Read An Excerpt HERE

To Hell and Back” by Lilith Saintcrow. Release Date: January 1, 2008. “Plot. Counterplot. Betrayal. Intrigue. When you’re working for the Devil, it’s all par for the course. You just have to live with it. Right? Wrong. When you’re Dante Valentine and the Devil double-crosses you one too many times, there’s only one thing to do. Fight back. No matter how hopeless it is. No matter how suicidal it is. No matter how far the game is rigged in the Devil’s favor…” To Hell and Back is the fifth & final Dante Valentine novel…
Official Lilith Saintcrow Website
Order the Dante Valentine Books HERE
Read An Excerpt HERE

Across the Face of the World” by Russell Kirkpatrick. Release Date: January 1, 2008. First published in Australia by
HarperCollins Voyager, Russell Kirkpatrick’s epic fantasy trilogy Fire of Heaven is now making its US debut thanks to Orbit Books starting with the first volume in the series Across the Face of the World. “From a tiny snowbound village, five men and women are about to embark on a journey that will change their lives…and the destiny of their world…” In the Earth Abides the Flame follows February 1, 2008.
Official Russell Kirkpatrick Website
Order “Across the Face of the WorldHERE
Read An Extract HERE
Read Fantasy Book Critic’s REVIEW of “Across the Face of the World

The Glass Word” by Kai Meyer. Release Date: January 1, 2008. With nearly fifty written titles, millions of copies sold worldwide, and novels translated into twenty-six different languages, Kai Meyer (Wave Walkers) is one of Germany’s most successful authors. “The Glass Word” is the thrilling conclusion to the Dark Reflections trilogy (The Water Mirror/The Flowing Queen, The Stone Light) in which there will be a terrible final battle, a necessary sacrifice, and Merle will finally discover who she really is…
Official Kai Meyer Website
Order “The Glass WordHERE

Paraworld Zero” by Matthew Peterson. Release Date: January 1, 2008. “Simon Kent is just an ordinary teenager trying to cope with the loss of his parents and the bullies at the local high school…or so he thinks. After meeting a girl with strange hair that changes colors with her mood, Simon is swept into a futuristic parallel world filled with dragonlike creatures, vast technology & enslaved giants, and discovers that he, an outsider from Earth, is the only person who can save the high-tech planet from impending doom…”
Official Matthew Peterson Website
Order “Paraworld ZeroHERE
Read Fantasy Book Spot’s REVIEW of “Paraworld Zero

Silent in the Sanctuary” by Deanna Raybourn. Release Date: January 1, 2008. After many years of struggling to break into the romance novel market, native Texan Deanna Raybourn finally struck gold by switching gears and writing a finely detailed, impressively authentic, and utterly mesmerizing historical mystery titled “Silent in the Grave”. Now that Ms. Raybourn has published her critically-acclaimed debut, the author hopes to continue the magic with her striking new sequel “Silent in the Sanctuary”…
Official Deanna Raybourn Website
Order “Silent in the SanctuaryHERE

Ring of Fire II” by Eric Flint. Release Date: January 1, 2008. A mysterious cosmic force has hurled the town of Grantville from 20th century West Virginia back to 17th century Europe, and into the heart of the Thirty Years War. With their seemingly magical technology, and their radical ideas of freedom and justice, the time-lost West Virginians have allied with Gustavus Adolphus, King of Sweden, to form the Confederated Principalities of Europe, changing the course of history—in ways both small and large…
Official Eric Flint Website
Order “Ring of Fire IIHERE
Read Excerpts HERE

Airman” by Eoin Colfer. Release Date: January 2, 2008. From the author that brought readers the bestselling
Artemis Fowl series comes Eoin Colfer’s latest blockbuster-in-the-making “Airman”, a swashbuckling adventure set in the 1890's and starring young Saltee Islander Conor Broekhart. Publishers Weekly describes the novel as “An homage both to the 19th-century science fiction of H.G. Wells and Jules Verne, and to the superheroes of Marvel and DC comics…A tour de force…”
Official Eoin Colfer Website
Order “Airman” HERE (US) + HERE (UK)
Download An Excerpt
Watch the “Airman” Video HERE

Iron Kissed” by Patricia Briggs. Release Date: January 2, 2008. “Iron Kissed”, the third book in the Mercedes Thompson series (Moon Called, Blood Bound) by award-winning author Patricia Briggs (Hurog duology, Raven duology), finds the shapeshifting car mechanic trying to clear the name of her former boss and mentor who was arrested for a murder he didn’t commit—whether he wants her to or not. And along the way, she'll have to choose between the two werewolves in her life—whether she wants to or not…
Official Patricia Briggs Website
Order “Iron KissedHERE
Read An Excerpt HERE
Read Darque Reviews’ REVIEW of “Iron Kissed

The Unnatural Inquirer” by Simon R. Green. Release Date: January 2, 2008. “Welcome to the Nightside, that secret square mile located in the dark heart of London where the sun never rises and people can fraternize with every myth & monster imaginable… For his latest case, P.I. John Taylor has been hired by The Unnatural Inquirer to find a DVD purported to contain an actual recording of the afterlife. John doesn't know if it's true, but someone—or something—thinks so, and will stop at nothing to possess the disc…”
Simon R. Green Tribute Website
Order “The Unnatural InquirerHERE
Read Green Man Review’s REVIEW of “The Unnatural Inquirer

Navigator: Time’s Tapestry” by Stephen Baxter. Release Date: January 2, 2008. In the third novel in the thrilling alternate-history series Time’s Tapestry (Emperor, Conqueror) from national bestselling and award-winning author Stephen Baxter (The Time Ships), a prophecy foretells a fearsome war between Christianity and Islam; a rogue priest discovers a rent where agents from the future used diabolical weapons of destruction to change history; and a mysterious Weaver plots to unravel the strands of time…
Official Stephen Baxter Website
Order “Navigator: Time’s TapestryHERE
Read Strange Horizons REVIEW of “Navigator

Lords of the Bow” by Conn Iggulden. UK Release Date: January 2, 2008. From the number one bestselling author of the Julius Caesar Emperor series and the incredibly popular “The Dangerous Book for Boys”, comes the second volume in Conn Iggulden’s powerful new historical fiction saga Conqueror. “Lords of the Bow” is a deeply satisfying novel that brilliantly brings to life the extraordinary story of Genghis Khan as he matures from the young boy of Wolf of the Plains to the great Conqueror… (US Release Date: 05.25.08)
Official Conn Iggulden Website
Order “Lords of the BowHERE

The Vampire of New York” by Lee Hunt. Release Date: January 2, 2008. “Enoch Bale stalked the streets of NYC nearly 150 years ago. He is long dead. He is long forgotten. But he is not long gone... For what seems impossible becomes terrifyingly real as an archaeologist and a detective unearths a conspiracy between the living and the dead nearly two centuries in the making—one that has yet to claim its final victims…” There was hardly any information that I could find on the title/author, but the book sounds interesting…
Order “The Vampire of New York

Breath and Bone” by Carol Berg. Release Date: January 2, 2008.
“In a land torn apart by civil war, pestilence, and shaky alliances, a young sorcerer ends up in a place he never expected... There, Valen risks body & soul to rescue one child, seek justice for another and bring the ailing land its righteous king. In the process, he at last discovers the hard truth of the coming dark age and the glorious, terrible price of the land’s redemption…and his own…” Completes The Lighthouse Duet that began in "Flesh & Spirit"...
Official Carol Berg Website
Order “Breath & BoneHERE
Read An Excerpt HERE

Child of a Dead God” by Barb & J.C. Hendee. Release Date: January 2, 2008. "A mix of The Lord of the Rings and Buffy the Vampire Slayer"—
Kevin J. Anderson—the Noble Dead Saga has won legions of readers with its epic adventure, bloodthirsty evil, and imaginative characters. At last, in “Child of a Dead God, the sixth and concluding volume to the first Series, long sought secrets will be revealed and old scores settled, paving the way for the second Series, which continues January 2009 in “In Shade & Shadow”…
Official & J.C. Hendee Website
Order “Child of a Dead GodHERE
Read An Excerpt HERE

Darkling” by Yasmine Galenorn. Release Date: January 2, 2008. The D'Artigo sisters—Camille, Delilah, and Menolly—are half-human, half- Faerie operatives for the Otherworld Intelligence Agency. In the USA Today Bestselling author’s third Sisters of the Moon adventure (after Witchling and Changling), acrobat extraordinaire-turned-vampire Menolly must travel back home to Otherworld to face her demons and sever the ties that bind her to her sire Dredge. Otherwise, all hell is going to break loose…
Official Yasmine Galenorn Website
Order “DarklingHERE

The Vacant Throne” by Joshua Palmatier. Release Date: January 2, 2008. In the third Throne of Amenkor novel following “The Skewed Throne” and “The Cracked Throne”, Joshua Palmatier brings the trilogy to a powerful close as the city must deal with a catastrophic loss—the throne of Amenkor totally drained of the magic, knowledge, life force, and memories of its previous rulers… Currently, the author is hard at work on a new series set in the same world as the Throne novels with the first book called Well of Sorrows
Official Joshua Palmatier Website
Order “The Vacant ThroneHERE

The Mage’s Daughter” by Lynn Kurland. Release Date: January 2, 2008. “In the kingdom of Neroche, nightmarish creatures have been unleashed as weapons in a war of evil. Morgan the mercenary, daughter of a treacherous black mage, must fight against them—as well as for her very life. Miach of Neroche would risk his own life to save Morgan's, but he must do so at the peril of the realm—forcing dangerous choices in the deadliest of quests…” The second novel of the Nine Kingdoms after “Star of the Morning”…
Official Lynn Kurland Website
Order “The Mage’s DaughterHERE

Night Season” by Eileen Wilks. Release Date: January 2, 2008. In Ms. Wilks fourth World of the Lupi book (Tempting Danger, Mortal Danger, Blood Lines), Lupine sorcerer Cullen Seabourne and FBI Agent Cynna Weaver are just coming to terms with having a baby, when they are lured to another realm where humans are strictly second-class, magic is commonplace and night never ends. Their only way home lies in tracking down a missing medallion, which is also sought by powerful beings who will do anything to claim it…
Official Eileen Wilks Website
Order ”Night SeasonHERE
Watch the “Night SeasonTrailer HERE

Mona Lisa Craving” by Sunny. Release Date: January 2, 2008. “From the time she was an orphan child, Mona Lisa knew she was different—but she never knew how different. As daughter of the Mixed-Blood of the Monère, she has arrived to rule a new domain in the Louisiana Bayou. Now, under the full moon, Mona’s feeling a new and uncontrollable surge—and an instinctive new craving…” Mona Lisa Craving is the third novel in Sunny’s erotic paranormal romance series Monère, Children of the Moon
Official Sunny Website
Order “Mona Lisa CravingHERE
Read An Excerpt HERE

Bond of Fire” by Diane Whiteside. Release Date: January 2, 2008. “Ever since they met centuries ago, vampires Jean-Marie St. Just and Hélène d'Agelet have loved each other. But their passion has always been thwarted by the demands of duty. Now, Jean-Marie has been enlisted to kill Hélène's sister, Madame Celeste—the evil vampire Queen of New Orleans. For Hélène, that means choosing between the love of her life or her own flesh and blood…” Hailed as a sensual new take on the vampire genre…
Official Diane Whiteside Website
Order “Bond of FireHERE
Read An Excerpt HERE

Debatable Space” by Philip Palmer. Release Date: January 7, 2008. “Pirate Flanagan has a plan. Kidnap the daughter of the Cheo—ruler of the universe known to mankind, demand a vast ransom for her safe return, sit back and wait. Only, Lena isn't Cheo's daughter and the plan is far from simple. Fortunately, Flanagan has had a lifetime to work it out. Unfortunately, he has far less time to execute it… Philip Palmer’s debut is a space opera of extraordinary imagination, and a brilliantly plotted novel of revenge…”
Official Philip Palmer Website
Order “Debatable SpaceHERE (US) + HERE (UK-January 24, 2008)
Read An Extract
Read The Book Swede’s INTERVIEW with Philip Palmer

The Dragons of Babel” by Michael Swanwick. Release Date: January 8, 2008. “In The Iron Dragon’s Daughter Michael Swanwick created what was virtually a new genre of imaginative fiction. The Dragons of Babel is a brilliant sequel to that book. Well-written, beautifully conceived, it is one of the very few fantasy novels I can unreservedly recommend. I love everything about the book.” —
Michael Moorcock. “There’s nobody remotely like Swanwick; he is a joyous, jolly, ingenious genre all to himself.” —Gene Wolfe
Official Michael Swanwick Website
Official Michael Swanwick Blog
Order “The Dragons of BabelHERE

Renegade’s Magic” by Robin Hobb. Release Date: January 8, 2008. Making its US debut, “Renegade’s Magic”, the stirring conclusion to the Soldier Son trilogy (Shaman’s Crossing, Forest Mage) from New York Times bestselling master fantasist Robin Hobb (the Farseer, Liveship Traders and Tawny Man trilogies), continues the acclaimed epic tale of duty, destiny, and magic as Nevare Burvelle must bring his warring selves together to find lasting peace for himself and both his peoples…
Official Robin Hobb Website
Order “Renegade’s MagicHERE
Read An Excerpt HERE
Read Pat’s Fantasy Hotlist’s REVIEW of “Renegade’s Magic

Hunter’s Run” by George R. R. Martin, Gardner Dozois + Daniel Abraham. Release Date: January 8, 2008. Also making its US debut, “Hunter’s Run” expands on the novella originally published through
Subterranean Press and is a riveting, emotionally compelling morality tale set in an unforgiving world that ponders the perennial question: What makes us human? Poor Ramon Espejo, a pawn in a battle between species far more powerful and ruthless than he ever imagined, is about to discover the terrifying truth…
Official George R. R. Martin Website
Order “Hunter’s RunHERE
Read An Interview with GRRM, Gardner Dozois & Daniel Abraham via Pat’s Fantasy Hotlist
Read Reviews of “Hunter’s Run” via Pat’s Fantasy Hotlist + The Book Swede

Blasphemy” by Douglas Preston. Release Date: January 8, 2008. “When a team of twelve scientists start up Isabella—the world’s largest supercollider—they make an extraordinary discovery, one that must be hidden from the world at all costs…” Thus is the setup for the latest solo novel from the New York Times bestselling Douglas Preston (The Codex, Tyrannosaur Canyon) who also co-authored the famed Pendergast series (The Book of the Dead, The Wheel of Darkness, The Relic) with Lincoln Child
Official Douglas Preston Website
Order “BlasphemyHERE

The 6 Sacred Stones” by Matthew Reilly. Release Date: January 8, 2008. “After their thrilling exploits in Matthew Reilly's rampaging New York Times bestseller “7 Deadly Wonders”, supersoldier Jack West Jr. and his loyal team of adventurers are back, and now they face an all-but-impossible challenge. A mysterious ceremony has unraveled their work and triggered a catastrophic countdown that will climax in no less than the end of all life on Earth. But there is one last hope—the fabled Six Sacred Stones…”
Official Matthew Reilly Website
Order “The 6 Sacred StonesHERE
Read An Excerpt HERE

Dragon Mage” by Andre Norton & Jean Rabe. Release Date: January 8, 2008. For well over a half century, Andre Norton was one of the most popular science fiction & fantasy authors in the world enthralling readers with such series as Time Traders, Solar Queen, Forerunner and Beast Master. Now, thanks to Jean Rabe who has worked on numerous Dragonlance and Forgotten Realms books, readers are able to return to Ms. Norton’s beloved Magic Sequence world in “Dragon Mage”, a sequel to 1972’s “Dragon Magic”…
Official Andre Norton Website
Official Jean Rabe Website
Order “Dragon MageHERE

Runemarks” by Joanne Harris. Release Date: January 8, 2008. Master storyteller Joanne Harris—the international award-winning author of ‘Five Quarters of the Orange”, “Gentlemen & Players”, “The Lollipop Shoes”, and “Chocolat” which was adapted into a successful major motion picture starring Juliette Binoche—has created in “Runemarks” a magical and epic romp that is a fresh, funny, and wonderfully irreverent new take on the old Norse tales sure to be enjoyed by readers young and old alike…
Official Joanne Harris Website
Order “RunemarksHERE
Read An Excerpt HERE

Lye Street” by Alan Campbell. Release Date: January 8, 2008. “Every 50 years Deepgate's scarred angel Carnival returns to murder a descendant of the Greene family. Now, 500 years after the first victim's death, Sal Greene is facing his own doom. In a desperate attempt to break the chain of violence and save his family, he summons a demon to the chained city: a warrior he hopes is powerful enough to stand against the angel.” Lye Street is a novella prequel to Alan Campbell’s stunning fantasy debut “Scar Night”…
Official Alan Campbell Website
Official Alan Campbell Blog
Order “Lye StreetHERE
Read Fantasy Book Critic's REVIEW of "Lye Street"
NOTE: Lye Street is available exclusively from Subterranean Press in two unique, limited editions: a fully cloth bound hardcover signed by the author (2000) and a signed leatherbound copy housed in a custom traycase (26).

Firefly Rain” by Richard Dansky. Release Date: January 8, 2008.
Wizards of the Coast Discoveries is dedicated to showcasing the best new voices in speculative fiction, and launching the brand-new imprint is the first original novel from writer/game designer Richard Dansky (Ghost Recon, Rainbow Six, Splinter Cell, Far Cry: Instinct). “Firefly Rain” is a southern gothic ghost story that melds the grit of detective fiction with the suspense of supernatural horror for a riveting mystery that readers have never experienced before…
Official Richard Dansky Website
Order “Firefly RainHERE
Read Reviews of "Firefly Rain" via Horror Reader + Neth Space

Black Magic Woman” by Justin Gustainis. Release Date: January 8, 2008. Marks the start of an electrifying new series of supernatural thrillers following the exploits of occult investigator Quincey Morris and his white witch partner Libby Chastain. Noted urban fantasy author Jim Butcher states that “Black Magic Woman is the best manuscript I’ve ever been asked to read. Keep an eye on Justin Gustainis. You’ll be seeing more of him soon.” A second Quincey Morris novel has already been contracted with two more optioned…
Official Justin Gustainis Website
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Read An Excerpt HERE

A Rush of Wings” by Adrian Phoenix. Release Date: January 8, 2008. His name is Dante. Dark. Talented. Beautiful. Star of the rock band Inferno. Rumored owner of the hot New Orleans nightspot Club Hell. But Dante's past holds a shocking, dangerous secret, and once it’s revealed no one will be able to protect him from his destiny… “A Rush of Wings is a dark, rich, sensual treat...Adrian Phoenix uses a perfect blend of suspense, romance & lyrical prose to keep readers up late at night turning the pages." —Jenna Black
Official Adrian Phoenix Website
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Read An Excerpt HERE

Shadowbridge” by Gregory Frost. Release Date: January 15, 2008. “Sprung from a timeless dream, Shadowbridge is a world of linked spans arching high above glittering seas. It is a world of parading ghosts, inscrutable gods, and dangerous magic. Most of all, it is a world of stories. No one knows those intertwining stories better than Leodora. Now, as the strands of a destiny she did not choose begin to tighten around her, Leodora is about to cross the most perilous bridge of all—the one leading from the past to the future…”
Official Gregory Frost Website
Order “ShadowbridgeHERE
Read Reviews of "Shadowbridge" via Fantasy Book Spot + Neth Space

Crimson Orgy” by Austin Williams. Release Date: January 15, 2008. Grindhouse director Sheldon Meyer is cultivating an obsession. He has just one hellish week to shoot "Crimson Orgy," seventy-six minutes of mayhem destined to become the world's most notorious cult movie...and just maybe the first true "snuff film" ever made. “An authentically seedy, almost charming tale of zero-budget horror moviemaking morphs cleverly into a genuine splatterfest in Williams’ unnervingly enjoyable debut...” —
Publishers Weekly
Official Crimson Orgy Website
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Duma Key” by Stephen King. Release Date: January 22, 2008. A terrible accident ruins Edgar Freemantle's life. To start anew, Edgar leaves Minnesota for the beautiful, yet eerily undeveloped Duma Key. Once there, Edgar discovers a talent that is both wondrous & deadly, but it is the childhood ghosts of an old woman that are truly devastating… Exploring the tenacity of love, the perils of creativity, the mysteries of memory and the nature of the supernatural, Stephen King’s latest is as fascinating as it is gripping and terrifying…
Official Stephen King Website
Order “Duma KeyHERE

Inside Straight” Edited by
GRRM. Release Date: January 22, 2008. Originally begun in 1986, long before GRRM became a household name among fantasy readers, the Wild Cards series earned a reputation for its smart reimagining of the superhero idea. Now, with “Inside Straight”, the Wild Cards continuity jumps forward to a new generation of major characters, entirely accessible to Martin's hundreds of thousands of new readers, with all-original stories by Martin himself and various other writers…
Official Wild Cards Website
Order “Inside StraightHERE
Read Fantasy Book Spot’s REVIEW of “Inside Straight
Read Pat’s Fantasy Hotlist’s
INTERVIEW with All Nine Authors of “Inside Straight

Sword Song” by Bernard Cornwell. Release Date: January 22, 2008. Book four in the acclaimed and bestselling Saxon Tales by popular historical novelist Bernard Cornwell (Sharpe series, the Warlord Chronicles), which includes “The Last Kingdom”, “The Pale Horseman”, and “The Lords of the North”, “Sword Song” is a gripping story of love, deceit, and violence set in an England of tremendous turmoil and strife. From here, it is Uhtred—half Saxon, half Dane—whose uncertain loyalties will decide England's future…
Official Bernard Cornwell Website
Order “Sword SongHERE

The Devil’s Footprints” by John Burnside. Release Date: January 22, 2008. Set against the untamed Scottish landscape, “The Devil’s Footprints” powerfully explores the elemental forces of everyday life: love, fear, grief, and the hope of redemption. The latest from acclaimed award-winning writer and poet John Burnside is a novel of mysterious beauty, written with the clarity and power of a folktale… “Burnside has written a haunting tale of crime and absolution; belonging and alienation; guilt and grief…” —Financial Times
Order “The Devil’s Footprints

The Wannoshay Cycle” by Michael Jasper. Release Date: January 22, 2008. In a near future where terrorism has spread throughout America, three dozen alien ships crash-land in the middle of a blizzard. Almost miraculously, the aliens known as the Wannoshay begin to integrate slowly into human society. Soon though, the humans discover a secret that forces the humans to make painful choices about how to help these ‘immigrants’ to our world, choices that will take them away from the lives they once knew…
Official Michael Jasper Website
Order “The Wannoshay CycleHERE
Read Excerpts HERE, HERE + HERE

Martin Martin's On the Other Side” by Mark Wernham. UK Release Date: January 24, 2008. An astonishing debut that takes place simultaneously in multiple dimensions and in multiple voices, told in a unique, crazed manner, “Martin Martin’s On the Other Side” breathes new life into the dystopian tradition. Like A Clockwork Orange and 1984 before it, this is a skewed and frightening vision of the not too distant future—but also an unforgettably funny one. “You won’t have read anything quite like it before…”
Globo’s Mark Werham Website
Order “Martin Martin's On the Other SideHERE
Read Graeme’s Fantasy Book Review’s REVIEW

Tracing the Shadow” by Sarah Ash. Release Date: January 29, 2008. Sarah Ash’s acclaimed trilogy the Tears of Artamon, was a stunning blend of sorcery and intrigue, politics and breathtaking imagery. Now this gifted storyteller returns in “Tracing the Shadow”—Book One of the Alchymist’s Legacy, a prequel to the Tears of Artamon—a tale of a siege between kingdoms, and a battle between heretics and believers, each with their own truths, their own lies, and their own soul-shattering discoveries waiting to be made…
Official Sarah Ash Website
Order “Tracing the ShadowHERE
Read An Excerpt HERE

Immortal” by Traci L. Slatton. Release Date: January 29, 2008. In the debut novel “Immortal”, author Traci L. Slatton blends alchemy and the supernatural in an historical adventure that sweeps a mysterious young orphan from Renaissance Florence across nearly two hundred tumultuous years, during which he encounters some of the foremost artists and thinkers of the age. He will also discover an astonishing gift and pursue closely guarded secrets which will not only change him, but the course of history…
Official Traci L. Slatton Website
Order “ImmortalHERE
Read An Excerpt HERE

Sharp Teeth” by Toby Barlow. Release Date: January 29, 2008. Capturing the pace and feel of a graphic novel, Toby Barlow’sSharp Teeth” features an ancient race of lycanthropes who have survived to the present day, and their numbers are growing as they're bent on domination at any cost… Blending dark humor and epic themes with card-playing dogs, crystal meth labs, surfing, and carne asada tacos, “Sharp Teeth” marks the spellbinding debut of a highly creative artist with a promising future…
Toby Barlow @ the Huffington Post
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Read Gav’s Blog’s REVIEW of “Sharp Teeth

The Blood King” by Gail Z. Martin. Release Date: January 29, 2008. Picking up one day after the end of “The Summoner” (2007), Gail Z. Martin’s high octane fantasy adventure continues in “The Blood King”, the epic second installment in the Chronicles of the Necromancer. “Tris Drayke races against time to gain the skills and knowledge he needs to challenge his half-brother Jared for the throne of Margolan and defeat the dark mage Foor Arontala before the Obsidian King can be loosed from the abyss…”
Official Gail Z. Martin Website
Order “The Blood KingHERE
Read Excerpts HERE + HERE
Watch the Book Trailer Video HERE

The Condemned” by David Jack Bell. Release Date: January 29, 2008. “David Jack Bell’s The Condemned is an exciting, fast-paced novel with a highly original spin on the zombie mythos…a remarkable first novel that will undoubtedly secure Bell’s position as an electrifying new voice in the genre.” —
Greg F. Gifune. “The Condemned gave me the tingle I felt when I read Richard Matheson’s I Am Legend for the first time. Pay attention to David Jack Bell. This is the start of an impressive career.” —David Morrell
Official David Jack Bell Website
Order “The Condemned" HERE


Graeme Flory said...

Thanks for the link and a Happy New Year to you and yours!

Tia Nevitt said...

(Ok, marking this post for future scrutiny.)

Happy New Year, Robert!

Anonymous said...

I'll be buying The Devil's Footrpints, I didn't know about that one yet.

SQT said...

You always have the best lists. I have a handful of these already thanks to fantastic publishers but there are a lot more I wasn't even aware of. Thanks for putting this together!

Chris, The Book Swede said...

Nice update! I'm going to back blogging sometime this week, so hello again! :) I was surprised, very pleasantly surprised, to get a copy of Wastelands yesterday. And Snake Agent which is really rather cool, too, a great read so far.

Best & Happy New Year!,
The Book Swede

Robert said...

Happy New Year everyone! Vacation was great, but it's good to be back :) I have a lot of catching up to do, so I'm sure you'll be seeing me around ;)

Graeme, you're welcome for the link! I think you covered some of the other books as well, so I'll get on that.

Tia, hopefully you'll find a debut or two you haven't heard of yet though you're usually on top of things.

Calibander, I was really looking forward to "The Devil's Footprints" myself, and I absolutely love that cover :)

Theresa, thanks! And Chris, that's cool about the Wastelands anthology. I don't have a copy myself, but I'd love to get one ;)

Anonymous said...

I have the Wastelands anthology too, like all the Night Shade releases it's a finely designed book.

Of the books listed on the spotlight, Dragons of Babel, Inside Straight and Hunter's Run were already on my to-buy list. I'm looking forward to seeing your reviews of them.

Robert said...

For some reason, I've never had the best of luck with Night Shade. Oh well, I'll probably just pick up a copy.

I'm working on my review of "Hunter's Run" right now, which was a great book, and I'm about halfway done with "Inside Straight", which is pretty interesting so far. Unfortunately, I'm probably not going to get to review "The Dragons of Babel". I've really been looking forward to the book, but despite my many requests, I never received a review copy. Still, I have it on order and hopefully will get it this week. Also, I have a review of the book that was done by an author, which was pretty cool. Look for that this Friday :)


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