What if Romeo was a bit of a prick?
It’s been months since I read Traitor’s Blade, and after deep consideration, I am ready to set out judgement from on high! Heed my words, all ye who have not read this one:
It’s quite good.
If Blade’s Edge began a third of the way in, I would’ve loved it. So much of the latter 70% speak to Virginia McClain’s strengths and skills as a writer: she constructs an intricate world, inspired by Japanese culture and society with samurai who wield elemental magic; the conflict that dominates this novel has bearing on the real world; the action scenes McClain writes are excellent, and her characters are likable…after a fashion. Let’s expand on all these.
Published by: Gollancz.
Genre: (Dark) Fantasy
Purchased the Exclusive Edition from Waterstones.
Hey, everyone! On behalf of the Booknest.eu team, I am pleased to reveal the cover to Rob J. Hayes' The Lessons Never Learned, Book Two of The War Eternal series! The cover art is by the ludicrously talented Felix Ortiz and the typography is by Shawn King!
As Book One, Along the Razor's Edge, has yet to be released, Rob has chosen to keep the synopsis for this second part of Eskara Helsene's journey under wraps. Instead, take a look at the synopsis for the opening of the trilogy, releasing March 30:
No one escapes the Pit.
At just fifteen Eskara Helsene fought in the greatest war mankind has ever known. Fought and lost. There is only one place her enemies would send a Sourcerer as powerful as her, the Pit, a prison sunk so deep into the earth the sun is a distant memory. Now she finds herself stripped of her magic; a young girl surrounded by thieves, murderers, and worse. In order to survive she will need to find new allies, play the inmates against each other, and find a way out. Her enemies will soon find Eskara is not so easily broken.
If this has caught your attention, I've an extra treat for you: my review of Along the Razor's Edge! I can't recommend this one enough, folks!
Release Date: March 30, 2020
Published by: Self-Published
Genre: Fantasy, Grimdark
Review Copy: Provided by the author in return for an honest review.
What Rob J. Hayes has done in Along the Razor’s Edge cements his place as one of the masters of grimdark fantasy.
Published by: Tor.com
Pages: 152 (tiny ones)
Copy: Borrowed from my local library. Support libraries, folks!
Hello and welcome to the 2019 BOOKNEST FANTASY AWARDS!
It is with great pleasure that BOOKNEST.EU welcomes you all to vote for your favourite fantasy novels and Imprints from amongst this year's Longlist contestants! We would like to extend our thanks to the eight Fantasy Blogs (Fantasy Faction, Fantasy Book Critic, Grimdark Magazine, Novel Notions, Fantasy Hive, The Weatherwax Report, RockStarlit BookAsylum and Under a Pile Of Books) and to the four Fantasy Imprints (Harper Voyager, Tor Books, ACE and Gollancz) that created the Longlists by nominating their favorite books, published from October 1, 2018 to December 31, 2019.
In Phase 1, you can vote for your favorite books and publishers by Saturday, March 7 2020. Only the 10 books and the 5 Imprints with the highest number of votes in each category will make it to the Shortlists in Phase 2, where you'll be able to vote for the Winners that will get the engraved swords! Best of luck to all contestants!
BEST TRADITIONALLY PUBLISHED NOVEL
BEST SELF-PUBLISHED NOVEL
BEST DEBUT NOVEL
BEST FANTASY IMPRINT
Note: If you get a message saying that you already voted, please ignore it. Your vote has been counted without an issue.
Published by: HarperVoyager (2010 ed.)
Genre: Sci-Fi, Fantasy
Awards: Hugo Award for Best Novel (1968)
Copy: Picked up at my local library. Support your libraries, folks!
“His followers called him Mahasamatman and said he was a god. He preferred to drop the Maha- and the -atman, however, and called himself Sam. He never claimed to be a god, but then he never claimed not to be a god.”