Thursday, May 26, 2011

Next Reads: Fantasy

Demon Song by Cat Adams

Urban Fantasy. Between learning to use her magical powers, dealing with the demonic curse that's dogged her since childhood, and controlling her blood cravings (the result of a near-fatal vampire attack), half-siren bodyguard Celia Graves has a lot on her plate. And that's before all hell breaks loose at the California State Paranormal Treatment Facility, where supernatural baddies are incarcerated. If you don't know Celia Graves yet, you should start with the first two Blood Singer novels, Blood Song and Siren Song. With its extensive world-building, action-packed plot, and tough-as-nails heroine caught between the mortal and supernatural worlds, this series may appeal to fans of Kat Richardson's Greywalker series.

The Silent Land by Graham Joyce

Dark Fantasy. While on a skiing holiday in the Pyrenees, married couple Zoe and Jake are buried by an avalanche. Although they manage to free themselves from the snow, they soon begin to wonder if they're trapped in some other, stranger place. The couple reaches civilization only to discover that they're completely alone, the hotel empty and the town deserted. There's no way to contact the outside world and, what's more, they can't seem to leave without ending up back where they started. What's going on? You'll wonder, too, as you read this suspenseful, romantic, and "gently haunting fantasy thriller" (Publishers Weekly).

The Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss

Heroic Fantasy. Here's the spoiler-free scoop on this long-awaited installment of Patrick Rothfuss' Kingkiller Chronicle: continuing where he left off in The Name of the Wind, retired hero Kvothe tells the story of his life and many adventures to a Chronicler who happens to be passing through the backwater town where Kvothe (under the alias "Kote") runs the Waystone Inn. Since Kvothe's is a long and complicated tale, readers new to the series will want to start with the 1st book before picking up The Wise Man's Fear.

The Cloud Roads by Martha Wells

Fantasy. Moon is an orphan boy with unusual abilities: he can transform into a dragon-like creature and fly. So far, he's spent his entire young life wandering from one human settlement to the next, seeking shelter--and eventually getting thrown out when the inhabitants discover his true nature, which reminds them of the ruthless winged predators known as the Fell. Then, one day, Moon encounters another shapeshifter like himself, who promises him the home he's been seeking. Moon thinks his journey is finally at an end; in fact, it's just beginning.

2 comments:

Tess Kincaid said...

Just popping over from David's blog to say hello.

Writer said...

Thanks for stopping by, Tess. Please come by again. :)