Sunday, 25 November 2012

What I'm Reading Next

No book review so far this week, so here is a post to let everyone know I am still reading book, not just sitting in front of the TV. I have two first drafts for books already read, and then there are two books I am currently reading, although I will only review one of them.

Sword of Caledor is the second Tyrion & Teclis by William King. That's right, the two princes are back for more adventures. You can read my review of Blood of Aenarion, the first book, here. The review for Sword of Caledor should be up next week.

Tyrion – Unparalleled swordsman and tactician.

Teclis – Greatest natural sorcerer of the age, his power rivalling that of fabled Caledor.

Together these twins are the greatest high elf heroes to still walk the earth. Tyrion and Teclis venture into the deadly jungles of Lustria on a desperate hunt for the lost sword of Caledor Dragontamer, the fabled Sunfang. While they search for this ancient artefact, the dark elves continue their assault on Ulthuan, sending the deadly assassin Urian Poisonblade to kill the Everqueen. And in the Realm of Chaos, the Witch King Malekith makes a pact with another enemy of Tyrion and Teclis – the sinister daemon N’Kari.

Malice, the debut novel by John Gwynne, is a book I was really looking forward to. I had to use my best puppy eyes with Tor to get my paws on this bad boy. Malice is the first part in a new epic fantasy series. Look at that cover! I'm slobbering all over this one, or was at least. Review will be up next week.

A black sun is rising … Young Corban watches enviously as boys become warriors under King Brenin’s rule, learning the art of war. He yearns to wield his sword and spear to protect his king’s realm. But that day will come all too soon. Only when he loses those he loves will he learn the true price of courage. The Banished Lands has a violent past where armies of men and giants clashed shields in battle, the earth running dark with their heartsblood. Although the giant-clans were broken in ages past, their ruined fortresses still scar the land. But now giants stir anew, the very stones weep blood and there are sightings of giant wyrms. Those who can still read the signs see a threat far greater than the ancient wars. Sorrow will darken the world, as angels and demons make it their battlefield. Then there will be a war to end all wars. High King Aquilus summons his fellow kings to council, seeking an alliance in this time of need. Some are skeptical, fighting their own border skirmishes against pirates and giants. But prophesy indicates darkness and light will demand two champions, the Black Sun and the Bright Star. They would be wise to seek out both, for if the Black Sun gains ascendancy, mankind’s hopes and dreams will fall to dust.

Railsea is what I am currently reading. I was not too fond of China Mieville's previous book, Embassy Town, which I thought lacked a story really. You can read my review of Embassy Town here. Hopefully, I will enjoy Railsea more, and to be honest I thought the blurb was fun at least. It's weird, which is what you would expect. Obviously, I had no idea it was YA when I bought it. Did not take me long to break my promise of not reading any more YA.

On board the moletrain Medes, Sham Yes ap Soorap watches in awe as he witnesses his first moldywarpe hunt. The giant mole bursting from the earth, the harpoonists targeting their prey, the battle resulting in one’s death and the other’s glory are extraordinary. But no matter how spectacular it is, travelling the endless rails of the railsea, Sham can't shake the sense that there is more to life. Even if his philosophy-seeking captain can think only of the hunt for the ivory-coloured mole she’s been chasing – ever since it took her arm all those years ago. When they come across a wrecked train, at first it's a welcome distraction. But the impossible salvage Sham finds in the derelict leads to considerably more than he'd bargained for. Soon he's hunted on all sides: by pirates, trainsfolk, monsters and salvage-scrabblers. And it might not be just Sham's life that's about to change. It could be the whole of the railsea.

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