Still new to her duties as Lady Vorkosigan, Ekaterin is working together with expatriate scientist Enrique Borgos on a radical scheme to recover the lands of the Vashnoi exclusion zone, lingering radioactive legacy of the Cetagandan invasion of the planet Barrayar. When Enrique’s experimental bioengineered creatures go missing, the pair discover that the zone still conceals deadly old secrets.
This novella falls after Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance in the Vorkosigan series timeline, but may be read entirely independently. The Vorkosigan saga was the recipient of the first Hugo Award for best science fiction series in 2017.
Risingshadow has the honour of publishing a guest post by Lee Murray.
About Lee Murray:
Lee Murray writes fiction for adults and children, for which she has been lucky enough to win some literary prizes. Her novels include A Dash of Reality, Battle of the Birds, and Misplaced. Lee lives with her family in New Zealand.
Click here to visit her official website.
About Kaiju Rising II:
A few years ago, Kaiju Rising: Age of Monsters smashed onto the book scene, collecting stories from some of the best writers of monsters in the business. Now, the age of monsters continues on with the follow up anthology, Kaiju Rising II, featuring stories from authors like Jeremy Robinson, Marie Brennan, Dan Wells, ML Brennan, Jonathan Green, Lee Murray, Cullen Bunn, and more! If you love movies like Pacific Rim, Godzilla, and Kong, you won't want to miss it.
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Jean Lorrain's Masks in the Tapestry was published by Snuggly Books in July 2017.
Information about Jean Lorrain:
Jean Lorrain (1855-1906) was the pseudonym of Paul Alexandre Martin Duval. He was one of the leading figures of the Decadent Movement and the author of numerous novels, volumes of poetry and short stories. At one point he was probably the highest paid journalist in France. Though mostly remembered today for his famous duel with Marcel Proust, he might be seen as the true chronicler of the fin-de-siècle. His short story collections Nightmares of an Ether-Drinker and The Soul-Drinker and Other Decadent Fantasies were previously published by Snuggly Books.
Information about Masks in the Tapestry:
Jean Lorrain, one of the leading figures of the Decadent Movement, was a master of the conte cruel. Presented here, for the first time in English, are ten such tales: stories of princesses and princes; mock-fairytales that seem to pervert the innocence of their settings with a triumphant immorality, plunging the reader into an atmosphere of voluptuousness and sensuality.
“Whoever has not believed as a child,” wrote the author, “will not dream as a young man; it is necessary to think, on the threshold of life, of weaving beautiful tapestries of dreams in order to decorate our abode as winter approaches; and beautiful dreams, even when faded, make the sumptuous tapestries of December.”
A REVIEW OF JEAN LORRAIN'S MASKS IN THE TAPESTRY
Jonathan Maas' Children of Another Bible: We Were Not the Only Ones was published in November 2017.
Information about Jonathan Maas:
Jonathan Maas is a writer living in Los Angeles. He writes during his bus ride to and from work, and owes much of this novel to the traffic on the 101. He is a fan of all types of literature, with his most recent favorite group of writers being Paul Kalanithi, Jostein Gaarder, Andrew Kaplan, Linwood Barclay, A.C. Crispin, Warren Ellis, Garth Ennis, Caren Lissner, John Shirley and Herman Koch.
Information about Children of Another Bible: We Were Not the Only Ones:
Children of Another Bible
A modern day scientist who has found a way to visit the afterlife. A young child in a devastated world. An adventurer in a near-utopian future who is beginning to realize his destiny may lie in the stars above.
They live in three different eras, but they are connected by a mystery that has haunted humanity since history began.
We Were Not the Only Ones
Humanity has always believed that this world was meant for them, and so far this has seemed to be the case. But there is one angel who didn’t see things this way. Her name is Kulkuz, and when humanity left Africa to populate the world, her red-haired children were eradicated, and her future was stolen.
But Kulkuz has a plan. Neither spirituality nor science can determine what it is, but she is coming for us. And she will stop at nothing until her children’s rightful destiny has returned.
A REVIEW OF JONATHAN MAAS' CHILDREN OF ANOTHER BIBLE: WE WERE NOT THE ONLY ONES
Information about Richard A. Knaak:
Richard A. Knaak is the New York Times- and USA Today-bestselling author of The Legend of Huma, WoW: Wolfheart, and nearly fifty other novels and numerous short stories, including works in such series as Warcraft, Diablo, Dragonlance, Age of Conan, and his own Dragonrealm. He has scripted a number of Warcraft manga with Tokyopop, such as the top-selling Sunwell trilogy, and has also written background material for games. His works have been published worldwide in many languages. His most recent releases include Shade - a brand-new Dragonrealm novel featuring the tragic sorcerer - Dawn of the Aspects - the latest in the bestselling World of Warcraft series, and the fourth collection in his Legends of the Dragonrealm series. He is presently at work on several other projects.
Click here to visit his official website.
Information about Black City Saint:
For more than sixteen hundred years, Nick Medea has followed and guarded the Gate that keeps the mortal realm and that of Feirie separate, seeking in vain absolution for the fatal errors he made when he slew the dragon. All that while, he has tried and failed to keep the woman he loves from dying over and over.
Yet in the fifty years since the Night the Dragon Breathed over the city of Chicago, the Gate has not only remained fixed, but open to the trespasses of the Wyld, the darkest of the Feiriefolk. Not only does that mean an evil resurrected from Nick’s own past, but the reincarnation of his lost Cleolinda, a reincarnation destined once more to die.
Nick must turn inward to that which he distrusts the most: the Dragon, the beast he slew when he was still only Saint George. He must turn to the monster residing in him, now a part of him... but ever seeking escape.
The gang war brewing between Prohibition bootleggers may be the least of his concerns. If Nick cannot prevent an old evil from opening the way between realms... then not only might Chicago face a fate worse than the Great Fire, but so will the rest of the mortal realm.
A REVIEW OF BLACK CITY SAINT
Risingshadow has the honour of publishing a guest post by the debut fantasy author Korbin Voss.
Korbin Voss is the author of Revenant, which is the first book in The Terror of Trenon Trilogy.
Korbin Voss has spent his whole life dedicating himself to the art and craft of writing. With years of freelancing under his belt, he's proud to say that he made the switch to full time ghostwriter for 3 years before getting tired of hearing just the voices in his head. Now, he works full time at the feet of one of the premier marketing geniuses in the world while crafting his own stories and taking them to the world. You can follow his insights and information at his Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/KorbinVossWriting/
Information about Revenant:
The last good man in Trennon has been murdered in cold blood, his body left on horrific display and plummeting the city into terror as the killer remains at large. With the City Watch too corrupt to trust, Henry and Squire are hired by the City Council to hunt down the killer as quickly as possible and bring him to justice.
The only problem: the killer is already dead.
With the dead rising to take revenge upon the city, Henry begins the game of cat and mouse through the streets of Trennon, hunting a killer who has a vendetta against Henry and will not stop until Henry’s world is in ruins, even if that means the entire city must bleed. The hunt is on and Henry must face the demons of his past or risk those demons destroying everything.
Revenant is the first book in the Terror of Trennon Trilogy.
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