Summer is gone, and the world is turning to ice.
The Rondian Empress Lyra has lost her husband, her army is defeated and the deadly Masked Cabal have seized the Holy City. Her allies have abandoned her and her empire is spiralling into chaos - and her only weapon is a forbidden magic she dare not use. She can't survive alone - but who can she still trust?
'Vibrant, memorable characters' - SciFi Now
The Eastern conqueror Sultan Rashid is victorious on the battlefield, but now he faces an enemy more deadly than Rondian knights: the winter. Unless he captures a major city to shelter his huge armies, his plans to overthrow the West face ruin in the snow. But standing between his men and safety is the remnants of a defeated army led by a general who knows all about fighting for survival.
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There are no easy options left. Lyra and her fellow dwymancers must master their deadly magic, whatever the cost. Even those who believe themselves to be fighting for good must grasp the reins of power with cold-hearted determination, and use even the most terrible weapon, if they are to stop the world from falling apart... for ever.
Risingshadow has had the honour of interviewing Kyle Alexander Romines, the author of the Warden of Fál fantasy series.
Kyle Alexander Romines is a teller of tales from the hills of Kentucky. He enjoys good reads, thunderstorms, and anything edible. His writing interests include fantasy, science fiction, horror, and western.
Kyle's debut horror novel, The Keeper of the Crows, appeared on the Preliminary Ballot of the 2015 Bram Stoker Awards in the category of Superior Achievement in a First Novel. He obtained his M.D. from the University of Louisville School of Medicine.
AN INTERVIEW WITH KYLE ALEXANDER ROMINES, THE AUTHOR OF THE WARDEN OF FÁL FANTASY SERIES
Catherine Dousteyssier-Khoze's The Beauty of the Death Cap was published by Snuggly Books in August 2018.
Information about Catherine Dousteyssier-Khoze:
Catherine Dousteyssier-Khoze is Associate Professor of French at Durham University, U.K. She is the author of numerous books, critical editions and articles on nineteenth-century literature and French cinema. Her latest book, Claude Chabrol’s Aesthetics of Opacity, was released by Edinburgh University Press in 2018. The Beauty of the Death Cap, published in France in 2015, is her début novel. It won the André Dubreuil Prize awarded by the Société des Gens de Lettres and a Fondation Prince Pierre de Monaco Prize.
Information about The Beauty of the Death Cap:
Nikonor is an eccentric and scholarly snob, a mycomaniac who has just made it to the Château de la Charlanne where he spent his childhood in the company of his twin sister, Anastasie. After all these years, it is not quite clear what brings him back to la Charlanne - an isolated and somewhat derelict castle located in the heart of the French countryside - but he is keen to share various memories with the reader in order to ‘set the record straight’, while he delivers his opinions on literature, cheeses, and, especially, mushrooms.
Winner of both a Prix André Dubreuil and a Prix Fondation Prince Pierre de Monaco upon its original publication in France, The Beauty of the Death Cap is a darkly comic and sinister novel, a work that, page by page, becomes ever more disturbing, as we try to discover who Nikonor really is.
REVIEW: THE BEAUTY OF THE DEATH CAP BY CATHERINE DOUSTEYSSIER-KHOZE
Risingshadow has the honour of hosting an exclusive excerpt from Fleet of Knives by Gareth L. Powell.
This blog post is part of The Fleet of Knives Blog Tour.
Fleet of Knives was published by Titan Books in February 2019.
About the author:
Gareth is the author of five science-fiction novels and two short story collections. His third novel, Ack-Ack Macaque, book one in the Macaque Trilogy, was the winner of the 2013 BSFA novel award. He lives in Bristol, UK.
Find him on Twitter @garethlpowell.
Click here to visit his official website.
AN EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT FROM FLEET OF KNIVES BY GARETH L. POWELL
Ian Kappos' Crossfaded in Narnia was published by Eibonvale Press in April 2018.
Information about Ian Kappos:
Ian Kappos was born and raised in Northern California but currently lives in Los Angeles where he is an MFA candidate at CalArts. His writing has appeared in numerous places and was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize. His first chapbook collection of fiction, Crossfaded in Narnia is his first chapbook collection. In addition to writing, he co-edits Milkfist, is an editorial assistant at Sublevel, and plays in the hardcore punk band Cross Class.
Click here to visit his official website.
Information about Crossfaded in Narnia:
Broken homes, drug addiction, lost causes.
These five stories follow disaffected youths through the day-to-day routines that help them cope and into more surreal territory, where the destitute and the otherworldly intertwine.
From exploding televisions and absent parents to concerned therapists, crustacean junkies, and friendships cut tragically short, Crossfaded in Narnia burrows into the grit to take a closer look at the mystery beneath.
REVIEW: CROSSFADED IN NARNIA BY IAN KAPPOS