In this gorgeous, dark fantasy in the spirit of Jacqueline Carey, a princess and a duke must protect the people of their nations when a terrible threat leaves everyone in danger.
With the Mad King of Emmer in the north and the vicious King of Pohorir in the east, Kehara Raehema knows her country is in a vulnerable position. She never expected to give up everything she loves to save her people, but when the Mad King’s fury leaves her land in danger, she has no choice but to try any stratagem that might buy time for her people to prepare for war — no matter the personal cost.
Hundreds of miles away, the pitiless Wolf Duke of Pohorir, Innisth Eanete, dreams of breaking his people and his province free of the king he despises. But he has no way to make that happen — until chance unexpectedly leaves Kehara on his doorstep and at his mercy.
Yet in a land where immanent spirits inhabit the earth, political disaster is not the greatest peril one can face. Now, as the year rushes toward the dangerous midwinter, Kehera and Innisth find themselves unwilling allies, and their joined strength is all that stands between the peoples of the Four Kingdoms and utter catastrophe.
Johanna Sinisalo is a Finnish science fiction and fantasy writer. She was awarded the Finlandia Prize for literature in 2000 for her first novel Not Before Sundown (Troll: A Love Story) and now her novellette "Baby Doll" is a Nebula award nominee.
Risingshadow.net has had the honour of interviewing Johanna Sinisalo about the Nebula award nomination:
AN INTERVIEW WITH JOHANNA SINISALO
Philip José Farmer, a prolific and popular science fiction writer who shocked readers in the 1950s by depicting sex with aliens and challenged conventional pieties of the genre with caustic fables set on bizarre worlds of his own devising, died on Wednesday, February 25th. He was 91 and lived in Peoria, Illinois.
Source: The New York Times.
Novels category nominees:
Little Brother - Doctorow, Cory
Powers - Le Guin, Ursula K.
Cauldron - McDevitt, Jack
Brasyl - McDonald, Ian
Making Money - Pratchett, Terry
Superpowers - Schwartz, David J.
Photo by Heini Lehväslaiho.
A thesis about Soviet children's fantasy fiction (Fantastic in Form, Ambiguous in Content: Secondary Worlds in Soviet Children's Fantasy Fiction) by Jenniliisa Salminen was examined in Turku University on February 13, 2009.
The thesis can be found here: https://oa.doria.fi/handle/10024/43575
HarperCollins is to publish a new book by J. R. R. Tolkien. The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún, edited and introduced by Tolkien’s son Christopher, will be published in hardback in May 2009.
The previously unpublished work was written while Tolkien was professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford University during the 1920s and '30s, before he wrote The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. The publication will make available for the first time Tolkien’s extensive retelling in English narrative verse of the epic Norse tales of Sigurd the Völsung and the Fall of the Niflungs.
Further details about the contents of the book will be revealed closer to publication.
In Norse mytholgy, the warrior Sigurd is the mythical son of Sigmund and Hjordis, as depicted in the Volsung Saga. The Sigurd myth has influenced numerous modern stories. Richard Wagner's opera Siegfried is a retelling of the Sigurd myth. Tolkien used certain elements in his books, such as the sword reforged and the cursed ring, there are also numerous elements in The Children of Hurin.