Port of Shadows falls between Book 1 and 2 in the series.
Years into a campaign against the rebels who have rallied behind the White Rose have left the Company jaded and the Lady seems to have taken particular interest in Croaker since his stay in the Tower hasn't exactly made his life easier.
The Limper is up to his old tricks and is doing everything within his power to separate Croaker and the Black Company from The Lady's favor.
Croaker finds his fate tied to a new Taken. One claiming to be something impossible but feels uncomfortably familiar. It's going to take all of Croaker's cunning to insure that the plans of The Lady and her "loyal" Taken don't destroy the company once and for all.
Steven Erikson's Crack'd Pot Trail will be published in late 2009 by PS Publishing.
Here's a short description of Crack'd Pot Trail from the publisher's website:
It is an undeniable truth: give evil a name and everyone's happy. Give it two names and... why, they're even happier.
The intrepid necromancers Bauchelain and Korbal Broach, scourges of civilization, raisers of the dead, reapers of the souls of the living, devourers of hope, betrayers of faith, slayers of the innocent and modest personifications of evil, have a lot to answer for and answer they will. Known as the Nehemoth, they are pursued by countless self-professed defenders of decency, sanity and civilization. After all, since when does evil thrive unchallenged? Well, often: but not this time.
Hot on their heels are the Nehemothanai, avowed hunters of Bauchelain and Korbal Broach. In the company of a gaggle of artists and pilgrims, stalwart Mortal Sword Tulgord Vise, pious Well Knight Arpo Relent, stern Huntsman Steck Marynd, and three of the redoubtable Chanter brothers (and their lone sister) find themselves faced with the cruelest of choices. The legendary Cracked Pot Trail, a stretch of harsh wasteland between the Gates of Nowhere and the Shrine of the Indifferent God, has become a tortured path of deprivation.
Will honour, moral probity and virtue prove champions in the face of brutal necessity? No, of course not. Don't be silly.
Here's Risingshadow.net's review of Crack'd Pot Trail.
A REVIEW OF STEVEN ERIKSON'S CRACK'D POT TRAIL
Rick Hautala's Reunion will be published in late 2009 by PS Publishing. Here's Risingshadow.net's review of Reunion.
A REVIEW OF RICK HAUTALA'S REUNION
Malcolm Walker is a new fantasy author, who's written The Stone Crown (Risingshadow.net's review of The Stone Crown can be found here).
Risingshadow.net has had the honour of interviewing Malcolm Walker.
AN INTERVIEW WITH MALCOLM WALKER
Here's a description of The Stone Crown from the publisher's website:
Emlyn and Maxine are both newcomers, both misfits in their own way. But their lives are linked and their paths destined to cross in ways that neither can begin to imagine. Drawn to the ancient site known as Sleeper's Spinney, Emlyn and Maxine unleash an unearthly power when they unwittingly remove one of a group of wooden horsemen hidden beneath the earth. Containing the trapped spirits of Arthur and his men, the carvings have been held in check since the Dark Ages by a long line of Keepers, the McCrossans. With the Keepers prepared to stop at nothing to recover what has been stolen, Emlyn and Maxine are drawn into a parallel world of myth, magic and the supernatural. Arthur is awake – and he is no revered, grey-bearded king come back to save the Isles. Its thrilling climax sees a race against time as Emlyn and Maxine try to destroy the figures before Arthur and his guard are let loose and released into the world of twenty-first century Scotland.
And here's Risingshadow.net's review of this book.
A REVIEW OF MALCOLM WALKER'S THE STONE CROWN
Joshua Palmatier is an American fantasy author, who has written the Throne of Amenkor trilogy.
Risingshadow.net has had the honour of interviewing Joshua Palmatier.
AN INTERVIEW WITH JOSHUA PALMATIER