A land under occupation. A legendary sword. A young man’s journey to find his destiny.
Aren has lived by the rules all his life. He’s never questioned it; that’s just the way things are. But then his father is executed for treason, and he and his best friend Cade are thrown into a prison mine, doomed to work until they drop. Unless they can somehow break free...
But what lies beyond the prison walls is more terrifying still. Rescued by a man who hates him yet is oath-bound to protect him, pursued by inhuman forces, Aren slowly accepts that everything he knew about his world was a lie. The rules are not there to protect him, or his people, but to enslave them. A revolution is brewing, and Aren is being drawn into it, whether he likes it or not.
The key to the revolution is the Ember Blade. The sword of kings, the Excalibur of his people. Only with the Ember Blade in hand can their people be inspired to rise up... but it’s locked in an impenetrable vault in the most heavily guarded fortress in the land. All they have to do now is steal it...
Designed to return to classic fantasy adventures and values, from a modern perspective, this is a fast-moving coming-of-age trilogy featuring a strong cast of diverse characters, brilliant set-pieces and a powerful character and plot driven story.
The 2009 Hugo Award winners are:
And the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer (presented by Dell Magazines): David Anthony Durham.
More info: The Hugo Awards
A REVIEW OF PATRICK O'LEARY'S THE BLACK HEART
Carol Berg is an American fantasy author, who has written three fantasy series (The Rai-Kirah series, The Bridge of D'Arnath series and The Lighthouse Duet) and one standalone fantasy book (Song of the Beast). She is the winner of the 2009 Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature, the Prism Award, the Geffen Award and the Colorado Book Award.
Risingshadow.net has had the honour of interviewing Carol Berg. You can read the interview here:
AN INTERVIEW WITH CAROL BERG
The Mythopoeic Society has announced the winners for the 2009 Mythopoeic Awards.
The winners of the fantasy awards are:
Source: Mythopoeic Society
An article about Jack Vance in New York Times.
Dan Simmons, the best-selling writer of horror and fantasy, described discovering Vance as “a revelation for me, like coming to Proust or Henry James. Suddenly you’re in the deep end of the pool. He gives you glimpses of entire worlds with just perfectly turned language. If he’d been born south of the border, he’d be up for a Nobel Prize.”