In the sixth novel in Genevieve Cogman’s historical fantasy Invisible Library series, Irene and Kai have to team up with an unlikely band of misfits to pull off an amazing art heist, or risk the wrath of a dangerous villain in his secret island lair.
As Irene tries to manage a fraught Fae-dragon truce and her overbearing parents, she’s given a hot new mission. The world where she grew up is in danger and only one book can save it.
This is held by Mr Nemo, secretive Fae villain and antique dealer, so Irene and Kai travel to his Caribbean retreat to strike a deal. But in return for the book, they must steal a painting from twenty-first-century Vienna. They’ll join a team of dragons, Fae gamblers and thieves, so their greatest challenge may be one another. And some will kill to protect this painting, which hides an extraordinary secret from a past age.
The Secret Chapter by Genevieve Cogman is a bookish adventure where a Librarian spy must fall in with a nefarious group to achieve her goals. Imagine Ocean’s Eleven meets James Bond with a pinch of magic...
Anthony Huso is a new fantasy author. His official website can be found here.
His debut fantasy book, The Last Page, will be published in August 2010 by Tor Books.
Here's the official description of The Last Page:
A stunning new voice in fantasy
The city of Isca is set like a dark jewel in the crown of the Duchy of Stonehold. In this sprawling landscape, the monsters one sees are nothing compared to what's living in the city's sewers.
Twenty-three-year-old Caliph Howl is Stonehold's reluctant High King. Thrust onto the throne, Caliph has inherited Stonehold's dirtiest court secrets. He also faces a brewing civil war that he is unprepared to fight. After months alone amid a swirl of gossip and political machinations, the sudden reappearance of his old lover, Sena, is a welcome bit of relief. But Sena has her own legacy to claim: she has been trained from birth by the Shradnae witchocracy – adept in espionage and the art of magical equations writ in blood – and she has been sent to spy on the High King.
Yet there are magics that demand a higher price than blood. Sena secretly plots to unlock the Cisrym Ta, an arcane text whose pages contain the power to destroy worlds. The key to opening the book lies in Caliph's veins, forcing Sena to decide if her obsession for power is greater than her love for Caliph.
Meanwhile, a fleet of airships creeps ever closer to Isca. As the final battle in a devastating civil war looms and the last page of the Cisrym Ta waits to be read, Caliph and Sena must face the deadly consequences of their decisions. And the blood of these conflicts will stain this and other worlds forever.
A REVIEW OF ANTHONY HUSO'S THE LAST PAGE
David Moles' Seven Cities of Gold will be published by PS Publishing in May 2010.
Here's a description of Seven Cites of Gold from the publisher's website:
A gem of alternate history by one of SF's brightest rising stars; a searing journey into a very different yet strangely familiar North America...
In anno domini 714, seven Catholic bishops fleeing the Muslim invasion of Spain set sail across the Western Ocean. There, in a new world, they founded seven legendary cities – and a legendary Christian empire.
Now, twelve centuries later, war rages across that new world: a culture war, a clash of civilizations, as the armies of the Caliphate of al-Andalus invade a failed state become a terrorist safe haven, a breeding ground for global reconquistadores.
Doctor-Lieutenant Chië Nakada is a physician with the Relief Ministry of the Regency of Japan. In the war of Muslims and Christians, Buddhist Japan is officially neutral. But when a mysterious weapon of mass destruction razes the Muslim-occupied city of Espírito Santo, Nakada is tasked to travel up the great river Acuamagna, seek out the messianic leader of the Christian resistance, and put a permanent end to that leader's apocalyptic delusions.
But the burnt-out, opium-addicted Nakada has her own delusions to contend with. And as she proceeds upriver, witness to spectacles dreadful and magnificent, ominously authentic and luridly misleading, Nakada learns that she is only another pawn in a savage game of Belief played across the millennia and across all the permutations of history.
Drawing on the enigmatic legend of Cibola, the mirage that lured baffled conquistadors into the heart of America five centuries ago, Seven Cities of Gold is deft, finely written, full of emblematic violence and acute symbolism, a meditation on 9/11, the War on Terror, Iraq, Hurricane Katrina, and much besides. Novel in scope and universal in impact, it is the first masterpiece by David Moles, and surely not the last.
A REVIEW OF DAVID MOLES' SEVEN CITIES OF GOLD
The 2009 Nebula Award winners are:
The Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation
Andre Norton Award
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and the Undead is a horror version of Mark Twain's beloved book, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (it was published in 1876). Don Borchert has created and co-written this new version of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. It will be published by Tor in August 2010.
Here's a description of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and the Undead:
Or at least that's the plan. It's Tom Sawyer like you've never seen him before, in a swash-buckling, treasure-seeking adventure spiked with blood, gore, and zombie madness.
In this expanded and illustrated edition of Mark Twain's beloved tale of boyhood adventure, Tom's usual mishaps are injected with a taste of the macabre, in a world over-run by a zombie virus known in the South as "Zum." The United States is infected with a plague of rotting, yet spry, Zum searching for fresh meat.
In this world, there's no need to whitewash Aunt Polly's fence. Instead, Tom cons his friends into sharpening the fence posts to stop a Zum attack. To escape the constraints of civilized life, Tom and his pal Huckleberry Finn don't have to fake their deaths, just pretend to be Zum. And instead of cowboys and indians, Tom practices his fighting skills in a bloodthirsty game of "Us and Zum" – and he always wins.
When vicious, self-aware zombies emerge and threaten the town... how will Tom and Huck win, and live to tell their tale?
With all the comedy, romance, and adventure that readers expect from Mark Twain, Tom Sawyer now becomes a new breed of hero – a grade-A zombie hunter.
A REVIEW OF THE ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER AND THE UNDEAD
Risingshadow.net is proud to present an interview with Laird Barron.
Here's some information about Laird Barron:
Laird Barron is an American horror and dark fantasy writer. He is the author of two short story collections, The Imago Sequence and Other Stories (Night Shade Books, 2007) and Occultation and Other Stories (Night Shade Books, 2010). He's currently working on a novel, The Croning, which will be published in 2011. His official website can be found here.
AN INTERVIEW WITH LAIRD BARRON