'She loved me as I loved her, fierce as a bloodied blade'
When Lia, an idealistic queen, falls for Xania, her new spymaster - who took the job to avenge her murdered father - they realise all isn't fair in love and treason.
Lia won’t mourn her uncle: he's left her a bankrupt kingdom considered easy pickings by its neighbours. She’s sworn to be a better ruler, but if she wants to push through her reforms, she needs to beat the Court at its own games. For years, Xania's been determined to uncover her father's murderer. She finally gets a chance when Lia gives her a choice: become her new spymaster, or take a one way trip to the executioner’s axe. It’s an easy decision.
When they fall for each other, their love complicates Lia’s responsibilities and Xania’s plans for vengeance. As they're drawn together amid royal suitors and new diplomats, they uncover treason that could not only end Lia’s reign, but ruin their weakened country. They must decide not only what to sacrifice for duty, but also for each other.
Richard Gavin's The Darkly Splendid Realm was published in 2009 by Dark Regions Press.
Richard Gavin is a Canadian horror writer. He is the author of three short story collections: Charnel Wine, Omens and The Darkly Splendid Realm.
Richard Gavin's official website can be found here.
Here's the official description of The Darkly Splendid Realm:
If you've felt eyes studying you from the shadows, it has seen you...
If crooked branches have rapped upon your window at night, it has summoned you...
If your dreams are plagued by half-glimpsed terrors, it has claimed you...
From one of the most gruesomely original voices in contemporary horror comes this book of thirteen nightmares. Richard Gavin will plunge you into underworlds of Hellish beauty; give you flight on Dread-Moths' wings; tend for you a thicket that blooms with feral children. More than a volume of horror tales, this collection offers visions of a realm whose splendours are as illuminating as they are dark.
And here's the review:
A REVIEW OF RICHARD GAVIN'S THE DARKLY SPLENDID REALM
Author Diana Wynne Jones (b.1934) died on March 25 after a year-long struggle with cancer.
The Render of the Veils is a chapbook. It contains a Lovecraftian horror story called The Render of the Veils and an introduction by Ramsey Campbell.
The Render of the Veils was published by PS Publishing in February 2011.
Here's the review of The Render of the Veils:
A REVIEW OF RAMSEY CAMPBELL'S THE RENDER OF THE VEILS
The Helsinki Science Fiction Society has announced the shortlist for the Tähtifantasia award for best translated fantasy book published in Finnish last year. The nominees are:
* Night Watch by Terry Pratchett
* The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
* The Last Wish (Ostatnie życzenie) by Andrzej Sapkowski
* The Earth Hums In B-Flat by Mari Strachan
* The Year of Our War by Steph Swainston
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Mark Lawrence's official website can be found here.
Here's the official description of Prince of Thorns from the publisher's website:
"Prince of Thorns is the first volume in a powerful new epic fantasy trilogy, original, absorbing and challenging.
Before the thorns taught me their sharp lessons and bled weakness from me I had but one brother, and I loved him well. But those days are gone and what is left of them lies in my mother's tomb. Now I have many brothers, quick with knife and sword, and as evil as you please. We ride this broken empire and loot its corpse. They say these are violent times, the end of days when the dead roam and monsters haunt the night. All that's true enough, but there's something worse out there, in the dark. Much worse.
From being a privileged royal child, raised by a loving mother, Jorg Ancrath has become the Prince of Thorns, a charming, immoral boy leading a grim band of outlaws in a series of raids and atrocities. The world is in chaos: violence is rife, nightmares everywhere. Jorg has the ability to master the living and the dead, but there is still one thing that puts a chill in him. Returning to his father's castle Jorg must confront horrors from his childhood and carve himself a future with all hands turned against him.
Mark Lawrence's debut novel tells a tale of blood and treachery, magic and brotherhood and paints a compelling and brutal, and sometimes beautiful, picture of an exceptional boy on his journey toward manhood and the throne."
And here's the review:
A REVIEW OF MARK LAWRENCE'S PRINCE OF THORNS