Every war comes down to the flash of bright steel.
Even when the air is full of magic...
Aranthur and his friends have come together across different continents and realms with one purpose: to strike back against the forces which have torn a hole in the heavens and threaten to rip the world beneath them apart as well.
With time running short, and treason at home, there are battles to be fought on the field, in the magical arena, and in the ever-deadly realm of politics, and they must succeed on every front or everything will fall. Victory will require enemies to trust one another, old foes to fight together, spies to reveal the truth and steadfast allies to betray long-corrupt rulers.
Is Aranthur, a twenty-year-old student, really the master strategist to bring it all together? And can he and his friends overcome aeons of lies when their plans inevitably fall to pieces?
Do they even know, for sure, who the enemy is...?
Finncon, Kaapelitehdas cultural centre, Helsinki , 10.–12.7.2009
Finncon is a science fiction and fantasy convention held since 1986, together with Animecon since 1999. During the last three years the two combined conventions have gathered over 6 000 visitors from Finland and abroad each year.
The David Gemmell Legend Award for Fantasy ceremony took place last Friday in London, England. The award went to Blood of Elves by Andrzej Sapkowski.
Blood of Elves was originally published in Poland in 1994, but it was translated into English in 2008.
Mythopoeic Awards - 2009
Announcements: Finalists (May 27, 2009)
Source: Mythopoeic Society
The Very Best of Gene Wolfe is a new short story collection by Gene Wolfe. It will be published by PS Publishing during the summer of 2009. This book was originally published by Tor Books as The Best of Gene Wolfe: A Definitive Retrospective of His Finest Short Fiction. This limited edition contains one additional story, "Christmas Inn".
Risingshadow.net has had an opportunity to read The Very Best of Gene Wolfe in advance before its publication, so here's our review.
A REVIEW OF THE VERY BEST OF GENE WOLFE