Tumanbay: the most magnificent city on earth. The beating heart of a vast empire. A city of dreams - where those who once arrived as slaves now reside in the seat of power.
But the wheel of fate is never still: from the gilded rooftops to the dark catacombs, there are secrets waiting to be uncovered.
For Gregor, Master of the Palace Guard, the work of rooting out spies and traitors is never done. His brother, the great General Qulan, must quell a distant rebellion. Whilst Shajah, chief wife to the Sultan, is suspicious that her new maid Sarah is not who she claims to be.
And a mysterious stranger arrives with a gift for the Sultan himself.
A gift that will change Tumanbay forever...
World Fantasy Award Winners were announced on 2nd of November in the World Fantasy Convention in Calgary, Canada.
Best Novel: (The August Derleth Fantasy Award): Ramsey Campbell for The Grin of The Dark (PS Publishing)
Best Short Fiction: Joel Lane for “My Stone Desire” (Black Static #1, TTA Press)
Best Novella: Conrad Williams for The Scalding Rooms (PS Publishing)
The Sydney J. Bounds Best Newcomer Award: Scott Lynch
Warner Bros. suprisely announced that they have moved back the release date of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince from Nov. 11 to July 17, 2009.
Warner president Alan Horn said:
"Like every other studio, we are still feeling the repercussions of the writers strike, which impacted the readiness of scripts for other films — changing the competitive landscape for 2009 and offering new windows of opportunity that we wanted to take advantage of," he said. "We agreed the best strategy was to move 'Half-Blood Prince' to July, where it perfectly fills the gap for a major tent pole release for mid-summer."
The studio still has a plan to release the first part of final book, 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows', as planned on November 19, 2009.
Winners of this year's Hugo Awards and the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer were announced in Denvention 3, the 66th World Science Fiction Convention.
Best Novel: The Yiddish Policemen's Union, Michael Chabon
John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer: Mary Robinette Kowal
More winners can be found from Locus Online News.