Saturday 10 December 2011

Day 10: Swords and Sorcery

High fantasy has it all - Epic stories arcs, magic, politics and battles. Solaris and Abaddon Books are teeming with fantasy authors, so we've picked a select few for today’s calendar:

Thief With No Shadow by Emily Gee
Emily Gee is a compelling fantasy writer and Thief With No Shadow is a rich, romantic fantasy tale set in a world where the ordinary and extraordinary co-exist, where fire-breathing salamanders live alongside men, and magic runs in the blood of mortals. Melke is a wraith, able to walk unseen. Feared by all, hunted and hated, she has lost everything - except her younger brother. Now she is forced to do the unthinkable: in exchange for her brother's freedom, she must use her magic to commit a terrible crime.

The Sentinel Mage by Emily Gee
The Sentinel Mage is Emily’s latest book with Solaris. In a distant corner of the Seven Kingdoms, an ancient curse festers and grows, consuming everything in its path. Only one man can break it: Harkeld of Osgaard, a prince with mage's blood in his veins. But Prince Harkeld has a bounty on his head and assassins at his heels.

The Chronicles of King Rolen’s Kin is a brilliant trilogy that begins with The King's Bastard. In the Kingdom of Rolencia, by royal decree, all those afflicted with Affinity must serve the Abbey or face death. Sent to the Abbey because of his innate Affinity, the king’s youngest son, Fyn, trains to become a warrior monk. Unfortunately, he’s a gentle dreamer and the other acolytes bully him. The only way he can escape them is to serve the Abbey Mystic, but his Affinity is weak.

Fiercely loyal, thirteen year-old Piro is horrified to discover she is also cursed with unwanted Affinity. It broke their mother’s heart to send Fyn away, so she hides her affliction. But when Fyn confesses his troubles, Piro risks exposure to help him.

Even though Byren Kingson is only seven minutes younger than his twin, Lence, who is the king's heir, Byren has never hungered for the Rolencian throne. When a Seer predicts that he will kill Lence, he laughs. But Lence Kingsheir sees Byren’s growing popularity and resents it. Enduring loyalty could be Byren’s greatest failing.

The sequels, The Uncrowned King and The Usurper, are also available from the new Rebellion Store.

Chronicles of the Necromancer by Gail Z. Martin
This is the pick for fans of Robin Hobb, Lois McMaster Bujold and Terry Goodkind. The Summoner is the first in the series. The world of Prince Martris Drayke is thrown into sudden chaos and disorder when his brother murders their father and seizes the throne.

Cast out, Martris and a small band of trusted friends are forced to flee to a neighbouring kingdom where he believes they can regroup and plot their retaliation. With only a handful of loyal colleagues to support him, he must seek retribution and restore his father's honour.
But if the living are arrayed against him, Martris must call on a different set of allies: the ranks of the dead.

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