Flesh and Spirit – Carol Berg

Publishers Weekly:  At the start of this chilling fantasy from Berg (Daughter of Ancients), the first of a pair set in the land of Navronne, her rebellious hero, 27-year-old Valen, has been hiding from his pureblood family of sorcerers for 12 years. Valen, who’s also struggling with a kind of drug addiction called “doulon sickness,”…

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The King’s Bastard – Rowena Cory Daniells

About the Book Only seven minutes younger than Rolencia’s heir, Byren has never hungered for the throne. He laughs when a seer predicts that he will kill his twin. But the royal heir resents Byren’s growing popularity. Across the land the untamed magic of the gods wells up out of the earth’s heart. It sends…

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His Majesty’s Dragon – Naomi Novik

From Publishers Weekly: In this delightful first novel, the opening salvo of a trilogy, Novik seamlessly blends fantasy into the history of the Napoleonic wars. Here be dragons, beasts that can speak and reason, bred for strength and speed and used for aerial support in battle. Each nation has its own breeds, but none are so…

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Giveaways & Contests

It seems like there are a lot of book giveaways going on right now. We all like free stuff, so in (yet another) effort to streamline browsing experiences, here is a list of the ones that I’ve found (thus far). I’m not going into detail with these giveaways. I figure if you are interested you…

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Scarlet – Stephen R. Lawhead

Amazon.com Blurb:  After losing everything he owns, forester Will Scarlet embarks on a search for none other than King Raven, whose exploits have already become legendary. After fulfilling his quest–and proving himself a skilled and loyal companion–Will joins the heroic archer and his men. Now, however, Will is in prison for a crime he did…

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The Darkness That Comes Before – R. Scott Bakker

Publishers Weekly Review:  Canadian author Bakker’s impressive, challenging debut, the first of a trilogy, should please those weary of formulaic epic fantasy. Bakker’s utterly foreign world, E√§rwa, is as complex as that of Tolkien, to whom he is, arguably, a worthier successor than such established names as David Eddings and Stephen Donaldson. Bakker creates an…

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My "To Be Read" Pile

My “to be read” pile seems to expand every day. Currently, I’m almost done with “The Darkness That Comes Before” and should have a review of it posted by this weekend at the latest. I’m about half way through “Scarlet,” which is an incredibly fast read. Anyway, with two books nearing the finish line, my…

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Around the Web

I’ve seen a few other blogs do this “around the web” thing and I enjoy it because it seems to streamline my browsing experience (while allowing me to delay getting actual work done a little longer). Free Books/Excerpts/Giveaways: 1. Over on DaveBrendon’s Weblog you can read an excerpt of “I am Number Four” by Pittacus…

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My winnings

I wrote in a previous entry about how I won a contest recently (my very first, even). Well, my winnings have arrived! I know this will only excite me, but regardless, I will regale my 3 readers with new prizes. So, I ghetto-smudged my last name out of the picture but other than that, that’s…

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Beyond the Shadows – Brent Weeks

Cover blurb: Logan Gyre is king of Cenaria, a country under siege, with a threadbare army and little hope. He has one chance – a desperate gamble, but one that could destroy his kingdom. In the north, the new Godking has a plan. If it comes to fruition, no one will have the power to…

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