The Folding Knife – K.J. Parker

Back Cover Blurb:  Basso the Magnificent. Basso the Great. Basso the Wise. The First Citizen of the Vesani Republic is an extraordinary man. He is ruthless, cunning, and above all, lucky. He brings wealth, power and prestige to his people. But with power comes unwanted attention, and Basso must defend his nation and himself from…

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Around the Net

I’m going to try to make this “around the web” a weekly feature on this blog. Recently I joined Twitter. Now, this is both good and bad. Good, because I’ve met some incredible fellow book-obsessed bloggers and bad because it’s easy to loose track of time on there. Anyway, this has opened my eyes to…

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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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