Tuesday, January 13, 2015

What's New In My Reading Stack This Week 01/13/2015

Oh good! A slower week so I can get caught up on some reading from last week!
But what a week! A new Michael Moorcock?!?! I am so excited for this!

Black, Holly • The Darkest Part of the Forest                01/13

Hazel lives with her brother, Ben, in the strange town of Fairfold where humans and fae exist side by side. The faeries' seemingly harmless magic attracts tourists, but Hazel knows how dangerous they can be, and she knows how to stop them. Or she did, once.
At the center of it all, there is a glass coffin in the woods. It rests right on the ground and in it sleeps a boy with horns on his head and ears as pointy as knives. Hazel and Ben were both in love with him as children. The boy has slept there for generations, never waking.
Until one day, he does...
As the world turns upside down and a hero is needed to save them all, Hazel tries to remember her years spent pretending to be a knight. But swept up in new love, shifting loyalties, and the fresh sting of betrayal, will it be enough?

Michael Moorcock • The Whispering Swarm                01/13
(Book One of a new series!)
The Whispering Swarm is the first in a trilogy that will follow a young man named Michael as he simultaneously discovers himself and a secret realm hidden deep in the heart of London.
Back in the Thirteenth Century, King Henry III granted a plot of land in the heart of London to an order of Friars known as the Carmelites. In return, they entered into a compact with God to guard a holy object. This sanctuary became a refuge for many of ill-repute, as the Friars cast no judgment and took in all who were in search of solace.
Known as Alsatia, it did not suffer like the rest of the world. No Plague affected it. No Great Fire burned it. No Blitz destroyed it. Within its walls lies a secret to existence – one that has been kept since the dawn of time – a bevy of creation, where reality and romance, life and death, imaginary and real share the same world.
One young man's entrance into this realm sends a shockwave of chaos through time. What lies at the center of this sacred realm is threatened for the first time in human existence.

Connolly, Harry • The Way Into Magic                01/13
(Book Two of The Great Way Trilogy)
Having lost the prince to the madness of The Blessing, Tejohn and Cazia are the only people who know of his plan to retrieve a secret spell that might, just might, turn the tide of battle against the grunts. 
But Tejohn’s body is broken, and Cazia has been stripped of her magic. Worse, both are being held captive: Tejohn faces charges of treason in the lands where he was born. On the other side of the continent, Cazia is a prisoner of the Tilkilit queen, a creature with a desperate, deadly plan. 

While they struggle for their freedom, The Blessing continues to spread across Kal-Maddum, their numbers growing more numerous as the human population shrinks. What had started as a race to restore an empire has quickly become a mission to save humanity from extinction.

Stavely, Brian • The Providence of Fire  01/13
(Book Two of the 'Chronicles of the Unhewn')
The conspiracy to destroy the ruling family of the Annurian Empire is far from over.
Having learned the identity of her father's assassin, Adare flees the Dawn Palace in search of allies to challenge the coup against her family. Few trust her, but when she is believed to be touched by Intarra, patron goddess of the empire, the people rally to help her retake the capital city. As armies prepare to clash, the threat of invasion from barbarian hordes compels the rival forces to unite against their common enemy.
Unknown to Adare, her brother Valyn, renegade member of the empire's most elite fighting force, has allied with the invading nomads. The terrible choices each of them has made may make war between them inevitable.
Between Valyn and Adare is their brother Kaden, rightful heir to the Unhewn Throne, who has infiltrated the Annurian capital with the help of two strange companions. The knowledge they possess of the secret history that shapes these events could save Annur or destroy it.


  1. I'm unsure about the new Moorcock series. Upon first blush, it doesn't sound like much of a fantasy novel. I'd be greatly interested in seeing a review from you.

    Re Connolly's book: Did you read the first one in the series, "The Way Into Chaos"? I found it to be amateurish tripe. I was disappointed given how much I loved his "Twenty Palaces" series. This new series' title should be changed from "The Great Way" to "The Great Weight." And not because of the gravity of the work.

    1. I think the new Moorcock series sounds great! I'm super excited.
      I haven't read the new Connolly, but I loved Twenty Palaces, what didn't you like about this series?

  2. "The Way Into Chaos" was generic and unoriginal. The plot was more predictable than finding a Nigerian in Abuja. The writing was bland. The characters were all uninteresting cookie-cutter fantasy types. The text had more typos than a blood bank with type Os. The dialog was stiff, stilted, stuffy, and starched, and often verbose and prolix. Harry does not write females right.

    1. That's disappointing. I was really excited to see him writing something again. I'm in depression now.