After GENERATION V, I was extremely curious to see where Brennan was going to take her characters in IRON NIGHT, the second book in the American Vampire series. My cautious optimism (one can never be too sure about a second book) was rewarded tenfold – IRON NIGHT is a spectacular follow up to GENERATION V, and I can’t imagine how it could have been better.
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Giveaway Alert courtesy of Faith Hunter celebrating the release of Black Arts, Jane Yellowrock #7 (published on January 7, 2014 by Roc). Want to win a copy? Enter via the widget below. 1 copy of Black Arts Available on January 7, 2014 by Roc Description: Jane Yellowrock is a shape-shifting skinwalker who always takes care of her own—no matter the cost… When Evan Trueblood blows into town looking for his wife, Molly, he’s convinced that she came to see her best friend, Jane. But it seems like the witch made it to New Orleans and then disappeared without a trace. Jane is ready to do… Read more »
COLD COPPER is another exciting installment of the Age of Steam series with a solid mix of steampunk and supernatural elements. I liked how it almost felt like a thriller as the plot moved at a constant pace and there was an intensity of wondering what danger lurks on the next page for Cedar and his friends.
As a member of the “now what do I do with this liberal arts major” generation, like Fortitude in GENERATION V, I was curious how this sort of post-college existential crisis would play out in a book about vampires. Vampires are generally known as rather confident, sexy and definitely wealthy, and Fort was about as far from those qualities as one could be. He has a cheating girlfriend, a job in a grimy coffee shop, and about $7 to his name for 90% of the book. The result is a very relatable main character that gave me a reason to invest in GENERATION V.
One of the great things about THE HAVOC MACHINE is the fantastic introduction at the beginning to catch new readers like me up on the previous events of the Clockwork Empire series. While the introduction was a wonderful summary its not necessary the enjoyment and understanding of THE HAVOC MACHINE plot which is a fun classic steampunk adventure story.
In IRON KIN the stakes are raised as the people of the Half-Light City creep closer to all out war. The worldbuilding in this series is one of its strengths and delving deeper into the politics of this world made it even richer. The fragile peace between the mages, vampires, and shifters drove the action and kept the threat of war dangerous close throughout the book.
Got some really hard to kill vampires? Jane Yellowrock can get that job done and then some. In BLOOD TRADE Jane comes back with a vengeance from some difficult circumstances in the previous book. She’s not in a good place during the start of BLOOD TRADE
With the haunting, opium dream of THE DROWNING GIRL fresh in my mind, I was very curious to see how Caitlin Kiernan’s intricate, puzzle box storytelling would translate to urban fantasy. Though writing under a fresh nom de plume, Tierney brings that characteristic darkness; writing a charismatic, unreliable heroine, as defined by her addictions as by her supernatural nature.
Harry lives! Not since Buffy came back from the dead have fantasy fans been this excited to have a beloved character rise from the grave. Leave it to Jim Butcher to find a way to revitalize and reinvent his series so that even after thirteen books and countless short stories, it’s like we’re meeting Harry for the first time. COLD DAYS is a wonderfully refreshing game changer for The Dresden Files series.
Today we are welcoming Steve Bein who is here to talk about how to write historical fiction. His novel, DAUGHTER OF THE SWORD, The Fated Blades #1 (published on October 2, 2012 from Roc Trade), blends modern and historical time periods to tell the story of a Japaneses detective and her involvement with three legendary swords. In her review, Abigail described it as a, “a gritty and compelling police procedural…the writing is lush and evocative, and the characters are broken and heroic in turn.” Check out the widget below to win your own copy of DAUGHTER OF THE SWORD. How to… Read more »