The Killing Moon, Shadow at Night, War for the Oaks

NEW: THE KILLING MOON by N.K. Jemisin, Book One of The Dreamblood, (Orbit, May 1, 2012)

You might recognize Jemisen’s name from her acclaimed debut novel of 2010 The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms; the first in The Inheritance Trilogy was quickly embraced by readers and hailed by critics — nominated for both a Hugo Award and a Nebula Award, it won the Locus Award for Best First Novel and the World Fantasy Award
Jemisen’s second series, The Dreamblood, begins with The Killing Moon, and has every chance of being even better than The Inheritance Trilogy. As Jemisen says on her blog, “The Dreamblood is very much a labor of love for me. It’s my homage to epic fantasy—as opposed to The Inheritance Trilogy, which was more my eyeroll at epic fantasy.” And after reading The Killing Moon‘s synopsis, we agree. This selection underscores how spot-on Jemison is:

In the city-state of Gujaareh, peace is the only law. Along its ancient stone streets, where time is marked by the river’s floods, there is no crime or violence. Within the city’s colored shadows, priests of the dream-goddess harvest the wild power of the sleeping mind as magic, using it to heal, soothe… and kill.

But when corruption blooms at the heart of Gujaareh’s great temple, Ehiru—most famous of the city’s Gatherers—cannot defeat it alone. With the aid of his cold-eyed apprentice and a beautiful foreign spy, he must thwart a conspiracy whose roots lie in his own past. And to prevent the unleashing of deadly forbidden magic, he must somehow defeat a Gatherer’s most terrifying nemesis: the Reaper.

Regina on Goodreads said, “This book hit me hard and stole me away from reality, completely.” Sarah mentioned, “One note is that there is a glossary in the back that I wish I’d realized existed when reading the book… it might have helped me understand nuances a little earlier in the novel.”

The first three chapters of The Killing Moon are available on N.K. Jemisin’s site. Ordering is available these popular booksellers:

 

SOON: SHADOW OF NIGHT by Deborah Harkness, Book Two of All Souls (Viking Adult, July 10, 2012)

Following last winter’s wildly popular A Discovery of Witches comes Book Two in the All Souls trilogy about Diana Bishop, an Oxford scholar who finds a bewitched manuscript and accidentally stirs the Fantastic underworld and demons, witches, and vampires descend upon her library and her heretofore normal life. In Shadow of Night, the front cover tells us:

…picking up from A Discovery of Witches’ cliffhanger ending, Shadow of Night plunges Diana and Matthew into Elizabethan London, a world of spies, subterfuge, and a coterie of Matthew’s old friends, the mysterious School of Night that includes Christopher Marlowe and Walter Raleigh. Here, Diana must locate a witch to tutor her in magic, Matthew is forced to confront a past he thought he had put to rest, and the mystery of Ashmole 782 deepens.

Book One was touted as a mix of Anne Rice (think dense, smart, meticulous with historical detail… vampires) and Twilight (think romantic, sensual… vampires), and with the same 600-page length, Shadow of Night promises to pack the same bestselling punch. With nearly 90 reviews already on Goodreads—some counting the days until release and others, having received advanced reading copies, with assurances that it’s worth the wait—well, we’re excited.

Read an early excerpt! Look for Shadow of Night on July 10 or preorder:

 

CLASSIC: WAR FOR THE OAKS by Emma Bull (Tom Doherty Associates, 1987, 2001)

Like Jemisen’s The Killing Moon, War for the Oaks received a well-deserved the Locus Award for Best First Novel when it was first released in 1987. According to Trisha on Goodreads, “In my opinion, you really can’t call yourself an Urban fantasy fan if you haven’t read this book. This is one of, if not THE book that started it all.” After its original release, this classic fell out of print for about a decade, but was reprinted 2001, and is readily available in digital format.

Eddi McCandry sings rock and roll. But her boyfriend just dumped her, her band just broke up, and life could hardly be worse. Then, walking home through downtown Minneapolis on a dark night, she finds herself drafted into an invisible war between the faerie folk. Now, more than her own survival is at risk—and her own preferences, musical and personal, are very much beside the point.

By turns tough and lyrical, fabulous and down-to-earth, War for the Oaks is a fantasy novel that’s as much about this world as about the other one. It’s about real love and loyalty, about real music and musicians, about false glamour and true art. It will change the way you hear and see your own daily life.

Peter on Goodreads said, “The real magic in this book is not Faerie glamour but Bull’s upper-echelon storytelling skills and otherworldly ability to make you like her characters.” Well said reasoning for putting War for the Oak‘s on our Must Read shelf.

An excerpt is available on the publisher site. Order War for the Oaks from these popular booksellers:

Look for another three Fantastic books from FairyRoom this time next week.