Tricked, Princeps, The Mists of Avalon

NEW: TRICKED by Kevin Hearne, Book Four of the Iron Druid Chronicles, (Random House, April 24, 2012)

Tricked, the newest in the Iron Druid Chronicles, continues the story of Atticus O’Sullivan, the earth’s last living druid. Atticus has made a few enemies in his two-thousand years on earth, and he is hiding out in Arizona, far from where the Fae can find him. In this installment:

Druid Atticus O’Sullivan hasn’t stayed alive for more than two millennia without a fair bit of Celtic cunning. So when vengeful thunder gods come Norse by Southwest looking for payback, Atticus, with a little help from the Navajo trickster god Coyote, lets them think that they’ve chopped up his body in the Arizona desert.

But the mischievous Coyote is not above a little sleight of paw, and Atticus soon finds that he’s been duped into battling bloodthirsty desert shapeshifters called skinwalkers. Just when the Druid thinks he’s got a handle on all the duplicity, betrayal comes from an unlikely source. If Atticus survives this time, he vows he won’t be fooled again. Famous last words.

Sue on Goodreads said, “The Iron Druid Chronicles fulfill all my desires when it comes to funny, irreverent, cross-mythos action.” And Goodreads user Fantasynibbles put in: “I’ve jumped straight into number four in the series without reading the first three, which isn’t something I’d normally do but in this case it worked perfectly. Tricked works beautifully as a standalone.”

An excerpt is available on the publisher site. Order Tricked from these popular booksellers:

 

SOON: PRINCEPS by L.E. Modesitt, Jr., Book Five in the Imager Portfolio (Tom Doherty Associates, May 22, 2012)

The Imager Portfolio is set in a world where a small number of people can create objects through visualization, a power which can kill them if left uncontrolled.

The thrilling follow-up to Scholar—in which, after discovering a coup attempt and preventing a bloody civil war, Quaeryt was appointed princeps of Tilbor—begins a new episode in the young Imager’s life. Now second only to the governor, and still hiding his powers as an Imager, Quaeryt is enjoying his new position, as well as his marriage to Lord Bhayar’s youngest sister, Vaelora, when a volcanic eruption devastates the old capital of Telaryn.

He and his wife are dispatched to Extela, Telaryn’s capitol city, to replace the governor killed in the eruption. Quaeryt and Vaelora must restore order to a city filled with chaos and corruption, and do so quickly. The regiment under his command must soon depart to bolster Telaryn’s border defenses against a neighboring ruler who sees the volcanic devastation as an opportunity for invasion and conquest.

Princeps doesn’t have any reviews on Goodreads yet, but the first four books in the Imager Portfolio have solid 4-star review. Of Book One, Imager, Matthew said, “The book has an interesting, unique, and complex magic system, and it is set in a very realistically built world with many different groups struggling in complex and shifting conflicts. Few books are detailed so precisely.” Ainslie warns, “If you’re looking for non-stop action, with a chest-thumping hero, this isn’t the book for you.”

A note about book sequence: This series does not follow a chronological sequence throughout. Much the way Narnia skips around, so does the Imager Portfolio. FairyRoom will get to the bottom of it before the book six comes out!

Read an excerpt at Tor.com! Look for Princeps on May 22 or preorder:

 

CLASSIC: THE MISTS OF AVALON by Marion Zimmer Bradley, Book One in the Avalon series (Tom Doherty Associates, 1987, 2001)

With over 54,000 ratings on Goodreads, The Mists of Avalon is undoubtedly one of the most beloved retellings of the legend of King Arthur since The Once and Future King. With the men relegated to secondary character status and all of the battles happening off page, Marion Zimmer Bradley took a huge literary gamble.

Here is the magical legend of King Arthur, vividly retold through the eyes and lives of the women who wielded power from behind the throne. A spellbinding novel, an extraordinary literary achievement, The Mists of Avalon will stay with you for a long time to come…

Janne on Goodreads said, “I can count on one hand the books I’d describe as “life changing”, but The Mists of Avalon is definitely one of them.” If you’re looking for a book for a teenager in your life, this 876-page tome isn’t a likely suspect, but many reader reviews call out finding and adoring Mists at a young age. For example Jacqle said, “I read it the first time when I was a teenager, and its themes of female empowerment and its examination of the purpose of spirituality were just what I needed.”

An excerpt is available on the publisher site. Order The Mists of Avalon from these popular booksellers:

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