The Dog in the Dark, Dreams and Shadows, and The Witches

NEW: THE DOG IN THE DARK, Book Two in the Noble Dead Saga, Series 3 by Barb & J. C. Hendee (Roc, 2012)

This series has been called The-Lord-of-the-Rings-meets-Buffy-the-Vampire-Slayer and we agree that’s a pretty good description: it’s epic urban fantasy, chock full of magical creatures. Written by husband and wife writing duo, The Dog in the Dark is eleventh book in the Saga, which is broken up into—so far—three connected series. Series One focuses on a trio of adventurers; Series Two focuses on a different trio; in Series Three the two trios come together. The Dog in the Dark isn’t a mid-series book you can jump right into—so if you haven’t started the Noble Dead Saga yet, get excited that you have a fantastic new universe and eleven new books to emerse yourself in.

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Barely escaping the city of Calm Seatt — and the elven assassins hunting them — Magiere, Leesil, and the elven dog Chap sail south in their quest to find the powerful orb of Air before their enemies do. But they are not alone, much to their frustration.

The aging elven assassin, Brot’an, has forced himself on them by offering his protection for Magiere from enemies among his own caste. Chap doesn’t believe this ruse and seeks to uncover the assassin’s true agenda — as well as the cause of the secret civil war that has erupted into the open among Brot’an’s people.

Meanwhile Magiere is struggling with her own dark nature, using Leesil’s love as an anchor to keep her grounded. For the personal price she paid to procure the orb of Fire up in the northern “Wastes” was more than she thought — and more than she wants to reveal to anyone else.

But that is exactly what the cunning Brot’an wants to know. And he is willing to do whatever it takes — even if he must reveal his own dreaded secrets that may cost the entire party their lives.


From the reader community:

“The Hendees write this beautifully as a mix of real time action and flashbacks…that makes for intense and gripping reading and illuminates so many things. The last couple pages literally gave me goosebumps. Barb and JC are an amazing artistic duo, and I am so happy to be enjoying this journey that they have set up for us all.” ~Michelle (Goodreads)

As usual, I loved the eleventh installment of the Noble Dead Saga. Barb and J.C. never fail to fully immerse the reader in every part of the story, and as per usual I could not put this book down until I had completed it.” ~Brie (Amazon)

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SOON: DREAM AND SHADOWS by C. Robert Cargill, (Harper Voyager, February 26, 2013)

Dreams and Shadows is C. Robert Cargill’s debut novel, but he’s already veteran of fantasy and storytelling. The screenwriter of last year’s Sinister, and regular contributor to Ain’t It Cool News (under pseudonym Massawyrm) and, Cargill knows exactly what he’s doing in this beautiful story. Interested in his unique transition from commentary writing to creative writing? Look for FairyRoom’s interview with the author in February!

There is another world than our own, as close and intimate as a kiss, as terrifying and haunting as nightmares, a realm where fairies and djinns, changelings and angels, all the stuff of which dreams are made is real…and where magic awaits in the shadows, just a hidden step away. Between this realm and that other lies a veil, a gossamer web that muddles the vision of mortal man and keeps him from seeing what is all around him. Sometimes, someone pierces that protective veil. But one glimpse of this world can forever transform lives. Just ask Ewan and Colby…

Once upon the time, the pair were once bold explorers and youthful denizens of this magical realm, until they left that world behind them. Now, Ewan is a musician living in Austin, and has just met the girl he wants to marry. Colby is still coping with he consequences of an innocent childhood wish that haunts him all these years later. While their time in the Limestone Kingdom is little more than a distant memory, this supernatural world has never forgotten them. And in a world where angels relax on rooftops, whiskey-swilling genies and foul-mouthed wizards argue metaphysics, and monsters in the dark feed on fear, both will learn that fate can never be outrun.

The many fans of Neil Gaiman, Lev Grossman, Erin Morgenstern, and Kim Harrison will love this fabulous debut tale of the magic and monsters in our world… and in ourselves.


From the reader community:

• “The characters are fabulous and all of the loose threads at the start of the novel are pulled together by the time we reach its dramatic, blood-splattered conclusion. You will fall head over heels for this urban fantasy. An explosive, lingering debut.” ~Emma (Goodreads)

• Wow! I just loved this book. It takes a lot of the common fantasy ideas and puts some cool spins on them. Full of great characters this is a story you will not want to put down..” ~Joe (Goodreads)

Enjoy an excerpt of Dreams and Shadows when you Look Inside on Amazon. Look for this book on February 26 or preorder:


CLASSIC: THE WITCHES by Roald Dahl (Jonathan Cape, 1983)

This is Dahl at his best—it’s funny, it’s twisted, and it doesn’t pull any punches. If all you know is the 1990 movie adaptation, do not be put off from this book! (It was panned by critics and viewers alike, Anjelica Huston’s performance as the Head Witch being the only redeeming factor.) The book is illustrated with beautiful line drawing by Quentin Blake. From page one till the end, this is a story for children and adults alike.

This Roald Dahl classic tells the scary, funny and imaginative tale of a seven-year-old boy who has a run-in with some real-life witches! “In fairy tales witches always wear silly black hats and black cloaks and they ride on broomsticks. But this is not a fairy tale. This is about REAL WITCHES. REAL WITCHES dress in ordinary clothes and look very much like ordinary women. They live in ordinary houses and they work in ordinary jobs. That is why they are so hard to catch.” Witches, as our hero learns, hate children. With the help of a friend and his somewhat-magical grandmother, our hero tries to expose the witches before they dispose of him. 


From the reader community:

• “The Witches is a frightening, yet thrilling read for children. Dahl is a masterful storyteller and in “The Witches” he has weaved imagination, fear and courage into a fantastically fun story that has stood the test of time and remains refreshingly relevant for each generation.” ~M.C. (Amazon)

• This original, quirky little book is perfect for readers of all ages. It has just the right amount of scary details to fascinate a child reader without being to creepy to give them nightmares, and enough creative and ingenious details to hold an adult reader’s interest. If you missed out on The Witches growing up, it’s not too late! Grab a copy and enjoy the sheer imaginativeness of Dahl’s writing.” ~The Lotus Queen (Goodreads)

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Which Fantastic New, Soon, and Classic books are you excited about?