The Mirror Empire by Kameron Hurley
Kameron is one of the authors that I discovered because of Night Shade Books a few years back, I managed to get a copy of her first novel Gods War signed by her through their blog and I've loved her work ever since. Her previous series had a marvelously strong and uncompromising female hero and equally unflinching writing. Personally I have high hopes for this series comming from Angry Robot Press. Tor.com was nice enough to post up an excerpt here and for your reading pleasure a bit of synopsis.....
Check out The Mirror Empire, the first installment in a new series from Kameron Hurley, available worldwide this September from Angry Robot!
On the eve of a recurring catastrophic event known to extinguish nations and reshape continents, a troubled orphan evades death and slavery to uncover her own bloody past… while a world goes to war with itself.
In the frozen kingdom of Saiduan, invaders from another realm are decimating whole cities, leaving behind nothing but ash and ruin. As the dark star of the cataclysm rises, an illegitimate ruler is tasked with holding together a country fractured by civil war, a precocious young fighter is asked to betray his family and a half-Dhai general must choose between the eradication of her father’s people or loyalty to her alien Empress.
Solaris Rising 3 edited by Ian Whates
Regular visitors here will know I'm a fool for anthologies and particularly ones that feature so many British authors that I seldom see here in the US. With so many avenues to get speculative fiction in the short form we are pretty much spoiled for choice so having good editors around like Ian at Solaris is a great thing. Here is the TOC for the collection...
- “A Smart-Mannered Uprising of the Dead” by Ian McDonald
- “The Incredible Exploding Man” by Dave Hutchinson
- “Sweet Spots” by Paul di Filippo
- “Best SF of the Year Three” by Ken MacLeod
- “The One that Got Away” by Tricia Sullivan
- “Rock Day” by Stephen Baxter
- “Eluna” by Stephen Palmer
- “Shall I Tell You the Problem with Time Travel?” by Adam Roberts
- “The Lives and Deaths of Che Guevara” by Lavie Tidhar
- “Steel Lake” by Jack Skillingstead
- “Mooncakes” by Mike Resnick and Laurie Tom
- “At Play in The Fields” by Steve Rasnic Tem
- “How We Came Back From Mars” by Ian Watson
- “You Never Know” by Pat Cadigan
- “Yestermorrow” by Richard Salter
- “Dreaming Towers, Silent Mansions” by Jaine Fenn
- “Eternity’s Children” by Eric Brown and Keith Brooke
- “For the Ages” by Alastair Reynolds
- “Return of the Mutant Worms” by Peter F. Hamilton
The Broken Eye by Brent Weeks
So for some people Brent Weeks will not be an unfamiliar name in the epic fantasy field but I think he may be one of the lesser known of the newish group of exiting fantasy authors. This is the third in his second fantasy series, both of which have their one distinct atmosphere and a grittier realistic storyline that will appeal to new fans to the genre who love the work of George RR Martin and Patrick Rothfuss. Jumping on in this volume is possibly not the best idea but seeing as I've done so a few times to find great stand alone books by accident possibly could happen here. Here is a link to Brent's web presence and a synopsis from his page....
The Broken Eye continues the spectacular Lightbringer series from the New York Times bestselling author of The Black Prism and The Blinding Knife.
As the old gods awaken and satrapies splinter, the Chromeria races to find the only man who can still end a civil war before it engulfs the known world. But Gavin Guile has been captured by an old enemy and enslaved on a pirate galley. Worse still, Gavin has lost more than his powers as Prism–he can’t use magic at all.
Without the protection of his father, Kip Guile will face a master of shadows as his grandfather moves to choose a new Prism and put himself in power. With Teia and Karris, Kip will have to use all his wits to survive a secret war between noble houses, religious factions, rebels, and an ascendant order of hidden assassins called The Broken Eye.