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On My Radar: THE THORN OF EMBERLAIN by Scott Lynch/NINEFOX GAMBIT by Yoon Ha Lee/DOWNFALL OF THE GODS by K.J. Parker

 

Enough with the winter. I’m ready for these spring and summer titles!


The Thorn of Emberlain by Scott Lynch
(Gollancz | July 21, 2016*| Cover illustration artist: unknown)

SYNOPSIS:

With 50,000 copies sold of The Republic of Thieves and with praise from the likes of Joe Abercrombie and George RR Martin the saga of the Gentleman Bastard has become a favourite and key part of the fantasy landscape. And now Locke Lamora, thief, con-man, pirate, political deceiver must become a soldier. A new chapter for Locke and Jean and finally the war that has been brewing in the Kingdom of the Marrows flares up and threatens to capture all in its flames. And all the while Locke must try to deal with the disturbing rumours about his past revealed in The Republic of Thieves. Fighting a war when you don’t know the truth of right and wrong is one thing. Fighting a war when you don’t know the truth of yourself is quite another. Particularly when you’ve never been that good with a sword anyway…

WHY IT’S ON MY RADAR:
umm, Hello? is there anyone out there unaware of my obsession with this series? Have you seen my Sabetha cosplay? July (or whenever) can’t get here soon enough!


Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee
(Solaris | June 14, 2016| Cover illustration artist: unknown)

SYNOPSIS:

To win an impossible war Captain Kel Cheris must awaken an ancient weapon and a despised traitor general.

Captain Kel Cheris of the hexarchate is disgraced for using unconventional methods in a battle against heretics. Kel Command gives her the opportunity to redeem herself by retaking the Fortress of Scattered Needles, a star fortress that has recently been captured by heretics. Cheris’s career isn’t the only thing at stake. If the fortress falls, the hexarchate itself might be next.

Cheris’s best hope is to ally with the undead tactician Shuos Jedao. The good news is that Jedao has never lost a battle, and he may be the only one who can figure out how to successfully besiege the fortress.

The bad news is that Jedao went mad in his first life and massacred two armies, one of them his own. As the siege wears on, Cheris must decide how far she can trust Jedao–because she might be his next victim.

WHY IT’S ON MY RADAR:

Because I am all about those unconventional methods. Come on, what could possibly go wrong? If Yoon Ha Lee’s short fiction is anything to go by, this is going to be amazing.


 

Downfall of the Gods by K.J. Parker
(Subterranean | March 31, 2016| Cover illustration artist: unknown)

SYNOPSIS:

If you visit the Temple and ask nicely for forgiveness, you might get it—assuming you aren’t Lord Archias and you haven’t killed the Goddess’s favorite musician, Lysippus. But even goddesses are expected to follow certain rules, and as much as she wants to punish Lord Archias it seems her troublesome, all-powerful father forbids it. So the Goddess will just have to get around that by forgiving Lord Archias if he can manage some simple—or, rather, seemingly impossible—tasks. A Goddess has to do what a goddess has to do.

And in World Fantasy Award winner K.J. Parker’s sharply inventive new novella Downfall of the Gods that means everything from soothing supernatural egos to accompanying the argumentative Lord Archias on an epic quest to save his soul…and get her own way. As the Goddess and her mortal charge make their way across the world to the Land of the Dead, a host of divine surprises await them. Could what they find at the end be the downfall of the gods themselves? Only time will tell. This is a story Parker fans won’t want to miss.

WHY IT’S ON MY RADAR:
Celestial bureaucracy, rules of heaven and hell… and bending those rules as far as possible? yes please!

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Andrea Johnson also blogs over at https://littleredreviewer.wordpress.com/ where she reviews science fiction and fantasy novels and talks about other nerdy stuff. She's also an interviewer at Apex Magazine. Her apartment looks like a library exploded, and that is how it should be.
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