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On My Radar: THE ROGUE RETRIEVAL by Dan Koboldt/PETRA by Matthew Rotundo/IN THE COURSE OF TRUE LOVE by Kate Heartfield

Here are a few books I’m looking forward to reading!


The Rogue Retrieval by Dan Koboldt
(Harper Voyager Impulse | March 1, 2016)

SYNOPSIS:

Sleight of hand…in another land

Stage magician Quinn Bradley has one dream: to headline his own show on the Vegas Strip. And with talent scouts in the audience wowed by his latest performance, he knows he’s about to make the big-time.

What he doesn’t expect is an offer to go on a quest to a place where magic is all too real.

That’s how he finds himself in Alissia, a world connected to ours by a secret portal owned by a powerful corporation. He’s after an employee who has gone rogue, and that’s the least of his problems. Alissia has true magicians…and the penalty for impersonating one is death. In a world where even a twelve-year-old could beat Quinn in a swordfight, it’s only a matter of time until the tricks up his sleeves run out.

WHY IT’S ON MY RADAR:
The protagonist has to navigate the terrain and the culture, jell with a new team, and find his prey, all while maintaining the charade.


Petra by Matthew Rotundo
(Event Horizon Enterprises | Dec. 15, 2015)

SYNOPSIS:

Welcome to Petra.

It is the ultimate prison. Inmates from all of Ported Space are dumped there, forgotten, and left to survive however they can. Hope dies. Escape is impossible.

Disillusioned war hero Kane Pythen comes to Petra on a fact-finding mission, but gets caught in an uprising that threatens to expose a shattering secret. And Rolf Ankledge, Petra’s ruthless warden, will stop at nothing to keep it from reaching Ported Space. If Kane involves himself, he risks losing everything he has. If he does nothing, he betrays the last shreds of his ideals.

The prison break of the millennium is on. Now Kane must race against time and vicious forces from all over Petra if he ever wants to see his wife and daughter again.

WHY IT’S ON MY RADAR:
A prison escape story with a reluctant hero who isn’t one of the prisoners. Murphy’s Law timing. A conspiracy. A high stakes decision. An against the odds plan. And a couple of sequels on the horizons.


The Course of True Love by Kate Heartfield
(Abaddon | Jan. 22, 2016)

SYNOPSIS:

Pomona, a gifted hedge-witch of advancing years in fair Illyria, is walking about her own business when she spies a fairy gentleman trapped in a secret garden. Vertumnus, King Oberon’s emissary to the Duke, has been taken captive by proud Titania, and a war is in the offing… unless Pomona can prevent it.

WHY IT’S ON MY RADAR:
Shakespearea characters interact with fantasy characters. And if one isn’t enough, it’s part of the Monstrous Little Voices series.

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