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The cover art for Joe Abercrombie's next book has been posted (at least for the Orbit version) by Orbit Books. You have to remmeber that as with Best Served Cold, The Heroes, will be published jointly by Gollancz and Orbit so the cover art for the Gollancz might be very different, but at least we get this look at it. I'd like to point ou right now that this is a a much better (accorfing to me) than the cover Orbit produced for Best Served Cold last year.

One of the most hyped releases of early 2010, The Left Hand of God by Paul Hoffman was a bit of a mitigating read. Occasionally very entertaining while at other times just plain bad, it really did arouse mixed feelings for me. It was published in January in the UK, with a planned June release for the US, by Penguin for a young adult public (though no one is actually knows who it was intended to be read by), and it did, to its credit, keep me reading all the way through the end.

The Eye of the World was the beginning of one of the longest, and still going, epic fantasy series. Now up to twelve books, the Wheel of Time all started with this book back in 1990. We have to remember that at first Robert Jordan was only setting out to write six books but at some point he got so caught up in the world that it expanded even more. This is obviously not a bad thing if you’re a fan of the series since it means more time spent with all of the lovable characters Jordan created: Rand, Mat, Perrin, Egwene, Elayne, Nyneave,etc. Just like with my Classic Fantasy review of Assassin’s Apprentice I will not only discuss the Eye of the World but the Wheel of Time, as I’ve already begun doing…

Spellwright surprised me. It was a book I’d been looking forward to for some time but when I got into it the first few chapters disappointed me. Thankfully, I stuck to it and was rewarded with a truly excellent debut from Blake Charlton. Once I’d read enough I was hooked— the originality and the lovable-ness of the characters made it hard not to—and I very soon finished the book. Published by Tor at the beginning of the month, Spellwright is one of the new releases of early 2010 that has been most talked about on the internet (with good reason).

Dragon Haven is the second and last installment in Robin Hobb’s Rain Wilds Chronicles. You may remember that I previously posted my review of Dragon Keeper, the first book, and that it hadn’t been the best book it could have been. Dragon Haven follows in the same vein, and concludes the story in a….satisfying way. Standing at five hundred plus pages, it is the eleventh book Hobb has written in her Realm of the Elderlings.

Blurb: The dragon keepers and the fledgling dragons are forging passage up the treacherous Rain Wild River. They are in search of the mythical Elderling city of Kelsingra, and are accompanied by the liveship Tarman, its captain, Leftrin, and a group of hunters who must search the forest for game with which to keep the dragons fed. With them Alise, who has escaped her cold marriage to the cruel livertine Hest Finbok in order to continue her study of dragons, and Hest’s amanuensis, Bingtown dandy, Sedric.

I am Not a Serial Killer was one of the first novels I reviewed and it was (and is still) one of the best books I have ever read. Dan Wells continues his John Cleaver books with Mr. Monster, published in the UK first week of March (2010). I’m usually not a huge fan of horror—though it’s hard to call Wells’ stuff horror in the typical sense of the genre—but I felt compelled after quite a few good comments and recommendations to pick up the first book. Unsurprisingly, as soon as Mr. Monster became available I purchased it and devoured it with a passion that even I (being a huge book lover) rarely have. Let me say right now that I loved it. It probably outdoes even I am Not a Serial Killer and might possibly be the best book I have reviewed on this blog up to now. Yes, it’s that good.

A few weeks back I offered a review of Scott Lynch’s The Lies of Locke Lamora. I absolutely loved it and could not wait to get into Red Seas Under Red Skies, the second entry in his Gentlemen Bastard Sequence. Having finally read it, I can say that I have thoroughly enjoyed it. And that’s an understatement. As much as I’d like to describe to you how good this book was, I would have a hard time doing it using words.

Blurb: Thief and con-man extraordinaire, Locke Lamora, and the ever lethal Jean Tannen have fled their home city and the wreckage of their lives. Bu they can’t run forever and when they stop they decide to head for the richest, and most difficult, target on the horizon.

Assassin’s Apprentice will be my first Classic Fantasy review, for those of you that have been waiting. I previously talked of Robin Hobb’s work during my review of her Dragon Keeper. Assassin’s Apprentice was her first book, at least writing under the name of Robin Hobb (she’d already written a few books as Meghan Lindholm ), as well as the first in the Farseer Trilogy and in her ongoing Realm of the Elderlings. It was first published in 1995 and since then has gained critical acclaim and an enormous amount of popularity. This is how it’s going to work: Bellow you’ll find a blurb, a commentary by me and of course the usual Buy Assassin’s Apprentice Links. My commentary will also cover my thoughts on the Farseer Trilogy as a whole, since I consider it to stand together as a single piece of work and there won’t be any Summarizing Info section since I don’t think it will be necessary.

I can’t exactly remember where I heard about the Drowning City by Amanda Downum, but nevertheless I had it in mind when I went to the bookstore the other day and so I bought it. An interesting first novel for Downum and a good opening to her Necromancer Chronicles (it seems like all I’m doing is reading first novels/beginnings to series). It was published in last September, so once again I’m a bit late (but who really cares?).

Blurb: Home to exiles and expatriates, pirates and smugglers. And violent revolutionaries who will stop at nothing to overthrow the corrupt Imperial government.

Tor, Brandon Sanderson's publisher, has just released the cover art for Sanderson's next book, The Way of Kings. The cover, illustrated by Michael Whelan, it is seriously beautiful work. Whelan is one of the most prominent Science Fiction and Fantasy cover artists of the past thirty years with previous work including illustrations for such big names as Arthur C. Clarke, Michael Moorcock and many monre. The cover itself resembles more that of, I wouldn't say older, but maybe more classical fantasy epics. Compared to the covers of Sanderson's other books, it is probably most similar to the cover for Elantris and the US paperback editions of the Mistborn Trilogy, though I would say of a superior quality. I absolutely love the color scheme used as well as the face off that seems to be happening between the two characters represented.

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms is a book I had somewhat been looking forward to but not overly so. N.K. Jemisin delivers a story beautifully in a way that matches my expectations, though not surpassing them. This is also Jemisin’s first novel as well as the first book in her Inheritance Trilogy – I won’t even start to talk about the poor judgment used in choosing that name for her series – it is a book that has a very original feel to it, due in part to the style, though the material itself is not something that ever breaks the “mould” entirely.