Retribution Falls is a return to the classical adventure story. It comes to us from its really quite brilliant author, Chris Wooding. He is not new to the writing scene having written a number of other novels, but he’s kept for the most part to YA. Retribution Falls begins the Tales of the Ketty Jay, a series for which, after having read this excellent first entry, I hold great hope and anticipation. Not overly complicated stock-full of excitement, this is a book I’m glad I got around to reading.
Jasper Kent is a British horro/thriller writer that arrived on the speculative scene last year after the release of his first book, Twelve. Since then he's written another, as sequel to first, Thirteen Years Later, published by Bantam last March. These two novels(reviews: here and here respectively) constitute the first entries in a brilliant historical fantasy series set in 19th century Russia.
I recently contacted Mr.Kent in the hope of having him answer a few questions here on the blog. As you can judge from yourself, to my great delight, he accepted. So, I have for you below the full interview with Mr.Kent. Enjoy...
I thought it might be about time that I added my take on the wildly blogged about book that is China Miéville’s Kraken. It’s understandable that he attracts such attention considering he recently won the Clarke Award for his previous book, The City & The City. And it is also important to note that it was not the first time he received that award. No, it was his third time. That is an achievement. My first foray into this author’s work, Kraken was just what I expected from the author’s and the book’s reputation. A high caliber read, Kraken makes me wonder why I haven’t delved into Mr. Mieville’s books before now.
Jasper Kent’s Twelve was one of the historical fantasies that I enjoyed the most. He continues his Danilov Quintet with this second book, Thirteen Years Later. As the title indicates, the novel reunites us with the hero thirteen years later for another spectacular ride through 19th century Russia and the dangers and intrigues it, and fantastical creatures, have to offer. A truly stunning ride, this new offer from Kent is just as good as its predecessor and continues to spark my interest in these novels.
I posted my review (find it here) of Dan Wells' phenomenal Mr. Monster back in March just after its release in the UK. Unfortunately for US readers the first of the John Cleaver books was only released a short while back, so obviously its sequel has not yet been published. However, a couple of days back, Mr. Wells posted on his blog (see post here) this preview of the US cover for the book that is to be published by Tor next September.
Trudi Canavan is one of those authors that if you haven’t read yet you should be on your way to do so, say, now. She is now up to her third fantasy trilogy (The Traitor Spy Trilogy), for which Ambassador’s Mission is the first entry, as well as another standalone novel within a previously created world, The Magician’s Apprentice (find my review of it here). I’m a pretty big fan of Canavan’s work, so I was especially enthusiastic about picking up the sequel to her truly great, Black Magician Trilogy. Not only is it a great sequel, Ambassador’s Mission sets a strong start to what I’m sure shall be a wonderful trilogy.
Returner’s Wealth is the latest novel by the British duo of Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell, and the start to a new series, the Wyrmeweald Trilogy. They are most famous for their ten book children/young adult epic, The Edge Chronicles, but they have many others in their extensive bibliography. Though for younger readers, I’ve had the chance to read, and enjoy, quite a few of their books, and so when I first learned of Wyrmeweald, a dragon-epic meet western fantasy for a slightly older public I was thrilled and knew for sure that I had to get my hands on it. I count these two authors among some of the most creative, but to my delight, they have outdone themselves again by bringing to readers this brand-new fantasy adventure.
Jay Lake’s Mainspring is a book I had been eying for a while. The premise, though not completely original, managed to intrigue me and so I went ahead and acquired a copy. Mainspring, published in 2007 is the first in a trilogy for which the final entry, Pinion, was released last March. As well as being a very strong beginning to a series, the novel also features a fascinating blend of alternate history, steampunk, sci-fi and, yes, magic. Mainspring didn't quite let me down…
Ghosts of Manhattan is something….different, but in the most positive of ways. In this short first novel in a new series, George Mann blends a variety of styles and genres to create a realistically dark and atmospheric alternative history about an enigmatic vigilante. One thing is for sure: when you start this novel you will be taken on one fun, fast-paced, grin-causing ride. Ghosts of Manhattan is my first venture into the work of Mr. Mann and I am far from disappointed.
For the past few days I have been otherwise occupied with things that have unfortunately impeded my reading and reviewing of books for this blog. But, never fear, I will come back up to speed in the next couple of days. I'm just posting this to preview some of the reviews I have planned for the upcoming weeks. So, without further ado, what is on the schedule: Ghosts of Manhattan (Mann), Ambassador's Mission (Canavan), Thirteen Years Later (Kent), Sword of Albion (Chadbourn) as well as some other newer releases and some older books. Also, if I have my way, hopefully one author interview.
So that's it for now,
LEC Book Reviews
Joe Abercrombie’s The Blade Itself was one of the first books I reviewed back in January. Upon the completion of that book I promised myself that I would eventually get to reading and reviewing the other two books in Abercrombie’s First Law Trilogy. Well, I’m glad to say that half that goal is achieved! I’ve now read Before They Are Hanged, the second entry in the trilogy, and am now reviewing it. The middle book in a trilogy is always something hard to get right for an author, but Abercrombie does it in a stunningly good way.