This is the start of a new year, and as such for the past few weeks I've been hunting out any new SFF books that will be released this year that I don't already know about. One of the books I came across is this one, The Winds of Khalakovo from debut-author Bradley P. Beaulieu (see original cover art post from the author here). This interesting debut is due to hit the shelves (in the US) this coming April - the 19th to be precise - and will be published by Night Shadw Books, a publishing house quite famous for the great look of their books. This cover, from artist Adam Paquette, is fabulous. The artwork is stunning and of a very high caliber - the colors, the detail and the thing as a whole simply look amazing. I'll admit it, if I hadn't seen this cover as I was browsing catalogs and whatnot I probably wouldn't have given The Winds of Khalakovo a second thought, but now its worked its way into the list of books I will certainly be checking out this year. Click-through or scroll down for the blurb and links to the author's website, etc.
Among inhospitable and unforgiving seas stands Khalakovo, a mountainous archipelago of seven islands, its prominent eyrie stretching a thousand feet into the sky. Serviced by windships bearing goods and dignitaries, Khalakovo's eyrie stands at the crossroads of world trade. But all is not well in Khalakovo. Conflict has erupted between the ruling Landed, the indigenous Aramahn, and the fanatical Maharraht, and a wasting disease has grown rampant over the past decade. Now, Khalakovo is to play host to the Nine Dukes, a meeting which will weigh heavily upon Khalakovo's future. When an elemental spirit attacks an incoming windship, murdering the Grand Duke and his retinue, Prince Nikandr, heir to the scepter of Khalakovo, is tasked with finding the child prodigy believed to be behind the summoning. However, Nikandr discovers that the boy is an autistic savant who may hold the key to lifting the blight that has been sweeping the islands. Can the Dukes, thirsty for revenge, be held at bay? Can Khalakovo be saved? The elusive answer drifts upon the Winds of Khalakovo...
Bradley P. Beaulieu's Website: http://www.quillings.com/
Pre-Order The Winds of Khalakovo: Amazon.com, Bookdepository.co.uk
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