The Chosen Few is one of the new features to come to LBR that I've been talking about. This one will come around at the start of every month, and will be a short preview of the books that will be read and reviewed on LBR for the coming month. I only include in these new releases, but older books will also feature on the blog alongside new ones. So without further ado, let's begin.

The Heroes, Joe Abercrombie (Gollancz/Orbit)

I include this one on this list for two reasons. First off, it was one of the most anticipated releases of the year. It was featured on just about every 'Anticipated' booklist I saw. Like, every single one. So it would have been difficult not to include it here even though technically it was released on the 27th of January in the UK. But in the US (and this is my second reason) it only is published in the US this month. The 7th to be precise. I'm reading it right now, and from the measly 45 pages I've read, I can already say it is very promising.

The Hammer, K.J. Parker (Orbit)

Again, another cheat. The Hammer was published in the middle of January in the UK, so it's not really fair of me to put it on this February list, but seeing as I just manage to read it before the end of January, I think I can give myself a bit of leeway as a review of this book will be appearing on LBR this month. Rather soon actually. For now, this book has all the recommending power I wield behind it. Read it!

The Fallen Blade, Jon Courtenay Grimwood (Orbit)

This first fantasy novel from renowned science fiction writer Jon Courtenay Grimwood has been getting great reviews all over and I can't wait to try it out myself. It's got vampires, assassins and one of my personal favorite settings, Venice - what's not to love here. So, from the looks of it Grimwood's first foray into fantasy should be a very good, very exciting read.

The Sea Watch, Adrian Tchaikovsky (TOR UK)

The Sea Watch is the highly anticipated sixth novel in Tchaikovsky's brilliant and original Shadows of the Apt series. I've read and reviewed all five of the first books in the series and, for the most part, loved them. The Sea Watch is one of the books I've personally been most excited about. It continues the second story arch in the series-as-a-whole which began in The Scarab Path (fifth book). I was very glad to see in the mail when I got home today and I can't wait to get started on it. As an added bonus, the book just happened to have a quote on the back from a certain

Demi-Monde: Winter, Rod Rees (Quercus)

This last of 'The Chosen Few' is a sort of the 'wild-card' of the bunch. Rod Rees is a debut author, but what I've read of the book and the author seems to indicate a very promising new talent. The story of Demi-Monde: Winter, a tale of virtual realities and conspiracies, is very intriguing. Technically, this one was released in January too, but for the sake of it, it's on my February list. With this one I'll be able to get my share of science fiction for the month!