The Dragon's Path, Daniel Abraham (Orbit)


For many fantasy fans Daniel Abraham's name has become synonymous excellence. His Long Price Quartet was truly some of the best fantasy I've read... ever. The Dragon's Path starts off an all new series, The Dagger and the Coin. This is Abraham's take on your more typical epic fantasy and, having had the chance to read it, I can say it's good. Perhaps this slightly more generic fantasy will finally attract the audience Abraham deserves... we'll see. Review up later.


Among Thieves, Douglas Hulick (Tor UK/Roc)


Much good has already been said about this book. It's being marketed as something similar to Brent Weeks, but still very unique. I've been eagerly waiting to get me hands on this and... I'm still waiting. This new assassin-fantasy (yes, I think it's about time we start referring to it as its own sub-genre) comes from debut author Douglas Hulick, whom you can meet in a couple of interviews run on other blogs: here at Civilian-Reader and here at Fantasy Faction.


The Kings of Eternity, Eric Brown (Solaris)

My science fiction pick for the month, The Kings of Eternity, comes from much praised author Eric Brown. I've been meaning to get into Eric Brown's stuff for a while now and came extremely close to picking up his previous book, Guardians of the Phoenix, and this looks like the perfect jumping point into his work. The Kings of Eternity has been described as an accessible and highly enjoyable read - we'll see how I feel about it. This time travel story based around the lives a eccentric writer and a link he has to another writer from the 1930s is intriguing in premise, and if it holds up to the praise, should by all means be great fun.


The Unremembered, Peter Orullian (Tor Books)


Tor Books is setting this one up to be the next big epic fantasy sequence, you know the one, with thick and numerous volumes, to accompany Sanderson's Stormlight Archives as the front-runners of the Tor fantasy catalog. As such, this looks to be a fairly typical storyline, if no less interesting. The beautiful cover from Kekai Kotaki goes far to make me more interested in this book. Good or bad, we'll all be hearing a lot about this one, I'm sure.


The Scar-Crow Men, Mark Chadbourn (Bantam)

Mark Chadbourn's The Sword of Albion, the first Will Swyfte book, was an intrepid mix of James Bond and Elizabethan England with plenty of intrigue, sword-fighting and, yes, magic. Swyfte is back for a second adventure in The Scar-Crow Men which appears to promise more of the same - in this case a good thing. I've been looking forward to rejoining Will since finishing The Sword of Albion. If the first book is anything to go by, Chadbourn should not disappoint on this second outing.


Equations of Life, Simon Morden (Orbit)


Equations of Life didn't come to my attention until very recently when it's very peculiar artwork caught my eye. Written by a PhD in planetary geosphysics, this science fiction thriller is one filled with mobsters, AIs and nukes. Set in a post nuclear holocaust London, now known as the Metrozone, Equations of Life follows Sam Petrovitch who wants to stay unseen and out of trouble but just can't seem to manage it. I'm lucky enough to have already read this and can say that it is very recommendable, with just the right amounts of wit, action and character.