After a busy March, April is looking slightly sparser. Hopefully this will allow me to get caught up on my reading and reviewing since I’m pretty backlogged right now! Here’s a look at some of the new books coming this month:
Grace of Kings — Ken Liu (Saga)
The award-winning short-story author’s foray into epic fantasy is arguably the most anticipated debut novel of 2015. Based on the events surround the fall of the Qin Dynasty in Ancient China, the novel follows two leaders, a magnanimous bandit and a fierce nobleman. Both men become friends as they oppose the emperor, but become fierce enemies when it becomes time to put their broken country together again. Throw in some airships, submersibles and meddling Gods and you’ve got a recipe for a hot new fantasy series.
The Rebirths of Tao — Wesley Chu (Angry Robot)
The acclaimed sci-fi trilogy concludes with this finale, set several years after the events in The Deaths of Tao. The world has split between the rival Genjix and Prophus factions and is poised on the brink of war. A Genjix scientist holds the key to peace, and Roen is the only one who can protect him from his pursuers.
The Unremembered: The Author’s Definitive Edition — Peter Orullian (Tor)
Originally released in 2011, Peter Orullian’s debut attracted plenty of praise. And in anticipation of the second volume of his “Vault of Heaven” series, Trial of Intentions, which hits stores in May, Tor is rereleasing this debut with additional material, including a short story and glossary. The novel follows Tahn Junell as he, his sister and best friends are recruited to hunt an evil god magically trapped in a distant wasteland.
A Crown for Cold Silver — Alex Marshall (Orbit)
Lots of mystique surrounds the debut fantasy novel by Alex Marshall. Like who the author actually is. Marshall is a pseudonym for a bestselling author from another genre, but the publishers aren’t talking. Regardless, the novel is a witty adventure following retired General Cobalt Zosia as she seeks revenge her former allies from the army that slaughtered the villagers under her protection.
The Vagrant — Peter Newman (Harper Voyager UK)
The debut novel from Peter Newman follows the nameless title hero as he wanders a post-apocalyptic world carrying only a sword, a bag and a baby. He is to deliver the sword to the Shining City, the last hope of humanity. What he’s supposed to do with the baby I don’t know, but this book has attracted a lot of buzz. No word if it will see an American release, but it looks to be available in print and e-book on both sides of the pond.
The Affinities — Robert Charles Wilson (Tor)
As social media has allowed for more carefully mapped social networks, the 22 Affinities have become the most elite and exclusive groups in the world. Adam Fisk is invited to join one of the largest, the Tau, and soon finds his new brotherhood helping solve all of his life’s problems. Soon however, he discovers this virtual utopian society evolving, and challenging both governments and other Affinities for control of the world.
Beauty’s Kingdom — Anne Rice, writing as A.N. Roquelaure (Viking)
If you need a little smut for the month, Anne Rice is revisiting her erotic tales of Sleeping Beauty. After 20 years Beauty and Laurent return to the kingdom that cast them out, intent on reclaiming the throne and leading their subjects into a new age of sexual pleasure. Yeah, it’s smut, and if it’s anything like her previous trilogy, filled with all sorts of BDSM.
Of Noble Family — Mary Robinette Kowal (Tor)
Kowal’s Regency fantasy “Glamourist Histories” wraps up with this, the fifth entry. After resting from their adventures in Italy, Lady Jane and her husband Vincent travel to the West Indies to take control of the plantation owned by Vincent’s father. The pregnant Jane finds herself unable to control her magical glamour, while they both discover that the Caribbean estate is in disarray. After their magical adventures, will they be able to use their skills to shape a new domestic life in paradise?
The Deepest Poison — Beth Cato (Harper Voyager)
Cato offers a digital short story to tide us over while we’re waiting for Clockwork Crown, the finale to her steampunk duology following the gifted healer Octavia Leander. This story chronicles Octavia’s early days training under Miss Percival. The pair work on the frontlines of Caskentian war, but friction arises as Octavia’s talents soon outshine her teacher.