New Arrivals: Week of 6/29

PrintWith the holiday coming up not much new arrived. I did meet author Adam Christopher at a Tor Meet and Greet promoting his upcoming novel Made to Kill, alas the ARCs did not make the trip from Seattle to Phoenix. Still, I’ve got a request in at NetGalley and promises of a package coming soon, so I’m looking forward to reading his alternate history L.A. noir with robots.

Here’s what arrived on my doorstep this past week:

time salvagerTime Salvager — Wesley Chu (Tor)

In truth, I got an ARC of this several months ago, and even had Wes sign it at Elevengeddon. But it’s nice to get a final copy as well, something I can share with a friend and get more people reading Wes’s wonderful sci-fi. Time Salvager follows a gritty time-traveler from a dismal future who is sent to the past to collect detritus that will allow humanity to survive a few more years. On a dangerous mission to the late 21st Century, however, he brings back more than he planned, breaking the most important law of time travel in the process. Available July 7.

 The following eARC was also approved:

murder of magesA Murder of Mages — Marshall Ryan Maresca (DAW)

I enjoyed Maresca’s debut, The Thorn of Dentonhill, a YA mashup of fantasy and superheroics — a sort of Batman meets Harry Potter. He is back in Maradaine, the same setting as Thorn, but with a completely different series. Murder of Mages kicks off the “Maradaine Constabulary” series, following a pair of unlikely police inspectors as they investigate the ritual murder of a powerful magician. Available July 7.

Check back in the coming weeks for reviews of both of these.

About Michael Senft

I am a freelance writer and critic from Phoenix Arizona. I spent 10 years covering music, the arts and pop culture for the “Arizona Republic” before life circumstances took me away from newspaper. But I never lost my joy at writing. Or reading.
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7 Responses to New Arrivals: Week of 6/29

  1. Tammy says:

    I just got a finished copy of Time Salvagers as well. Both Chu and Christopher will be at San Diego Comic Con this week so I’m very excited to meet them. And I’m dying to read the Maresca book! I’ve heard really good things about it.


    • San Diego has a nice author presence this year. I’d recommend the Romance panel with Sam Sykes and Beth Cato. If you haven’t seen Sykes, he shines on panels. The SFF Family Feud sounds like fun as well. I’m definitely going to be keeping an eye out for YouTube of that one.


  2. A Murder of Mages looks interesting. Do you think The Thorn of Dentonhill would be prerequisite reading for it?


    • From the way its described I don’t think you need to read Thorn. Sounds like Maradaine is a big sandbox for Maresca to set stories that aren’t necessarily related to each other. I like that concept – you get a variety of stories that might tangentially cross paths, but you don’t need to worry about being 10 books behind in a series.

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  3. Very envious of both of you to have gotten to meet Wes or are meeting him soon. I still have not had the pleasure, but I was lucky enough to be a beta reader on Time Salvager and he was able to hook me up an ARC earlier this year. A very talented author and a stand up guy.


    • He is really nice. We spent PHXCC trying to find time for an interview that never happened, unfortunately. And now that I’ve got some time he’s off on tour! I’m hoping to catch up with him after all the madness, or at least after WorldCon…


  4. I’m looking forward to Time Salvager and I read Murder of Mages, it was fun. I might have a preference for this other series just because I seem to like magic school settings more than detective settings. 🙂 But, this one was still a good read, and some might actually prefer it to his other book depending on preference 🙂 Loved the character Satrine, so I’ll definitely read on.


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