There are a few titles coming up in the next couple of months that I am really excited about. The first of which, is Dragon Keeper by Robin Hobb. This marks the long-awaited and much-anticipated return to the Rain Wilds. An all-new story with appearances from some the characters we know and love from Hobb’s previous works. Release Date: January 26th, 2010.
The second book, Dragon Haven, is tentatively set to be released later this spring. (I’m sure this date will be revised, if only to torment me!)
Next up is Jade Man’s Skin by Daniel Fox, the second book in the Moshui, the Books of Stone and Water trilogy. From his website:
“In this second volume of his soaring epic, Daniel Fox weaves the ancient myths and legends of feudal China into a fantasy world of brutal war and brittle passion, immortal gods and mystical creatures.”
The first in the series, Dragon in Chains, caught my interest long before its release. However, my local bookstore couldn’t keep it in stock long enough for me to get my hands on a copy. I’m uploading the ebook to my iPod now, watch for a review in the coming weeks! Release Date: February 16, 2010.
And finally, we have The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N. K. Jemisin.
From her website:
“Yeine Darr is an outcast from the barbarian north. But when her mother dies under mysterious circumstances, she is summoned to the majestic city of Sky. There, to her shock, Yeine is named an heiress to the king. But the throne of the Hundred Thousand Kingdoms is not easily won, and Yeine is thrust into a vicious power struggle with a pair of cousins she never knew she had.”
Political intrigue, fallen Gods, a young girl suddenly named heir to the throne, thrust into a life she never expected, with a family she didn’t know she had? My interest is definitely piqued! Release Date: February 25, 2010.
You can read Chapters 1-3 at N. K. Jemisin’s website (follow the link above), and one of her previously published short stories, The Narcomancer, here.
(A big thanks to Aidan over at A Dribble of Ink for bringing this author to my attention!)