Fantasy Weekly News Round: The Burning God by RF Kaung (17/11/2020) The Shadow in the Glass by JJA Harwood (Cover reveal) The Blue Eye By Ausma Zehanat Khan (20/08/2020) The Name of All Things by Jenn Lyons (25/08/2020) and much more! (Featuring other fantasy books from Tor, Gollancz, Harper Voyager and Angry Robot)

The type of books that you will want to get on your TBR list. Read and enjoy!

A beautiful recreation of Ancient Egypt!

This is a series, a new series, shall we say. A series where I bring you the latest books that are being published by some of the major publishers in fantasy and sci-fi. Mostly I read a general mix of both. But I thought that this would be a nice move to get some news for the publishing industry. Delivered to you. The reader. I’ll also add nice images along the way 🙂 I will try and cover Indie and Trad fantasy books as I can. For now, we’re going to be focusing on the Trad fantasy books that are coming this year. Next week, we’ll then focus on a mixture of Trad and Indie Fantasy books as well.

Please note I do suffer from visual impairment* so the text is large enough for me to read. I won’t be able to get through all the publishers that publish sci-fi and fantasy, and neither can I bring every book up here. What I can do is use Netgalley and twitter and the publishers catalogue to help me out here.

Over this weekly news round, or whatever you wish to call it. I want to show the new books that are coming from the Major Publishers you can expect to see featured in this blog:

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Bear in mind, that this is only a taste of what is to come. I find there’s no weekly news round for Historical Fiction, and what other books will be coming in that vein. So this is an experiment. Any feedback is welcome and I’d love to improve this by all means. While the world is in lockdown, hopefully this should be able to help you. I’ll start by doing this from looking at the catalogues of publishers, find their books and post them here.

Ok so without further ado….

Here’s the list of books that are coming to your TBR list in the next 3 months. Let’s shorten it down to a weekly basis: Starting from the 18th. You can also pre-order these books as well!

As of now, today’s publishers are: Tor UK, Harper Voyager, Gollancz and Angry Robot

In the next week of news, we cover Titan Books, Orbit, Hodderscape, FairHouse Books as well as a mixture of Indie/Trad fantasy books.

Let’s look at the current selection for Harper Voyager:

Harper Voyager seems to have become one of the big publishers that has listened to my wishes (I wish! xD) but I am really excited for some of the diverse fantasy we’re going to be getting. There’s The Burning God by RF Kaung which is Qing inspired fantasy that will be released in November. This comes as a completion to the Poppy War Triology! Harper Voyager’s releases here are indications from their August/October/September releases. In order to make it easier, I’m selecting books which I think you can pick up and pre-order as you so wish. Please bear in mind these are titles that I think are good so let’s hope it works!

Harper Voyager: An exciting line up of excellent books that you will want to have on your bookshelf….

The Burning God:

Release Date: 17th November

Links for pre-order:

Amazon (UK version)

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The Shadow in the Glass by JJA Harwood (Cover reveal)

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Notes from Small Planets:

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War Lord: The Last Kingdom (Series 13) by Benard Cornwell

Release date: 15th October

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The Stone Knife (The Songs of the Drowned, Book 1) by Anna Stephens

Release Date: 26th November

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Tor UK:

Tor UK has begun to really push the boundaries of fantasy. They have some of my favorite books and they’re just awesome people!

The Name of All Things by Jenn Lyons (A Chorus of Dragons #2)

Release Date: 29th October

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The Name of All Things (A Chorus of Dragons, #2) by Jenn Lyons

A Memory of Souls by Jenn Lyons (A Chorus of Dragons #3)

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Release Date: 3rd September

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The Doors of Eden:

Release Date: 20th August

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Announcement from Tor UK:

Tor UK has recently acquired two new amazing books from Hugo-Award winning author, Arkady Martine, which I hope we will soon see a release date. The description from Tor UK’s twitter account goes: The first one is Prescribed Burn, set in a near future where water is more precious than gold. This looks really exciting and water is an important resource of the 21st century. I can’t wait to see what comes here!

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Gollancz: Ambitious, ever-changing, and adaptive. These upcoming books by extraordinary authors should keep you up all night!

On Gollancz’s side, they really seem to be producing books of extraordinary quality. The Master of Grimdark himself, Lord Joe Ambercrombie is making a fantastic debut with his sequel: The Trouble with Peace! That’s not to meantion the fact that there’s some REALLY interesting content that’s coming out with Gollancz. Really interesting content! Have a look!

The Trouble With Peace

Release Date: 15th September

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Release Date: 22nd September 2020

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The Tower of Fools by Andrzej Sapkowski

Release Date: 27th October

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A Fool’s Hope (Book 2) by Mike Shackle

Release Date: 3rd December

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The Coming of the Dark (Immortal’s Blood #2) by Chris Humphreys

Release Date: 17th September

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Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson

Release Date: 17th November

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Rhythm of War (The Stormlight Archive, #4) by Brandon Sanderson

Angry Robot:

Angry Robot have been proving themselves stunning competitors when it comes to the fantasy and sci-fi publishing landscape. They are one of my favorite publishers when it comes to getting great books.

Captain Moxley and the Embers of the Empire by Dan Hanks

Release Date: 8th September

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The Rush’s Edge by Ginger Smith

Release Date: 10th November

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Triumff by Dan Abnett (Re-issued)

Release Date: Currently in Re-issuing but you can order here at Waterstones

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Alright, and I think we will call it a end here! I had to do endless digging and try and find out which books are suitable. These are all excellent titles that you really should get and I do reccomend Dan Hank’s book. Really good. I do wish I could get an ARC of the Stone Knife. My blog is all about diverse fantasy (Want a book in Song China? I have it. Want a book in Medieval Morroco? I have it. Medieval Japan? Ancient Egypt? I have it.)

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Let me know what you want to see in this series! I just thought it’d be a nice touch to see what major fantasy books are being sold and yes it does include some HF, and yes, I won’t get every detail correct but I’m trying! See you next week where we continue this series!

Review: Captain Moxley and the Embers of the Empire

Rating: 10/10

Synposis:

An ex-Spitfire pilot is dragged into a race against a shadowy government agency to unlock the secrets of the lost empire of Atlantis…

In post-war 1952, the good guys are supposed to have won. But not everything is as it seems when ex-Spitfire pilot Captain Samantha Moxley is dragged into a fight against the shadowy US government agency she used to work for. Now, with former Nazis and otherworldly monsters on her trail, Captain Moxley is forced into protecting her archaeologist sister in a race to retrieve two ancient keys that will unlock the secrets of a long-lost empire – to ensure a civilisation-destroying weapon doesn’t fall into the wrong hands. But what will she have to sacrifice to save the world?

Review:

Imagine you’re an woman standing proudly with your husband as you wait for the bus and an Western woman driving a half-damaged bus asks you in Arabic the next bus stop.

That, dear reader, is why you need to get this.

This book has made me reminisnce of the times I used to read modern day thrillers about ancient conspiracies about 21st century experts dealing with ancient problems of the past. Point in hand. The Dirk Pitt Series by Clive Cussler. Andy Mc Dermott with his Andy and Nina Chase series. Steve Berry and his thriller series. In fact most of my reading went into that because I too was determined to find out what was the missing mystery. The missing series. The missing element. For far too long, I have felt that history just doesn’t go deep enough in many cases, and that is still being discovered even today. But the first man to discover Troy ended up destroying much of the city in the first place did he not? I refer to an Extra Credits history video on this.

I am finally glad that this isn’t the 21st century, but this is the 1950s. An unusual choice of setting, but it does make sense. Historically, most of the former German scientists did join America. In that sense, you can then see how Amercia’s growth happened. The 1950s is the birth of a new American Empire to say the least. And that makes for an ideal setting when we’re living in the world of a declining British and French colonial dominion. There are also winds of discontent in French Africa, not to include stirrings in Algeria. Part of my dissertation focused on French colonial rule in Algeria and Vietnam. Then there was the ironic fact although not focused on the review itself, the 1950s was a riveting time after the Axis Powers lost WWII. Former Japanese soliders were helping the Vietnamese against the French (which could explain a large portion of their defeat, as the Japanese themselves used Banzai tactics, hiding and ambush tactics a lot.) This may, or may not be relevant to the review, but I just wanted to draw attention to the fact this could be a primary reason that Dan chose this setting.

For me, I will express my thoughts of why I want more books like this at the end of my review. The fact that Dan related to this Egypt and the history of archaeological excavations dating back to Napoleon’s expedition in Egypt, was a fascinating context. And what a wonderful concept he has used to make the world-building come alive. I did feel that Smith and Sam’s relationshop was under-developed due to the fact that this book could have been a lot longer than it needed to be – and that’s not a bad thing. Likewise, I felt Sam and Jess’s chemistry was superbly built.

I also liked the Nine, but I did feel they were a bit too complicated, and needed more explanation of their goals. I understand their motivations, but I needed a little more apathy in them as an organisational institution so to say. And I can just as well as imagine that this novel would be a riveting Assassin Creed story. It has that good setting and good ambience to give it off. This could be a fascinating graphic novel series that Starz, HBO or Netflix could pick up. The writing is that good. There’s undead Roman Legions (And seriously, why hasn’t anyone made a novel on the undead in Ancient Greek/Roman times, Mesopotamian times?) underneath the catacombs of Paris. There is so much stuff waiting to be discovered.

I can tell you one thing. There is a sore lack of Indiana Jones style mystery and thriller books that combine ancient civilisation and the periods that come after this. This has cinematic value dripping at its every page, every length, and every corner. Lost Empire of Altantis? Count me in. I wanted MORE of this discovery, more of this Altantis stuff. Heck give us more! Dan’s done some solid research, and I would want to see more sequels. I’d love to see some sorta ancient Greek expedition led by Herodotus to discover the secrets of Altantis, except its all happening in the ancient period or something. I can tell Dan was influenced by Indiana Jones and Assassin Creed that there is no doubt about.

Let me be clear. The World of the 1950s gives us a sort of similar experiencing in 2020 except we don’t have that many wars, but more political spats between countries. There’s a lot of events happening in world politics that really gives you a sense of how everything works. This could have well been done in WWII, but it would have become a little tiring. The 1950s is right at the time of the Cold War, where the cracks begin to emerge and we get the full start. This reminds me of the Disney Adapation of Altantis. I want more man. Don’t hestiate, show us more.

I would love to see more novels like this, in the vein of the Ancient World. The Egyptians themselves considered the Altanteans as ancients. Like we do now as with the Ancient Egyptians. I’d love to see a Roman expedition in Ancient Egypt doing the same thing Sam’s doing. Or an Ancient Egyptian expedition to the mysterious lands of Punt in the same style. I crave for more books like this. I really do. Though, that’s my preference as a reader.

Though, this novel is fantastic. There is cinematic marvel dripping at its every page, rip-roaring exploding action with world powers battling for the mysteries of long-lost civilizations. The next sequel could be set when the Persian army disappered in the sands of Egypt. That would be an interesting choice. Regardless, amazing dialogue, description. There’s a lot more to this. I’d put this next to Clive Cussler. Also, thank you for adding in mythology in this. Too many novels in this vein lack it, and I think it needs to be added in.