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These are the chronicles of a book addict, a photo junkie, and an aspiring author, rewriting the very fabric of reality one page (and one snapshot) at a time. From the strange to the unusual; the abandoned to the abnormal; the haunted to the historic; the supernatural to the surreal; the forests of dark fantasy, the cemeteries of gothic horror, and the post-apocalyptic ruins of science fiction are the landscapes of my imagination.
Another quiet week this time around, but for good reason, as you'll see at the bottom of this week's update.
Only one new addition to the stacks this week, and that is Grudgebearer, the first book of The Grudgebearer Trilogy by J.F. Lewis. I was actually offered a copy of its sequel, Oathkeeper, but I'm way too OCD to start reading mid-series, so the good folks at Pyr sent me the first (and have a copy of the second with my name on it, should I enjoy this one).
Kholster is the first born of the practically immortal Aern, a race created by the Eldrennai as warrior-slaves to defend them from the magic-resistant reptilian Zaur. Unable to break an oath without breaking their connection with each other, the Aern served the Eldrennai faithfully for thousands of years until the Sundering. Now, the Aern, Vael, and Eldrennai meet every hundred years for a Grand Conjunction to renew their tenuous peace.
While the tortures of slavery remain fresh in Kholster's mind, most of the rest of the world has moved on. Almost six hundred years after the Sundering, an Eldrennai prince carelessly breaks the truce by setting up a surprise museum exhibit containing sentient suits of Aernese armor left behind, never to be touched, lest Kholster kill every last Eldrennai. Through their still-existing connection with their ancient armor, the Aern know instantly, and Kholster must find a way to keep his oaths, even those made in haste and anger. While Kholster travels to the Grand Conjunction with his Freeborn daughter and chosen successor Rae'en, his troops travel by sea, heading for war.
With only a trio of release-date reviews scheduled for this month, it's a great time to tackle the third batch of titles in the Great Self-Published Fantasy Blog-off. So far, it's looking to be a much more successful batch than the last one, with 3 titles hooking me beyond the initial 50 pages.
We'll see how things turn out, but look for an update in the coming week.