Friday, May 27, 2016

'Lockwood & Co: The Creeping Shadow' By Jonathan Stroud Gets Official Cover, Synopsis And Release Date

Jonathan Stroud was an instant favorite when the Bartimaeus novels landed into my shaking hands. The story-telling are gripping and exciting, and fresh and something new. That is the reason why I never hesitated to read his new series for young adults called Lockwood & Company.

The series is already on its fourth franchise and the story is never wavering. The only thing that scratches my OCD are the covers. The first book has a good cover and the following two books are even more amazing. But the first one has a different layout and typeset... a reason why I have to print my own dust jacket. And now, despite the very good story-telling... the cover for the fourth book is disappointing me once again since it is changing layout and design. Ugghhh!

I have to edit my own once again and print a custom dust jacket. Only one thing is clear though, the subtitle is much larger than the series logo and the author, which means readers recognizes the title more than the author?

Check out the cover of Lockwood & Company: The Creeping Shadow by Jonathan Stroud.

Lockwood & Company: The Creeping Shadow by Jonathan Stroud

Synopsis

After leaving Lockwood & Co. at the end of The Hollow Boy, Lucy is a freelance operative, hiring herself out to agencies that value her ever-improving skills. One day she is pleasantly surprised by a visit from Lockwood, who tells her he needs a good Listener for a tough assignment. Penelope Fittes, the leader of the giant Fittes Agency wants them--and only them--to locate and remove the Source for the legendary Brixton Cannibal. They succeed in their very dangerous task, but tensions remain high between Lucy and the other agents. Even the skull in the jar talks to her like a jilted lover. What will it take to reunite the team? Black marketeers, an informant ghost, a Spirit Cape that transports the wearer, and mysteries involving Steve Rotwell and Penelope Fittes just may do the trick. But, in a shocking cliffhanger ending, the team learns that someone has been manipulating them all along....

Lockwood & Co.: The Creeping Shadow by Jonathan Stroud will be released on September 13, 2016.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Tom Hanks Returns As Robert Langdon In New 'Inferno' Teaser Trailers, Based On Novel By Dan Brown

Here is the third serving of the Robert Landon movie franchise, based on the hit novels by Dan Brown. Skipping The Lost Symbol, Inferno will put our favorite professor-turned-investigating-consultant into yet another sticky situation. Man playing God is the theme of this thriller, which I am so excited about.

Inferno

Ron Howard returns to direct this third franchise in the Robert Landon series. It stars Tom Hanks, Felicity Jones, Irrfan Khan, Omar Sy, Ben Foster, and Sidse Babett Knudsen. It is based on the screenplay by David Koepp. David Householter, Dan Brown, William M. Connor, Anna Culp, and Ben Waisbren are the executive producers, along with producers Brian Grazer and Ron Howard.

Check out the trailer for Inferno.


And here is the much longer international trailer.


Synopsis

Academy Award® winner Ron Howard returns to direct the latest bestseller in Dan Brown’s (Da Vinci Code) billion-dollar Robert Langdon series, Inferno, which finds the famous symbologist (again played by Tom Hanks) on a trail of clues tied to the great Dante himself. When Langdon wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia, he teams up with Sienna Brooks (Felicity Jones), a doctor he hopes will help him recover his memories. Together, they race across Europe and against the clock to foil a deadly global plot.

Inferno will spread in theaters near you on October 28, 2016.

Inferno

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Cover Reveal: 'Skullsworn' By Brian Staveley, Story Set In The World Of Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne

Since the release of The Last Mortal Bond, which I am currently immersing my self into, I was always wondering what's next from this guy! I am not ready to close the curtain for Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne series. How come he has no other series or no new book coming out? Until of course news came out that another book from Brian Staveley is coming our way next year.

The new book, titled Skullsworn, is a standalone, but will definitely pit us still in the world of The Emperor’s Blades, or in Annur and its neighboring countries. And as you may guess it has to do with the priests of Ananshael, the God of Death.

Check out the cover of Skullsworn by Brian Staveley.

Skullsworn by Brian Staveley

Synopsis

Brian Staveley’s new standalone returns to the critically acclaimed Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne universe, following a priestess attempting to join the ranks of the God of Death.

Pyrre Lakatur doesn’t like the word skullsworn. It fails to capture the faith and grace, the peace and beauty of her devotion to the God of Death. She is not, to her mind, an assassin, not a murderer--she is a priestess. At least, she will be a priestess if she manages to pass her final trial.

The problem isn’t the killing. Pyrre has been killing and training to kill, studying with some of the most deadly men and women in the world, since she was eight. The problem, strangely, is love. To pass her Trial, Pyrre has ten days to kill the ten people enumerated in an ancient song, including "the one you love / who will not come again."

Pyrre is not sure she’s ever been in love. If she were a member of a different religious order, a less devoted, disciplined order, she might cheat. The Priests of Ananshael, however, don’t look kindly on cheaters. If Pyrre fails to find someone to love, or fails to kill that someone, they will give her to the god.

Pyrre’s not afraid to die, but she hates to quit, hates to fail, and so, with a month before her trial begins, she returns to the city of her birth, the place where she long ago offered an abusive father to the god and abandoned a battered brother—in the hope of finding love...and ending it on the edge of her sword.

"A complex and richly detailed world filled with elite soldier-assassins, mystic warrior monks, serpentine politics, and ancient secrets." —Library Journal, starred review, on The Emperor's Blades

At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

Skullsworn by Brian Staveley will hit book stores on April 25, 2017.