Sunday, October 18, 2020

The Dandelion Dynasty Book 3: 'The Veiled Throne' By Ken Liu Gets A Tremendously Beautiful Official Cover

After five long years author Ken Liu finally graces us with the third installment of The Dandelion Dynasty series. Titled The Veiled Throne, I almost thought this book is not coming at all, considering the first and second books only have a year of gap in between them.

It's a good thing that this fear of mine has no basis at all as new details and updates are surfacing online that will make any fan excited. First up is the extremely quaint and beautiful official cover which you can see below, then a synopsis, and then finally a release date, which I hope is set in stone despite the current pandemic situation.

Check out the official cover of The Veiled Throne by Ken Liu.

The Veiled Throne by Ken Liu

Synopsis

With the invasion of Dara complete, and the Wall of Storms breached, the world has opened to new possibilities for the gods and peoples of both empires as the sweeping saga of the award-winning Dandelion Dynasty continues in this third book of the “magnificent fantasy epic” (NPR).

Princess Théra, once known as Empress Üna of Dara, entrusted the throne to her younger brother in order to journey to Ukyu-Gondé to war with the Lyucu. She has crossed the fabled Wall of Storms with a fleet of advanced warships and ten thousand people. Beset by adversity, Théra and her most trusted companions attempt to overcome every challenge by doing the most interesting thing. But is not letting the past dictate the present always possible or even desirable?

In Dara, the Lyucu leadership as well as the surviving Dandelion Court bristle with rivalries as currents of power surge and ebb and perspectives spin and shift. Here, parents and children, teachers and students, Empress and Pékyu, all nurture the seeds of plans that will take years to bloom. Will tradition yield to new justifications for power?

Everywhere, the spirit of innovation dances like dandelion seeds on the wind, and the commoners, the forgotten, the ignored begin to engineer new solutions for a new age.

Ken Liu returns to the series that draws from a tradition of the great epics of our history from the Aeneid to the Romance on the Three Kingdoms and builds a new tale unsurpassed in its scope and ambition.


The Veiled Throne by Ken Liu will be released on June 29, 2021.

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Cover Reveal: 'The Force Of Fire' By Sayantani DasGupta Kicks Off A Kingdom Beyond Series

You might be familiar of author Sayantani DasGupta thanks to her Kiranmala and the Kingdom Beyond trilogy. She is doing to Bengali and Hindu mythology what Rick Riordan had been doing to the Greek, Roman and Egyptian mythologies: setting these stories to the modern times so young readers could enjoy them.

Sayantani DasGupta is on to her next series called A Kingdom Beyond. This will be set in the same universe as her original trilogy. This time it will be focusing on a brand new protagonist. It's official cover has been unvieled below for your consideration, featuring art by Vivienne To and designed by Elizabeth Parisi.

Check out the cover of The Force of Fire by Sayantani DasGupta.

The Force of Fire by Sayantani DasGupta

Synopsis

From New York Times bestselling author Sayantani DasGupta comes the story of a demon who must embrace her bad to serve the greater good.

Pinki hails from a long line of rakkhosh resisters, demons who have spent years building interspecies relationships, working together to achieve their goal of overthrowing the snakey oppressors and taking back their rights. But she has more important things to worry about, like maintaining her status as fiercest rakkhosh in her class and looking after her little cousins. There is also the teeny tiny detail of not yet being able to control her fire breathing and accidentally burning up school property.

Then Sesha, the charming son of the Serpentine Governor, calls on Pinki for help in defeating the resistance, promising to give her what she most desires in return -- the ability to control her fire. First she'll have to protect the Moon Maiden, pretend to be a human (ick), and survive a family reunion. But it's all worth it for the control of her powers . . . right?

The Force of Fire by Sayantani DasGupta will be released on May 18, 2021.

Thursday, October 1, 2020

'Call Of The Bone Ships' By RJ Barker Gets Fabulous Official Cover

I am a stickler for hardcover editions! But sometimes this creates a blackhole of anguish on me, because there are especially very good books that are only sold in paperback. Thankfully I discovered Anderida Books, which sells limited run of hardcover and signed editions of some of these so coveted titles (i.e. ones published by Orbit). And so my life completely changed for the better.

One of the books that I so desired then was The Bone Ships by RJ Barker (along with his The Wounded Kingdom trilogy). And I am so happy to announce that I was never disappointed. The Bone Ships is the first book in The Tide Child trilogy, which will then be followed up by Call of the Bone Ships. Come the end of this year this sequel will be avialable for purchase, but I assume I may have to wait a little longer for the hardcover edition, if there is indeed one. I am not complaining though... For now let us revel in this wonderful cover desgined by Hannah Wood.

Check out the cover of Call of the Bone Ships by RJ Barker.

Call of the Bone Ships by RJ Barker

Synopsis

A brilliantly imagined saga of honour, glory and warfare, Call of the Bone Ships is the captivating epic fantasy sequel to RJ Barker's The Bone Ships.

Dragons have returned to the Hundred Isles. But their return heralds only war and destruction. When a horde of dying slaves are discovered in the bowels of a ship, Shipwife Meas and the crew of the Tide Child find themselves drawn into a vicious plot that will leave them questioning their loyalties and fighting for their lives.

Call of the Bone Ships by RJ Barker will be released on November 26, 2020.

Sunday, September 27, 2020

"The Empire's Ruin" By Brian Staveley Brings Us Back To The World Of Chronicle Of The Unhewn Throne

Brian Staveley became an instant favorite of mine when I finished reading The Emperor's Blades (the first book in his Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne series) which would be then followed by The Providence of Fire and The Last Mortal Bond. Skullsworn, a standalone novel in this same universe, was later on published but I still can't get enough of his writings. It's been three years since and I've been scouring for any news of his upcoming new books, if any.

Thankfully there will be a new one to be relased in 2021... and guess what it will be a new trilogy called Ashes of the Unhewn Throne. Yay! The first book is titled The Empire's Ruin. The book's official cover has been unveiled and it is featuring a fantastic art -- once again -- by Richard Anderson (aka Flaptraps Art)!

Check out the cover of The Empire's Ruin by Brian Staveley (Book 1 in the Ashes of the Unhewn Throne trilogy).

The Empire's Ruin by Brian Staveley

Synopsis

Brian Staveley, author of The Emperor's Blades, gives readers the first book in a new epic fantasy trilogy based in the world of his popular series the Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne, The Empire's Ruin.

The Annurian Empire is disintegrating. The advantages it used for millennia have fallen to ruin. The ranks of the Kettral have been decimated from within, and the kenta gates, granting instantaneous travel across the vast lands of the empire, can no longer be used.

In order to save the empire, one of the surviving Kettral must voyage beyond the edge of the known world through a land that warps and poisons all living things to find the nesting ground of the giant war hawks. Meanwhile, a monk turned con-artist may hold the secret to the kenta gates.

But time is running out. Deep within the southern reaches of the empire and ancient god-like race has begun to stir.

What they discover will change them and the Annurian Empire forever. If they can survive.

The Empire's Ruin by Brian Staveley will be released on July 6, 2021.

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Official Covers Of Some Upcoming Titles That Are In My Pre-Ordered List

Check this list of titles if we have similarities in our pre-orders.

Rule of Wolves by Leigh Bardugo

Rule of Wolves by Leigh Bardugo

Synopsis

The Grishaverse will be coming to Netflix soon with Shadow and Bone, an original series!

The wolves are circling and a young king will face his greatest challenge in the explosive finale of the instant #1 New York Times–bestselling King of Scars Duology.

The Demon King. As Fjerda’s massive army prepares to invade, Nikolai Lantsov will summon every bit of his ingenuity and charm―and even the monster within―to win this fight. But a dark threat looms that cannot be defeated by a young king’s gift for the impossible.

The Stormwitch. Zoya Nazyalensky has lost too much to war. She saw her mentor die and her worst enemy resurrected, and she refuses to bury another friend. Now duty demands she embrace her powers to become the weapon her country needs. No matter the cost.

The Queen of Mourning. Deep undercover, Nina Zenik risks discovery and death as she wages war on Fjerda from inside its capital. But her desire for revenge may cost her count

ry its chance at freedom and Nina the chance to heal her grieving heart. King. General. Spy. Together they must find a way to forge a future in the darkness. Or watch a nation fall.

Rule of Wolves by Leigh Bardugo will be released on March 30, 2021.

Across the Green Grass Fields by Seanan McGuire

Across the Green Grass Fields by Seanan McGuire

Synopsis

A young girl discovers a portal to a land filled with centaurs and unicorns in Seanan McGuire's Across the Green Grass Fields, a standalone tale in the Hugo and Nebula Award-wining Wayward Children series.

“Welcome to the Hooflands. We’re happy to have you, even if you being here means something’s coming.”

Regan loves, and is loved, though her school-friend situation has become complicated, of late.

When she suddenly finds herself thrust through a doorway that asks her to "Be Sure" before swallowing her whole, Regan must learn to live in a world filled with centaurs, kelpies, and other magical equines―a world that expects its human visitors to step up and be heroes.

But after embracing her time with the herd, Regan discovers that not all forms of heroism are equal, and not all quests are as they seem…

A standalone Wayward Children story containing all-new characters, and a great jumping-on point for new readers.

Across the Green Grass Fields by Seanan McGuire will be released on January 12, 2021.

Witchshadow by Susan Dennard

Witchshadow by Susan Dennard

Synopsis

Susan Dennard's New York Times bestselling, young adult epic fantasy Witchlands series continues with the story of the Threadwitch Iseult.

War has come to the Witchlands . . . and nothing will be the same again.

Iseult has found her heartsister Safi at last, but their reunion is brief. For Iseult to stay alive, she must flee Cartorra while Safi remains. And though Iseult has plans to save her friend, they will require her to summon magic more dangerous than anything she has ever faced before.

Meanwhile, the Bloodwitch Aeduan is beset by forces he cannot understand. And Vivia--rightful queen of Nubrevna--finds herself without a crown or home.

As villains from legend reawaken across the Witchlands, only the mythical Cahr Awen can stop the gathering war. Iseult could embrace this power and heal the land, but first she must choose on which side of the shadows her destiny will lie.

Witchshadow by Susan Dennard will be released on February 16, 2021.

Fugitive Telemetry by Martha Wells

Fugitive Telemetry by Martha Wells

Synopsis

The New York Times bestselling security droid with a heart (though it wouldn't admit it!) is back in Fugitive Telemetry!

Having captured the hearts of readers across the globe (Annalee Newitz says it's "one of the most humane portraits of a nonhuman I've ever read") Murderbot has also established Martha Wells as one of the great SF writers of today.

No, I didn't kill the dead human. If I had, I wouldn't dump the body in the station mall.

When Murderbot discovers a dead body on Preservation Station, it knows it is going to have to assist station security to determine who the body is (was), how they were killed (that should be relatively straightforward, at least), and why (because apparently that matters to a lot of people―who knew?)

Yes, the unthinkable is about to happen: Murderbot must voluntarily speak to humans!

Again!

A new standalone adventure in the New York Times-bestselling, Hugo and Nebula Award winning series!

Fugitive Telemetry by Martha Wells will be released on April 27, 2021.

Vengewar by Kevin J. Anderson

Vengewar by Kevin J. Anderson

Synopsis

Kevin J. Anderson's sequel to Spine of The Dragon brings bitter rivalry and blood feud―that might be the downfall of the human kingdoms.

Two continents at war, the Three Kingdoms and Ishara, have been in conflict for a thousand years. But when an outside threat arises―the reawakening of a powerful ancient race that wants to remake the world―the two warring nations must somehow set aside generations of hatred to form an alliance against a far more deadly enemy. Book One awakened the great dragon, and set the kingdoms at each other’s throats.

In Book Two, Vengewar, the Three Kingdoms are shattering under pressure from an inexperienced new King who is being led by an ambitious regent to ignore the threat of the Wreths, in favor of a Vengewar with Ishara. His brother and uncle can see only the danger of the Older Race.

In Ishara, the queen lies in a coma, while an ambitious priest seizes power. But he has neither the training nor the talent to rule a nation― or even a city. Ishara is in deadly peril, and the Wreths have not even appeared on their continent.

Vengewar by Kevin J. Anderson will be released on January 19, 2021.

Infinity Reaper by Adam Silvera

Infinity Reaper by Adam Silvera

Synopsis

In this gripping sequel to the New York Times bestselling Infinity Son, Adam Silvera brings a diverse cast of heroes and villains to life in an alternate New York where some people are born with powers, while others steal them from the blood of endangered magical creatures.

Emil and Brighton defied the odds. They beat the Blood Casters and escaped with their lives—or so they thought. When Brighton drank the Reaper's Blood, he believed it would make him invincible, but instead the potion is killing him.

In Emil's race to find an antidote that will not only save his brother but also rid him of his own unwanted phoenix powers, he will have to dig deep into the very past lives he's trying to outrun. Though he needs the help of the Spell Walkers now more than ever, their ranks are fracturing, with Maribelle's thirst for revenge sending her down a dangerous path.

Meanwhile, Ness is being abused by Senator Iron for political gain, his rare shifting ability making him a dangerous weapon. As much as Ness longs to send Emil a signal, he knows the best way to keep Emil safe from his corrupt father is to keep him at a distance.

The battle for peace is playing out like an intricate game of chess, and as the pieces on the board move into place, Emil starts to realize that he may have been competing against the wrong enemy all along.

Infinity Reaper by Adam Silvera will be released on March 2, 2021.

Beneath the Keep by Erika Johansen

Beneath the Keep by Erika Johansen

Synopsis

The much-anticipated stand-alone prequel to the bestselling Queen of the Tearling trilogy tells the story of a decadent kingdom descended into darkness, alliances forged under fire, and a battle over a prophecy that will change the course of history.

The Tearling has reverted to feudalism, a far cry from the utopia it was founded to be. As the gap between rich and poor widens and famine threatens the land, sparking unrest, rumors of a prophecy begin to spread: a great hope, a True Queen who will rise up and save the kingdom.

But rumors will not help Lazarus, a man raised to kill in the brutal clandestine underworld of the Creche, nor Aislinn, a farm girl who must reckon with her own role in the growing rebellion. In the Keep, the crown princess, Elyssa, finds herself torn between duty to the throne and the lure of the Blue Horizon, a group of fierce idealists who promise radical change . . . but Elyssa must choose quickly, before a nefarious witch and her shadowy master use dark magic to decide for her. It is only a matter of time before all three will be called into the service of something bigger than they have ever imagined: a fight for a better world.

Beneath the Keep by Erika Johansen will be released on February 2, 2021.

Black Canary: Breaking Silence (DC Icons Series) by Alexandra Monir

Black Canary: Breaking Silence by Alexandra Monir

Synopsis

In this thrilling origin story of Black Canary, Dinah Lance's voice is her weapon. And in a near-future world where women have no rights, she won't hesitate to use everything she has--including her song--to fight back.

Dinah Lance was eight years old when she overheard the impossible: the sound of a girl singing. It was something she was never meant to hear--not in her lifetime and not in Gotham City, taken over by the vicious, patriarchal Court of Owls. The sinister organization rules Gotham City as a dictatorship and has stripped women of everything--their right to work, to make music, to learn, to be free.

Now seventeen, Dinah can't forget that haunting sound, and she's beginning to discover that her own voice is just as powerful. But singing is forbidden--a one-way route to a certain death sentence. Fighting to balance her father's desire to keep her safe, a blossoming romance with mysterious new student Oliver Queen, and her own need to help other women and girls rise up, Dinah wonders if her song will finally be heard. And will her voice be powerful enough to destroy the Court of Owls once and for all?

Black Canary: Breaking Silence (DC Icons Series) by Alexandra Monir will be released on December 29, 2020.

Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir

Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir

Synopsis

A lone astronaut must save the earth from disaster in this incredible new science-based thriller from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Martian.

Ryland Grace is the sole survivor on a desperate, last-chance mission--and if he fails, humanity and the earth itself will perish.

Except that right now, he doesn't know that. He can't even remember his own name, let alone the nature of his assignment or how to complete it.

All he knows is that he's been asleep for a very, very long time. And he's just been awakened to find himself millions of miles from home, with nothing but two corpses for company.

His crewmates dead, his memories fuzzily returning, he realizes that an impossible task now confronts him. Alone on this tiny ship that's been cobbled together by every government and space agency on the planet and hurled into the depths of space, it's up to him to conquer an extinction-level threat to our species.

And thanks to an unexpected ally, he just might have a chance.

Part scientific mystery, part dazzling interstellar journey, Project Hail Mary is a tale of discovery, speculation, and survival to rival The Martian--while taking us to places it never dreamed of going.

Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir will be released on May 4, 2021.

How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories by Holly Black

How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories by Holly Black

Synopsis

An illustrated addition to the New York Times bestselling Folk of Air trilogy, that started with The Cruel Prince, from award-winning author Holly Black.

An irresistible return to the captivating world of Elfhame.

Once upon a time, there was a boy with a wicked tongue.

Before he was a cruel prince or a wicked king, he was a faerie child with a heart of stone. #1 New York Times bestselling author, Holly Black reveals a deeper look into the dramatic life of Elfhame's enigmatic high king, Cardan. This tale includes delicious details of life before The Cruel Prince, an adventure beyond The Queen of Nothing, and familiar moments from The Folk of the Air trilogy, told wholly from Cardan's perspective.

This new installment in the Folk of the Air series is a return to the heart-racing romance, danger, humor, and drama that enchanted readers everywhere. Each chapter is paired with lavish and luminous full-color art, making this the perfect collector's item to be enjoyed by both new audiences and old.

How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories by Holly Black will be released on November 24, 2020.

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

UK Edition Of A Few Up And Coming Titles That I Would Love To Have

I usually buy US editions of books, but that is mainly because for convenience. From time to time I stray away from this pattern and choose to buy the books' UK editions instead. There are quite a few factors: (1) the auhor is UK-based and US editions come later or not at all, (2) the UK edition is far more attractive, (3) the UK edition is consistent in terms of design, layout, and typesetting (hello DAW Books * wink), and other trivial reasons...

That is why in this post I'd like to share some upcoming titles that I prefer buying in UK editions.

Quidditch Through the Ages by J.K. Rowling

Quidditch Through the Ages by J.K. Rowling

Synopsis

An essential companion to the Harry Potter series, this spectacular new full-colour edition of J.K. Rowling's Quidditch Through the Ages brings together one of the world's best loved storytellers with the creative genius of Emily Gravett. A sumptuous visual feast of a book, the pages are bursting with glorious illustrations, handmade memorabilia and two breathtaking gatefold spreads. This sporting almanac promises magic and wonder in equal measure for both newcomers to the Wizarding World and established Harry Potter fans. Each amazing page is waiting to pored over and enjoyed!

'Oh, you wait, it's the best game in the world.' - Ron Weasley

Devoured by Harry Potter in his first year, Quidditch Through the Ages is consulted on a daily basis by the young witches and wizards at Hogwarts. Kennilworthy Whisp's sporting bible whisks readers through a whistle-stop tour of the wizarding world's favourite sport. Packed with trivia, tales of on-pitch antics, and Quidditch stars past and present, the sports almanac also contains comprehensive profiles of Quidditch teams loved by readers of the Harry Potter novels - Chudley Cannons, Puddlemere United, Vratsa Vultures and many more .

Twice winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal, Emily Gravett joins the celebrated team of hand-picked talent who have brought their illustration magic to the world of Harry Potter. Her wildly creative imagination has conjured a cornucopia of sporting memorabilia to surprise and delight. Lovingly created in a dazzling range of media - drawn, sewn, thrown - and infused with her trademark visual wit, these charming and funny handmade artworks are the perfect pairing for J.K. Rowling's humorous insights into the magical, airborne sport.

Quidditch Through the Ages is published in aid of Lumos, an international children's charity founded in 2005 by J.K. Rowling, and Comic Relief.

Quidditch Through the Ages by J.K. Rowling will be released on October 6, 2020.

Master Artificer: The Silent Gods Book 2 by Justin Call

Master Artificer by Justin Call

Synopsis

The fabulous sequel to 2019's hit debut novel: Master of Sorrows.

Reviews of the Previous Book

'Master of Sorrows is a brilliant and riveting tale about having the courage to find and choose one's path. I recommend this book for lovers of classic epic fantasy looking for a modern voice' NOVEL NOTIONS

'A wonderful mix of the old and the new . . . if you're a fan of coming-of-age stories, magic schools, and the idea of what's right and what's wrong, then Master of Sorrows is the book for you' THE FANTASY INN

'A very strong dark fantasy debut that will appeal directly to fans of The Poppy War and The Name of the Wind. It's intense, mystical and brutal' fantasybookreview.co.uk

'This is an adventure well-worth embarking on, one filled with monsters, gods, deception and betrayal' booktopia.com

Master Artificer by Justin Call will be released on February 18, 2021.

Hollow Empire by Sam Hawke

Hollow Empire by Sam Hawke

Synopsis

It started with poison and rebellion. It continues with war and witchcraft.

The deadly siege of Silasta woke the ancient spirits, and the city-state must find its place in this new world of magic.

But people and politics are always treacherous, and it will take all of Jovan and Kalina's skills to save the city-state when witches and assassins set their sights to domination.

Poison was only the beginning . . .

Hollow Empire by Sam Hawke will be released on November 26, 2020.

Sunday, August 16, 2020

Details On The Songs Of The Drowned, Book 1: 'The Stone Knife' By Anna Stephens

The Godblind Trilogy by Anna Stephens left me wanting for more. It started out as an exciting and incredible grimdark read and just got better and better with each book released. No wonder I am clamoring for the next series from this author.

Thankfully we will not have to wait for long as a new book arises before 2020 ends. It is called The Stone Knife and will the first in The Songs of the Drowned series. This is just one of the silver linings that I look up to in this dark and troubled times. And to lighten my mood -- and yours! -- even more its official cover has already surfaced online...

Check out the cover of The Stone Knife by Anna Stephens.

The Stone Knife by Anna Stephens

Synopsis

A fantasy epic of freedom and empire, gods and monsters, love, loyalty, honour, and betrayal, from the acclaimed author of GODBLIND.

For generations, the forests of Ixachipan have echoed with the clash of weapons, as nation after nation has fallen to the Empire of Songs – and to the unending, magical music that binds its people together. Now, only two free tribes remain.

The Empire is not their only enemy. Monstrous, scaled predators lurk in rivers and streams, with a deadly music of their own.

As battle looms, fighters on both sides must decide how far they will go for their beliefs and for the ones they love – a veteran general seeks peace through war, a warrior and a shaman set out to understand their enemies, and an ambitious noble tries to bend ancient magic to her will.

The Stone Knife by Anna Stephens will be released on November 26, 2020.

Saturday, August 15, 2020

'The Mask Falling' By Samantha Shannon Official Cover Slightly Deviates With The Rest

I am a sucker for consistent patterns and progressions. That is why when the official cover for The Song Rising by Samantha Shannon was revealed I was among those who complained about the redesigned cover, which may have prompted the publisher to release a collector's edition a few weeks later (featuring a consistent art and design by David Mann).

David Mann's cover designs always features a clue on what's to be in the center stage of the next cover. This made me eagerly await for the reveal of the official cover of The Mask Falling. With that in mind I was expecting a flower will be feaured in its cover, which turned out to be true. The only problem is it's a different flower from the one hinted in the previous book which features a Nasturtium. This slighly deviates from the pattern which could be a foreboding hint or clue in itself. Does this mean the story will have an unexpected twist as well as compared to what we are lead on to believe? Or does it mean something else?

The Mask Falling by Samantha Shannon is already available for pre-order in most major book sellers. If you are looking for the collector's or signed edition to match your previous signed edition books it is only available at Waterstones.

Check out the official cover of The Mask Falling by Samantha Shannon.

The Mask Falling by Samantha Shannon

Synopsis

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Bone Season and The Priory of the Orange Tree, the stunning fourth novel set in the world of Scion.

Dreamwalker Paige Mahoney has eluded death again. Snatched from the jaws of captivity and consigned to a safe house in the Scion Citadel of Paris, she finds herself caught between those factions that seek Scion's downfall and those who would kill to protect the Rephaim's puppet empire.

The mysterious Domino Program has plans for Paige, but she has ambitions of her own in this new citadel. With Arcturus Mesarthim-her former enemy-at her side, she embarks on an adventure that will lead her from the catacombs of Paris to the glittering hallways of Versailles. Her risks promise high reward: the Parisian underworld could yield the means to escalate her rebellion to outright war.

As Scion widens its bounds and the free world trembles in its shadow, Paige must fight her own memories after her ordeal at the hands of Scion. Meanwhile, she strives to understand her bond with Arcturus, which grows stronger by the day. But there are those who know the revolution began with them--and could end with them . . .

The Mask Falling is a gripping, fantastical new addition to this “intoxicating urban-fantasy series” (NPR.org) that will leave readers begging for more.

The Mask Falling by Samantha Shannon will be released on February 16, 2021.

Monday, August 10, 2020

Cover Reveal: 'The Ickabog' By J.K. Rowling Is A Collaborative Work With Fans

The Ickabog by J.K. Rowling was a vaulted draft that would have never found the light of day. After many years the author decided to dust it off and revisit it again. Rather than just publising it straight away, the author made it a collaborative effort with her fans world-wide, making this book very special.

J.K. Rowling campaigned over social media to collaborate with budding and young artists to illustrate and interpret the story. This was after the author periodically released a few chapters until it was completed on the book's official website. Now we will not be only getting a new story to enjoy but will also have fantastic art from children and children at heart around the world.

Check out the cover of The Ickabog by J.K. Rowling.

The Ickabog by J.K. Rowling

Synopsis

From J.K. Rowling, a warm, fast-paced, funny fairy tale of a fearsome monster, thrilling adventure, and hope against all odds.

Once upon a time there was a tiny kingdom called Cornucopia, as rich in happiness as it was in gold, and famous for its food. From the delicate cream cheeses of Kurdsburg to the Hopes-of-Heaven pastries of Chouxville, each was so delicious that people wept with joy as they ate them.

But even in this happy kingdom, a monster lurks. Legend tells of a fearsome creature living far to the north in the Marshlands… the Ickabog. Some say it breathes fire, spits poison, and roars through the mist as it carries off wayward sheep and children alike. Some say it’s just a myth…

And when that myth takes on a life of its own, casting a shadow over the kingdom, two children -- best friends Bert and Daisy -- embark on a great adventure to untangle the truth and find out where the real monster lies, bringing hope and happiness to Cornucopia once more.

Featuring full color illustrations by children from across the United States and Canada, this original fairy tale from one of the world’s most celebrated storytellers will captivate readers of all ages.

The Ickabog by J.K. Rowling will be released on November 10, 2020.

Friday, July 24, 2020

Jack Brigance Returns In 'A Time For Mercy' By John Grisham

John Grisham's fame and career was catapulted to overdrive when he published The Firm in 1991. But the said book was not really his debut novel -- that honor belonged to A Time to Kill, which featured the protagonist named Jack Brigance. But the latter eventually got traction when readers of The Firm tried to look for other titles by the author. And more than 3 decades later it spawned 2 sequels...

Following A Time to Kill and Sycamore Row, A Time for Mercy pits the protagonist into yet another explosive court drama. It will be released in Fall later this year and the gorgeous cover has just been released for us to gawk at. I am loving the covers of his recent books as they almost always feature nature and scenic landscapes...

Check out the official cover of A Time for Mercy by John Grisham.

A Time for Mercy by John Grisham

Synopsis

Jake Brigance is back! The hero of A Time to Kill, one of the most popular novels of our time, returns in a courtroom drama that showcases #1 New York Times bestselling author John Grisham at the height of his storytelling powers.

Clanton, Mississippi. 1990. Jake Brigance finds himself embroiled in a deeply divisive trial when the court appoints him attorney for Drew Gamble, a timid sixteen-year-old boy accused of murdering a local deputy. Many in Clanton want a swift trial and the death penalty, but Brigance digs in and discovers that there is more to the story than meets the eye. Jake’s fierce commitment to saving Drew from the gas chamber puts his career, his financial security, and the safety of his family on the line.

In what may be the most personal and accomplished legal thriller of John Grisham’s storied career, we deepen our acquaintance with the iconic Southern town of Clanton and the vivid cast of characters that so many readers know and cherish. The result is a richly rewarding novel that is both timely and timeless, full of wit, drama, and—most of all—heart.

Bursting with all the courthouse scheming, small-town intrigue, and stunning plot twists that have become the hallmarks of the master of the legal thriller, A Time for Mercy is John Grisham’s most powerful courtroom drama yet.

There is a time to kill and a time for justice. Now comes A Time for Mercy.

A Time for Mercy by John Grisham will be released on October 13, 2020.

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Cover Reveal: Next Cormoran Strike Installment Titled 'Troubled Blood' By Robert Galbraith

One of the best gifts that I will be receiving this year is the fifth installment of the Cormoran Strike series by Robert Galbraith, also known as J.K. Rowling. It is called Troubled Blood and it will be released just a few days ahead of my birthday.

If, like me, you are hungry for any Robert Galbraith or J.K. Rowling books the wait feels like too far in between. With the delay of Fantastic Beasts 3, which in turn delays the screenplay book release, it is just too much to bear considering the current world climate. The author is releasing The Ickabog in installment but reading a complete book feels different. That is why the upcoming release of Troubled Blood may be just the saving grace for me.

Check out the UK edition official cover of Troubled Blood by Robert Galbraith (pseudonym of J.K. Rowling).

Troubled Blood by Robert Galbraith (UK Edition)


For US edition, you can see some slight difference:

Troubled Blood by Robert Galbraith (US Edition)

Synopsis

Private Detective Cormoran Strike is visiting his family in Cornwall when he is approached by a woman asking for help finding her mother, Margot Bamborough - who went missing in mysterious circumstances in 1974.

Strike has never tackled a cold case before, let alone one forty years old. But despite the slim chance of success, he is intrigued and takes it on; adding to the long list of cases that he and his partner in the agency, Robin Ellacott, are currently working on. And Robin herself is also juggling a messy divorce and unwanted male attention, as well as battling her own feelings about Strike.

As Strike and Robin investigate Margot's disappearance, they come up against a fiendishly complex case with leads that include tarot cards, a psychopathic serial killer and witnesses who cannot all be trusted. And they learn that even cases decades old can prove to be deadly . . .

A breathtaking, labyrinthine epic, Troubled Blood is the fifth Strike and Robin novel and the most gripping and satisfying yet.

Troubled Blood by Robert Galbraith will be released on September 15, 2020.

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Official Cover Of 'Ready Player Two' By Ernest Cline Stays Consistent With The Original

I was already a fan of Ernest Cline even way before the movie adaptation of his novel Ready Player One hit the cinemas in 2018. I always consider his writing very readable and a "light" SF read. He may not be as prolific as other authors, but I love the two books he's published so far. The news for a Ready Player One sequel was a suprise to me becuase I truly thought it's good as it was being a standalone novel.

But then a sequel had been long time in the works and nearly took a decade of interval since the first one. From the title Ready Player Two to the familiar-looking official cover below, this sequel by Ernest Cline has used simplicity and being direct-to-the-point the right way. I am just curios how he will expand he universe he has already created. Will we have a new central protagonist as he title suggest, or will we be wisked away to a new location?

Check out the cover of Ready Player Two by Ernest Cline.

Ready Player Two by Ernest Cline

Synopsis

The highly anticipated sequel to the beloved worldwide bestseller Ready Player One, the “ridiculously fun and large-hearted” (NPR) near-future adventure that inspired the blockbuster Steven Spielberg film.

Ready Player Two by Ernest Cline will be released on November 24, 2020.

Friday, June 19, 2020

'Aru Shah And The City Of Gold' By Roshani Chokshi Gets Official Cover

The very first Rick Riordan book is about to come to a close. Roshani Chokshi's Pandava Quartet became an instant success after the release of the first book in the series called Aru Shah and the End of Time. It was followed up by Aru Shah and the Song of Death and Aru Shah and the Tree of Wishes, which are both equally good.

Come 2021, the closing chapter titled Aru Shah and the City of Gold will finally come into our hands. And to make you even more excited its official cover has been unvieled, featuring a vibrant and beautiful art by Abigail L. Dela Cruz. But wait -- if romours are to be true -- is there supposed to be a fifth book which was not originally planned? I am not complaning if this will turn out to be not a rumor a all!

Check out the cover of Aru Shah and the City of Gold by Roshani Chokshi.

Aru Shah and the City of Gold by Roshani Chokshi

Synopsis

Aru has just made a wish on the Tree of Wishes, but she can't remember what it was. She's pretty sure she didn't wish for a new sister, one who looks strangely familiar and claims to be the Sleeper's daughter, like her. Aru also isn't sure she still wants to fight on behalf of the devas in the war against the Sleeper and his demon army. The devas have been too devious up to now. Case in point: two of the Pandavas' mentors, Hanuman and Urvashi, have been mysteriously detained in Lanka, the city of gold. Why? The Pandavas need to find them and get some answers before the Otherworld's magic fades completely in the human realm. Aru's biggest question, though, is why every adult she has loved and trusted so far has failed her. Will she come to peace with what they've done before she has to wage the battle of her life?

Filled with wondrous magic, unforgettable creatures, manipulative gods, and laugh-out-loud dialogue, this penultimate book in the Pandava series will leave readers wishing they could read the finale right now.

Aru Shah and the City of Gold by Roshani Chokshi will be released on April 6, 2021.

Sunday, June 14, 2020

Official Cover Of 'A Desolation Called Peace' By Arkady Martine Released

If you are eagerly awaiting the release of the sequel to A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine, then you are in for a treat. The title of the sequel is A Desolation Called Peace and an official cover has just been revealed recently.

Check out the cover of A Desolation Called Peace by Arkady Martine.

A Desolation Called Peace by Arkady Martine

Synopsis

A Desolation Called Peace is the spectacular space opera sequel to Arkady Martine's genre-reinventing Hugo and Nebula finalist debut, A Memory Called Empire.

An alien armada lurks on the edges of Teixcalaanli space. No one can communicate with it, no one can destroy it, and Fleet Captain Nine Hibiscus is running out of options.

In a desperate attempt at diplomacy with the mysterious invaders, the fleet captain has sent for a diplomatic envoy. Now Mahit Dzmare and Three Seagrass―still reeling from the recent upheaval in the Empire―face the impossible task of trying to communicate with a hostile entity.

Whether they succeed or fail could change the fate of Teixcalaan forever.

A Desolation Called Peace by Arkady Martine will be released on March 2, 2021.

Saturday, May 30, 2020

Another Round Of Cover Reveals For New Titles To Be Released This Year And The Next

Check out the covers of these upcoming titles if any of these peaks your interest.

The Trouble With Peace by Joe Abercrombie

The Trouble With Peace by Joe Abercrombie

Synopsis

Second in the AGE OF MADNESS trilogy, THE TROUBLE WITH PEACE is the next instalment of a series which is revolutionising fantasy . . .

Conspiracy. Betrayal. Rebellion.
Peace is just another kind of battlefield . . .

Savine dan Glokta, once Adua's most powerful investor, finds her judgement, fortune and reputation in tatters. But she still has all her ambitions, and no scruple will be permitted to stand in her way.

For heroes like Leo dan Brock and Stour Nightfall, only happy with swords drawn, peace is an ordeal to end as soon as possible. But grievances must be nursed, power seized and allies gathered first, while Rikke must master the power of the Long Eye . . . before it kills her.

Unrest worms into every layer of society. The Breakers still lurk in the shadows, plotting to free the common man from his shackles, while noblemen bicker for their own advantage. Orso struggles to find a safe path through the maze of knives that is politics, only for his enemies, and his debts, to multiply.

The old ways are swept aside, and the old leaders with them, but those who would seize the reins of power will find no alliance, no friendship, and no peace, lasts forever.

The Trouble With Peace by Joe Abercrombie will be released on September 15, 2020.

The Fires of Vengeance by Evan Winter

The Fires of Vengeance by Evan Winter

Synopsis

"Intense, inventive and action-packed from beginning to end - a relentlessly gripping, brilliant read." -- James Islington

In order to reclaim her throne and save her people, an ousted queen must join forces with a young warrior in the second book of this must-read epic fantasy series by breakout author Evan Winter.

Tau and his Queen, desperate to delay the impending attack on the capital by the indigenous people of Xidda, craft a dangerous plan. If Tau succeeds, the Queen will have the time she needs to assemble her forces and launch an all out assault on her own capital city, where her sister is being propped up as the 'true' Queen of the Omehi.

If the city can be taken, if Tsiora can reclaim her throne, and if she can reunite her people then the Omehi have a chance to survive the onslaught.

The Fires of Vengeance by Evan Winter will be released on November 10, 2020.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Deep End by Jeff Kinney

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Deep End by Jeff Kinney

Synopsis

In The Deep End, book 15 of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series from #1 international bestselling author Jeff Kinney, Greg Heffley and his family hit the road for a cross-country camping trip, ​ready for the adventure of a lifetime.

But things take an unexpected turn, and they find themselves stranded at an RV park that’s not exactly a summertime paradise. When the skies open up and the water starts to rise, the Heffleys wonder if they can save their vacation—or if they’re already in too deep.

And don’t miss Rowley Jefferson’s Awesome Friendly Adventure, an all-new fantasy from Greg’s best friend—the follow-up to the instant #1 bestseller Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid: Rowley Jefferson’s Journal.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Deep End by Jeff Kinney will be released on October 27, 2020.

Play of Shadows by Sebastien de Castell

Play of Shadows by Sebastien de Castell

Synopsis

Swordplay, magic, intrigue and friendships stronger than iron: the first book in a new swashbuckling fantasy series by the bestselling author of The Greatcoats.

Damelas Shademantaigne picked a poor night to flee a judicial duel.

He has precious little hope of escaping the wrath of Vixen, the most feared duelist in the entire city, until he stumbles through the stage doors of the magnificent Operato Belleza and tricks his way into the company of actors. An archaic law provides temporary respite from his troubles--until one night a ghostly voice in his head causes Damelas to fumble his lines, inadvertently blurting out the dreadful truth: the city's most legendary hero may actually be a traitor and a brutal murderer.

With only the help of his boisterous and lusty friend Bereto, a beautiful assassin whose target may well be Damelas himself, and a company of misfit actor who'd just as soon see him dead, this failed son of two Greatcoats must somehow find the courage within himself to dig up long-buried truths before a ruthless band of bravos known as the Iron Orchids comes for his head.

Oh, and there's the that matter of the Vixen waiting to duel him...

Play of Shadows by Sebastien de Castell will be released on September 7, 2021.

The Legend of Korra: Ruins of the Empire Library Edition by Michael Dante DiMartino, Michelle Wong, Killian Ng

The Legend of Korra: Ruins of the Empire Library Edition by Michael Dante DiMartino, Michelle Wong, Killian Ng

Synopsis

To secure lasting peace for the Earth Kingdom, Korra must trust an unlikely ally!

On the eve of its first elections, the Earth Kingdom's future is endangered by its past. As Kuvira works to reclaim her honor, the devious commander Guan undermines the peace Avatar Korra has established to take power for himself. Korra and Kuvira must learn to work together to ensure the future of the Earth Kingdom.

Enjoy the continuing Avatar adventures, now with a new sketchbook section and artist commentary! Written by series co-creator Michael Dante DiMartino and drawn by Michelle Wong (Goosebumps: Download and Die), with consultation by Bryan Konietzko, this is the official continuation of the beloved television series!

Collects The Legend of Korra: Ruins of the Empire Part One, Two, and Three.

The Legend of Korra: Ruins of the Empire Library Edition by Michael Dante DiMartino, Michelle Wong, Killian Ng will be released on September 22, 2020.

Thursday, May 7, 2020

News Roundup: New Titles I Am Looking Forward To, Plus Cover Revelations

Reading is one of my recourse in these dark and trying times. When anxiety and fears invade my mental space I drown them all down in the world I glean upon the far reaches of the pages of books. Books serve as my security blanket that is why I am always delighted when I discover new titles from my favorite authors.

Here are a few new titles that will be released next year. I hope you will find them interesting as well.

A History of What Comes Next by Sylvain Neuvel

A History of What Comes Next by Sylvain Neuvel

Synopsis

Showing that truth is stranger than fiction, Sylvain Neuvel's A History of What Comes Next weaves a sci-fi thriller that blends a fast moving, darkly satirical look at 1940s rocketry with the amorality of progress, and the nature of violence.

Always run, never fight.
Preserve the knowledge.
Survive at all cost.
Take them to the stars.

Over 99 identical generations, Mia’s family has shaped human history to push them to the stars, making brutal, wrenching choices and sacrificing countless lives. Her turn comes at the dawn of the age of rocketry. Her mission: to lure Wernher Von Braun away from the Nazi party and into the American rocket program, and secure the future of the space race.

But Mia’s family is not the only group pushing the levers of history: an even more ruthless enemy lurks behind the scenes.

A darkly satirical first contact thriller, as seen through the eyes of the women who make progress possible and the men who are determined to stop them...

A History of What Comes Next by Sylvain Neuvel will be released on February 2, 2021.

Rescue by Jennifer A. Nielsen

Rescue by Jennifer A. Nielsen

Synopsis

From New York Times bestselling author Jennifer A. Nielsen comes a thrilling World War II story of espionage and intrigue, as one girl races to save her father and aid the French resistance.

Six hundred and fifty-seven days ago, Meg Kenyon's father left their home in France to fight for the Allies in World War II, and that was the last time Meg saw him. Recently, she heard he was being held prisoner by the Nazis, a terrible sentence from which Meg fears he'll never return. All she has left of him are the codes he placed in a jar for her to decipher, an affectionate game the two of them shared. But the codes are running low, and soon there'll be nothing left of Papa for Meg to hold on to at all.

Suddenly, an impossible chance to save her father falls into Meg's lap. After following a trail of blood in the snow, Meggie finds an injured British spy hiding in her grandmother's barn. Captain Stewart tells her that a family of German refugees must be guided across Nazi-occupied France to neutral Spain, whereupon one of them has promised to free Meg's father. Captain Stewart was meant to take that family on their journey, but too injured to complete the task himself, he offers it to Meg, along with a final code from Papa to help complete the mission -- perhaps the most important, and most difficult, riddle she's received yet.

As the Nazis flood Meg's village in fierce pursuit, she accepts the duty and begins the trek across France. Leading strangers through treacherous territory, Meg faces danger and uncertainty at every turn, all the while struggling to crack her father's code. The message, as she unravels it, reveals secrets costly enough to risk the mission and even her own life. Can Meg solve the puzzle, rescue the family, and save her father?

Rescue by Jennifer A. Nielsen will be released on March 2, 2021.

Brother Red by Adrian Selby

Brother Red by Adrian Selby

Synopsis

When the trade caravan Driwna Marghoster was hired to protect is attacked, she discovers a dead body hidden inside a barrel. Born of the powerful but elusive Oskoro people, the body is a rare and priceless find, the centre of a tragic tale and the key to a larger mystery...

For when Driwna investigates who the body was meant for, she will find a trail of deceit and corruption which could bring down a kingdom, and an evil more powerful than she can imagine.

A gritty and epic standalone fantasy adventure, to appeal to fans of Mark Lawrence, Andrzej Sapkowski's The Witcher and Joe Abercrombie. From Adrian Selby, author of Snakewood and The Winter Road.

Brother Red by Adrian Selby will be released on January 21, 2021.

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

'Midnight Sun' By Stephenie Meyer Hits Bookstores In August 2020

Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer, which is a reverse-perspective retelling of the Twilight novel by the same author, had long been overdue and some of us thought it may not even be published at all. It had suffered a lot of ordeal after chapters of one of its earlier drafts had leaked online, was overtaken by the Shades of Grey mania, and a movie of the same name but of entirely different story (or is it) made some of us forget the book entirely.

Now, 12 years after it was initially anticipated, the author has surprisingly announced that the said book will finally be published in August of this year. Following this announcement is the unveiling of its familiar-looking and fitting cover art and its synopsis .

Check out the cover of Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer.

Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer

Synopsis

It's here! #1 bestselling author Stephenie Meyer makes a triumphant return to the world of Twilight with this highly-anticipated companion: the iconic love story of Bella and Edward told from the vampire's point of view.

When Edward Cullen and Bella Swan met in Twilight, an iconic love story was born. But until now, fans have heard only Bella's side of the story. At last, readers can experience Edward's version in the long-awaited companion novel, Midnight Sun.

This unforgettable tale as told through Edward's eyes takes on a new and decidedly dark twist. Meeting Bella is both the most unnerving and intriguing event he has experienced in all his years as a vampire. As we learn more fascinating details about Edward's past and the complexity of his inner thoughts, we understand why this is the defining struggle of his life. How can he justify following his heart if it means leading Bella into danger?

In Midnight Sun, Stephenie Meyer transports us back to a world that has captivated millions of readers and brings us an epic novel about the profound pleasures and devastating consequences of immortal love.

Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer will be released on August 4, 2020.

Friday, April 24, 2020

'Battle Ground' By Jim Butcher Finally Gets A Glorious Cover

Every fan was surprised when Jim Butcher via the Peace Talks teaser trailer announced that there will be two Dresden Files releases this year. That was when the said book got enormously long so he decided to split the book into two.

The second book in the split will be released a few months after Peace Talks and it will be called Battle Ground. Its official cover has finally been revealed during Penguin Random House’s virtual convention in Reddit under r/Fantasy. As always we have artist Chris McGrath to thank for this glorious art.

Check out the official cover of Battle Ground by Jim Butcher.

Battle Ground by Jim Butcher

Synopsis

Things are about to get serious for Harry Dresden, Chicago's oly professional Wizard, in the next entry in the #1 New York Times bestselling Dresden Files.

Harry has faced terrible odds before. He has a long history of fighting enemies above his weight class. The Red Court of vampires. The fallen angels of the Order of the Blackened Denarius. The Outsiders.

But this time it’s different. A being more powerful and dangerous on an order of magnitude beyond what the world has seen in a millennium is coming. And she’s bringing an army. The Last Titan has declared war on the city of Chicago, and has come to subjugate humanity, obliterating any who stand in her way.

Harry’s mission is simple but impossible: Save the city by killing a Titan. And the attempt will change Harry’s life, Chicago, and the mortal world forever.

Battle Ground by Jim Butcher will be released on September 29, 2020.

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

'Dragonwatch: Champion Of The Titan Games' By Brandon Mull Official Cover Unveiled

The world is in dark ages once again and our normal lives have been disrupted, forcing us all to cower into the safety our homes. After so many weeks of staying home, boredom surely strikes. But for introverted persons like me we revert back to our hobbies to pass the time. One of these hobbies is reading, but for a person who prefers physical books instead of e-readers we face another issue.

All of my orders and deliveries have either been cancelled or have been returned to the shipper. Such is the fate if your shipping address is in New York or in some other places that are in lock down. These are trivial little things, but we should focus on the bright side in this time and age. If I couldn't get my books then maybe cover revelations could at least make me feel better. And one of these cover revelations is for the fourth book in the Dragonwatch series.

The fourth book in Brandon Mull's Dragonwatch series is called Champion of the Titan Games. It will be released in fall of this year and below is its cover to preempt its fast approaching arrival.

Check out the cover of Dragonwatch: Champion of the Titan Games by Brandon Mull.

Dragonwatch: Champion of the Titan Games by Brandon Mull

Synopsis

The war against dragons intensifies. Will Kendra and Seth find the help they desperately need from the Giant Queen? This fourth book in a five-book series leaves the underwater dragon preserve of Crescent Lagoon for a gladiator-style arena at Titan Valley, the magical realm of towering giants and enslaved dragons. Our two young heroes have never felt so small or faced a challenge so... giant!

Dragonwatch: Champion of the Titan Games by Brandon Mull will be released on October 13, 2020.

Friday, April 3, 2020

#CoverReveal The Eldest Curses: 'The Lost Book Of The White' By Cassandra Clare & Wesley Chu

Cassandra Clare has always been so lucky to have her books be graced by wonderful covers. The only problem is they keep on changing branding from edition to edition, and from book to book in a series and that's sometimes frustrating for people with OCD like me. I have to always console my self that it is for the better... But my inner self is not always satisfied!

Sad to say that the second book in The Eldest Curses series suffered the same issue. The covers' branding, layout and cover art style drastically changed, but I can't help it cause the cover of The Lost Book of the White is that good. Can we have a redesigned edition of the first book, The Red Scrolls of Magic, in hardcover as well? The good thing about this redesigned cover is it's trying to be consistent with the covers of her recent releases...

Checkout the cover of The Lost Book of the White by Cassandra Clare & Wesley Chu.

The Lost Book of the White by Cassandra Clare & Wesley Chu

Synopsis

From #1 New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Cassandra Clare and award-winning author Wesley Chu comes the second book in the Eldest Curses series, which continues the love story between Magnus Bane and Alec Lightwood. The Lost Book of the White is a Shadowhunters novel.

Magnus Bane and Alec Lightwood are settling into domestic life with their son Max when the warlocks Ragnor Fell and Shinyun Jung break into their loft and steal a powerful spell book. Realizing that Ragnor and Shinyun are being controlled by a more sinister force, Magnus and Alec set out to stop them and recover the book before they can cause any more harm. With the help of Clary Fairchild, Jace Herondale, Isabelle Lightwood, and Simon Lovelace (who is fresh from the Shadowhunter Academy), they track the warlocks to Shanghai.

But nothing is as it seems. Ragnor and Shinyun are working at the behest of a Greater Demon. Their goal is to open a Portal from the demon realms to Earth, flooding the city of Shanghai with dangerous demons. When a violent encounter causes Magnus’s magic to grow increasingly unstable, Alec and Magnus rally their friends to strike at the heart of the demon’s power. But what they find there is far stranger and more nefarious than they ever could have expected...

The Lost Book of the White by Cassandra Clare & Wesley Chu will be released on September 1, 2020.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Jim Butcher To Release Two Dresden Files Novels This Year: 'Peace Talks' & 'Battle Ground'

With the current situation we are facing right now, we can at least summarize that 2020 is a bitch of a year. But seeing a silver lining in this dire situation is what makes humankind resilient. Despite all these dark events of the last months, it's always heartening to see twinkling bright lights from time to time. For a bookworm like me announcements or publications of the books of my favorite authors are examples of those... so just imagine when Jim Butcher announced that he is finally to publish Peace Talks in in the next few months!

If you think that's the only good news you'll hear from him, think again. In the Peace Talks book trailer released just hours ago Jim Butcher has surprised his legions of fans by announcing the release of the 17th Dresden Files novel -- only 3 months apart from the release of the former -- and it's gonna be called Battle Ground!

Watch the said book trailer and make sure to watch it until the end!


Here is the placeholder cover of Battle Ground by Jim Butcher.

Battle Ground by Jim Butcher

Synopsis

Things are about to get serious for Harry Dresden, Chicago's oly professional Wizard, in the next entry in the #1 New York Times bestselling Dresden Files.

Harry has faced terrible odds before. He has a long history of fighting enemies above his weight class. The Red Court of vampires. The fallen angels of the Order of the Blackened Denarius. The Outsiders.

But this time it’s different. A being more powerful and dangerous on an order of magnitude beyond what the world has seen in a millennium is coming. And she’s bringing an army. The Last Titan has declared war on the city of Chicago, and has come to subjugate humanity, obliterating any who stand in her way.

Harry’s mission is simple but impossible: Save the city by killing a Titan. And the attempt will change Harry’s life, Chicago, and the mortal world forever.

Battle Ground by Jim Butcher will be released on September 29, 2020.

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Official Cover Of The Poppy War, Book 3: 'The Burning God' By R. F. Kuang Revealed

The final book in The Poppy War trilogy by R. F. Kuang is upon us. The Burning God comes out in a few months and we just got the first look on it's official cover, which you can see below. This award-winning high fantasy is a treasure because we rarely get to have high fantasies in this oriental setting.

Following the tradition of the first two books we have a minimalistic guohua-style painting featured in the front piece. This almost entirely black and white look is highlighted by a burning effect on the bottom part -- a nod to the book's title.

We have JungShan Chang to thank for this fantastic cover art, and Dominic Forbes for this simplistically eye-catching jacket design.

Check out the cover of The Burning God by R. F. Kuang.

The Burning God by R.F. Kuang

Synopsis

The exciting end to The Poppy War trilogy, R. F. Kuang’s acclaimed, award-winning epic fantasy that combines the history of twentieth-century China with a gripping world of gods and monsters, to devastating, enthralling effect.

After saving her nation of Nikan from foreign invaders and battling the evil Empress Su Daji in a brutal civil war, Fang Runin was betrayed by allies and left for dead.

Despite her losses, Rin hasn’t given up on those for whom she has sacrificed so much—the people of the southern provinces and especially Tikany, the village that is her home. Returning to her roots, Rin meets difficult challenges—and unexpected opportunities. While her new allies in the Southern Coalition leadership are sly and untrustworthy, Rin quickly realizes that the real power in Nikan lies with the millions of common people who thirst for vengeance and revere her as a goddess of salvation.

Backed by the masses and her Southern Army, Rin will use every weapon to defeat the Dragon Republic, the colonizing Hesperians, and all who threaten the shamanic arts and their practitioners. As her power and influence grows, though, will she be strong enough to resist the Phoenix’s intoxicating voice urging her to burn the world and everything in it?

The Burning God by R. F. Kuang will be released on November 17, 2020.

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Cover Reveal: 'The Invisible Life Of Addie LaRue' By V. E. Schwab

V.E. Schwab has been one to watch out for after A Darker Shade of Magic took the breath out of me. Since then I vowed to get a copy of each and every one of her books and savor each tale full of unique voices, ghastly and chilling stories, all in varying genres of entertaining reads.

She is best known to tackle on Gothic and dark tales even when she writes for young readers. That is why there is no surprise that her next outing will have to deal with the same genre-defying horror. It is called The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue and will be released fall this year. You can see below its official cover which was just recently revealed.

Check out the cover of The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V. E. Schwab.

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V. E. Schwab

Synopsis

In the vein of The Time Traveler’s Wife and Life After Life, The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue is New York Times bestselling author V. E. Schwab’s genre-defying tour de force.

A Life No One Will Remember. A Story You Will Never Forget.

France, 1714: in a moment of desperation, a young woman makes a Faustian bargain to live forever―and is cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets.

Thus begins the extraordinary life of Addie LaRue, and a dazzling adventure that will play out across centuries and continents, across history and art, as a young woman learns how far she will go to leave her mark on the world.

But everything changes when, after nearly 300 years, Addie stumbles across a young man in a hidden bookstore and he remembers her name.

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V. E. Schwab will be released on October 6, 2020.

Monday, March 16, 2020

'Bird Box' Sequel 'Malorie' By Josh Malerman Gets Redesigned Official Cover

Well, it's no surprise that after the success of the adapatation of Bird Box, starring Sandra Bullock, the source material will attract more attention and thereby gaining more readership. And if you are one of those people who thought reading the book will fill you in on the gaps the movie left us with, then you will simply cry after reading as it will just give you more unanswered questions.

Lucky for us a sequel is coming our way, but I won't hold my breath that all the questions will be answered, if not adding more questions to the lot. It is out in a few months and a new official cover has been release, reminiscent to the poster of the movie... This is actually a redesign as opposed to the simplistic painting version of the original one that was release a few months ago.

Check out the official cover of Malorie by Josh Malerman.

Malorie by Josh Malerman

Synopsis

In the thrilling sequel to Bird Box, the inspiration for the record-breaking Netflix film that starred Sandra Bullock and “absolutely riveted” Stephen King, New York Times bestselling author Josh Malerman brings unseen horrors to life.

The film adaptation of Malerman’s first novel, Bird Box, was watched by over forty-five million Netflix accounts in the first week, the best first seven days ever for a film on the platform. Countless more came to know the story through social media. The image of Sandra Bullock’s character, Malorie, blindfolded—as she’s led through a terrifying near-future apocalypse by the trained ears of her children—has become synonymous with a new generation of horror.

Now from the mind of a true master of suspense comes the next chapter in the riveting tale. This time, Malorie is front and center, and she will confront the dangers of her world head-on.

Malorie by Josh Malerman will be released on July 21, 2020.

Monday, February 24, 2020

'The Fowl Twins Deny All Charges' By Eoin Colfer Official Cover, Synopsis, And Release Date

One of the reasons why the stories by Eoin Colfer endures is because of his playfulness as a writer. As a young reader back then I never get the dull feeling when reading his books. The Artemis Fowl books were some of my all-time favorite reads that cultivated me to read more and more.

Now the author has moved on to his spin-off series after having completed the story arc of his original character. Focusing on the similarly genious and naughty twin siblings the new series called The Fowl Twins is now on its second offering and the official cover, synopsis and release date have just been revealed.

Check out the cover of The Fowl Twins Deny All Charges by Eoin Colfer.

The Fowl Twins Deny All Charges by Eoin Colfer

Synopsis

The second Fowl Twins adventure, a spinoff of the blockbuster Artemis Fowl series, starts with a bang--literally. Artemis's little brothers Myles and Beckett borrow the Fowl jet without permission, and it ends up as a fireball over Florida. The twins plus their fairy minder, the pixie-elf hybrid Lazuli Heitz, are lucky to escape with their lives. The Fowl parents and fairy police force decide that enough is enough and the twins are placed under house arrest. But Myles has questions like: Who was tracking the Fowl jet? Why would someone want to blow them out of the sky? What is the bigger picture? These questions must infuriate someone, because Myles is abducted and spirited away from his twin. Beckett and Lazuli must collaborate to find Myles and rescue him. Their chase will take them across continents, deep underground, and into subacquatic super villain lairs. They will be shot at, covered in spit, and be at the receiving end of some quite nasty dwarf sarcasm. Will Beckett be able to come up with a genius plan without a genius on hand?

The Fowl Twins Deny All Charges by Eoin Colfer will be released on October 20, 2020.