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.