Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Cover Reveal News Round-Up, Including Books By J. R. R. Tolkien And Malka Older

Here are a few of the recent cover reveals, including new books by J. R. R. Tolkien and Malka Older.

The Fall of Numenor: And Other Tales from the Second Age of Middle-Earth by J. R. R. Tolkien, edited by Brian Sibley

The Fall of Numenor by J. R. R. Tolkien

Synopsis

J.R.R. Tolkien’s writings on the Second Age of Middle-earth, collected for the first time in one volume.

J.R.R. Tolkien famously described the Second Age of Middle-earth as a "dark age, and not very much of its history is (or need be) told." And for many years readers would need to be content with the tantalizing glimpses of it found within the pages of The Lord of the Rings and its appendices, including the forging of the Rings of Power, the building of the Barad-dûr and the rise of Sauron.

It was not until Christopher Tolkien published The Silmarillion after his father’s death that a fuller story could be told. Although much of the book’s content concerned the First Age of Middle-earth, there were at its close two key works that revealed the tumultuous events concerning the rise and fall of the island of Númenor. Raised out of the Great Sea and gifted to the Men of Middle-earth as a reward for aiding the angelic Valar and the Elves in the defeat and capture of the Dark Lord Morgoth, the kingdom became a seat of influence and wealth; but as the Númenóreans’ power increased, the seed of their downfall would inevitably be sown, culminating in the Last Alliance of Elves and Men.

Even greater insight into the Second Age would be revealed in subsequent publications, first in Unfinished Tales of Númenor and Middle-earth, then expanded upon in Christopher Tolkien’s magisterial twelve-volume The History of Middle-earth, in which he presented and discussed a wealth of further tales written by his father, many in draft form.

Now, adhering to the timeline of "The Tale of Years" in the appendices to The Lord of the Rings, editor Brian Sibley has assembled into one comprehensive volume a new chronicle of the Second Age of Middle-earth, told substantially in the words of J.R.R. Tolkien from the various published texts, with new illustrations in watercolor and pencil by the doyen of Tolkien art, Alan Lee.


The Fall of Numenor: And Other Tales from the Second Age of Middle-Earth by J. R. R. Tolkien will be released on October 4, 2022.

The Mimicking of Known Successes by Malka Older

The Mimicking of Known Successes by Malka Older

Synopsis

The Mimicking of Known Successes presents a cozy Holmesian murder mystery and sapphic romance, set on Jupiter, by Malka Older, author of the critically-acclaimed Centenal Cycle.

On a remote, gas-wreathed outpost of a human colony on Jupiter, a man goes missing. The enigmatic Investigator Mossa follows his trail to Valdegeld, home to the colony’s erudite university―and Mossa’s former girlfriend, a scholar of Earth’s pre-collapse ecosystems.

Pleiti has dedicated her research and her career to aiding the larger effort towards a possible return to Earth. When Mossa unexpectedly arrives and requests Pleiti’s assistance in her latest investigation, the two of them embark on a twisting path in which the future of life on Earth is at stake―and, perhaps, their futures, together.


The Mimicking of Known Successes by Malka Older will be released on March 7, 2023.

Sunday, June 5, 2022

Cover Reveal News Round-Up, Including Books By Maggie Stiefvater And Jeff Kinney

Here are a few of the recent cover reveals, including sequels by Maggie Stiefvater and Jeff Kinney.

Greywaren by Maggie Stiefvater

Greywaren by Maggie Stiefvater

Synopsis

The majestic conclusion to Maggie Stiefvater’s Dreamer Trilogy.

This is the story of the Lynch family.

Niall and Mór escaped their homeland for a new start, and lost themselves in what they found.

Declan has grown up as the responsible son, the responsible brother--only to find there is no way for him to keep his family safe.

Ronan has always lived on the edge between dreams and waking... but now that edge is gone, and he is falling.

Matthew has been the happy child, the brightest beam. But rebellion beckons, because it all feels like an illusion now.

This world was not made for such a family--a family with the power to make a world and break it. If they cannot save each other or themselves, we are all doomed.


Greywaren by Maggie Stiefvater will be released on October 18, 2022.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Diper Överlöde by Jeff Kinney

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Diper Överlöde by Jeff Kinney

Synopsis

In Diper Överlöde, book 17 of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series from #1 international bestselling author Jeff Kinney, Greg Heffley is finding out that the road to fame and glory comes with some hard knocks.

When he decides to tag along with his brother Rodrick’s band, Löded Diper, Greg doesn’t realize what he’s getting into. But he soon learns that late nights, unpaid gigs, fighting between band members, and money troubles are all part of the rock ’n’ roll lifestyle.

Can Greg help Löded Diper become the legends they think they are? Or will too much time with Rodrick’s band be a diper överlöde?


Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Diper Överlöde by Jeff Kinney will be released on October 25, 2022.