For reviews, I’m working on a review of The Queen of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner, which will be followed by Magic Burns by Ilona Andrews and Servant of a Dark God by John Brown. I’m taking a break from reading Feed by Mira Grant to read Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder because I have read very few of the authors who are going to be at Book Expo America. So I picked a book by one of the authors who was going to be there that I had unread on my shelf (and that looked like something I could have read by the time I go).
This week I received one review copy and bought one book. Both of these are books I am very much looking forward to reading.
Stealing Fire by Jo Graham
Jo Graham writes historical fantasy, and I really enjoyed her retelling of The Aeneid entitled Black Ships (review). So I am very much looking forward to reading this book, which is told from the perspective of a soldier of Alexander the Great after Alexander’s death, and I probably “squeed” a bit when I found it in my mailbox. Stealing Fire is due for release on May 25, although it appears to be available on Amazon now.
Alexander the Great’s soldier, Lydias of Miletus, has survived the final campaigns of the king’s life. He now has to deal with the chaos surrounding his death. Lydias throws his lot in with Ptolemy, one of Alexander’s generals who has grabbed Egypt as his personal territory. Aided by the eunuch Bagoas, the Persian archer Artashir, and the Athenian courtesan Thais, Ptolemy and Lydias must take on all the contenders in a desperate adventure whose prize is the fate of a white city by the sea, and Alexander’s legacy.
The King of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner
After reading The Queen of Attolia, my new favorite book read so far this year, I knew I had to get a copy of the next book. This book is longer and it includes a short story! I was actually very happy that it was longer because I just loved The Queen of Attolia so much that I wanted it to never end.
As a side note, right now the first book in this series, The Thief, can be read for free online.
I’m leaving out the blurb because there are spoilers for earlier books and this is a series that you do NOT want spoiled. I’m struggling with my review of the second book for just that reason… There’s so much I want to say but I’m trying to decide how much is too much information.