This was a very good week for new books as I’m very interested in all the books that showed up and one is a definite must read since I already read the first book and loved it.
The Black Prism by Brent Weeks
The Black Prism is the first book in the Lightbringer series and will be released in hardcover on August 25. The first three chapters can be read online and there is also going to be a book tour that covers some of the western US as well as Texas and Florida.
I liked the first book in the Night Angel trilogy by Weeks (although not quite enough to read the next two immediately as I haven’t even gotten them to add to the giant to-read pile yet). This one sounds very compelling – the description has me pretty intrigued since just the first paragraph makes me ask so many questions that I would like to know the answers to:
Gavin Guile is the Prism, the most powerful man in the world. He is high priest and emperor, a man whose power, wit, and charm are all that preserves a tenuous peace. But Prisms never last, and Guile knows exactly how long he has left to live: Five years to achieve five impossible goals.
But when Guile discovers he has a son, born in a far kingdom after the war that put him in power, he must decide how much he’s willing to pay to protect a secret that could tear his world apart.
Lord of the White Hell: Book Two by Ginn Hale
Lord of the White Hell: Book One will be released later this month on August 15, and this second half of the story will be published one month later on September 15. I read book one a couple of weeks ago and loved it (enough that I want to buy the final version since I have the ARC) so I really cannot wait to read the rest of it. The review for part one is in progress now so I can put it up right around the release date.
Kiram fought his family and Cadeleonian bigots to remain in the Sagrada Academy to prove himself as a mechanist and to dispel the deadly shadow curse that threatens to destroy his upperclassman, Javier Tornesal. But when his efforts provoke retaliation, Kiram’s family and home are endangered. Both Kiram and Javier risk everything in a desperate gambit to combat the curse. But they never imagined their battle with come so soon, or that it would be lead by the one person they trust most of all.
Travel Light by Naomi Mitchison
This is a rarity for a review copy – it is is not a book that just came out or is coming out soon. It was originally published in 1952 and this particular edition is 5 years old. It sounds like a delightful fairy tale and sometime when I’m closer to caught up on reviews I’ll have to read it (it shouldn’t take that long to read – it’s fairly short). Oh yes, and the endorsement on the book by Ursula K. Le Guin doesn’t hurt, either.
A young woman is transformed by a magical journey from the dark ages to modern times, from brooding medieval forests to bustling Constantinople. Halla is turned out of her father’s castle by her new stepmother. Her nurse transforms herself into a bear to look after Halla. This is just the first of the wondrous and natural changes in Naomi Mitchison’s magical 1952 novel. Travel Light will appeal to fans of the Harry Potter series and Phillip Pullman’s His Dark Materials series, as well as to readers of Ursula K. Leguin and T.H. White.