Sorry that it’s been quiet this week. I’ve been working on a project for next month that took up most of my spare time this past week, but more about that will come later!

This week I have two books that came in to tell you about. Actually, I’ve already talked about one of them before because it was one of my most anticipated books of 2012, so I’ll just point you to the post on Range of Ghosts by Elizabeth Bear for more information on that one. The finished hardcover copy showed up this week, and it is a gorgeous book. It will be released on March 27 and since I wrote the post I just referred you to an excerpt from Range of Ghosts has gone up at I’m reading this after I finish This Is Not a Game.

I haven’t talked about the other book here before, though, so here it is.

The Winds of Khalakovo by Bradley P. BeaulieuThe Winds of Khalakovo by Bradley P. Beaulieu

I got this book because it is on my wishlist and I saw the Kindle version was free. This was yesterday and it is still free today so if you have a Kindle you may want to take a look at it. If you don’t, you can still download the first 15 chapters of The Winds of Khalakovo and read them to see if it’s something you’d like.

This is a debut novel and the first book in The Lays of Anuskaya trilogy. The second book, The Straits of Galahesh, will be released on April 3rd. The first fifteen chapters of The Straits of Galahesh are also available to read for free.

Among inhospitable and unforgiving seas stands Khalakovo, a mountainous archipelago of seven islands, its prominent eyrie stretching a thousand feet into the sky. Serviced by windships bearing goods and dignitaries, Khalakovo’s eyrie stands at the crossroads of world trade. But all is not well in Khalakovo. Conflict has erupted between the ruling Landed, the indigenous Aramahn, and the fanatical Maharraht, and a wasting disease has grown rampant over the past decade. Now, Khalakovo is to play host to the Nine Dukes, a meeting which will weigh heavily upon Khalakovo’s future.When an elemental spirit attacks an incoming windship, murdering the Grand Duke and his retinue, Prince Nikandr, heir to the scepter of Khalakovo, is tasked with finding the child prodigy believed to be behind the summoning. However, Nikandr discovers that the boy is an autistic savant who may hold the key to lifting the blight that has been sweeping the islands. Can the Dukes, thirsty for revenge, be held at bay? Can Khalakovo be saved? The elusive answer drifts upon the Winds of Khalakovo…