Instead of writing one huge post of all the books I’m looking forward to in 2012, I decided to highlight some of these books in their own posts throughout the rest of this year. That way I can include as much information as I want about each one without it being an 8-mile long post and can just compile a list of links to these posts at the end of the year.

Songs of the Earth by Elspeth Cooper

Songs of the Earth is the first book in the Wild Hunt trilogy by Elspeth Cooper (and is her debut novel). I actually found this on a best of 2011 list and wondered why I hadn’t heard of it before because it sounded really good. After looking into it, I found it was released in the UK in 2011 but it will not be released in the US until February 2012.

The next two books in the series currently have the titles Trinity Moon and The Dragon House. I don’t see any news of when Trinity Moon will be released in either country on the author’s site, but according to Amazon UK it will be available there in June 2012.

There are a couple of excerpts from Songs of the Earth available on the author’s site:

A description for each book in the trilogy can be found on the author’s site as well.

About Songs of the Earth:

The Book of Eador, Abjurations 12:14, is very clear: Suffer ye not the life of a witch. For a thousand years, the Church Knights have obeyed that commandment, sending to the stake anyone who can hear the songs of the earth. There are no exceptions, not even for one of their own.

Novice Knight Gair can hear music no one else can, beautiful, terrible music: music with power. In the Holy City, that can mean only one thing: death by fire—until an unlikely intervention gives him a chance to flee the city and escape the flames.

With the Church Knights and their witchfinder hot on his heels, Gair hasn’t time to learn how to use the power growing inside him, but if he doesn’t master it, that power will tear him apart. His only hope is the secretive Guardians of the Veil, though centuries of persecution have almost destroyed their Order, and the few Guardians left have troubles of their own.

For the Veil between worlds is weakening, and behind it, the Hidden Kingdom, ever-hungry for dominion over the daylight realm, is stirring. Though he is far from ready, Gair will find himself fighting for his own life, for everyone within the Order of the Veil, and for the woman he has come to love.

Other Books of 2012: