Today I’m delighted to be part of the blog tour for This Gulf of Time and Stars by Julie Czerneda! This soon-to-be released (November 3!) science fiction novel is the first book in the Reunification trilogy, which follows events in the Trade Pact trilogy. Although it technically ties into a larger series, it can be read by itself—I haven’t read either that trilogy or the prequel trilogy, Stratification, and I enjoyed reading This Gulf of Time and Stars. It completely succeeded in making me quite interested in both finding out what happens next in the rest of the Reunification books and what happened before in the previous six books!

After finishing the book, I asked the author a few questions about aliens, and in addition to the interview below, I have a copy of the hardcover and the audiobook to give away courtesy of DAW Books and Audible, respectively! You can read an excerpt from This Gulf of Time and Stars on the publisher’s website (click the “Look Inside” link below the cover image) and listen to a sample from the upcoming audiobook.

If you want to learn more about This Gulf of Time and Stars and discover more opportunities to win a copy, check out the Facebook page for the blog tour—and if you have any questions of your own for Julie Czerneda, she will be doing an AMA (Ask Me Anything) event at the Little Red Reviewer on Sunday, November 1!

This Gulf of Time and Stars by Julie Czerneda

Fantasy Cafe: I finished reading This Gulf of Time and Stars and now have a few questions for you. I enjoyed reading it and am SO curious about what happens next—I’m really looking forward to learning more about the Clan in the next book!

For this interview, I decided to focus on questions about aliens since they’re such a big part of This Gulf of Time and Stars.

You’ve discussed that the idea for the first book about the Clan, A Thousand Words for Stranger, began when you were studying minnows, but there are a variety of other aliens in this universe. What is your process for developing different aliens and how has your background in biology influenced the development of some of the other aliens in This Gulf of Time and Stars?

Julie Czerneda: Short answer? Function informs structure. It’s a theme throughout evolution. If flight matters, wings are your ticket, whether butterfly, bat, or bluebird. If swimming fast is an advantage, bodies become streamlined, such as sharks and orcas. So when I think of a new alien, intelligent or otherwise, I start with the function it will have in my story. Do I need an instant threat or an underappreciated janitor? Do I need a dash of whimsy, or something breath-taking?

Then the fun begins.

For example. For Thousand, I needed something dangerous for the lead pirate. I chose to go scaled for a couple of reasons. I happen to admire reptiles, but even I don’t consider a python cuddly. My other inspiration came from the Classic Star Trek episode “Arena,” where Kirk faces off with a reptilian Gorn. Loved the story and characters, but my biologist side did twitch. Reptiles might not move as often as we do, but deadly speed is definitely in their repertoire. As is spitting venom, long tongues, fangs, frilled head ornamentation and skin that pulses with colour, claws, an oft-carnivorous lifestyle…there you go. My pirate aliens, the Scat, came to life. Complete with a home planet they’d basically torn apart and a propensity to eat one another.

Real life is so wonderfully weird.

What else matters to me when I create aliens is to show a realistic diversity between individuals. I cheerfully introduced more Scat in the next books, different in age and sex, different in attitude and experience, but still true to their “nature.”

For Ties of Power I had a different function in mind. The Clan were raised from birth to be selfish individualists, with adult interactions dictated solely by personal Power. Altruism wasn’t a word they’d understand or value. If Sira was to grow in understanding—especially of Humans, but also of her own species’ potential–I needed a role model for her: a culture she’d have to learn without her Clan abilities. The eyeless Drapsk, with their olfaction-based communication and obligate tribes were perfect. Their antennae are based on those of moths and much of their behaviour is drawn from social insects, although I’ll admit their tendency to curl into balls (eopari) under stress is more hamster. Putting Sira among the Drapsk worked better than I could have hoped. Bonus? They were fun to write, if challenging. The number of times I caught myself using “see” or “eyed” or “looked?” in the first draft? One of those mistakes made it to print in the first edition paperback. If you have one, check out page 186, first paragraph, last sentence. It’s been deleted in subsequent printings, thank goodness! (Though if it’s snuck back into the ebook, I’m not sure I want to know.)

Arguably my most famous aliens in the Clan Chronicles—until Gulf—are the Carasians. I’ll be talking more about Huido in another guest blog, but I’d be remiss not to describe his origin. I needed a not-Human best friend for Morgan (who is Human). I wanted someone who’d say all the wrong things, for the right reasons. And, well, I was ever-so-slightly miffed by a biology TA who’d thought to use the old “SF is for those who think giant bugs are plausible” line on me. Carasian eyes, by the way, are not my invention. They belong to scallops.

In Gulf, readers will meet a species I introduced in Rift in the Sky, the Assemblers. Their function? Chaos. More on them in another post.

FC: Which of you aliens would you be least surprised to discover exist in our universe and why?

JC: When I create aliens, even the wildest ones, I make a sincere effort to ground them in reality as much as possible. For that reason, I’d not be surprised to find any of them traipsing around. After all, we are still discovering life on this planet we hadn’t thought could exist, let alone the oddities of the past. The semi-immortal beings of energy, mass, and memory that inhabit my Webshifter novels are arguably my least likely. After all, I have them grazing, so to speak, in vacuum. Imagine my delight as the more we learn about space, the less empty it actually is!

I am certain, whatever we discover, it will be as deliciously varied and weird as life here.

FC: What is the first science fiction book about aliens that made you want to read (or write!) more books about this subject? What was it about these aliens that made them compelling?

JC: Andre Norton’s Star Rangers, later reissued as The Last Planet. It was my first science fiction read and what a wonderful one. In it, I not only encountered alien worlds and those who travelled between them, but a society with multiple intelligences, whose differences arose from their biology and culture. It made such sense to me then, and now. I remain smitten with her Zacathans, those charming reptilian scholars, and my Trade Pact Tolians are a homage to her feathered Trystians.

Heinlein’s Star Beast is another I remember fondly, especially the part about who really is the pet. Perception is one of my favourite playgrounds. The world-supporting turtle of Sir Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series is another love and I’ve a nod to the Great A’Tuin in a novel of mine. Authors can do that.

What these stories and others share is an awareness that we are living things, and living things do not exist in isolation. It is our interactions that make us whole, interesting, and wonderfully weird.

Did I mention this winter I’m hard at work on new aliens and worlds? I really do love my life.

Clan Chronicles Series

About the Series:
The Clan Chronicles is set in a far future with interstellar travel where the Trade Pact encourages peaceful commerce among a multitude of alien and Human worlds. The alien Clan, humanoid in appearance, have been living in secrecy and wealth on Human worlds, relying on their innate ability to move through the M’hir and bypass normal space. The Clan bred to increase that power, only to learn its terrible price: females who can’t help but kill prospective mates. Sira di Sarc is the first female of her kind facing that reality. With the help of a Human starship captain, Jason Morgan, Sira must find a morally acceptable solution before it’s too late. But with the Clan exposed, her time is running out. The Stratification trilogy follows Sira’s ancestor, Aryl Sarc, and shows how their power first came to be as well as how the Clan came to live in the Trade Pact. The Trade Pact trilogy is the story of Sira and Morgan, and the trouble facing the Clan. Reunification will conclude the series and answer, at last, #whoaretheclan.


Julie Czerneda

About the Author:
Since 1997, Canadian author/editor Julie E. Czerneda has shared her love and curiosity about living things through her science fiction, writing about shapechanging semi-immortals, terraformed worlds, salmon researchers, and the perils of power. Her fourteenth novel from DAW Books was her debut fantasy, A Turn of Light, winner of the 2014 Aurora Award for Best English Novel, and now Book One of her Night`s Edge series. Her most recent publications: a special omnibus edition of her acclaimed near-future SF Species Imperative, as well as Book Two of Night`s Edge, A Play of Shadow, a finalist for this year’s Aurora.

Julie’s presently back in science fiction, writing the finale to her Clan Chronicles series. Book #1 of Reunification, This Gulf of Time and Stars, will be released by DAW November 2015. For more about her work, visit www.czerneda.com or visit her on Facebook, Twitter, or Goodreads.

Cover Credit: Matt Stawicki
Author Photo Credit: Roger Czerneda Photography

Courtesy of DAW Books and Audible respectively, I have both one hardcover copy and one audiobook of This Gulf of Time and Stars to give away!

Giveaway Rules: To be entered in the giveaway, fill out the form below OR send an email to kristen AT fantasybookcafe DOT com with the subject “Gulf Giveaway.” Please indicate whether you want to enter to win the hardcover, audiobook, or either format. One entry per household and two winners will be randomly selected. Individual entrants can only win one prize; one person cannot win both the hardcover and the audiobook. Those from the United States or Canada are eligible to win this giveaway. The giveaway will be open until the end of the day on Saturday, November 7. Each winner has 24 hours to respond once contacted via email, and if I don’t hear from them by then a new winner will be chosen (who will also have 24 hours to respond until someone gets back to me with a place to send the book).

Please note email addresses will only be used for the purpose of contacting the winners. Once the giveaway is over all the emails will be deleted.

Good luck!

Update: Now that the giveaway is over, the form has been removed.

Today I’m giving away a copy of Planetfall by Emma Newman! This standalone science fiction novel will be released on November 3, and I’ve seen some fantastic advance praise for it on Goodreads and Twitter. Those in the United States are eligible to enter this giveaway, and more details are below.

Planetfall by Emma Newman

ABOUT PLANETFALL (read an excerpt):

From Emma Newman, the award-nominated author of Between Two Thorns, comes a novel of how one secret withheld to protect humanity’s future might be its undoing…

Renata Ghali believed in Lee Suh-Mi’s vision of a world far beyond Earth, calling to humanity. A planet promising to reveal the truth about our place in the cosmos, untainted by overpopulation, pollution, and war. Ren believed in that vision enough to give up everything to follow Suh-Mi into the unknown.

More than twenty-two years have passed since Ren and the rest of the faithful braved the starry abyss and established a colony at the base of an enigmatic alien structure where Suh-Mi has since resided, alone. All that time, Ren has worked hard as the colony’s 3-D printer engineer, creating the tools necessary for human survival in an alien environment, and harboring a devastating secret.

Ren continues to perpetuate the lie forming the foundation of the colony for the good of her fellow colonists, despite the personal cost. Then a stranger appears, far too young to have been part of the first planetfall, a man who bears a remarkable resemblance to Suh-Mi.

The truth Ren has concealed since planetfall can no longer be hidden. And its revelation might tear the colony apart…

Courtesy of Penguin Random House, I have one copy of Planetfall to give away to a resident of the US!

Giveaway Rules: To be entered in the giveaway, fill out the form below OR send an email to kristen AT fantasybookcafe DOT com with the subject “Planetfall Giveaway.” One entry per household and one winner will be randomly selected. Those from the United States are eligible to win this giveaway. The giveaway will be open until the end of the day on Friday, November 6. The winner has 24 hours to respond once contacted via email, and if I don’t hear from them by then a new winner will be chosen (who will also have 24 hours to respond until someone gets back to me with a place to send the book).

Please note email addresses will only be used for the purpose of contacting the winner. Once the giveaway is over all the emails will be deleted.

Good luck!

Update: The form has been removed now that the giveaway is closed.

The Leaning Pile of Books is a feature where I talk about books I got over the last week – old or new, bought or received for review consideration (usually unsolicited). Since I hope you will find new books you’re interested in reading in these posts, I try to be as informative as possible. If I can find them, links to excerpts, author’s websites, and places where you can find more information on the book are included.

Last week brought an out-of-the-ordinary book, but first:

  • In case you missed it, I posted a review of In Midnight’s Silence by T. Frohock last week. I enjoyed it and thought it was an intriguing beginning to the Los Nefilim series.
  • This week there will be giveaways, an interview with Julie Czerneda as part of the This Gulf of Time and Stars blog tour, and possibly more!
  • Sci-Fi Month is coming! For the last couple of years, Rinn of Rinn Reads has hosted this November event, and she’s hosting it again this year along with Lisa of Over the Effing Rainbow. Anyone can participate and you can plan your own schedule. It’s a really fun event, and I’m planning to at least read and review a couple of science fiction books (including This Gulf of Time and Stars, which I’ve already read) in November as part of it!

The Official Game of Thrones Coloring Book

The Official Game of Thrones Coloring Book

The Official Game of Thrones Coloring Book will be released on October 27. Entertainment Weekly has a sneak peek of both this and The Official Outlander Coloring Book, and a few pages from it can also be seen on the publisher’s website (click “Look Inside” below the cover image). Each illustration is accompanied by a quote from the book.

 

The perfect gift for fans of George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire and HBO’s Game of Thrones, this one-of-a-kind coloring book features forty-five exclusive illustrations!

ALL MEN MUST DRAW

In a world where weddings are red, fire is green, and debts are paid in gold, countless images leap off the page thanks to the eye-popping intricacy of the vivid settings and details. Now, for the first time, fans of this blockbuster saga can fill in the blanks and marvel as this meticulously imagined universe comes to life, one sword, sigil, and castle at a time. With dozens of stunning original black-and-white illustrations from world-renowned illustrators Yvonne Gilbert, John Howe, Tomislav Tomić, Adam Stower, and Levi Pinfold, this unique collector’s item expands the reach of an international phenomenon with flying colors.

Other Books:

 

In Midnight’s Silence is the first book in the series of Los Nefilim novellas by T. Frohock. The second book in the series, Without Light or Guide, is scheduled for release on November 3 with the third, The Second Death, planned for March 2016. These are only available in ebook, and although I very much prefer print and rarely read books unavailable in that format, I made an exception for this one since I loved the author’s debut novel, the dark and unique fantasy Miserere: An Autumn Tale. While I preferred Miserere to this novella, I did think it was an intriguing beginning to a series and am eager to read more in the next book.

Diago, the only Nefil with the magic of both angels and daimons, has not sworn allegiance to either side even though both wish for him to serve them. His partner, Miquel, is on the side of angels and belongs to Los Nefilim, an organization that keeps an eye on demonic activity for them. When they order Miquel to move to Barcelona, Diago follows and while he’s not happy there, he thinks he made the right choice—life without Miquel would be even worse.

In October 1931, Diago continues to eke out a living as a music instructor in Barcelona. After a particularly trying piano lesson with a vicious little boy whose flirtatious stepmother seems determined to make trouble for Diago with the boy’s equally ill-tempered father, Diago cannot wait to go home and hopes to catch Miquel before he leaves for a performance later that night. On his way to their apartment, Diago is given a package left for him by some visitors. This “belated birthday present” left by some family he’s never met seems rather suspicious, and he’s even more perturbed to discover that Miquel seems to have left unexpectedly: his hat, coat, guitar, and clothes for that evening’s show are all still there. Diago opens his so-called gift to find a box and a card with an unfamiliar name on it—and inside the box he finds Miquel’s ring and blood. The letters on the card form the message, “He needs you. Come alone or not at all.”

Diago follows the clues to Miquel’s captor and finds an angel, who has Miquel, a six-year-old boy he claims is Diago’s son, and a terrible demand for Diago—sacrifice the child to the daimon Moloch or watch Miquel die.

In Midnight’s Silence is dark without being overly grim and depressing, and like Miserere, it stands out as being different despite having a mythology based on angels and demons, largely because the angels and daimons do not clearly correspond to good and evil. Diago is very compelling, and though most of the focus in this fairly short book remained on him some of the characters who showed up closer to the end are compelling as well. It’s a quick, enjoyable read that seems to be setting the foundation for the rest of the series but also tells a complete story without major cliffhangers.

Magic is rooted in music, and In Midnight’s Silence offers an intriguing glimpse into the world of angels and daimons. As is usually the case, the angels and daimons are enemies; however, while the daimon Moloch at least is suitably fiendish, the angels encountered look the part but certainly do not act the part. Unlike Moloch, the angel who took Miquel captive does not seem to delight in suffering—he believes the ends justifies the means when he can trade a single boy for an item that will save many lives—but he still threatens to kill a man if another man won’t sacrifice an innocent child.

The main protagonist, Diago, is imperfect and complex. He’s made some rather grievous errors in the past but now seems to strive to do what is right, though he doesn’t always succeed. He’s proud and stubborn but also courageous, caring, and loyal, and the latter can cause him to do what he knows to be wrong when someone he loves is in danger—though there are also certain lines he won’t cross. In past book reviews, I’ve discussed how it bothers me when characters are faced with tough choices that are then either removed or neatly resolved with very few consequences; this book is the antithesis of that. In Midnight’s Silence is very much about Diago’s choices and how he handles situations with only bad options, and there are results that will haunt him regardless of whether they’re actually his fault or not.

Although I rather liked this novella as a whole, I did find some earlier parts a bit slow, especially Diago’s search for Miquel. As a fairly short book, this didn’t last long, but I did enjoy later parts of the story much more, especially once more of the members of Los Nefilim were introduced.

That aside, In Midnight’s Silence is an intriguing first installment in a series that completely succeeded in making me want to read more about the world and characters. It appears there are more layers to both, and I’m definitely curious about finding out what’s next for Diago in Without Light or Guide!

My Rating: 7/10

Where I got my reading copy: From the author.

Read Chapter One

Other Reviews of In Midnight’s Silence:

The Leaning Pile of Books is a feature where I talk about books I got over the last week – old or new, bought or received for review consideration (usually unsolicited). Since I hope you will find new books you’re interested in reading in these posts, I try to be as informative as possible. If I can find them, links to excerpts, author’s websites, and places where you can find more information on the book are included.

This past week brought some pretty interesting books, but first:

Now, the books!

The Labyrinth of Flame by Courtney Schafer

The Labyrinth of Flame (Shattered Sigil #3) by Courtney Schafer

I received this ebook since I was a Kickstarter backer, but if you missed the Kickstarter, don’t despair—The Labyrinth of Flame is scheduled for release in both ebook and print formats on December 1! In the meantime, you can also read chapter one, chapter two, and chapter three on the author’s website.

The previous books in the trilogy are as follows:

  1. The Whitefire Crossing (first six chapters)
  2. The Tainted City (chapter one | chapter two)

I LOVED The Tainted City so I’m quite excited about this one, although I’ll probably wait for a print copy to read it.

 

Dev’s never been a man afraid of a challenge. Not only has he kept his vow to his dead mentor, rescuing a child in the face of impossible odds, but he’s freed his mage friend Kiran from both the sadistic master who seeks to enslave him and the foreign Council that wants to kill him.

But Kiran’s master Ruslan is planning a brutal revenge, one that will raze an entire country to blood and ashes. Kiran is the key to stopping Ruslan; yet Kiran is dying by inches, victim of the Alathian Council’s attempt to chain him. Worse yet, Dev and Kiran have drawn the attention of demons from the darkest of ancient legends. Demons whose power Dev knows is all too real, and that he has every reason to fear.

A fear that grows, as he and Kiran struggle to outmaneuver Ruslan and uncover the secrets locked in Kiran’s forgotten childhood. For the demons are playing their own deadly game – and the price of survival may be too terrible to bear.

Ash & Bramble by Sarah Prineas

Ash & Bramble by Sarah Prineas

This Cinderella retelling was released last month (hardcover, ebook). Epic Reads has the first 95 pages of Ash & Bramble.

 

The tale of Cinderella has been retold countless times. But what you know is not the true story. Sarah Prineas’s bold fairy-tale retelling is a dark and captivating world where swords are more fitting than slippers, young shoemakers are just as striking as princes, and a heroine is more than ready to rescue herself before the clock strikes midnight.

Pin has no recollection of who she is or how she got to the Godmother’s fortress. She only knows that she is a Seamstress, working day in and out to make ball gowns fit for fairy tales. But she longs to forsake her backbreaking servitude and dares to escape with the brave young Shoemaker.

Pin isn’t free for long before she’s captured again and forced to live the new life the Godmother chooses for her—a fairy-tale story, complete with a charming prince—instead of finding her own happily ever after.

When the glass slipper just doesn’t fit . . .

Krampus: The Yule Lord by Brom

Krampus: The Yule Lord by Brom

The paperback edition of Krampus will be released on October 27. An excerpt can be read on Tor.com.

I remember hearing good things about this when it was first released in hardcover!

 

Acclaimed author and artist Brom raised eyebrows and pulse rates with The Child Thief, his grim, brilliantly audacious, gorgeously illustrated reimagining of the Peter Pan legend. So what does this innovative fantasist do for an encore? He tinkers darkly with the beloved mythology of Santa Claus. Set in Appalachia, Krampus the Yule Lord is a twisted fairytale about a failed West Virginia songwriter who gets ensnared on Christmas Eve in an eternal war between a not-so-saintly Saint Nick and his dark enemy Krampus, aka Black Peter, an ancient trickster demon. Krampus the Yule Lord is Gregory Maguire (Wicked) meets Susanna Clarke (Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell) in the realm of Guillermo Del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth, as Clive Barker (Mr. B. Gone) works his dark sorcery from the shadows. Once again featuring Brom’s chillingly beautiful artwork throughout, Krampus the Yule Lord is a feast of wonder straight from the kitchen of Sweeney Todd.

The King's Justice by Stephen Donaldson

The King’s Justice: Two Novellas by Stephen Donaldson

This book, containing the novellas “The King’s Justice” and “The Augur’s Gambit,” was released last week (hardcover, ebook, audiobook). Tor.com has an excerpt from the first of these.

 

Two new, original novellas—Donaldson’s first publication since finishing the Thomas Covenant series—are a sure cause for celebration among his many fans.

In The King’s Justice, a stranger dressed in black arrives in the village of Settle’s Crossways, following the scent of a terrible crime. He even calls himself “Black,” though almost certainly that is not his name. The people of the village discover that they have a surprising urge to cooperate with this stranger, though the desire of inhabitants of quiet villages to cooperate with strangers is not common in their land, or most lands. But this gift will not save him as he discovers the nature of the evil concealed in Settle’s Crossways.

The “Augur’s Gambit” is a daring plan created by Mayhew Gordian, Hieronomer to the Queen of Indemnie, a plan to save his Queen and his country. Gordian is a reader of entrails. In the bodies of chickens, lambs, piglets, and one stillborn infant he sees the same message: the island nation of Indemnie is doomed. But even in the face of certain destruction a man may fight, and the Hieronomer is utterly loyal to his beautiful Queen–and to her only daughter. The “Augur’s Gambit” is his mad attempt to save a kingdom.

Other Books:

Today I’m giving away An Apprentice to Elves by Elizabeth Bear and Sarah Monette! The third Iskryne book, which follows A Companion to Wolves and The Tempering of Men, was just released yesterday. I enjoyed the first two books in this series, especially A Companion to Wolves, and both authors have written some of my favorite fantasy books: Sarah Monette’s Doctrine of Labyrinths series and The Goblin Emperor (as Katherine Addison) and Elizabeth Bear’s Edda of Burdens trilogy, Range of Ghosts, and Shattered Pillars. Those in North America are eligible to enter this giveaway for a hardcover copy of An Apprentice to Elves, and more details are below!

An Apprentice to Elves by Elizabeth Bear and Sarah Monette

ABOUT AN APPRENTICE TO ELVES (read an excerpt):

Sarah Monette and Elizabeth Bear return with the third book in their Iskryne trilogy, AN APPRENTICE TO ELVES (A Tor Hardcover, $26.99, On-Sale: October 13, 2015). The third collaboration between renowned fantasy writers Bear and Monette, the trilogy began with A Companion to Wolves, and continued in The Tempering of Men. Separately, Bear and Monette have been nominated for and won the Nebula, Hugo, World Fantasy, and Locus awards – among others. Together, they have created the world of the Iskryne, a warrior culture with telephathic wolf companions.

AN APPRENTICE TO ELVES picks up the story of Alfgyfa, a young woman who has been raised in the Wolfhall by her father, Isolfr. The warrior culture of Iskryne forbids many things to women-and most especially it forbids them bonding to one of the giant telepathic trellwolves. But as her father was no ordinary boy, Alfgyfa is no ordinary girl. Her father has long planned to send his daughter to Tin, a matriarch among the elves who live nearby, to be both apprentice and ambassador, and now she is of age to go.

Publishers Weekly declares that Bear and Monette “have boldly created a fascinating world that begs further exploration” and RT Book Reviews points out that “Monette and Bear each excel at creating unique worlds… It’s no surprise that this joint effort combines their strengths into something extraordinary.” The third book from this stellar team is the perfect place to dive into their fascinating world.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS:

SARAH MONETTE is the acclaimed author of Mélusine and The Virtu as well as award-nominated short fiction. Her most recent fantasy novel – written under the pseudonym Katherine Addison – The Goblin Emperor, won the Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel and was nominated for the Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy awards. You can visit her online at http://www.sarahmonette.com/.

ELIZABETH BEAR was the recipient of the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. She has won two Hugo Awards for her short fiction, a Sturgeon Award, and the Locus Award for Best First Novel. You can visit her online at http://www.elizabethbear.com/.

Together, they are the authors of A Companion to Wolves, The Tempering of Men, and An Apprentice to Elves.

Courtesy of Tor Books, I have one hardcover copy of An Apprentice to Elves to give away! This giveaway is open to residents of North America only.

Giveaway Rules: To be entered in the giveaway, fill out the form below OR send an email to kristen AT fantasybookcafe DOT com with the subject “Apprentice Giveaway.” One entry per household and one winner will be randomly selected. Those from North America are eligible to win this giveaway. The giveaway will be open until the end of the day on Friday, October 23. The winner has 24 hours to respond once contacted via email, and if I don’t hear from them by then a new winner will be chosen (who will also have 24 hours to respond until someone gets back to me with a place to send the book).

Please note email addresses will only be used for the purpose of contacting the winner. Once the giveaway is over all the emails will be deleted.

Good luck!

Update: Now that the giveaway is over, the form has been removed.