It is that most horrible of times: Monday!
The day I have to put my big boy suit on and jump back on the corporate escalator to nowhere.
Last week, real life derailed my attempts to finish up a couple of D.P Prior fantasy series, so this week my new reading list will be rather short — since I still have to finish last weeks books. So without any further explanation, here is the book and novella I will be reading this week.
PROTEGEE (EXILES OF ARCARDIA) by JAMES GAWLEY
I read the first novella in this series a couple weeks ago and was surprised how much I enjoyed it. Some reviewers have described the writing style as a “blend of Gemmell and Bernard Cornwell” but having never read Cornwell I can’t attest to it. What I can attest to is that it was I intend to continue following the series.
Lilith is the daughter of the provincial governor. Despite convention, she has attended her father’s meetings, met with his clients, and advised him in his affairs. But corruption, intrigue, and graft are the least of their problems when barbarians from the north begin to invade. With the enemy at the gates, Lilith’s father disappears, leaving her alone in the governor’s chair. Faced with few allies and crumbling support, Lilith must sieze control of a government that does not recognize her authority, subdue her own personal demons, and rally her province against imminent destruction.
Enemies wound. Family Kills.
ABOUT THE SERIES:
‘Exiles of Arcadia’ is Rome re-imagined. Blending elements of history and fantasy, the series overall depicts the civil wars that ultimately destroyed the Republic. Each short novel examines the personal life of an important figure in the conflict, creating an intimate character portrait while building the overall story. Each ‘Exiles’ novel can be read independently of the others.
On the eve of a recurring catastrophic event known to extinguish nations and reshape continents, a troubled orphan evades death and slavery to uncover her own bloody past… while a world goes to war with itself.
In the frozen kingdom of Saiduan, invaders from another realm are decimating whole cities, leaving behind nothing but ash and ruin.
As the dark star of the cataclysm rises, an illegitimate ruler is tasked with holding together a country fractured by civil war, a precocious young fighter is asked to betray his family and a half-Dhai general must choose between the eradication of her father’s people or loyalty to her alien Empress.
Through tense alliances and devastating betrayal, the Dhai and their allies attempt to hold against a seemingly unstoppable force as enemy nations prepare for a coming together of worlds as old as the universe itself.
In the end, one world will rise – and many will perish.
So what will you be reading this week?