Stacking the Shelves over at Tynga’s Reviews is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, whether it be physically or virtually. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!
The first novel is one I missed out on when it was published but was quick to pick up when I found it on sale at Amazon.
The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu
Genre: Fantasy — Epic
Series: The Dandelion Dynasty #1
Publisher: Simon & Schuster (April 7, 2015)
Length: 320 pages
“Two men rebel together against tyranny—and then become rivals—in this first sweeping book of an epic fantasy series from Ken Liu, recipient of Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy awards.
Wily, charming Kuni Garu, a bandit, and stern, fearless Mata Zyndu, the son of a deposed duke, seem like polar opposites. Yet, in the uprising against the emperor, the two quickly become the best of friends after a series of adventures fighting against vast conscripted armies, silk-draped airships, and shapeshifting gods. Once the emperor has been overthrown, however, they each find themselves the leader of separate factions—two sides with very different ideas about how the world should be run and the meaning of justice.
Fans of intrigue, intimate plots, and action will find a new series to embrace in the Dandelion Dynasty.”
The other new arrival is by an new author whose book I couldn’t turn down when it was offered.
Genre: Fantasy — Grimdark
Series: Iron Nails #1
Publisher: Warrior’s Oath Publishing (August 27, 2015 )
Length: 396 pages
“Heroes are not born, but forged.
A lone warrior takes up the cause of a hunted boy. A desperate nation seeks to bolster its fragile army. A malevolent god feasts on the nightmares of men and seeks to bring ruin to all.
The wanderer, Rayle stands against the preternatural forces lurking on the edges of civilization and sanity. In the bleak lands of the Wrack, he rescues Bray from brutal men. Swearing to help the boy seek vengeance for the death of his brothers, Rayle finds himself locked in savage contest that tests both his strength of arms and will.
The Younger Union, losing its long war against a tyrannical enemy is moved to enforce ancient contracts. Tensions build as an idyllic farming community becomes the stage upon which the future of the north will be decided.
When events collide, and a monstrous power threatens to drown their world in blood, Rayle and his unlikely allies must fight to stop the tides of carnage. To win they must first survive, and to survive they must overcome their fears, doubts, and regrets.
They must unite and set aside differences, and in doing so they may stand against the madness of The Sane King.”
Wow. Everything about The Sane King says EPIC to me. I’ll be interested to hear how it was if you review it.
Will be interested to hear what you think of GoK. It didn’t read like the usual epic fantasy at all, but I really enjoyed it.
The Grace of Kings was fantastic – had definite vibes of Guy Gavriel Kay, which sucked me right in.
Looks like a good week to me! 🙂