This week brought three review copies. I was terribly tempted to go pick up The King of Attolia, but since I'd already started reading Magic Burns by the time I was able to go to the store for it, I decided to wait. After that, I'm probably going to stick to some longer books in order to get caught up on reviews and The King of Attolia isn't all that long.
The Last Page by Anthony Huso
This is a debut novel. The author contacted me about reading it and when I heard it was dark fantasy tinged with steampunk, how could I resist? It's the one that sounds the most interesting to me from the books received this week, and I just love receiving personalized galleys signed by the author. I'm looking forward to this one. It will be released in hardcover on August 17.
The Ambassador's Mission by Trudi Canavan
This is the first book in the Traitor Spy trilogy, which is set in the same world as the Black Magician trilogy. It takes place a generation after the previous series. I've never read anything by Trudi Canavan, but it sounds like it could be interesting. This book will be available in hardcover on May 18.
Sonea, once the despised commoner in the Magicians’ Guild, is now a Black Magician of Kyralia. Though she is now part of the establishment, she comes to find that the past is not so easily left behind…
Lorkin, Sonea’s rebellious son, has volunteered to join the formidable Lord Dannyl in his new post as Guild Ambassador to Sachaka – a land ruled by cruel, slave-owning black magicians. There is suspicion that some of the Sachakans still harbor dreams of conquest, so when word comes that Lorkin has gone missing, Sonea is desperate to find him. However, Guild law states that if a Black Magician leaves the city he or she will be exiled forever.
As she fears for her missing son, Sonea dedicates herself to helping her old friend Cery. For some time, there has been fear and paranoia on the streets of Imardin. Leading thieves have been dying under irregular circumstances. The need to discover who has been picking off the leading thieves of the city is now a very personal crusade – one that Sonea must aid, for the killer appears to be using magic.
Either a member of the Guild is leading a double life as a hired killer, or there is – once again – a rogue magician on the streets of Imardin . . .
A Breath of Magic by Tracy Madison
This is the third book in the Magic series of paranormal romance, following A Taste of Magic and A Stroke of Magic. It just came out in mass market paperback on April 27.