Here is the second edition of Fabulous Friday for the upcoming months releases! This month we will look at a combination of series enders, series extras and just books, books and more books.
1. Redeemed (House of Night 12) by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
14th October : Atom Books
In the final electrifying novel in the HoN series, Neferet has finally made herself known to mortals. A Dark Goddess is loose on Tulsa and the world. No single vampyre is strong enough to vanquish her – unless that creature has the power to summon the elements as well as the ability to wield Old Magick. Only Zoey Redbird is heir to such power…but because of the consequences of using Old Magick, she is unable to help. Find out who will win and who will lose in this epic battle of Light versus Darkness.
Anyone else glad this series has reached its end? I stopped reading it at around book 7 or 8 as it was just getting ridiculous and long-winded and seemed to never be ending. With the revelation that this is the final (please let it end!) I may decide to have a read of the books I have missed and try and remember where I put the books in the first place. Anyone else in the same boat?
2. The World of Ice and Fire (Song of Ice & Fire) by George R. R. Martin
28th October : Harper Voyager
The never-before-seen history of Westeros and the lands beyond. With hundreds of pages of all-new material from George R.R. Martin.
If the past is prologue, then George R. R. Martin’s masterwork—the most inventive and entertaining fantasy saga of our time—warrants one hell of an introduction. At long last, it has arrived with THE WORLD OF ICE AND FIRE.
This lavishly illustrated volume is a comprehensive history of the Seven Kingdoms, providing vividly constructed accounts of the epic battles, bitter rivalries, and daring rebellions that lead to the events of A Song of Ice and Fire and HBO’s GAME OF THRONES. In a collaboration that’s been years in the making, Martin has teamed with Elio M. García, Jr., and Linda Antonsson, the founders of the renowned fan site Westeros.org—perhaps the only people who know this world almost as well as its visionary creator.
Collected here is all the accumulated knowledge, scholarly speculation, and inherited folk tales of maesters and septons, maegi and singers. It is a chronicle which stretches from the Dawn Age to the Age of Heroes; from the Coming of the First Men to the arrival of Aegon the Conqueror; from Aegon’s establishment of the Iron Throne to Robert’s Rebellion and the fall of the Mad King, Aerys II Targaryen, which has set into motion the “present-day” struggles of the Starks, Lannisters, Baratheons, and Targaryens.
The definitive companion piece to George R. R. Martin’s dazzlingly conceived universe, THE WORLD OF ICE AND FIRE is indeed proof that the pen is mightier than a storm of swords.
For all those who have been sucked into the world of George R.R. Martin whether through the television series or books this companion guide will ensure that you will not get lost as to what your favourite characters are meaning when they start talking lore and some history. A sure fire buy for all those who love the series. Either the TV adaptation or the original books.
3. Moriarty by Anthony Horowitz
23rd October : Orion
Sherlock Holmes is dead.
Days after Holmes and his arch-enemy Moriarty fall to their doom at the Reichenbach Falls, Pinkerton agent Frederick Chase arrives in Europe from New York. The death of Moriarty has created a poisonous vacuum which has been swiftly filled by a fiendish new criminal mastermind who has risen to take his place.
Ably assisted by Inspector Athelney Jones of Scotland Yard, a devoted student of Holmes’s methods of investigation and deduction, Frederick Chase must forge a path through the darkest corners of the capital to shine light on this shadowy figure, a man much feared but seldom seen, a man determined to engulf London in a tide of murder and menace.
Author of the global bestseller THE HOUSE OF SILK, Anthony Horowitz once more breathes life into the world created by Arthur Conan Doyle. With pitch-perfect characterisation and breath-taking pace, Horowitz weaves a relentlessly thrilling tale which teases and delights by the turn of each page.
The game is afoot…
I’m sure this will be right up Emma’s street and with a Sherlock retelling and who better than Anthony Horowitz? I seriously struggle to read his books as the suspense literally kills me inside. A book full of murder and mystery will be a perfect read for everyone these cold dark nights and will guarantee to get you thinking. A game is afoot, and I am certain that it isn’t a gentle game of Cluedo.
4. Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle #3) by Maggie Stiefvater
21st October : Scholastic
There is danger in dreaming. But there is even more danger in waking up.
Blue Sargent has found things. For the first time in her life, she has friends she can trust, a group to which she can belong. The Raven Boys have taken her in as one of their own. Their problems have become hers, and her problems have become theirs.
The trick with found things though, is how easily they can be lost.
Friends can betray.
Mothers can disappear.
Visions can mislead.
Certainties can unravel.
Everyone loves a good Stiefvater book. I currently own the first two books in the quartet though i’ll admit book two has remained on my to be read shelf for some times. Although reading this summary I fear that I am missing out on some fantastic story telling as usual. My signed copy of “Shiver” is forever a favourite book of mine and with this book being released i may have to go on a binge of beautifully sculpted plots and tender romances.
5. It must have been the Mistletoe by Judy Astley
6th November – Black Swan
Thea’s parents decide to host a big family Christmas in a house by the sea… even though they are, in fact, about to split up. Thea herself is newly single – her sister and brother are both settled, with children, homes and a future. But Thea’s boyfriend has ditched her in favour of his pedigree dogs, and Thea can’t decide whether or not she minds.
There will be copious food and drink, holly and mistletoe, lots of bracing walks and a wintry barbecue on the beach. If it seems an odd way to celebrate the final break-up of a marriage and the Moving On to new partners, no- one is saying so. But then no-one had anticipated that the new partners might actually turn up to complicate the sleeping arrangements.
As Cornwall experiences the biggest snowstorm in living memory, the festive atmosphere comes under some strain. Will Thea manage to find some happiness for herself? Will the mistletoe work its magic on them all?
Yikes, it is almost that time of year again, Christmas. (shivers) That also means the feel good Christmas books full of family love, new love and just a smidge of snow. Again this is a book to curl up beside a fire (or Radiator) and have a read to make you happy, and maybe just maybe get you thinking about that Christmas cake, or if reading on the Eve, that Turkey needing to be put in the oven tomorrow.
Extra: Some Fine day by Kat Ross
11th November : Skyscape (Kindle Only)
You might remember I reviewed this a while back when it was to be published by Strange Chemistry, until the company folded and it was orphaned. The good news though is that it has been adopted by Skyscape and is getting a Kindle release this November so, you have no reason not to read this!
For the original review please click here.