On my Radar #7

I haven’t talked about books that caught my eye in a while. So here are some that recently went on my wishlist:

Tom Lloyd – Stranger of Tempest. Book One of the God Fragments

stranger of tempestLynx is a mercenary with a sense of honour; a dying breed in the Riven Kingdom. Failed by the nation he served and weary of the skirmishes that plague the continent’s principalities, he walks the land in search of purpose. He wants for little so bodyguard work keeps his belly full and his mage-gun loaded. It might never bring a man fame or wealth, but he’s not forced to rely on others or kill without cause.

Little could compel Lynx to join a mercenary company, but he won’t turn his back on a kidnapped girl. At least the job seems simple enough; the mercenaries less stupid and vicious than most he’s met over the years.

So long as there are no surprises or hidden agendas along the way, it should work out fine.

Mercenary? Mercenary company? MAGE-GUN?! This sounds like it was written for me! And look at that cover! That monster! For some reason, I was never interested in Tom Lloyd’s Twilight Reign books, but this here sounds much better and I’ll give it a try.

moons artificeTom Lloyd – Moon’s Artifice. The Empire of a Hundred Houses

In a quiet corner of the Imperial City, Investigator Narin discovers the result of his first potentially lethal mistake. Minutes later he makes a second.

After an unremarkable career Narin finally has the chance of promotion to the hallowed ranks of the Lawbringers – guardians of the Emperor’s laws and bastions for justice in a world of brutal expediency. Joining that honoured body would be the culmination of a lifelong dream, but it couldn’t possibly have come at a worse time. A chance encounter drags Narin into a plot of gods and monsters, spies and assassins, accompanied by a grief-stricken young woman, an old man haunted by the ghosts of his past and an assassin with no past.

On the cusp of an industrial age that threatens the warrior caste’s rule, the Empire of a Hundred Houses awaits civil war between noble factions. Centuries of conquest has made the empire a brittle and bloated monster; constrained by tradition and crying out for change. To save his own life and those of untold thousands Narin must understand the key to it all – Moon’s Artifice, the poison that could destroy an empire.

Same as above. This sounds pretty cool and I will read it if I like Stranger of Tempest.

Margaret Atwood – The Blind Assassinblind assassin

In The Blind Assassin, Margaret Atwood weaves together strands of gothic suspense, romance, and science fiction into one utterly spellbinding narrative. The novel begins with the mysterious death—a possible suicide—of a young woman named Laura Chase in 1945. Decades later, Laura’s sister Iris recounts her memories of their childhood, and of the dramatic deaths that have punctuated their wealthy, eccentric family’s history. Intertwined with Iris’s account are chapters from the scandalous novel that made Laura famous, in which two illicit lovers amuse each other by spinning a tale of a blind killer on a distant planet. These richly layered stories-within-stories gradually illuminate the secrets that have long haunted the Chase family, coming together in a brilliant and astonishing final twist.

Its been a year since I read a book by Margaret Atwood, which is a shame because I always enjoy them. The Blind Assassin got tons of positive reviews and I am curious. There are a couple more Atwood’s on my list, but I will pick this first and then the others. Maybe I will slowly read all of her books. Just like I do with Stephen King.

beyond redemptionMichael R. Fletcher – Beyond Redemption. Manifest Delusions 1

Faith shapes the landscape, defines the laws of physics, and makes a mockery of truth. Common knowledge isn’t an axiom, it’s a force of nature. What the masses believe is. But insanity is a weapon, conviction a shield. Delusions give birth to foul new gods.

Violent and dark, the world is filled with the Geisteskranken–men and women whose delusions manifest, twisting reality. High Priest Konig seeks to create order from chaos. He defines the beliefs of his followers, leading their faith to one end: a young boy, Morgen, must Ascend to become a god. A god they can control.

But there are many who would see this would-be-god in their thrall, including the High Priest’s own Doppels, and a Slaver no one can resist. Three reprobates–The Greatest Swordsman in the World, a murderous Kleptic, and possibly the only sane man left–have their own nefarious plans for the young god.

As these forces converge on the boy, there’s one more obstacle: time is running out. When one’s delusions become more powerful, they become harder to control. The fate of the Geisteskranken is to inevitably find oneself in the Afterdeath. The question, then, is:

Who will rule there?

It sounds like creepy horror fantasy and I LIKE IIIIT! Lots of people who share my taste in books (hey Luna, if you read this, I am talking about YOU! 😀 ) thought it was great and I want to see for myself now!

eldPatricia A. McKillip – The Forgotten Beasts of Eld

Sixteen when a baby is brought to her to raise, Sybel has grown up on Eld Mountain. Her only playmates are the creatures of a fantastic menagerie called there by wizardry. Sybel has cared nothing for humans, until the baby awakens emotions previously unknown to her. And when Coren–the man who brought this child–returns, Sybel’s world is again turned upside down.

From everything McKillip has published this sounds the most interesting to me. There’s a couple more books by her in line but I see if I like her writing first. And look, there’s a dragon!!


  1. I’ve had my eye on Stranger of Tempest JUST because of the cover. The reviews I’ve seen of it have all been arc reviews and I’m sorry, but I don’t trust those reviews, even of people I follow and normally trust.
    If you like it, I’ll probably track it down and stick it in the queue…

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  2. Stranger of Tempest is really good, cool weapons and a group of mercenaries who have fantastic banter.

    Beyond Redemption is outstanding. Fletcher writes grimdark at its darkest and it’s awesome with some unique ideas. If you like Beyond Redemption you’ll be in for a treat as its sequel The Mirror’s Truth is even better!

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