If any of you are anything like me, you have a huge book monkey riding your back. Finding new books to feed your reading addiction can be difficult at times, but this week there are several books hitting your local bookstore that look like they will provide hours of reading pleasure. Several of the authors listed are on my must buy list, and I can’t wait to get my hands on their books. All of these books hit shelves Tuesday, September 6th.
- Elite: A Hunter Novel – Mercedes Lackey: This is the second volume in Lackey’s newest series. When Joy, a hunter is called to Apex City, all she cared about was continuing her work and protecting the Cits from the dangers lurking outside their protective barriers. She understood the need for secrecy, but as time goes by the she discovers that the conspiracies of the city run deep and her newest covert mission leaves her with a target on her back, while the underlying tensions between Hunters and Psimons threaten to reach a breaking point.
- Project Elfhome – Wen Spencer: This collection contains some of Spencer’s best shorter workers set in the world of the Elfhome series. This anthology includes: “Bare Snow Falling on Fairywood”, “Pittsburgh Backyard and Garden”, “Peace Offering”, and several other short stories. These tales explore the stories of those impacted by Tinker and Windwolf as they struggle to make Pittsburgh into a safe haven. Some of the characters are familiar to readers of the series, while others are new.
- The Span of Empire – Eric Flint & David Carrico: The newest entry in Eric Flint’s science fiction Jao Empire series. It has become clear to the Jao and the human and Lleix partners that if theya re going to defeat the Ekhat who have been terrorizing the galaxy for eons, they need to gather allies. To this end, Preceptor Ronz, guardian of Earth, harnesses the energy of the Earth’s humans to create and send out an exploration fleet under the command of Caitlin Kralik. After a long search, all the expedition has only found dead worlds and now-extinct intelligent species slaughtered by the genocidal Ekhat. The expedition is left with the decision to continue searching for allies down the galactic arm in which Earth and the Jao worlds lie, or do they make a leap in another direction? Meanwhile, while the expedition searches for allies, the Ekhat, have a new generation of leaders coming into power who are even more implacable than those who have gone before them. The Ekhat have not forgotten the Joa, nor the damage that they have done to Ekaht’s purpose.
- The Minotaur Takes His Own Sweet Time – Steven Sherrill: It has been 16 years since Sherrill first introduced us to “M”, his take on the Minotaur from Greek mythology, living in the modern American South. In this new tale, M has moved north, from a live of kitchens and trailer parks, to that of a Civil War re-enactor at a run-down history park in the dying blue-collar rustbelt of central Pennsylvania. Though his job has changed, M’s world and daily struggles remain unchanged. Loneliness. Other-ness. Shepherded, cared for, by the Guptas, the immigrant family who run the motel where he lives, outsiders in their own right, and tolerated by his neighbors and most of his coworkers, but tormented by a few, M only wants to find love and understanding. The serendipitous arrival of Holly and her damaged brother, halted on their own journey of loss, stirs hope in the Minotaur’s life.
- Chasing Embers (A Ben Garston Novel) – James Bennett: Ben Garston would have you think that there is nothing special about him. He’s just a guy with an attitude in a beat-up leather jacket, drowning his sorrows in a downtown bar. What Ben Garson can’t let you know is that he was once known as Red Ben. Or that the world of myth and legend is not just a fantasy, as we’ve been led to believe. Nor can he let you know the secret of what’s hiding just beneath his skin…But, not even Ben knows what kind of hell is about to break loose. A centuries old rivalry has just resurfaced, and the delicate balance between his world and ours is about to be shattered.
- Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass) – Sarah J. Maas: Kingdoms collide in this 5th installment of the Throne of Glass series. The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius. Loyalties have been bought and broken, friends have been lost and gained, and those with magic find themselves at odds with those who don’t. With her heart sworn to the warrior-prince at her side, and her fealty pledged to the people she is determined to save, Aelin will delve into the depths of her power to protect those she loves. But as monsters emerge from the horrors of the past, and dark forces become poised to claim her world, the only chance for salvation will lie in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear. Aelin will have to choose what – and who – to sacrifice if she’s to keep the world of Erilea from breaking apart.