New Books on the Radar

2014 has been turning out to be quite a stellar one in terms of my reading.
I've never felt so good about my reading - I guess with my writing having now entered the second stages ( where the first draft is done and dusted, second and third rewrites are in progress and you can hear the editing axes chopping away in full glory )

Having set myself a target of close to 60 books to complete on Goodreads - I think I'm very comfortably close to punching above my weight. Say wohooo.

Alright coming back to the year of 2014 - Quite a few - in fact a handful - of good, gooder and grand fantasy books have released. Words of Radiance, The Emperor's Blades, Prince of Fools, Half a King, Breach Zone - forming just the first line of that leading pack and many more yet to come ( Some mind-bogglingly good titles like Smiler's Fair by Rebecca Levine ) It's as good as it gets and heck, it keeps on getting only better.

So here's my bid to direct you to some more. In my sweep of the Grand Internet, I found these gems sparkling and twinkling in the far horizon. And I wish to keep them for mine.


Of Bone And Thunder by Chris Evans.

I haven't yet read anything by Chris Evans - but the new novel that is coming out from Gallery books in 2014 looks to be spectacular add to the genre. Dropping our favorite sword/sorcery story right into the mutinous deadly jungles of Vietnam. Booyah! exciting times.

Channeling the turbulent period of the Vietnam War and its ruthless pitting of ideologies, cultures, generations, and races against each other, military historian and acclaimed fantasy writer Chris Evans takes a daring new approach to the traditional world of sword and sorcery by thrusting it into a maelstrom of racial animus, drug use, rebellion, and a growing war that seems at once unwinnable and with no end in sight. In this thrilling epic, right and wrong, country and honor, freedom and sacrifice are all put to the ultimate test in the heart of a dark, bloody, otherworldly jungle.
In this strange, new world deep among the shadows under a triple-canopy jungle and plagued by dangers real and imagined, soldiers strive to fulfill a mission they don’t understand and are ill-equipped to carry out. And high above them, the heavy rush of wings slashing through the humid air herald a coming wave of death and destruction, and just possibly, salvation.

The Incorruptibles by John Hornor Jacobs

John Hornor is a new name to me. But the blurb blew my socks away. A weird western set in lands of Romany ? Guns based on Daemonic technology? This review by Mihir of Fantasy Book Critic got me super excited. And now I can't wait.

In the contested and unexplored territories at the edge of the Empire, a boat is making its laborious way upstream. Riding along the banks are the mercenaries hired to protect it – from raiders, bandits and, most of all, the stretchers, elf-like natives who kill any intruders into their territory. The mercenaries know this is dangerous, deadly work. But it is what they do.
In the boat the drunk governor of the territories and his sons and daughters make merry. They believe that their status makes them untouchable. They are wrong. And with them is a mysterious, beautiful young woman, who is the key to peace between warring nations and survival for the Empire. When a callow mercenary saves the life of the Governor on an ill-fated hunting party, the two groups are thrown together.
For Fisk and Shoe – two tough, honourable mercenaries surrounded by corruption, who know they can always and only rely on each other – their young companion appears to be playing with fire. The nobles have the power, and crossing them is always risky. And although love is a wonderful thing, sometimes the best decision is to walk away. Because no matter how untouchable or deadly you may be, the stretchers have other plans.

What are you looking forward to read next ?


Ashana Lian said…
The cover for 'Of Bone And Thunder' is mesmerising! And great premise. I'll gladly add it to my ever-growing fantasy book wish list.
Sachin Dev said…
@Ashana Lian - Agree!! the cover is what drew me to the book in the first place. And the blurb just sealed the deal :)

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