I was browsing through io9’s guide for March and noticed it was time for another one of these excitement posts.
J. A. Nielsen – The Runaway King (The Ascendance Trilogy #2) (March 1st)
Ever since The Booksmugglers’ glowing review of The False Prince, it has been sitting on my TBR pile. Given the fact it shares said “pile” with so many other books, I can afford to wait until the trilogy/series is finished (or nearly finished) before I start reading. I have no idea if I will actually like this but the Booksmugglers are pretty reliable in picking the awesome from the bad books.
Just weeks after Jaron has taken the throne, an assassination attempt forces him into a deadly situation. Rumors of a coming war are winding their way between the castle walls, and Jaron feels the pressure quietly mounting within Carthya. Soon, it becomes clear that deserting the kingdom may be his only hope of saving it. But the further Jaron is forced to run from his identity, the more he wonders if it is possible to go too far. Will he ever be able to return home again? Or will he have to sacrifice his own life in order to save his kingdom?
The stunning second installment of The Ascendance Trilogy takes readers on a roller-coaster ride of treason and murder, thrills and peril, as they journey with the Runaway King!
Charles de Lint and Charles Vess – The Cats of Tanglewood Forest (March 5th)
Just look at that cover. If you’ve seen even one illustration of Neil Gaiman’s Stardust by Charles Vess, you know why I’m so excited. In addition, Charles de Lint has been on my radar for years and this book sounds just charming.
Lillian Kindred spends her days exploring the Tanglewood Forest, a magical, rolling wilderness that she imagines to be full of fairies. The trouble is, Lillian has never seen a wisp of magic in her hills–until the day the cats of the forest save her life by transforming her into a kitten. Now Lillian must set out on a perilous adventure that will lead her through untamed lands of fabled creatures–from Old Mother Possum to the fearsome Bear People–to find a way to make things right.
In this whimsical, original folktale written and illustrated throughout in vibrant full color by two celebrated masters of modern fantasy, a young girl’s journey becomes an enchanting coming-of-age story about magic, friendship, and the courage to shape one’s own destiny.
Seanan McGuire – Midnight Blue-Light Special (InCryptid #2) (March 5th)
I still haven’t read anything by Seanan McGuire or her alter ego Mira Grant (althouth I own a bunch of her books). But liking Seanan the way I do, just from listening to interviews and her delicious squees on the SF Squeecast, I cannot help but be excited anyway.
1. Any creature whose existence has been suggested but not proven scientifically. Term officially coined by cryptozoologist John E. Wall in 1983.
2. That thing that’s getting ready to eat your head.
3. See also: “monster.”
The Price family has spent generations studying the monsters of the world, working to protect them from humanity–and humanity from them. Enter Verity Price. Despite being trained from birth as a cryptozoologist, she’d rather dance a tango than tangle with a demon, and when her work with the cryptid community took her to Manhattan, she thought she would finally be free to pursue competition-level dance in earnest. It didn’t quite work out that way…
But now, with the snake cult that was killing virgins all over Manhattan finally taken care of, Verity is ready to settle down for some serious ballroom dancing—until her on-again, off-again, semi-boyfriend Dominic De Luca, a member of the monster-hunting Covenant of St. George, informs her that the Covenant is on their way to assess the city’s readiness for a cryptid purge. With everything and everyone she loves on the line, there’s no way Verity can take that lying down.
Alliances will be tested, allies will be questioned, lives will be lost, and the talking mice in Verity’s apartment will immortalize everything as holy writ–assuming there’s anyone left standing when all is said and done. It’s a midnight blue-light special, and the sale of the day is on betrayal, deceit…and carnage.
Ellen Datolow and Terri Windling (eds.) – Queen Victoria’s Book of Spells (March 19th)
In addition to reading more short fiction online, the bloggosphere has also pushed me to be interested in (print) anthologies. And this one sounds just up my alley. It doesn’t always have to be steampunk! I find something inherently magical about gaslamp fantasy, even if it comes without cogs and clockwork. Again, I admit, the cover decided it for me. Let’s not delude ourselves, even in the digital reading world, covers are still damn influential.
From the extraordinary award-winning editor duo, Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling, comes an anthology with Gaslamp Fantasy as the theme. Furthermore, it will have 18 brand-new Tales not published before.
“The Fairy Enterprise” by Jeffrey Ford
“From the Catalogue of the Pavilion of the Uncanny and Marvelous, Scheduled for Premiere at the Great Exhibition (Before the Fire)” by Genevieve Valentine
“The Memory Book” by Maureen McHugh
“Queen Victoria’s Book of Spells” by Delia Sherman
“La Reine D’Enfer” by Kathe Koja
“Briar Rose” by Elizabeth Wein
“The Governess” by Elizabeth Bear
“Smithfield” by James P. Blaylock
“The Unwanted Women of Surrey” by Kaaron Warren
“Charged” by Leanna Renee Hieber
“Mr. Splitfoot” by Dale Bailey
“Phosphorus” by Veronica Schanoes
“We Without Us Were Shadows” by Catherynne M. Valente
“The Vital Importance of the Superficial” by Ellen Kushner and Caroline Stevermer
“The Jewel in the Toad Queen’s Crown” by Jane Yolen
“A Few Twigs He Left Behind” by Gregory Maguire
“Their Monstrous Minds” by Tanith Lee
“Estella Saves the Village” by Theodora Goss
That’s it, folks. It looks like March is full of wonderful book releases. The ones above are the books I’ll definitely be getting this month. What are you excited for?