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What should we read in February?

Promise of Blood by Brian McClellan
6 (42.9%)
The Lions of al-Rassan by Guy Gavriel Kay
8 (57.1%)

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Voting closed: December 19, 2013, 10:46:43 PM

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[Feb 2014] Voting is Closed!
« on: December 03, 2013, 01:57:04 AM »
Alright, I am opening nominations for February. This month is an open nomination month. Thus year, every 3 month will be open nomination so we have more than we did last year. And, based on results from a recent poll, I am going to try replacing the paperback requirement with a paperback OR ebook requirement. That means recent releases that are not yet available in paperback may be nominated if there is an ebook option. To be fair to all voting, I will mark the availability of each book so readers who do not have a way to read ebooks will be aware if their only option in a hardcover.

ETA: Also remember, that all SFF books are eligible now, not just strictly fantasy.



Seconded Nominations:
  • The Emperor's Blades (Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne #1) by Brian Stavely
  • Promise of Blood by Brian McClellan
  • The Bone Season (The Bone Season, #1) by Samantha Shannon
  • The Lions of al-Rassan by Guy Gavriel Kay
  • The Dragon's Path by Daniel Abraham
  • The Magicians by Lev Grossman
  • The Heir of Night (The Wall of Night #1) by Helen Lowe
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Re: [Feb 2014] Open Nominations!
« Reply #1 on: December 03, 2013, 02:03:24 AM »
This month, I am going to kick off the new release option with my nomination. It will not be available in paperback, but  will have an ebook option:



The Emperor's Blades (Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne #1) by Brian Stavely

When the emperor of Annur is murdered, his children must fight to uncover the conspiracy—and the ancient enemy—that effected his death.

Kaden, the heir apparent, was for eight years sequestered in a remote mountain monastery, where he learned the inscrutable discipline of monks devoted to the Blank God. Their rituals hold the key to an ancient power which Kaden must master before it’s too late. When an imperial delegation arrives to usher him back to the capital for his coronation, he has learned just enough to realize that they are not what they seem—and enough, perhaps, to successfully fight back.

Meanwhile, in the capital, his sister Adare, master politician and Minister of Finance, struggles against the religious conspiracy that seems to be responsible for the emperor’s murder. Amid murky politics, she’s determined to have justice—but she may be condemning the wrong man.

Their brother Valyn is struggling to stay alive. He knew his training to join the Kettral— deadly warriors who fly massive birds into battle—would be arduous. But after a number of strange apparent accidents, and the last desperate warning of a dying guard, he’s convinced his father’s murderers are trying to kill him, and then his brother. He must escape north to warn Kaden—if he can first survive the brutal final test of the Kettral.


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Re: [Feb 2014] Open Nominations!
« Reply #2 on: December 03, 2013, 03:19:39 AM »
I'll second The Emperor's Blades. :)

Going to nominate two this round.

Promise of Blood by Brian McClellan



The Age of Kings is dead . . . and I have killed it.

It's a bloody business overthrowing a king...
Field Marshal Tamas' coup against his king sent corrupt aristocrats to the guillotine and brought bread to the starving. But it also provoked war with the Nine Nations, internal attacks by royalist fanatics, and the greedy to scramble for money and power by Tamas's supposed allies: the Church, workers unions, and mercenary forces.

It's up to a few...
Stretched to his limit, Tamas is relying heavily on his few remaining powder mages, including the embittered Taniel, a brilliant marksman who also happens to be his estranged son, and Adamat, a retired police inspector whose loyalty is being tested by blackmail.

But when gods are involved...
Now, as attacks batter them from within and without, the credulous are whispering about omens of death and destruction. Just old peasant legends about the gods waking to walk the earth. No modern educated man believes that sort of thing. But they should...

In a rich, distinctive world that mixes magic with technology, who could stand against mages that control gunpowder and bullets? PROMISE OF BLOOD is the start of a new epic fantasy series from Brian McClellan.


And...

The Garden of Stones by Mark T. Barnes



An uneasy peace has existed since the fall of the Awakened Empire centuries ago. Now the hybrid Av?n share the land with the people they once conquered: the star-born humans; the spectral, undead Nomads; and what remains of the Elemental Masters.

With the Empress-in-Shadows an estranged ghost, it is the ancient dynasties of the Great Houses and the Hundred Families that rule. But now civil war threatens to draw all of Shr?an into a vicious struggle sparked by one man’s lust for power, and his drive to cheat death.

Visions have foretold that Corajidin, dying ruler of House Erebus, will not only survive, but rise to rule his people. The wily nobleman seeks to make his destiny certain—by plundering the ruins of his civilization’s past for the arcane science needed to ensure his survival, and by mercilessly eliminating his rivals. But mercenary warrior-mage Indris, scion of the rival House Näsarat, stands most powerfully in the usurper’s bloody path. For it is Indris who reluctantly accepts the task of finding a missing man, the only one able to steer the teetering nation towards peace.
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Re: [Feb 2014] Open Nominations!
« Reply #3 on: December 03, 2013, 01:54:27 PM »
I also want to nominate

The Lions of al-Rassan by Guy Gavriel Kay

The ruling Asharites of Al-Rassan have come from the desert sands, but over centuries, seduced by the sensuous pleasures of their new land, their stern piety has eroded. The Asharite empire has splintered into decadent city-states led by warring petty kings. King Almalik of Cartada is on the ascendancy, aided always by his friend and advisor, the notorious Ammar ibn Khairan — poet, diplomat, soldier — until a summer afternoon of savage brutality changes their relationship forever.

Meanwhile, in the north, the conquered Jaddites' most celebrated — and feared — military leader, Rodrigo Belmonte, driven into exile, leads his mercenary company south.

In the dangerous lands of Al-Rassan, these two men from different worlds meet and serve — for a time — the same master. Sharing their interwoven fate — and increasingly torn by her feelings — is Jehane, the accomplished court physician, whose own skills play an increasing role as Al-Rassan is swept to the brink of holy war, and beyond.

Hauntingly evocative of medieval Spain, The Lions of Al-Rassan is both a brilliant adventure and a deeply compelling story of love, divided loyalties, and what happens to men and women when hardening beliefs begin to remake — or destroy — a world.
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Re: [Feb 2014] Open Nominations!
« Reply #4 on: December 05, 2013, 06:45:41 PM »
Just a bump to remind people that nominations are open :)
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Re: [Feb 2014] Open Nominations!
« Reply #5 on: December 05, 2013, 07:30:16 PM »
The Bone Season (The Bone Season, #1) by Samantha Shannon



It is the year 2059. Several major world cities are under the control of a security force called Scion. Paige Mahoney works in the criminal underworld of Scion London, part of a secret cell known as the Seven Seals. The work she does is unusual: scouting for information by breaking into others’ minds. Paige is a dreamwalker, a rare kind of clairvoyant, and in this world, the voyants commit treason simply by breathing.

But when Paige is captured and arrested, she encounters a power more sinister even than Scion. The voyant prison is a separate city—Oxford, erased from the map two centuries ago and now controlled by a powerful, otherworldly race. These creatures, the Rephaim, value the voyants highly—as soldiers in their army.

Paige is assigned to a Rephaite keeper, Warden, who will be in charge of her care and training. He is her master. Her natural enemy. But if she wants to regain her freedom, Paige will have to learn something of his mind and his own mysterious motives.

The Bone Season introduces a compelling heroine—a young woman learning to harness her powers in a world where everything has been taken from her. It also introduces an extraordinary young writer, with huge ambition and a teeming imagination. Samantha Shannon has created a bold new reality in this riveting debut.

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Re: [Feb 2014] Open Nominations!
« Reply #6 on: December 05, 2013, 09:17:23 PM »
Since we all seem to be nominating EPIC fantasy how about Dragon Path by Daniel Abraham.  I ve read Abrahams as part of James S A Corey and enjoyed it and he sounds like one of the more intelligent epic fantasy writers out there.
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Re: [Feb 2014] Open Nominations!
« Reply #7 on: December 05, 2013, 10:04:47 PM »
I second Promise of Blood
According to some,* heroic deaths are admirable things

* Generally those who don't have to do it.Politicians and writers spring to mind

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Re: [Feb 2014] Open Nominations!
« Reply #8 on: December 05, 2013, 11:59:19 PM »
Seconding The Bone Season.
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Re: [Feb 2014] Open Nominations!
« Reply #9 on: December 06, 2013, 12:28:38 PM »
Nominating Helen Lowe's The Heir of Night (The Wall of Night #1)

A DARK ENEMY. AN ANCIENT WAR. A NEW CHAMPION.
Young Malian is being trained to rule. Her people garrison the mountain range known as the Wall of Night against an ancient enemy, keeping a tide of shadow from the rest of their world. Malian is expected to uphold this tradition, yet she's known little of real danger until the enemy attacks her fortress home and the Keep of Winds becomes a bloodbath.Malian flees deep into the Old Keep - and when the danger is greatest her own hidden magic flares into life. But if she accepts its power, she must prepare to pay the price.

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Re: [Feb 2014] Open Nominations!
« Reply #10 on: December 06, 2013, 12:30:09 PM »
Seconding GGK's The Lions of al-Rassan.

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Re: [Feb 2014] Open Nominations!
« Reply #11 on: December 06, 2013, 01:48:40 PM »
I haven't heard of any of those books... You realize that my plan to catch up with my TBR pile WON'T WORK THAT WAY!  :P

I'm nominating Lev Grossman's The Magicians.
Book #3 will be out next year so even if you read it already, it's a perfect opportunity to start a reread before the publication of The Magician's Land. :)
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Re: [Feb 2014] Open Nominations!
« Reply #12 on: December 06, 2013, 02:47:37 PM »
I'll second Dragon's Path and The Magicians. I've had Dragon's Path forever and have yet to read it. And really enjoyed the Magicians and wouldn't mind revisiting it. Also think it could be an interesting book club choice.
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Re: [Feb 2014] Open Nominations!
« Reply #13 on: December 06, 2013, 09:54:07 PM »
Thirding The Magicians.
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Re: [Feb 2014] Open Nominations!
« Reply #14 on: December 06, 2013, 10:32:15 PM »
I'll nominate Orleans By Sherri Smith.

First came the storms.
Then came the Fever.
And the Wall.

After a string of devastating hurricanes and a severe outbreak of Delta Fever, the Gulf Coast has been quarantined. Years later, residents of the Outer States are under the assumption that life in the Delta is all but extinct… but in reality, a new primitive society has been born.

Fen de la Guerre is living with the O-Positive blood tribe in the Delta when they are ambushed. Left with her tribe leader’s newborn, Fen is determined to get the baby to a better life over the wall before her blood becomes tainted. Fen meets Daniel, a scientist from the Outer States who has snuck into the Delta illegally. Brought together by chance, kept together by danger, Fen and Daniel navigate the wasteland of Orleans. In the end, they are each other’s last hope for survival.