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Title: [Feb 2014] Voting is Closed!
Post by: Arry 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:
Title: Re: [Feb 2014] Open Nominations!
Post by: Arry 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:

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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.


Title: Re: [Feb 2014] Open Nominations!
Post by: Doctor_Chill 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

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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

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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.
Title: Re: [Feb 2014] Open Nominations!
Post by: Arry 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.
Title: Re: [Feb 2014] Open Nominations!
Post by: Arry on December 05, 2013, 06:45:41 PM
Just a bump to remind people that nominations are open :)
Title: Re: [Feb 2014] Open Nominations!
Post by: sabrok on December 05, 2013, 07:30:16 PM
The Bone Season (The Bone Season, #1) by Samantha Shannon

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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.
Title: Re: [Feb 2014] Open Nominations!
Post by: Nighteyes 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.
Title: Re: [Feb 2014] Open Nominations!
Post by: Eclipse on December 05, 2013, 10:04:47 PM
I second Promise of Blood
Title: Re: [Feb 2014] Open Nominations!
Post by: Doctor_Chill on December 05, 2013, 11:59:19 PM
Seconding The Bone Season.
Title: Re: [Feb 2014] Open Nominations!
Post by: Jeni 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.

'The Heir of Night by Helen Lowe is a richly told tale of strange magic, dark treachery and conflicting loyalties, set in a well realized world' - Robin Hobb

'Dark and magical... The Heir of Night is a grand entrance' TheBookBag.co.uk

Title: Re: [Feb 2014] Open Nominations!
Post by: Jeni on December 06, 2013, 12:30:09 PM
Seconding GGK's The Lions of al-Rassan.
Title: Re: [Feb 2014] Open Nominations!
Post by: xiagan 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. :)
Title: Re: [Feb 2014] Open Nominations!
Post by: Arry 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.
Title: Re: [Feb 2014] Open Nominations!
Post by: Doctor_Chill on December 06, 2013, 09:54:07 PM
Thirding The Magicians.
Title: Re: [Feb 2014] Open Nominations!
Post by: Fellshot 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.
Title: Re: [Feb 2014] Open Nominations!
Post by: Arry on December 08, 2013, 05:59:16 PM
Nominating Helen Lowe's The Heir of Night (The Wall of Night #1)

I overlooked this last time I was in this thread. Seconding this as well.

Also, I was planning on opening the vote tomorrow, so if there are any more nominations or second, make them now :)
Title: Re: [Feb 2014] Voting is Open!
Post by: Arry on December 09, 2013, 10:42:55 PM
Voting is now open! Since there were not nearly as many options as we have been having, everyone just gets 2 votes to start. I will narrow the field by Thursday.

Also note, there are two books in the poll that do not have paperbacks, I have marked that to make sure everyone is aware.
Title: Re: [Feb 2014] Voting is Open!
Post by: Arry on December 09, 2013, 10:52:16 PM
Adding a blurb for Dragon's Path

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The Dragon's Path (The Dagger and the Coin #1) by Daniel Abraham

All paths lead to war...
Marcus' hero days are behind him. He knows too well that even the smallest war still means somebody's death. When his men are impressed into a doomed army, staying out of a battle he wants no part of requires some unorthodox steps.
Cithrin is an orphan, ward of a banking house. Her job is to smuggle a nation's wealth across a war zone, hiding the gold from both sides. She knows the secret life of commerce like a second language, but the strategies of trade will not defend her from swords.
Geder, sole scion of a noble house, has more interest in philosophy than in swordplay. A poor excuse for a soldier, he is a pawn in these games. No one can predict what he will become.
Falling pebbles can start a landslide. A spat between the Free Cities and the Severed Throne is spiraling out of control. A new player rises from the depths of history, fanning the flames that will sweep the entire region onto The Dragon's Path-the path to war.
Title: Re: [Feb 2014] Voting is Open!
Post by: sabrok on December 10, 2013, 12:56:50 AM
How come The Bone Season states no paperback? Paperback has been available for quite some time now
Title: Re: [Feb 2014] Voting is Open!
Post by: Arry on December 10, 2013, 01:05:10 AM
How come The Bone Season states no paperback? Paperback has been available for quite some time now

Because the paperback release date is showing as May 6, 2014 in both the US and UK.
Title: Re: [Feb 2014] Voting is Open!
Post by: sabrok on December 10, 2013, 03:39:23 AM
How come The Bone Season states no paperback? Paperback has been available for quite some time now

Because the paperback release date is showing as May 6, 2014 in both the US and UK.

It is so weird to see Australia see all these releases ahead of time. What makes us so special? haha
Title: Re: [Feb 2014] Voting is Open!
Post by: Nighteyes on December 10, 2013, 06:08:44 AM
How come The Bone Season states no paperback? Paperback has been available for quite some time now

Because the paperback release date is showing as May 6, 2014 in both the US and UK.

It is so weird to see Australia see all these releases ahead of time. What makes us so special? haha

Maybe Skippy found the paperbacks down the old abandoned mine shaft?
Title: Re: [Feb 2014] Voting is Open!
Post by: Arry on December 12, 2013, 12:11:05 PM
Last chance to vote before I cull to the finalists later today!
Title: Re: [Feb 2014] Voting is Open!
Post by: Arry on December 13, 2013, 01:26:39 AM
There was a 4 way tie, so we have 4 choices in the final round. Everyone gets just 1 vote now. :)
Title: Re: [Feb 2014] Voting is Open!
Post by: dispassionatemind on December 13, 2013, 02:58:15 AM
I see the final 4, but my original 2 choices are still selected, and I don't have the option to vote for just a single one.  Do I have to remove my votes and then just submit one?  It also says the vote closes on Dec. 16th, so maybe that's why it's doing that?  Never had this problem before...
Title: Re: [Feb 2014] Voting is Open!
Post by: Arry on December 13, 2013, 09:45:35 AM
Yep, as soon as you click Remove Vote', you can select which book you want to vote for.  :)
Title: Re: [Feb 2014] Voting is Open!
Post by: dispassionatemind on December 13, 2013, 03:37:27 PM
Thanks Arry!  Of the 4 here, I would be pleased to read 3 of them, so knowing my luck, the 4th will be chosen.  That being said, I've been pleasantly surprised by some books I would have never voted for, so I should just stop my grumbling and get in the holiday spirit  :-X
Title: Re: [Feb 2014] Voting is Open!
Post by: Arry on December 13, 2013, 03:41:59 PM
Thanks Arry!  Of the 4 here, I would be pleased to read 3 of them, so knowing my luck, the 4th will be chosen.  That being said, I've been pleasantly surprised by some books I would have never voted for, so I should just stop my grumbling and get in the holiday spirit  :-X
Hah! I have too. I actually think I would be happy with any of the 4. I've only read one of them, but own 3 of them (and nominated the 4th). I haven't decided what to vote for yet.
Title: Re: [Feb 2014] Voting is Open!
Post by: dispassionatemind on December 13, 2013, 03:46:55 PM
Oh it'll all work out then!  2 are on the TBR pile, and one is an all-time favourite, so we're in good shape for February either way.  We do still have to get through January first, and the discussions so far have me worried!!
Title: Re: [Feb 2014] Voting is Open!
Post by: Arry on December 13, 2013, 03:53:39 PM
Oh it'll all work out then!  2 are on the TBR pile, and one is an all-time favourite, so we're in good shape for February either way.  We do still have to get through January first, and the discussions so far have me worried!!
All the more reason to take the opportunity to read it with a group! I haven't read it yet but am very intrigued by what people have said. Even if it sounds like they are trying to scare people out of reading it ;)
Title: Re: [Feb 2014] Voting is Open!
Post by: dispassionatemind on December 13, 2013, 04:00:30 PM
Haha well who doesn't love a good challenge. And you're right, the book club can easily double as a support group for those of us who are struggling  :D
Title: Re: [Feb 2014] Voting is Open!
Post by: Arry on December 13, 2013, 04:06:56 PM
Haha well who doesn't love a good challenge. And you're right, the book club can easily double as a support group for those of us who are struggling  :D
Support group indeed! :) Really hoping I like this one, have struggled with the past couple of choices.
Title: Re: [Feb 2014] Voting is Open!
Post by: Arry on December 14, 2013, 10:01:58 PM
Wow …. I know the votes are hidden, but I'll give you a heads up. It's close. Very close. They are all currently within 1 vote of each other, so if you haven't voted, might want to do so :)
Title: Re: Re: [Feb 2014] Voting is Open!
Post by: sabrok on December 15, 2013, 04:17:04 AM
Wow …. I know the votes are hidden, but I'll give you a heads up. It's close. Very close. They are all currently within 1 vote of each other, so if you haven't voted, might want to do so :)

Why are they hidden now?
Title: Re: Re: [Feb 2014] Voting is Open!
Post by: Arry on December 15, 2013, 10:40:55 AM
Wow …. I know the votes are hidden, but I'll give you a heads up. It's close. Very close. They are all currently within 1 vote of each other, so if you haven't voted, might want to do so :)

Why are they hidden now?

Because I'm mean? I've done it both ways. Some people like it better hidden, some prefer it not. There's never going to be a way to please everyone. :(

The benefit to hiding votes is early votes can't influence later votes. Everyone will place votes based on what they really want to read versus looking at the results and selecting based on how other people have voted.
Title: Re: [Feb 2014] Voting is Open!
Post by: Arry on December 16, 2013, 12:10:39 AM
Less than 24 hours.  8)
Title: Re: [Feb 2014] Voting is Open!
Post by: dispassionatemind on December 16, 2013, 02:14:44 AM
Well now I'm really curious! And excited!
Title: Re: [Feb 2014] Voting is Open!
Post by: Arry on December 16, 2013, 02:34:00 PM
Well now I'm really curious! And excited!

May not be decided quite yet. Looking like there may be a run off to break a tie :)
Title: Re: [Feb 2014] Voting is Open!
Post by: Arry on December 16, 2013, 10:48:30 PM
RUNOFF!  ;D

We had a tie between Promise of Blood by Brian McClellan and The Lions of al-Rassan by Guy Gavriel Kay. I am extending the vote for 3 days, so come pick one of these two books :)
Title: Re: [Feb 2014] Voting is Open!
Post by: dispassionatemind on December 16, 2013, 10:55:25 PM
My two favourites in this vote!  I cannot believe my luck.  Seriously.  now whether to choose the one I've read and already love, or the one on my TBR pile...
Title: Re: [Feb 2014] Voting is Open!
Post by: Doctor_Chill on December 16, 2013, 11:27:22 PM
Well, I only have one. Decisions.  ;)
Title: Re: [Feb 2014] Voting is Open!
Post by: animal74 on December 17, 2013, 04:49:53 PM
Promise of Blood is only CA$1.99 in the Google Play Store (https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Brian_McClellan_Promise_of_Blood?id=oxiYM5w6ubMC&hl=en) and Kobo store (http://store.kobobooks.com/en-CA/ebook/promise-of-blood)

And $1.92 for Kindle on Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/Promise-Blood-Powder-Mage-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B0092XHPIG/ref=sr_1_1_bnp_1_kin?ie=UTF8&qid=1387299079&sr=8-1&keywords=promise+of+blood)

Title: Re: [Feb 2014] Voting is Open!
Post by: Arry on December 17, 2013, 10:27:45 PM
hmmm… it's tied up again.
Title: Re: [Feb 2014] Voting is Open!
Post by: dispassionatemind on December 18, 2013, 07:35:01 PM
hmmm… it's tied up again.

I vote we read both.  :o
Title: Re: [Feb 2014] Voting is Open!
Post by: Arry on December 19, 2013, 04:29:57 PM
Wow .... still close. The tie was broken last time I looked, with Promise of Blood in the lead, and now Lions of al-Rassan is in the lead. About 6 hours left to make the final decision!
Title: Re: [Feb 2014] Voting is Open!
Post by: dispassionatemind on December 19, 2013, 06:02:02 PM
I'm really hoping that this results in some lively discussion with lots of participants!
Title: Re: [Feb 2014] Voting is Open!
Post by: Arry on December 19, 2013, 07:34:10 PM
Oh, come on! Tied again?   :o  The book club seems a bit divided this month. And King Rat wasn't even in the running.

I'm really hoping that this results in some lively discussion with lots of participants!

Me too! I actually haven't voted because I'll participate either way and I really want whatever will pull in the most participation to win. Plus I can't decide. This does mean that I can break the tie... I'm just trying not to.
Title: Re: [Feb 2014] Voting is Open!
Post by: Arry on December 19, 2013, 11:39:34 PM
We have a winner! Lions of al-Rassan it is  ;D

Really looking forward to it and really hope we get some good conversations on this one. :)

Come let us know if you can join us:
http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/book-club/(feb-2014)-the-lions-of-al-rassan-by-guy-gavriel-kay-who's-reading-with-us/new/#new
Title: Re: [Feb 2014] Voting is Open!
Post by: Doctor_Chill on December 20, 2013, 12:38:31 AM
Noooooooooo!

Gonna sit this one out. I already have too many books to read for January and February, and not this one. Oh well. Hope y'all have fun. ;)