Thursday’s come around, and we have more books to share with you. If you’re after fantasy, you’re in luck — take your pick of these amazing books and discover worlds unlike any you’ve seen before.
Shadows of the Short Days, Alexander Dan Vilhjalmsson
A striking Icelandic debut, set in a world where wild and industrialised magic meet.
WELCOME TO REYKJAVÍK
Here, people do as they are told. They follow the rules. They stay in line. Citizens are watched over by the flying fortress, and dissidents are vanished deep into the dungeons of the Nine.
A CITY OF WONDROUS POWER
Sæmundur is a student of magic, hungry for knowledge. Except his dangerous theories have seen him expelled from university. Garún is an outcast artist, rejected by her city simply because of who she is.
A SAFE PLACE FOR EVERYONE
Both want more from the city they call home. Both will fight against the ruthless police, the masked sorcerers, and the powers that have rejected them. Both will risk everything to change Reykjavík forever.
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‘A marvellous, quirky, original fantasy’ Joanne Harris, bestselling author of The Strawberry Thief
‘One of the most ambitious, intense, original and thrilling debuts I’ve read in a long time’ Grimdark Magazine
‘Fresh and exciting: full of dark, demonic, revolutionary shenanigans’ Peter Newman, author of The Vagrant
Knight of Stars, Tom Lloyd
As a world lurches towards war, a ragtag group of mercenaries find themselves holding the balance of power in this engaging, fun fantasy series.
Lynx and the rest of the Cards are heading south. There’s money in their pockets, beer in their hands and a simple job ahead – sun, sea and not getting shot at much. Throw in the prospect of a bar fight and it’s almost a holiday.
But the volatile Mage Islands are a powder-keg, one just waiting for a spark. A bloody-handed exile perhaps, or the agent of a foreign power preparing for war. Maybe even a bunch of trigger-happy drunks who’ve upset the balance of magic across the Riven Kingdom.
Or all three together, that’d definitely work . . .
Praise for The God Fragments series:
‘From the very first page, this first book in Tom Lloyd’s new The God Fragments hurls you head-first into the action . . . the world that Lloyd wraps you in is just as gripping as his storytelling’ SFX
‘tightly written heroic fantasy with deftly drawn characters in an intriguing, action-filled world’ Adrian Tchaikovsky, Arthur C. Clarke Award-winning author of Children of Time
‘Grips you from the beginning and doesn’t let go until the end. This is Tom Lloyd at his best’ Edward Cox, author of The Song of the Sycamore
The War Within, Stephen Donaldson
Stephen Donaldson, the bestselling author of The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, continues his Great God’s War fantasy epic as two kingdoms – united by force – prepare to be challenged by a merciless enemy . . .
It has been twenty years since Prince Bifalt of Belleger discovered the Last Repository and the sorcerous knowledge hidden there. At the behest of the repository’s magisters, and in return for the restoration of sorcery to both kingdoms, the realms of Belleger and Amika ceased generations of war. Their alliance was sealed with the marriage of Bifalt to Estie, the crown princess of Amika. But the peace – and their marriage – has been uneasy.
Now the terrible war that King Bifalt and Queen Estie feared is coming. An ancient enemy has discovered the location of the Last Repository, and a mighty horde of dark forces is massing to attack the library and take the magical knowledge it guards. That horde will slaughter every man, woman, and child in its path, destroying both Belleger and Amika along the way.
With their alliance undermined by lingering hostility and conspiracies threatening, it will take all of the monarchs’ strength and will to inspire their people into defiance . . .
‘Told with masterful vigour’ SFX on Seventh Decimate
‘Comparable to Tolkien at his best’ The Washington Post
‘Fatal Revenant is eventful and original’ Starburst
Beneath the Twisted Trees, Bradley Beaulieu
Fourth in epic new fantasy series of mystery, prophecy and death within the ancient walled city of Sharakhai, home to the Twelve Kings . . .
Çeda was an elite warrior in service to the kings of Sharakhai. She has been an assassin in dark places. A weapon poised to strike from the shadows. A voice from the darkness, striving to free her people.
Now she’s going to lead.
The age of the Kings is coming to an end . . .
‘If you are a fan of the epic fantasy genre, you should definitely give this book a chance’ The Ranting Dragon
‘Bradley P. Beaulieu is a welcome addition to the roster of new fantasy novelists’ Michael A. Stackpole
‘Strong characters and a plot filled with tension and difficult choices make this a good option for fantasy fans’ Library Journal