I meant to post this a few hours ago (you know, when it was still Monday), but I went into my bedroom to get something and then woke up three hours later. Damn that sitting on the bed “for a minute”. Yeah.
Anyways, after the wasteland that was July, there are some really good books to look forward to for August, and these new series don’t seem to be any exception. Let’s start with one that caught my eye way back a few months ago, and that is A Promise of Fire from Amanda Bouchet. It is the first book of The Kingmaker Chronicles.
Catalia “Cat” Fisa is a powerful clairvoyant known as the Kingmaker. This smart-mouthed soothsayer has no interest in her powers and would much rather fly under the radar, far from the clutches of her homicidal mother. But when an ambitious warlord captures her, she may not have a choice…
Griffin is intent on bringing peace to his newly conquered realm in the magic-deprived south. When he discovers Cat is the Kingmaker, he abducts her. But Cat will do everything in her power to avoid her dangerous destiny and battle her captor at every turn. Although up for the battle, Griffin would prefer for Cat to help his people willingly, and he’s ready to do whatever it takes to coax her…even if that means falling in love with her.
This next one comes from Lisa Kessler. Lure of Obsession is the first book in her new The Muse Chronicles series.
Melanie Jacoby teaches English at Crystal City High School. She’s also the reborn Muse of Tragic Poetry, but she isn’t prepared for the tragedy of finding her roommate dead at the bottom of the stairs.
Nate Malone is the detective assigned to the case, but as the evidence points to an accidental fall, the visions begin. He sees a killer in a gold Kronos mask.
Mel is the next target.
The Order of the Titans are eager to bring about the return of the Golden Age of Man, and they’re prepared to kill the Muses to complete their mission. But Nate’s desire to protect Mel is almost as strong as his hunger for her.
And tragedy isn’t part of his plan.
This next one is a biggie, and it comes from Faith Hunter. Soulwood is a spin-off series from the Jane Yellowrock books, and it features a character we have already met briefly in a novella, Nell Ingram. The first book is called Blood of the Earth.
Set in the same world as the New York Times bestselling Jane Yellowrock novels, an all-new series starring Nell Ingram, who wields powers as old as the earth.
When Nell Ingram met skinwalker Jane Yellowrock, she was almost alone in the world, exiled by both choice and fear from the cult she was raised in, defending herself with the magic she drew from her deep connection to the forest that surrounds her.
Now, Jane has referred Nell to PsyLED, a Homeland Security agency policing paranormals, and agent Rick LaFleur has shown up at Nell’s doorstep. His appearance forces her out of her isolated life into an investigation that leads to the vampire Blood Master of Nashville.
Nell has a team—and a mission. But to find the Master’s kidnapped vassal, Nell and the PsyLED team will be forced to go deep into the heart of the very cult Nell fears, infiltrating the cult and a humans-only terrorist group before time runs out…
I have already bored everyone more than once in my strange interest in the Soulwood series, but sometimes things work that way for me. A spin-off can jump start my interest in the original series, which would be great. I would love to pull a Jane Yellowrock marathon, now that I know that the endless cycle of her potential love interests eventually does get resolved. That will spur me on to finish, for sure. I know Ricky Bo has a lot of hate going on for his character, but I am not far enough into the Jane Yellowrock books yet to know why. This could be interesting.
Which of these will you be trying out? It looks like at least one of these should appeal to most everyone, since they do vary quite a bit. Check back tomorrow (uh, later today?) for Monika’s review of A Promise of Fire, too. That one sounds like it has major potential…