Notable Sci-Fi/Fantasy Releases – February 2012

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You may remember at the end of January, Bane of Kings wrote a piece entitled Notable Sci-Fi/Fantasy Releases – January 2012. Well, now that it is past the end of February, he puts up the February’s most Notable Sci-Fi/Fantasy releases for you to check out.

To kick things off, in a similar manner to Last Month’s thread, we’re looking at Black Library’s releases. and to start off with, it’s Chris Wraight’s Warhammer Heroes novel, entitled Luthor Huss.

Luthor Huss by Chris Wraight (Warhammer Heroes #6)

(Bane of Kings’ Review / Lord of the Night’s Review)

Witch hunter Lukas Eichmann investigates a series of bizarre murders, which ultimately lead him into the haunted depths of the Empire at the head of an army of fanatical warriors. In the Drakwald Forest, Luthor Huss, warrior priest of Sigmar, battles to free the denizens of the forest from a plague of the walking dead. As their fates entwine, the two warriors confront a threat that will decide their future, while Huss must face a secret from his past if he is to survive and embrace his destiny as the Hammer of Sigmar.

Bane of Kings’ Verdict: 4.5/5

Lord of the Night’s Verdict: 9.1/10 

You can check out the novel here: http://www.blacklibrary.com/all-products/luthor-huss.html.

Following on from Luthor Huss, we have the latest Ciaphas Cain novel, The Last Ditch, also published by Black Library, written by Sandy Mitchell, and is the novel that I’m currently reading.

The Last Ditch by Sandy Mitchell (Ciaphas Cain #8)

Imperial commissar Ciaphas Cain returns to Nusquam Fundumentibus to crush the ork attacks which have been plaguing the frozen planet. But when his ship crashes into the wastelands outside the capital it disturbs a far greater enemy, one which has lain dormant under the permafrost since long before the Imperium came to this world, and could now threaten the whole sector. Faced with ongoing greenskin raids and keeping an over-enthusiastic novice commissar under control, Cain must rally his men and confront whatever emerges from beneath the rapidly melting ice…

Bane of Kings’ Projected Verdict: 4/5

You can check out this novel here: http://www.blacklibrary.com/warhammer-40000/Ciaphas-Cain/last-ditch-the.html

Seeing as I’m not counting Omnibuses in this post, (otherwise I would cover The Second Blood Angels Omnibus by James Swallow, also released this month from Black Library), I’m moving onto the next publishing industry, in this case, Orbit, a strong publisher of sci-fi and fantasy novels and most of their novels are well worth a look into. First of all, we’re returning to MLN Hanover’s The Black Sun’s Daughter series with book two, Darker Angels. Although I’m not normally a fan of Urban Fantasy, bar a few exceptions (Dresden Files, The Power of Five), MLN Hanover is the penname of Daniel Abraham, and I really enjoyed Daniel Abraham’s The Dragon’s Path. So, let’s see how Dark Angels turns out, then.

 Darker Angels by MLN Hanover (The Black Sun’s Daughter #2)

When Jayné Heller’s uncle Eric died, she inherited a fortune beyond all her expectations – and a dangerous mission in a world she never knew existed. Reining in demons and supernatural foes is a formidable task, but thankfully Jayné has vast resources and loyal allies to rely on. She’ll need both to tackle a bodyswitching serial killer who’s taken up residence in New Orleans, a city rich in voodoo lore and dark magic.

Working alongside Karen Black, a highly confident and enigmatic ex-FBI agent, Jayné races to track down the demon’s next intended host. But the closer she gets, the more convinced she becomes that nothing in this beautiful, wounded city is exactly as it seems. When shocking secrets come to light, and jealousy and betrayal turn trusted friends into adversaries, Jayné will soon come face-to-face with an enemy that knows her all too well, and won’t rest until it has destroyed everything she loves most . . .

Bane of Kings’ Projected Verdict: 4/5

You can check out this book here: http://www.orbitbooks.net/publishing-schedules/orbit-uk-2012-publication-list/#darker

Following on from Darker Angels, we have more Urban Fantasy, this time by Robert Jackson Bennett, author of The Company Man, which I read last year, and enjoyed greatly. Although The Troupe, the novel in question, is only releated to The Company Man by the fact that it’s being published by the same company and written by the same author, I think this is going to be a good one. It’s already gaining a few strong advanced reviews around the blogsphere, so let’s see how it shapes up:

The Troupe by Robert Jackson Bennett 

George Carole ran away from home to join the Vaudeville circuit. Sixteen years old, uncommonly gifted at the piano, he falls in with a strange troupe – even for Vaudeville.

Under the watchful eye of the enigmatic figure of Silenus, George comes to realise that the members of the troupe are more than they appear to be. And their travels have a purpose that runs deeper than entertainment.

George must uncover the mysteries of Silenus’s company before it is too late. He is already entangled in their web of secrets and, if he doesn’t learn where they are taking him, he may never find his way out.

Bane of Kings’ Projected Verdict: 4/5 

You can check out this novel here: http://www.orbitbooks.net/publishing-schedules/orbit-uk-2012-publication-list/#troupe.

Right, that’s it from Orbit for this month, and onto our next publisher, where we’re looking at Angry Robot, publisher of all things sci-fi, fantasy, and WTF?, and I am pleased to say that I have never read a book by them that I am yet to dislike, which is a plus. If only the same could be said about every publisher. And we’re going to kick things of with Giant Thief by David Tellerman, a fantasy novel that from what I’ve read, looks pretty good, and is another giant-featuring novel coming out this year, the first being John R. Fultz’s Seven Princes, published by Orbit.

Giant Thief by David Tellerman (Easie  Damasco #1) 

Meet Easie Damasco, rogue, thieving swine and total charmer.

Even the wicked can’t rest when a vicious warlord and the force of enslaved giants he commands invade their homeland. Damasco might get away in one piece, but he’s going to need help.

Big time.

File Under: Fantasy [ Big Trouble | Deception | Saltlick’s City | Hang ‘im High ]

Bane of Kings’ Projected Verdict: 3.5/5

You can check out this book here: http://angryrobotbooks.com/our-authors/david-tallerman/giant-thief-david-tallerman/.

Following on from Giant Thief, we have the second Angry Robot release of February 2012, a Steampunk novel written by Lavie Tidhar, entitled The Great Game, and although it is the third volume in The Bookman Histories, I read and enjoyed, and understood it enough as a standalone novel.  Although it’s yet to have a review, I’ll be putting one up as soon as I can.

The Great Game by Lavie Tidhar (The Bookman Histories #3) 

When Mycroft Holmes is Murdered in London, it is up to retired shadow executive Smith to track down his killer – and stumble on the greatest conspiracy of his life.

Strange forces are stirring into life around the globe, and in the shadow game of spies nothing is certain. Fresh from liberating a strange alien object in Abyssinia – which might just be the mythical Ark of the Covenant – young Lucy Westerna, Holmes’ protégé, must follow her own path to the truth while, on the other side of the world, a young Harry Houdini must face his greatest feat of escape – death itself.

As their paths converge the body count mounts up, the entire world is under threat, and in a foreboding castle in the mountains of Transylvania a mysterious old man weaves a spider’s web of secrets and lies.

Airship battles, Frankenstein monsters, alien tripods and death-defying acts: The Great Game is a cranked-up steampunk thriller in which nothing is certain – not even death.

File Under: Steampunk [ End Of Days | Only The Beginning | The Ark | Insane Thrills ]

Bane of Kings’ Projected Verdict: 4/5 

You can check out this book here: http://angryrobotbooks.com/our-authors/lavie-tidhar/the-great-game-lavie-tidhar/.

Now, it’s time for the final novel of the month, and in this case, it’s Throne of the Crescent Moon, a fantasy début by  Saladin Ahmed  published by DAW – which sadly, I am yet to read. However, across the blogsphere, this book’s been generating a lot of hype, and It looks awesome – so I wonder how it’ll turn up. I’ll attempt to pick it up as soon as I can, though.

Throne of the Crescent Moon by Saladin Ahmed (Crescent Moon Kingdoms #1)

The Crescent Moon Kingdoms, land of djenn and ghuls, holy warriors and heretics, Khalifs and killers, is at the boiling point of a power struggle between the iron-fisted Khalif and the mysterious master thief known as the Falcon Prince. In the midst of this brewing rebellion a series of brutal supernatural murders strikes at the heart of the Kingdoms. It is up to a handful of heroes to learn the truth behind these killings:

Doctor Adoulla Makhslood, “The last real ghul hunter in the great city of Dhamsawaat,” just wants a quiet cup of tea. Three score and more years old, he has grown weary of hunting monsters and saving lives, and is more than ready to retire from his dangerous and demanding vocation. But when an old flame’s family is murdered, Adoulla is drawn back to the hunter’s path.

Raseed bas Raseed, Adoulla’s young assistant, a hidebound holy warrior whose prowess is matched only by his piety, is eager to deliver God’s justice. But even as Raseed’s sword is tested by ghuls and manjackals, his soul is tested when he and Adoulla cross paths with the tribeswoman Zamia.

Zamia Badawi, Protector of the Band, has been gifted with the near-mythical power of the Lion-Shape, but shunned by her people for daring to take up a man’s title. She lives only to avenge her father’s death. Until she learns that Adoulla and his allies also hunt her father’s killer. Until she meets Raseed.

When they learn that the murders and the Falcon Prince’s brewing revolution are connected, the companions must race against time–and struggle against their own misgivings–to save the life of a vicious despot. In so doing they discover a plot for the Throne of the Crescent Moon that threatens to turn Dhamsawaat, and the world itself, into a blood-soaked ruin.

Bane of Kings’ Projected Rating: 4.5/5

You can check out the book for yourself, here: http://www.saladinahmed.com/?page_id=579.

Right, that’s all folks, I hope you enjoyed this post. Check back in late March /early April 2012 for the Notable Sci-Fi/Fantasy releases of that month. Now, that I’ve said that, and from what you’ve seen, go out and buy these books, either from the publishers, your local bookstore, or places like Amazon. Go, Go, Go!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Milo, aka Bane of Kings, is a SFF/Comic reader, and watches a lot of TV. His favourite authors are Neil Gaiman, China Mieville, Jim Butcher, Brandon Sanderson & Iain M. Banks, whilst his favourite TV shows are Battlestar Galactica (2003), Person Of Interest, Firefly, Game of Thrones, & Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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