Notable Sci-Fi/Fantasy Releases – March 2012

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Bane of Kings continues the notable Sci-Fi/Fantasy releases feature of The Founding Fields with a look into some of the  novels that you should be looking out for that were released in March 2012.

If you’re a regular follower of The Founding Fields, you pretty much know the drill by now. If not, check out not only this, but also this, and then keep reading.

As always, we’re starting off with introducing you to Black Library‘s most notable releases, in this case – March, with the exception of Omnibus, and we’re starting off with what is the officially most reviewed title on this website, ever.

  Know No Fear by Dan Abnett (Horus Heresy #19)

(Lord of the Night’s Review) / (Bane of Kings’ Review), (EJ Davies’ Review), (Shadowhawk and Jeff Preston’s Double Review)

Unaware of the wider Heresy and following the Warmaster’s increasingly cryptic orders, Roboute Guilliman returns to Ultramar to muster his Legion for war against the orks massing in the Veridian system. Without warning, their supposed allies in the Word Bearers Legion launch a devastating invasion of Calth, scattering the Ultramarines fleet and slaughtering all who stand in their way. This confirms the worst scenario Guilliman can imagine – Lorgar means to settle their bitter rivalry once and for all. As the traitors summon foul daemonic hosts and all the forces of Chaos, the Ultramarines are drawn into a grim and deadly struggle in which neither side can prevail.

You can check out this novel here.

Lord of the Night’s Verdict: 10/10

Bane of Kings’ Verdict: 5/5

EJ Davies’ Verdict: A Must Read

Shadowhawk’s Verdict: 9/10

Jeff Preston’s Verdict: 4/5

  Path of the Renegade by Andy Chambers (Dark Eldar #1)

(Commissar Ploss’ First Looks), (Bane of Kings’ Review), (Lord of the Night’s Review)

For millennia, Asdrubael Vect has ruled the dark city of Commorragh, crushing any who dare to cross him. His reach is long and his position unassailable… or so he thinks. Yllithian, an ambitious archon with the desire to unseat the tyrant, joins forces with a twisted haemonculus in an attempt to revive a long-dead warrior and challenge the might of the overlord, both racing to achieve their goal before Vect discovers their treachery. But a cataclysm is coming, and Yllithian’s actions may in fact be the cause…

You can check out this novel here

Lord of the Night’s Verdict: 9.1/10

Bane of Kings’ Verdict: 4/5

 

  Knights of the Blazing Sun by Josh Reynolds

(Bane of Kings’ Review), (Lord of the Night’s Review), (Shadowhawk’s Review)

The Knights of the Blazing Sun are a noble and venerable order of templars dedicated to the warrior-goddess Myrmidia. The young knight Hector Goetz is sent to the distant island of Svunum to investigate the disappearance of a group of knights. Reunited with his comrades, he battles vicious pirates and bloodthirsty raiders, but from his increasingly disturbing nightmares Goetz realises that there is more to the place than meets the eye. As northern savages lay siege to the island, a deadly secret is revealed that threatens to damn his order for all eternity.

You can check out this novel here.

Lord of the Night’s Verdict: 7.7/10

Bane of Kings’ Verdict: 3/5

Shadowhawk’s Verdict: 8/10

Next up, we’re moving away from Black Library and the Warhmamer Fantasy/Warhammer 40,000 Universe to another one of my favourite  sci-fi/fantasy publishers – Orbit, and the first novel to take the scene is Intrusion by Ken MacLeod.

Intrusion by Ken Macleod

Imagine a near-future city, say London, where medical science has advanced beyond our own and a single-dose pill has been developed that, taken when pregnant, eradicates many common genetic defects from an unborn child.

Hope Morrison, mother of a hyperactive four-year-old, is expecting her second child. She refuses to take The Fix, as the pill is known. This divides her family and friends and puts her and her husband in danger of imprisonment or worse. Is her decision a private matter of individual choice, or is it tantamount to willful neglect of her unborn child?

A plausible and original novel with sinister echoes of 1984 and Brave New World.

You can check out this novel here.

Bane of Kings’ Projected Verdict: 3/5

 

  Fated by Benedict Jacka (Alex Verus #1)

(Bane of Kings’ Review)

Camden, North London. A tangled, mangled junction of train lines, roads and the canal. Where minor celebrities hang out with minor criminals, where tourists and moody teenagers mingle, and where you can get your ears pierced and your shoulder tattooed while eating sushi washed down with a can of super strength beer.

In the heart of Camden, where rail meets road meets leyline, you might find the Arcana Emporium, run by one Alex Verus. He won’t sell you a wand or mix you a potion, but if you know what you’re looking for, he might just be able to help. That’s if he’s not too busy avoiding his apprentice, foiling the Dark, outwitting the Light, and investigating a highly toxic Relic that has just turned up at the British Museum.

You can find out more here.

Bane of Kings’ Verdict: 3/5

Exogene by TC McCarthy (Subterrene War #2)

Catherine is a soldier. Fast, strong, lethal, she is the ultimate in military technology. Bred by scientists, indoctrinated by the government, she and her sisters will win this war, no matter the cost.

And the costs are high. The life span of these genetic soldiers is short, and they become unstable as they age. Then on their eighteenth birthday, when their duty is fulfilled, they are discharged – lined up and shot.

But the truth is, Catherine and her sisters may not be strictly human, but they aren’t animals either. Catherine may have only known death, but she dreams of life – and is prepared to pay any price to get it.

You can find out more here.

Bane of Kings’ Projected Verdict: 4/5

 

Next up, we’re moving away from Orbit to another strong publisher of Sci-Fi and Fantasy, and another favourite of mine who I’ve not seen a bad book by, and I’ve read quite a bit of their novels. I’m talking of course about Angry Robot, who have the following notable sci-fi/fantasy releases of March 2012.

Dead Harvest  by Chris F. Holm (The Collector #1)

(Bane of Kings’ Review), (Djinn24’s Review)

Meet Sam Thornton. He collects souls.

Sam’s job is to collect the souls of the damned, and ensure they are dispatched to the appropriate destination. But when he’s sent to collect the soul of a young woman he believes to be innocent of the horrific crime that’s doomed her to Hell, he says something no Collector has ever said before.

“No.”

File Under: Urban Fantasy [ Souled Out | Damned If You Don’t | Collector Mania | On The Run ]

You can check out more here.

Bane of Kings’ Verdict: 5/5

Djinn24’s Verdict: 8/10

  Carpathia by Matt Forbeck

(Shadowhawk’s Review), (Bane of Kings and Djinn24’s Double Review)

It’s Titanic meets 30 Days of Night.

When the desperate survivors of the Titanic were rescued from the icy waters of the North Atlantic by the passenger steamship Carpathia, they thought their problems were over.

But something was sleeping in the darkest recesses of the rescue ship. Something old. Something hungry.

The lucky ones wished they’d gone down with the ship.

File Under: Fantasy [ Bump In The Night | Unthinkable | Rescue Remedy | 1912 Overture]

You can check out this book here.

Bane of Kings’ Verdict: 4/5

Shadowhawk’s Verdict: 9/10

Djinn24’s Verdict: 8.25/10

Next up, Nightshade Books, with a single offering of Nathan Long’s Jane Carver of Waar.

  Jane Carver of Waar by Nathan Long

(Commissar Ploss’s Review) (Shadowhawk’s Review)

Jane Carver is nobody’s idea of a space princess.

A hard-ridin’, hard-lovin’ biker chick and ex-Airborne Ranger, Jane is as surprised as anyone else when, on the run from the law, she ducks into the wrong cave at the wrong time-and wakes up butt-naked on an exotic alien planet light-years away from everything she’s ever known.

Waar is a savage world of four-armed tiger-men, sky-pirates, slaves, gladiators, and purple-skinned warriors in thrall to a bloodthirsty code of honor and chivalry. Caught up in a disgraced nobleman’s quest to win back the hand of a sexy alien princess, Jane encounters bizarre wonders and dangers unlike anything she ever ran into back home.

Then again, Waar has never seen anyone like Jane before . . . .

Both a loving tribute and scathing parody of the swashbuckling space fantasies of yore, Jane Carver of Waar introduces an unforgettable new science fiction heroine.

You can check out this book here.

Commissar Ploss’s Verdict: 10/10

Shadowhawk’s Verdict: 10/10

And finally, we have a book from Hodder and Stoughton, which I’ve really enjoyed, and recently even had the chance to Interview the author.

  The Return Man by VM Zito

(Bane of Kings’ Review), (Author Interview)

The outbreak tore the USA in two. The east remains a safe haven. The west has become a ravaged wilderness. They call it the Evacuated States.

It is here that Henry Marco makes his living. Hired by grieving relatives, he tracks down the dead to deliver peace.

Now Homeland Security wants Marco, for a mission unlike any other. He must return to California, where the apocalypse began. Where a secret is hidden. And where his own tragic past waits to punish him again.

But in the wastelands of America, you never know who – or what – is watching you . . .

You can find out more about this book here.

Bane of Kings’ Verdict: 4/5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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