Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday

This is a blog meme hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine to spotlight upcoming books. This week we're featuring picks chosen by SQT and Jim.

Jim's can't wait to read selection is:

The Unnaturalists by Tiffany Trent
Publisher: Simon & Shuster YA
Date: August 14, 2012
Pages: 320

In an alternate London where magical creatures are preserved in a museum, two teens find themselves caught in a web of intrigue, deception, and danger.Vespa Nyx wants nothing more than to spend the rest of her life cataloging Unnatural creatures in her father’s museum, but as she gets older, the requirement to become a lady and find a husband is looming large. Syrus Reed’s Tinker family has always served and revered the Unnaturals from afar, but when his family is captured to be refinery slaves, he finds that his fate may be bound up with Vespa’s—and with the Unnaturals.

As the danger grows, Vespa and Syrus find themselves in a tightening web of deception and intrigue. At stake may be the fate of New London—and the world.

I admit, I was totally taken in by that cover. Sounds like steampunk mixed with urban fantasy, but the other thing that really caught my attention in the description was the idea of cataloging creatures for a museum - it has the potential to be a really interesting location. I like the idea of researching the unknown in libraries and museums like in Indiana Jones and The Mummy, so the set-up for this one appeals to me.

SQT's can't wait to read selection is:

Scourge of the Betrayer by Jeff Salyards

Publisher: Night Shade Books
Publication date: 5/8/2012
Pages: 320

Many tales are told of the Syldoon Empire and its fearsome soldiers, who are known throughout the world for their treachery and atrocities. Some say that the Syldoon eat virgins and babies-or perhaps their own mothers. Arkamondos, a bookish young scribe, suspects that the Syldoon's dire reputation may have grown in the retelling, but he's about to find out for himself.

Hired to chronicle the exploits of a band of rugged Syldoon warriors, Arki finds himself both frightened and fascinated by the men's enigmatic leader, Captain Braylar Killcoin. A secretive, mercurial figure haunted by the memories of those he's killed with his deadly flail, Braylar has already disposed of at least one impertinent scribe . . . and Arki might be next.

Archiving the mundane doings of millers and merchants was tedious, but at least it was safe. As Arki heads off on a mysterious mission into parts unknown, in the company of the coarse, bloody-minded Syldoon, he is promised a chance to finally record an historic adventure well worth the telling, but first he must survive the experience!

A gripping military fantasy in the tradition of Glen Cook, Scourge of the Betrayer explores the brutal politics of Empire-and the searing impact of violence and dark magic on a man's soul.

I am always looking for the next traditional fantasy epic to fall in love with. This sounds a little dark, but well worth the journey.


Carina said...

THE UNNATURALISTS sounds like a really awesome read, so of course I can't wait to get my hands on a copy of this either.

Great picks! :)

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Kat said...

Both sound interesting - thanks for sharing :)

Here's my WOW pick.

Wit and Sin

usagi, said...

"The Unnaturalists" is also on my TBR list for this summer - it looks awesome and I'm glad that YA is finally getting a flood of steampunk! It's so refreshing. :)

My WOW pick for this week!

Tanya Patrice said...

These sound really intriguing! And I love the covers too.

Book Sake said...

I cannot wait for the Unnaturalists. That sounds seriously good!!!

Our WoW is at Book Sake. –Jessica

Bob (Beauty in Ruins) said...

Great minds think alike - Scourge of the Betrayer was my WOW this week as well!

Tribute Books Mama said...

Two good picks, enjoy!

Maria said...

The Unnaturalists sounds like my kind of book...I'm intrigued by the cover for Scourge of the Betrayer but it does sound a bit darker than what I normally read...I'll have to think on it:)

Here's a link to my WoW: http://tinyurl.com/7lgscsz

JC Jones said...

First time I have seen either one of these. More to read. So little time.