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.
Gunmetal Magic by Ilona Andrews
Date: July 31, 2012
Some people have everything figured out — Andrea Nash is not one of those people. After being kicked out of the Order of Knights of Merciful Aid, Andrea's whole existence is in shambles. All she can do is try to put herself back together, something made easier by working for Cutting Edge, a small investigative firm owned by her best friend, Kate Daniels.
When several shapeshifters working for Raphael Medrano — the male alpha of Clan Bouda and Andrea's former lover — die unexpectedly at a dig site, Andrea is assigned to investigate ... and must work with Raphael. As her search for the killer leads her into the secret underbelly of supernatural Atlanta, Andrea knows that dealing with her feelings for Raphael might have to take a backseat to saving the world ...
I only have a handful of "must read" authors- especially when it comes to paranormal fiction- and Ilona Andrews is one of them. "Gunmetal Magic" is an offshoot of the Kate Daniels series, but I'm just as excited to get my hands on this one as I would be if it were part of the regular series.
Jim's can't wait to read selection is:
Age of Aztec by James Lovegrove
The date is 4 Jaguar 1 Monkey 1 House – November 25th 2012 by the old reckoning – and the Aztec Empire rules the world.
The Aztecs’ reign is one of cruel and ruthless oppression, encompassing regular human sacrifice. In the jungle-infested city of London, one man defies them: the masked vigilante known as the Conquistador.
Then the Conquistador is recruited to spearhead an uprising, and discovers a terrible truth about the Aztec and thier gods. The clock is ticking. Apocalypse looms, unless the Conquistador can help assassinate the mysterious, immortal Aztec emperor, the Great Speaker. But his mission is complicated by Mal Vaughn, a police detective who is on his trail, determined to bring him to justice.
I was somewhat aware of the first book in this "series" (I believe they are not really interconnected, only different takes on alternate universes where certain mythologies of Earth were based on reality), Age of Ra, but I haven't had the chance to check out any of the books as yet. I do enjoy updating mythologies though (see my interest in Marvel's Thor) and I've got a particular fondness for the Mayans having visited ruins from that civilization (yes, I know the Aztecs aren't the same, but it's close enough for me in this case). And hey, with all the talk about the Mayan calendar, I'm intrigued and would like to check this book out.