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.
SQT's can't wait to read selection is:
House of Shadows by Rachel Neumeier
Date: July 10, 2012
Orphaned, two sisters are left to find their own way.
Sweet and proper, Karah's future seems secure at a glamorous Flower House. She could be pampered for the rest of her life... if she agrees to play their game.
Nemienne, neither sweet nor proper, has fewer choices. Left with no alternative, she accepts a mysterious mage's offer of an apprenticeship. Agreeing means a home and survival, but can Nemienne trust the mage?
With the arrival of a foreign bard into the quiet city, dangerous secrets are unearthed, and both sisters find themselves at the center of a plot that threatens not only to upset their newly found lives, but also to destroy their kingdom.
Rachel Neumeier has been on my TBR list for awhile with her Griffin Mage novels- but I may jump straight to this one. Two sisters, magic and intrigue- it sounds like a simple formula but one that could be really good.
Legend tells of a foolhardy expedition, led by the radical Magos Telok, which ventured out into the unknown space beyond the Halo Worlds in search of the ‘Breath of the Gods’ – an arcane device with the power to unmake and reshape the very stars themselves. Thousands of years later, the ambitious Lexell Kotov musters his Adeptus Mechanicus Explorator fleet and sets out to follow in mad old Telok’s footsteps. With the might of the Imperial Guard and the Space Marines to augment his own forces, he searches for the hidden clues which will lead him to greatest power that the galaxy has ever known. But who knows what ancient perils may yet lie outside the Imperium and the dominion of mankind?
As I've mentioned elsewhere, my current interest in the Warhammer book series is around The Horus Heresy era. Though this isn't a book from that series, it does sound like it could cover a long period of history of the Adeptus Mechanicus, seemingly beginning before the Heresy and then moving into the 40K universe timeframe. Either way, it's by an author I'm paying far more attention to now, and seems like a nice stand-alone book in the setting.