This week's selection is:
Blood's Pride by Evie Manieri
Date: February 19, 2013
Rising from their sea-torn ships like vengeful, pale phantoms, the Norlanders laid waste to the Shadar under cover of darkness. They forced the once-peaceful fisher folk into slavery and forged an alliance with their former trading partners, the desert-dwelling Nomas tribe, cutting off any hope of salvation.
Now, two decades after the invasion, a rebellion gathers strength in the dark corridors of the city. A small faction of Shadari have hired the Mongrel, an infamous mercenary, to aid their fledgling uprising--but with her own shadowy ties to the region, she is a frighteningly volatile ally. Has she really come to lead a revolution, or for a more sinister purpose all her own?
I hate to admit it, but a lot of the appeal of this book lies in the cover. I have read a sample of the book and the character of Mongrel is pretty dark-- which I like because anti-heroes are usually written as male. But the cover sealed the deal.