Teaser Tuesdays: May 17


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| Teaser Tuesdays: May 17 |

The Emperor’s Blades

Book One of the Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne

by Brian Staveley

Fantasy | 593 Pages | Published by Tor in 2014


The room was a cramped garret on the fourth storey of a tall, narrow building next to the harbour. A rickety staircase spiraled up tightly, the ceiling so low Valyn had to crouch, boards so warped and twisted that each time they groaned beneath his weight he wondered if the whole thing was going to crumble, dumping him into the cellar.

~ p. 145, The Emperor’s Blades by Brian Staveley


| Synopsis |

The circle is closing. The stakes are high. And old truths will live again . . .

The Emperor has been murdered, leaving the Annurian Empire in turmoil. Now his progeny must prepare to unmask a conspiracy. His son Valyn, training for the empire’s deadliest fighting force, hears the news an ocean away. And after several ‘accidents’ and a dying soldier’s warning, he realizes his life is also in danger. Yet before Valyn can act, he must survive the mercenaries’ brutal final initiation.

The Emperor’s daughter, Minister Adare, hunts her father’s murderer in the capital. Court politics can be fatal, but she needs justice. Lastly Kaden, heir to the empire, studies in a remote monastery. Here, the Blank God’s disciples teach their harsh ways, which Kaden must master to unlock ancient powers. But when an imperial delegation arrives, has he learnt enough to keep him alive, as long-hidden powers make their move?

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Teaser Tuesdays: May 10


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| Teaser Tuesdays: May 10 |

And Then There Were None

by Agatha Christie

Crime | Thriller | 250 Pages | Published by Harper Collins in 2015


He could hear sounds everywhere now, cracks, rustles, mysterious whispers – but his dogged, realistic brain knew them for what they were – the creations of his own heated imagination. And then suddenly he heard something that was not imagination.

~ p. 194, And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie


| Synopsis |

Ten strangers are invited to Soldier Island, an isolated rock off the Devon coast. Cut off from the mainland, with their generous host mysteriously absent, they are each accused of a terrible crime. 

Then one of the party dies suddenly, and they realise there amy be a murderer in their midst – a murderer who might strike again… and again…

And all the time, copies of a macabre nursery rhyme hand in each room, a nursery rhyme with an omen of death for all ten of them.

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Teaser Tuesdays: May 03


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Lustlocked

Book Two of the Sin du Jour Series

by Matt Wallace

Urban Fantasy | Novella | 211 Pages | Published by Tor in 2016


It’s a nightmare. And then the nightmare becomes a porno.

~ p. 90, Lustlocked by Matt Wallace


| Synopsis |

At a Goblin Royal Wedding party a magical food additive turns the humans in the room into horny 6 foot lizards, and all they want to do is have sex.

With anything. For as long as they can.

And as being screwed to death isn’t something that interests Sin du Jour staff, something must be done, but the building’s magical defences have kicked in, sealing off access to the outside world.

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Teaser Tuesdays: April 19


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| Teaser Tuesdays: April 19 |

Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits

by David Wong

Science Fiction | Humour | 480 Pages | Published by Titan in 2015


Within ten steps she was walking precariously on a jagged pile of debris – busted cinder blocks and shards of glass and twisted metal beams – that got more treacherous as she neared the black bowl where the warehouse had been. There were yellow bulldozers and backhoes and other vehicles scattered around the crater like toys, making it look like a giant sandbox some enormous toddler had been playing in.

~ 29%, Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits by David Wong


| Synopsis |

Nightmarish villains with superhuman enhancements.

An all-seeing social network that tracks your every move.

Mysterious, smooth-talking power players who lurk behind the scenes.

A young woman from the trailer park. And her very smelly cat.

Together, they will decide the future of mankind.

Get ready for a world in which anyone can have the powers of a god or the fame of a pop star, in which human achievement soars to new heights while its depravity plunges to the blackest depths. A world in which at least one cat smells like a seafood shop’s dumpster on a hot summer day.

This is the world in which Zoey Ashe finds herself, navigating a futuristic city in which one can find elements of the fantastic, nightmarish and ridiculous on any street corner. Her only trusted advisor is the aforementioned cat, but even in the future, cats cannot give advice. At least not any that you’d want to follow.

Will Zoey figure it all out in time? Or maybe the better question is, will you? After all, the future is coming sooner than you think.

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Teaser Tuesdays: April 12


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| Teaser Tuesdays: April 12 |

The Colour of Magic

A Discworld Novel

by Terry Pratchett

Fantasy | 287 Pages | Published by Corgi in 2012


Rincewind thought that a meeting with most of the Drum’s clientele would mean that Twoflower never went home again, unless he lived downriver and happened to float past.

~ p.34

“The box didn’t appear to be hampered in any way by the ornamental rug draped roguishly over it, nor by the thief hanging one armed from the lid. It was, in a very real sense, a dead weight. Further along the lid were the remains of two fingers, owner unknown.”

~ p.61

The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett


| Synopsis |

In the beginning there was… a turtle.

Somewhere on the frontier between thought and reality exists the Discworld, a parallel time and place which might sound and smell very much like our own, but which looks completely different. Particularly as it’s carried though space on the back of a giant turtle (sex unknown). It plays by different rules.

But then, some things are the same everywhere. The Disc’s very existence is about to be threatened by a strange new blight: the world’s first tourist, upon whose survival rests the peace and prosperity of the land. Unfortunately, the person charged with maintaining that survival in the face of robbers, mercenaries and, well, Death, is a spectacularly inept wizard…

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Teaser Tuesdays: April 05


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| Teaser Tuesdays: April 05 |

The Steel Remains

Book One of A Land Fit for Heroes

by Richard Morgan

Fantasy | 391 Pages | Published by Gollancz in 2009


The light pricked his eyes. He peered through the massive iron bars of the main gate, felt oddly like some pathetic ghost clinging to the scene of an earthly existence there was no way back to.

~ 17%, The Steel Remains by Richard (K.) Morgan


| Synopsis |

Ringil, the hero of the bloody slaughter at Gallows Gap is a legend to all who don’t know him and a twisted degenerate to those that do. A veteran of the wars against the lizards he makes a living from telling credulous travellers of his exploits. Until one day he is pulled away from his life and into the depths of the Empire’s slave trade. Where he will discover a secret infinitely more frightening than the trade in lives.

Archeth – pragmatist, cynic and engineer, the last of her race – is called from her work at the whim of the most powerful man in the Empire and sent to its farthest reaches to investigate a demonic incursion against the Empire’s borders.

Egar Dragonbane, steppe-nomad, one-time fighter for the Empire finds himself entangled in a small-town battle between common sense and religious fervour. But out in the wider world there is something on the move far more alien than any of his tribe’s petty gods.

Anti-social, anti-heroic, and decidedly irritated, all three of them are about to be sent unwillingly forth into a vicious, vigorous and thoroughly unsuspecting fantasy world. Called upon by an Empire that owes them everything and gave them nothing.

Richard Morgan brings his trademark visceral writing style, turbo-driven plotting and thought provoking characterisation to the fantasy genre and produces a landmark work with his first foray.

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Teaser Tuesdays: March 29


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Tomorrow the Killing

Low Town Book Two

by Daniel Polansky

Fantasy | 368 Pages | Published by Hodder & Stoughton in 2012


He had a walk that kept pace with the sprint of lesser men, his towering midsection held in place by a pair of stork-like legs. A performance, to be sure, but one with purpose – while your eyes trailed the dazzle, a steel trap marked you, jotted down your net worth to the copper, memorized any detail that might one day be of use.

~ 41%, Tomorrow the Killing by Daniel Polansky


| Synopsis |

Once he was a hero of the Great War, and then a member of the dreaded Black House. Now he is the criminal linchpin of Low Town. His name is Warden. He thought he had left the war behind him, but a summons from up above brings the past sharply, uncomfortably, back into focus. General Montgomery’s daughter is missing somewhere in Low Town, searching for clues about her brother’s murder. The general wants her found, before the stinking streets can lay claim to her, too.

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Teaser Tuesdays: March 22


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| Teaser Tuesdays: March 21 |

Under the Empyrean Sky

Book One of The Heartland Trilogy

by Chuck Wendig

Science Fiction | Dystopian | 370 Pages | Published by Skyscape in 2013


The pollen drift picks up and the winds start to howl, and all around are those allergic to the storm – blowing their noses into paisley handkerchiefs or rubbing their swollen red eyes. But they gather just the same because, above all else, they want to win.

~ p. 97, Under the Empyrean Sky by Chuck Wendig


| Synopsis |

Corn is king in the Heartland, and Cael McAvoy has had enough of it. It’s the only crop the Empyrean government allows the people of the Heartland to grow. And the genetically modified strain is so aggressive that it takes everything the Heartlanders have just to control it. As captain of the Big Sky Scavengers, Cael and his crew sail their rickety ship over the corn day after day, scavenging for valuables, trying to earn much-needed ace notes for their families. But Cael’s tired of surviving life on the ground while the Empyrean elite drift by above in their extravagant sky flotillas. He’s sick of the mayor’s son besting Cael’s crew in the scavenging game. And he’s worried about losing Gwennie, his first mate and the love of his life, forever when their government-chosen spouses are revealed. But most of all, Cael is angry, angry that their lot in life will never get better and that his father doesn’t seem upset about any of it. Cael’s ready to make his own luck . . . even if it means bringing down the wrath of the Empyrean elite and changing life in the Heartland forever.

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Teaser Tuesdays: March 15


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| Teaser Tuesdays: March 15 |

Envy of Angels

Book One of the Sin du Jour Series

by Matt Wallace

Fantasy | 225 Pages | Published by Tor in 2015


A sound like gunshot rings out, but it’s only Lena, who has just slapped Ritter across the face in an effort to keep him conscious. He’s sweating and groaning and squirming against her knee as it braces his bloody stump of a limb against the kitchen floor.

~ 23%, Envy of Angels by Matt Wallace


| Synopsis |

In New York, eating out can be hell.

Everyone loves a well-catered event, and the supernatural community is no different, but where do demons go to satisfy their culinary cravings?

Welcome to Sin du Jour – where devils on horseback are the clients, not the dish.

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