On My Radar – June 2018

Working my way through the list of new releases for June, I thought I’d bring your attention to some of the titles on my radar for this month.

So let’s get into it! (In no particular order):
The Imager Portfolio #11
Six years have passed since the failed uprising of the High Holders, and Charyn, the rex’s heir, has come of age and sets out to educate himself, against his father’s wishes, on how to be an effective rex after his father.

When privateers attack the rex’s ships, and threats escalate against the rex and his family, Charyn realizes that no one is safe–for an assassin stalks them all.

The future of Solidar rests in Charyn’s hands. Will he rise to the challenge or will the kingdom descend into chaos?
The Imager Portfolio
#1 Imager / #2 Imager’s Challenge / #3 Imager’s Intrigue / #4 Scholar / #5 Princeps / #6 Imager’s Battalion / #7 Antiagon Fire / #8 Rex Regis / #9 Madness in Solidar / #10 Treachery’s Tools / #11 Assassin’s Price
One of my favourite author’s Modesitt has captivating style and is a master of world building. Never repeating himself – and he is hugely prolific – Modesitt weaves epic fantasy tales driven by character’s facing unique struggles as they learn about the world around them and themselves. Check him out.  
The Green Bone Saga
Jade is the lifeblood of the city of Janloon – a stone that enhances a warrior’s natural strength and speed. Jade is mined, traded, stolen and killed for, controlled by the ruthless No Peak and Mountain families.

When a modern drug emerges that allows anyone – even foreigners – to wield jade, simmering tension between the two families erupts into open violence. The outcome of this clan war will determine the fate of all in the families, from their grandest patriarch to even the lowliest motorcycle runner on the streets.

Jade City is an epic tale of blood, family, honour, and of those who live and die by ancient laws in a changing world.
This is one of those books that caught my attention the very first time I a press release about it. Naturally given my own time restrictions I have not been able to find time to actually read it, however it has been garnering much acclaim and has a spot in my (ever growing) TBR pile… somewhere near the top. This is definitely a refreshing change, so check Fonda out. 
Raven’s Mark Book 2
By Ed McDonald
For Ryhalt Galharrow, working for Crowfoot as a Blackwing captain is about as bad as it gets – especially when his orders are garbled, or incoherent, or impossible to carry out.

The Deep Kings are hurling fire from the sky, a ghost in the light known only as the Bright Lady had begun to manifest in visions across the city, and the cult that worship her grasp for power while the city burns around them.

Galharrow may not be able to do much about the cult – or about strange orders from the Nameless – but when Crowfoot’s arcane vault is breached and an object of terrible power is stolen, he’s propelled into a race against time to recover it. Only to do that, he needs answers, and finding them means travelling into nightmare: to the very heart of the Misery.

Ravencry is the second book in the Raven’s Mark series, continuing the story that began with the award winning epic fantasy Blackwing.
I loved the first book by McDonald, Blackwing – you can read my review of it here – aand I cannot WAIT to get my hands on this one! (Yes, it will likely go to the top of my TBR pile 😛 ).
Let your mind be like the eye of the hawk… 
Destined from birth to serve as protector of the princess Zariya, Khai is trained in the arts of killing and stealth by a warrior sect in the deep desert; yet there is one profound truth that has been withheld from him. 

In the court of the Sun-Blessed, Khai must learn to navigate deadly intrigue and his own conflicted identity. But in the far reaches of the western seas, the dark god Miasmus is rising, intent on nothing less than wholesale destruction. 

If Khai is to keep his soul’s twin Zariya alive, their only hope lies with an unlikely crew of prophecy-seekers on a journey that will take them farther beneath the starless skies than anyone can imagine. 
Jacqueline Carey is an amazing writer. I still remember reading Kushiel’s Dart for the first time and it is – to this day – one of my favourite novels. Carey crafts rich, magical tales of grand adventure. Her prose is nothing sort of masterful and her epic fantasy novels offer her readers poignant and evocative stories of vibrant colour and emotion. 
Carey has said of this novel that: The worldbuilding has an element of New Weird. I hope it will draw vivid pictures in readers’ minds that they’ve never seen before. There are gods in the form of a sandstorm, a towering column of flame, a willow tree, a statue. There’s a ship drawn by sea-wyrms. There’s a guy with dragonfly wings. There’s a giant clairvoyant octopus
Also, this is one of those very rare beasts in the fantasy genre – a standalone!

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