Some weeks have more releases than others. Some weeks have more of those books coming out that I actually received ARCs for, and some of those weeks just contain so many books that I didn’t have time to read them all before the street date.
But that doesn’t mean they should have to wait for a little limelight. This is what Release Day Regrets is for, when there’s a significant number of books I didn’t get the chance to go over. Looking at the ARCs I received that I couldn’t or didn’t get a chance to review, and over which I feel regret. It’s not the same as a full-out review, but it is a way to give those books some of the attention they deserve.
Black Trillium, by Marion Zimmer Bradley, Andre Norton, and Julian May
Three royal sisters must undertake separate but equally perilous quests in order to defeat the dark sorcery that has ravaged their kingdom in book one of the Saga of the Trillium, an ingenious collaboration by three classic names in fantasy fiction
Peace has long reigned in Ruwenda thanks to the magical protection of the Archimage Binah. The realm’s devoted guardian is aging, however, and her magic is weakening. When the kingdom’s triplet princesses were still infants, Binah gave each of them the mystical power of the Black Trillium. But the unthinkable occurs too soon, and Ruwenda is overrun by the ravaging armies of neighboring Labornok before the sisters, Haramis, Kadiya, and Anigel, have time to learn how to use their great gift.
Forced to flee, the young princesses must follow their separate destinies through a dangerous and unfamiliar world of Oddlings and enemies—for only the combined power of three magical talismans can help them defeat the malevolent sorcerer who has brought chaos and death to their once-idyllic home. But it will take new kinds of strength and wisdom to confront the great evil that has descended on the World of the Three Moons.
Marion Zimmer Bradley, Julian May, and Andre Norton, three of the most honored names in fantasy fiction, have joined forces to create an extraordinary world and culture in the first book of the remarkable Saga of the Trillium, a breathtaking tale of duty, peril, love, and magic.
The Woman Who Is the Midnight Wind, by Terence M Green
The ten stories collected in The Woman Who Is the Midnight Wind take us to places that are awesomely new yet achingly familiar. Terence M. Green skillfully examines the thorny bonds of family in the tale of one man’s strange journey into the past to find a vanished uncle, as well as in the story of a son who is legally mandated to unearth a murderer by communicating with his dead father. The intricate workings of memory and the human heart are explored in the account of a space traveler’s decision to end his life after one final resurrection, and in the unforgettable title story in which a lonely hospital worker on a colonized planet 420 light years from Earth becomes entranced by a newborn alien-human hybrid child.
Speculative fiction becomes great literature in the hands of Green, a World Fantasy Award nominee who was proclaimed “one of Canada’s finest writers” by science fiction and fantasy luminary Charles de Lint. The Woman Who Is the Midnight Wind pushes the boundaries of a genre already renowned for its farsighted invention and establishes Green’s as a science fiction humanist on par with the immortal Ray Bradbury.
Iron and Blood, by Gail Z Martin and Larry Martin
A Steampunk adventure novel set in the fictional city of New Pittsburgh.
New Pittsburgh in 1898, a crucible of invention and intrigue, the hub of American industry at the height of its steam-driven power. Born from the ashes of devastating fire, flood and earthquake, New Pittsburgh is ruled by the shadow government of The Oligarchy. In the abandoned mine tunnels beneath the city, supernatural creatures hide from the light, emerging to feed in the smoky city known as ‘hell with the lid off.’
Jake Desmet and Rick Brand, heirs to the Brand & Desmet Import Company, travel the world to secure treasures and unusual items for the collections of wealthy patrons, accompanied by Jake’s cousin, Veronique ‘Nicki’ LeClercq . Smuggling a small package as a favor for a Polish witch should have been easy. But when hired killers come after Jake and a Ripper-style killer leaves the city awash in blood, Jake, Rick and Nicki realize that dark magic, vampire power struggles and industrial sabotage are just a prelude to a bigger plot that threatens New Pittsburgh and the world. Stopping that plot will require every ounce of Jake’s courage, every bit of Rick’s cunning, every scintilla of Nicki’s bravura and all the steampowered innovation imaginable.
The Child Eater, by Rachel Pollack
Two boys, separated by hundreds of years will never know each other–yet together they will battle a great evil at the very heart of the world–The Child Eater.
One, Matyas, resides in a medieval world whose power rests with the Academy of Wizards. The other, Simon Wisdom, in present-day America. In a town described as “the fourteenth most livable city” in a national magazine. Their lives are vastly different: as a boy, Matyas is viciously beaten by his innkeeper father, yet he will grow up to become the greatest magician. Simon is deeply loved by his widowed father, Jack, yet even a father’s dedication is helpless against the psychic terrors that overwhelm Simon from his earliest years.
Matyas takes refuge from his father’s violence in fantasies of magical citiesâ??then true magic enters his life when he sees a man fly. Obsessed with becoming a magician and fixated on learning to fly himself, Matyas runs away to the capital, where he learns of a mysterious, long-lost Tarot of Eternity.
Matyas and Simon both suffer the same horrific visions: a dark tunnel, pieces of bodies, disembodied heads of children pleading for help. When a new boy’s body is found without a head Matyas learns a terrible secret: a magician can live forever by devouring the lives of children. The magician who does this has hidden his name so no one can work a spell against him. He is the Child Eater.
Terrified of his son’s nightmares, Jack enlists the help of the mysterious Dr. Reina. Soon however Simon realizes Reina means him ill. Is this mysterious doctor really The Child Eater and Simon is his next victim? Can the spirit of Simon’s long-dead mother and the power of Matyas’ Tarrot deck save him and the world?
There’s another book I’ve received for review that is released today, that I obviously won’t get the chance to review, erm, before today, but since I’m in the middle of reading it and it’ll be reviewed probably tomorrow, I’m not counting it as one of my regrets. Stay tuned to find out which one!
The fact that I didn’t read and review them by the street date doesn’t mean they’ll never get read. It just means it’ll happen later. I can’t say for sure when. It depends on when my reading schedule allows for it. Often when I notice a sequel coming out in the future, I make a point of trying to read the previous book that I missed around its release day, so that’s one prod to get me going. Otherwise, it’s just a matter of me trying to get to it when I get to it.