This is a great upcoming week for my SFF clients. I have no less than three book birthdays to celebrate so I’ll be baking virtual cake and serving virtual ice cream from October 21-25. Light the candles, dear readers. You have something magical to celebrate. And with the weather turning brisk, it is perfectly acceptable to stay in bed and read all weekend! Sigh…
AKIRI: THE SCEPTER OF XARBAAL by bestselling authors Brian D. Anderson and Steven Savile – October 21
The Scepter of Xarbaal – Its unspeakable power is capable of shattering the very foundation of the world. Created in the pits of hell by the ancient gods, mortal hands were never meant to wield it. To do so brings certain madness and death. Yet King Zemel the Conqueror, ruler of Acharia, has used it to set the lands ablaze – plunging his nation into war. But before his conquest can be realized, the Scepter is stolen and spirited away by his most trusted servants.
Finally, after years of searching, the king has found a way to regain what he has lost. And only one man can accomplish this task. Akiri. Commander of the Dul’ Buhar – the deadliest of warriors, imbued with extraordinary abilities through the dark magic of the king. With his mind as sharp as his blade, he is the mightiest of his lethal order. Through an unbending will and relentless determination, he has never tasted defeat. But it will take more than strength if he is to survive the trials ahead. And not even the gods can fathom the destiny set before him.
Akiri’s epic quest combines the fast-paced adventure of R.E. Howard’s classic Conan tales with a modern sensibility. High-octane, blood-soaked action, with pulse-pounding adventure marks the first novel in Akiri’s world.
BOY ROBOT by recording artist and debut author Simon Curtis – October 25
Seventeen-year-old Isaak discovers the truth about his origin and the underground forces that must come together to fight against a secret government organization formed to eradicate those like him in this high-octane science fiction debut.
There once was a boy who was made, not created.
In a single night, Isaak’s life changed forever. His adoptive parents were killed, a mysterious girl saved him from a team of soldiers, and he learned of his own dark and destructive origin.
An origin he doesn’t want to believe, but one he cannot deny.
Isaak is a Robot: a government-made synthetic human, produced as a weapon and now hunted, marked for termination. He and the Robots can only find asylum with the Underground—a secret network of Robots and humans working together to ensure a coexistent future.
To be protected by the Underground, Isaak will have to make it there first. But with a deadly military force tasked to find him at any cost, his odds are less than favorable.
Now Isaak must decide whether to hold on to his humanity and face possible death…or to embrace his true nature in order to survive, at the risk of becoming the weapon he was made to be.
In his debut, recording artist Simon Curtis has written a fast-paced, high-stakes novel that explores humanity, the ultimate power of empathy, and the greatest battle of all: love vs. fear.
BLACK ICE BURNING (book 3 in the Pale Queen series) by bestselling author A.R. Kahler – October 25
The Summer Kingdom has fallen to the Pale Queen, and it’s Claire’s fault. The Winter Kingdom faces destruction, and it’s her fault. Her mother is dead. Everything is her fault.
Once the designated assassin for Queen Mab, Claire is now nothing more than a humiliated mortal, haunted by her own failures. Abandoned by her former allies and stripped of her magic, Claire is banished to the Immortal Circus.
In place of this once-vibrant show now stands an empty husk. Performers who should be tethered to it for eternity are leaving, negating Winter’s last hold on the Dream. Someone is targeting Winter’s power by weakening its contracts—even Claire’s own. And it’s not hard to guess who’s behind it.
Power or no power, contract or no contract, Claire has an obligation to uphold. And with the fate of the worlds hanging in the balance, she takes on the hit she knows will be her last: the Pale Queen.