A little bit but late but here my genre picks for this week!
Black Bottle by Anthony Huso is the sequel to his 2009 debut The Last Page. Caliph Howl and his blood sorcerer mistress Sena Iilool control the Duchy of Stonehold but as war looms Caliph is drawn towards what looks to be an obvious trap at peace summit. Will the actions of his mistress doom him or is there something more at work? The Last Page deftly blended elements of horror with fantasy and I hoping more of the same is on offer here. Huso is definitely a name to watch and his brand of fantasy is a far cry from the elfs and rings of the past. You can read an excerpt of Black Bottle here.
James Enge’s A Guile of Dragons reveals the origins of his longtime hero Morlock Ambrosius (last seen in the Wolf Age). Enge has made of name for himself in the recent surge of new sword and sorcery writers precipated by the publication of the magazines Black Gate and Flashing Swords. Telling a tale of warring dragons and dwarves Enge’s brand of visceral action and character are should to make this an exciting read.
Kim Fay’s fiction debut The Map of Lost Memories takes place in 1925 when the adventuring world was one primarily limited to men. Into this world steps Irene Blum who seeks the hidden past of the ancient Khmer civilization of Cambodia. In a globe spanning tale of adventure and intrigue Kay’s debut tells an exciting tale sure to entertain and delight. You can read more about the novel and its publication right here.