But! No matter how long the to-do list gets, I cannot let this week pass without celebrating two new releases in the SFF-sphere. Two of my favorite books of 2013 are dropping sequels this week, and I am going to hold you by the scruff of the neck and shove your face into them until you
|LOOK AT THIS. LOOK AT IT.|
See that one on the right? That blue hunk of gorgeous is J.K. Cheney's The Seat of Magic, sequel to The Golden City. And I've blogged about this before, but like... so often, a huge part of a story's appeal is its setting, its atmosphere. How can we even think about Lilo and Stitch without Hawaii, or Harry Potter without Hogwarts, or Tombstone without, you know, Tombstone? This is one of those: Cheney has worked like a dog to bring turn-of-the-century Portugal to life (do you know what a Baedeker is?), and it pays off fabulously. Plus, of course, there are murder mysteries, sinister magic, and secretive sea-people. You know. Like y'do. If you're just casually awesome like that.
BUT THAT IS NOT ALL. Segue with me, won't you, from "richly beautiful" to "alluringly disgusting."
So here we are with two historical fantasy sequels by two fantastic writers - and what I think holds them together (more than just their release dates!) is the commitment to the historical part of their fantasy - the love and passion and uncountable hours of research that they've poured into their subjects. If you're anything like me, your to-read pile is in no danger of disappearing anytime soon, but I highly recommend checking these out. There's no shortage of books in the world, but passion is priceless.