This week I'm looking at sequels to series I've already started...
*BE WARNED THERE ARE SOME SPOILERS TO EARLIER BOOKS IN SOME OF THE DESCRIPTIONS - BLAME AMAZON!*
Shades of Night (Icarus Project 2) - Jackie Kessler & Caitlin Kittredge
Publisher: UK - Piatkus
When Jet and Iridium - best friends turned enemies - came together to bring down a supervillain, they inadvertently destroyed the secret Corp-Co transmitter, whose frequency kept the New Chicago's heroes of in-line - and sane. Now the city is plunged into chaos as these heroes are suddenly the biggest threat. Corp-Co brings in a new Squadron from India - but when heroes are tied into a system of sponsorship, only money, and not a sense of duty, can persuade them to save the day. As they haggle, Everyman sets out to destroy the powers with a group of enhanced super-soldiers, and the mysterious villain Doctor Hypnotic is lulling heroes and supervillains alike into his seductive web - a dream-world where everything is perfect, but nothing is real. Once again Jet and Iridium are forced to set aside their hatred of each other to do what they were born to do: save the world.
I adored Black and White - the first book (Review here). A novel based on superheros is such a nice change of pace for me and I hope there are more stories planned in this universe!
Dragon Haven (The Rain Wild Chronicles 2) - Robin Hobb
Publisher: UK - Harper Voyager
The dragon keepers and the fledgling dragons are forging a passage up the treacherous Rain Wild River. They are in search of the mythical Elderling city of Kelsingra, and are accompanied by the liveship Tarman, its captain, Leftrin, and a group of hunters who must search the forests for game with which to keep the dragons fed. With them are Alise, who has escaped her cold marriage to the cruel libertine Hest Finbok in order to continue her study of dragons, and Hest's amanuensis, Bingtown dandy, Sedric.
Rivalries and romances are already threatening to disrupt the band of explorers: but external forces may prove to be even more dangerous. Chalcedean merchants are keen to lay hands on dragon blood and organs to turn them to medicines and profit. Their traitor has infiltrated the expeditionand will stop at nothing to obtain the coveted body parts. And then there are the Rain Wilds themselves: mysterious, unstable and ever perilous, its mighty river running with acid, its jungle impenetrable and its waterways uncharted.
Will the expedition reach their destination unscathed? Does the city of Kelsingra even exist? Only one thing is certain: the journey will leave none of the dragons nor their human companions unchanged by the experience.
Robin Hobb has written one of my favourite trilogies of all time - The Liveships - and while I haven't read the first Rain Wild Chronicles, it is still sitting on my TBR pile and I know I will want to finish the story as quickly as possible!
The Desert Spear (Demon Trilogy 2) - Peter V Brett
Publisher: UK - Harper Voyage
The Deliverer has returned, but who is he?
Arlen Bales, formerly of the small hamlet of Tibbet’s Brook, learnt harsh lessons about life as he grew up in a world where hungry demons stalk the night and humanity is trapped by its own fear. He chose a different path; chose to fight inherited apathy and the corelings, and eventually he became the Painted Man, a reluctant saviour.
But the figure emerging from the desert, calling himself the Deliverer, is not Arlen. He is a friend and betrayer, and though he carries the spear from the Deliverer’s tomb, he also heads a vast army intent on a holy war against the demon plague… and anyone else who stands in his way.
I absolutely loved The Painted Man - it was one of the best fantasy stories I think I've ever read so I'm getting realy excited about The Desert Spear soming out in paperback - can't wait!
So what are you wishing for? :)