Goodreads Monday – Sister Sable

goodreads-mondayGoodreads Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Lauren’s Page Turners. To participate, you simply choose a random book from your TBR and show it off. Don’t forget to check out her blog and link back to Lauren’s Page Turners and add your own links!

My Random Pick

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Sister Sable (The Mad Queen Book 1)
By T. Mountebank
Publisher: Mountebank
ASIN: B0135HUFPY
Pages: 361
Genre: Fantasy

Blurb: 

THE FIRST TENET OF THE WIND: Do not get caught.

Sister Sable has lived by the first tenet for seven years, but when an unexpected accident reveals the runaway nun to the clergy, she is forced to embrace the remaining four.

THE SECOND TENET OF THE WIND: Win by any means.

With the King’s spymaster committed to killing her, and his general regretting he didn’t, Sable enters a deadly game.

THE THIRD TENET OF THE WIND: The purpose of picking up a blade is to cut the enemy.

Scaring them is discretionary.

THE FOURTH TENET OF THE WIND: Have no preferred weapon.

Even so, she likes the axe.

THE FIFTH TENET OF THE WIND: Know the way of all professions.

Prophet, pilot, assassin, spy, Sable will need to call upon all she has learned to protect the King’s future from the past.

Sister Sable was a Goodreads discovery that appeared in my feed while browsing through popular fantasy. The synopsis has definitely drawn my interest. While I am sure it will be a while before I decide to tackle this book or series, it definitely sounds promising. Have you read this book or any titles from T. Mountebank? What is on your TBR this week?

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Goodreads Monday – Beyond Sanctuary

goodreads-mondayGoodreads Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Lauren’s Page Turners. To participate, you simply choose a random book from your TBR and show it off. Don’t forget to check out her blog and link back to Lauren’s Page Turners and add your own links!

My Random Pick

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Beyond Sanctuary (Beyond Series #1)
By Janet Morris
Publisher: Perseid Press
ISBN13: 9780985166809
Pages: 398
Genre: Fantasy

Blurb: 

THE SACRED BAND GOES NORTH – TO WAR!
Here is the new, revised and expanded Author’s Cut edition of BEYOND SANCTUARY, the first ever full-length novel to take you BEYOND the notorious Thieves World™ fantasy universe, where gods still stalk the land, warring with demons and human sorcerers and trampling unfortunate humanity underfoot.
If you like stories of bold brave knights employed in meritorious duty, or tales of ladies delicate and fair, be warned. Beyond Sanctuary, set at the foot of notorious Wizardwall, may be too much for your sensibilities. There wizards, bards, and maidens mingle with murderers and thieves, and the fight breaking out at the next table may be the one that ends your life.
The hero of BEYOND SANCTUARY is Tempus, leader of mercenaries and warrior-servant of Vashanka, god of storm and war. With Niko, Cime, and the Froth Daughter Jihan, Tempus faces the archmage Datan and his unholy followers – in a battle for the Rankan Empire’s survival and that of his very soul. BEYOND SANCTUARY is the first novel in Janet Morris’ BEYOND series, followed by BEYOND THE VEIL and BEYOND WIZARDWALL.

This is a title I actually received recently courtesy of the publisher via NetGalley. I am excited about this but hoping it is an acceptable introduction to the author’s work as I have no prior knowledge of Thieve’s World or any pre-existing series. Have you read Janet Morris or this particular book? The synopsis certainly reads as fantasy, but I am seeing some adding this to science fiction as well. So I am curios. What is on your TBR that you plan on tackling soon?

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Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames

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Kings of the Wyld (The Band #1)
By Nicholas Eames
Publisher: Orbit
ISBN13: 9780316362474)
Pages: 544
Genre: Fantasy

Blurb:
Clay Cooper and his band were once the best of the best — the meanest, dirtiest, most feared crew of mercenaries this side of the Heartwyld.

Their glory days long past, the mercs have grown apart and grown old, fat, drunk – or a combination of the three. Then an ex-bandmate turns up at Clay’s door with a plea for help. His daughter Rose is trapped in a city besieged by an enemy one hundred thousand strong and hungry for blood. Rescuing Rose is the kind of mission that only the very brave or the very stupid would sign up for.

It’s time to get the band back together for one last tour across the Wyld.


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First of all, I want to extend a huge thank you to Orbit publishing who provided me with this copy in exchange for an honest review.  <- I normally save that bit for the end, but it is well deserved and my enthusiasm is hardly containable as I attempt to share my thoughts with you on what has been on of my greatest reading experiences this year.

Clay Cooper is a quiet and settled man who now lives a contempt life with his wife and daughter in a small town. But “Slowhand” was not always your settling type. Once he belonged to a band known as Saga. Once he was part of one the toughest, craziest, and rowdiest group of mercenaries known to man. But that was once..

Until Gabe, a former band-mate arrives at his doorstep broken and desperate. The is a war raging as a vicious horde descend upon Castia. Plague and death ravage the land and Gabe’s daughter Rose, now a mercenary, is trapped within the city awaiting certain death. Only a fool would go, which means there is only one answer: the band is getting back together!

“People think the world has already been saved, that we don’t need mercenaries anymore. They say heroes are a dying breed!”

They haven’t met Saga, Kings of the Wyld. The fact that this is a debut novel is almost downright unbelievable. You will find nothing within these pages to convince you otherwise.  Because once you open Kings of the Wyld, you embark on an adventure of grand proportions that can only leave you wanting more. I won’t hesitate to label this one of my new top five favorites. It is completely unlike anything I have ever encountered and yet so very much like everything I have come to love. If you are seeking the best of character creation, world construction and epic storytelling, let me introduce you.

Meet Saga:

Clay Cooper is the perfect collection of all ingredients one must use when creating the perfect anti-hero. He has an insane past that he is trying keep exactly there, in the past. He’s loyal, incredibly strong and at tad crazy. He also happens to be an enormous bear of a man who has unwavering heart that matches his size. And he kills shit.

“The truth, he knew, was that the world needed his kind of monster. It was a brutal place. It was unfair. And Clay Cooper, such as he was, was quite simply the right kind of wrong.”

“Golden” Gabe was once the leader of the band, but these days he is less than golden and a bit old. His wife has left him for their former booker, and his only daughter has run off to be a mercenary. Driven by sheer, unmitigated will alone, he must rely on the boys  to help him resurrect their glory days in effort to save Rose.

Arcandius Moog is forever in search of a cure for The Rot while peddling his all so magical and life altering Magnificent Phallic Phylactery. Always comical and often questionable, he never fails to pull a trick or two out of the hat when the situation arises.

Matrick, King of Agria once a thieving member of the band has inherited more than a castle. He is now the proud owner of an adulteress wife and someone’s kids? along with some extra weight and a bad drinking problem.

“Among them is a renegade king, he who sired five royal heirs without ever unzipping his pants. A man to whom time has imparted great wisdom and an even greater waistline, whose thoughtless courage is rivalled only by his unquenchable thirst.”

Ganelon was the very reason the band fell apart. Once the deadliest and fiercest southerner of them all, everything hinges on his willingness to return to the very group that abandoned him.

Kings of the Wyld is a nonstop riot of a ride that feels like an epidemic collision of high fantasy, pop culture and facetious wit. I found myself instantaneously committed to Saga and their quest. There is a well-balanced blend of character depth and world building happening that manages to fully engage the reader from all angles. It is a refreshingly clever play on some familiar tropes and nice array of fantastical creatures both familiar and new. At times I could even sense elements of the author’s appreciation for gaming seeping through.

“’Something tells me the cake was a lie,’ grumbled Matrick.”

From a trek across dangerous lands to a massive final battle intermingled with unyielding humor, this felt like GRRM plowing into Terry Practhett at a ridiculously fast pace. Nonstop entertainment in a rare and beautiful form, this book will tackle and capture the heart of fantasy and adventure lovers alike. Be prepared to traverse the Heartwyld with the most rambunctious collection of characters known to man and find yourself loving every minute of it.

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