Lately, there seems to be an angel (or demon depending on your view) who has been supplying me with books. I generally know what I’m suppose to be getting in the mail, but this past week, two have shown up that I wasn’t expecting. I love those type of surprises! However, the TBR stack on my desk is a little on the intimidating size – at last count I have 40, I generally like having 5 – and I have no clue when I’ll get to them all. So I’m going to start a new feature at LE. On Sundays, I’ll start showcasing three different novels that I’ve received via the mail or have been sitting on my desk. This way, if I can’t get to them right away, you’ll still get to see what they are and hopefully will be intrigued by them.
Now I am going to put a caveat on this. The books I’m going to be focusing on are those that are not out there as much. Meaning, I’ll be more inclined to show a Chris Evans novel (see below) over a Jeaniene Frost novel (which I love). I’m obviously going to be talking about those authors I love, so I want to give some time to those I’m not overly familiar with or I haven’t seen around as much. So hopefully this will be fun and interesting, but let’s get going. Here are the first three for the new Sunday Surpries feature.
A Darkness Forged in Fire by Chris Evans (The Iron Elves #1)
First in a stunning debut series, A Darkness Forged in Fire introduces an unforgiving world of musket and cannon…bow and arrow…magic, diplomacy, and oaths — each wielding terrible power in an Empire teetering on the brink of war.
In this world, Konowa Swift Dragon, former commander of the Empire’s elite Iron Elves, is looked upon as anything but ordinary. He’s murdered a Viceroy, been court-martialed, seen his beloved regiment disbanded, and finally been banished in disgrace to the one place he despises the most — the forest.
Now, all he wants is to be left alone with his misery…but for Konowa, nothing is ever that simple. The mysterious and alluring Visyna Tekoy, the highborn daughter of an elfkynan governor, seeks him out in the dangerous wild with a royal decree that he resume his commission as an officer in Her Majesty’s Imperial Army, effective immediately.
For in the east, a falling Red Star heralds the return of a magic long vanished from the earth. Rebellion grows within the Empire as a frantic race to reach the Star unfolds. It is a chance for Konowa to redeem himself — even if the entire affair appears doomed to be a suicide mission…and that the soldiers recruited for the task are not at all what he expects. And worse, his key adversary in the perilous race for the Star is the dreaded Shadow Monarch — a legendary elf-witch whose machinations for absolute domination spreaddeeper than Konowa could ever imagine….
The Dawning of Power by Brian Rathbone
Echoes of the ancients’ power are distant memories, tattered and faded by the passage of eons, but that is about to change. A new dawn has arrived. Latent abilities, harbored in mankind’s deepest fibers, wait to be unleashed. Ancient evils awaken, and old fears ignite the fires of war. In times such as these, ordinary people have the power to save the world . . . or destroy it.
A glacial earthquake exposes a mysterious monument older than the Earth itself. The pope reveals a terrifying vision of apocalyptic disaster. And two miles below the ice of Antarctica, the legend of a lost civilization awaits. Archaeologist Conrad Yeats must race to unlock its devastating power…or prepare for the ultimate doomsday.
The Atlantis Prophecy
Archaeologist Conrad Yeats discovers in his father’s tombstone the key to a mysterious centuriesold warning that lies hidden beneath the monuments of the nation’s capital. Now, with the help of beautiful Vatican linguist Serena Serghetti, he must destroy a powerful ancient organization before it raises an empire that could threaten the world.