Monday, January 16, 2006

Upcoming Fantasy/Paranormal

Giants of the Frost by Kim Wilkins
Warner, 1 January 2006
Victoria Scott is a scientist in the Sea of Norway, where she finds that mythic creatures are real and that she is part of an ancient conflict that might end with her death. Love the icy, wintry cover.

Sebastian by Anne Bishop
Roc, 7 February 2006
This is the first in a new series by Bishop that deals with the romance between a young woman and a male succubus (which should be called an incubus, but for some reason isn't), mirroring the conflict in their world. I think this guy is a little weird looking, but the desert setting is intriguing.

Sharper Than a Serpent's Tooth by Simon R. Green
Ace, 28 February 2006
"Private Eye John Taylor is the only thing standing between his not-quite-human mother and the destruction of the magical realm within London known as the Nightside." I like the covers for this series -- they have a very branded, unique look, and the font for the title always makes me think of Nine Inch Nails.

Nightlife by Rob Thurman
Roc, 7 March 2006
Cal and his brother Niko try to stay one step ahead of their mysterious father in a world where monsters are real. This cover is really cool, very atmospheric and gothic, with a The Crow-type feel.

Doppelganger by Marie Brennan
Warner, 1 April 2006
This sounds like an interesting idea: In the world this book is set in, when a witch is born, a copy or doppelganger of her is also created, and in order for the witch to become a master, she has to destroy her doppelganger. Overall, I like this cover -- she kind of has an Underworld/Bloodrayne look going that works with the Urban Fantasy-type genre.

Wolf Who Rules by Wen Spencer
Baen, 4 April 2006
Finally, finally, finally! The sequel to Tinker, which I loved, is on its way. Windwolf, the elven noble that Tinker became involved with, tries to keep the peace in Pittsburgh, which has been completely stranded. And Tinker has her own problems to deal with. I never like Baen's covers -- they are a little too 1970s sci-fi for my tastes, with too much crowded onto the cover, and they don't have very good artists.

Proven Guilty by Jim Butcher
Roc, 2 May 2006
The eighth book in the Dresden Files, Harry has to deal with movie monsters that come to life. Nice cover, though the last few covers for this series have seemed very similar.

Touch the Dark by Karen Chance
Roc, 6 June 2006
Cassandra can see the future and communicate with the dead, which means that lots of people, and vampires in particular, are after her. She goes to the vampire senate for protection, and ends up working for a seductive master vampire. I like this cover, which is really similar to the covers that have been coming out on the sexy paranormal books every since the new LKH covers -- the smoke and the tattoo are cool.

The Virtu by Sarah Monette
Ace, 30 June 2006
Sequel to Melusine, which was the story of a magician and a cat burglar/assassin. I like this cover -- it definitely conveys the idea that the book is about a thief, and I like the action pose. The guy looks alright, but the long hair, Fabio look isn't really to my taste.

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