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New Books in Fantasy Marshall Poe

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    Ava Reid, "The Wolf and the Woodsman" (Harper Voyager, 2021)

    Ava Reid, "The Wolf and the Woodsman" (Harper Voyager, 2021)

    Today I talked to Ava Reid about her new book The Wolf and the Woodsman (Harper Voyager, 2021)
    The wolf, in the title refers to a pagan woman, given to the dreaded Woodsmen to keep her village safe. She’s part of a tithe, sent to satisfy the King, who demands a quota of witches every year.
    The impoverished villages hidden in the woods are inhabited by women with magical powers, who worship the old Gods. The Woodsmen, a religious paramilitary order who serve the king, bring selected women to the capital, where their eventual fates are a mystery. Évike, the metaphorical wolf of the story, is an illiterate angry young woman, who has been taunted by the villagers. She’s also not a witch. She’s clad in a witch’s wolf pelt and sent with the Woodsmen so that the true witches can remain safe to guard the village. When misfortune besets the Woodsmen, and only the one-eyed Gáspár remains to guard her, she learns that neither she or he are who they appear to be. The trials of their journey reveal latent magic in her and lay bare his misery as the less-favored son of the king. Though Gáspár’s piety and rigidity infuriate Évike, she finds herself drawn to him physically and emotionally.
    As Évike journeys to the north, and then to her country’s capital, meeting her estranged father and the king himself, she learns that the world is a complex place, with more at stake than she ever realized.
    Gabrielle Mathieu is the author of the YA fantasy, Girl of Fire, the first in the Berona’s Quest series, and the historical fantasy Falcon series. You can follow her on Twitter to get updates about new podcasts and more @GabrielleAuthor, or visit her website at gabriellemathieu.com.
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    • 34 min
    Andrea Stewart, "The Bone Shard Daughter: The Drowning Empire Book One" (Hachette, 2020)

    Andrea Stewart, "The Bone Shard Daughter: The Drowning Empire Book One" (Hachette, 2020)

    Today I talked to Andrea Stewart about The Bone Shard Daughter: The Drowning Empire Book One (Hachette UK, 2020).
    In a world of floating islands, various narrators try to achieve or avoid their destiny, or just understand the mysteries of their existence. There’s Lin, the Emperor’s daughter, set against her foster brother by the manipulative Emperor himself, who fosters the rivalry between them by bestowing keys as mark of his favor. The keys open various rooms which hold the secret to his power. The Emperor’s most powerful tool is the bone shard magic that he uses to program constructs, assemblages of beasts that he builds which then execute his commands. When the Emperor begins to show Lin’s foster brother how to use the bone shards, Lin is determined to find out the secret as well and position herself to be the next Emperor.
    Then there’s Jovis, a talkative smuggler whose one aim in life is to find the woman he loves, who disappeared one day on a boat with blue sails. Jovis’s quest keeps getting sidelined though, as he becomes more and more involved with the resistance movement against the Emperor, led by the Shardless Few. The Emperor’s constructs are animated with small pieces of bone harvested from children, which he engraves with magical commands. Once the bone shard is activated, life drains from the donor. The Shardless Few have managed to evade the Emperor, and hope to break his rule over the Islands.
    Other characters include a woman who gathers mangoes all day and has only dim memories of being brought there by a boat with blue sails. Who is she and why is she on this remote island? Does she know anything about Jovis’s lost love?
    We also meet the governor’s daughter, whose lover embroils her in the struggle of the Shardless. Will the governor’s daughter turn against her own father?
    As the story progresses, the characters come together in surprising ways. New alliances are forged, and secrets revealed.
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    • 28 min
    Greta Kelly, "The Frozen Crown" (Harper Voyager, 2020)

    Greta Kelly, "The Frozen Crown" (Harper Voyager, 2020)

    The horror of the battlefield is fresh for Princess Askia. She’s just been forced to flee her kingdom, the northern country of Seravesh, where her cousin now rules under the protection of the Emperor of Roven. All that remains of her army is a loyal general and her last remaining legion, the Black Wolves—not enough to protect her former kingdom from men who are willing to burn entire towns to the ground in order to subjugate the population.
    Askia has one hope left, and it will not depend on her skill with a sword. Her father, a healer, once helped the Emperor of Vishir, the only land capable of matching Roven in strength. If Askia can reach Vishir and convince Emperor Armaan that Roven’s ruler will eventually challenge the peace and prosperity he’s created, Vishir might be drawn into the war before it’s too late to save Askia’s homeland.
    But how to obtain the favor of Vishir’s Emperor, Armaan? Should she take advantage of his son’s infatuation with her? Should she try to earn the friendship of his principal wife, a stern woman who seems put off by Askia? Should she accept the help of the religious zealots who champion her cause, even though they tortured her years ago, on suspicion of being a witch like her father.
    In a court full of devious strangers, Askia will have to learn whom to trust, and whose help to ask for. But it is her own concealed dark magic which ultimately holds the key to her survival.
    Full of twists and turns, The Frozen Crown (Harper Voyager, 2020)--the first installment of the Greta Kelly’s Warrior Witch Duology--left me checking publication dates for the follow-up. If you like strong heroines, court intrigues, magic, and a touch of sensual sizzle, this novel is for you.
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    • 26 min
    Anne Marie Lutz, "Taylenor" (Hydra, 2019)

    Anne Marie Lutz, "Taylenor" (Hydra, 2019)

    Today I talked to Anne Marie Lutz about her book Taylenor (Hydra, 2019).
    Taylen is the designation for magical power in the world that Anne Marie Lutz has created: a power so desirable that a special position of Seeker has been created. Seekers wander throughout the country, hoping to identify children with the gift. Our Seeker, a kind-hearted female Priest, is dedicated her task, convincing the children to accompany her to the special hospital, where they will be cared for. Almost all children eventually succumb to an illness linked with their magical gift, called the Dark Twin, and Seeker Jaena wants to make sure they get the best care possible from Mage Herrein, who works closely with them.
    However, the world is not as it seems. Soon Jaena learns that there is no illness. The children fade from having to feed Mage Herrein’s power and youth. Determined to rescue the latest child from death, she enlists the help of her lover, Lord Metten, to journey to a neighboring country and plead for intercession. In meantime, Mage Herrein’s efforts to acquire all children with taylen become more frantic, as demons rise and invade his country. Further complicating matters is the rise of the mysterious Eastern Mage, who always appears soon after the demons.
    Jaena and Metten’s goal becomes more complicated as they have to contend with Metten’s spoiled friend, Lord Halpen de Morn, as well as being drawn into a three-way war.
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    • 32 min
    Seanan McGuire, "Across the Green Grass Fields" (Tor.com, 2021)

    Seanan McGuire, "Across the Green Grass Fields" (Tor.com, 2021)

    Seanan McGuire's Across the Green Grass Fields (Tor.com, 2021), a stand-alone novel in the Wayward Children series, a portal transports a horse-loving ten-year old, Regan, to Hooflands. Soon she becomes part of a centaur herd, learning how to herd unicorns, finding her place as an apprentice healer, and making a new best friend her own age, a centaur girl named Chicory. She finds herself at ease in her new role and other than missing her parents, would be content to continue in her life. But the population of Hooflands has expectations for her, expectations that even running away can’t evade. Humans have always saved Hooflands from bad things. And too soon, it will be Regan’s turn.
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    • 24 min
    Mike Chen, "We Could Be Heroes" (Mira Books, 2021)

    Mike Chen, "We Could Be Heroes" (Mira Books, 2021)

    This quirky, offbeat novel introduces us to two people, Zoe and Jamie, who both have amnesia and super-powers. While Jamie is a criminal who holds up banks, Zoe is a vigilante crime-stopper. After her first attempt to arrest him goes south, Zoe and Jamie meet again at a memory-loss group and develop an uneasy friendship. In many ways, they’re the odd couple. Jamie, more quiet and thoughtful than your average bank robber, has a hard time letting his guard down with Zoe, whose super-powers include hovering in the air and lifting cars. However, the impulse to find out what happened to them unites them, until Jamie finds out who is really pulling the strings.
    Original and personal, We Could Be Heroes (Mira Books, 2021) sidesteps the tired tropes that populate Hollywood films for something more nuanced.
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    • 37 min

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Great show!

Marshall, host of the New Books in Fantasy podcast, highlights all aspects of new fantasy, adventure and more in this can’t miss podcast! The host and expert guests offer insightful advice and information that is helpful to anyone that listens!

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A Solid Discussion/Interview Show

Like its relative, New Books in Science Fiction, this show is a fantastic foray into a genre universe. Fantasy, adventure, and, oddly enough, some real out there science (the Brian Greene interview is fab). Marshall Poe does a fantastic job interviewing a wide range of folks, and this gives us something that is more than just conversation. It's informative, powerful, and wonderful.

If you've not listened to the show, you should, even if you're not a giant fantasy nerd. And if you are a fantasy nerd, well, this show is right up your alley.

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