Coming Soon: The April Releases I’m Curious About

Tell me: what release(s) are you looking forward to this month? (No really: go down to the comments section and tell me what you’re looking forward to. I’ll wait. Go ahead.)

I’m not looking to start another unfinished series. At some point over the past few years I’ve grown tired, very tired, of waiting on the next book in a series to release. Though this hasn’t stopped me from getting into ongoing series (Harris’ The Southern Vampire Mysteries, Jemisin’s The Inheritance Trilogy, Broaddus’ Knights of Breton Court, and Crane’s Disillusionist series, for example), it has make me wary of starting a series that I’ll have to wait on. I thought long and hard before I picked up book one of any of the series I just mentioned.

I say all that and yet there are three new releases I find intriguing this month, and all three are the first books in a new series. Now the internal dialogue begins: do I jump in and buy as soon as they come out? Wait until the library has them? Hold out a few years until the rest of the series is published or close to finishing?

So, you ask: What three books have me thinking far too much about jumping into a new series?

Equations of  Life
Simon Morden
science fiction
April 1, 2011
Orbit
ISBN: 9780316125185
400 pages

The blurb, from Goodreads:
Samuil Petrovitch is a survivor.

He survived the bombs falling on St. Petersburg and made it to the London Metrozone-one of the last free cities. He’s lived this long because he’s a man of rules and logic.

For example, getting involved = a bad idea.

But when he stumbles into a kidnapping in progress, he acts without even thinking about it. Before he can stop himself, he’s saved the daughter of the richest man in London.

And clearly saving the girl = getting involved.

Now, the equation of Petrovitch’s life is looking increasingly complex.

Russian mobsters + Yakuza + something called the New Machine Jihad = one dead Petrovitch.

But Petrovitch has a plan-he always has a plan-he’s just not sure it’s a good one.

The Dragon's PathThe Dragon’s Path
Daniel Abraham
fantasy
April 7, 2011
Orbit
ISBN: 9780316080682
592 pages

The blurb, from Goodreads:
Summer is the season of war in the Free Cities.

Marcus wants to get out before the fighting starts. His hero days are behind him and simple caravan duty is better than getting pressed into service by the local gentry. Even a small war can get you killed. But a captain needs men to lead — and his have been summarily arrested and recruited for their swords.

Cithrin has a job to do — move the wealth of a nation across a war zone. An orphan raised by the bank, she is their last hope of keeping the bank’s wealth out of the hands of the invaders. But she’s just a girl and knows little of caravans, war, and danger. She knows money and she knows secrets, but will that be enough to save her in the coming months?

Geder, the only son of a noble house is more interested in philosophy than swordplay. He is a poor excuse for a soldier and little more than a pawn in these games of war. But not even he knows what he will become of the fires of battle. Hero or villain? Small men have achieved greater things and Geder is no small man.

Falling pebbles can start a landslide. What should have been a small summer spat between gentlemen is spiraling out of control. Dark forces are at work, fanning the flames that will sweep the entire region onto The Dragon’s Path — the path of war.

The UnrememberedThe Unremembered
Peter Orullian
fantasy
April 12, 2011
Tor
ISBN:9780765325716
640 pages

The blurb, from Goodreads:
The gods, makers of worlds, seek to create balance—between matter and energy; and between mortals who strive toward the transcendent, and the natural perils they must tame or overcome. But one of the gods fashions a world filled with hellish creatures far too powerful to allow balance; he is condemned to live for eternity with his most hateful creations in that world’s distant Bourne, restrained by a magical veil kept vital by the power of song.

Millennia pass, awareness of the hidden danger fades to legend, and both song and veil weaken. And the most remote cities are laid waste by fell, nightmarish troops escaped from the Bourne. Some people dismiss the attacks as mere rumor. Instead of standing against the real threat, they persecute those with the knowledge, magic and power to fight these abominations, denying the inevitability of war and annihilation. And the evil from the Bourne swells….

The troubles of the world seem far from the Hollows where Tahn Junell struggles to remember his lost childhood and to understand words he feels compelled to utter each time he draws his bow. Trouble arrives when two strangers—an enigmatic man wearing the sigil of the feared Order of Sheason and a beautiful woman of the legendary Far—come, to take Tahn, his sister and his two best friends on a dangerous, secret journey.

Tahn knows neither why nor where they will go. He knows only that terrible forces have been unleashed upon mankind and he has been called to stand up and face that which most daunts him—his own forgotten secrets and the darkness that would destroy him and his world.

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About Jessica

Dork extraordinaire, that's me! An unhealthy knowledge of Star Trek, a love of books, a fondness for purring cats.
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4 Responses to Coming Soon: The April Releases I’m Curious About

  1. spragujs says:

    Oh man! The only one I knew about for sure changed dates (Ghost Story). Now you show me these and I’ve been curious about all of them myself! ::covers eyes::

  2. ~ap~ says:

    I’m also interested in the Orullian book. *nodnod*

    Also, the awesome thing about Morden’s Metrozone series is that book #2 comes out May 1st and book #3 comes out June 1st. Not much wait for this trilogy! I highly recommend it!

  3. Blaise says:

    I’ve had Equations of Life on my waiting list too 🙂

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