Sunday, January 04, 2009

Books in the Mail (W/E 01/04/2009)

The first Books in the Mail of 2009 arrives, and with it just one book. As I’ve intimated in the past, I can’t possibly read all of the books publishers send to me for review, so these posts are my next best attempt at discussing them and at the very least not ignoring those books.

Midwinter by Matthew Sturges (Pyr Trade Paperback 3/24/2009). Sturges has been making a good name for himself the past few years in comic book circles, co writing Jack of Fables and The House of Mystery with Bill Willingham among other well-received titles. This, his first novel, sounds pretty interesting.

Mauritaine was a war hero, a captain in the Seelie Army. Then he was accused of treason and sentenced to life without parole at Crere Sulace, a dark and ancient prison in the mountains, far from the City Emerald. But now the Seelie Queen – Regina Titania herself – has offered him one last chance to redeem himself, an opportunity to regain his freedom and his honor.

Unfortunately, it’s a suicide mission, which is why only Mauritaine and the few prisoners he trusts enough to accompany him, would even dare attempt it: Raieve, beautiful and harsh, an emissary from a foreign land caught in the wrong place at the wrong time; Perrin Alt, Lord Silverdun, a nobleman imprisoned as a result of political intrigues so Byzantine that not even he understands them; and Brian Satterly, a human physicist, apprehended searching for the human victims of the faery changeling trade.

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