The Lady, by K.V. Johansen, was published December 9 by Pyr. According to Publishers Weekly:
“The action continues unabated in this dashing, magic-filled sequel to The Leopard… Deities, demons, devils, and wizards stalk the pages alongside human heroes and others not so easily defined. Some of the magic is as quick as thought, while other magic requires lengthy rituals that border on poetry. Johansen has found a winning combination: the modern epic fantasy penchant for a cast of thousands and the golden age feeling of a tale of Conan or Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser duelling with gods gone mad.”
For more about the book and author visit www.kvj.ca
Released June 10, 2014
K.V. Johansen‘s latest novel, The Leopard, has been published by Pyr.
The Leopard was chosen for Kirkus Review‘s Best Speculative Fiction Reads for June, and io9.com’s Most Astounding Must-Read Science Fiction And Fantasy Books In June.
Ahjvar, the assassin known as the Leopard, wants only to die, to end the curse that binds him to a life of horror. Although he has no reason to trust the goddess Catairanach or her messenger Deyandara, fugitive heir to a murdered tribal queen, desperation leads him to accept her bargain: if he kills the mad prophet known as the Voice of Marakand, Catairanach will free him of his curse. Accompanying him on his mission is the one person he has let close to him in a lifetime of death, a runaway slave named Ghu. Ahj knows Ghu is far from the half-wit others think him, but in Marakand, the great city where the caravan roads of east and west meet, both will need to face the deepest secrets of their souls, if either is to survive the undying enemies who hunt them and find a way through the darkness that damns the Leopard.
To Marakand, too, come a Northron wanderer and her demon verrbjarn lover, carrying the obsidian sword Lakkariss, a weapon forged by the Old Great Gods to bring their justice to the seven devils who escaped the cold hells so long before.
Review: “…the work highlights Johansen’s strengths. A surprising number of characters and plot threads are deftly interwoven…” – Publishers Weekly
Review: “An involving and deftly written novel of escape and capture, love and loss, and battles both mental and physical…. Johansen’s writing style is assured and elegant, subtle and powerful…”– ForeWord Reviews
For more about the Marakand series and the author, see K.V. Johansen’s website at www.kvj.ca
Paul Marlowe‘s YA steampunk novel Sporeville was reviewed on Amy’s Marathon of Books:
“Jaunty, funny, exciting and disturbing are a few of the words I would use to describe Paul Marlowe’s Sporeville… I truly enjoyed this clever and engaging book.
Paisley, of course, was my favourite character, although even though I knew there was something supernatural about her, I didn’t realise she was a werewolf until Elliott figured it out himself. I loved her spirit, intelligence, and loyalty to Elliott, even though she’d only known him a few days before she needed to rescue him.
I also appreciated Marlowe’s well-developed sense of humour throughout the novel. At times I was sick to my stomach when I read about all of Professor Strange’s experiments, but Marlowe seemed to know just when to lighten the mood for his reader. I laughed out loud more than once…”
The latest review of the short story collection Ether Frolics:
“…what Marlowe has written is a creation well worth the read, revealing a major Canadian talent.” – Chadwick Ginther, The Winnipeg Review
The full review is on-line at the Winnipeg Review link above.
Here is a sneak peek of the cover art for Steve Stanton’s new novel, The Bloodlight Chronicles: Retribution, Book Two of a series that “revitalizes the cyber-fiction genre with its vivid prose and believable characters.” (Library Journal) Retribution is upcoming Sept. 2011 from ECW Press in Toronto in print and epub formats.
An excerpt from the sequel, “Hedge of Protection,” is upcoming in On Spec, the Canadian magazine of the fantastic.