Waiting on Wednesday – Cold Iron by Stina Leicht
Waiting On Wednesday / May 13, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Breaking the Spine to let us share our excitement for books coming out soon. I’ve heard good things about Stina Leicht, but have not yet read anything from her.  So when I saw this first in series scheduled for release, and it’s a flintlock fantasy with magic, pirates and twins, I was sold. Really looking forward to getting the chance to read this one!   Title: Cold Iron Author: Stina Leicht Expected publication: July 14th, 2015 Publisher: Saga Press     Fraternal twins Nels and Suvi move beyond their royal heritage and into military and magical dominion in this flintlock epic fantasy debut from a two-time Campbell Award finalist. Prince Nels is the scholarly runt of the ancient Kainen royal family of Eledore, disregarded as flawed by the king and many others. Only Suvi, his fraternal twin sister, supports him. When Nels is ambushed by an Acrasian scouting party, he does the forbidden for a member of the ruling family: He picks up a fallen sword and defends himself. Disowned and dismissed to the military, Nels establishes himself as a leader as Eledore begins to shatter under the attack of the Acrasians, who the Kainen…

Review: The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu
5 Stars , Reviews / April 12, 2015

Legendary. I’m tempted to leave me review at that, but will elaborate a bit. The style of this book is superb. Often with a debut novel, people are curious who you might compare this author to. I had heard some reference to GRRM before reading this. And what I will say, is that the complexity of the story and the size of the cast, the death toll and potentially the number of kings all lend themselves well to comparison. But in my opinion, the actual writing style does not. It reminds more of K. J. Parker in the ability to present the reader with a great deal of information, without it feeling like an info dump or dry. Liu’s style of story telling  just makes it everything terribly interesting, even if it is a topic you would expect to be more information than story. Liu manages to make it all story instead of that separation of story and info . Also, Guy Gavriel Kay is another author I thought of while reading because of the flow of prose. But really, when it comes down to it, Liu has his own voice and its one that is just meant to tell epic stories. Reading this felt more like reading…