Monday, September 14, 2015
This time out I have one book to write about, which is absolutely wonderful -- it's better than none (the state of the last week or two), and one entirely free book is still an awesome thing, and I don't ever want to lose sight of that.
And that book is Ilana C. Myer's Last Song Before Night, the first fantasy novel (first any kind of novel, actually) from a New York-based journalist who I suspect is originally Canadian. (Her bio lists the Globe and Mail as the first periodical she writes for, which is what poker players call a "tell.")  This is an epic fantasy -- Red Death returning, plucky young heroine leading a small band to save the world, a mystical Otherworld from which enchantment flows -- and I suspect that also means it won't be the last. That heroine is named Kimbralin Amaristoth (we all hope you won't hold that against her) and she's run away from a horrible family (which I'm sure will turn out to be noble, probably royal) to live on the run as a musician, which of course is forbidden to women. (One can sense Myer stacking up her plot complications carefully, like bricks in a wall.) Last Song is coming in hardcover from Tor on September 29th, and it already has laudatory quotes from Fran Wilde, A.M. Dellamonica, Jessica Day George, and L.E. Modesitt, Jr.
 This is actually wrong; see first comment. And now you see why I am not a champion poker-player. Or finder of Canadian spies, for that matter.