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As a book reviewer I’m able to get my hands on more upcoming books than most sane people should be able to. However…. there are always those few precious shiny arcs that allude my grasp. Here is my list of current Books Worth Dying For:

A Different Kingdom by Paul Kearney (Solaris Books)

Michael Fay is a normal boy, living with his grandparents on their family farm in rural Ireland. In the woods—once thought safe and well-explored—there are wolves; and other, stranger things. He keeps them from his family, even his Aunt Rose, his closest friend, until the day he finds himself in the Other Place. There are wild people, and terrible monsters, and a girl called Cat.
When the wolves follow him from the Other Place to his family’s doorstep, Michael must choose between locking the doors and looking away—or following Cat on an adventure that may take an entire lifetime in the Other Place. He will become a man, and a warrior, and confront the Devil himself: the terrible Dark Horseman..

I’ve read a little of Kearney’s previous work and the man is ridiculously talented. I’ve been drooling over this one.

Traitor’s Blade by Sebastien de Castell (Jo Fletcher Books)

Falcio is the first Cantor of the Greatcoats. Trained in the fighting arts and the laws of Tristia, the Greatcoats are traveling Magisters upholding King’s Law. They are heroes. Or at least they were, until they stood aside while the Dukes took the kingdom, and impaled their King’s head on a spike.

Now Tristia is on the verge of collapse and the barbarians are sniffing at the borders. The Dukes bring chaos to the land, while the Greatcoats are scattered far and wide, reviled as traitors, their legendary coats in tatters.

All they have left are the promises they made to King Paelis, to carry out one final mission. But if they have any hope of fulfilling the King’s dream, the divided Greatcoats must reunite, or they will also have to stand aside as they watch their world burn…

I don’t need to say much except.. I Want. I Want. I Want.

The Three By Sarah Lotz (Hodderscape)
They’re here … The boy. The boy watch the boy watch the dead people oh Lordy there’s so many … They’re coming for me now. We’re all going soon. All of us. Pastor Len warn them that the boy he’s not to??–

The last words of Pamela May Donald (1961 – 2012)

Black Thursday. The day that will never be forgotten. The day that four passenger planes crash, at almost exactly the same moment, at four different points around the globe.

There are only four survivors. Three are children, who emerge from the wreckage seemingly unhurt. But they are not unchanged. And the fourth is Pamela May Donald, who lives just long enough to record a voice message on her phone. A message that will change the world.

This one snuck up on me, sounds brilliant though.

 

Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen (Strange Chemistry)
For five centuries, a witch’s curse has bound the trolls to their city beneath the ruins of Forsaken Mountain. Time enough for their dark and nefarious magic to fade from human memory and into myth. But a prophesy has been spoken of a union with the power to set the trolls free, and when Cécile de Troyes is kidnapped and taken beneath the mountain, she learns there is far more to the myth of the trolls than she could have imagined.

Cécile has only one thing on her mind after she is brought to Trollus: escape. Only the trolls are clever, fast, and inhumanly strong. She will have to bide her time, wait for the perfect opportunity.

But something unexpected happens while she’s waiting – she begins to fall for the enigmatic troll prince to whom she has been bonded and married. She begins to make friends. And she begins to see that she may be the only hope for the half-bloods – part troll, part human creatures who are slaves to the full-blooded trolls. There is a rebellion brewing. And her prince, Tristan, the future king, is its secret leader.

As Cécile becomes involved in the intricate political games of Trollus, she becomes more than a farmer’s daughter. She becomes a princess, the hope of a people, and a witch with magic powerful enough to change Trollus forever.

Certain YA books are either huge hits or misses for me. Stolen Songbird sounds like it might be something truly special.

Morningside Fall by Jay Posey (Angry Robot Books)
The lone gunman Three is gone, and Wren is the new governor of the devastated settlement of Morningside, but there is turmoil in the city. When his life is put in danger, Wren is forced to flee Morningside until he and his retinue can determine who can be trusted.

They arrive at the border outpost, Ninestory, only to find it has been infested with Weir in greater numbers than anyone has ever seen. These lost, dangerous creatures are harbouring a terrible secret – one that will have consequences not just for Wren and his comrades, but for the future of what remains of the world.

Three by Jay Posey was fantastic, Morningside Fall, might just be better.

 

 

 

The Shadow Master by Craig Cormick (Angry Robot Books)
In a land riven with plague, in the infamous Walled City, two families vie for control – the Medicis with their genius inventor Leonardo; the Lorraines with Galileo, the most brilliant alchemist of his generation.

And when two star-crossed lovers, one from either house, threaten the status quo, a third, shadowy power – one that forever seems a step ahead of all of the familial warring – plots and schemes, and bides its time, ready for the moment to attack…

Another Angry Robot Book common man… Sorry, but AR doesn’t disappoint often, this one oozes excellence.

 

 

 

 

 

Yarrick: Imperial Creed by David Annandale (Black Library)
Yarrick: the very name carries the weight of legend, of great deeds and of wars won for the Imperium.
But Sebastian Yarrick, who fought on Armageddon, who Space Marine Chapter Masters show their fealty to on bended knee, was not always Lord Commissar. He was once just a man, a newly minted officer from the ranks of the schola progenium.

His first mission under the tutelage of Lord Commissar Rasp was on Mistral. Here, an uprising of barons had upset the delicate balance of power. But, as Yarrick was soon forced to learn, Mistral and Imperial politics are often murky, the truth seldom clear cut. As war engulfs the world, a plot unravels that pits old friends against one another and fashions unusual alliances. Chaos cults, the fanatical Adepta Sororitas and clandestine inquisitors all stand between Yarrick and his mission. Here is where the legend began. In this crucible was Lord Commissar Sebastian Yarrick forged in blood.

More Yarrick. Imperial Guard. David Annandale. Count me in.

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2013 has been an extremely tumultuous year for me reading and reviewing wise, so when I started out this list, I quickly realized these three strongly stood out from the rest. So in no specific order, here is my top three for 2013:

 

Fire Caste By Peter Fehervari (Black Library)

In the jungles of the Dolorosa Coil, a coalition of alien tau and human deserters have waged war upon the Imperium for countless years. Fresh Imperial Guard forces from the Arkhan Confederates are sent in to break the stalemate and annihilate the xenos. But greater forces are at work, and the Confederates soon find themselves broken and scattered. As they fight a desperate guerrilla war, their only hope may lie in the hands of a disgraced commissar, hell-bent on revenge.

Fire Caste was really a twist from your standard Imperial Guard novels previously released by Black Library. As a reader, you are truly thrown to the wolves and left concussed from the bombardment of war that is Warhammer 40k.

 

 

What Makes You Die by Tom Piccirilli ( Apex Publications)

In Tom Piccirilli’s new noir novel What Makes You Die, an unmedicated manic-depressive hack screenwriter seeks to recapture the hallucinations that crafted his masterpiece.

To see more is to find oblivion… Screenwriter Tommy Pic fell hard from Hollywood success and landed in a psychiatric ward, blacked out from booze and unmedicated manic depression. This is not the first time he’s come to in restraints, surrounded by friends and family who aren’t there.

This time, though, he also awakes to a message from his agent. The first act of his latest screenplay is their ticket back to the red carpets. If only Tommy could remember writing it. Trying to recapture the hallucinations that crafted his masterpiece, he chases his kidnapped childhood love, a witch from the magic shop downstairs, and the Komodo dragon he tried to cut out of his gut one Christmas Eve. The path to professional redemption may be more dangerous than the fall.

All of the books I’ve read so far from Apex Publications have a distinct edge to them, What Makes You Die by Tom Piccirilli is no different. If I had to recommend just one book for 2013, this might be it.

 

Three By Jay Posey (Angry Robot Books)

The world has collapsed, and there are no heroes any more.

But when a lone gunman reluctantly accepts the mantle of protector to a young boy and his dying mother against the forces that pursue them, a hero may yet arise.

My exceedingly high expectations for Three, crumbled to the ground as Jay Posey shattered those barriers, only to erect new ones. The sequel, Morningside Fall, has a pair of monstrous shoes to fill. To say I loved this book is a gross understatement.

 

 

 

Honorable mentions include:

  • Mephiston: Lord of Death by David Annandale
  • Dead West:  Those Poor, Poor Bastards by Tim Marquitz, J.M. Martin, and Kenny Soward
  • Generation V by M.L. Brennan
  • Iron Guard by Mark Clapham
  • Deathwatch by Steve Parker
  • Plow The Bones by Douglas F. Warrick
  • Wounded Prey by Sean Lynch

 

As always, a huge THANK YOU, goes out to all the authors and publishers who provide me with review copies.

If you like tidy endings and nice crisp packages tied up perfectly with curly ribbon then Death’s Disciples by J. Robert King is not the book for you. Just when I thought I had a handle on which direction King was going to take us, he surprised me again and again.

Susan Gardner is the sole survivor of a terrorist attack on a flight she had taken. Now struck with amnesia and being pursued by both the terrorists, the FBI, Homeland Security and the paparazzi, Susan must discover who she is and what role, if any she played in the terrifying event. To further complicate matters, Susan can hear the voices of each and every dead passenger on the pivotal flight. Susan’s ally for much of the book, her protector, Sergeant Steve Krupinski, barrels along in Bruce-Willis-Die-Hard fashion – smashing things, smashing people, hotwiring vehicles, all in an effort to effort to protect our heroine.  The terrorist group, Death’s Disciples, is vicious and mysterious, albeit quite vague and amorphous for much of the book. As the plot thickens and boils near the end, all is made disturbingly clear.

I enjoyed all the characters in King’s book, particularly Susan who breaks down any pre-conceived stereotypes you may form towards the beginning of the book. I would have liked to have had a little more in-depth background about a few of the more minor characters, just because I liked them. For example the Goth girl-terrorist-wannabee, Calliope Dirge; just her name alone merits more details.

King begins in first person and occasionally slides back into first person as he presents us with Susan’s varied points of views. I’m not real sure how effective this was; I enjoyed it at first, but then quickly became a little annoyed with this flipping back and forth as it seemed to break up the continuity and the rhythm of the story. But not a big thing.

Much of the story takes place in Chicago or its environs. Knowing this city well, and having travelled both its pristine shores and its seamy, grimy bowels, it was easy to imagine the chase scenes, the congestion, the crowded, milling conditions. King did well setting the background.

Exciting from page one until the last page, Death’s Disciples will take you on a run-away subway train ride from start to finish. Climb on in and hold on tight!

 

I stepped into Three by Jay Posey, already being fully “Wowed” by the breathtaking cover and post-apocalyptic jazz that seems to electrify my “MUST READ NOW” electrodes. I set the bar extremely high for the novel and the initial vibe I felt was a Book of Eli-ish read. It is now, suffice it to say, that Three shattered all my expectations. I’ve been recommending it as one of my top reads so far in 2013, and now I can’t wait for a sequel to be preciously placed in my trembling hands.

Three centers around, well, Three: a bounty hunter of remarkable ability, whose prowess as a fighter and survivalist, rivals that of the hidden layers of back story that shroud the man himself. Three quickly comes into contact with our other two main characters; six-year-old Wren, a child who sees into the world and has the talent to tap into things that shouldn’t be possible and his drug/stem enhanced mother, Cass. I envision the pair as a wary tiger and her cub, constantly being cornered and harried as they trek past the point of exhaustion for survival. If ever a more apt analogy to use in describing the relationship between this pair comes about, please feel free to inform me. Why Three decides to latch onto this duo and risk his life for them, is the sole question that nags at me. If I remember right it was something Three mentioned, that he instinctively knew what was going to happen.

It wasn’t until forming the outline on this review, that I realized how much Jay Posey’s background in the Gaming Industry played an effect on the setup of the novel. The initial cinematic scene of the stronghold being overrun by Weir, introduction of the main character dragging his bounty through town, walk through queuing in desperate Wren and Cass on the brink, leveling between protecting the mother and son along with survival tactics, more killer combat by Three and further character expansion, a bit more leveling and side exploration of the world along with a tiny info drop on the secrecy of Three’s past, and the final epic conclusion between Three, Wren, Cass, and their hunters. Step by agonizing step the characters are ground through a gauntlet of grunge settings and near-death experiences, with a glimmer of hope resting on a city that seems like a dream so far out of reach it can’t possibly exist.

In my interview with Jay Posey, he mentioned that Three is an extremely character driven book and I couldn’t agree more. The texture and narrative quality of even the minor individuals is impeccable. This book makes my hands itch when I think what a stellar video game this would make; I see Diablo and Final Fantasy game play and storyline comparisons written all over this. Better yet, what an epic movie Three would make, if I could watch it on the big screen. I want Karl Urban to play Three and Kate Beckinsale as Cass; still on the fence as to who would play Wren. The mixture of young boy trying to act tough would have to be near spot on acting or it might appear forced. Posey does an incredible job of making the actions and behavior of this kid entirely too realistic. If you haven’t thought about purchasing Three by Jay Posey yet, you better think again. Top marks for Three all around.

Thanks as always to the wonderful folks over at Angry Robot for all the arcs provided for review.

Man, oh, man – where can I get my own Tao? Having a super-wise, ancient alien being sharing my brain would be too, too cool! Ok – maybe I do get the conflicting moral dilemmas that main character Roen Tan struggles with as he wrangles with alien Tao – but still – to have the thoughts, the knowledge, and the memories first hand in your very own brain of many illustrious figures in history like Genghis Khan and the guy who invented Tai Chi – come on – who wouldn’t want that?

In The Lives of Tao, by Wesley Chu, Roen is taken over by a Quasing from the planet Quasar. The Quasings crashed on Earth thousands and thousands of years ago while the dinosaurs still roamed the planet. In order to survive on our planet they needed a host, a warm organic body to protect them – be it a turtle or a human. Throughout the years, the Quasings split into two warring factions, the Prophus and the Genjix. Tao represents the good-guy Prophus who respect humans, while the Genjix see humans only as tools or pawns in their attempts to crush the Prophus, conquer all the humans and ultimately return to their planet.

After high level operative Tao’s host sacrifices himself for Tao, Tao is forced to find a new host immediately to survive. He finds a most unsuitable host in overweight and out-of-shape Roen Tan. Tao and his associates must whip Roen into shape if there is any hope of surviving the fight against the Genjix.

It’s thoroughly entertaining following Roen & Tao as their symbiotic relationship is tested to the limits. Will Roen adapt to and adopt his new partner or will he reject Tao, forcing Tao to live out a mundane existence? Once a Quasing adopts a new host, they can’t choose another until their current host dies or gets killed; quite the dilemma for them both.

Chu does a clever job of intertwining world history and historical events and figures with the war that has been raging between the two alien factions for centuries. In Tao’s version of human history, every fact of human existence was manipulated by either the Prophus or the Genjix in their battles for dominance. Each side consistently conspired to plot and manipulate humans and Quasing alike.

The Lives of Tao is full of fast-paced action, chase scenes, and plenty of hand-to-hand battles to keep you on edge. I could certainly imagine many of these scenes on the screen. I also enjoyed Chu’s choice of the everyday and average man, Roen, as alien Tao’s eventual choice as a new host. It’s always fun to watch the marshmallowy guy get ripped and ready to rumble! We love to root for the underdog and see him win, even if it is a little rocky along the way.

The Lives of Tao is a fun, exciting, alien, sci-fi romp through history and espionage. Tao has had way too many lives to meet them all, but you should be sure to give it a shot by reading this book! 9 out of 10 Liams

I’m a huge fan of Gav Thorpe’s Black Library work so when I finally received a copy of The Crown of the Blood, I couldn’t wait for some free time to dig into this monster.  The setting for Crown of the Blood is my forte; I love this genre of epic fantasy: a young leader, such as Ullsaard, thrown into a conflicted and hostile world of warring nations, internal intrigue, and a bit of dark magic.

The initial start of the book wasn’t exactly an info drop, but when Ullsaard’s best friend Noran arrives bearing an important message involving the wellbeing of the heir to The Crown of Blood (which sets everything in motion, I might add), their trip back to Askh is filled with all the tidbits about the lands and people the under Askhsan rule. So for me this beginning was a tad slow. It also takes a moment to gather in all of the characters and keep track of them and there is a ton of interesting individuals of all varying races and backgrounds. I enjoyed the mindset of Ullsaard, the ideals by which he rules, and how each of his three wives serves completely different purposes to him; it was a very foreign concept for my thought process to comprehend but very Askhan.

Thorpe writes the majority of the novel from the view point of Ullsaard as he commands his vast legions across the hot and cold lands, orchestrating his masterful plans of conquest. Occasionally we get a glimpses of different views from inside The Brotherhood, the secretive sect that seems to control everything in Askh; Noran, Ullsard’s friend; Anglhan – debt-owner-turned-rebel-turned much, much more, and Gelthius – debter-turned-rebel-turned legionnaire. The grasp Thorpe has on this world is mindboggling, especially considering the enormity of everything that is encompassed story-wise within The Crown of the Blood.

Ullsaard’s desires quickly become apparent early on and Thorpe throws him through a nearly impassible gauntlet of obstacles that most wouldn’t wish on their worst enemy. In the end it boils down to how much Ullsaard is willing to sacrifice in order to achieve victory and at the finale we still aren’t sure of the ultimate cost. I was surprised at some of the depths to which he actually sunk and how quickly Ullsaard rid himself of a few of those around him I thought were potentially key players.

Some of the graphic scenes with The Brotherhood left me with chills and I definitely want to see more of them in the next installment in the trilogy along with the inhuman Nemurians. The final dual between Ullsaard and an unnamed individual is most assuredly my favorite along with the closing scene of the book. The Crown of the Blood doesn’t end here thankfully and there are another two whole books in the series waiting for me on my bookshelf! My only true regret is that I hadn’t read this one sooner. 8 out of 10 Liams.  If this has been one of those books you are on the edge about getting, don’t think twice about grabbing a copy the next time you see it on a shelf, you won’t be disappointed.

Kudos to my Fiance for winning this copy from Gav Thorpe’s contest !

 

 

 

 

 

 

The entire ensemble that Angry Robot Books put together in marketing The Mad Scientist’s Daughter is a thing of true beauty to any lover of books. The cover is intriguing, “A tale of Love, Loss and Robots” is a fascinating tagline, and even the synopsis on the back entices the reader, thus leading me to choose The Mad Scientist’s Daughter over all my other books waiting to be read.

When reading and reviewing books the tendency to compare them frequently comes into mind, even when perhaps the books or characters are from completely different worlds and settings.  For the first three quarters of The Mad Scientist’s Daughter, I can’t shake the comparison and mental attachment of Cassandra Rose Clarke’s Cat to that of Jenny from Forest Gump. Cat starts out as this innocent young wildflower and metamorphosed into something completely unexpected once she breaks free from her cocoon and heads off to college.

Just like Jenny, Cat comes into contact with an assortment of men, none of which can compare to her perfect Finn nor will they ever because Finn isn’t human. She encounters drugs and eventually finds her vice in cigarettes. Cat marries a rich and powerful man, Richard, but buried deep inside her, Cat is still in love with Finn and ultimately it is this love that destroys her marriage. Cat is, for the majority of the story, a very tragic heroine filled with a powerful and sometimes overwhelming confusion of emotions.

Cat also feels like somewhat of a hippie for her time, while the majority of civilization seems to be moving in the direction of pro-technology and anti-robot rights. Cat is on the exact opposite path in nearly all aspects of her life.

The shocker for me in The Mad Scientist’s Daughter was that I wasn’t expecting any sex scenes in this book and when it first occurred I was actually kind of shocked initially. I then found them somewhat amusing after my early surprise wore off. For the prudish of us, while maybe not tastefully written, Clarke does a wonderful job in my eyes of toeing the proverbial line between what my limited knowledge tells me is the boundaries of erotica and romance.

The ultimate disappointment for me was my own imagination running away with the conflict. I had my heart set on some unholy lovers’ union of robot and human and then the ensuing apocalyptic battle between them and the rest of the world. In the end the conflict, which in a way is similar to my imagined one, mostly remains solely on Cat trying to fight her emotions of loving and not loving Finn. There is no real war, only the one inside her.

The world, the writing, everything is top-notch and what you would expect it to be from an author writing under the Angry Robot regime. I just wish the novel had gone a little farther and done a bit more in certain areas to increase the conflict.

Readers and reviewers are going to absolutely love The Mad Scientist’s Daughter. 7.5 Liams out of 10, Cassandra Rose Clarke has proven she can write with the best of them in this one and I expect this was just a taste of what is to come from her.

Tons of thanks as always to Angry Robot and Darren Turpin for providing me with these review copies.

You can find out more about The Mad Scientist’s Daughter and Cassandra Rose Clarke here.

Cora and her husband Ben hunt monsters. They’ve been doing it for over ten years but in the small mining town of Leadville, Colorado they might have finally met their match.

I’m not a fan of anything western, I don’t like country music, and much to my chagrin Daniel Craig’s Cowboys and Aliens was a sub-par movie at best. So why then, I keep asking myself, did I enjoy The Dead of Winter so much?

My conclusion is that The Dead of Winter reads more like an action-adventure novel when compared with anything else. Sure, Cora is an alcoholic, mad woman who enjoys gambling and blasting away at the innumerable horrors that lurk in the shadows, but in truth there is more to this stubborn broad’s story than a simple western tale.

I also enjoyed the contrast between Cora and the English vampire hunter chap. I think they could pair up and make an interesting duo together as their chemistry seems spot on.

I’m going to brag a little here but midway through this book, I had filed away a huge conflicting bit of information that just kept nagging at me the farther I rode into the story. I actually intended on ripping this flaw to shreds until I finished the book and realized that the reason for this was actually the subtle maneuvering by Lee Collins and the plot twist he sneakily throws out there. I just couldn’t put my finger on it but something seemed a tad fishy and luckily in the end it pans out spectacularly. (Good luck reading this story and trying to figure it out, before it smacks into your face like buckshot.)

The book reads ridiculously fast and multiple times I had to physically slow my pace down lest I skipped over any crucial details. I still finished it in about four or five hours of read time over two days.

The story line for The Dead of Winter is compact and solid.  It also severs off most of the loose ends quite nicely at its conclusion. The fact that The Dead of Winter was originally a Nanowrimo piece is also freaking awesome! I’d give this novel 8.5 out of 10 Liams and I’ll definitely be looking into the sequel, She Returns From War.

Thanks again to Angry Robot Publishing and Darren Turpin for the review copy.

Katya’s World is a water world filled with predators, and each predator is like a shark, eager to take a bite at the first scent of blood. Katya Kuriakova’s very first submarine voyage as a navigator is instantly ruined when a FMA (Federal Maritime Authority) officer commandeers her sub for a prisoner transport. From that point on, Katya’s trip only sinks deeper into the unforgiving oceans of Russalka.

First, disaster strikes Katya’s sub, then when it seems that that safety has finally reached their shores they realize it’s only for a brief stint.  Then pirates attack.  How much more danger could Katya possibly float into? Treachery, loyalty, and hidden alliances fill these electrified pages, leaving the reader scrambling to uncover the next unforeseeable event sure to be lurking around the nearest corner.

There are two main characters in my mind that stand out predominantly.  Katya is a brilliant young navigator who has a knack for coming up with wild ideas and has a stubborn determination to be involved with each and every decision and action taken. The second character is the infamous pirate Kane Havilland, for whose amusing dialog and characterization alone it is worth reading the entire book. Kane is a ‘Captain Jack Sparrow-esque’ figure with an amount of secrets piled so high, he could fill the very void of space with them.  Even at the closure of Katya’s World there are still untold mysteries about Kane left unresolved.

Russalka is a former colony of Earth before “winning” its independence in a vicious war. The author’s idea of lumping together similar ethnicities for colonization of habitable planets is fantastic for giving this book its vibrant Russian texture, due to the nature of Russalka’s ancestors being of Russian descent.

There are multiple twists and turns within Katya’s World, but the major one Howard throws into play is a game changer. It also smashes the doors wide open for a sequel and I’d be intrigued to see possible contact with other unmentioned colonies.

I’ve only read a few YA novels and frankly find only minimal differences between them and your standard adult Sci Fi / Fantasy genres. Katya’s World definitely has a slight, girl-coming-of-age feel to it and in this regard Katya does tend to question herself immensely and put a vast amount of the burden squarely on her shoulders. Whether she is able to handle it and how her character evolves from a young innocent and newly anointed navigator into something much grander progresses rapidly throughout the book.

Katya’s World is a great start to what is earmarked as the Russalka Chronicles and I’d love to see how the author would expand on them.  He has a million different paths he could traverse within this gritty universe he has constructed. 8 out of 10 Liams for Strange Chemistry’s Katya’s World by Jonathan L. Howard and in case you haven’t caught on yet, I would love to see what magic Mr. Howard would weave with a second book in this series.

Thanks to Amanda Rutter for the copy! You can find Strange Chemistry Here and Jonathan L. Howard Here.

(Liam wishes he had a toy submarine!)

          Seven Wonders is brilliant. Yes, brilliant. Each new scene brings about something that made me want to stand up and shout BRILLIANT! – like that idiotic Guinness commercial. Mishaps with new found powers like X-ray vision and dribbles of information about a super villain known as “Red Tape”, who wrecks bureaucratic havoc, left me smiling from ear to ear. The small plot blurb on Angry Robot’s  web page doesn’t do this book justice. There is so much more to Seven Wonders than a simple turf war between the superheroes and the new kid on the block, so much I didn’t think was even possible to fit inside the pages of one book. This was one of two books I was highly anticipating reading and so I set the bar pretty high. All I can say is that Seven Wonders went way beyond my wildest expectations.

The ease in which Adam Christopher switches from the mind of one character to another is uncanny. I’m not sure what it is exactly about Seven Wonders that captivated me so completely, whether it was the realism or the young child in me that wishes superheroes do exist. But it’s been a long time since I enjoyed taking my sweet time and digging into the story as much as I did with this.  The novel reads like a cinematic masterpiece flashing before your unblinking eyes, lest you miss a single moment of this superhero charged saga. The only way to describe Seven Wonders is by imagining the best superhero movie you can possibly fathom, times that by twenty and then let the story play out in high definition 3D inside your dazzled mind.

Peeking around at other review sites, The Founding Fields and Book Snobbery, I echo the sentiment with how spectacular this book truly is. I hate jumping on band wagons but it’s simply impossible not to be onboard this roller coaster that only goes skyward without stopping from start to finish.

I’m ashamed to admit that I haven’t read any of Adam’s previous work and I’ll definitely be keeping my eyes peeled for a copy of Empire State. This is going to be one those books you proudly display on the top of your bookshelf and show off to all your friends or inform them of how stupid they are for not reading it already. If you miss out on ordering the limited edition signed hardcover you’ll be kicking yourself square in the face later. I feel like I’m tripping over my own feet but I can’t find enough wonderful things to say about this book, no, not a book, but a piece of superhero history in the making. I wouldn’t be surprised at all to see a rising trend in superhero novels after this one hits the market. 9 out of 10 Liams for the best cover to cover book I’ve read this year. I expect it to be up for some awards shortly.

You can find Adam’s blog HERE.

Many Thanks to Angry Robot Publishing for providing me with this eARC.

I’ll be anxiously waiting for a contender to try and knock this one out of my top spot for novel of the year.