Queue Jumpers: on the waiting list…

There’s a few books coming out this year that I’m absolutely desperate for, so I thought I’d tell you about them. These are the books that I will buy the instant I see them, and that I will read immediately I get them, regardless of other commitments!

1. Power and Majesty (Creature Court Book 1) by Tansy Rayner Roberts ( ):

She almost missed the sight of a naked youth falling out of the sky. He was long and lean and muscled … He was also completely off his face.

A war is being fought in the skies over the city of Aufleur. No one sees the battles. No one knows how close they come to destruction every time the sun sets.

During daylight, all is well, but when nox falls and the sky turns bright, someone has to step up and lead the Creature Court into battle.

Twelve years ago, Garnet kissed Velody and stole her magic. Five years ago, he betrayed Ashiol, and took his powers by force. But now the Creature Court is at a crossroads … they need a Power and Majesty who won′t give up or lose themselves in madness …

I’ve loved Tansy’s writing for years, and have published her short work myself – this book is the one I’m most eagerly awaiting of any I know about! Early reports (sekrit sources!) say it’s fantastic, on the same level as Anne Bishop and Jacqueline Carey – as those two authors are also Queue Jumpers for me, I’m sold over and again!

2. The King Rolen’s Kin series by Rowena Cory Daniells ( ) – these come out over the course of three months later this year and I can’t wait! The covers alone make me want them!

Cloaked in silent winter snow the Kingdom of Rolencia sleeps as rumours spread of new Affinity Seeps, places where untamed power wells up. Meanwhile, King Rolen plans his jubilee unaware of the growing threat to those he loves.

By royal decree, all those afflicted with Affinity must serve the Abbey or face death. Sent to the Abbey because of his innate Affinity, the King’s youngest son, Fyn, trains to become a warrior monk. Unfortunately, he’s a gentle dreamer and the other acolytes bully him. The only way he can escape them is to serve the Abbey Mystic, but his Affinity is weak.

Fiercely loyal, thirteen year-old Piro is horrified to discover she is also cursed with unwanted Affinity. It broke their mother’s heart to send Fyn away, so she hides her affliction. But, when Fyn confesses his troubles, Piro risks exposure to help him.

Even though Byren Kingson is only seven minutes younger than his twin, Lence, who is the king’s heir, Byren has never hungered for the Rolencian throne. When a Seer predicts that he will kill Lence, he laughs. But Lence Kingsheir sees Byren’s growing popularity and resents it. Enduring loyalty could be Byren’s greatest failing.

3. Naamah’s Curse by Jacqueline Carey: Set many years after the two Kushiel trilogies, the Naamah books are equally sensual and engaging. I’m a big fan of Carey’s work, and her books are gorgeous in every way.

Far from the land of her birth, Moirin sets out across Tatar territory to find Bao, the proud and virile Ch’in fighter who holds the missing half of her diadh-anam, the divine soul-spark of her mother’s people. After a long ordeal, she not only succeeds, but surrenders to a passion the likes of which she’s never known. But the lovers’ happiness is short lived, for Bao is entangled in a complication that soon leads to their betrayal.

4. Cryoburn by Lois McMaster Bujold (a Vorkosigan novel): I’m completely addicted to Bujold’s Vorkosigan books, and this is the biggest release of the year for me in my "existing series" authors! November is so far away! There’s not a lot of blurbage about the book out there, but this is what I cribbed from Wikipedia:

CryoBurn takes place six or seven years after Diplomatic Immunity. Miles is 39 years old. The book follows an Auditor investigation into happenings on the planet of Kibou-daini/New Hope where the dead are frozen in hopes of one day being revived. The narrative follows three points of view: those of Miles, Roic, and a local Kibou-daini boy.

Bujold read the first two chapters at Denvention 3 in August 2008. It starts with Miles and Roic having been kidnapped and, separately, imprisoned on a planet that Miles has visited for an Auditorial investigation. Miles escapes and is aided by a small boy living alone (with chickens and other livestock) in a disused building.

ETA: I should note that these don’t include anthologies I’m involved in producing (either editing/publishing, or proofing etc!), such as Worlds Next Door, Australis Imaginarium, Sprawl and Glitter Rose, because NATURALLY I’m desperate to see them on the shelves! 🙂

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