Friday, December 24, 2010

Looking Forward To... (32)

There are so many amazing books already on the shelves and new ones coming out.

For a list of books yet to be released I'm looking to get, you can also look on my right Sidebar at the ever growing list titled Desired Reads - just scroll down.  Of course there are tones of other new books to come out that are amazing as well, but these ones are part of series I have already started or for one reason or another caught my eye (and haven't seen much on other blogs yet). But I will highlight one here each week.

(mentioned in order of Release Date then Alphabetical if there are more than one book coming out on the same date.)

The Next Book Is...

The Fallen Blade:
Act One of the Assassini
Vampire Assassin #1
By:  Jon Courtenay Grimwood
Due Out:  January 27, 2011

Okay, so many of you are probably thinking - Not another vampire book.  And yes it has a vampire in it.  But the premises of this book caught my attention.  It has pirates and the high seas along with an assassin.  An assassin who sees a boy with quick reactions that is who he feels could be his apprentice.  I'm interested in seeing what the book has to offer.  It's new and the first of a series.

Synopsis from Goodreads:
In the depths of night, customs officers board a galley in a harbor and overpower its guards. In the hold they find oil and silver, and a naked boy chained to the bulkhead. Stunningly beautiful but half-starved, the boy has no name. The officers break the boy's chains to rescue him, but he escapes.

Venice is at the height of its power. In theory Duke Marco commands. But Marco is a simpleton so his aunt and uncle rule in his stead. They command the seas, tax the colonies, and, like those in power before them, fear assassins better than their own.

In a side chapel, Marco's fifteen-year old cousin prays for deliverance from her forced marriage. It is her bad fortune to be there when Mamluk pirates break in to steal a chalice, but it is the Mamluks' good luck - they kidnap her.

In the gardens beside the chapel, Atilo, the Duke's chief assassin, prepares to kill his latest victim. Having cut the man's throat, he turns back, having heard a noise, and finds a boy crouched over the dying man, drinking blood from the wound. The speed with which the boy dodges a dagger and scales a wall stuns Atilo. And the assassin knows he has to find the boy.

Not to kill him, but because he's finally found what he thought he would never find. Someone fit to be his apprentice.


  1. Ok, I hate vampires, but I like the sound of this one! Great feature, Melissa! :)

  2. Good one. Plus I love the cover. Hope you have a great holiday!

  3. Sounds like another good one! Have added it to my wishlist. Thanks! :)

  4. Melissa - I was caught by this one too. I know the vampire thing has gone a little over board, but this series sounds like it might have a neat twist to it. :)

    Melissa (Books&Things) - Glad you liked the sounds of this one. :) And the cover too. Had a great holiday. Just all over so quickly. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas too.

    Alexia - :) Glad you liked the sounds of this one. Hope you enjoy it if you get it. :) Thank you for stopping by!

  5. I had requested this book from Net Galley because I thought it sounded interesting but I haven't read it yet because I'm not supposed to review it until closer to the publication date, but I'll probably be reading it soon.

  6. Oh Wow Simcha! I will definitely keep an eye out for you review of it. It sounds like a great new read. :) I do hope you enjoy it.


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