I made my Saturday bi-weekly trip to Barnes & Noble today, ostensibly to pick up the latest issue of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, which has a brand new Alaric the Minstrel novella by my friend Phyllis Eisenstein. While browsing the new releases half a dozen books caught my eye, including The Winter Road by Adrian Selby, The Lost by Kevin A. Munoz, and The Lost Puzzler, by Eyal Kless. But the one that leaped into my hands was The Shattered Sun by Rachel Dunne, with the words A Bounds Gods Novel stamped on the cover, which certainly meant it was the umpteenth novel in series. This was on the back.
The epic sword-and-sorcery Bound Gods fantasy series comes to its dark conclusion in this thrilling story of a vibrant world whose fate lies in the hands of vengeful gods and bold warriors.
The world has been plunged into darkness… and only the scheming priest Joros might be able to bring back the sun.
With his ragtag band of fighters — a laconic warrior, a pair of street urchins, a ruthless priestess, and an unhinged sorcerer — Joros seeks to defeat the ancient gods newly released from their long imprisonment. But the Twins have champions of their own, and powers beyond knowing… and the only sure thing is that they won’t go down without a fight.
The fate of the world hangs in the balance as the Twins aim to enact revenge on the parents that imprisoned them, and the world that spurned them. The Long Night has begun, and the shadows hide many secrets — including that the Twins themselves may not be as powerful as they would have everyone think.
Joros and his allies must strike now — before the Twins can consolidate their power… and before they are allowed to shape the world in their vision.
Now, last thing I need is the final book in a series I’ve never heard of. But then again… there’s a lot that appeals to me here. Epic sword-and-sorcery. Desperate battle against ancient gods. World plunged into darkness, ragtag band of fighters. And Tony Mauro’s cover, with the stooped priest Joros and a mischievous imp familiar on his shoulder, is terrific. Ah, the hell with it. My house is already filled to the brim with fantasy novels. One more won’t hurt.
[Click the images for ancient god-sized versions.]
So now I own The Shattered Suns. Amazon was kind enough to bring me up to speed on the first two in the series.
In the Shadow of the Gods (400 pages, $15.99 trade paperback, $2.99 digital, June 21, 2016)
The Bones of the Earth (480 pages, $15.99 trade paperback, $10.99 digital, June 27, 2017)
The Shattered Sun (487 pages, $16.99 trade paperback, $10.99 digital, December 4, 2018)
All three books are published by Harper Voyager, and all three covers are by Tony Mauro.
Maybe I’ll buy the other two, but I don’t know. The covers don’t appeal to me as much. Perhaps I’ll throw caution to the winds and read The Shattered Sun first. How hard can it be to figure things out? Desperate battles, ancient gods, world in darkness, ragtag band of fighters. I think I got it.
One thing I noticed this week is that half the books that caught my eye, including The Shattered Sun, the debut fantasy The Lost Puzzler by Eyal Kless, and the space opera Polaris Rising by Jessie Mihalik, were from Harper Voyager. Man, Voyager is really firing on all cylinders this season. I need to find out who the editors are over there.
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