What’s new for May.

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Continuing my monthly series of “What’s new” posts, with an eye toward making you aware of new releases from the publishers with whom I work.  Off we go!

Wendig-TheBlueBlazes_thumb[1]First, from deep within the rusty, metallic hell from which the robot overlords of Angry Robot Books look with disdain upon the world of flesh, comes The Blue Blazes, by Chuck Wendig.  Chuck has a unique writing voice that I very much enjoy.  From the back matter:

Meet Mookie Pearl. Criminal underworld? He runs in it. Supernatural underworld? He hunts in it. Nothing stops Mookie when he’s on the job. But when his daughter takes up arms and opposes him, something’s gotta give…

Then, in the galaxy far, far away, we have Into the Void, by Tim Lebbon.  This book is set in the very distant past, apparently exploring the origin of the Jedi Order.  From the back matter:

DawnOfTheJediIntoTheVoidCoverOn the planet Tython, the ancient Je’daii order was founded. And at the feet of its wise Masters, Lanoree Brock learned the mysteries and methods of the Force—and found her calling as one of its most powerful disciples. But as strongly as the Force flowed within Lanoree and her parents, it remained absent in her brother, who grew to despise and shun the Je’daii, and whose training in its ancient ways ended in tragedy.
Now, from her solitary life as a Ranger keeping order across the galaxy, Lanoree has been summoned by the Je’daii Council on a matter of utmost urgency. The leader of a fanatical cult, obsessed with traveling beyond the reaches of known space, is bent on opening a cosmic gateway using dreaded dark matter as the key—risking a cataclysmic reaction that will consume the entire star system. But more shocking to Lanoree than even the prospect of total galactic annihilation, is the decision of her Je’daii Masters to task her with the mission of preventing it. Until a staggering revelation makes clear why she was chosen: The brilliant, dangerous madman she must track down and stop at any cost is the brother whose death she has long grieved—and whose life she must now fear.

In the Forgotten Realms, we have the mass market re-release of Elminster Enraged, from the unparalleled creative mind (and pen) or Ed Greenwood.  From the back matter:

Elminster_EnragedCommanded by the vestige of Mystra to work together, Manshoon and Elminster engage instead in a ferocious battle that sends the Sage plummeting into the Underdark as a cloud of ashes. Elminster soon inhabits the body of a fallen dark elf, so that he can begin carrying out Mystra’s orders to rally Cormyr’s Wizards of War, seek blueflame items to mend immense rifts throughout the realms that are releasing deadly monsters, and prevent the ancient Primordials from rising and unleashing their rage. But his sworn archenemy, Manshoon, has plans as well: to conquer Cormyr and be the new Emperor, and hunt down the Sage’s clones. The battles are fierce, the stakes have never been higher, and the fate of Cormyr is on the line. Meanwhile, War Wizards are being mysteriously assassinated . . .

That there’s some excellent novels.  Read and enjoy.

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