Flesh and Spirit. The Lighthouse Duet #1 by Carol Berg
I recently remembered reading Transformation, the first part of Berg's Rai Kirah Trilogy, which I quite liked but never continued as I wasn't happy with the developments towards the end of the story. She wrote some more books and I really want to give it a try again as I especially liked the way she presented her characters. Flesh and Spirit is only part of a duology which finishes with Breath and Bone.
The first book of a duology introduces Valen of Navronne, the pure-blood scion of a long line of diviners and magical cartographers, who hates his heritage. He ran away as a youth, lived as a rogue, and wound up, badly wounded and owning nothing but a magical atlas, at a monastery. Offered sanctuary, he finds his maps, rumored to chart the way to the realm of angels, plunging him into intrigue instead of the retreat, however temporary, that he wanted. Navronne is beginning to unravel, starting with a battle for the succession between heirs of the late king. Omens and divinations are foreboding, and even the monastery contains several factions, each trying to use Valen and his maps. Berg touches a shop-worn situation with originality and limns Navronne and the characters well--Valen is unquestionably memorable--in what is definitely a dark fantasy as much concerned with Valen's internal struggle as with his conflicts with others.
The Girl with all the Gifts by M.R. Carey
I had a look at this book in a local bookstore and it sounds like something very different. Definitely curious about this one and I think I will get and read it very soon.
Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class.
When they come for her, Sergeant Parks keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite. But they don't laugh.
Melanie is a very special girl.
The Falcon Throne. Book 1 of the Tarnished Crown
by Karen Miller
A new release that sounds very promising. After reading Empress I wasn't too sure about ever reading anything by Miller again but I can't walk past this description. I hope it's as good as it sounds.
In a divided Kingdom, some will do anything to seize the crown.
A BASTARD LORD, rising up against his tyrant cousin, sheds more blood than he bargained for.
A ROYAL CHILD, believed dead, sets his eyes on regaining his father's stolen throne.
A DUKE'S WIDOW, defending her daughter, defies the ambitious lord who'd control them both.
And TWO BROTHERS, divided by ambition, will learn the true meaning of treachery.
All of this will come to pass, and nothing will remain as it once was. Royal houses will fall, empires will be reborn, and those who seek the Falcon Throne will pay for it in blood.
The Godless by Ben Peek
I found it on a blog and immediately liked what it was about. I like reading about fallen gods, gods walking the earth and of course merceneries. Sounds like a fun read!
Fifteen thousand years after the War of the Gods and their corpses now lie scattered across the world, slowly dying as men and women awake with strange powers that are derived from their bodies. While some see these powers as a gift - most call them a curse.
When Ayae - a young cartographer's apprentice in the city of Mireea - is trapped in a burning building, she is terrified as a dormant power comes to life within her. The flames destroy everything around her but she remains unscathed - fire cannot touch her. This curse makes her a target for the army marching on her home - an army determined to reclaim the body of the god Ger, who lies dying beneath the city, and harness his power for themselves.
Zaifyr, a man adorned in ancient charms, also arrives in Mireea. His arrival draws the attention of two of the 'children of the gods', Fo and Bau, powerful, centuries-old beings who consider themselves immortal. All three will offer different visions for Ayae's powers - and whatever choice she makes will result in new enemies.
Meanwhile, as the army approaches ever closer to Mireea, the saboteur Bueralan and Dark, his mercenary group, look to infiltrate and learn its weaknesses. Alone in a humid, dangerous land, they find themselves witness to rites so appalling they realize it would take the Gods themselves to halt the enemy's attack - and even they may not be enough.
Blood Song. Raven's Shadow #1 by Anthony Ryan
I always hear how awesome this one is and how many good reviews it gets. I checked if there are elves or dwarves involved but there are none so it went on my list ;-)
Vaelin Al Sorna was only a child of ten when his father left him at the iron gate of the Sixth Order—a caste devoted to battle. Vaelin will be trained and hardened to the austere, celibate and dangerous life of a warrior of the Faith. He has no family now save the Order. Vaelin’s father was Battle Lord to King Janus, ruler of the Unified Realm—and Vaelin’s rage at being deprived of his birthright knows no bounds. Even his cherished memories of his mother are soon challenged by what he learns within the Order. But one truth overpowers all the rest: Vaelin Al Sorna is destined for a future he has yet to comprehend. A future that will alter not only the Realm, but the world.