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Martha Wells Author- THE SERPENT SEA


by Martha Wells

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The second volume of the Books of the Raksura (following last year’s THE CLOUD ROADS, my favorite epic fantasy of 2011) finds former solitary consort Moon and colony, led by sister queen Jade and Pearl, traveling in search of a new home for the Indigo Cloud court, after their previous home was destroyed in a confrontation with the Fell Colon.  Grandfather Stone leads them to their ancestral home, a mountain-tree that will nourish and protect them.  But in their absence, someone has vandalized the tree, removing its life-sustaining seed.  Moon and Jade join an urgent quest for the seed, or a viable replacement- one that will bring them in contact with more fantastic inhabitants of Wells’ world – even as Moon struggles to adjust to life with his own kind, and the etiquette associated with a consort.  Riveting reading!- MeH

Night Shade Books tpo,  $14.99

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by Jeff Backhaus

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“Backhaus’ debut is one of the most original novels I have ever read.  It is at once suspenseful and titillating and takes you to places you have never been.  Thomas Tessler has locked himself into one room in his apartment for 3 years in response to the grief and responsibility he feels for the death of his son.  His wife, Silke, lives in the room next door and still loves him, but is beyond frustrated with his behavior, having not set eyes on him for this entire period.  She hires a “rental sister” to visit the house to persuade Thomas to come out of the room and enter back into life.  Told alternatively from his point of view and the point of view of the Megumi, Japanese-born young woman with a background and lifestyle that will alternately fascinate you and confound you.  I was mesmerized by this novel from the first page to the satisfying end.”- Terry

Algonquin Books, $23.95

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