It's been a busy week for my postman this week, which is a good thing for me, I must say. So, here's a bit more about the books added to my review pile.1st up is Empire of Grass, the second of Tad Williams' Empire of Grass series. TW's world building was excellent as always in The Witchwood Crown and meeting up with characters old and new was a special kind of good feeling. I have high expectations for this book.
Next up, 2 from Gollancz.
No Way by Simon Morden is the follow up to the rather excellent One Way. In One Way we saw a bunch of prisoners from Earth given a chance of 'freedom' with a one way ticket to Mars to build the first Mars Base. Once there the murders began but somehow Frank, our hero, survived.
No Way sees him planning to use his skills to find a way home but what if certain parties don't want him to return and what if he isn't as alone in the red planet as he thinks? One Way was a great Sci-Fi Thriller so I'm eager to get stuck into this.
From Divergent Suns is the third in a series and, again a Sci-Fi Thriller. The big hook with this series is that Inspector Keon's wife has been killed and he has created an (illegal) AI construct of her. While he solves crimes and mysteries in each book the arc is what makes it special. Well developed in both story and characters I'll be sad to see this story end.
In The Call we were introduced to a closed off Ireland where children were 'called' to a realm of fairies (but evil ones, not your regular fairy tale ones) and hunted. If they survived the hunt they were returned unharmed but those caught were maimed and disfigured. It was a cracking tale and very dark (YA but suitable for adult readers too)
In The Invasion, as the title suggests, the evil fairies have started their invasion plans to return to the Ireland they were banished from. And the only hope is survivor Nessa and she is locked in a max-security prison and awaiting death...