Well aren’t I as pleased as punch.
Don’t worry, I don’t usually use that expression. Wait, I never use that expression.
I am though, pleased as punch that is.
There was a book I pre-ordered in late 2008 as I believed it would be released in Australia in January 2009. Apparently not. Apparently it was to be released this month as it arrived, much to my surprise, in the mail the other day! It’s a great store that I buy some of my books from, but their updating of release dates is atrocious. I don’t think they actually do update them. I think they just input the date they get with the book information the first time around and then leave it. Very, very unreliable, but it does make for an occasional nice surprise!
The book is Sacred Scars by Kathleen Duey (young adult dark fantasy), but rather then share what it is about I’ll begin with the first one which is Skin Hunger.
Sadima lives in a world where magic has been banned, leaving poor villagers prey to fakes and charlatans. A “magician” stole her family’s few valuables and left Sadima’s mother to die on the day Sadima was born. But vestiges of magic are hidden in old rhymes and hearth tales and in people like Sadima, who conceals her silent communication with animals for fear of rejection and ridicule. When rumors of her gift reach Somiss, a young nobleman obsessed with restoring magic, he sends Franklin, his lifelong servant, to find her. Sadima’s joy at sharing her secret becomes love for the man she shares it with. But Franklin’s irrevocable bond to the brilliant and dangerous Somiss traps her, too, and she faces a heartbreaking decision.
Centuries later magic has been restored, but it is available only to the wealthy and is strictly controlled by wizards within a sequestered academy of magic. Hahp, the expendable second son of a rich merchant, is forced into the academy and finds himself paired with Gerrard, a peasant boy inexplicably admitted with nine sons of privilege and wealth. Only one of the ten students will graduate — and the first academic requirement is survival.
I’m yet to read Sacred Scars and it’s been awhile since I’ve read the first so I will re-read it and then Sacred Scars before I write any more on the trilogy.
I also received other books in the mail that I had ordered before Christmas. Fade Out by Rachel Caine (young adult paranormal romance) and Threshold by Caitlin R. Kiernan (supernatural mystery/thriller) who I’m really loving at the moment because even though she doesn’t follow a conventional grammatical style of writing, the way she writes still impresses me and draws me in. She’s more about atmosphere and story details rather then sentence structure which is fine with me as long as the story is well done.
Another surprise has been Hunger. Last year I read the first book, Gone, in a dystopic series by Michael Grant. Unfortunately I was told that the hardback of Hunger, which was out some time last year, was unavailable and that I had to wait till the paperback was out mid this year. To our great surprise (because my Mum loves that book too) there were a whole stack of copies of Hunger at a department store when my Mum was shopping so now I don’t have to wait for it!
It’s been a good week or so when it comes to books. Unfortunately I just haven’t been into reading as much. I started on The Heroes of Asgard and that started to put me to sleep so I think that hasn’t helped at all, but I have started on Threshold and plan on switching off for the next few days and reading it.
Any books I’ve mentioned I will post more about when I’ve read them.