It's that time of year again--when we tell you about the new books we've got in the works for later this year!
And we're happy to announce that we've got more sequels coming!
Last fall, we published Remy Apepp's first novel, Sand to Glass, a dark literary fantasy hailed as "a tight examination of the line between monster and human" (Foreword Reviews). This book sets up the mythology of the world accidentally created by the Great Being, Rujir-Zakurele. The story follows the four royal siblings of the desert kingdom of Ordyuk as their realm is relentlessly attacked by accursed beings. Over the span of several years, the pressure grows stronger and stronger until the siblings must grow into monsters themselves, or shatter like glass.
This September, Remy's second book, a sequel (though the series can be read in any order) will be coming out, called The Blessed. It's another dark literary fantasy with a bit more of a flowery style: tragically beautiful like an Anne Rice novel. The book focuses on two main characters, one of whom you will know pretty well already if you read Sand to Glass. The Blessed is another thoughtful book exploring several deep themes, which we won't elaborate on here. The blurb:
One is blessed, the other cursed. Neither is entirely sure which is which.
Lux was a warrior, a brilliant fighter who seemed stronger than humanly possible. Now, he’s locked away from the sunlight, his memories gnawing themselves to the bone, the scent of blood ever in his nostrils.
Illiaz is his jailor, a breathtakingly beautiful creature who seems too delicate to live. His hold on Lux is fragile as gossamer and stronger than the scent of blood ever on his breath.
It might almost be friendship.
Keep an eye on our social media and website for further details, announcements, and fun posts!
In November, Katherine Vick's third book in the epically hilarious Plot Bandits series will be released. It was going to be a trilogy, but . . . our plot-disrupting heroes, the Disposables, had other plans, and it's now a tetralogy! They're challenging all the conventions and tropes, including that of the traditional trilogy structure! The rebellion began in The Disposable, and things heated up (which might've had something to do with the dragon . . .) in The Merry Band.*
Book 3 is called The Narrative, and it continues the adventures of Fodder, Flirt, Shoulders, Prince Dullard, and Princess Pleasance (some of whom are very ironically named). The cover design and the official blurb are still in the works, but we will say: If you thought the stakes had ramped up in Book 2, wait until you find out the terrible punishment that the powers-that-be have planned for our heroes in Book 3!
It's a rollicking, lighthearted adventure on the surface, with a lot to say about social justice and societal conventions underneath. Status and privilege and why some get to have all the fun and glory while others are ground into the dirt like which they are treated. If you enjoy a good underdog story, and love Terry Pratchett and Monty Python's styles of humor, then this series is sure to delight you!
P.S. - Book 4, The Taskmaster, is also being polished by our editors and will be released next year! We won't make you wait too long for the epic conclusion!
*These books do need to be read in order.
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