Conhecida pelos livros A Súbita Aparição de Hope Arden (obra vencedora do World Fantasy Award para 2017 e uma das linhas leituras favoritas do ano passado) e As primeiras quinze vidas de Harry August (vencedor do prémio John Campbell Memorial Award), Claire North tornou-se um nome a seguir! Neste romance distópico o homicídio tem literalmente um preço a pagar! Um preço que faz com que os ricos possam escapar impunemente por este crime. O lançamento do livro na edição inglesa está previsto para Maio.
What if your life were defined by a number?
What if any crime could be committed without punishment, so long as you could afford to pay the fee assigned to that crime?
Theo works in the Criminal Audit Office. He assesses each crime that crosses his desk and makes sure the correct debt to society is paid in full.
But when Theo’s ex-lover Dani is killed, it’s different. This is one death he can’t let become merely an entry on a balance sheet.
Because when the richest in the world are getting away with murder, sometimes the numbers just don’t add up.
Há alguns anos (mais do que uma década) li todos os livros publicados em português ou em inglês de Stephen Lawhead. São, na sua maioria, romances históricos que se centram bastante na narrativa e nas personagens e que, por isso, conseguem tornar-se bastante envolventes. Ainda que tenha lido, entretanto, obras de ficção histórica de outros autores que julgo serem melhor conseguidas (a série Primeiro Homem de Roma de Colleen McCullough, por exemplo), não deixo de sentir alguma nostalgia e vontade de ler os novso lançamentos deste autor:
The isle of Eirlandia has been ravaged by the barbarian Scálda, who seek to conquer all. The High King has called for the warring clans and tribes of the Tuatha DeDanann to set aside their feuds and unite to fight to save their nation.
Conor is the first-born son of the Celtic king Ardan mac Orsi. He should have been battlechief, but a birthmark casts him as unclean and that honor has fallen to his younger brother Liam. Conor is resigned to his fate, but wishes he could do something to earn his tribe’s respect.
Sometimes wishes take unexpected turns—when Conor is wrongly accused of theft and cast out of his tribe, he embarks on a dangerous mission to not only prove his innocence but to expose the treachery that led him on this path. He also seeks the ethereal beauty he saw being abducted by the Scálda. Convinced that she is no mortal woman, but one of the faéry, Conor must find and rescue her.
Because he knows that if the Scálda gain the secret of faéry magic, they will conquer his homeland.
Depois de American Elsewhere (vencedor do Shirley Jackson Award e muito recomendado pelo João Barreiros) e de City of Stairs (o primeiro de uma trilogia fantástica que consegue ser inovadora num cenário em que o género quase que atinge o ponto de saturação) o autor lança este Foundryside que também promete ser interessante e que entra directamente para o topo da minha futura lista de aquisições:
In a city that runs on industrialized magic, a secret war will be fought to overwrite reality itself–the first in a dazzling new fantasy series from City of Stairs author Robert Jackson Bennett.
Sancia Grado is a thief, and a damn good one. And her latest target, a heavily guarded warehouse on Tevanne’s docks, is nothing her unique abilities can’t handle.
But unbeknownst to her, Sancia’s been sent to steal an artifact of unimaginable power, an object that could revolutionize the magical technology known as scriving. The Merchant Houses who control this magic–the art of using coded commands to imbue everyday objects with sentience–have already used it to transform Tevanne into a vast, remorseless capitalist machine. But if they can unlock the artifact’s secrets, they will rewrite the world itself to suit their aims.
Now someone in those Houses wants Sancia dead, and the artifact for themselves. And in the city of Tevanne, there’s nobody with the power to stop them.
To have a chance at surviving–and at stopping the deadly transformation that’s under way–Sancia will have to marshal unlikely allies, learn to harness the artifact’s power for herself, and undergo her own transformation, one that will turn her into something she could never have imagined.
Bastante conhecida no meio fantástico (ou não fosse ter ganho um John W. Campbell Award, um World Fantasy Award, um Prometheus Award, um Mythipoeic Award, um Nebula Award e um Hugo Award) Jo Walton escreveu, entre 2010 e 2013, uma série de textos no TOR.COM sobre os vários nomeados e vencedores do prémio Hugo. A ideia por detrás destes textos é a de que o conjunto de cada ano reflecte o estado da ficção científica desse ano. Este livro apresenta esses textos, revistos e comentados:
The Hugo Awards, named after pioneer science-fiction publisher Hugo Gernsback, and voted on by members of the World Science Fiction Society, have been given out since 1953. They are widely considered the most prestigious award in science fiction.
Between 2010 and 2013, Jo Walton wrote a series of posts for Tor.com, surveying the Hugo finalists and winners from the award’s inception up to the year 2000. Her contention was that each year’s full set of finalists generally tells a meaningful story about the state of science fiction at that time.
Walton’s cheerfully opinionated and vastly well-informed posts provoked valuable conversation among the field’s historians. Now these posts, lightly revised, have been gathered into this book, along with a small selection of the comments posted by SF luminaries such as Rich Horton, Gardner Dozois, and the late David G. Hartwell.
Engaged, passionate, and consistently entertaining, this is a book for the many who enjoyed Walton’s previous collection of writing from Tor.com, the Locus Award-winning What Makes This Book So Great.