Saturday, April 5, 2014

A TITLE TO LOOK FOR: Unwrapped Sky by Rjurik Davidson

Hello again, fellow readers. This has been something of a quiet week at Craig's Book-ends as I have had non-bookish things to deal with. However, this coming week should see things return to how they are supposed to be. In the mean time, I'd like to introduce you to a new feature on the blog. A TITLE TO LOOK FOR will be a bi-weekly spotlight on a book that is coming soon. Sometimes it will be a book that I have had a chance to read in advance and sometimes it will be a book that will be as new to me upon release as it is to you, but in all cases it will be a book worth getting excited about for one reason or another! Let's get started with the very first TITLE TO LOOK FOR: Unwrapped Sky by Rjurik Davidson.

As you can see from the cover art, this here book features minotaurs predominately. I could pretty much just stop there and expect you all to check it out because everyone knows how cool minotaurs are. However, there's more than minotaurs between the covers of this book. Here's the blurb:

A hundred years ago, the Minotaurs saved Caeli-Amur from conquest. Now, three very different people may hold the keys to the city's survival.

Once, it is said, gods used magic to create reality, with powers that defied explanation. But the magic—or science, if one believes those who try to master the dangers of thaumaturgy—now seems more like a dream. Industrial workers for House Technis, farmers for House Arbor, and fisher folk of House Marin eke out a living and hope for a better future. But the philosopher-assassin Kata plots a betrayal that will cost the lives of godlike Minotaurs; the ambitious bureaucrat Boris Autec rises through the ranks as his private life turns to ashes; and the idealistic seditionist Maximilian hatches a mad plot to unlock the vaunted secrets of the Great Library of Caeli-Enas, drowned in the fabled city at the bottom of the sea, its strangeness visible from the skies above.

In a novel of startling originality and riveting suspense, these three people, reflecting all the hopes and dreams of the ancient city, risk everything for a future that they can create only by throwing off the shackles of tradition and superstition, as their destinies collide at ground zero of a conflagration that will transform the world . . . or destroy it.
Unwrapped Sky is a stunningly original debut by Rjurik Davidson, a young master of the New Weird.

Grimdark Fantasy Reader, another blog you should be checking out regularly, has reviewed this one already. You can check out the review here. With mentions of steampunk, ancient mythology, and comparisons to the great Mark Lawrence, you can bet that Unwrapped Sky is on my to-read list!

The novel drops on April 15th from Tor Books. They've provided an excerpt here. You can read more about Mr. Davidson here while you're waiting to get your hands on the book. If you read it, let me know what you think. Remember, keep reading!

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