Welcome back my faithful readers! Tabatha here again to extend a very enthusiastic welcome to the Spring Break edition of the Friday Fiction Feature!
For those of us working living in academe, Spring Break is a wonderful time of year; no homework, no due dates, maybe even (ha!) the possibility of a trip to sunnier climes! So for this week, we invite you to join us in spending those precious moments away from campus, journeying to new places, trying new things, saving the day, not citing anything! To escape into a much cheaper spring break get-away, we offer you this week’s selection of adventurous new and upcoming releases.
Blackbeard: The Lost Journal by Christie Golden
For our first foray into Spring Break adventure, we bring you pirates, sea-warfare, and…video games. For the academic with a penchant for virtual conquest, or to convince a reluctant reader that books are in fact interesting, with Blackbeard Christie Golden has combined the thrill, adventure, and images of video games with the thrill, adventure, and imagery of novels! (What? Books are cool too.)
Few moments in history have proven as timelessly fascinating as the lawless Golden Age of Piracy, which was largely played out in the Caribbean of the 16th and early 17th centuries. In this time of rebellion, fortune, intrigue, and adventure, Blackbeard stands as one of the most fearsome captains to have ever sailed the seas. Now, as the latest historical figure to take center stage in the Assassin’s Creed franchise, Blackbeard joins the ranks of Edward Kenway — father of Haytham Kenway and grandfather of Connor — as they navigate troubled island waters and carve out their destinies. Thoughtfully crafted to resemble an authentic pirate artifact, this illustrated journal delivers a unique insider’s view into the world of the game through fascinating entries that provide a firsthand account of the day-to-day lives of the characters. This one-of-a-kind graphic novel — featuring beautifully etched illustrations and portraits, wanted posters, detailed ship’s logs and maps, newspaper clippings, Letters of Marque, and more — brings the bold worlds of Blackbeard and Kenway strikingly to life.
And, as a bonus this book comes complete with the thrill of owning something brand new: just released on March 4th, you, that’s right you, can be the first of your friends to beat the final
boss chapter of this new release!
Shards of Time by Lynn Flewelling
To continue the excitement of the indoor Spring Break, we bring you spies, fighting, royal assasinations and the supernatural in Lynn Flewelling’s Shards of Time.
Acclaimed author Lynn Flewelling brings her beloved Nightrunners series to a close—at least for now—with a thrilling novel of murder, mystery, and magic.
The governor of the sacred island of Korous and his mistress have been killed inside a locked and guarded room. The sole witnesses to the crime—guards who broke down the doors, hearing the screams from within—have gone mad with terror, babbling about ghosts . . . and things worse than ghosts.
Dispatched to Korous by the queen, master spies Alec and Seregil find all the excitement and danger they could want—and more. For an ancient evil has been awakened there, a great power that will not rest until it has escaped its otherworldly prison and taken revenge on all that lives. And only those like Alec—who have died and returned to life—can step between the worlds and confront the killer . . . even if it means a second and all too permanent death.
Now, as we can’t have you overwhelmed with Spring Break adventure, we’ve decided to hold onto this book. Once you’ve had your fill of piracy you can pick up Shards of Time when it is released on April 1st.
The Klingon Art of War by Keith R. A. DeCandido
For those of you looking to take on school with a new set of skills, we’ve got Keith R.A. DeCandido’s The Klingon Art of War. For the trekkie in your life or just to take a different kind of adventure, the precepts in this book which reminds us to ‘leave nothing until tomorrow’ can help you take on mortal enemies or perhaps take on your schedule.
Passed down from the time of Kahless, ten precepts have shaped Klingon culture and indoctrinated Klingons in the Way of the Warrior. With this new translation, people from all walks of life—and all worlds—can harness the ancient Klingon wisdom and learn to embody courage, discipline, and honor.
• Choose your enemies well.
• Strike quickly or strike not.
• Always face your enemy.
• Seek adversity.
• Reveal your true self in combat.
• Destroy weakness.
• Leave nothing until tomorrow.
• Choose death over chains.
• Die standing up.
• Guard honor above all.
These pieces of wisdom and more from beyond our galaxy will be available May 6th.
Some Girls Bite by Chloe Neill
For those of us in academics, Chloe Neill’s Some Girls Bite gives us a view into a more exciting version of the paths our lives may take, or perhaps will make the more safety-conscious among us feel a bit more content with our quiet lives.
Starting off the Chicagoland Vampires series, I was a grad student until Chicago vampires announced their existence to the world, and a rogue vampire attacked me, scared by the master of Cadogan House. To save me, Ethan Sullivan converted me. The Lord of the Hyde Park manor is tall, green-eyed, full of four centuries worth of charm. Suddenly I am handy with serious weaponry, and pursued by an unknown enemy.
Fortunately for any students considering a change of profession (or species) we don’t have to wait to see how the switch works out for Chicago’s graduate student – Some Girls Bite was rereleased earlier this week!
Mickey Outside by David Lender
For those of you who fancy a less life-endangering form of adventure, we bring you David Lender’s Mickey Outside, a bestselling book you can actually purchase before Spring Break ends! (see, we stop teasing you with upcoming releases eventually).
Former Wall Street whiz and current convict Mickey Steinberg is nearing the end of his three-year sentence at Yankton—the cushy country club prison where he’s enjoyed celebrity status—and he’s ready to get out and get back on top. He doesn’t have the resources he once did, but he’s already hatched a new plan to sell a forgery of a stolen Van Gogh painting through the shady underground art market. He and his new partner, the smooth-talking Paul Reece, have a mark in mind: the sleazy con-man art dealer who swooped in on Mickey’s beloved ex-wife after he was locked up. But with his old partner, Jack Grass, hell-bent on revenge and his pre-prison life closed to him, it won’t be easy.
As their plan becomes ever more complex, Mickey realizes he just wants to make good and make it out alive. A madcap heist with a shrewd insider’s eye on the high-rollers and lowlifes that run New York City—a place where no man is too big to fail.
That’s all for this week’s Friday Fiction Feature. I’ll leave you for now with this list of books to enjoy and a reminder that the true purpose of Spring Break is to relax at home in your pajamas with a cup of tea and a good read (at least that’s my plan). So, until next time, happy reading.