The wait is almost over — tomorrow, THE SKULL THRONE is published in the UK! The fourth novel in Peter V. Brett‘s Sunday Times and New York Times bestselling Demon Cycle series is published by Voyager Books. Here’s the synopsis…
The Skull Throne of Krasia stands empty.
Built from the skulls of fallen generals and demon princes, it is a seat of honour and ancient, powerful magic, keeping the demon corelings at bay. From atop the throne, Ahmann Jardir was meant to conquer the known world, forging its isolated peoples into a unified army to rise up and end the demon war once and for all.
But Arlen Bales, the Painted Man, stood against this course, challenging Jardir to a duel he could not in honour refuse. Rather than risk defeat, Arlen cast them both from a precipice, leaving the world without a saviour, and opening a struggle for succession that threatens to tear the Free Cities of Thesa apart.
In the south, Inevera, Jardir’s first wife, must find a way to keep their sons from killing one another and plunging their people into civil war as they strive for enough glory to make a claim on the throne.
In the north, Leesha Paper and Rojer Inn struggle to forge an alliance between the duchies of Angiers and Miln against the Krasians before it is too late.
Caught in the crossfire is the duchy of Lakton – rich and unprotected, ripe for conquest.
All the while, the corelings have been growing stronger, and without Arlen and Jardir there may be none strong enough to stop them.
Only Renna Bales may know more about the fate of the missing men, but she, too, has disappeared…
The Demon Cycle series also includes THE PAINTED MAN, THE DESERT SPEAR and THE DAYLIGHT WAR. The series also includes the novellas BRAYAN’S GOLD AND THE GREAT BAZAAR and MESSENGER’S LEGACY. All of these books are published in the UK by Voyager Books.
Also out tomorrow is the paperback edition of Charlaine Harris‘s MIDNIGHT CROSSROAD, the first novel in the bestselling author’s new urban fantasy series. The novel is published in the UK by Gollancz. Here’s the synopsis…
Welcome to Midnight, Texas, a town with many boarded-up windows and few full-time inhabitants, located at the crossing of Witch Light Road and Davy Road. It’s a pretty standard dried-up western town.
There’s a pawnshop (someone lives in the basement and is seen only at night). There’s a diner (people who are just passing through tend not to linger). And there’s new resident Manfred Bernardo, who thinks he’s found the perfect place to work in private (and who has secrets of his own).
Stop at the one traffic light in town, and everything looks normal. Stay awhile, and learn the truth…
Gollancz are due to publish the next novel in this series, DAY SHIFT, in May 2015. Charlaine Harris is, of course, the world-renowned author of the Sookie Stackhouse series, which was adapted into HBO’s True Blood TV series.