Sunday, August 8, 2010

Upcoming Releases: Hidden Gems

It's a beautiful Sunday afternoon and I wanted to share two books that I have not heard much about that are coming out soon. These are books that I personally have not seen anything about in the media or other blogs and feel that they also deserve the spotlight. Sometimes all of the "popular" books overshadow gems that are out there just waiting to be found. I am going to do continue to post this feature called "Hidden Gems" as a new feature as long as it is enjoyable. Without further ado, here are the books!




The Fallen Blade: Act One of the Assasinni










  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (January 27, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031607439X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316074391


In the depths of night, customs officers board a galley in a harbor and overpower its guards. In the hold they find oil and silver, and a naked boy chained to the bulkhead. Stunningly beautiful but half-starved, the boy has no name. The officers break the boy's chains to rescue him, but he escapes.

Venice is at the height of its power. In theory Duke Marco commands. But Marco is a simpleton so his aunt and uncle rule in his stead. They command the seas, tax the colonies, and, like those in power before them, fear assassins better than their own.

In a side chapel, Marco's fifteen-year old cousin prays for deliverance from her forced marriage. It is her bad fortune to be there when Mamluk pirates break in to steal a chalice, but it is the Mamluks' good luck - they kidnap her.

In the gardens beside the chapel, Atilo, the Duke's chief assassin, prepares to kill his latest victim. Having cut the man's throat, he turns back, having heard a noise, and finds a boy crouched over the dying man, drinking blood from the wound. The speed with which the boy dodges a dagger and scales a wall stuns Atilo. And the assassin knows he has to find the boy.

Not to kill him, but because he's finally found what he thought he would never find. Someone fit to be his apprentice.








  • Reading level: Ages 9-12
  • Hardcover: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion Book CH; 1 edition (October 12, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 142311339X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423113393

After saving Olympus from the evil Titan lord, Kronos, Percy and friends have rebuilt their beloved Camp Half-Blood, where the next generation of demigods must now prepare for a chilling prophecy of their own:

Seven half-bloods shall answer the call,
To storm or fire the world must fall.
An oath to keep with a final breath,
And foes bear arms to the Doors of Death.

Now, in a brand-new series from blockbuster best-selling author Rick Riordan, fans return to the world of Camp Half-Blood. Here, a new group of heroes will inherit a quest. But to survive the journey, they’ll need the help of some familiar demigods.
~Manda

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