This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:
A Play of Shadow: Night's Edge: Book Two by Julie E. Czerneda
Expected publication: November 4th 2014 by DAW Trade
In the second installment of Night’s Edge, Bannan Larmensu, the truthseer who won Jenn Nalynn’s heart, learns his brother-in-law was sent as a peace envoy to Channen, capitol of the mysterious domain of Mellynne, and has disappeared. When Bannan’s young nephews arrive in Marrowdell, he fears the worst, that his sister, the fiery Lila, has gone in search of her husband, leaving her sons in his care.
The law forbids Bannan from leaving Marrowdell and travelling to Mellynne to help his sister. In this world. As a turn-born, Jenn Nalynn has the power to cross into the magical realm of the Verge, and take Bannan with her. Once there, they could find a way into Mellynne.
If they survive. The Verge is wild and deadly, alive with strange magic. Dragons roar and kruar wait in ambush, and the powerful turn-born who care for their world do not care for Jenn Nalynn.
She’s willing to try. Wisp and Scourge -- and the house toads -- offer their help.
But what none of them know is that magic is rife in Channen, magic that flows from the Verge itself. And not even a turn-born will be safe there.
If you haven't read A Turn of Light already, then what are you waiting for? It's an incredibly magical piece of fantasy, a pastoral sort of epic that's as well-told as it is original. I hate to call it a reactionary sort of tale, but it takes the genre in a very different sort of direction from the militaristic and grimdark fantasy that have been so prevalent in recent years.