A Crown for Cold Silver by Alex Marshall
Expected publication: April 14th 2015 by Orbit
FIVE VILLAINS. ONE LEGENDARY GENERAL. A FINAL QUEST FOR VENGEANCE.
Twenty years ago, feared general Cobalt Zosia led her five villainous captains and mercenary army into battle, wrestling monsters and toppling an empire. When there were no more titles to win and no more worlds to conquer, she retired and gave up her legend to history.
Now the peace she carved for herself has been shattered by the unprovoked slaughter of her village. Seeking bloody vengeance, Zosia heads for battle once more, but to find justice she must confront grudge-bearing enemies, once-loyal allies, and an unknown army that marches under a familiar banner.
A CROWN FOR COLD SILVER is an outstanding epic fantasy debut featuring an unforgettable warrior.
This is a title I came across after compiling my Most Anticipated Fantasy list, otherwise it would have been a featured title on that list. It's been compared favorably to everything from the Glen Cook's Black Company novels to Kameron Hurley's God's War, and recommended for fans of Steven Erikson, Mark Lawrence, and Joe Abercrombie. I haven't been lucky enough to see an ARC come my way yet, but I'm anxiously waiting.
By the way, speaking of most anticipated reads, I'm taking part in the SF Signal Mind Meld today - come by and see what we're all looking forward to!