Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Waiting On Wednesday - The House of the Four Winds by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:

The House of the Four Winds by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory
Hardcover, 304 pages
Expected publication: August 5th 2014 by Tor Books

The rulers of tiny, impoverished Swansgaard have twelve daughters and one son. While the prince’s future is assured, his twelve sisters must find their own fortunes.

Disguising herself as Clarence, a sailor, Princess Clarice intends to work her way to the New World. When the crew rebels, Clarice/Clarence, an expert with rapier and dagger, sides with the handsome navigator, Dominick, and kills the cruel captain.

Dominick leads the now-outlawed crew in search of treasure in the secret pirate haven known as The House of Four Winds. They encounter the sorceress Shamal, who claims Dominick for her own—but Clarice has fallen hard for Dominick and won’t give him up without a fight.

Full of swashbuckling adventure, buoyant magic, and irrepressible charm, The House of the Four Winds is a lighthearted fantasy romp by a pair of bestselling writers.

While my tastes generally run more towards epic than lighthearted, Mercedes Lackey is always a great read, and I've quite enjoyed her more traditional fantasy collaborations with James Mallory to date, so I'm looking forward to this. Magic and pirates? Sign me up, captain!


  1. Oh, this one was on my goodreads wishlist but I took it off again for some reason I thought this was a continuation of a series! Looks like it's actually a book one. Yeah, count me in for some swashbuckling adventure on the high seas, I'm hoping for some good maritime fantasy.


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    1. Yeah, it seemed to be mistagged for a while as part of their Dragon Prophecy series, but it is the first in a new series for them. Sounds like fun.

  2. Really need to count how many books Lackey has written, because it's a lot!

  3. Oooh yes please, I rather like magic and pirates too! It's been a long time since I've read anything by Mercedes Lackey so will definitely keep an eye out for this one :)

    1. She's one of my old standby authors, somebody I fall back on when I just want to get lost in a traditional fantasy epic. Amazing writer, and a brilliant imagination.

  4. Lackey is one of the better know authors that I still have not read. And I do love magic pirates. Have to keep my eye out for this one.

    1. From what I know of your tastes, Nathan, I think any of her collaborations with Mallory would be a good place to start. Think a traditional sort of epic fantasy (a la Dragonlance), but smarter, more mature, and better written.

  5. OOOh nice! That looks especially intriguing!

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  6. it does sound delightfully charming!