Waiting on Wednesday - The King's Justice by Stephen R. Donaldson

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

The King's Justice by Stephen R. Donaldson 
Expected publication: October 13th 2015 by G.P. Putnam's Sons

Two new, original novellas—Donaldson's first publication since finishing the Thomas Covenant series—are a sure cause for celebration among his many fans.

In The King's Justice, a stranger dressed in black arrives in the village of Settle's Crossways, following the scent of a terrible crime. He even calls himself "Black," though almost certainly that is not his name. The people of the village discover that they have a surprising urge to cooperate with this stranger, though the desire of inhabitants of quiet villages to cooperate with strangers is not common in their land, or most lands. But this gift will not save him as he discovers the nature of the evil concealed in Settle's Crossways.

The "Augur's Gambit" is a daring plan created by Mayhew Gordian, Hieronomer to the Queen of Indemnie, a plan to save his Queen and his country. Gordian is a reader of entrails. In the bodies of chickens, lambs, piglets, and one stillborn infant he sees the same message: the island nation of Indemnie is doomed. But even in the face of certain destruction a man may fight, and the Hieronomer is utterly loyal to his beautiful Queen--and to her only daughter. The "Augur's Gambit" is his mad attempt to save a kingdom.

Donaldson's first & second Chronicles of Thomas Covenant were early milestones in my immersion in epic fantasy, so even if I'm a bit behind in the Last Chronicles, I'm still extremely excited by the prospect of two new novellas.


  1. I've not read anything by this author yet.

    1. Really, Alex? I'm quite surprised. Even if you haven't read Thomas Covenant, I would think his dark and gritty 'Gap' space opera series would be right up your alley.

  2. That's a new to me one! Sounds intriguing too!

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    Old Follower :)

  3. Intr4iguing and that cover looks so mysterious. Like zorro.

  4. I need to get cracking on reading the Thomas Covenant series. I assume these two novellas will be set in that same world?

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    1. I believe they're two entirely independent tales - a good place to start. :)


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