As the month ended, the adventurers gathered in the inn once more to share their exploits. It had been an epic season of Wyrd and Wonder, made delightful by friends well-met and tales well-told. While all good things proverbially come to end, there was comfort in knowing this was less an ending than a hiatus.
A state visit by the forcefully impressive Great Avar is the cue for social events, family gossip and alcohol-fuelled discussions that could have international ramifications. But as the hunt for the former Emperor’s murderers narrows in on the culprits, how to talk to goblins at parties may be the least of Maia’s worries…
I was determined to catch up on reviews, but it’s much too hard at the moment so I’m doing a review tag instead. The 5 Star Books In 5 Words tag (originally created by Matthew Sciarappa) has been a huge fave this Wyrd and Wonder, so about time I joined in, right?
Can you believe how far our Wyrd and Wonder journey has taken us? What a few weeks it’s been – this fourth round-up of your adventures is as epic as any that have gone before! Before we tackle the last week, let’s take a moment to take a look back at the chatter along the road.
As winter deepens in Cetho, Maia fumbles through social engagements and retreats from matters of government, beset by feelings of inadequacy. There are hints the people behind the titles are less daunting than they seem, but the lonely Emperor needs friends as much as allies…
I love doing cover art features (and I don’t do them often enough: note to self, up your game), so when I celebrated spacescape covers back in January I was determined to flip the coin and bang the drum for some fantasy covers for Wyrd and Wonder.
Week after week, the adventurers sent word back of their travels: venturing into uncharted subgenres, updates to follow. Taking tea with dragons, see you next week. Beset by TBRs, send aid! That last was the most common, but the TBRs proved friendly as a rule – just given to multiplying at alarming rates.
The newly-crowned emperor must bury his family and face his court. Surrounded by spite and self-interest, it sometimes seems that Maia can’t do anything right: but surely someone will appreciate his compassionate heart?
S A Chakraborty burst onto the scene with The City of Brass, an immersive fantasy of secret birthrights, simmering passions and social upheaval. With Empire of Gold hitting the shelves next month, if you haven’t read the Daevabad books yet let me tell you why you should…
Out across the wild worlds of fantasy, the adventurers went in search of adventures. Some went alone. Some went with buddies. Some traversed the same worlds by different paths. And from time to time, they gathered back at the tavern to hear the bards sing the news of their journeying.
Until yesterday, Maia Drazhar was the youngest, least-loved, half-banished hobgoblin son of the Emperor of the Elflands. Today, everything will change. But are the Elflands ready for a goblin emperor?
Deep below the waves, the merfolk sing. Only one remembers their past. Only one bears the burden of the truth – and Yetu is crumbling under her terrible responsibility…
They gathered at the tavern. Some came alone, some came with friends; all came with books. Many called out happy greetings to familiar faces. New faces were welcomed with a smile and found a seat. Soon all were deep in discussions of other worlds and fantastic beasts. And so it began.
Summon your friends! Stock up your book bags of holding! Fear no creaking TBR! It’s May the 1st and you know what that means: it’s the start of an epic month of celebrating the fantastic with Wyrd and Wonder.