Following their adventures in The Bear and the Nightingale and The Girl in the Tower, Vasya and Morozko return in this stunning conclustion to the bestselling Winternight Trilogy, battling enemies mortal and magical to save both Russias, the seen and the unseen.
Vasilisa Petrovna is an unforgettable heroine determined to forge her own path. Her gifts and her courage have drawn the attention of Morozko, the winter-king, but it is too soon to know if this connection will prove a blessing or a curse. Now Moscow has been struck by disaster. Its people are searching for answers—and for someone to blame. Vasya finds herself alone, beset on all sides. The Grand Prince is in a rage, choosing allies that will lead him on a path to war and ruin. A wicked demon returns, determined to spread chaos. Caught at the center of the conflict is Vasya, who finds the fate of two worlds resting on her shoulders. Her destiny uncertain, Vasya will uncover surprising truths about herself as she desperately tries to save Russia, Morozko, and the magical world she treasures. But she may not be able to save them all.
Katherine Arden's debut novel in the Winternight Trilogy, The Bear and the Nightingale, was nominated for a Campbell Award, a Locus award, and a Vermont Book Award. All three books in the trilogy are NY Times Bestsellers and Winter of the Witch won PASTE'S Best Fantasy Books of the Decade. The Winternight series has been translated into over twenty languages and all three books have been optioned for film. Arden has also written two middle grade horror novels, Small Spaces and Dead Voices. Small Spaces was named a 2018 Best Book by Kirkus, Publisher's Weekly, and the Chicago Public Library.
If this sounds like something you'd like to read, you can get your copy of the book from the store or online with a 15% discount through the end of May. Remember, you can have it shipped directly to you or come pick it up in store!
Reviews & Interviews
Winter of the Witch -- Kirkus
The Witch and the Winter King -- Tor.com
The Winter of the Witch -- Bookmarks
Katherine Arden -- Bookpage
On Russian Fairy Tales -- Penguin Random House
It's A Great Time For Female Fantasy Writers -- cInet
By Katharine Brown
Naomi Alderman was no stranger to awards before The Power won the 2017 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction, the 2017 NY Times 10 Best Books, and was named one of President Obama's favorite reads of the year. In 2006 she won the Orange Award for New Writers for her novel Disobedience. In 2007, Disobedience won another accolade, the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year award, and in 2013 Naomi Alderman was named one of the best Young British Novelists by Granta's once-a-decade list.
In The Power, the world is a recognizable place: there's a rich Nigerian boy who lounges around the family pool; a foster kid whose religious parents hide their true nature; an ambitious American politician; a tough London girl from a tricky family.
But then a vital new force takes root and flourishes, causing their lives to converge with devastating effect. Teenage girls now have immense physical power: they can cause agonizing pain and even death. And, with this small twist of nature, the world drastically resets. From award-winning author Naomi Alderman, The Power is speculative fiction at its most ambitious and provocative, at once taking us on a thrilling journey to an alternate reality, and exposing our own world in bold and surprising ways.
If this sounds like something you'd like to read, you can get your copy of the book from the store or online with a 15% discount through the end of April. This electrifying story is also available through our partner, Libro.fm and is narrated by the author herself!
Reviews & Interviews
"'The Power' by Naomi Alderman" -- The NY Times Book Review
"What if Women had 'The Power?'" -- The Atlantic
"What If Women Were in Charge?" -- Vogue Book Review
"Interview with Naomi Alderman" -- The Guardian
"Naomi Alderman on the World That Yielded 'The Power'" -- The NY Times
"'The Power' Author Naomi Alderman Answers Your Questions" -- PBS
Marlon James is a New York Times-bestselling author. His novels have won the 2015 Man Booker Prize, the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature in fiction, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for fiction, the 2010 Dayton Literary Peace Prize, and the Minnesota Book Award.
Black Leopard, Red Wolf was named a finalist for the National Book Award for fiction in 2019 and has been named a best book of 2019 by The Wall Street Journal, TIME, NPR, GQ, Vogue, and The Washington Post.
Drawing from African history and mythology and his own rich imagination, Marlon James has written a novel unlike anything that’s come before it: a saga of breathtaking adventure that’s also an ambitious, involving read. Defying categorization and full of unforgettable characters, Black Leopard, Red Wolf is both surprising and profound as it explores the fundamentals of truth, the limits of power, and our need to understand them both.
Tracker is known far and wide for his skills as a hunter: “He has a nose,” people say. Engaged to track down a mysterious boy who disappeared three years earlier, Tracker breaks his own rule of always working alone when he finds himself part of a group that comes together to search for the boy. The band is a hodgepodge, full of unusual characters with secrets of their own, including a shape-shifting man-animal known as Leopard.
As Tracker follows the boy’s scent–from one ancient city to another; into dense forests and across deep rivers–he and the band are set upon by creatures intent on destroying them. As he struggles to survive, Tracker starts to wonder: Who, really, is this boy? Why has he been missing for so long? Why do so many people want to keep Tracker from finding him? And perhaps the most important questions of all: Who is telling the truth, and who is lying?
In the stunning first novel in Marlon James’s Dark Star trilogy, myth, fantasy, and history come together to explore what happens when a mercenary is hired to find a missing child.
If this sounds like something you'd like to read, you can get your copy of the book from the store or online with a 15% discount through the end of March. Remember, you can have it shipped directly to you or come pick it up in store!
Reviews & Interviews
"Black Leopard, Red Wolf is a Beast of a Book" -- NPR
"A Fantasy Set in Africa by Way of Hieronymus Bosch, Garcia Marquez, and Marvel Comics" -- The NY TIMES
"Black Leopard, Red Wolf" -- The Guardian
"Interview with Marlon James" -- The Nerd Daily
We'll meet at Foggy Pine Books on Thursday, March 26th at 6:30pm. There will be free wine and snacks for book club members to share. Bring a friend and come discuss the book with us, even if you weren't able to completely finish it or if you didn't like it. You can see the Facebook event & RSVP here. See you there!
Set in an alternate matriarchal 1900’s Asia, in a richly imagined world of art deco-inflected steampunk, MONSTRESS tells the story of a teenage girl who is struggling to survive the trauma of war, and who shares a mysterious psychic link with a monster of tremendous power, a connection that will transform them both.
Written by Marjorie Liu, of the Dark Wolverine series, NYX: No Way Home, X-23, and Black Widow: The Name of the Rose and illustrated by Sana Takeda who has also illustrated issues of X-23, Ms. Marvel, and Soulfire, MONSTRESS has won numerous awards including the 2017 British Fantasy Award for Best Comic/Graphic Novel, the 2018 Harvey Awards Book of the Year, the 2017 Hugo Award for Best Graphic Story, and five Eisner Awards in 2018.
If this sounds like something you'd like to read, you can get your copy of the book from the store or online with a 15% discount through the end of February. Remember, you can have it shipped directly to you or come pick it up in store!
Reviews & Interviews
An Interview with Monstress Author: Marjorie Liu -- The Atlantic
Awakening the "Monstress" Within -- LA Review of Books
Marjorie Liu On Comics, Romance, and the Joy of Writing -- The Wheeler Centre
You've Heard 'Monstress' Is Great, But Just How Great Is It? -- NPR
Book Review: Monstress Vol. 1 Awakening -- The Furious Gazelle
Review: Monstress Vol 1 Awakening -- Comicbook Wire
We'll meet at Foggy Pine Books on Thursday February 27th at 6:30pm. There will be free wine and snacks for book club members to share. Bring a friend and come discuss the book with us, even if you weren't able to completely finish it or if you didn't like it. You can see the Facebook event & RSVP here. Read on!
A remarkable young woman blazes her own trail, from the backwoods of Russia to the court of Moscow, in the exhilarating sequel to Katherine Arden's bestselling debut novel, The Bear and the Nightingale.
Vasilisa has grown up at the edge of a Russian wilderness, where snowdrifts reach the eaves of her family’s wooden house and there is truth in the fairy tales told around the fire. Vasilisa’s gift for seeing what others do not won her the attention of Morozko—Frost, the winter demon from the stories—and together they saved her people from destruction. But Frost’s aid comes at a cost, and her people have condemned her as a witch.
Now Vasilisa faces an impossible choice. Driven from her home by frightened villagers, the only options left for her are marriage or the convent. She cannot bring herself to accept either fate and instead chooses adventure, dressing herself as a boy and setting off astride her magnificent stallion Solovey.
But after Vasilisa prevails in a skirmish with bandits, everything changes. The Grand Prince of Moscow anoints her a hero for her exploits, and she is reunited with her beloved sister and brother, who are now part of the Grand Prince’s inner circle. She dares not reveal to the court that she is a girl, for if her deception were discovered it would have terrible consequences for herself and her family. Before she can untangle herself from Moscow’s intrigues—and as Frost provides counsel that may or may not be trustworthy—she will also confront an even graver threat lying in wait for all of Moscow itself.
If this sounds like something you'd like to read, you can get your copy of the book from the store or online with a 15% discount through the end of January. Remember, you can have it shipped directly to you or come pick it up in store!
Reviews & Interviews
"Enchanting 'The Girl in the Tower' Mixes Feminism and Frost Demons"--Cnet.com
"Once Upon a December: The Girl in the Tower"-- Tor.com
"Review: The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden"--The Speculative Herald
"The Girl in the Tower Blog Tour: Q&A with Katherine Arden"--I Should Read That
"It's a great time for female fantasy writers"--Cnet.com
We'll meet at Foggy Pine Books on January 30th at 7:30pm. There will be free wine and snacks for book club members to share. Bring a friend and come discuss the book with us, even if you weren't able to completely finish it or if you didn't like it. You can see the Facebook event & RSVP here.
A uniquely emotional genre-bending debut, Here and Now and Then captures the perfect balance of heart, playfulness, and imagination, offering an intimate glimpse into the crevices of a father’s heart and its capacity to stretch across both space and time to protect the people that mean the most to him.
Kin Stewart is an everyday family man: working in IT, trying to keep the spark in his marriage, struggling to connect with his teenage daughter, Miranda. But his current life is a far cry from his previous career…as a time-traveling secret agent from 2142. Stranded in suburban San Francisco since the 1990s after a botched mission, Kin has kept his past hidden from everyone around him, despite the increasing blackouts and memory loss affecting his time-traveler’s brain. Until one afternoon, his “rescue” team arrives—eighteen years too late. Their mission: return Kin to 2142, where he’s only been gone weeks, not years, and where another family is waiting for him. A family he can’t remember. Torn between two lives, Kin is desperate for a way to stay connected to both. But when his best efforts threaten to destroy the agency and even history itself, his daughter’s very existence is at risk. It’ll take one final trip across time to save Miranda—even if it means breaking all the rules of time travel in the process.
Mike Chen is a lifelong writer, from crafting fan fiction as a child to somehow getting paid for words as an adult. He has contributed to major geek websites (The Mary Sue, The Portalist, Tor) and covered the NHL for mainstream media outlets. A member of SFWA and Codex Writers, Mike lives in the Bay Area, where he can be found playing video games and watching Doctor Who with his wife, daughter, and rescue animals.
If his book sounds like something you'd like to read, you can get your copy from the store or online with a 15% discount through the end of December. Remember, you can have it shipped directly to you or come pick it up in store.
Reviews & Interviews:
"'Here and Now and Then' Is A Perilous Mix of Parenthood and Time Travel" -- NPR
"Here and Now and Then" -- New York Journal of Books
"Mike Chen: Author of 'Here and Now and Then'" -- The Art of Words
Here and Now and Then" -- Kirkus Review
"Mike Chen Talks His New Time Traveling Novel And Doctor Who" -- Red Carpet Crash
We'll meet at Foggy Pine Books on December 19th at 7:30pm. There will be free wine and snacks for book club members to share. Bring a friend and come discuss the book with us, even if you weren't able to completely finish it or if you didn't like it. You can see the Facebook event & RSVP here.
This month, we are diving into rising science fiction and fantasy star P. Djeli Clark's The Black God's Drums. P. (the P stands for Phenderson) Djeli Clark is the award winning and Hugo, Nebula, Sturgeon, and World Fantasy nominated author of the novellas The Black God’s Drums and The Haunting of Tram Car 015. His stories have appeared in online venues such as Tor.com, Daily Science Fiction, Heroic Fantasy Quarterly, and Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and in print anthologies including, Griots, Hidden Youth and Clockwork Cairo. He is a founding member of FIYAH Literary Magazine and an infrequent reviewer at Strange Horizons. When not writing speculative fiction, P. Djèlí Clark works as an academic historian whose research spans comparative slavery and emancipation in the Atlantic World. He melds this interest in history and the social world with speculative fiction.
The Black God's Drums reflects the marriage of these interests as it brings an alternate New Orleans of orisha, airships, and adventure to life. In Clark's New Orleans, caught in the tangle of the American Civil War, the wall-scaling girl named Creeper yearns to escape the streets for the air--in particular, by earning a spot on-board the airship Midnight Robber. Creeper plans to earn Captain Ann-Marie’s trust with information she discovers about a Haitian scientist and a mysterious weapon he calls The Black God’s Drums. But Creeper also has a secret herself: Oya, the African orisha of the wind and storms, speaks inside her head, and may have her own ulterior motivations.
Soon, Creeper, Oya, and the crew of the Midnight Robber are pulled into a perilous mission aimed to stop the Black God’s Drums from being unleashed and wiping out the entirety of New Orleans.
If this sounds like something you'd like to read, you can get your copy of the book from the store or online with a 15% discount through the end of November. Click here to order online and remember, you can have it shipped directly to you or to the store for easy pick-up! You can also get the audiobook from our partner, Libro.fm! Click here to get yours!
Reviews & Interviews
"Interview: P. Djeli Clark" -- Lightspeed
"Q&A With P. Djeli Clark" -- The Nerd Daily
"Interview with P. Djeli Clark" -- The Hub
"Review: The Black God's Drums" -- Locus Magazine
“'The Black God’s Drums' Is A High Stakes Novella That Will Take You to the Skies" -- Black Nerd Problems
"The Black God’s Drums: We Really Hope This Begins A Series" -- Fantasy Literature
Because of the Thanksgiving holiday, this month we are meeting on November 21st at 7:30pm. There will be free wine and snacks for book club members to share. Bring a friend and come discuss the book with us, even if you weren't able to completely finish it or if you didn't like it. You can see the Facebook event & RSVP here.
"Prepare for a snow-frosted, blood-drenched fairy tale where the monsters steal your heart and love ends up being the nightmare.” (Roshani Chokshi)
Emily A. Duncan's debut novel set the publishing world abuzz and was an instant New York Times bestseller. The book continues to make waves and has won itself many die-hard fans. Duncan wrote Wicked Saints while in grad school at Kent State University, where she graduated with a Master's degree in Library Science. Now, she balances writing and working full-time as a youth services librarian.
Wicked Saints is the thrilling start to Emily A. Duncan’s devastatingly Gothic Something Dark and Holy trilogy.
A girl who can speak to gods must save her people without destroying herself.
A prince in danger must decide who to trust.
A boy with a monstrous secret waits in the wings.
Together, they must assassinate the king and stop the war.
In a centuries-long war where beauty and brutality meet, their three paths entwine in a shadowy world of spilled blood and mysterious saints, where a forbidden romance threatens to tip the scales between dark and light.
Content warning: this book contains graphic violence, blood, child abuse, and drinking.
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Reviews & Interviews
"5 Questions with: Emily A. Duncan"-- Frolic
"Book Review: Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan" -- The Young Folks
"Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan" -- Smart Bitches, Trashy Books
We'll meet at Foggy Pine Books on October 31st at 7:30pm. There will be free wine and snacks for book club members to share. Bring a friend and come discuss the book with us, even if you weren't able to completely finish it or if you didn't like it. You can see the Facebook event & RSVP here.
For September, we decided on a debut novel, Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse. Rebecca is a Nebula, Hugo, and Sturgeon Award Finalist. She has written several short stories published in Apex Magazine and Uncanny Magazine, and is a contributor to several collected works including New Suns: Original Speculative Fiction by People of Color and Invisible 3: Essays and Poems on Representation in SF. Trail of Lightning is the first book in her The Sixth World series, followed by her newest release, Storm of Locusts. Trail of Lightning received the 2019 Locus Award for Best First Novel.
The story follows Maggie Hoskie, a Dinétah monster hunter, a supernaturally gifted killer. When a small town needs help finding a missing girl, Maggie is their last best hope. But what Maggie uncovers about the monster is much more terrifying than anything she could imagine. Maggie reluctantly enlists the aid of Kai Arviso, an unconventional medicine man, and together they travel the rez, unraveling clues from ancient legends, trading favors with tricksters, and battling dark witchcraft in a patchwork world of deteriorating technology. As Maggie discovers the truth behind the killings, she will have to confront her past if she wants to survive. Welcome to the Sixth World.
If this sounds like something you'd like to read, you can get your copy of the book from the store with a 15% discount until the end of September.
Relevant Reviews & Interviews
"Rebecca Roanhorse on Which Aspects of Dine Culture Are Featured in Trail of Lightening" -- Tor.com
"Trail of Lightning" -- Kirkus Review
"Rebecca Roanhorse: From Legend to Fantasy" -- Locus Magazine
"A Breathtaking Native American Urban Fantasy Adventure" -- The Verge
"Rebecca Roanhorse Interview: Natives and the Future" -- Females in Fantasy Podcast
We'll meet at Foggy Pine Books on September 26th at 7:30pm. There will be free wine and snacks for book club members to share. Bring a friend and come discuss the book with us, even if you weren't able to completely finish it or if you didn't like it. You can see the Facebook event & RSVP here.
For the month of August, the Hatchet Coffee book club choice is A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab, the second book in the Shades of Magic series. We read the first book together this year and wanted to complete the series. Feel free to join in the conversation, even if you weren't a part of the book club during the reading of the first book. Victoria “V.E.” Schwab is the #1 NYT, USA, and indie bestselling author of more than a dozen books, including Vicious, the Shades of Magic series, This Savage Song, and the City of Ghosts series. Her work has received critical acclaim, been featured by EW and The New York Times, been translated into more than a dozen languages, and been optioned for TV and film. The Independent calls her the “natural successor to Diana Wynne Jones” and touts her “enviable, almost Gaimanesque ability to switch between styles, genres, and tones.” So what's this book about?
It has been four months since a mysterious obsidian stone fell into Kell's possession. Four months since his path crossed with Delilah Bard. Four months since Prince Rhy was wounded, and since the nefarious Dane twins of White London fell, and four months since the stone was cast with Holland's dying body through the rift--back into Black London.
Now, restless after having given up his smuggling habit, Kell is visited by dreams of ominous magical events, waking only to think of Lila, who disappeared from the docks as she always meant to do. As Red London finalizes preparations for the Element Games--an extravagant international competition of magic meant to entertain and keep healthy the ties between neighboring countries--a certain pirate ship draws closer, carrying old friends back into port.
And while Red London is caught up in the pageantry and thrills of the Games, another London is coming back to life. After all, a shadow that was gone in the night will reappear in the morning. But the balance of magic is ever perilous, and for one city to flourish, another London must fall.
If this sounds like something you'd enjoy reading, we really hope that you'll come grab a copy from the bookstore or from one of the local libraries, then join us at the book club meeting.
If you decide to get your copy from Foggy Pine Books, the paperback copies are on sale for 15% off until the end of the month. You can also buy the audiobook online from our partner, Libro.fm. Click here to get yours!
Relevant Reviews & Interviews
"Plenty of Shadows Loom in 'Gathering'" -- NPR
"In Search of Doors" -- Tor.com
"Subverting Fantasy Tropes: An Interview with VE Schwab" -- Geekritique
"A Q&A with Author VE Schwab: On Creativity & Transparency" -- BookRiot
We'll meet at Foggy Pine Books on August 29th at 7:30pm. Bring a friend and come discuss the book with us, even if you weren't able to completely finish it or if you didn't like it. You can see the Facebook event & RSVP here .
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