Brian Staveley’s Skullsworn is now out in stores

I’ve really enjoyed Brian Staveley’s fantasy novels, and his latest, Skullsworn, is a standalone tale set in the same world as his Chronicles of the Unhewn Throne trilogy. It’s now out in stores!

Here’s what it’s about:

Pyrre Lakatur is not, to her mind, an assassin, not a murderer—she is a priestess. At least, she will be once she passes her final trial.

The problem isn’t the killing. The problem, rather, is love. For to complete her trial, Pyrre has ten days to kill the seven people enumerated in an ancient song, including “the one who made your mind and body sing with love / who will not come again.”

Pyrre isn’t sure she’s ever been in love. And if she fails to find someone who can draw such passion from her, or fails to kill that someone, her order will give her to their god, the God of Death. Pyrre’s not afraid to die, but she hates to fail, and so, as her trial is set to begin, she returns to the city of her birth in the hope of finding love . . . and ending it on the edge of her sword.

Staveley will be stopping by Phoenix Books in Burlington tomorrow evening to officially launch the book.

Here’s the cover for Archer Mayor’s next novel, Trace

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Like clockwork, Archer Mayor is coming out with a new novel later this year. Trace will be his 28th entry with Joe Gunther, and it’s scheduled to be released on September 26th.

Here’s what it’s about:

The Vermont Bureau of Investigation (VBI) has been pulled onto three cases at the same time; meanwhile, VBI head Joe Gunther has to take time off to care for his ailing mother.

Those cases are now in the hands of the individual investigators. Sammie Martens is assigned a murder case. The victim is a young woman, the roommate of the daughter of Medical Examiner Beverly Hillstrom. A recent transplant from Albany, New York, Sammie must find out what put a hit man on the trail of this seemingly innocent young woman.

Lester Spinney takes over a famous cold case, a double murder where a state trooper and a motorist were killed in an exchange of gunfire. Or so it has seemed for years. When Lester is told that the motorist’s fingerprints were planted on the gun he’s supposed to have fired, it opens the question―who really killed the state trooper?

Willy Kunkle’s case starts with a child’s discovery of three teeth on a railroad track, leading eventually to a case of possible sabotage against critical military equipment.

He’ll likely be doing a whole tour once again this fall. Stay tuned.

 

Green Mountain Expo returns to Barre in April 2018

The Green Mountain Comic Expo was held for the first time earlier this year, and the folks behind the event are pinning their hopes on Barre for the future of Vermont Comic Con. So, it comes as little surprise that they’re bringing the Comic Expo back to Barre next year. The show will take place on April 14th and 15th, 2018.

Launch Party for Brian Staveley’s Skullsworn

Brian Staveley’s next novel is coming out next week, and you can join him and Phoenix Books to celebrate its release! The Burlington bookstore will host an event on Thursday, April 27, at 7:00PM. Tickets are $3 per person, and will include a coupon for $5 off one of Staveley’s books.

Here’s what the book is about:

Pyrre Lakatur is not, to her mind, an assassin, not a murderer—she is a priestess. At least, she will be once she passes her final trial.

The problem isn’t the killing. The problem, rather, is love. For to complete her trial, Pyrre has ten days to kill the seven people enumerated in an ancient song, including “the one who made your mind and body sing with love / who will not come again.”

Pyrre isn’t sure she’s ever been in love. And if she fails to find someone who can draw such passion from her, or fails to kill that someone, her order will give her to their god, the God of Death. Pyrre’s not afraid to die, but she hates to fail, and so, as her trial is set to begin, she returns to the city of her birth in the hope of finding love . . . and ending it on the edge of her sword.

Coming Soon: Laurie Forest’s The Black Witch

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A new Vermont author has a book coming out soon: Laurie Forest will be releasing her debut novel on May 2nd: The Black Witch.

Here’s what it’s about:

Elloren Gardner is the granddaughter of the last prophesied Black Witch, Carnissa Gardner, who drove back the enemy forces and saved the Gardnerian people during the Realm War. But while she is the absolute spitting image of her famous grandmother, Elloren is utterly devoid of power in a society that prizes magical ability above all else.

When she is granted the opportunity to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming an apothecary, Elloren joins her brothers at the prestigious Verpax University to embrace a destiny of her own, free from the shadow of her grandmother’s legacy. But she soon realizes that the university, which admits all manner of people—including the fire-wielding, winged Icarals, the sworn enemies of all Gardnerians—is a treacherous place for the granddaughter of the Black Witch.

As evil looms on the horizon and the pressure to live up to her heritage builds, everything Elloren thought she knew will be challenged and torn away. Her best hope of survival may be among the most unlikely band of misfits…if only she can find the courage to trust those she’s been taught to hate and fear.

Forest will also be touring around Vermont throughout May:

  • May 2nd: Phoenix Books, Burlington. 7:00PM
  • May 3rd: The Vermont Bookshop, Middlebury. 6:00PM
  • May 16th: Bear Pond Books, Montpelier. 7:00PM
  • May 18th, Phoenix Books, Rutland. 7:00PM.

Out Today: Moriah, by Daniel Mills

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Daniel Mills has a new book that hits stores today: Moriah. I’ve been looking forward to this one for quite a while now, and I’m eager to get my hands on a copy Here’s what it’s about:

Silas Flood is a broken man in a broken country. Nine years have passed since the end of the American Civil War and Flood is helpless to escape its shadow.

In the summer of 1874, he is dispatched to the mountain village of Moriah, Vermont to investigate sensational claims of supernatural happenings. There the brothers Thaddeus and Ambrose Lynch are said to converse with spirits and summon the dead.

As Flood investigates the true nature of these phenomena, and the difference between the hauntings of the living and the dead, he must first come to terms with his own past and with the hold it has upon him—before he can behold the mysteries of the other side.

Katherine Arden revealed the cover for her next novel, The Girl in the Tower

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I really enjoyed Katherine Arden’s debut novel, The Bear and the Nightingale, and I’m looking forward to seeing what she has coming up. Her next novel is due out in January 2018, and it’ll be titled The Girl in the Tower.

Here’s what it’s about:

The magical adventure begun in The Bear and the Nightingale continues as brave Vasya, now a young woman, is forced to choose between marriage or life in a convent and instead flees her home—but soon finds herself called upon to help defend the city of Moscow when it comes under siege.

 

12 Monkeys at Main Street Landing

Main Street Landing will be screening Terry Gilliam’s classic science fiction film, 12 Monkeys on April 18th.

La Jetee, the French film on which Twelve Monkeys is based, is a science fiction story, the most famous work (and the only fiction film) by famed documentarian Chris Marker. The story is told through a succession of still frames with voiceover narration, and in only one brief shot does this motion picture actually move. Gilliam claims in interviews that he has never seen La Jetee, but there seems to be a direct reference to its unusual style in a scene where Dr. Railly narrates a slide show about a delusional soldier in World War I. And when Railly and Cole take refuge in a movie theater that happens to be showing Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo (an important influence on Marker and La Jetee), we’re forced to consider suddenly, almost subconsciously, the many interesting ways that film is this film’s doppelganger. In the year 1997, some five billion people are wiped out by a deadly virus that renders the surface of the planet uninhabitable, driving the few survivors underground. Some 30 years hence, researchers living underneath Philadelphia have concluded that the virus may have been deliberately introduced by an underground organization calling itself the Army of the 12 Monkeys. Serving a life sentence, convict James Cole (Bruce Willis) is chosen to travel back in time to gather information about that organization in an attempt to pinpoint the origin of the virus, which remains incurable. Cole is forced to “volunteer” for this disorienting assignment mainly because he has an extraordinary memory. That memory has also wrapped itself around a traumatic vision from Cole’s childhood — of a man being gunned down at an airport — that manifests itself as a recurring dream.

The film will be free (donations appreciated), and will screen at 7 pm at the Main Street Landing Film House in Burlington.

MEGA Spring Meltdown – This Weekend!

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The Green Mountain Gamers are hosting their next big gaming weekend on Saturday, April 8th and Sunday, April 9th. MEGA Spring Meltdown will be held at the Lake Morey Resort in Fairlee.

As the snow melts, so do the gamers rouse from their winter hibernation. Break out the meeples and percentile dice. It’s time for the springtime Green Mountain Game Day and this time it will be even more special! It’s a DESTINATION game day! At Lake Morey Resort: That’s right, the former home of Carnage!

Entry is $15 for adults, $8 for children (12 and under are free).

The event will include door prizes, a ton of games, and the GMG’s annual meeting. More details can be found here.