October 28th, 2008

books

happy release day

Officially available today -- Elizabeth Bear's All the Windwracked Stars

She is Muire, the last of the Valkyrie, and she walks among mortals, alone since the devastation of the last battle of the Children of the Light. She has come to a city in the last days of civilization to continue the obligation of her kind -- to avenge bold warriors slain by treachery and to fight for the just. But in the alleyways of the under-city she finds something she thought she would never see again... a trace of another Child of the Light.

Bear’s world building echoes the best of Zelazny and pulls the reader into the story and the history until it’s over. Muire is, despite a certain difficulty in the beginning, one of Bear’s more interesting and likable characters, and the mythology Bear deploys promises further satisfying stories based in it.
--Booklist, starred review

Readers will be captivated by Bear’s incredibly complex, broken characters; multilayered themes of redemption; and haunting, world-breaking decisions.
--Publishers Weekly, starred review