My client, Joshua Palmatier, is one helluva writer. Not only does he write consistently good novels, but he's managed to humanize the plight of stressed furniture. Furniture, you ask? Why yes indeed, since Josh has written a trilogy based around a very special throne that remembers the past experiences of the rulers who have sat upon it. It's not a happy piece of furniture, you have to understand, since it's got loaded down with 1000 years of crap from all of the people who have cushioned their butt on it... it is, let us say it, "stressed out". =)
The first book in the trilogy, THE SKEWED THRONE, follows the adventures of a troubled young orphan, Varis, and her fight to survive in the crumbling city of Amenkor. It's dark and gritty and completely enthralling. Varis manages to completely transform herself during the course of the novel, which follows a path that I think is very different from your average fantasy. The book is available in mass-market paperback, or for you collector's out there, hardcover (ooh!). It's very much worth checking out.
Now, its sequel, THE CRACKED THRONE is also out in hardcover, and I, for one, am quite eager to go pick up a copy of it.
So you get those two books, because you know, you actually like what I recommend, and then you're like, "Now damn, I have to wait until the third one comes out. What's a poor reader to do?" But wait, never fear, I now have the perfect solution for you! Josh is running a review contest which will net you a free ARC of the third book in the trilogy, THE VACANT THRONE, way before it's out in the stores. Very cool, don't you think? Go to the link for the contest, which goes to Josh's website, and check it out. All it involves is a little reading and a little writing... and we all know that's what readers of this blog like to do, right?