Promising Fantasy Blooms—and a Contest Winner!

blog_promisingblooms_iconBitterblue (Graceling : 3) by Kristin Cashore. May 1, 2012.

blog_promisingblooms_iconFroi of the Exiles (Lumatere Chronicles : 2) by Melina Marchetta.  March 2012.

For this fantasy lover, two great fantasy series have additions this spring.  And what was even more fun, we received both advance copies from our publisher reps within the same week. (Thanks so much, Alex & Kathleen!)  So I want to make sure that everyone is ready for the release of both of these books.

Bitterblue is called a companion book to Graceling (2008) and Fire (2009) by Kristin Cashore, and you could probably read it as a stand-alone novel, but I would recommend that you read the other two books first.  Bitterblue has been the queen since her father’s death eight years earlier.  He was a cruel man, and since she was just a girl when he died, she doesn’t know what all happened during his reign.  All she knows is that she wants to help her subjects heal and move on.  But as she tries to discover the truth, she begins to realize that there are people who don’t want those secrets brought into the open—and are willing to kill to keep them quiet.

You’ll meet some of your favorite people from Graceling and from Fire in Cashore’s latest—which is a pretty hefty book at 576 pages.  Bitterblue will be on sale on the first of May!

Melina Marchetta’s Finnikin of the Rock (2010) is one of my favorite books.   Froi of the Exiles takes place three years after the end of Finnikin.  Froi and the other exiles have returned to Lumatere and are trying to rebuild their land, when refugees show up from Charyn with disturbing news of a mysterious scourge.   Froi volunteers to go on a mission to gather information. I can’t say too much about Froi, because it will spoil Finnikin for those who haven’t yet read it…and you should read it.  And though the story of Lumatere could have ended at the end of Finnikin’s book, the same cannot be said for Froi.  It doesn’t just end with a cliffhanger—it ends with four or five of them.   Froi of the Exiles comes out on March 13…and I’m already impatiently waiting for the third Lumatere book!

And finally, Mrs. Provence, you are the winner of our first contest!  Please email us at booksinbloom@mackin.com with your address, and we’ll send you a brand-new copy of John Green’s newest book, The Fault in Our Stars.  Thanks to everyone who participated!

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