But here's where I get all 2AM promo spot on you - Wait! There's more! The Sable City - the first book by M Edward McNally - is free.
FREE. As in, no money at all, for a long, wonderful read with maps (have I ever mentioned how much I love maps?) and amazing characters.
Now, here's my deal with fantasy. I need to have some urban tie in or some serious characterization going to engage me. If the action is all some heavily-muscled dude holding up his longbow and shouting, "By the mighty beard of Thredmund, I shall defeat thee!" then I'm out of there.
Ditto if the women are all gorgeous warriors who fight in G-strings and bras. Please.
However, the main character, Tilda (short for Matilda) Lanai is real. I was engaged right away when she took a spill out of a fourth floor window during a training exercise and sloshed her way back up to the gym to complete the fight. No less exciting was the following scene, where she tries to calm a wounded horse with an apple.
Plus, one of my current characters is called Matilda, so I Love Her Now.
|Map! Map! *swoons*|
The other character that I've met so far, a dwarf known as Block or Cornerstone (since he resembles a cube,) is amazing as well. He is tough as nails, and when he must select someone to help him on a long quest, he thinks of his student, Tilda. His grudging selection of the girl is perfectly done.
I'm hoping to come back with a promo for the series, but I'll check in from time to time to let you know how The Sable City is coming along. It's a long read, so I am charging up my Kindle for a long winter's coze.