Christian Fantasy News and Releases, May 2011

Here are a few Christian fantasy releases you may want to add to your summer reading list. If you know of others coming out this month, please share!

May releases:

Divergent
by Veronica Roth

In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles to determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating boy fits into the life she’s chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she’s kept hidden from everyone because she’s been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

Corus the Champion
by D Barkley Briggs

He was once the greatest champion in the land.

Then he disappeared.

With Nemesia’s defeat, the Barlows have helped turn the tide in the Hidden Lands. But the victory is short-lived. An even greater evil stirs in the north with a fierce new army bent on destruction. As the twins, Gabe and Garret, discover their own special powers, a thin thread of hope emerges: long ago, a fabled king was rescued from death on our world and hidden on Karac Tor. Who is he?

Each brother has their part to play. Hadyn must travel north to warn the land barons, which leaves Ewan with a bitter choice. Will he sacrifice what is most precious to discover whether Corus lives? Even more important, if Corus is alive, can he wake the Sleeping King of legend…before it’s too late?

Monster in the Hollows
by Andrew Peterson

Janner Wingfeather’s father was the High King of Anniera. But his father is gone. The kingdom has fallen. The royal family is on the run, and the Fang armies of Gnag the Nameless are close behind.

Janner and his family hope to find refuge in the last safe place in the world: the Green Hollows–a land of warriors feared even by Fangs of Dang. But there’s a big problem. Janner’s little brother-heir to the throne of Anniera-has grown a tail. And gray fur. Not to mention two pointed ears and long, dangerous fangs. To the suspicious folk of the Green Hollows he looks like a monster.

But Janner knows better. His brother isn’t as scary as he looks. He’s perfectly harmless.

Or is he?

Join the Wingfeathers on an adventure filled with mystery, betrayal, and sneakery in a land of tasty fruits. There’s a monster on the loose and the truth lurks in the shadows.

Sneak peeks at upcoming releases…and some speculative news:

Thomas Nelson will re-release The Dragon King Trilogy (In the Hall of the Dragon King, The Warlords of Nin, and The Sword and the Flame) by Stephen Lawhead at the end of May. The covers have been updated, but I’m not sure about the content. Anyone else know?

In other Lawhead related news, Stephen’s son Ross will release his first solo novel in late summer, launching the Ancient Earth Trilogy. Here’s a description for book one, The Realms Thereunder:

Uncover a land that has been hidden for over a thousand years.

Beneath the land of Britain, a great army is sleeping. On a visit to an old church, Daniel Tully and Freya Reynolds awaken two ancient knights from a centuries-old slumber. They are kidnapped and taken to an underground city that stands in peril, besieged in all directions by a vicious warhost. Nidergeard is the only thing protecting the upper world’s blissful ignorance of mythical forces that have been held at bay since the creation of the world. In order to return home, Daniel and Freya must strike at the heart of the opposer’s power.

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4 Responses to Christian Fantasy News and Releases, May 2011

  1. Mary says:

    A couple of years ago I went through a major ‘Lawhead’ phase, and own several of Stephen Lawhead’s books as a result, including the Dragon King trilogy. I know that the edition I have was edited from the original version, but I don’t know if this new release will be or not.
    I’m intrigued by Ross Lawhead’s upcoming release. I’m part of Thomas Nelson’s BookSneeze program, so maybe I can get my hands on a review copy 🙂

    • Sarah Sawyer says:

      I’m also interested in Ross Lawhead’s book. I’m always excited when a new Christian fantasy writer makes a debut, and the story concept interests me as well. You never know until you read a book, of course, but I’m hopeful it will be good. 🙂

  2. Colin Munro says:

    I am really looking forward to reading Ross’ debut novel. The story concept sounds awesome. Kind of like a cross between Lord of the Rings and City of Ember.

    • Sarah Sawyer says:

      I wouldn’t have thought of that comparison, but it does seem fitting, based on the book description. This one is definitely on my wish list. 🙂

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