One of the best things about being an editor is that I get to read awesome books before almost anyone else. I've just finished reading the third book in Rebecca Roland's SHARDS OF HISTORY series, which we'll be bringing out in mid-2017, and oof. The way she wraps up this trilogy is brilliant. This series has everything. You want fantasy with dragons, magic, and epic battles? Check. You want fantasy that's unequivocally feminist, has diverse characters, and pulls no punches about the hardships of colonialism? Check all that as well.
SHARDS OF HISTORY is epic fantasy in a world that resembles the American Southwest, with a matriarchal pueblo-style culture that's protected from the more European-style"Maddions" by a magical barrier that surrounds their valley. They share that valley with winged wolf-creatures called Jeguduns, whom they are forbidden to go near. But our heroine, Malia, dares to help a Jegudun when she finds one injured, and learns these creatures are not at all what she was taught. She risks exile and death to pursue the truth that will save her people from the Maddions and their dragons.
FRACTURED DAYS continues Malia's story as she struggles with the damage done to her memory by the magic she learned to use in SHARDS, and realizes she will have to go deep into the heart of enemy territory to find a solution. But it also shows us how the Maddion culture is fracturing from the inside out. Their leader seeks a shape changer who may be able to cure an illness ravaging them, and Chanwa, wife of the Maddions' leader, leads a secret resistance against their patriarchy.
I'm not telling you much about the third book — you'll just have to wait until 2017 — but the whole thing comes to a head with the help of some fascinating unlikely alliances. It is action-packed, but also proves that physical strength is not the only way to resolve a conflict.
I love these books so much. More people need to read these books. So I'm giving you a deal on them.
From Friday June 17, 2016 to Tuesday June 21, 2016, the SHARDS OF HISTORY series will be discounted. This includes SHARDS OF HISTORY (Book 1), FRACTURED DAYS (Book 2), and THE KING OF ASH AND BONE (a collection which includes a story in the SHARDS OF HISTORY universe).
SHARDS OF HISTORY ebook: $0.99 at Amazon, B&N, Kobo, & the World Weaver Press online store
SHARDS OF HISTORY paperback: $9.99 + shipping at the World Weaver Press online store only
FRACTURED DAYS ebook: $2.99 at Amazon, B&N, Kobo, & the World Weaver Press online store
FRACTURED DAYS paperback: $9.99 + shipping at the World Weaver Press online store only
THE KING OF ASH AND BONES AND OTHER STORIES ebook: $0.99 at Amazon, B&N, Kobo, & the World Weaver Press online store
If you've read them, please let me know your thoughts by leaving a review on Amazon, Goodreads, or by tweeting to @worldweaver_wwp. I'd love to know what you think of Roland's fantasy world.
Here's what some reviewers have said:
“Shards of History and its sequel, Fractured Days, are terrifically entertaining reads from beginning to end clearly establishing and demonstrating author Rebecca Roland’s consummate skills as an original and entertaining storyteller that will leave her enthusiastic readers looking forward to more novels featuring Malia and her world. Very highly recommended as enduringly popular addition to community library Fantasy Fiction collections.”
“One of the most beautifully written novels I have ever read. Suspenseful, entrapping, and simply … well, let’s just say that Shards of History reminds us of why we love books in the first place. 5 out of 5 stars!”
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