Also, artist Dave Palumbo gave me the okay to offer prints of Whitefire Crossing and Tainted City's cover art along with Labyrinth of Flame's - have I mentioned how awesome Dave is? Anyway, for $5 each you can add prints onto any reward level and enjoy Dave's excellent art along with the book.
As promised, I'll be posting mountain pics and book recommendations every day until the Kickstarter ends. For the first installment, I thought it'd be appropriate to choose a pic from the Sierra Nevada (the inspiration for the Whitefire Mountains of my series). This one was taken during my 3-week backpacking trip doing part of Steve Roper's High Route, which travels along the crest of the range.
|Evening light after a thunderstorm on the Sierra crest
The Hum and the Shiver, and the related novella Hisses and Wings that he and Teresa Frohock wrote together. I'd loved Teresa's work since I first read her debut Miserere: An Autumn Tale, so when I heard she and Alex had written a novella together I snapped it right up. But since the novella is a melding of Teresa's Los Nefilim and Alex's Tufa worlds, I decided I first wanted to read one of his Tufa novels. This isn't necessary - Teresa and Alex assured me the novella was written so it could be read independently, and they are right - but I do think it adds an extra layer of resonance to a shared-world work when you're familiar with the worlds involved.
In any case, I'm very glad I did read The Hum and the Shiver. It's a subtle, thoughtful book that explores the aftereffects of war and trauma in a way that few fantasy novels do. I particularly liked the rural Appalachian setting and the lovely blend of the mundane and the magical. Reminded me of one of my favorite fantasy series as a teen, Tom Deitz's David Sullivan series (first book Windmaster's Bane), which is set in rural Georgia and also combines faerie lore with modern dilemmas.
99 cents on the Kindle, so if you've never read either author's work, it's a great way to get started. Me, I'm looking forward to enjoying more Tufa novels, and hoping for more Los Nefilim stories from Teresa very soon!