Last weekend was the biggest, and surprisingly most organized, New York Comic Con I've ever attended. One of the most enjoyable parts of any comic con is cosplaying, both participating in and appreciating all of the excellent outfits people put together. I noticed more female cosplayers this year than ever before, and below are some of my favorites.
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Maria V. Snyder's Study series is one readers just can't get enough of. I don't think I've heard a single bad thing about it, and one of my best friends has been badgering me for years to read them. And now, there's a new spin-off series on its way, starting with the upcoming Shadow Study! For today's Cover Breakdown, let's take a look at the new book's (really pretty) cover!
Once, only her own life hung in the balance.
Oddly enough, when Yelena was a poison taster, her life was simpler. But she'd survived to become a vital part of the balance of power between rival countries Ixia and Sitia. Now she uses her magic to keep the peace in both lands and protect her relationship with Valek.
Suddenly, though, they are beset on all sides by those vying for power through politics and intrigue. Valek's job — and his life — are in danger. As Yelena tries to uncover the scope of these plots, she faces a new challenge: her magic is blocked. She must keep that a secret — or her enemies will discover just how vulnerable she really is — while searching for who or what is responsible for neutralizing her powers.
Whether it's Outlander, Witches of East End or The 100, we love TV as much as we love books. And with September in full swing, it's time for favorite shows to return for a new season and for new ones to capture our hearts and attention. Bestselling author Jennifer Estep is just as excited as we are about the Fall TV line-up, especially for all the superhero shows, and today she shares her top picks for the season.
Fall is my favorite time of year for several reasons — football, autumn leaves, cool temperatures and the start of the new TV season.
This year, I’m especially excited because of all the superhero-themed shows that will be hitting the airwaves over the next few weeks. I love, love, love superheroes, and this TV season offers a variety of takes on the crusaders from the speedy (The Flash) to the spooky (Constantine).
Here are some of the superhero-themed shows that I’m looking forward to this fall:
Gotham — premieres Sept. 22 (tonight!) — A hero is only as good as his villains, and Batman arguably has the best gallery of villains out of any superhero. This show will explore the origins of villains like the Penguin, along with a young Bruce Wayne and Jim Gordon, a cop who’s trying to do the right thing in a city full of corruption.
With her Glamourist Histories series, Mary Robinette Kowal has enthralled us again and again with her unique take on magic in the Regency era. Mary has quickly become not only a favorite amongst readers, but also with us here at RT. Back in May, during the RT Convention, Mary discussed the importance of diversity in literature and the Fantasy genre, and mentioned she was working hard to ensure her books included a wide range of characters. So when the cover for Of Noble Family, the fifth and final book in the series, was revealed, starring a woman of color, we were more than excited. Let's take a look:
Jane and Vincent have finally gotten some much-needed rest after their adventures in Italy when Vincent receives word that his estranged father has passed away on one of his properties in the West Indies. His brother, who manages the estate, is overwhelmed, and no one else in his family can go. Grudgingly, out of filial duty the couple decides to go.
We love debut authors here at RT and we love introducing them to our readers. This month, we're shining the Debut Author Spotlight on Sylvia Izzo Hunter, the author behind the sweeping historical fantasy, The Midnight Queen, which our reviewer says is "a novel that readers will be unable to put down." Read on to learn more about Sylvia and the book!
Name: Sylvia Izzo Hunter
Book: The Midnight Queen
Genre: Historical Fantasy
Current Home: Toronto, Ontario
Author Icon: Jane Austen (who wrote insightful novels full of brilliant social satire at a time when respectable women weren't supposed to write novels at all) and Lois McMaster Bujold (who has long written in a genre that some people think women shouldn't write in, and who also puts romance in her SF despite all the people saying SF shouldn't have romance in it).