"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.
This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:
Blood of the Emperor by Tracy Hickman
From the New York Times bestselling co-author of the Dragonlance novels...the stunning conclusion to The Annals of Drakis.
It appears that an ancient prophecy is about to be fulfilled as the human named Drakis—formerly one of countless warrior-slaves to the elves of the Rhonas Empire—returns from his quest in the North. Flying into the rebel camp with his surviving companions on the backs of the legendary dragons that were once humankind's most powerful allies, Drakis is hailed as the champion of all the slave races.
But it is not a prophecy that drives Drakis in his war against the elves and their emperor. Rather it is his burning desire for revenge against the cruel ruler whom Drakis believes has stolen any chance he has for finding peace. And this hatred will set Drakis and his rebel army on a path that may not only bring down the emperor, but Drakis and his entire world as well... (July 31, 2012)
Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman are the reason I first got into fantasy, going back to the days of the original Dragonlance Chronicles. I've only just started the first book in this series, Song of the Dragon, but I'm quite enjoying it. It still has that classic fantasy feel I've become accustomed to with Hickman, but some very nice twists that have already surprised me more than once.