Wishlist Wednesday

And now, for this week’s Wishlist Wednesday…

The concept is to post about one book from our wish lists that we can’t wait to read. Want to play? Here’s how:

  • Follow Pen to Paper as host of the meme.
  • Please consider adding the blog hop button to your blog somewhere, so others can find it easily and join in too! Help spread the word! The code will be at the bottom of the post under the linky.
  • Pick a book from your wishlist that you are dying to get to put on your shelves.
  • Do a post telling your readers about the book and why it’s on your wishlist.
  • Add your blog to the linky at the bottom of the post at Pen to Paper.
  • Put a link back to pen to paper (http://vogue-pentopaper.blogspot.com) somewhere in your post.
  • Visit the other blogs and enjoy!

My Wishlist Wednesday book is:

Tome of the Undergates by Sam Sykes

From Goodreads:

Lenk can barely keep control of his mismatched adventurer band at the best of times (Gariath the dragon man sees humans as little more than prey, Kataria the Shict despises most humans, and the humans in the band are little better). When they’re not insulting each other’s religions they’re arguing about pay and conditions. So when the ship they are travelling on is attacked by pirates things don’t go very well.

They go a whole lot worse when an invincible demon joins the fray. The demon steals the Tome of the Undergates – a manuscript that contains all you need to open the undergates. And whichever god you believe in you don’t want the undergates open. On the other side are countless more invincible demons, the manifestation of all the evil of the gods, and they want out.

Full of razor-sharp wit, characters who leap off the page (and into trouble) and plunging the reader into a vivid world of adventure this is a fantasy that kicks off a series that could dominate the second decade of the century.

Why do I want to read this?

At first blush, this seems like an unusual choice for me. I like fantasy just fine (quite a bit, in fact), but this one seems a bit bloodier and rougher than the books I normally enjoy best. Still, it sounds intriguing, plus I was able to score copies of all three books in the series at a used book sale recently. Now I just have to find time to read them!

Big confession time! I was not drawn to this book (and the rest of the trilogy) initially based on the description or from reading press releases, reader reviews, or anything else of the sort. No, what first got me interested was discovering that the author, Sam Sykes, is the 20-something-year-old son of one of my all-time favorite authors. Is that a silly fan-girl reason for choosing a book or what?

Despite that true confession, I will say that I wouldn’t read Tome of the Undergate if the plot itself didn’t appeal to me. Hopefully, when I do read it, I’ll find it exciting and engaging… while keeping my reading “in the family”, so to speak.

Quick note to Wishlist Wednesday bloggers: Come on back to Bookshelf Fantasies for Flashback Friday! Join me in celebrating the older gems hidden away on our bookshelves. See the introductory post for more details, and come back this Friday to add your flashback favorites!

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