Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking The Spine that features upcoming new releases that are being anxiously awaited. Fever Dream is for me and Knightly Academy is for my son. Happy reading everyone!

Fever Dream
by Preston & Child

At the old family manse in Louisiana, Special Agent Pendergast is putting to rest long-ignored possessions reminiscent of his wife Helen's tragic death, only to make a stunning - and dreadful - discovery. Helen had been mauled by an unusually large and vicious lion while they were big-game hunting in Africa. But now, Pendergast learns that her rifle - her only protection from the beast - had been deliberately loaded with blanks. Who could have wanted Helen dead...and why?

With Lieutenant Vincent D'Agosta's assistance, Pendergast embarks on a quest to uncover the mystery of his wife's murder. It is a journey that sends him deep into her past where he learns much that Helen herself had wished to keep hidden. Helen Pendergast had nursed a secret obssession with the famed naturalist-painter John James Audubon, in particular a long-lost painting of his known as the Black Frame.

As Pendergast probes more deeply into the riddle - the answer to which is revealed in a night of shocking violence, deep in the Louisiana bayou - he finds himself faced with an even greater question: who was the woman he married?

Knightly Academy

by Violet Haberdasher

Henry Grim has never been in trouble for borrowin a sword from the headmaster's private stores. He has never discovered a forbidden room in a foreign castle, or received a death threat over breakfast.

All Henry knows is life as an orphaned servant boy at the Midsummer School, bullied by the priveleged sons of the aristocracy. But all that changes when Henry is the first commoner to pass the entrance exam for the prestigious Knightly Academy, where he will be trained as a modern-day knight alongside the cleverest and bravest fourteen-year-olds in the country.

Henry and his roommates, two other students from decidedly un-knightly backgrounds, are not exactly greeted with open arms by their classmates. In fact, it soon becomes apparent that someone is going to great lengths to sabotage the trios chances of becoming knights. But Henry soon learns that there is more at stake than his future at Knightly, and only he can sound the alarm. Is anyone going to believe a former servant on the brink of expulsion?

Brimming with wry humour, page-turning suspense, and surprise twists, this first adventure in a memorable new series is sure to enthrall readers of all ages.


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