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I love surprises. I especially love book surprises. There was a lot of Oh’s and Ah’s yesterday when an ARC of Phillipa Ballantine’s upcoming novel, Hunter and Fox, showed up on my doorstep. But more important, how did I miss she had a new book coming out in June?! Okay. Well. I was a bit preoccupied knowing the sequel to Phoenix Rising (her delicious Steampunk novel she co-wrote with hubby Tee Morris) is approaching in May. But that’s still now excuse! Since I first read her book Geist in 2010, I’ve been keeping an eye out for anything with Ballantine’s name. This book is so new, she does not yet have her own copy!

Here’s the lowdown on Hunter and Fox:

Publication Date: June 2012
Publisher: Pyr

In a world that is in constant shifting, where mountains can change to plainsand then to lakes, Talyn is the Hunter for the Caisah, and a wreck of a once-proud person. She has lost her people, the Vaerli, and her soul working for the man who destroyed her people. All unknowing, she carries within her a Kindred, a chaos creature from the center of the earth that wants to help bring the Vaerli back to power. However, she has lost the ability to communicate with it.
She must also deal with the machinations of Kelanim, the mistress of Caisah, who out of fear will do anything to bring Talyn down.

Little does the Hunter know that salvation is looking for her, and it wears the face of gentleness and strength. Finn is a teller of tales who carries his own dreadful secret. He sets out to find answers to his path but ends up in the city of Perilous and Fair where he meets Talyn. He knows the danger and yet is drawn to her. Their fates are bound together.

Meanwhile, the Hunter’s lost brother Byre is searching for his own solution to the terrible curse placed on the Vaerli. He sets forth on a treacherous journey of his own, which will intersect in the most unlikely place with that of Talyn and Finn.

The ramifications of this encounter will be felt by all the people in Conhaero, from the lost Vaerli to the Caisah on his throne.

Intrigued? I am! And if my word isn’t enough, even Felicia Day is a Phillipa Ballantine fan.

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