by James Maxey
Solaris Mass Market ISBN/ITEM#: 9781844164875
Date: 26 June 2007 List Price £4.07 Amazon US / Amazon UK /
Uncorrected Proof Copy: One of the most impressive elements of the Solaris list is the obvious care taken by the publishing team to offer satisfaction for all kinds of genre fans - those who like literary SF will delight in the Adam Roberts book due out in September, Hard SF fans will enjoy Eric Brown's Helix arriving in June - for fantasy fans, we've just seen Dante's Girl, a novel very much aimed at the current market for dark, erotic fantasy and which Juliet McKenna enthusiastically reviewed in last month's issue and now, with the forthcoming release of Bitterwood, a new novel by US author James Maxey, those of us who love a good dragon story will have much to enjoy.
"Bitterwood, the famed dragon hunter, is growing old. His desire for vengeance on the dragon-soldiers who murdered his family finally beginning to wane after many years of bloodshed. A disastrous encounter that leads to the death of the royal prince dragon, however, incites the king's retribution and brings terror and death to the world. For the king sets out to eradicate the human race, and only Bitterwood, trapped inside a doomed city, can try to lead his people to salvation. "