Sunday, November 8, 2009

The Gathering Storm for The Dame Sasha Giveaway

Thanks to the generosity of H.B Fenn and PyrSF, I find myself with several excellent fantasy titles that need to find a good home. I have The Gathering Storm, the just released hardcover of the 12th Wheel of Time novel, written by Brandon Sanderson based on Robert Jordan's extensive notes. I also have a trade paperback of Sasha by Joel Shepherd. This is the first book in his Trial of Blood and Steel series. And finally, I have a hardcover of The Dame by R.A. Salvatore. This is the third book in his Saga of the First King series. Read more about R.A. Salvatore here.

Three winners will be randomly selected and I will ship anywhere (although I hope the winner of The Gathering Storm is local because that is one HUGE book). To enter the giveaway just tell me in the comments which book you would prefer and why. List your second choice just in case.  For an extra entry do the usual by posting about the giveaway on your blog, Facebook page or tweeting about it. Leave a note in the comments to let me know and of course also leave a way to get hold of you should you win. Contest ends Monday, November 16 at Midnight EST.

Tarmon Gai’don, the Last Battle, looms. And mankind is not ready.

The final volume of the Wheel of Time, A Memory of Light, was partially written by Robert Jordan before his untimely passing in 2007. Brandon Sanderson, New York Times bestselling author of the Mistborn books, was chosen by Jordan’s editor---his wife, Harriet McDougal---to complete the final book. The scope and size of the volume was such that it could not be contained in a single book, and so Tor proudly presents The Gathering Storm as the first of three novels that will make up A Memory of Light. This short sequence will complete the struggle against the Shadow, bringing to a close a journey begun almost twenty years ago and marking the conclusion of the Wheel of Time, the preeminent fantasy epic of our era.

In this epic novel, Robert Jordan’s international bestselling series begins its dramatic conclusion. Rand al’Thor, the Dragon Reborn, struggles to unite a fractured network of kingdoms and alliances in preparation for the Last Battle. As he attempts to halt the Seanchan encroachment northward---wishing he could form at least a temporary truce with the invaders---his allies watch in terror the shadow that seems to be growing within the heart of the Dragon Reborn himself.

Egwene al’Vere, the Amyrlin Seat of the rebel Aes Sedai, is a captive of the White Tower and subject to the whims of their tyrannical leader. As days tick toward the Seanchan attack she knows is imminent, Egwene works to hold together the disparate factions of Aes Sedai while providing leadership in the face of increasing uncertainty and despair. Her fight will provethe mettle of the Aes Sedai, and her conflict will decide the future of the White Tower---and possibly the world itself.

The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass. What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.


Spurning her royal heritage to be raised by the great warrior, Kessligh, her exquisite swordplay astonishes all who witness it. But Sasha is still young, untested in battle and often led by her rash temper. In the complex world of Lenayin loyalties, her defiant wilfulness is attracting the wrong kind of attention.

Lenayin is a land almost divided by its two faiths: the Verenthane of the ruling classes and the pagan Goeren-yai, amongst whom Sasha now lives. The Goeren-yai worship swordplay and honour and begin to see Sasha as the great spirit—the Synnich—who will unite them. But Sasha is still searching for what she believes and must choose her side carefully.

When the Udalyn people—the symbol of Goeren-yai pride and courage—are attacked, Sasha will face her moment of testing. How will she act? Is she ready to lead? Can she be the saviour they need her to be?

The vast road network of Honce, completed a decade before, had brought great optimism to the people of the land. Commerce could travel more freely and so could armies, and those armies, it was hoped, would rid the land at long last of the vicious, bloody cap dwarfs and goblins. For the first time, the many individual kingdoms, the holdings of Honce, would be brought closer together, perhaps even united. For the last few years, those promises had become a nightmare to the folk, as two powerful lairds fought for supremacy of a hoped-for united kingdom.

Bransen Garibond, the Highwayman, held little real interest in that fight. To him the warring lairds were two sides of the same coin. Whichever side won, the outcome for the people of Honce would be the same, Bransen believed. A journey north, however, taught Bransen that his views were simplistic at best, and that some things--like honor and true friendship-- might truly matter.

In The Dame, Bransen’s road becomes a quest for the truth, of Honce and of himself, a quest to put right over wrong. That path is fraught with confusion and fraud, and a purposeful blurring of morality by those who would seek to use the Highwayman’s extraordinary battle skills and popularity among the commonfolk for their own nefarious ends.


  1. Hello!
    I'll try my luck on this one. My first choice would be Sasha. Of course I'd love to win The Gathering Storm, but I'm not exactly local and since I have a few volumes of Wheel of Time to read before, I'll leave that choice to someone else. :)

    Thanks for the giveaway.

    carianmoonlight at gmail dot com

  2. I'd also like to win Sasha. For the last few weeks I've only read Urban Fantasy novels and I'm itching to get back to a nice Fantasy book.
    No second pick, though. It would be unfair of me to choose something I've little to no interest in.
    Thank you

    hw dot monika at yahoo dot com

  3. Hi :)
    Thank you for the opportunity to win.
    I would pick The Gathering Storm.
    Have you seen the UK cover?
    Thanks again,

  4. Hi. I'd love to win Sasha, because I'm a huge fan of kick-ass female warriors. My second choice would by The Gathering Storm for my fiance, who enjoys The Wheel of Time Series, but doesn't have this one yet.

  5. If I win, I would love "The Gathering Storm" (first choice) or Sasha (second choice). Thanks.

  6. I would love to read sasha, it looks very interesting and I havent read the previous books of the other two series.
    Thank you!
    battyaboutbats at

  7. My first pick is The Dame and second would be The Gathering Storm.

    throuthehaze at gmail dot com

  8. The Gathering Storm is my first pick. I making my way through the WOT series again and can't wait to read it. WOT is my favorite epic fantasy series.
    No second choice for me either.


  9. My first choice would be The Gathering Storm -- I don't want to wait a year for the ebook.

    However, I am in the US, if you need to reduce shipping costs. So, as a second choice, I'd choose
    The Dame. I haven't read it yet, but always enjoy Salvatore.

    kolists a/t gmail d\t com

  10. Madwoman-doing-cartwheelsNovember 9, 2009 at 4:11 AM

    I would love to win the Dame as I like to read first books in a series. Second choice would be Sasha as it looks very interesting. I'm in the USA. Thanks for the chance.

    bookcat1010 at gmail dot com

  11. My first and only choice would be Sasha.
    Since I read John's review, Joshua's review and Tehani's review I'm keen to read Sasha.
    edifanob at gmail dot com

  12. My first choice would be Sasha, because I like a strong female heroine. My second choice would be The Dame, because I've enjoyed some of R.A. Salvatore's other books.

  13. Hi!
    My choice would be Sasha, mostly because it's not a book in a series. My second choice would be The Dame (I've read other two). I haven't read all in Wheel of time series.

    teresa.fav AT

  14. I'd love to win Sasha! I really enjoy reading books with strong female protagonists, and since it's the first in the series, I don't need to worry about playing catch up first. My second choice would be The Dame---still have to play catch up, but not as much as for the Sanderson/Jordan book!

  15. I'd like to win Sasha, because I haven't read any of the other series yet and I hate jumping in in the middle.


  16. Hey,
    I would love to get The Gathering Storm. I've been following the series for about 8 years and I absolutely love it. Brandon Sanderson is also one of my favourite fantasy authors, so I would love to see how his writing style is going to affect the series. My second choice would be Sasha because I'm always up for a new fantasy with a strong heroine.

    Thanks. k8_a_723(at)hotmail(dot)com

  17. I will go with Sasha :D

    I ordered my copy of The Gathering Storm back in August. So no enormous books this way if i would win lol

    blodeuedd1 at gmail dot com

  18. I'm going to go with The Dame... I haven't read a Salvatore book for a while. I'm crossing my fingers on this one.


    betweentwobooks [at] gmail [dot] com

  19. I would love a copy of The gathering storm. That series is one of the main reasons that I began my novel.

    I think that Sasha looks really interesting too.


  20. Oh! Oh! WoT! Pick me, pick me, please! I'm even local if by that you mean north of the border *g*

    Second choice would be fine with either other title as I'm unfamiliar with both authors. But so excited that the Dragon Reborn's story will continue!

    mayamissani AT yahoo DOT ca

  21. I would love to have The Gathering Storm. I haven't been able to afford it yet and I'm eagerly waiting to read it.

    I love Brandon Sanderson as well and can't wait to see how he's carrying Jordan's story through.

  22. I'd love to win The Gathering Storm (I'm in Canada). I'm only on Book 9 of the series but it would be nice to have the last book on hand for down the road!

  23. Hi,

    I would love to win "The Dame" because I am a huge Salvatore fan and am looking forward to reading that. My second choice would be "The gathering Storm" although I am a couple books behind on the Wheel of Time series.

  24. My first choice would be Sasha because I love to read about female warriors. My second choice would be The Gathering Storm. Thanks!

    aikychien at yahoo dot com

  25. I would love to win the Dame, I love the cover and the story sounds interesting.
    The second opinion would be The Gathering Storm.

  26. Would love to win The Dame! I love R A Salvatore!

    my second choice would be Sasha.

    sensitivemuse at gmail dot com


  27. Sasha please!
    I have linked your giveaway on my blog.
    layersofthought {at} gmail {dot} com

  28. I would love the Gathering Storm because my son and I have read the series other than this one.
    My second choice would be Sasha

    Tweeted here

  29. Since I LOVE The Wheel of Times series and have never felt let down by any of the books I would aboslutely love to win The Gathering Storm.

    Sasha would be my second choice.


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