Thanks to Tor I have 2 hardcover copies of Edward Lazellari's debut Awakenings, which hits the shelves tomorrow. Awakenings might easily be classified as an Urban Fantasy, but it is much more than that. As I mentioned in my reading log recently I was greatly reminded of the Amber books. Worlds within worlds, the magical mixing with the technological all play a part in the world Lazellari has created. Here is the blurb to whet your whistle:
Cal MacDonnell is a happily married New York City cop with a loving family. Seth Raincrest is a washed-up photographer who has alienated even his closest friends. The two have nothing in common—except that they both suffer from retrograde amnesia. It’s as if they just appeared out of thin air thirteen years ago, and nothing has been able to restore their memories. Now their forgotten past has caught up to them with a vengeance.To enter send an email to madhatterreview (AT) gmail (dot) com with your full name and snail mail address in the body and "AWAKE" in the subject line. The deadline is midnight September 13th. I'll announce the winners on the following day or as soon as I remember. This contest is open to the everyone. If you send multiple entries you will be disqualified from the contest. The winner will be selected via random number generator per usual.
Cal's and Seth’s lives are turned upside down as they are stalked by otherworldly beings who know about the men's past lives. But these creatures aren't here to help; they're intent on killing anyone who gets in their way. In the balance hangs the life of a child who might someday restore a broken empire to peace and prosperity. With no clue why they're being hunted, Cal and Seth must accept the aid of a strange and beautiful woman who has promised to unlock their secrets. The two must stay alive long enough to protect their loved ones, recover their true selves—and save two worlds from tyranny and destruction.
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