Bear, Greg. Halo: Silentium. Tor. Jan. 2013. 400p. ISBN 9780765323989. $25.99. SF
The Halo franchise is a worldwide phenomenon that started in 2001 with Halo: Combat Evolved for Xbox, then bloomed into a series of mega-best-selling blockbuster Xbox and Xbox 360 video games, comic books, action figures‚ and New York Times best-selling novels from Hugo and Nebula Award‚ winning Bear. Here, Bear wraps up the Forerunner Saga, a trilogy about the ancient creators of the Halos, begun with Halo: Cryptum and continued with Halo: Primordium. In this final title, the Forerunner empire is being overrun by fierce and greedy shape-shifting parasites. To avoid apocalypse, either the Ur-Didact or the Librarian‚ a husband and wife forced into conflict‚ must commit a terrible act of violence. Note that Halo 4, developed by 343 Industries exclusively for Xbox 360, will be released on November 6, 2012, and that Tor publishes another best-selling Halo series by Karen Traviss. That should keep fans busy.
Jordan, Robert & Brandon Sanderson. A Memory of Light. Tor. Jan. 2013. 864p. ISBN 9780765325952. $34.99. SF/FANTASY
Jordan’s epic The Wheel of Time series launched in 1990 with The Eye of the World and has since sold over 40 million copies in several dozen languages worldwide; the last six books in the series were all No. 1 New York Times best sellers. Jordan died in 2007, but well-known fantasy writer Sanderson stepped into the breach to finish the series, relying on notes and partials that Jordan left behind. Now, finally, here is the 14th and concluding book in the series, edited by Jordan’s widow, Harriet McDougal (who edited all of his books). There’s a strict on-sale date of January 8 and a 25-city, four-week author tour; literally thousands of people have indicated their interest on Goodreads. Be prepared.