"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. So here's a thing I'm looking forward to: Queen of Stars, by Dave Duncan (47North, 28 January 2014).
While discovering the truth behind his half-human, half-elven parentage, master swordsman Rigel not only defeated the horrific monsters of the Starlands, but also thwarted Prince Vildiar's dark designs to conquer the elven realms. Now, despite his fate to die an early, violent death if he remains in the Starlands, Rigel refuses to return to Earth, consumed as he is by love for the newly crowned Queen Talitha. But this passion is perilous: Vildiar has hatched multiple conspiracies to usurp the throne, and a vision has revealed that if Rigel and Talitha ever consummate their love, it will only hasten Rigel's inevitable demise. Even under a pall of doom, Rigel never hesitates to defend the land and people he has taken on as his own. As traitors plot Talitha's downfall, Rigel rescues one of Vildiar's own half-breed offspring from Earth and offers her a new life in the Starlands. But will she embrace this gift without guile...or is she preparing to plunge a dagger into Rigel's back?
(Cover and description from Fantastic Fiction.)
I love me some Dave Duncan. I discovered him when I stumbled across his "A Man of His Word" series, and was very impressed that it didn't seem as long as it is; his books can move. I missed the first book in this series somehow, but I'm taking steps to remedy that before this second installment comes out.