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My latest books that I have received over the last few weeks with massive thanks to the publishers. Lots of surprise book post but when I ask for the books that I want I am mostly shit out of luck! 🙂

The Girl In The Ice (Erika Foster #1) by Robert Bryndza.

Published by Sphere on 30th November, 2017.

I picked this up from the charity bookcase at work after reading lots of good things about the series from my fellow bloggers. Subsequently, I decided to read the book near enough straight away and loved it.

You can find my review !!HERE!!


Her eyes are wide open. Her lips parted as if to speak. Her dead body frozen in the ice . . . She is not the only one.

When a young boy discovers the body of a woman beneath a thick sheet of ice in a South London park, Detective Erika Foster is called in to lead the murder investigation.

The victim, a beautiful young socialite, appeared to have the perfect life. Yet when Erika begins to dig deeper, she starts to connect the dots between the murder and the killings of three prostitutes, all found strangled, hands bound and dumped in water around London.

What dark secrets is the girl in the ice hiding?

As Erika inches closer to uncovering the truth, the killer is closing in on Erika.

The last investigation Erika led went badly wrong… resulting in the death of her husband. With her career hanging by a thread, Erika must now battle her own personal demons as well as a killer more deadly than any she’s faced before. But will she get to him before he strikes again?

The Grey Bastards (The Lot Lands #1) by Jonathan French.

Published by Orbit on June 21st, 2018.

This was on of my most anticipated reads for 2018 so when a copy arrived I had to read it straight away and it is fucking awesome catering to my whims perfectly! 

You can find my review !!HERE!!


Jackal is proud to be a Grey Bastard, member of a sworn brotherhood of half-orcs. Unloved and unwanted in civilized society, the Bastards eke out a hard life in the desolate no-man’s-land called the Lots, protecting frail and noble human civilization from invading bands of vicious full-blooded orcs.

But as Jackal is soon to learn, his pride may be misplaced. Because a dark secret lies at the heart of the Bastards’ existence – one that reveals a horrifying truth behind humanity’s tenuous peace with the orcs, and exposes a grave danger on the horizon.

On the heels of the ultimate betrayal, Jackal must scramble to stop a devastating invasion – even as he wonders where his true loyalties lie.

Adrift by Rob Boffard.

Published by Orbit on June 7th, 2018.

Surprise book post from Orbit. I’m not really a SFF fan but this sounded intriguing and as I’d just finished my previous book I delved straight in and ended up loving it! 

You can find my review !!HERE!!


In the far reaches of space, a tour group embarks on what will be the trip of a lifetime – in more ways than one . . .

For one small group, a tour of the nearby Horsehead Nebula is meant to be a short but stunning highlight in the trip of a lifetime.

But when a mysterious ship destroys Sigma Station and everyone on it, suddenly their tourist shuttle is stranded.

They have no weapons. No food. No water. No one back home knows they’re alive.

And the mysterious ship is hunting them.

Charmcaster (Spellslinger #3) by Sebastien de Castell.

Published by Hot Key Books on May 17th, 2018.

I won a copy of this through Readers First and I’m looking forward to starting it soon after loving the previous book in the series, Shadowblack. 


Kellen, Reichis and Ferius are on their way to Gitabria, a city where amazing inventions are dreamed up and sold across the land of the Seven Sands.

But when the three of them stumble across a tiny mechanical bird, magically brought to life, they quickly realise all is not as it appears. 

Meanwhile two strange Argosi appear, carrying secrets from Ferius’ past, together with an unlikely Jan’Tep ally.

And as time ticks on, all the cards in Ferius’ deck point to the emerging tides of war . . .

Shattermoon (The Long Game #1) by Dominic Dulley.

Published by Jo Fletcher on June 14th, 2018.

Another case of surprise book post and this time, from a publisher I never usually receive books from!


Orry’s father is the best conman in the quadrant, running elaborate heists with Orry and her brother Ethan to target the ruling families of the Ascendancy. This time should be no different: straight in and out with a fortune in spice paragon in hand . . .

. . . until Orry goes off-script and everything falls apart. Less than an hour later the Count of Delf’s only grandson is dead and she’s on the run, accused of a murder she didn’t commit.

Turns out, the pendant Orry stole was crafted by the mysterious civilisation who once lived on the Shattermoon – and a lot of powerful people want it. It doesn’t take ruthless space pirate Morven Dyas long to track her down, and he’s not the only one on her tail. When she’s unexpectedly rescued by loner Jurgen Mender and his spaceship, Dainty Jane, Orry knows there’s only one thing to do.

It requires all of her powers of persuasion to get Mender to agree to her plan, especially when even she can see the madness of pitting an inexperienced young grifter, a space-dog long past his best and an obsolete spaceship against the Imperial Fleet, the worst of the space pirates – and the alien Kadiran, who are getting bored with their uneasy truce with humankind . . .

But what other choice does she have?

Brief Cases: The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher.

Published by Orbit on June 7th, 2018.

More surprise book post! I’ve never read a Dresden book before and there are a lot in the series! 


Magic. It can get a guy killed.

Return to the world of the Dresden Files with Harry Dresden (the only wizard in the Chicago phone book) and friends as they solve supernatural mysteries, protect the helpless, and fight evil.

Brief Cases is a new collection of Dresden Files stories which will include an original novella, from international bestseller Jim Butcher.

The Iberian Flame (Thomas Kydd #20) by Julian Stockwin.

Published by Hodder & Stoughton on June 14th, 2018.

Again, more surprise book post from a publisher I again, have no usual luck with!


1808. With the Peninsula in turmoil, Napoleon Bonaparte signs a treaty to dismember Portugal and put his brother, Joseph, on the throne of Spain.

Meanwhile, Nicholas Renzi, the Lord Farndon, undertakes a deadly mission to stir up partisan unrest to disrupt this Napoleonic alliance with Spain.

Thrust into the crucible of the uprising, Captain Sir Thomas Kydd is dismayed to come up against an old foe from his past – now his superior and commander – who is determined to break him. Kydd will soon face the greatest decision of his professional career.

Bonaparte, incensed by the reverses suffered to his honour, gathers together a crushing force and marches at speed into Spain. After several bloody encounters the greatly outnumbered British expedition have no option other than make a fighting retreat to the coast. Only the Navy can save them.

But the flame of insurrection has been lit – and the Peninsular War has begun.

84K by Claire North.

Published by Orbit on May 24th, 2018.

This was somewhat surprise book post, well, it was second chance book post too! I received an email from the publicist asking me if I was thinking of reading/reviewing the book and you guessed it, I hadn’t received the actual book! Cue awkward reply of ‘I never got a copy’ and lo and behold a copy arrived the next day!


From one of the most original new voices in modern fiction comes a startling vision of a world where you can get away with anything . . .

Theo Miller knows the value of human life – to the very last penny.

Working in the Criminal Audit Office, he assesses each crime that crosses his desk and makes sure the correct debt to society is paid in full.

But when his ex-lover is killed, it’s different. This is one death he can’t let become merely an entry on a balance sheet.

Because when the richest in the world are getting away with murder, sometimes the numbers just don’t add up.

From the award-winning Claire North comes an electrifying and provocative new novel which will resonate with readers around the world. 

Like A Bat Out of Hell: The Larger than Life Story of Meat Loaf by Mick Wall.

Published by Trapeze on 16th November, 2017.

I purchased a copy of this from The Works on a foray into hell, yes, I went to hell and back or as it is also known, town with shudders, people, rubes, bumpkins and germs!


Everything in the story of Meat Loaf is big. From the place he was born (Texas); to the family he was born into (his father weighed 22 stone, his uncle weighed over 40 stone, while Meat Loaf himself weighed 17 stone before he was even in his teens); to the sound he made (a colossal collision between Richard Wagner, Phil Spector and Bruce Springsteen); and of course the records he sold – nearly 50 million in Britain and America alone.

Now, on the eve of the 40th anniversary of Bat Out of Hell, the album that gave rise to Meat Loaf’s astonishing career, and the premiere of Bat Out Of Hell: The Musical, Mick Wall, who has interviewed Meat Loaf on numerous occasions throughout his career, pulls back the curtains to reveal the soft-hearted soul behind the larger-than-life character he created for himself.

From a tumultuous childhood with an alcoholic father to the relentless abusive bullying from classmates and their parents alike, nobody could have predicted Meat Loaf’s meteoric rise to fame.

But when the messianic rock opera Bat Out of Hell was released in 1977, it became one of the biggest albums of all time, selling over 45 million copies worldwide to date. Its release marked the start of a rollercoaster ride of incredible highs and seemingly career-ending lows. By the 80s, Meat Loaf was battling with drug and alcohol addiction and escalating money problems that would eventually lead to a nervous breakdown. But just when it seemed like it was all over, the astonishing success of Bat Out of Hell II and the mega-hit ‘I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That)’ marked an extraordinary new wave of success.

Now, Mick Wall will bring this extraordinary story up to date, drawing on the hours he spent with Meat Loaf, both in interviews and on tour, as well as offering up a unique insight from those who have known him best.

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18 thoughts on “Book Haul: My latest books. #bookbloggers #bookblogger #blogger #bloggers #books #book #bookpost

  1. Book envy is SUCH an ugly thing! And here I am, flame-eyed and virdigree green with jealousy!! I am SICK with longing for 84K, Charmcaster and Adrift! Have a lovely time reading – if you can cope with the thought of my suffering…

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  2. Great haul Drew. I think you might like the Dresden Files, it’s quite funny and as you’re officially “Funniest Blogger….” 😆 I really like the look of the Claire North as well, loved her book The First Fifteen Lives Of Harry August.

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  3. Really great books you got your hands on! Hope you enjoy 84K whenever you get the chance to try it out. I also got The Grey Bastards recently and can’t wait to dive into that one. It’s already a good sign that you thoroughly enjoyed it. 😀

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  4. That’s one fine bookloot, Drew! I have been meaning to give the Dresden books a go so it’ll be interesting to get your thoughts on that specific book you got… PS! It was nice to scroll past an orc.. dude, I really need to read this book! 😀
    happy reading and look forward to your reviews 🙂

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  5. How many interesting books!!!! ❤ I hope to go on with De Castell's series and I hope to get my hands on Grey Bastards, too. I am dying out of curiosity! It seems so good and interesting!
    I am not a big fan of the Dresden Files, but I hope you would enjoy it!

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      1. It’s quite a long series, yes, and I don’t know if it’s still ongoing… I am thinking about dropping it so I am not up to date, to be honest. And now that I am thinking about it, fantasy authors love series (and we readers, too, obviously!) but the urban fantasy ones love really long series. 15-17 books seem to be the norm and not the exceptions. But this is OT.
        And I see your problems, it’s not an easy choice! So I wish you good luck!!! 🙂

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