It was only the previous week when I last posted a book haul post. Alas, such is the way with blogging. You can have a drought going weeks or months without receiving any book post at all. And, then, at other times you can be inundated with it, which is a great problem to have!👍😂📚
As always, my thanks to the publishers and publicists for the books I have received. I am always grateful for each and every book I receive and always slightly baffled too that people choose to send me books!
Books received for review consideration:
The Gutter Prayer by Gareth Hanrahan.
Published by Orbit, January 17th, 2019.
Sounds great with a fantastic cover and I’ve heard some good things about it too.
The city of Guerdon stands eternal. A refuge from the war that rages beyond its borders. But in the ancient tunnels deep beneath its streets, a malevolent power has begun to stir.
The fate of the city rests in the hands of three thieves. They alone stand against the coming darkness. As conspiracies unfold and secrets are revealed, their friendship will be tested to the limit. If they fail, all will be lost and the streets of Guerdon will run with blood.
SET IN A WORLD OF DARK GODS AND DANGEROUS MAGIC, THE GUTTER PRAYER IS AN EPIC TALE OF SORCERERS AND THIEVES, TREACHERY AND REVENGE, FROM A REMARKABLE NEW VOICE IN FANTASY.
Changeling (Six Stories #3) by Matt Wesolowksi.
Published by Orenda Books on ebook on November 15th, 2018 and paperback January 15th, 2019.
I loved the previous two Six Stories books and I can’t wait to delve into this, the latest one.
On Christmas Eve in 1988, seven-year-old Alfie Marsden vanished in the Wentshire Forest Pass, when a burst tyre forced his father, Sorrel, to stop the car. Leaving the car to summon the emergency services, Sorrel returned to find his son gone. No trace of the child, nor his remains, have ever been found. Alfie Marsden was declared officially dead in 1995.
Elusive online journalist, Scott King, whose ‘Six Stories’ podcasts have become an internet sensation, investigates the disappearance, interviewing six witnesses, including Sorrel, his son and his ex-partner, to try to find out what really happened that fateful night. He takes a journey through the trees of the Wentshire Forest – a place synonymous with strange sightings, and tales of hidden folk who dwell there. He talks to a company that tried and failed to build a development in the forest, and a psychic who claims to know where Alfie is…
Intensely dark, deeply chilling and searingly thought provoking, Changeling is an up-to-the-minute, startling thriller, taking you to places you will never, ever forget.
The Cthulu Casebooks: Sherlock Holmes and the Sussex Sea-Devils by James Lovegrove.
Published by Titan Books on November 27th, 2018.
This is the third and final book in the trilogy by Lovegrove and I loved the previous two so I’m excited to see how it ends. Definitely a surprise, this book arriving at my door. Titan send press releases through email and I either accept the book to read/review or if I’m not interested then I ignore the email. But! No press release email for this, it just arrived which is wonderful.
It is the autumn of 1910, and for fifteen long years Sherlock Holmes and Dr John Watson have battled R lluhloig, the Hidden Mind that was once Professor James Moriarty. Europe is creeping inexorably towards war, and a more cosmic conflict is nearing its zenith, as in a single night all the most eminent members of the Diogenes Club die horribly, seemingly by their own hands. Holmes suspects it is the handiwork of a German spy working for R lluhloig, but his search for vengeance costs an old friend his life.
The companions retreat to Holmes’s farm on the Sussex Downs, and it is not long before a client comes calling. Three young women have disappeared from the nearby town of Newford, and the locals have no doubt who is responsible. For legend has it that strange amphibious creatures dwell in a city on the seabed, coming ashore every few centuries to take fresh captives. As Holmes and Watson seek out the terrifying interlopers, the scene is set for the final battle that will bring them face to face with the Sussex Sea-Devils, and perhaps with Cthulhu himself…
Of Blood and Bone (Chronicles of The One #2) by Nora Roberts.
Published by Piatkus on December 4th, 2018.
I was a massive fan of Year One, the first Chronicles of The One book when it was released last year and so, I was overjoyed to receive a surprise copy of Of Blood and Bone in the post.
Thirteen years ago, a catastrophic pandemic known as The Doom killed billions. For those left behind, it is a chance to build a new world. But The Doom was no ordinary virus. In some survivors, it awoke strange powers – to heal, to harm, even to predict the future. Fallon Swift has no memories of the old world – but she is destined to shape this new one. Growing up with her three brothers on a quiet farm, she has been protected from danger by her mother and stepfather. Now she must leave them, and learn to fight. Because Fallon is not only a powerful ‘Uncanny’ – she also has a pivotal role to play in the bloody battles ahead. A war between good and evil is brewing, and Fallon – young, tough, headstrong – must be ready. A sequel to the number one bestselling Year One, this breathtaking novel of love, war, family and magic is a gripping and deeply satisfying continuation of an extraordinary new trilogy.
Dracul by Dacre Stoker and J. D. Barker.
Published by Bantam Press on October 18th, 2018.
I treated myself to this as I’m interested to see what it’s like and I’ve read some good things about it too.
Dracul reveals not only the true origins of Dracula himself, but also of his creator, Bram Stoker . . . and of the elusive, enigmatic woman who connects them.
It is 1868, and a 22-year-old Bram Stoker has locked himself inside an abbey’s tower to face off against a vile and ungodly beast. He is armed with mirrors and crucifixes and holy water and a gun – and is kept company by a bottle of plum brandy. His fervent prayer is that he will survive this one night – a night that will prove to be the longest of his life.
Desperate to leave a record of what he has witnessed, the young man scribbles out the events that brought him to this point – and tells an extraordinary tale of childhood illness, a mysterious nanny, and stories once thought to be fables now proven true.
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