These are the latest books that I have received.
As always, my thanks to the publishers and publicists for the books. 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:
Hangman’s Gate (War of the Archons #2) by R. S. Ford.
Published by Titan Books on June 18th, 2019.
I’ve already read this book and loved it. It is a great continuation of the War of the Archons trilogy and I’m now eager for book three, The Spear of Malice which is scheduled for release in June 2020. You can find my full review !!HERE!!
After uniting the bandit clans, the Iron Tusk has swept into Shengen and taken control of the empire. With an army behind him, he marches along the Skull Road, ready to lay waste to the lands in the west. The mountain fortress of Dunrun and its rag-tag defenders are all that stand in his way.
With their country besieged on all sides, troubling rumours of a priestess amassing power in the north, and unnatural alliances to the south, no help is coming. Alone, they must hold back the inhuman powers of the Iron Tusk, or see life as they know it come to an end.
The old gods have returned…
The Chain by Adrian McKinty.
Published by Orion on July 9th, 2019.
I’ve already read the book and loved it. It is fast-paced with a nightmarish premise that is executed perfectly by McKinty and it is one for thriller fans to look out for. I’ll be posting my review as part of the blog tour in July. Actually, I’m opening the blog tour, starting it with a bang as while I often doubt my reviews, I’ve already written the review for the book and I knock it out the ballpark.👌
YOU WILL BECOME EACH ONE.
YOUR PHONE RINGS.
A STRANGER HAS KIDNAPPED YOUR CHILD.
TO FREE THEM YOU MUST ABDUCT SOMEONE ELSE’S CHILD.
YOUR CHILD WILL BE RELEASED WHEN YOUR VICTIM’S PARENTS KIDNAP ANOTHER CHILD.
IF ANY OF THESE THINGS DON’T HAPPEN:
YOUR CHILD WILL BE KILLED.
YOU ARE NOW PART OF THE CHAIN
The Rage of Dragons by Evan Winter.
Published by Orbit on July 18th, 2019.
I’ve already read and reviewed this. It is absolutely fantastic and I mean FANTASTIC. I’m sure that it will feature in my best books of 2019 post at the end of the year.👌📚 You can find my review !!HERE!!
The Omehi people have been fighting an unwinnable war for generations. The lucky ones are born gifted: some have the power to call down dragons, others can be magically transformed into bigger, stronger, faster killing machines.
Everyone else is fodder, destined to fight and die in the endless war. Tau Tafari wants more than this, but his plans of escape are destroyed when those closest to him are brutally murdered.
With too few gifted left the Omehi are facing genocide, but Tau cares only for revenge. Following an unthinkable path, he will strive to become the greatest swordsman to ever live, willing to die a hundred thousand times for the chance to kill three of his own people.
Velocity Weapon by Megan O’Keefe.
Published by Orbit on June 13th, 2019.
I have to be in the right mood and want to read SFF to enjoy it but this definitely sounds interesting, it’s getting a lot of praise and I’ve read some great reviews for it.
The last thing Sanda remembers is her gunship exploding.
She expected to be recovered by salvage-medics and to awaken in friendly hands, patched-up and ready to rejoin the fight. Instead she wakes up 230 years later, on a deserted enemy starship called The Light of Berossus – or, as he prefers to call himself, ‘Bero’.
Bero tells Sanda the war is lost. That the entire star system is dead.
But is that the full story? After all, in the vastness of space, anything is possible . . .
The Girl Who Could Move Sh*t With Her Mind by Jackson Ford.
Published by Orbit on June 20th, 2019.
This sounds batshit crazy and brilliant!
FOR TEAGAN FROST, SH*T JUST GOT REAL.
Teagan Frost is having a hard time keeping it together. Sure, she’s got telekinetic powers – a skill that the government is all too happy to make use of, sending her on secret break-in missions that no ordinary human could carry out. But all she really wants to do is kick back, have a beer, and pretend she’s normal for once.
But then a body turns up at the site of her last job – murdered in a way that only someone like Teagan could have pulled off. She’s got 24 hours to clear her name – and it’s not just her life at stake. If she can’t unravel the conspiracy in time, her hometown of Los Angeles will be in the crosshairs of an underground battle that’s on the brink of exploding . . .
Full of imagination, wit and random sh*t flying through the air, this insane adventure from an irreverent new voice will blow your tiny mind.
The Witch who Courted Death by Maria Lewis.
Published by Piatkus on June 13th, 2019.
I’m not entirely sure if this is for me but it sounds interesting and surprise book post is always most welcome.
Considering her status as the world’s most powerful medium, Casper von Klitzing and her twin brother Baristan have lived a pretty normal life – until now.
After a horrific incident in her home city of Berlin, orchestrated by the mysterious Oct, Casper is consumed with vengeance towards an enemy she doesn’t understand. But the only other person ever to escape Oct was a witch – and so Casper is soon on her trail. But this witch does not want to be found.
Diving headfirst into the supernaturally secretive world of spells, charms and covens, it’s not long before Casper is crossing more than just the line between the living and the dead . . .
Children of Ruin by Adrian Tchaikovsky.
Published by Pan Macmillan on May 16th, 2019.
This was a complete surprise when the finished hardback copy arrived in the post. I’ve not read any Tchaikovsky before but this sounds fantastic and it is getting some stellar reviews. Sadly, every review I’ve read says that you need to read the first book, Children of Time first and so, I’ll need to pick that up and then find time to read it before I can think about getting to this.
It has been waiting through the ages.
Now it’s time . . .
Thousands of years ago, Earth’s terraforming program took to the stars. On the world they called Nod, scientists discovered alien life – but it was their mission to overwrite it with the memory of Earth. Then humanity’s great empire fell, and the program’s decisions were lost to time.
Aeons later, humanity and its new spider allies detected fragmentary radio signals between the stars. They dispatched an exploration vessel, hoping to find cousins from old Earth.
But those ancient terraformers woke something on Nod better left undisturbed.
And it’s been waiting for them.
The Colorado Kid (Hard Case Crime) by Stephen King.
Published by Titan Books on July 2nd, 2019.
Sounds really cool and I’m loving the retro cover.
Stephen King’s bestselling unsolved mystery, THE COLORADO KID – inspiration for the TV series HAVEN — returns to bookstores for the first time in 10 years in an all-new illustrated edition.
On an island off the coast of Maine, a man is found dead. There’s no identification on the body. Only the dogged work of a pair of local newspapermen and a graduate student in forensics turns up any clues, and it’s more than a year before the man is identified. And that’s just the beginning of the mystery. Because the more they learn about the man and the baffling circumstances of his death, the less they understand. Was it an impossible crime? Or something stranger still…? No one but Stephen King could tell this story about the darkness at the heart of the unknown and our compulsion to investigate the unexplained. With echoes of Dashiell Hammett’s THE MALTESE FALCON and the work of Graham Greene, one of the world’s great storytellers presents a moving and surprising tale whose subject is nothing less than the nature of mystery itself…
The Outsider by Stephen King.
Published by Hodder on May 2nd, 2019.
I’ve already read and enjoyed the book, it is a delightfully dark tale. You can find my full review !!HERE!!
When an eleven-year-old boy is found murdered in a town park, reliable eyewitnesses undeniably point to the town’s popular Little League coach, Terry Maitland, as the culprit. DNA evidence and fingerprints confirm the crime was committed by this well-loved family man.
Horrified by the brutal killing, Detective Ralph Anderson, whose own son was once coached by Maitland, orders the suspect to be arrested in a public spectacle. But Maitland has an alibi. And further research confirms he was indeed out of town that day.
As Anderson and the District Attorney trace the clues, the investigation expands from Ohio to Texas. And as horrifying answers begin to emerge, so King’s propulsive story of almost unbearable suspense kicks into high gear.
Terry Maitland seems like a nice guy but there is one rock-hard fact, as unassailable as gravity: a man cannot be in two places at the same time. Can he?
Perfect Crime (DI Callanach #5) by Helen Fields.
Published by Avon on April 18th, 2019.
I really enjoyed this book, it’s another dark read and a fantastic continuation of the series. I should have my review posted for it tomorrow.
Your darkest moment is your most vulnerable…
Stephen Berry is about to jump off a bridge until a suicide prevention counsellor stops him. A week later, Stephen is dead. Found at the bottom of a cliff, DI Luc Callanach and DCI Ava Turner are drafted in to investigate whether he jumped or whether he was pushed…
As they dig deeper, more would-be suicides roll in: a woman found dead in a bath; a man violently electrocuted. But these are carefully curated deaths – nothing like the impulsive suicide attempts they’ve been made out to be.
Little do Callanach and Turner know how close their perpetrator is as, across Edinburgh, a violent and psychopathic killer gains more confidence with every life he takes…
Infernal by Mark de Jager.
Published by Del Rey on August 11th, 2016.
A fellow blogger was clearing out their bookshelves of unwanted and unread books and they offered me this. It is the Goldsboro black sprayed edge signed and numbered first edition.👌
Stratus wakes alone, with no memory of his past. All he knows is his name and that he is not human. Possessing immense strength, powerful sorcery and an insatiable hunger, he sets out across a landscape torn apart by a war, as a dark magic drives the world to the brink of destruction.
Disoriented and pursued relentlessly by enemies, he will have to learn what he truly is, or risk bringing the world into ruin…
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