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:
The Swords of Silence (The Swords of Fire Trilogy #1) by Shaun Curry.
Published by Harper Inspire on September 19th, 2019.
I think that this sounds really cool and I’m hoping to read it soon.
Where once new ideas and beliefs were accepted, now the country’s military dictator, the Shogun is shutting his country down to any outside influences.
Father Joaquim Martinez who left Portugal to make Hizen Province, Japan his home, has been quietly tending to the lives of his villagers, but everything is about to be thrown into turmoil, as the Shogun has outlawed Martinez’s beliefs. Those who won’t recant or accept banishment, face a death sentence.
With the threat of a massacre looming, and the Shogun’s Samurai closing in, Father Martinez must decide, if he is willing to risk everything, to save those he has sworn to protect.
Dragonslayer (The Dragonslayer #1) by Duncan M. Hamilton.
Published by Tor on August 1st, 2019.
I’ve seen a few middling reviews for this and I’m not sure when I will get around to it.
With the dragons believed dead, the kingdom had no more need for dragonslayers.
Drunk, disgraced, and all but forgotten, Guillot has long since left his days of heroism behind him.
As forgotten places are disturbed in the quest for power, and things long dormant awaken, the kingdom finds itself in need of a dragonslayer once again, and Guillot is the only one left…
The Cruel Stars (The Cruel Stars Trilogy #1) by John Birmingham.
Published by Head of Zeus on August 20th, 2019.
Yeah, confession time. I hadn’t heard anything about this book until its surprise arrival but after reading the blurb it sounds pretty cool.
Everybody thought the Sturm were dead, engulfed by the Dark. They were wrong.
Centuries after their defeat, the enemy has returned with an overwhelming attack on the fringes of human space. On the brink of annihilation, humankind’s only hope is a few brave souls who survived the initial onslaught: Commander Lucinda Hardy, thrust into uncertain command of the Royal Armadalen Navy’s only surviving warship; Booker3, a soldier of Earth, sentenced to die for treason, whose time on Death Row is cut short by the invasion; Alessia, a young royal of the Montanblanc Corporation, forced to flee when her home planet is overrun and her entire family executed; Sephina L’trel, the leader of an outlaw band who must call on all of their criminal skills to resist the invasion. And, finally, retired Admiral Frazer McLennan, the infamous hero of the first war with the Sturm hundreds of years ago, who hopes to rout his old foes once and for all or die trying.
These five flawed, reluctant heroes must band together to prevail against a relentless enemy and near-impossible odds. For if they fail, the future itself is doomed.
An Orc on the Wild Side by Tom Holt.
Published by Orbit on September 12th, 2019.
Sounds rather fun. However, I like humour as an element in fantasy but I’m not sure how I feel about a book that is all humour.
WINTER IS COMING, SO WHY NOT GET AWAY FROM IT ALL?
Being the Dark Lord and Prince of Evil is not as much fun as it sounds, particularly if you are a basically decent person. King Mordak is just such a person. Technically he’s more goblin than person, but the point is that he is really keen to be a lot less despicable than his predecessors.
Not that the other goblins appreciate Mordak’s attempts to redefine the role. Why should they when his new healthcare program seems designed to actually extend life expectancy, and his efforts to end a perfectly reasonable war with the dwarves appear to have become an obsession?
With confidence in his leadership crumbling, what Mordak desperately needs is a distraction. Perhaps some of these humans moving to the Realm in search of great homes at an affordable price will be able to help?
The Bone Ships (The Tide Child Trilogy #1) by RJ Barker.
Published by Orbit on September 26th, 2019.
Yes! I loved Barker’s previous trilogy, The Wounded Kingdom and this is one of my most anticipated books of the year. I’m hoping to start reading it tomorrow though I really should write my review for the book I’ve just finished first and then I can delve in full sail ahead with no interruptions.
TWO NATIONS AT WAR. A PRIZE BEYOND COMPARE.
For generations, the Hundred Isles have built their ships from the bones of ancient dragons to fight an endless war.
The dragons disappeared, but the battles for supremacy persisted.
Now the first dragon in centuries has been spotted in far-off waters, and both sides see a chance to shift the balance of power in their favour. Because whoever catches it will win not only glory, but the war.
The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow.
Published by Orbit on September 12th, 2019.
I should have received a proof copy months ago (according to the recent email from the publicist) and I didn’t. I presume that it got lost in the ether, or, the postman stole it. Anyhow, I now have a shiny finished hardback copy which I have read!
That review I just mentioned in The Bone Ships, it is for this book and fuck knows how I am going to review this! I loved it, it is something special and whatever words I find won’t be good enough!
EVERY STORY OPENS A DOOR
In a sprawling mansion filled with peculiar treasures, January Scaller is a curiosity herself. As the ward of the wealthy Mr. Locke, she feels little different from the artifacts that decorate the halls: carefully maintained, largely ignored and utterly out of place.
But her quiet existence is shattered when she stumbles across a strange book. A book that carries the scent of other worlds and tells a tale of secret doors, of love, adventure and danger. Each page reveals more impossible truths about the world, and January discovers a story increasingly entwined with her own.
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