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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 Secret Chapter (The Invisible Library #6) by Genevieve Cogman.

Published by Pan MacMillan on November 14th, 2019.

I’ve never read any of the previous books in the series but I have seen lots of positive reviews and know that it is well-loved by many. The blurb sounds interesting, the press release says that it can be read as a standalone and I’m intrigued to see what I think about it.

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Irene and Kai have to team up with an unlikely band of misfits to pull off an amazing art heist. Or they must risk the wrath of a dangerous villain, in his secret island lair. . .

As Irene tries to manage a fraught Fae–dragon truce and her overbearing parents, she’s given a hot new mission. The world where she grew up is in danger and only one book can save it.

This is held by Mr Nemo, secretive Fae villain and antique dealer, so Irene and Kai travel to his Caribbean retreat to strike a deal. But in return for the book, they must steal a painting from twenty-first-century Vienna. They’ll join a team of dragons, Fae gamblers and thieves, so their greatest challenge may be one another. And some will kill to protect this painting, which hides an extraordinary secret from a past age.


The True Queen (Sorcerer to the Crown #2) by Zen Cho.

Published by Pan MacMillan on November 14th, 2019.

Not really sure this one is for me to be honest.

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Fairyland’s future lies in doubt . . .
The enchanted island of Janda Baik, in the Malay Archipelago, has long been home to witches. And Muna and her sister Sakti wake on its shores under a curse, which has quite stolen away their memories. Their only hope of salvation lies in distant Britain, where the Sorceress Royal runs a controversial academy for female magicians. But the pair travel via the formidable Fairy Queen’s realm, where Sakti simply disappears.

To save her sister, Muna must learn to navigate Regency London’s high society and trick the English into believing she’s a magical prodigy. But when the Sorceress Royal’s friends become accidentally embroiled in a plot – involving the Fairy Queen’s contentious succession – Muna is drawn right in. She must also find Sakti, break their curse and somehow stay out of trouble. But if fairyland’s true queen does finally return, trouble may find her first . . .


Knight of the Silver Circle (The Dragonslayer #2) by Duncan M. Hamilton.

Published by Tor on December 9th, 2019.

 I have the first book in the series but after seeing some rather middling reviews I never got around to reading it! The blurb does sound good though and the cover is stunning so I may well have to give them both a go.

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Dragons have returned after a thousand years, but greater dangers lurk in the shadows…

As the lines between enemy and ally blur, Guillot dal Villerauvais is drawn farther into the life and service he had left far behind. Solène attempts to come to terms with the great magical talent she fears is as much a curse as a blessing, while the Prince Bishop’s quest for power twists and turns, and takes on a life of its own.

With dragons to slay, and an enemy whose grip on the kingdom grows ever tighter, Gill and his comrades must fight to remain true to themselves, while standing at the precipice of a kingdom in peril.


Fate of the Fallen (Shroud of Prophecy #1) by Kel kade.

Published by Tor on December 9th, 2019.

This sounds awesome!

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Not all stories have happy endings.

Everyone loves Mathias. Naturally, when he discovers it’s his destiny to save the world, he dives in head first, pulling his best friend Aaslo along for the ride.

However, saving the world isn’t as easy, or exciting, as it sounds in the stories. The going gets rough and folks start to believe their best chance for survival is to surrender to the forces of evil, which isn’t how the prophecy goes. At all. As the list of allies grows thin, and the friends find themselves staring death in the face they must decide how to become the heroes they were destined to be or, failing that, how to survive.


A Queen in Hiding (The Nine Realms #1) by Sarah Kozloff.

Published by Tor on February 3rd, 2020.

This sounds like it could be quite cool though, I hadn’t heard anything about it until the review copy arrived.

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Exiled and hunted, Cerulia, Princess of Weirandale, knows she has one destiny.

Her enemies failed to kill her, and no one harboring her is safe. Raised in obscurity, she has no resources, no army, nothing that can help her against her enemies.

Except their gods.


Wanderers by Chuck Wendig.

Published by Rebellion on July 11th, 2019.

I rather cheekily asked for a copy of this when the publicist for Rebellion sent me a recent email about a different book. That book didn’t interest me but they said they’d be happy to send me any other books that did and this one sounds fantastic. 😉

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A decadent rock star. A deeply religious radio host. A disgraced scientist. And a teenage girl who may be the world’s last hope. From the mind of Chuck Wendig comes an astonishing tapestry of humanity that Harlan Coben calls “a suspenseful, twisty, satisfying, surprising, thought-provoking epic.”

Shana wakes up one morning to discover her little sister in the grip of a strange malady. She appears to be sleepwalking. She cannot talk and cannot be woken up. And she is heading with inexorable determination to a destination that only she knows. But Shana and her sister are not alone. Soon they are joined by a flock of sleepwalkers from across America, on the same mysterious journey. And, like Shana, there are other “shepherds” who follow the flock to protect their friends and family on the long dark road ahead.

For on their journey, they will discover an America convulsed with terror and violence, where this apocalyptic epidemic proves less dangerous than the fear of it. As the rest of society collapses all around them—and an ultraviolent militia threatens to exterminate them—the fate of the sleepwalkers depends on unraveling the mystery behind the epidemic. The terrifying secret will either tear the nation apart—or bring the survivors together to remake a shattered world.


The Light of All That Falls (The Licanius trilogy #3) by James Islington.

Published by Orbit on December 12th, 2019.

Stunning cover, sounds pretty good, it is a huge beast at over 800 pages and I haven’t read the previous two books!

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The Boundary is whole once again, but it may be too late.

Banes now stalk Andarra, while in Ilin Illan, the political machinations of a generation come to a head as Wirr’s newfound ability forces his family’s old enemies into action.

Imprisoned and alone in a strange land, Davian is pitted against the remaining Venerate as they work tirelessly to undo Asha’s sacrifice – even as he struggles with what he has learned about the friend he chose to set free.

And Caeden, now facing the consequences of his centuries-old plan, must finally confront its reality – heartbroken at how it began, and devastated by how it must end.


Competition Win.

The Other People by C. J. Tudor.

Published by Michael Joseph on January 23rd, 2020.

I’m a massive fan of C. J. Tudor and I have loved both of her previous books The Chalk Man and The Taking of Annie Thorne (The Hiding Place in the US). Not gonna lie, I’d have sold my soul for an ARC of this, her new book, unfortunately, no-one was interested in buying my blackened and tarnished soul and while others were receiving ARC’s. I was left with a case of the green-eyed monster.😂

However, as luck would have it! I won the retweet competition (there were over 1,000 entrants) that the author was running on twitter in the run-up to Halloween for a signed copy of The Taking of Annie Thorne, a signed limited edition copy of The Hiding Place and her last proof (also signed) of The Other People.👍📚

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She sleeps, a pale girl in a white room . . .

Driving home one night, stuck behind a rusty old car, Gabe sees a little girl’s face appear in the rear window.

She mouths one word: ‘Daddy.’

It’s his five-year-old daughter, Izzy.

He never sees her again.

Three years later, Gabe spends his days and nights travelling up and down the motorway, searching for the car that took his daughter, refusing to give up hope, even though most people believe that Izzy is dead.

Fran and her daughter, Alice, also put in a lot of miles on the motorway. Not searching. But running. Trying to keep one step ahead of the people who want to hurt them.

Because Fran knows the truth. She knows what really happened to Gabe’s daughter. She knows who is responsible. And she knows what they will do if they ever catch up with her and Alice . . .

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27 thoughts on “My Latest Book Haul. #BookBloggers #BookBlogger #Books #Blogger #Bloggers

  1. Fate of the Fallen was a great read. I’ve had a digital ARC of A Queen in Hiding for a while now and it sounds great.

    I haven’t read The Licanius trilogy yet either, but it’s on Mount TBR. 🙂

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  2. That is a flippin’ brilliant haul! 🙂
    I’m picking up The Secret Chapter from the local library tomorrow. Really looking forward to it. I’ve found each book in the series is an improvement on the one before, although that could just be that I’ve become quite attached to all the characters! I hope you enjoy it and it does work as a standalone. Looking forward to hearing what you think.

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  3. That cover for Fate of the Fallen reminds me a lot of Guild Wars 2 – in terms of style, colours, etc. Have you ever played that game?

    Congrats on winning the new C.J. Tudor book! I also look forward to reading that as well 🙂

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