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! Not many books and a little
lot late posting for a couple, but well, I’ve been on a blogging break and books are still books. 😉
Books received for review consideration:
The Trouble With Peace (The Age of Madness #2) by Joe Abercrombie.
Published by Gollancz on September 15th, 2020.
Abercrombie is one of my favourite grimdark authors and I am honoured, truly honoured that my little blog has received an ARC of his latest book! I do have to admit though, that I am currently in a fantasy slump which means that I have put off reading it. 😦 I know, I know! By all accounts, I should be chomping at the bit to start it, possibly even already have read it, but I feel no inclination to pick it up. The Memory of Souls by Jenn Lyons was recently released, it is the third book in The Chorus of Dragons series, I loved the first two books and had been eagerly looking forward to its release, but I declined a review copy for the same reason, a slump as I couldn’t see myself reading it anytime soon. Fingers crossed that I get that fantasy-loving feeling back soon as I’m sure that Abercrombie will have delivered a phenomenal read. I think, maybe that where the Abercrombie book is concerned, it is that once I have read the book I will have to wait a year before the third and final book in the trilogy is out and also, having a copy, means that I have an excellent book to look forward to in the upcoming months especially if the world goes to hell again.
Conspiracy. Betrayal. Rebellion.
Peace is just another kind of battlefield . . .
Savine dan Glokta, once Adua’s most powerful investor, finds her judgement, fortune and reputation in tatters. But she still has all her ambitions, and no scruple will be permitted to stand in her way.
For heroes like Leo dan Brock and Stour Nightfall, only happy with swords drawn, peace is an ordeal to end as soon as possible. But grievances must be nursed, power seized and allies gathered first, while Rikke must master the power of the Long Eye . . . before it kills her.
Unrest worms into every layer of society. The Breakers still lurk in the shadows, plotting to free the common man from his shackles, while noblemen bicker for their own advantage. Orso struggles to find a safe path through the maze of knives that is politics, only for his enemies, and his debts, to multiply.
The old ways are swept aside, and the old leaders with them, but those who would seize the reins of power will find no alliance, no friendship, and no peace, lasts forever.
Dead Man in a Ditch (Fetch Phillips Archives #2) by Luke Arnold.
Published by Orbit Books on September 24th, 2020.
I’m not usually a fan of urban fantasy, but I loved Arnold’s debut when I read it earlier this year, the first book in the Fetch Phillips Archives The Last Smile in Sunder City and I have high hopes that this will be another gritty and grimy read. I’ve started it and so far, so good and I’m really enjoying it.
The name’s Fetch Phillips — what do you need?
Cover a Gnome with a crossbow while he does a dodgy deal? Sure.
Find out who killed Lance Niles, the big-shot businessman who just arrived in town? I’ll give it shot.
Help an old-lady Elf track down her husband’s murderer? That’s right up my alley.
What I don’t do, because it’s impossible, is search for a way to bring the goddamn magic back.
Rumors got out about what happened with the Professor, so now people keep asking me to fix the world.
But there’s no magic in this story. Just dead friends, twisted miracles, and a secret machine made to deliver a single shot of murder.
Map’s Edge (The Tethered Citadel #1) by David Hair.
Published by Jo Fletcher on October 15th, 2020.
I hadn’t seen or heard anything about this book before its surprise arrival, but it sounds interesting and like it could be an enjoyable read.
Dashryn Cowl has run out of places to hide. The erstwhile sorcerer of the Imperial College fled the Bolgravian Empire when his high-flying family fell from grace, but the tyrannical empire is still hunting for him.
So when he gets his hands on a map showing a place outside the known lands rich in istariol, the mineral that fuels sorcery, he sees a way back to power. There’s only one problem: it means masquerading as an Imperial Cartomancer (an instant death sentence) and finding some dupes to help him mine the istariol in secret, no questions asked.
But somehow, amid the dangers of the road (floods and avalanches, beasts, barbarians and monsters), a strange thing begins to happen: Dashryn starts to care about his ragtag followers and their strange odyssey into the ruins of an ancient forgotten civilisation.
But his past won’t let him be: the implacable Imperial Bloodhound Toran Zorne has caught his scent, and Zorne has never yet failed to bring his quarry to ground.
At the edge of the map, there’s no going forward and no going back . . .
Fire Cannot Kill a Dragon: Game of Thrones and the Official Untold Story of an Epic Series by James Hibberd.
Published by Bantam Press on October 6th, 2020.
I threw my hat in the ring when I saw the publicist offering a few copies of this on Twitter and I was lucky enough to get a copy, I love GoT and this should be a really interesting and insightful read.
THE UNTOLD STORY OF A GLOBAL OBSESSION DIRECT FROM THE SHOW’S CAST AND CREATORS…
This official, complete history of HBO’s Game of Thrones will draw on the author’s many long days and nights spent on GOT sets all over the world and his countless interviews with cast and crew, many of which have never been published before. Packed with stunning photographs from the show and from behind the scenes, this is the only book that will be absolutely essential reading for every Game of Thrones fan.
Game of Thrones is the biggest television drama ever to have graced our screens. The epic saga of warring families, huge battles, arduous journeys and dying heroes has captured the hearts and attention of millions of fans across the world. But its conclusion isn’t necessarily the end of the story…
James Hibberd has extensively covered the show since breaking the news of its pilot in 2008 and has had more access to the show’s top-secret set than any other member of the media. He was in Croatia when Joffrey Baratheon perished; he was in Northern Ireland when Jon Snow desperately fought in the Battle of the Bastards. He has documented every part of the making of the show and has had exclusive access to cast members, writers and directors.
The Shadow Friend by Alex North.
Published by Michael Joseph on July 9th, 2020.
I absolutely loved North’s debut The Whisper Man, it was the best book that I read last year and one of the best books that I have ever read. I have read mixed things about The Shadow Friend and while I doubt that it will be as good as The Whisper Man I’m still hoping for a delightfully dark read.
The victim was his friend. So was the murderer.
Twenty-five years ago, troubled teenager Charlie Crabtree committed a shocking and unprovoked murder.
For Paul Adams, it’s a day he’ll never forget. He’s never forgiven himself for his part in what happened to his friend and classmate. He’s never gone back home.
But when his elderly mother has a fall, it’s finally time to stop running.
It’s not long before things start to go wrong. A copycat killer has struck, bringing back painful memories. Paul’s mother insists there’s something in the house.
And someone is following him.
Which reminds him of the most unsettling thing about that awful day twenty-five years ago.
It wasn’t just the murder.
It was the fact that afterwards, Charlie Crabtree was never seen again . . .
Assassin’s Creed Origins.
Released by Ubisoft on October 27th, 2017.
I’m a big fan of the Assassin’s Creed series, but I’m behind in the series, don’t play anywhere near as much/many video games as I once did and it takes me months to finish a game. This sounds great, I’ve read many good things and it is a huge game that should keep me out of trouble for the next few months. I’m yet to start it though as my PS4 has currently decided that it would rather spit than swallow! Meaning that it is spitting out the game disks after a few minutes of playing. ;(
The critically-acclaimed Assassin’s Creed franchise returns to PlayStation 4 with new stories and quests, an exciting new world to explore and a completely redesigned combat system.
Explore the sand-swept kingdoms of ancient Egypt as the Assassin’s Creed story winds back the clock thousands of years to the very birth of the Assassin’s Brotherhood. Take on the role of master swordsman and trained killer Bayek in an open-world adventure filled with deep memorable quests and forgotten myths.
Challenge yourself and your foes with a refined, loot-driven system of progression that allows you collect new weapons and develop Bayek’s lethal skills in line with your own particular playstyle.
From the lush agriculture of the Nile Delta to the searing isolation of the Siwa Oasis or the incredible pyramids of Giza and Memphis – the iconic world of ancient Egypt is yours to explore as you choose.
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