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:
Secret Santa by Andrew Shaffer.
Published by Quirk Books on November 17th, 2020.
I’m reading this at the moment (I will probably have finished it by the time this post goes live) and it is a short, snappy and fun read. It is horror-lite with a vibe similar to that of the classic film Gremlins.
Out of work for months, Lussi Meyer is desperate to work anywhere in publishing. Prestigious Blackwood-Patterson isn’t the perfect fit, but a bizarre set of circumstances leads to her hire and a firm mandate: Lussi must find the next horror superstar to compete with Stephen King, Anne Rice, and Peter Straub. It’s the ’80s, after all, and horror is the hottest genre.
But as soon as she arrives, Lussi finds herself the target of her co-workers’ mean-spirited pranks. The hazing reaches its peak during the company’s annual Secret Santa gift exchange, when Lussi receives a demonic-looking object that she recognizes but doesn’t understand. Suddenly, her coworkers begin falling victim to a series of horrific accidents akin to a George Romero movie, and Lussi suspects that her gift is involved. With the help of her former author, the flamboyant Fabien Nightingale, Lussi must track down her anonymous Secret Santa and figure out the true meaning of the cursed object in her possession before it destroys the company—and her soul.
Thirteen Storeys by Jonathan Sims.
Published by Gollancz on November 26th, 2020.
I think that this sounds pretty cool, intriguing and like it could be a creepy and atmospheric read.
A dinner party is held in the penthouse of a multimillion-pound development. All the guests are strangers – even to their host, the billionaire owner of the building
None of them know why they were selected to receive his invitation. Whether privileged or deprived, they share only one thing in common – they’ve all experienced a shocking disturbance within the building’s walls.
By the end of the night, their host is dead, and none of the guests will say what happened. His death has remained one of the biggest unsolved mysteries – until now.
But are you ready for their stories?
Call of the Bone Ships (The Tide Child #2) by RJ Barker.
Published by Orbit Books on November 26th, 2020.
I’m a huge fan of Barker’s work, I loved his Wounded Kingdom trilogy and I loved The Bone Ships, the first book in the Tide Child trilogy and I have high hopes that Call of the Bone Ships, the sequel will be another fantastic and fantastical adventure.
Dragons have returned to the Hundred Isles. But their return heralds only war and destruction. When a horde of dying slaves are discovered in the bowels of a ship, Shipwife Meas and the crew of the Tide Child find themselves drawn into a vicious plot that will leave them questioning their loyalties and fighting for their lives.
The Fires of Vengeance (The Burning #2) by Evan Winter.
Published by Orbit Books on November 12th, 2020.
I’ve already missed the release date for this, alas, shit happens and in my defence, the book didn’t arrive until Monday which didn’t give me any/much time to read it. I loved The Rage of Dragons, it was brutal and action-packed and I have high hopes that The Fires of Vengeance will follow suit and deliver another brutal and action-packed read.
Desperate to delay an impending attack by the indigenous people of Xidda, Tau and his queen craft a dangerous plan. If Tau succeeds, the queen will have the time she needs to assemble her forces and launch an all-out assault on her own capital city, where her sister is being propped up as the ‘true’ Queen of the Omehi.
If the city can be taken, if Tsiora can reclaim her throne and reunite her people, then the Omehi might have a chance to survive the coming onslaught.
Infernal (The Chronicles of Stratus #1) by Mark de Jager.
Published by Solaris on November 24, 2020.
Infernal sounds like something that I will love. It was originally released a few years ago under a different publisher and the rights have now been picked up by Rebellion who are re-releasing Infernal and releasing its sequel Firesky.
PART MAN. PART MONSTER. ALL VENGEANCE…
In the war-torn lands of Krandin, a kingdom fighting against the Worm King of the Penullin Empire and his dark magic, a stranger wakes, knowing only that his name is Stratus.
He possesses great strength and magic, but only fractured memories of his past, and a growing certainty that he is not, in fact, human.
As he explores this new world, disoriented, making few friends and many enemies, the battle for his mind will determine the fate of the world.
The Tower of Fools (The Hussite Trilogy #1) by Andrzej Sapkowski.
Published by Gollancz on October 27th, 2020.
This is surprise book post from Gollancz who don’t send out (at least to me) surprise book post, only press releases to either accept or decline. I love The Witcher video games, but I didn’t enjoy the series of books and gave up part-way through the series. Thi sis by the same author with the same translator who translated The Witcher books from Polish to English, I’d known about this but hadn’t known much and I have to admit that on reading the blurb it sounds pretty good.
Reinmar of Bielawa, sometimes known as Reynevan, is a doctor, a magician and, according to some, a charlatan.
Discovered in bed with the wife of a high-born knight, he must flee his normal life. But his journeys will lead him into a part of Europe which will be overtaken by chaos. Religious tension between Hussite and Catholic countries is threatening to turn into war.
Pursued not only by the affronted Stercza brothers, bent on vengeance, but also by the Holy Inquisition, and with strange, mystical forces gathering in the shadows, Reynevan finds himself in the Narrenturm, the Tower of Fools. The Tower is an asylum for the mad, or for those who dare to think differently and challenge the prevailing order. The ‘patients’ of this institution form a gallery of colourful types including the young Copernicus, proclaiming the truth of his heliocentric solar system.
But can Reynevan escape the Tower, and avoid being drawn in to the conflict around him, without losing his own mind?
Black Widows by Cate Quinn.
Published by Orion on February 4th, 2021.
I think that this sounds pretty good with an intriguing premise.
The only thing the three women had in common was their husband. And, as of this morning, that they’re each accused of his murder.
Blake Nelson moved into a hidden stretch of land – a raw paradise in the wilds of Utah – where he lived with his three wives:
Rachel, the chief wife, obedient and doting to a fault.
Tina, the other wife, who’s everything Rachel isn’t.
And Emily, the youngest wife, who knows almost nothing else.
When their husband is found dead under the desert sun, the questions pile up.
What are these women to each other now that their husband is dead? Will the police uncover the secrets each woman has spent her life hiding? And is one of them capable of murder…?
The Burning Girls by C. J. Tudor.
Published by Michael Joseph on January 21st, 2020.
I am a massive fan of Tudor’s work, I’ve absolutely loved her previous three books and well, I have an ARC of this, her upcoming release, nothing more, simply, I have an ARC of The Burning Girls. 🙂
500 years ago: eight martyrs were burnt to death
30 years ago: two teenagers vanished without trace
Two months ago: the vicar committed suicide
Welcome to Chapel Croft.
For Rev Jack Brooks and teenage daughter Flo it’s supposed to be a fresh start. New job, new home. But, as Jack knows, the past isn’t easily forgotten.
And in a close-knit community where the residents seem as proud as they are haunted by Chapel Croft’s history, Jack must tread carefully. Ancient superstitions as well as a mistrust of outsiders will be hard to overcome.
Yet right away Jack has more frightening concerns.
Why is Flo plagued by visions of burning girls?
Who’s sending them sinister, threatening messages?
And why did no one mention that the last vicar killed himself?
Chapel Croft’s secrets lie deep and dark as the tomb. Jack wouldn’t touch them if not for Flo – anything to protect Flo.
But the past is catching up with Chapel Croft – and with Jack. For old ghosts with scores to settle will never rest . . .
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