Once again, I thought this was going to be a relatively small post, owing to the fact that I’m largely on a book buying ban until I start to tackle the sizable haul from last month’s Book Outlet Black Friday sale. But, wouldn’t you know, the sales just kept on coming and there were a few deals that were just too good to pass up (and I passed up a couple!). Here’s what I added to my shelves this month!
LAST SHOT by Daniel José Older
I’ve been trying to keep on top of the “current” run of STAR WARS books, but mostly I’ve succeeded in keeping up with the new THRAWN releases. With my Book Bingo having a slot for Media Tie-In, I’m hoping to get through these a bit faster. In any event, this book tells dual timelines of Han Solo and Lando, one set in their early days as smugglers and one in the post-Empire era, when Han has just become a father. Looking forward to some shenanigans!
THERE BEFORE THE CHAOS by K.B. Wagers
If you’ve been keeping up with my reviews, then you know how much I’m in love with Hail Bristol, gunrunner-turned-space-empress. This is the first book in a new trilogy that began last summer. Whereas the first trilogy dealt with Hail fighting off coups and assassination plots within her own kingdom, the new trilogy looks outward, as Hail is entangled in diplomatic intrigue with the alien race known as the Farians. Although readers of Hail’s earlier adventures have encountered a few members of this race, they’ve largely kept to themselves, so we’ll have a whole new part of the galaxy to explore!
THE POPPY WAR by R.F. Kuang
With this book appearing on nearly every top ten sci-fi/fantasy list of 2018, this basically leapt off the e-shelf and into my cart when it appeared as a Kindle Daily Deal. In this Chinese-influenced fantasy, lowly orphan Rin manages to astound everyone when she not only aces the imperial aptitude exam, but shows a rare magical gift as well. She’ll have to survive military school and her mystical training, as well as the interest of a god if she’s to help save her nation from a looming war.
AGE OF ASSASSINS/BLOOD OF ASSASSINS/KING OF ASSASSINS by RJ Barker
Not that I needed another new series to read, but with several people I respect singing praises for these books, and all three e-books available for $10, it was kind of hard not to buy it! Girton Club-foot is a highly skilled assassin who is charged with protecting the heir to the throne. It’s up to him to unravel the conspiracy that pushes the kingdom to the brink of civil war.
NINEFOX GAMBIT/RAVEN STRATEGM/REVANANT GUN by Yoon Ha Lee
Another series I’ve heard a lot of good things about – and this time the entire series was on sale in e-book for $3. THREE. DOLLARS. TOTAL. You bet I bought these immediately. A space opera where a captain is charged with recapturing a space fortress in order to redeem herself for past mistakes. Her ally in strategy? An undead tactician who never lost a battle until he went mad and caused the massacre of both armies in a conflict. This sounds outright weird and I am eager to check it out.
ANCILLARY SWORD by Ann Leckie
I picked this up at a used bookstore to aid in my Great Series Read Project. This is the sequel to ANCILLARY JUSTICE, a space opera about a ship AI that becomes trapped in a human body and has to discover who or what betrayed it. I will honestly probably end up rereading ANCILLARY JUSTICE, as it was a bit of a complicated puzzle to work through. While I ultimately enjoyed it, the unfamiliar use of pronouns and changing POVs distracted me; the central race refers to all entities as “she,” regardless of biological gender, which became confusing when the POV switched to a race that used he/she pronouns. Add in an AI POV that switched between its different “ancillary” bodies from one paragraph to the next, and keeping tabs on people became a bit of a chore. This is definitely a series that benefits from reading in fairly close succession, so I’m looking forward to it coming up in rotation for the #GSRProject
THE ARMORED SAINT by Myke Cole
This was Tor.com’s holiday giveaway, the first book in THE SACRED THRONE series. In a world where an Order hunts and kills wizards to stop them from accidentally opening a portal to hell, one young woman stands up against them to stop them from wiping out an entire village of innocent people.
A SPARK OF WHITE FIRE by Sangu Mandanna
This was technically a finished copy gifted to me by the author’s agent. I’ve already read this sci-fi/mythology mash-up and posted my review; while it took a little bit to click with me, this book definitely had one of the more worthwhile endings I’ve read this year! A princess in hiding wins a unbeatable warship in a contest of skill and uses it as a bargaining chip to earn her place at her uncle’s court. Once there, she spies and plots to put her exiled twin brother on the throne that was usurped from him, but soon finds herself sympathizing with the people she was raised to hate.
THE GILDED WOLVES by Roshani Chokshi
I’m very excited about this book, a magical heist in nineteenth century France. After reading the excerpt over at BookishFirst, I could not wait to read more; the second I’m done with the very massive THE WAY OF KINGS I am cracking this open!
NEVER DIE by Rob J. Hayes
The author of this self-published fantasy novel very kindly gave me an advanced copy, and I definitely plan on making time for it soon. A young murdered eight-year old boy is given a task by the God of Death to lay judgement on the Emperor of Ten Kings. But first, that boy must surround himself with heroes – heroes who must die so that they may serve the God of Death.
And that is everything! Pick up anything good yourself this month?