After the craziness of the end of the year hauls, I’m rather proud that I only purchased two new books this month! That doesn’t mean that there weren’t plenty of new additions to my shelves – the NetGalley approvals just kept on coming the last few weeks! Here’s the haul for January, and a glimpse at future reviews coming your way.
LAKE SILENCE by Anne Bishop
You may recognize this from my list of Top 5 Books I didn’t get to in 2018! In the rare category of “series I have actually completed in the last few years” is THE OTHERS by Anne Bishop. An urban fantasy series set in an alternate Earth where supernatural creatures not only operate in the open, but are the dominant ruling body, I was absolutely captivated by life at the Courtyard, a kind of embassy for supernatural creatures within a human city. LAKE SILENCE is a standalone novel set in the same world but with new characters. The only thing preventing me from buying this sooner was the fact that I wanted the paperback so my set would match. That finally released this month – and coincides with a certain eARC that has made its way into my grabby hands!
THE LAST SUN by K.D. Edwards
I’ve been curious about this book for a while, so when it popped up on sale for Kindle, I jumped all over it. An investigation in Atlantis by the son of a fallen house, working with his bodyguard to investigate the disappearance of another noble? I don’t know much else about it, but the artwork is pushing all the right buttons, so I look forward to giving this a shot!
SHIP OF SMOKE AND STEEL by Django Wexler
I won a 2019 pre-order of my choice thanks to a Twitter giveaway from JennieLy and I knew immediately it would be SHIP OF SMOKE AND STEEL. This is one of the rare times that cover art has played such a significant role in my desire to read a book but just look at it! Plus it’s about a woman with battle magic stealing a ghost ship, so I am on board (pun fully intended).
THE AFTERWARD by E.K. Johnston
I won this book last year from BookishFirst and my copy finally arrived! I read an excerpt as part of the contest entry and the premise is intriguing: several people, ranging from knights to a thief have just returned from a Quest that defeated a great evil, and now have to settle back into ordinary court life, with various degrees of success. This releases fairly soon, so expect a review in the next week or two!
THE SMOKE by Simon Ings
This was a review copy sent to me by Titan Books. It’s been out in the UK but is just now making its way to the States. I honestly know very little about this one, other than the fact that it is a sci-fi novel set on an alternate earth (or perhaps a future Earth?) where humanity has split into three races and is trying to build ships for space travel. Also, it’s written in the 2nd person, which I have only ever encountered once in my life, in THE FIFTH SEASON. I’m going to try and get to this in February, so I’ll report back!
SEVEN BLADES IN BLACK by Sam Sykes
Sam Sykes is one of those authors that has been on my list to check out, but I’ve never quite gotten around to it. That shall change with his upcoming release, which I am very excited to read. A woman will venture into a no man’s land of sorts between empires, intent on tracking down those who betrayed her, stripped her of her magic, and left her for dead. The fact that this comes from Orbit Books only increases my hope that this will be an excellent read!
SPIN THE DAWN by Elizabeth Lim
I have seen this book pitched as Mulan meets Project Runway, and one of those things is an absolute favorite of mine. (Hint: its the thing that comes with swords). A Chinese-inspired YA fantasy, it will follow a young woman in a competition to become the imperial tailor who must craft three magical dresses to prove her skill, a test which will send her on a journey across the realm to gather the materials.
WILD COUNTRY by Anne Bishop
I am so excited to have WILD COUNTRY available for review! This is another standalone entry in the world of THE OTHERS. Unlike LAKE SILENCE, which seems to be completely divorced from earlier installments, WILD COUNTRY returns to the town of Bennett, which was a locale that appeared here and there throughout the original series. From what I can tell, we’ll be following some characters that were briefly introduced in the last book of THE OTHERS. As mentioned above, I have really enjoyed the previous entries in this series, so I cannot wait to check this one out.
And that’s a wrap! Anything here catch your eye?