This has been a highly unusual month, in that I’ve added almost no ARCs to my shelves! We’re clearly in the calm before the storm of fall release season, as there haven’t been as many titles I’ve wanted to request (and I’m sure COVID isn’t helping matters either). Regardless, I still managed to snag some sweet deals and giveaways this month, so let’s see what I caught, shall we?
As always, covers link to Goodreads!
EDGEDANCER by Brandon Sanderson
This summer, it’s my goal to catch-up on THE STORMLIGHT ARCHIVES, so that I’m ready for RHYTHM OF WAR when it releases in the fall. That means purchasing and reading the interstitial novel, EDGEDANCER! This follows Lift, a character who only had a brief appearance in WORDS OF RADIANCE, but who made quite an impression on me in her short time.
PATERNUS: RISE OF GODS by Dyrk Ashton
Ask and you shall receive! Earlier this month, I wrote out of a list of self-published books I was interested in reading, PATERNUS being one of them. Only a few days later, the author announced that, in honor of the third book being released, RISE OF GODS was on sale for a mere 99 cents. Sold! This is an urban fantasy where gods and creatures of legend are real, and Fiona and Zeke are just two humans who have stumbled into a conspiracy way over their heads.
THE HOUSE IN THE CERULEAN SEA by T.J. Klune
Everyone I know who has read this book can’t stop gushing about how utterly charming it is. They practically beam rainbows and candy while they talk about it, and you know what? I could use some of that in my life right now. Enter a Kindle sale, and next thing you know, the book is in my library. For the uninitiated, CERULEAN SEA is about Linus, a case worker for the Department in Charge of Magical Youths, who is given a high priority, highly sensitive assignment to travel to an orphanage in their charge and determine if the children living there might be bringing about the apocalypse. It’s supposed to be the ultimate found family story, with a queer romance to boot, and I’m itching to find a way to push this to the top of my stack.
THE SUNKEN MALL by K.D. Edwards
I finally began reading the TAROT SEQUENCE this year, and I enjoyed the first book, THE LAST SUN. So when I saw the author was giving away a novella set in that universe, I jumped at the chance! And having already devoured it, I can safely say this is a fantastic little adventure worth reading, especially if you like mistfits who constantly bicker, but will put their lives on the line for each other when the chips are down.
THE CALCULATING STARS by Mary Robinette Kowal
In an alternate universe, a cataclysm in the 1950s US makes it clear that if humanity is going to survive, they need to figure out how to colonize space, and STAT. In the midst of all this turmoil, Elma York, pilot and mathematician working in the space program has a thought – who says that only men get to go to space? This feminist twist on the space program has won the Hugo, the Locust, and the Nebula for best novel, and with it being the free book from the Tor eBook Club this month, how could I say no?
THE NEMESIS by S.J. Kincaid
The final book in THE DIABOLIC trilogy is almost here! THE DIABOLIC is a YA sci-fi series I seriously believe deserves more love. It’s court politics in space and it doesn’t pull punches. The first book in the series saw a genetically engineered humanoid bodyguard (known as a Diabolic) called Nemesis sent to court to pretend to be her protectee, the daughter of a noble recently accused of acting against the emperor. Nemesis has to learn how to be as deadly with her words as with her fists if she’s going to keep the charade up and survive. The sequel at first looked like it was going to be stuck in a rut of repeating the same political maneuverings, but took a WILD left turn that completely upended everybody’s stakes and plans. I’ve been waiting for the finale for months and was so glad I was able to get my hands on an ARC!
THE CROSSER’S MAZE by Dorian Hart
This June, I read self-published fantasy adventure THE VENTIFACT COLOSSUS, a book I thoroughly enjoyed. I was therefore more than happy to accept a review copy of the sequel, THE CROSSER’S MAZE. I’m looking forward to seeing what my band of heroes gets up to on their next outing! This time, they’re hunting for a mysterious artifact in a faraway land, and their rivals already have a head start in locating it.
And that’s the haul for the month!