September was a slow month for hauling, so much so that I skipped writing a post entirely. But October has made up for the mild drought, between some anticipated releases and some ARC requests that finally trickled in. So what new books are gracing my shelves?
If any of these catch your eye, I’ve linked the covers to Goodreads!
EMPIRE OF THE VAMPIRE by Jay Kristoff
I’d originally planned to purchase this later in the year, but fear of supply chain issues finally made me crack. Boy am I glad I did, as EMPIRE OF THE VAMPIRE is definitely going to be one of my favorite reads of the year. It absolutely hooks you in, even with an unusual narration style and some pretty dark plot lines. You can read my full review here!
THE BRONZED BEASTS by Roshani Chokshi
I picked up the final book in THE GILDED WOLVES trilogy in ebook form, and have already successfully pushed it to the top of my TBR! You can read my full review here, but this sadly wasn’t a finale that quiiite stuck the landing, despite my love for all of these characters. Nonetheless, I’m glad I read it!
VESPERTINE by Margaret Rogerson
This was a birthday gift from my parents, as I adored Rogerson’s last book, SORCERY OF THORNS and wanted my hands on this as soon as possible. While not on the same level as SORCERY, I enjoyed the imaginative world where ghosts come in different varieties and with different abilities. In this world, a nun is forced to work with a dangerous spirit trapped in a relic in order to figure out what dark power is brining even more unrest to the dead than usual.
THE EXCALIBUR CURSE by Kiersten White
This trilogy finisher sat an agonizingly long time in NetGalley limbo before the email finally arrived informing me I’d been granted a copy! I loved the first two books in this series, THE GUINEVERE DECEPTION and THE CAMELOT BETRAYAL, which are absolutely cozy spins on King Arthur mythology. Told from the point of view of Guinevere, a secret practitioner of magic, they always make me want to curl up under a blanket with a warm drink. And with this book releasing in early December, seems like I’ll have good reason to do so!
THE BONE SHARD EMPEROR by Andrea Stewart
THE BONE SHARD DAUGHTER was packed full of mystery, cute magical creatures, and a fascinating magic system that shared quite a bit with computer coding. In these books, strange, sometimes horrific looking constructs can be created, their functions controlled by commands written onto shards of human bone embedded within them. The more shards with commands, the more complex actions the creature can take, though those commands have to be layered precisely to prevent failure or contradiction. THE BONE SHARD EMPEROR is the chonky middle book of an ongoing trilogy, and I’m excited to see the results of some of the cliff hanger revelations in book one.
THE LIVING WATERS by Dan Fitzgerald
Lastly, I received a review copy for the indie press book THE LIVING WATERS, a story of a small group of companions who go on a river voyage in a fantasy world. This wilderness adventure fantasy is more focused on the journey than world-ending stakes, and as a result can be a bit slow-paced. That doesn’t stop it from being full of imaginative creatures and ideas, and honestly I enjoyed traveling sedately down the river, fending off more mundane complications like storms and parasites. You can read my full review here!
And that’s what I hauled in October! Get anything you’re super excited about?