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Saturday, May 30, 2015

From the Shelf to the Page: This Week in the Ruins

A quiet week this time around, but a pair of great reviews and a fantastic giveaway that's open through the weekend:
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Stacking The Shelves and Mailbox Monday are a pair of weekly memes that are about sharing the books that came your way over the past week, and which you've added to your shelves - whether they be physical or virtual, borrowed or bought, or for pleasure or review.

A slew of new additions this week, including a pair of highly anticipated titles, a series I'm excited to be diving into, a trio of sequels to indie titles I've previously enjoyed, and a new tale I just couldn't say 'no' to:


Fool's Quest (The Fitz and The Fool, #2) by Robin Hobb
The harrowing adventures of FitzChivalry Farseer and his enigmatic friend the Fool continue in Robin Hobb’s triumphant follow-up to Fool’s Assassin. But Fool’s Quest is more than just a sequel. With the artistry and imagination her fans have come to expect, Hobb builds masterfully on all that has gone before, revealing devastating secrets and shocking conspiracies that cast a dark shadow over the history of Fitz and his world—a shadow that now stretches to darken all future hope.

Long ago, Fitz and the Fool changed the world, bringing back the magic of dragons and securing both the Farseer succession and the stability of the kingdom. Or so they thought. But now the Fool is near death, maimed by mysterious pale-skinned figures whose plans for world domination hinge upon the powers the Fool may share with Fitz’s own daughter.

Distracted by the Fool’s perilous health, and swept up against his will in the intrigues of the royal court, Fitz lets down his guard . . . and in a horrible instant, his world is undone and his beloved daughter stolen away by those who would use her as they had once sought to use the Fool—as a weapon.

But FitzChivalry Farseer is not without weapons of his own. An ancient magic still lives in his veins. And though he may have let his skills as royal assassin diminish over the years, such things, once learned, are not so easily forgotten.

Now enemies and friends alike are about to learn that nothing is more dangerous than a man who has nothing left to lose.


Twelve Kings in Sharakhai (The Song of Shattered Sands #1) by Bradley P. Beaulieu
The first book in the Song of Shattered Sands trilogy—an epic fantasy in the vein of A Thousand and One Nights.

Sharakhai, the great city of the desert, center of commerce and culture, has been ruled from time immemorial by twelve kings—cruel, ruthless, powerful, and immortal. With their army of Silver Spears, their elite company of Blade Maidens, and their holy defenders, the terrifying asirim, the Kings uphold their positions as undisputed, invincible lords of the desert. There is no hope of freedom for any under their rule.

Or so it seems, until Çeda, a brave young woman from the west end slums, defies the Kings’ laws by going outside on the holy night of Beht Zha’ir. What she learns that night sets her on a path that winds through both the terrible truths of the Kings’ mysterious history and the hidden riddles of her own heritage. Together, these secrets could finally break the iron grip of the Kings’ power...if the nigh-omnipotent Kings don’t find her first.


From a Drood to a Kill (Secret Histories, #9) by Simon R. Green
Some call me Shaman Bond, but I was born Eddie Drood, the latest in a long line of folks who chase monsters out of closets for a living to keep humanity safe from all that is dark, demonic, and just downright evil. Needless to say, we’ve made our fair share of enemies over the centuries—and made some questionable bargains.

In exchange for the power to fight the forces of darkness, my parents signed over their souls. They’re not the only ones who’ve made deals with Heaven, Hell, and every otherworldly realm in between, but now the bill’s due for several big names in the supernatural community.

Including my girl, Molly. She, my parents, and other major players have been kidnapped so they’ll pay up—or participate in the “Big Game.” The rules are simple: get from one side of the pocket dimension to the other and kill your competitors. The winner’s debt is paid in full, and the losers get themselves permanently lost, body and soul, forever.

To save my loved ones, I’ve got to become a ringer in this deadly contest that’s undoubtedly rigged by the Powers That Be....


The Path of Sorrow (The World Apparent Tales Book 2) by David Pilling & Martin Bolton
“A song of hope and sorrow, born on the coming storm.”

After the cataclysmic events of The Best Weapon, an uneasy calm has descended over the world. The Winter Realm and the Old Kingdom are ruined by war, while the people of the southlands have retreated to their deserts and jungles, to lick their wounds and wait for better days.

Fulk the No Man’s Son is now the lord of Silverback, and commander of the surviving Templar knights. Considered a heretic by many of his followers, he struggles to contain his unearthly powers. His half-brother Naiyar has returned to the deep jungle of his youth, where he prefers to live alone, isolated from his tribe. Both men notice the stars shift in the sky, and become aware of the rising of a new god.

On a remote tundra in the heart of the great continent of Temeria, a peaceful nomadic tribe is attacked at night and wiped out by a mysterious enemy. There is only one survivor, a boy named Sorrow. Hunted by Templar Knights, bloodthirsty pirates and an army led by an increasingly desperate slave-turned-sorcerer, Sorrow’s chances of survival are slim. He finds an unlikely saviour in the form of Bail, a ruthless assassin, and the pair realise they must stay together to stay alive...


The Winter Garden (The Ingenious Mechanical Devices #2) by Kara Jorgensen
Can death be conquered?

When Immanuel Winter set off to the banks of the Thames, he never thought his life would be changed forever. Emmeline Jardine, a young Spiritualist medium, drowns, but the potion given to Immanuel by his mother brings her back from the dead and irrevocably intertwines their souls.

But Emmeline and Immanuel aren’t the only ones aware of his ancestors’ legacy. Understanding the potential of such an elixir, the ruthlessly ambitious Alastair Rose knows securing the mysteries of death will get him everything he desires: power, a title, but more importantly, dominion over the dead and the living.

Unaware of what the dashing madman is capable of, Emmeline follows him deeper into a world of corrupt mediums, unscrupulous scientists, and murder. All that stands between Lord Rose and his prize is the boy who refuses to die, but both men know the key to stopping him lies within the girl who shares Immanuel’s soul.


The Legend of Misan Driste by Shawna Falero
This - is the Kingdom of Womynia!

In the past, the land was filled with warring men; they were savages who spoke in grunts, rarely bathed and dealt blows to each other's heads with clubs - just for fun. It was during this time that the "oppressed" women of the kingdom rose up and took their rightful place as leaders, ceasing the endless violence throughout the land with their remarkable, strategic intelligence and curvy, hourglass figures.

(However, I must warn you - the tale I am about to share is fraught with danger, stupid males, incredulous displays of amazing lady-power and the indescribable beauty of the female genius.)

Misan Driste, a young woman from the Kingdom of Womynia, blindly follows the land's new-found ideology that claims to be for "equality" between the genders. But soon after arresting a jaded loiterer named Kwon, she stumbles upon her superior officer discussing a secret plan referred to as Project Manstinction. Misan is suddenly forced to question whether or not the ideology she's followed for so long is truly as "equal" as she had once believed...

Join Misan and Kwon as they travel a land full of magic and monsters, swordplay and subterfuge, and of course, romance and sexy stuff (well, sexy-ish stuff). What they might just find is the truth in the most unlikely of places...

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It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is another weekly meme, this time focused on what books are spending the most time in your hands and in your head, as opposed to what's been added to your shelf.

Palace of Treason by Jason Matthews
It's been 2 years since Jason graced us with Red Sparrow, and I'm excited to see Captain Dominika Egorova of the Russian Intelligence Service stepping to the forefront here.

The Abduction of Smith and Smith by Rashad Harrison
In this harrowing and thrilling work of historical fiction, two enemies become the unlikeliest of allies as they fight to save their own lives aboard a hell ship headed into the dangerous unknown.


What's topping your shelves this week?

9 comments:

  1. the first two seem great, especially SHARAKHAI and PATH OF SORROW looks attractive too!

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  2. I have got to start that Robin Hobb series! I keep hearing really good things about it. The Simon R. Green book sounds like fun, but #9 in a series? Hmmm, I don't know about that. Happy reading!

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  3. Wow! Nice haul! I hope you enjoy them all :)

    Sofia @ SofiaLovesReading

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  4. I really have to read the first book in that Hobb trilogy. Sigh. And get through my reread of all the others as a lead up. Jealous that you have it, even so! Hope it's as good as it sounds.

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  5. I've never tried Simon R Green before but I'm curious about his work. I might have to go looking for bargains to fill up next week's STS! Enjoy your books!

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  6. An ARC of Twelve Kings in Sharakhai also showed up in my mail today, quite excited about it!

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

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  7. I know you didn't love Fool's Assassin, but I am so excited for Fool's Quest!! I suspect it will be more in line with her other books at this point.

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  8. I've only read one Green book, and didn't like it much. The Palace of Treason looks good.

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