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

In case you missed it, here's what happened in the Ruins this week . . .

WTF Friday review of Run to Ground by Jasper Bark

#SPFBO StoryBundle Giveaway

Waiting On Wednesday with Beyond the Ice Limit by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

Five Reasons You Want a Halfling Companion on Your Quest guest post by Melanie R. Meadors

You've still got a few days to enter the #SPFBO StoryBundle Giveaway, so if you want to get your hands on all 10 finalists from the Self Published Fantasy Blog Off, now's your chance!


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.

For Review:

The Edge of Worlds by Martha Wells
Published April 5th 2016 by Night Shade Books

An expedition of groundlings from the Empire of Kish have traveled through the Three Worlds to the Indigo Cloud court of the Raksura, shape-shifting creatures of flight that live in large family groups. The groundlings have found a sealed ancient city at the edge of the shallow seas, near the deeps of the impassable Ocean. They believe it to be the last home of their ancestors and ask for help getting inside. But the Raksura fear it was built by their own distant ancestors, the Forerunners, and the last sealed Forerunner city they encountered was a prison for an unstoppable evil.

Prior to the groundlings’ arrival, the Indigo Cloud court had been plagued by visions of a disaster that could destroy all the courts in the Reaches. Now, the court’s mentors believe the ancient city is connected to the foretold danger. A small group of warriors, including consort Moon, an orphan new to the colony and the Raksura’s idea of family, and sister queen Jade, agree to go with the groundling expedition to investigate. But the predatory Fell have found the city too, and in the race to keep the danger contained, the Raksura may be the ones who inadvertently release it.

The Edge of Worlds, from celebrated fantasy author Martha Wells, returns to the fascinating world of The Cloud Roads for the first book in a new series of strange lands, uncanny beings, dead cities, and ancient danger.

Showdown City by Todd Berger
Expected publication: June 7th 2016 by Diversion Publishing

Just because you re off the grid doesn t mean you re not a target.

In this fiercely inventive novel of suspense and satire, Westworld by way of Django Unchained, a down-on-his-luck helicopter pilot named Huey Palmer finds himself hired by a small cadre of treasure hunters that set out into the Nevada desert to find a gun. It s not just any gun that eccentric billionaire Ernie Swords wants, it s a long-lost antique, one with a story worth a fortune, and Swords has the money and the means to get it.

Where Huey and his cohorts soon find themselves, however, is stranded far from civilization in a forgotten town dubbed Showdown City, where the infamous gun is one of hundreds readily available for the townsfolk to settle any and all disputes. After living in isolation for over a hundred years, the town has morphed into a warped, lawless community overseen by a delusional tyrant and his quick-draw henchman and they do not take kindly to strangers.

Huey is the one who got them into this mess in Showdown City, and now, with the unlikeliest help, he has a plan to shoot their way out."

Kindle Freebies


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.

With my beta-read all wrapped up, it's time to dive deep into the stacks and catch up on my reading. Right now I'm juggling a few titles for review over the next 2 weeks:

HEX by Thomas Olde Heuvelt [April 26th 2016]
I've been sitting on this ARC for a while, but I love whole concept of a cursed town that nobody can leave, haunted by a 17th century witch whose eyes and mouth are sewn shut.

The Revelation Code: A Novel by Andy McDermott [April 26th 2016]
I'm a huge fan of the adventures of Nina Wilde and Eddie Chase, so I'm especially eager to see how McDermott blends mythology, adventure, and political terrorism in this one.

Children of Earth and Sky by Guy Gavriel Kay [May 10th 2016]
It's taken every ounce of self-control I possess to hold off on this one, but I'm ridiculously excited to be diving into a new GGK title.

The Voodoo Killings by Kristi Charish [May 10th 2016]
I'm already a fan of Kristi's work, so I'm really curious to see how she transitions to a new character, new series, and new setting.

What's topping your shelves this week?


  1. Indigo Cloud... how cool is that?

  2. Love the titles and covers on the Kevin Strange books! Enjoy!

  3. The Edge of Worlds by Martha Wells sounds like a unique fantasy. Can't wait to read what you think of it.

  4. I'm very curious about Charish's new series as well, and I have a copy of The Edge of Worlds too, can't wait to read it!

  5. I hadn't heard of The Edge of Worlds before, it sounds amazing! And I love the cover too!
    Happy reading :)

    Lipstick and Mocha

  6. I need to read the new GGK, too! I can't believe I haven't been tempted yet.

  7. I have Children of Earth and Sky as well! It'll be my first book by GGK. I hope you enjoy all of your new books!

    Have a fabulous week. :)

    Check out my STS post!

  8. Got a copy of The Edge of Worlds this week too, I really curious about it! And I just finished HEX, it was amazing, hope you enjoy!

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

  9. ENJOY your books and reading week.

    Silver's Reviews
    My Mailbox Monday

  10. Oh, those Kindle freebies are all so tempting, aren't they? I know I'll never get around to reading all of the ones I have downloaded.

    Happy reading!

  11. Your recently read books seem like creative, fun ones. I like how with fantasy one's imagination can go wild in creating a whole new world.


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