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 . . .

Thriller Review: The Revelation Code by Andy McDermott

Fantasy Review: The Emperor's Railroad by Guy Haley

Waiting On Wednesday: The Devil's Evidence by Simon Kurt Unsworth

Fact vs Myth: Docta Bones guest post by Melissa Robinson

Gothic or Go Home guest post by Bob Freeman


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:

An interesting batch of review titles this week, including one from my Aurora Awards voting packet, and a UK title that we're finally getting a look at in North America.

The Ghost Rebellion by Pip Ballantine & Tee Morris
Expected publication: June 10th 2016

The chase is on! After rescuing Queen Victoria from the clutches of the Maestro, Agents Eliza D Braun and Wellington Books are in hot pursuit of Dr Henry Jekyll. While he continues his experiments on the aristocracy of Europe, he leaves a trail of chaos and despair in his wake. However when Eliza and Wellington run him to ground in India, they are forced to come face to face with ghosts from the past, and the realities of empire.

Meanwhile Ministry agents Brandon Hill and Bruce Campbell travel deep into Russia hunting down a rare ingredient to save Queen Victoria's life. Amid the cold they uncover a threat from the revitalized House of Usher that comes directly from their new Chairman.

All in the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences will find their allegiances in question, and their mettle tested as a new dastardly era of international intrigue dawns.

It's A Bad, Bad, Bad, Bad World by Curtis M. Lawson
Expected publication: June 13th 2016 by Black Pyramid Books

When the Vatican’s top assassin, a Rhodesian merc, a pair of serial killer lovers, a dirty cop, and a professional sadist compete in a mad race for a pair of priceless magical artifacts, betrayal, theft, and murder are just the opening moves in a game of death.

Curtis M. Lawson is a member of the Horror Writer’s Association. He lives in Salem, MA with his wife and their son.

Crimson Souls by William Holden
Expected publication: June 14th 2016 by Bold Strokes Books

In 1920, Phineas Nathanial Roberts fought back against the "Secret Court" of Harvard's elite and their unjust purge of homosexual men. The members of the court, fearing his influence, attacked him and threw him off a bridge to look like a suicide. As Phineas lay in the river dying, he was given the chance of eternal life, a life that would allow him to seek out the men who had murdered him. He accepts the offer and becomes Nate, The Midnight Barke, a shadower ruling over the dark realm of his Netherworld. Now, over eighty years later, Nate has tracked down the last remaining descendants of the members of the Secret Court, and for one night will gather them together for a final confrontation of lust, desire, and revenge.

The Waking Fire by Anthony Ryan
Expected publication: July 5th 2016 by Ace

Throughout the vast lands controlled by the Ironship Syndicate, nothing is more prized than the blood of drakes. Harvested from the veins of captive or hunted Reds, Green, Blues and Blacks, it can be distilled into elixirs that give fearsome powers to the rare men and women who have the ability harness them—known as the blood-blessed.

But not many know the truth: that the lines of drakes are weakening. If they fail, war with the neighboring Corvantine Empire will follow swiftly. The Syndicate's last hope resides in whispers of the existence of another breed of drake, far more powerful than the rest, and the few who have been chosen by fate to seek it.

Claydon Torcreek is a petty thief and an unregistered blood-blessed, who finds himself pressed into service by the protectorate and sent to wild, uncharted territories in search of a creature he believes is little more than legend. Lizanne Lethridge is a formidable spy and assassin, facing gravest danger on an espionage mission deep into the heart of enemy territory. And Corrick Hilemore is the second lieutenant of an ironship, whose pursuit of ruthless brigands leads him to a far greater threat at the edge of the world.

As lives and empires clash and intertwine, as the unknown and the known collide, all three must fight to turn the tide of a coming war, or drown in its wake.

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:

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. One to savor, not devour.

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. I got a paperback of this to replace my digital ARC, which just had me even more excited.

The Wheel of Osheim by Mark Lawrence [June 7th 2016]
After the cliffhanger ending of the second book, I was dying to get my hands on this final installment, and I can proudly declare that it has not disappointed.

What's topping your shelves this week?


  1. I'm also having to show self control over a few books I'm desperate to read but I'm trying to tackle books that have been on my shelves for a while first. Not easy!

  2. Ooh nice! Some of these look familiar to me! They all sound exciting too! Hope you enjoy them all!

    My STS will be up tomorrow, so be sure to stop by then!

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

  3. I'm going to be reading Kristi's new book soon as well, I've been hearing lots of positive buzz!

  4. I'm currently working my way through Children of Earth and Sky as well. I'm enjoying it, though it's taking me quite a while to get through, since there's so much to absorb. Like you said though, GGK is to be savored not devoured, so I guess that works! So excited to dive into Kristi's new book and Mark Lawrence's as well.

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

  5. REBELLION looks and sounds rather delish!

  6. Nice haul - most of these are new to me. I hope you enjoy all of them!
    Here's my StS & Recap

  7. Ooh, I don't think I know any of your new books! Looks like a fun bunch; hope you enjoy!


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