Stacking the Shelves

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books we are adding to our shelves, whether they be physical or digital. This includes physical books bought, digital books downloaded, and those titles received for review.

Review Titles

A few review books this week, starting with a read-it-right-now title!


Bloom & Dark is the latest from Regina Watts, and her first foray into epic femdom fantasy

Rorke Burningsoul, Paladin of Weltyr, has been betrayed.

With the object of his most recent quest stolen out from under him, Rorke has been left for dead in the treacherous Nightlands: a place hateful to all surface-dwellers, full of things the human--even the elfin--eye has never seen. Gray-faced berich dwarves, frightful half-spider misshapens--and, of course, the sensual and dark-complexioned durrow elves, a race of power-hungry women who live in service to the goddess Roserpine.

Praise Weltyr, Rorke is rescued by two such splendid durrow--and told that, in exchange for his life, he must now submit to slavery as, among other things, breeding stud to the female race. He willingly agrees, hopeful that his obedience will help him find a way out of the Nightlands and back to the business of retrieving the lost artifact: but when the Materna of the durrow city decides during his appraisal that she needs a new guard, he is soon surprised to find himself taken, heart and soul, by the exquisite durrow high priestess known as Valeria.

But Valeria's need of a personal guard is not just some ruse to keep her new slave in her bedroom without controversy--would that it were. The high priestess's life is at stake, and as her assassins' attacks grow more frequent all the time, she needs the assistance of a man capable of keeping himself alive along with her.

Who better than a paladin she's seen in dreams for decades?

A Wealth of Knowledge by J.D. Mankowski is a new release from Of Metal and Magic Publishing, a new fantasy indie press

Stealing a dead old man’s journal should not be so difficult.

Nari Alhara has one task—recover the private journal of Abdul Rahal, the late founder of Telsemar University and infamous treasure hunter. This shouldn’t be hard for the most cunning rogue of a formidable secret order. But things do not go according to plan. Another thief is also seeking the journal, and hidden hands are pulling both of their strings in unexpected directions. Nari cannot afford failure. She must rely on her sharp mind, natural instincts, and an unlikely ally to uncover the true source of Abdul Rahal’s wealth and power.

A Wealth of Knowledge is a tale of conspiracy and discovery in a world where true magic has been all but lost. Follow Nari Alhara as she uncovers a dangerous secret with the potential to change the world. Fast paced and action packed, this story has everything fans of Indiana Jones and other classic tomb raiding tales could want. How can one simple object demand so much attention?

Alan Barrie was one of the first authors to contact me about a review, over a decade ago, and now he's rebublishing!

On Sundays, Alan played The Sunday Game. He got to be very good at being Chrissy, and got to love being Chrissy. A girl … one day a week . . . until it became time for Chrissy to meet the world.

Woman's Passion is the enchanting adventure of a (straight) man who spends a surprising, fascinating, edifying, and even romantic week as a woman.

After years of practice and months of planning, he left the house as Cassie, expecting three days of shopping, museums, theater, and long walks as a girl. What he didn’t expect was the romance that followed after Passing on a Date with a stranger in Chicago.


New Acquisitions: Paperback Treasures

On the paperback front, the book fairy came this week - or, rather, the book fairies, since Amazon, Chapters, and Book Outlet all dropped boxes on my doorstep!


First up in the top row we have:
  • Her Ebony by Maggie Chase (an historical Western lesbian romance that caught my eye)
  • Empress of Forever by Max Gladstone (a feminist Guardians of the Galaxy crossed with Star Wars)
  • Shadows of Ivory by T L Greylock & Bryce O'Connor (A woman, an undying king, a relic of rune-carved bronze and ivory flames and a war for powers)
  • The Stars are Legion by Kameron Hurley (a pair of sisters must wrest control of their war-torn legion of worlds).
In the bottom row we have all 4 books of Sarah Kozloff's Nine Realms saga - A Queen in Hiding, The Queen of Raiders, A Broken Queen, and The Cerulean Queen. I thoroughly enjoyed the first book when I reviewed it as an e-ARC, but I wanted to indulge in physical copies to binge the whole series.

And, finally, we have:

  • Soulkeeper by David Dalglish (the Witcher meets D&D in the first book of an epic fantasy adventure - it's the latest book that caught my eye, but I need to catch up)
  • Sex and Death in Television Town by Carlton Mellick III (hermaphrodite gunslingers join forces with a sex-crazed female samurai modified to resemble a bipedal stegosaurus in a desert infested with crispy black demons)
  • Crucible by James Rollins (Sigma Force is on a frantic quest for answers connected to the Spanish Inquisition and the Malleus Maleficarum)
  • Females of Vulvar by J. K. Spenser (the first installment in the new dark fantasy science fiction series set on a planet called Vulvar, where females rule and all males are enslaved to serve them)
  • Knight by Timothy Zahn (Nicole was just trying to survive when she abducted by mysterious moth-like aliens, and now she is a Sibyl, a special human with the ability to communicate with the aliens and their ship - but no one is happy)
  • The Scorpio Illusion by Robert Ludlum (a deftly plotted story of a brilliant and seductive woman who lives singlemindedly for vengeance; the powerful forces that support her; and the one man who must find her)


New Acquisitions: Digital Titles

A trio of digital downloads this week...


At The Fairy's Mercy by Jake Hyles is the story of Nuidack Kil, an assassin who gets more than he bargains for when he goes up against a fairy on her turf.

Derelict is a story I grabbed partly because I enjoy Eric Filler's gender-swap tales, partly because I loved the Bermuda Triangle salvage angle, and partly because I'm intrigued by the ghost ship full of shipwreck survivors under the tyranny of the psychotic Sybil.

On The House by Escher Black sees Johanna Fyre wandering the streets of Seattle after a heated argument with her sister, where she encounters two beautiful but otherworldly women who lure her into a supernatural bordello of the beautiful and the bizarre, where nothing is as it seems, and too much of a good thing can be bad for you.

Comments

  1. I really want to start Sarah Kozloff's series, the books look so good all together like that!

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    1. The first book was fantastic. I'm excited about reading the rest of the series.

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  2. Wow, that's a great paperback haul! The Sarah Kozloff books look the most appealing to me. Hope you enjoy them.

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  3. The whole Nine Realms saga! Wow, the books really do look beautiful together, don't they. I enjoyed the series, hope you will too!

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