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 books bought (my wife would say I buy too many), borrowed (a rare occurrence), and received for review (which I’m trying to reign in).

New Acquisitions: Paperback Treasures

Shocking, I know, but just the one purchase this week (although I do have 2 books ordered from Indigo that just haven’t arrived yet).

The Ninth Rain by Jen Williams features a mature black lesbian Indiana Jones-ish heroine AND a kick-ass witch, AND monsters, magic, and war. Sadly, it doesn’t seem to be available in North America, but it sounded so good I went and ordered it directly from the UK.

New Acquisitions: Digital Purchases

No new digital purchases this week.

Review Titles

One digital ARC request fulfilled this week and a pair of surprise titles that arrived in the mail.

Featuring an incredibly strong female lead in Lucky Meas, the toughest, most ornery captain to ever sail the seas

The Bone Ships
by RJ Barker
Publication Date: Sept 24, 2019

A brilliantly imagined saga of honor, glory, and warfare, The Bone Ships is the epic launch of a new fantasy from David Gemmell Award-nominated RJ Barker.

Two nations at war. One prize beyond compare.

For generations, the Hundred Isles have built their ships from the bones of ancient dragons to fight an endless war.

The dragons disappeared, but the battles for supremacy persisted.

Now the first dragon in centuries has been spotted in far-off waters, and both sides see a chance to shift the balance of power in their favour. Because whoever catches it will win not only glory, but the war.

Dragons, dragon slaying, vampires, a bit of steampunk, assassins, a pair of strong female protagonists in Ashlyn and Vera … and a donkey.

Blood of a Exile
by Brian Naslund
Publication Date: August 6, 2019

First in the Dragons of Terra series, Brian Naslund’s Blood of an Exile is a fast-paced adventure perfect for comic readers and fans of heroic fantasy

Bershad stands apart from the world, the most legendary dragonslayer in history, both revered and reviled.

Once, he was Lord Silas Bershad, but after a disastrous failure on the battlefield he was stripped of his titles and sentenced to one violent, perilous hunt after another. Now he lives only to stalk dragons, slaughter them, collect their precious oil, and head back into the treacherous wilds once more. For years, death was his only chance to escape. But that is about to change.

The king who sentenced Bershad to his fate has just given him an unprecedented chance at redemption. Kill a foreign emperor and walk free forever.

The journey will take him across dragon-infested mountains, through a seedy criminal underworld, and into a forbidden city guarded by deadly technology.

But the links of fate bind us all.

As you can see, I still need to catch up with Outcasts of Order, but I always enjoy a new Recluce tale.

The Mage-Fire War
by L.E. Modesitt Jr.
Publication Date: August 13, 2019

L. E. Modesitt, Jr., continues his bestselling Saga of Recluce with The Mage-Fire War, the third book in a story arc which began with The Mongrel Mage and Outcasts of Order.

Once again, prejudices against the use of chaos magic force Beltur and his companions to flee their refuge in Axalt. The rulers of nearby Montgren have offered them sanctuary and the opportunity to become the Councilors of the run-down and disintegrating town of Haven.

Montegren lacks any mages―white or black―making this seem like the perfect opportunity to start again.

However, Beltur and the others must reinstitute law and order, rebuild parts of the town, deal with brigands―and thwart an invading army.

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