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
After about three weeks of trying (and failing) to get to the used bookstore, I finally had a chance to use up some of my trade-in credit.
Dragon Sword is the first in Gael Baudino’s female-fronted portal fantasy saga that I seem to have misplaced over the years.
Survival and Beholder’s Eye are the opening books in two of Julie E. Czerneda’s female-fronted sci-fi trilogies, both of which I’m planning to revisit over the winter. Similarly, Valor’s Choice is the opening chapter in Tanya Huff’s female-fronted Valor saga, which (as a fan of her fantasy) I’ve always been meaning to read.
Mark Charan Newton’s Legends of the Red Sun has been on my must-read list for ages – mainly because I want to meet Lan, the transwoman who appears in book 3, The Book of Transformations – so I finally have Nights of Villjamur to kick things off. If you haven’t read his post about why he created Lan and what he wanted to accomplish with her, check it out here.
Finally, Invasion is the first book in a shared world superhero saga led by Mercedes Lackey that I’ve alway thought looked like fin, and Freehold by Michael Z. Williamson was an impulse pick-up, female-fronted science fiction with a great cover.
New Acquisitions: Digital Titles
An eclectic week of digital acquisitions, starting with Trapped in Chastity by a Pretty Goth, a free read from Giles English that I couldn’t resist. Muzzles and Reins is a two-story collection from Jocelyn Gray, although I’m really only interested in the first, which sees a powerful businessman brought low as a human pony. An Orc at College just sounds like a ton of fun, with Liam Lawson offering up orcs, a bunny girl shifter, a transgender elf, magic sunglasses, and more.
Just the one new review title this week, but it’s a good one!
The Ranger of Marzanna is the first book of The Goddess War, coming next April from Jon Skovron, and it sounds amazing. A Russian-inspired epic fantasy, it pits sister (Sonya, a Ranger in training, warriors who have protected the land for generations) against brother (Sebastian, the most powerful sorcerer the world has ever seen) after their father is murdered by imperial soldiers.