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).


Review Titles

Just the one review title this week, an early . . . okay, very early . . . copy of The Tangleroot Palace by Marjorie Liu, which hits shelves June 15, 2021.

New York Times bestseller and Hugo, British Fantasy, Romantic Times, and Eisner award-winning author of the graphic novel, Monstress, Marjorie Liu leads you deep into the heart of the tangled woods. In her long-awaited debut story collection, dark, lush, and spellbinding short fiction you will find unexpected delights, dangerous magic, and even more dangerous women.

“Marjorie Liu is magic! Her writing is passionate, lyric, gritty, and riveting. She belongs high on everyone’s must-read list.”
—Elizabeth Lowell, author of Only Mine

Briar, bodyguard for a body-stealing sorceress, discovers her love for Rose, whose true soul emerges only once a week. An apprentice witch seeks her freedom through betrayal, the bones of the innocent, and a meticulously-plotted spell. In a world powered by crystal skulls, a warrior returns to save China from invasion by her jealous ex. A princess runs away from an arranged marriage, finding family in a strange troupe of traveling actors at the border of the kingdom’s deep, dark woods

Concluding with a gorgeous full-length novella, Marjorie Liu’s first short fiction collection is an unflinching sojourn into Liu’s thorny tales of love, struggle, and redemption.


New Acquisitions: Paperback Treasures

Goddess bought me an Indigo gift card for our anniversary last month, so I finally put it to good use this week.

I’ve been curious about the posthumous Warrior of the Altaii by Robert Jordan since it was released last year, so with it finally hitting paperback I decided to nab a copy.

As much as I love Dirk Pitt and the Sam & Remi Fargo adventures, I’ve yet to read an Isaac Bell adventure, but my first Clive Cussler read was Raise the Titanic, so it only seems appropriate that my first new read since his passing will be The Titanic Secret (co-authored with Jack Du Brul).

Finally, I’ve always wanted to read Deborah HarknessAll Souls Trilogy, but I’ve been holding out for mass market paperback. Fortunately, with the TV adaption nearing a second season, we finally have the comfortably portable A Discovery of Witches.


New Acquisitions: Digital Titles

Just the one digital download this week . . . The Shattering of the Spirit-Sword Brackish: Part I by Sam Farren.

Princess Castelle is the last of her bloodline.

Kept safe by the spirits bound to the forest surrounding her, Castelle devotes herself to studying all a future Queen needs to know, waiting for the day she can wield Brackish. The spirit-sword is her birthright. Only those worthy of ruling the archipelago can temper Brackish’s ancient rage without succumbing to it.

After half a lifetime spent waiting to reclaim her mother’s throne, Castelle’s frustration gets the better of her. After yet another assassination attempt, her disenchantment with her exile forces her to act. Castelle wanders into the forest, crossing the lines that have kept her safe.

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