I’ve had some awesome books through the post in the last couple of weeks. Two that I’ve been lucky enough to be sent for review by publishers and two that I’ve purchased myself. The only problem is that I’m pretty much out of bookshelf space! I clearly need to have a book sort out (or work out where I can fit another bookshelf in).
The Faerie Queene by Edmund Spencer
The first epic poem in modern English, The Faerie Queene combines dramatic narratives of chivalrous adventure with exquisite and picturesque episodes of pageantry.
I am entirely blaming J K Rowling for my purchase of this book – every chapter of the latest Cormoran Strike book (Troubled Blood) started with a quote from The Faerie Queene. By the time I got to the end of the book, I was so intrigued I had to track myself down a copy so I can read the whole thing.
The Chimera Code by Wayne Santos
An action-packed techno-thriller with a side of magical realism.
Everything’s for hire – even magic.
If you need something done, they’re the best: a tough, resourceful mage, a lab-created genderless hacker and a cyborg with a big gun.
But when they’re hired by a virtual construct to destroy the other copies of himself, and the down payment is a new magical skill, Cloke knows this job is going to be a league harder than anything they’ve ever done.
I love the bright yellow cover on this book! It’s so nice to see a bold cover that really stands out. This book sounds right up my reading street, with magic and technology coming together. A huge thank you to Rebellion Publishing for sending a copy my way.
The Kingdoms by Natasha Pulley
Joe Tournier has a bad case of amnesia. His first memory is of stepping off a train in the nineteenth-century French colony of England.
The only clue Joe has about his identity is a century-old postcard of a Scottish lighthouse that arrives in London the same month he does. Written in illegal English-instead of French-the postcard is signed only with the letter “M,” but Joe is certain whoever wrote it knows him far better than he currently knows himself, and he’s determined to find the writer.
The search for M, though, will drive Joe from French-ruled London to rebel-owned Scotland and finally onto the battle ships of a lost empire’s Royal Navy. In the process, Joe will remake history, and himself.
I adore Natasha Pulley’s books so I was thrilled to be sent an early review copy of her latest book (coming next year). The Kingdoms is a story I’m looking forward to getting lost in. With thanks to Bloomsbury for sending me a copy.
A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik
A Deadly Education is set at Scholomance, a school for the magically gifted where failure means certain death (for real) — until one girl, El, begins to unlock its many secrets.
There are no teachers, no holidays, and no friendships, save strategic ones. Survival is more important than any letter grade, for the school won’t allow its students to leave until they graduate… or die! The rules are deceptively simple: Don’t walk the halls alone. And beware of the monsters who lurk everywhere.
El is uniquely prepared for the school’s dangers. She may be without allies, but she possesses a dark power strong enough to level mountains and wipe out millions. It would be easy enough for El to defeat the monsters that prowl the school. The problem? Her powerful dark magic might also kill all the other students.
I’ve been looking forward to this one, I’ve had it on pre order for ages. I have to say its absolutely gorgeous and the end papers are some of the prettiest I’ve seen for ages. Looking forward to reading it soon, and hoping it lives up to expectations.