I’ve purchased some great books recently, these are the physical copies I’ve recently purchased (there are e-books too but those are harder to take a photo of!)
The Hidden Base by A. E. Warren
After a perilous escape, Elise and her companions have made it to the safety of the secret fifth base, Uracil, but her family is still in danger. Desperate to secure them passage and a safe place to live, she makes a deal with the leaders of Uracil – she’ll become their spy, jeopardising her own freedom in the process.
But first she has to help rescue the next Neanderthal, Subject Twenty-Two.
Twenty-Two has never left the confines of the steel walls that keep her separated from the other exhibits. She has no contact with the outside world and no way of knowing why she has been abandoned. With diminishing deliveries of food and water, she has to start breaking the museum’s rules if she wants a second chance at living.
I was gifted the first book in this duology by the publisher and enjoyed it so much I immediately purchased this one – they were helpfully published on the same day so I didn’t even have to wait for it 🙂
The Coward by Stephen Aryan
Kell Kressia is a legend, a celebrity, a hero. Aged just seventeen he set out on an epic quest with a band of grizzled fighters to slay the Ice Lich and save the world, but only he returned victorious. The Lich was dead, the ice receded and the Five Kingdoms were safe.
Ten years have passed Kell lives a quiet farmer’s life, while stories about his heroism are told in every tavern across the length and breadth of the land. But now a new terror has arisen in the north. Beyond the frozen circle, north of the Frostrunner clans, something has taken up residence in the Lich’s abandoned castle. And the ice is beginning to creep south once more.
I got this one purely on the blurb, I love the idea of this so much. Its currently staring at me from the shelf wondering when it will get read… soon I think.
Threadneedle by Cari Thomas
Ever since Anna can remember, her aunt has warned her of the dangers of magic. She has taught her to fear how it twists and knots and turns into something dark and deadly.
It was, after all, magic that killed her parents and left her in her aunt’s care. It’s why she has been protected from the magical world and, in one year’s time, what little magic she has will be bound. She will join her aunt alongside the other Binders who believe magic is a sin not to be used, but denied. Only one more year and she will be free of the curse of magic, her aunt’s teachings and the disappointment of the little she is capable of.
Nothing – and no one – could change her mind before then. Could it?
I received this book as part of my Goldsboro books subscription which I was thrilled about as it was on my list to purchase anyway and this edition is stunning, easily one of the prettiest books I own.
Son of the Storm by Suyi Davies Okungbowa
In the ancient city of Bassa, Danso is a clever scholar on the cusp of achieving greatness—only he doesn’t want it. Instead, he prefers to chase forbidden stories about what lies outside the city walls. The Bassai elite claim there is nothing of interest. The city’s immigrants are sworn to secrecy.
Another from my Goldsboro subscription but this time a book I knew literally nothing about, which is also great as it means I get to expand my reading while knowing it’s within a genre I enjoy.