TBR: November 2021

Heading in to the 11th month of the year and I find myself only one book away from my Goodreads goal for the year – the first time I will ever have met it. I don’t take it too seriously but I must admit its a nice feeling to know I’ll hit it this year.

I’m going to add the first book on my list again as its so huge it probably could count as at least 2 books anyway and I’m definitely still going to be reading it as November starts – it is of course Empire of the Vampire. I’m going to add in some others that I really want to get this month as well.

Empire of the Vampire by Jay Kristoff

It has been twenty-seven long years since the last sunrise. For nearly three decades, vampires have waged war against humanity; building their eternal empire even as they tear down our own. Now, only a few tiny sparks of light endure in a sea of darkness.

Gabriel de León is a silversaint: a member of a holy brotherhood dedicated to defending realm and church from the creatures of the night. But even the Silver Order couldn’t stem the tide once daylight failed us, and now, only Gabriel remains.

Imprisoned by the very monsters he vowed to destroy, the last silversaint is forced to tell his story. A story of legendary battles and forbidden love, of faith lost and friendships won, of the Wars of the Blood and the Forever King and the quest for humanity’s last remaining hope:

The Holy Grail.

I’ve already started this one, so it is a bit of a cheat, it is however, enormous and I’m not halfway through yet so I’m going with it!

Sharpe’s Assassin by Bernard Cornwell

Lieutenant-Colonel Sharpe is a man with a reputation. Born in the gutter, raised a foundling, he joined the army twenty-one years ago, and it’s been his home ever since. He’s a loose cannon, but his unconventional methods make him a valuable weapon.

So when, the dust still settling after the Battle of Waterloo, the Duke of Wellington needs a favour, he turns to Sharpe. For Wellington knows that the end of one war is only the beginning of another. Napoleon’s army may be defeated, but another enemy lies waiting in the shadows – a secretive group of fanatical revolutionaries hell-bent on revenge.

Sharpe is dispatched to a new battleground: the maze of Paris streets where lines blur between friend and foe. And in search of a spy, he will have to defeat a lethal assassin determined to kill his target or die trying . . .

I’m both hugely excited to read this one and a little bit worried. I love the Sharpe series and read them all a good few years ago. I’m delighted Sharpe is back and really really hope it feels like he has never been away…

The Second Shooter by Nick Mamatas

In the first reports of every mass shooting, there’s always mention of a second shooter—two sets of gunshots, a figure seen fleeing the scene—and they always seem to evaporate as events are pieced together.

Commissioned by a fringe publisher to investigate the phenomenon, journalist Mike Karras finds himself tailed by drones, attacked by a talk radio host, badgered by his all-knowing (and maybe all-powerful) editor, and teaming up with an immigrant family of conspiracy buffs.

Together, they uncover something larger and stranger than anyone could imagine—a technomystical plot to ‘murder America.’

Time for Karras to meet his deadline.

I love the idea behind this one and it’s been a while since I’ve read a thriller so I’m looking forward to giving this one a go.

2 thoughts on “TBR: November 2021

  1. I watched all the Sharpe’s and read the first book but somehow didn’t continue it – something I must rectify. My dad has them all (just bought him the last one for his birthday) so I might have to start stealing books every time I go over! I hope you enjoy them all!

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