Book Haul – 23 May 2023

I have been having an excellent couple of weeks for book, as I have been lucky enough to receive several incredible and amazing new novels from some of my local publishers.  These novels include some truly awesome new releases, including some books that have the potential to be the top novels of 2023.  I am extremely keen to check out all of the books below and they should make for some amazing reads.

Gods of the Wyrdwood by R. J. Barker

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The first book I need to highlight is the epic fantasy novel, Gods of the Wyrdwood by R. J. Barker, which is one of my most anticipated fantasy books of 2023. Barker is an outstanding author who has previously deeply impressed me with The Wounded Kingdom (Age of Assassins, Blood of Assassins and King of Assassins) and The Tide Child trilogies (The Bone Ships, Call of the Bone Ships and The Bone Ship’s Wake), so I am very keen to see the start of his new series. Gods of the Wyrdwood will follow a new conflicted protagonist, an overlooked former chosen one, in a dark fantasy world locked in an eternal winter. This book has so much damn potential and I already know it is going to be one of the top books of 2023.


The Last True Templar by Boyd and Beth Morrison

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Another book I was particularly excited to get was my early copy of The Last True Templar by the fantastic writing team of Boyd and Beth Morrison. The sequel to one of my favourite books of 2022, The Lawless Land, The Last True Templar is an epic historical adventure novel that will follow two great protagonists, an excommunicated knight and a runaway maid, as they get involved in another dark historical conspiracy.  I already know that this is going a pretty awesome read and I look forward to seeing what chaotic adventure this new book contains.


Kill For Me Kill For You by Steve Cavanagh

Kill For Me Kill For You Cover

I received a copy of the cool upcoming thriller Kill For Me Kill For You by Steven Cavanagh. I was very happy to get a copy of Kill For Me Kill For You, especially as I am a big fan of Cavanagh’s Eddie Flynn series (The Devil’s Advocate and The Accomplice). This new novel looks to be a fun take on the classic Strangers on a Train storyline, and I am sure it will be another epic Cavanagh read.


Fractal Noise by Christopher Paolini

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I also received the inventive new science fiction novel from Christopher Paolini, Fractal Noise.  A prequel to his previous novel, To Sleep In A Sea of Stars, Fractal Noise looks set to be a compelling space exploration novel and I am very curious to see how it turns out.


The Drowing Girls by Veronica Lando

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What would one of my book hauls be without a fantastic piece of Australian fiction?  This haul’s entry is the outstanding sounding The Drowning Girls by Veronica Lando, a compelling crime fiction novel set in a small Australian town where someone appears to be sacrificing women in the waves. This should be a pretty amazing read and I am excited to check it out.


The Interpreter by Brooke Robinson

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An interesting thriller debut that I was excited get was The Interpreter by Brooke Robinson. Following a court interpreter who deliberately mistranslates a witness’s testimony to get justice, The Interpreter sounds like an outstanding read and I look forward to seeing how Robinson’s first book turns out.


The Night in Question by Kathleen Glasgow and Liz Lawson

The Night in Question Cover

A fun and interesting murder mystery novel from the great team of Kathleen Glasgow and Liz Lawson, The Night in Question is the second book from this cool duo and it sounds like a fantastic read.


The Other Side of Mrs Wood by Lucy Barker

The Other Side of Mrs Wood Cover

One of the more interesting and slightly different books I recently received was The Other Side of Ms Wood by new author Lucy Barker.  Billed as a historical comedy debut, The Other Side of Ms Wood will apparently follow two rival mediums in Victorian London as they fight for control of the city’s seance scene. This sounds like a very fun book and I am already quite intrigued about its fantastic premise.


Consumed by Greg Buchanan

Consumed Cover

The final book I recently received is the intriguing, if gruesome, murder mystery novel Consumed by Greg Buchanan.  Following his forensic veterinarian protagonist as he investigates the murder of a woman eaten by her own pigs, Consumed sounds like a very compelling read and I look forward to seeing how this unique mystery novel unfolds.


Well, that’s the end of this latest Book Haul post.  As you can see I have quite a bit of reading to do at the moment thanks to all these awesome books that have come in.  Let me know which of the above you are most interested in and make sure to check back in a few weeks to see my reviews of them.

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