I’ve just had a rather good week for book collecting, which included a particularly big parcel from one publisher that was filled with awesome reads. As these books included some pretty amazing novels, including a couple that I was extremely excited to get, I figured I would do a Book Haul post to gloat about, I mean, lovingly highlight, the latest additions to my collection. All the below books sound really cool and I can’t wait to get through them all.
So let us start this Book Haul off with the book I was most excited to get, the epic The Hunger of the Gods by John Gwynne, one of my most anticipated reads for 2022. The sequel to Gwynne’s brilliant The Shadow of the Gods (one of my favourite books and audiobooks of 2021), this outstanding novel continues the impressive, Norse inspired, dark fantasy Bloodsworn Saga in a big way by setting reborn gods against each other as savage warriors battle for revenge, glory and survival. I have already started this awesome novel and it is turning out to pretty damn good, and this is probably going to get another five-star rating from me. Also, just check out that incredible cover!!!!!
The German Wife by Kelly Rimmer
I was also lucky enough to receive historical drama The German Wife from Australian author Kelly Rimmer, who blew me away last year with her moving novel, The Warsaw Orphan. I actually have already read this great book and it was another powerful historical drama that presents a complex portrayal of life under the Nazis and the lasting consequences of the choices people make.
Desperate Undertaking by Lindsey Davis
I was very, very happy to receive the latest Flavia Albia novel from historical fiction author Lindsey Davis, Desperate Undertaking. The Flavia Albia books are some of my favourite historical fiction novels and they are a brilliant and much anticipated addition to my yearly reading schedule (some of the best ones include The Third Nero, Pandora’s Boy, The Grove of the Caesars). I just started reading Desperate Undertakings today and I am already loving its great story about a serial killer who is murdering members of ancient Rome’s theatre scene in some elaborate, play inspired ways. This already shaping up to be one of the better entries in this long-running series and I cannot wait to see how it all comes together.
The Man in the Bunker by Rory Clements
Another great book I was excited to get is the latest entry in the Tom Wilde series, The Man in the Bunker by Rory Clements. Set at the end of World War II, this interesting read will follow protagonist Tom Wilde as he attempts to determine whether Hitler died in the bunker or actually escaped. Sure to be a great historical thriller, I cannot wait to read this book.
One Foot in the Fade by Luke Arnold
Australian author Luke Arnold’s Fetch Phillips urban fantasy series continues with the third book, One Foot in the Fade. The intriguing follow-up to Arnold’s first two novels, The Last Smile in Sunder City and Dead Man in a Ditch, One Foot in the Fade will once again follow protagonist Fetch Phillips as he continues to try and bring magic back to his city. This time he must deal with mysterious falling angels landing on the street which will no doubt leave to another awesome mystery.
Wake by Shelley Burr
One of the most interesting novels I received as part of this haul is the compelling new debut from Canberran author Shelley Burr, Wake. Set in small town, outback Australia, Wake is an incredible mystery thriller which sees a determined investigator attempt to solve an impossible disappearance. I deeply love the sound of this extremely compelling and very dark narrative and I look forward to finding out the clever secrets contained within.
Skyward Flight by Brandon Sanderson and Janci Patterson
I was quite excited to receive a copy of Skyward Flight, the ultimate companion to Brandon Sanderson’s Skyward series. I have a lot of love for the Skyward novels which follows a determined teenage fighter pilot who is determined to save her planet from an alien invasion. Made up of Skyward (one of my favourite books of 2018), Starsight (one of my favourite books of 2019) and Cytonic, this has been an awesome series to read, and Skyward Flight will provide some further context to the existing books. Collecting the three novellas, Sunreach, ReDawn and Evershore, which Sanderson cowrote with Janci Patterson, the stories in this book focus on the supporting cast from the first two novels and showcases what happens while the protagonist is trapped in another dimension. I have been meaning to explore these novellas for a while and this big volume looks to be the ultimate opportunity to finally do that.
Blood Sugar by Sascha Rothchild
Easily the most uniquely entertaining sounding book I received in this haul was the fantastic murder mystery book, Blood Sugar by Sascha Rothchild. The debut novel from Rothchild, Blood Sugar tells the tale of a killer, Ruby, who finds herself accused of four separate murders. However, Ruby only committed three of the murders, and now the crime she didn’t commit may finally bring her down.
Portrait of a Thief by Grace D. Li
Another great debut novel I was excited to get was Portrait of a Thief from Grace D. Li. This book is billed as a heist novel that also looks at unique friendships and culture as five Chinese American students attempt to steal valuable Chinese artworks from an American museum. I love the idea of a heist story that also looks at five character’s relationships with both their home and adopted countries, and I am very keen to try this novel out.
No Less The Devil by Stuart MacBride
The final book I received was No Less the Devil from bestselling author Stuart MacBride. Serving as the latest entry in the Oldcastle series, No Less the Devil will focus on both a hunt for a notorious serial killer and a mysterious case of another killer caught up in a shadowy conspiracy. This sounds like a great, dark mystery and I am curious to try out Stuart MacBride’s work for the first time.
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.