Book Haul – 21 May 2022

I have been having an absolutely fantastic couple of week for books, 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, several of which I have been eagerly awaiting for some time.  I am extremely keen to check out all of the books below and they should make for some amazing reads.

Against All Gods by Miles Cameron

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The first recently received novel I want to talk about is Against All Gods by Miles Cameron.  I just got an advanced copy of this awesome book and I am extremely excited to check it out, especially as Cameron’s recent fantasy and science fiction novels (such as Cold Iron, Dark Forge and Artifact Space) have been exceedingly good.  Against All Gods is the start of a new series from Cameron that will see a world dominated by powerful gods thrown into chaos as one chaotic deity attempts to instigate a conflict between men and gods.  This one sounds like a ton of fun and if Cameron’s past books are anything to go by, this is going to be an massively impressive book.

 

Sparring Partners by John Grisham

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Last year I finally got around to reading something from legendary thriller author John Grisham, with his awesome 2021 release The Judge’s List.  This was an outstanding and compelling read and I am rather eager to check out some more of his writing.  Luckily for me I’ve just received a copy of his latest release, Sparring Partners, which contains several legal-thriller based short stories.  I am extremely curious to see what happens in these shorter pieces of fiction and I reckon this will be a pretty entertaining read.

 

Black River by Matthew Spencer

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I was very happy to receive a copy of the upcoming thriller novel Black River by Australian author Matthew Spencer which has the potential to be one of the best debuts of 2022.  Black River is a deeply intriguing Australian thriller that sees a troubled journalist drawn into a brutal murder and the hunt for a serial killer.  I always love checking out great new Australian authors and I have a feeling this is going to be something special.

 

The Dark by Sharon Bolton

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Another intriguing thriller I received was The Dark from veteran author Sharon Bolton.  Part of her established Lacey Flint series, The Dark sees the series protagonist intervene when a baby is snatched from its pram and thrown into the Thames.  However, Lacey’s actions soon make her a target for a group of rabid incels and she must survive their subsequent terror attacks.  I think this sounds like a particularly intriguing, if intense, read, and I can’t wait to check out Bolton’s writing for the first time.

 

The Collarbound by Rebecca Zahabi

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I have also received a copy of The Collarbound by Rebecca Zahabi, an interesting fantasy debut that has a lot of potential.  Following two damaged protagonists stuck in a magical warzone, The Collarbound sounds like an amazing read and I am very curious to check it out.

 

Eversion by Alastair Reynolds

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Ooh, a fun and compelling steampunk read from awesome author Alastair Reynolds.  I love the idea of a zeppelin based story and I am very interested in exploring this first book in Reynolds’ new series.

 

The Darkest Sin by D. V. Bishop

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The final book I got a copy of is the historical murder mystery The Darkest Sin by D. V. Bishop.  The sequel to one of my favourite debuts of 2021, City of Vengeance, The Darkest Sin will continue some of the awesome storylines from the first book as it follows protagonist Cesare Aldo as he investigates a deadly murder in a convent in 16th century Florence.  At the same time his protégé investigates a second murder that has dangerous connections to Aldo and could result in his death.  I can’t wait to see how Bishop continues this fantastic series and I know I am going to have a great time with The Darkest Sin.

 

 

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.

Waiting on Wednesday – The Collarbound by Rebecca Zahabi

Welcome to my weekly segment, Waiting on Wednesday, where I look at upcoming books that I am planning to order and review in the next few months and which I think I will really enjoy.  I run this segment in conjunction with the Can’t-Wait Wednesday meme that is currently running at Wishful Endings.  Stay tuned to see reviews of these books when I get a copy of them.  For my latest Waiting on Wednesday I check out The Collarbound by Rebecca Zahabi, an awesome upcoming fantasy novel from an intriguing author that I think has a great deal of potential.

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I have mentioned multiple times in recent weeks that there are some really great fantasy novels coming out in 2022.  This includes several fantastic and compelling fantasy debuts that will no doubt introduce some brilliant new talents.  One of these upcoming fantasy debuts that has really caught my attention is an interesting novel from relative newcomer Rebecca Zahabi.  Zahabi, who previously wrote the young adult fantasy book The Game Weavers, is presenting her first adult fantasy novel, The Collarbound, which features an intriguing story filled with complex characters.

The Collarbound is a fascinating and awesome sounding book that is currently going to be released in May.  Set in a war-torn fantasy world where a rebel movement is set to attack a fortress full of mages, The Collarbound will tell an epic story of revolution, war, freedom and a bold partnership between a slave and branded mage.  I really like the sound of this cool book, as well as its fantastic cover, and I think that this could be one of the more captivating and unique fantasy reads of 2022.  I look forward to seeing how its interesting story turns out and I am very curious to see if The Collarbound lives up to all its potential.

Synopsis:

As the world faces rebellion and chaos, two people – one an escaped slave, one an amnesiac mage – will discover that their pasts are entwined, and their futures destined to collide.

A MAN MARKED BY MAGIC. A WOMAN MARKED BY HER PAST.

On the other side of the Shadowpass, rebellion is brewing and refugees have begun to trickle into the city at the edge of the world. Looming high on the cliff is The Nest, a fortress full of mages who offer protection, but also embody everything the rebellion is fighting against: a strict hierarchy based on magic abilities.

When Isha arrives as a refugee, she attempts to fit in amongst the other mages, but her Kher tattoo brands her as an outcast. She can’t remember her past or why she has the tattoo. All she knows is that she survived. She doesn’t intend to give up now.

Tatters, who wears the golden collar of a slave, knows that this rebellion is different from past skirmishes. He was once one of the rebels, and technically, they still own him. He plans to stay in the shadows, until Isha appears in his tavern. He’s never seen a human with a tattoo, and the markings look eerily familiar . . .

As the rebellion carves a path of destruction towards the city, an unlikely friendship forms between a man trying to escape his past and a woman trying to uncover hers, until their secrets threaten to tear them apart.