• The Dark Blood – by A.J. Smith
After the Black Guard, I raved about the world, but didn’t like the story. Now that we’re back for #2, I’m hoping the story will improve. And that I’ll love it. I AM sure the world-building will continue to impress, so… Fingers crossed!
• Fallen – by Benedict Jacka
The 10th of a planned 12 Alex Verus novels (if you didn’t know that, sorry to ruin it!). Things are really heating up in the story, finding Alex with a love interest, and more power than he ever wanted. #10 takes place one year later, finding Alex fighting to keep everything he holds dear. I can’t wait to get into it!
• Shadows of Self – by Brandon Sanderson
I’ve been rereading the Wax & Wayne books on audio (from my library fyi), and so far they’re just as good as the first time through. The reader (Michael Kramer—from Way of Kings and Eye of the World) is a good one, and everything’s still in Mistborn swing.
• The Bone Ships – by R.J. Barker
This sounds like a cross between Marc Turner’s Dragon Hunters (which I loved) and John Gwynne’s Banished Lands (which I loved MORE). I put it off a little to finish A Little Hatred and Fallen on time, so I’m reeeeally anxious to start it now!
• In Shining Armor – by Elliott James
Been reading a lot of epic, high and dark fantasy lately, which means it’s time for more urban and scifi. Book 4 of the Pax Arcana looks like just the thing! Doesn’t look like we’ll get anything beyond #5 (as the author’s gone dark), though, so I hope the next two provide a good wrap-up.
I still have some reviews to get through, as I’ve a backlog from my vacation still. Also, there’s the release of a Q&A with Tyler Hayes, author of the Imaginary Corpse (find the review here!) on September 23. Maybe it’ll provide a little traffic, but I’m really just hoping that some of you find it interesting!
Reviewed since the Last (09/04)
• The Forbidden Library – by Django Wexler (Forbidden Library #1)
• Bloody Rose – by Nicholas Eames (The Band #2)
• The Ember Blade – by Chris Wooding (Darkwater Legacy #1)