The Life of the Lightbringer – Beautiful World of Books

If you follow me, you probably know that I’m not a huge fan of Brent Weeks. His Night Angel stuff was alright (though I haven’t finished the series), but for me his Lightbringer series is a miss. After DNFing Book #1—The Black Prism—I also DNFed Book #2, The Blinding Knife. Apparently Kip didn’t stop annoying me anymore between Books 1 & 2, not to mention my disdain for most of the other characters. Despite my feelings about it, I still hear about this series quite a lot. Many of my friends love it. Many of my followers love it. Lots of random people love it. Though, I’m not a fan of the series, there is one thing I love about the Lightbringer.

The covers.

I mean, y’all saw that coming, but still. The covers are quite pretty. No US and UK differences here, but the shared covers are still quite impressive. There are two different covers for the first book, the Black Prism, but the rest of the English language ones feature what is obviously the same artist.

Though Richard Jones’s artwork adorns the cover of the initial Black Prism release (the one on the left), I’m not sure whose covered the others. The remaining books (starting with #2) are the Blinding Knife (2), the Broken Eye (3), the Blood Mirror (4), and the Burning White (5).

While all of the covers are strong, I’d have to say my favorite has to be the Burning White. It’s just the rainbow of swirling colors that gives it the extra edge. Next… is probably the Broken Eye—for that nice bit of poison-green and the ominous tree and crows. After that, I’d say in order goes the Black Prism (on the right), the Blinding Knife, the Blood Mirror, and the leftmost Black Prism. But it’s not like I’ve thought about it much or anything. Certainly not more time than I spent reading the actual series surely;)

What’s your favorite cover? And did you like the series? Hope everyone has a great weekend!

Black Heart Update III

Update #1Update #2

My last update on Black Heart was in January of this year, and might seem like an age ago. That’s because—in part—Black Heart’s predecessor, The Barrow, came out even longer ago still, back in 2014. At the time this sequel was predicted to follow a year after, but some things happened. Pyr sold, the holding company declined to publish the next book, and the author had some issues writing something using only his free time if it would never be published. Anyway, in January 2021, Mark Smylie was most of the way through Black Heart, having written 37 of a potential 47 chapters which he then posted on his patreon for subscribers to read. At the time, he projected he’d finish up around March 2021—which I figured instead meant more like May/June 2021 because I’m cynical like that.

Well, now it’s almost November and I’m actually a little surprised to relay that the main book is finished! There’re supposed to be a pair of short epilogues to follow that the author has yet to write, but all 46 (yes, 46, not 47) chapters are up on his patreon and he hopes to have it together into an ebook by the end of the year. Given the length of time it took for “March 2021” to roll around, I’m expecting this to get pushed back a bit, but it looks like it’ll actually get done here sometime in 2022. That’s for the ebook, of course. Since the book currently has no publisher, at the moment there is no plan to release a physical version.

Not yet, at least.

Should you be impatient or mad with joy, you can go over to his patreon and join up for $5/month and read the unbound/technically finished version. I’m certainly interested but I might wait until December at least because of obligations and TBR that I’m already well behind on. But two things are certain:

  1. I will definitely be reading Black Heart, and
  2. It has actually become a reality at long last!

So maybe celebrate with a refresher of the Barrow, and then decide what format you’d like to enjoy it in. Or, simply stay tuned here and I’ll be sure to get a review out as soon as the entire thing (epilogues and all) are written and edited, and I read the damn thing, of course.

But hey, who actually thought we’d get to this point at all? Many kudos to the author Mark Smylie for persevering on this project, and the patrons on his site for supporting this dream that is soon to become a reality!

Mark Smylie’s Patreon

A Darkness Absolute – by Kelley Armstrong

Rockton #2

Thriller, Mystery

Minotaur Books; February 7, 2017

397 pages (ebook)
13hr 35m (audiobook)

GoodreadsAuthor Website

3 / 5 ✪

Contains minor spoilers for City of the Lost (Rockton #1)

Only months past Casey Duncan uprooted her life and moved to the remote Yukon wilderness, come to work in a town that doesn’t exist, come to hide in a refuge where no one will ever find her. As she settles into her job as Rockton’s only detective, Casey hopes to find some peace and quiet that city life never prepared her for. And yet, Rockton always keeps her occupied.

In a town off the grid—with no electricity, transportation, phones, internet, or a doctor; where food and supplies have to be flown in on weekly bush planes or traded for with Settlers; and only a tenuous link to the outside world exists—the community has to band together into something tight-knit. Or if not that, close to it.

But when one of their own is discovered after having been held captive in a cave for over a year, the community splinters. Especially when one of their own is likely the kidnapper.

Someone that Casey must find—before it tears the town apart, or before the kidnapper takes someone else.

A Darkness Absolute is the sequel to City of the Lost, the amazing Rockton debut that absolutely blew my mind. And while this follow-up is good—it certainly doesn’t live up to the thriller that spawned it.

Now, some things the author did better in this installment. She toned down the romance between Casey and Dalton so that it doesn’t feel like something completely separate from the main plot. There were still a few over-the-top scenes that may’ve made me roll my eyes, but they mostly tied in with the story. Also, there were more characters to know and love, while many also reprised their performances from the previous book.

The story itself starts out with a bang. There’s a chase scene, a snow squall that blows up out of nowhere and maroons our heroes, indirectly causing them to stumble across yet another mystery. The glimpses outside of Rockton were all too brief, but refreshing, as the town in winter quickly seemed to feel like a prison.

Unfortunately, this is where things start to head south.

This new mystery is presented: who took Nicole? She never saw her kidnapper, doesn’t know his face or his voice, only that he is white and yes, definitely a man. At first, there’s a solid lead, a couple of clues, a couple more leads, guesses, shots in the dark, more false leads, a sex scene or two, guesses, wrong guesses, and no answers. While the story ultimately sorts itself out, for so much of the text the story is just a quagmire of plots and threads and supposition that everything leads back to one source—while it really doesn’t. It’s just so complicated to the point of being, well… convoluted.

Convoluted.

If I had to pick one word to describe the story, this would be it. Which is disappointing. Especially considering that I believe there IS a good story in here. That’s obvious enough from the City of the Lost. For the sequel, however, it seems to me that the author simply tried one too many things, took one or two twists and turns too many, and ultimately ended up lost themselves. Unraveling what happened here was interesting, although in the end it just made so much of the story seem like a pointless distraction.

TL;DR

A Darkness Absolute has a story that can be interesting and entertaining at times—not to mention a heart-pounding thriller—but is at the very least an improbable, over-ambitious feat that never really comes together. At worst, it’s a convoluted mess that gets in its own way too much to ever make much sense. It’s definitely complex, thrilling, and dark. Really dark. Whatever I have to say about it, I’d still recommend Rockton for the setting, the premise, and the people. I’ll definitely continue the series despite this misstep—one, that I might add, I had no trouble finishing even while I was a little lost and disappointed in the middle. The series continues with This Fallen Prey (Rockton #3), which has been out since 2018.

The Shadow Campaigns – Beautiful World of Books

Now, I haven’t actually read the Shadow Campaigns, but they’ve been on my TBR for years. In fact, I’ve both the ebook and audiobook edition of the Thousand Names. Annnd still haven’t read them! Actually, while writing this up, I spent a little on Goodreads looking up editions and… has anyone else read this series? I mean, I know Steff has. But otherwise… anyone? I’ve heard it’s really good, but I don’t KNOW that. So, let me know.

But let’s get on with it.

Below are the five main installments of the Shadow Campaigns, along with the two significant novellas—the Penitent Damned (0.5) and the Shadow of Elysium (2.5). On the left are the UK/EU covers and on the right the US ones. For the novellas, the official versions adorn the left side, while the alternate versions are on the right.

The Penitent Damned

(Shadow Campaigns #0.5)

The Thousand Names

(Shadow Campaigns #1)

The Shadow Throne

(Shadow Campaigns #2)

The Shadow of Elysium

(Shadow Campaigns #2.5)

The Price of Valour

(Shadow Campaigns #3)

The Guns of Empire

(Shadow Campaigns #4)

The Infernal Battalion

(Shadow Campaigns #5)

Now I don’t really have any strong feelings one way or another—and I am literally judging all of these on their covers alone—except that I prefer the US version of the Price of Valor and the UK one of Guns of Empire. Oh, and the official version of the Shadow of Elysium. Otherwise, they’re all very nice covers in my opinion, altogether making up a series I still very much want to read!

What do you think: what’re your favorite covers—The US, or the UK ones? Or maybe you like some of each? Also, has anyone read this series (or parts of it)? What’d you think?

The Cloud Prison – by D.B. Jackson (Review)

The Loyalist Witch #2 / Thieftaker #5

Historical Fantasy, Urban Fantasy

Lore Seekers Press; June 22, 2021

112 pages (ebook)

GoodreadsAuthor Website

4 / 5 ✪

Contains Spoilers for The Witch’s Storm, Part 1 of the Loyalist Witch, and minor spoilers for the Thieftaker series leading up to now.

The Cloud Prison is Part II of the Loyalist Witch arc and continues the right where The Witch’s Storm left off.

October 24, 1770 – Boston

It’s been four days since the massive hurricane descended upon Boston. Some streets remain flooded, debris still litters others. Over a hundred people perished, and many more are missing. But life goes on, and—for the people of the Colonies—that means the trial of Captain Thomas Preston is about to begin. While everything is proceeding smoothly, Ethan Kaille lingers by the courthouse on the lookout for trouble.

He hasn’t seen Charlotte Whitcomb, the Tory Witch, since the massive hurricane struck, but knows better than to assume she has fled. Or perished. For the cause of liberty remains. And the Crown would see it crushed.

Indeed, shortly after the start of the trial, Whitcomb herself confronts Ethan. Rather than underestimating him again, this time she has collected herself a bit of insurance, in the form of Deborah, Diver’s betrothed. Feeling that Ethan’s friend’s fiancé is more than enough collateral, she offers the two men a fair trade—a life for a life. And, in return for Deborah, she expects them to kill Samuel Adams, the very heart and soul of the rebellion.

While I’ve simplified it a bit here, there’s more to Whitcomb’s scheme than just a life for a life. It’s more elaborate—and maybe just a touch convoluted. See, she takes Deborah and imprisons her in a cloud above Boston Harbor (hence the novella’s title, the Cloud Prison). In exchange for her freedom, Whitcomb demands that Ethan and/or Diver kill Samuel Adams.

The honest wording in the text implies that she believes that Ethan will do exactly this, in order to save the life of his friend. And if Diver decides to do the deed instead—that’s fine too. But should she really understand Ethan Whitcomb would know that he has no intention of doing this. Which—if you’re all caught up on the series—you should know as well. Thing is, I really thought she took his measure in the first Part. And Whitcomb isn’t a stupid, blind, vain, Crown asset. She may be conniving and even a bit ruthless, but she isn’t outright cold and calculating. Making it all a bit out of character to assume that Ethan would just accede to her demands.

Even so, it’s not a bad story. It still makes Kaille jump through a fair amount of hoops. Gather intel, assets, friends, and weapons of his own, before he confronts her. And just because he would never kill Samuel Adams just to get Deborah back, that doesn’t mean Diver wouldn’t.

It’s another good read; maybe just a bit less enjoyable than the first one. But still strong, and entertaining. The Thieftaker world is always a joy to dive into, even though the authenticity of it all is ruined a bit by the sample size (novella or less). I can’t wait to continue with the trilogy and see what it will set up for the future of the series to come!

This second Part of the Loyalist Witch sets up a dramatic showdown come Part III: the Adams Gambit, which has been out since July 27 of this year.

Bridge of Souls – by Victoria Schwab

Cassidy Blake #3

YA/Middle Grade, Fantasy, Paranormal

Scholastic Press; March 2, 2021
Scholastic Audio; March 2, 2021

304 pages (hardcover)
5hr 36m (audio)

GoodreadsAuthor Website

3 / 5 ✪

Contains spoilers for City of Ghosts and Tunnel of Bones—Cassidy Blake #1-2!

Review for City of Ghosts • Review for Tunnel of Bones

Cassidy Blake has survived some pretty crazy situations: the Red Raven of Edinburgh, the poltergeist haunting the Paris catacombs, even the prospect of dying. Through it she’s met horrible specters, curious ghosts, interesting humans, and even her best friends Jacob and Lara. But New Orleans might just present her toughest challenge to date, for what Cassidy meets her might just be death itself.

Following her success in Paris, Cassidy was confronted on a train station platform by a skull-masked specter, one that was there one moment and gone the next, something that she sensed on BOTH sides of the Veil.

And this thing seems to have followed her to the Big Easy.

While initially Cassidy isn’t sure what this thing is, soon enough it becomes clear that this spirit is not a ghost at all but a servant of death, one that seeks to reclaim her life—the very life that she cheated it out of when she cheated death.

But how does one defeat death? Cassidy and Jacob have no idea—but someone might. In New Orleans, while her parents hunt long-dead serial killers and arsonists, Cassidy seeks out help from the only folk that might help her escape death a second time: the mysterious Order of the Black Cat.

In many ways the Adventures of Cassidy Blake have read like a decent serial. Each week (or in this case each year) features a new location, new situations, ghosts, but retains the same overarching plot. In this way Bridge of Souls is a little different. Pretty much from the first chapter, the series picks up where it left off. No, not on a platform in Paris, but in the same situation that we left there: the confrontation with an emissary of death. And… go!

Thus the story begins, and pretty much follows this plot-line throughout. Yes, there are a few side stories going on, what with her parents’ series filming a bit about serial killers and other horrible deaths in the city. But primarily this book addresses Cassidy and Death, and what their inevitable confrontation might hold.

At first this might sound like a killer story. But in practice it falls a bit flat.

Part of this is due to the size restraint. Bridge of Souls, like the two preceding it, are not long stories. Book #3 is actually the longest of the series to date, clocking in at just over 5 and a half hours. Print-wise, it’s maybe 300 pages, but that’s being generous. The ebook length has got to be shorter, but I’m not sure how much. Audio-wise, it’s shorter than both Edgedancer and Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. This is all a way of telling you that it ain’t very long. And so any story told within its pages probably isn’t going to be terribly complex. Which… it isn’t. Now, it’s not a bad story by any means, it just isn’t all that good. It’s more… meh.

A decent enough entry into the series, Bridge of Souls clears up a major plot-line without really pushing the envelope. It introduces a few new characters—though I’m not sure if they’ll represent anymore than bit parts moving forward. Otherwise, this entry doesn’t really try anything new. Instead it falls back on the same old formula, pretty much a continuance of the adventure that was left unresolved at the end of Tunnel of Bones. That said, it’s an entertaining distraction, another story to fill out the Inbetweeners universe and lore. And while it doesn’t try much new, it does tie up the overarching storyline from the past three books quite nicely.

My only other issue with this was the prose. Sometimes—most times even—it was fine. Normal. But then it just up and changed, often for no reason that I could tell. Became clipped. Short. Maybe like Cassidy was panicking, and this was the author’s attempt at imbuing some kind of tension into the situation? I’m not sure. It was just odd.

Audiobook Note: As usual, Reba Buhr does a great job bringing Cassidy Blake to life! In fact, all her voices were quite good, especially Lara, Jacob and others. I can’t imagine anyone else as the voice of Cassidy Blake, nor anyone else I’d like to give voice to this series but her. A good reader, if you’ve never heard her before—I’d certainly recommend her narration.

TL;DR

Again, a decent entry to the series, Bridge of Souls clears up a major plot-line without really trying anything new or different. It’s the next episode in the serial; one that uses the same formula, background, and script. Sure, there’s a different setting, some new characters, a guest star or two, and maybe a new enemy. But it’s mostly the same. Therefore, it’s mostly good. Just not great. An adequate entry to the series—one that fans of it will love and haters of it will probably forget. So… should you read Bridge of Souls? I mean… yeah, probably. If you’ve read the first two, you might as well. Maybe this will lead us in a new direction, or maybe the new bits that were introduced in this book might take center stage in the next. But while Bridge of Souls is an interesting addition that might pay dues later on down the line, it really isn’t much more than a decent enough way to spend an afternoon now.

The Portraits of Spellslinger – Beautiful World of Books

There have been eight Spellslinger books, each one of them featuring a lot of Kellen, and a fair amount of Reichis as well, followed by just a smattering of Ferius. My favorite covers of this series are the ones done by Hot Key Books’ artist Nick Steam. I love the images of Kellen and a matching prominent player being featured on one of the cards in the Argosi deck—one card for each adventure. This theme carries over to Ferius’s own duology, which again features her and… (honestly I’m not 100% on this because I haven’t yet read them but I’m assuming) someone she’s battling and/or madly in love with! I’d have guessed the same about Kellen’s covers, but there’s no Nephenia in them, so that’s out.

I’m also a huge fan of the colors—despite the fact that there’s no hot pink (YET), or use of foil at work.

Spellslinger & Shadowblack

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Charmcaster & Soulbinder

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Queenslayer & Crownbreaker

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Way of the Argosi & Fall of the Argosi

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All in all, this is a series of covers whose beauty is only matched by how good of books they are! So if you’ve never judged a book by it’s cover—well, you’re a liar, aren’t you;) And, if you’ve never been surprised at how well a series matches the stunning design of its cover art—look no further.

City of the Lost – by Kelley Armstrong

Rockton #1

Thriller, Mystery

Sphere; January 2, 2016
Macmillan Audio; May 3, 2016

471 pages (ebook)
13hr 41m (audiobook)

GoodreadsAuthor Website

4.5 / 5 ✪

Enter Casey Duncan, typical homicide detective with a twist. She has a quiet life, with a job she loves, one true close friend, and a casual fling with an ex-con bartender. One that’s just begun to heat up. But there’s a problem, for Casey also has a secret—one that’s haunted her for years.

See, in college she dated a bad boy. Not just a bad boy, but a low-level dealer who just happened to be the grandson of a mafia boss. And when they fell out Casey ended up on her knees with a gun and her ex on his back with a bullet in his guts. But while she escaped justice for her crime, she could never quite shake the mob.

Jump forward to present day, when she finds her best friend, Diana, beaten bloody by her ex-husband. A common occurrence, but this time Diana claims she’s had enough, and has started talking about a rumor, a desperate long-shot escape plan—a town where survivors go to escape their abuse. And when the Italian mob resurfaces again and almost kills Casey, Diana is able to convince her to run, if they can. But when the long-shot turns out to be real, it may not be the safe-haven either of the two expects.

Welcome to Rockton, where the first rule is that you don’t talk about Rockton.

Not that you could. Located deep in the remote Yukon wilderness, the town has no cars, electricity, phones, or internet. Its only connection to the outside world is via bush-plane and is essentially invisible from the sky lost as it is in the taiga. The few hundred residents are all hiding from something; they never leave town, but why would they want to? They’re all paying an exorbitant amount of money to be there. They don’t want to be found. And they all want to keep it that way.

Casey is only there because the town needs a detective. And because they have a killer that needs found.

But that’s not even the only problem with Rockton. For in a town full of people that don’t want to be found, even the secrets they’ve aired may not be the darkest ones they’re hiding.

I’d heard good things about this series, but put it off for a while now due to lack of time, inclination, and cost. These are not cheap books. But when they came to my local library, it was hard to make any more excuses.

And the problem is… well, it’s that Rockton is certainly worth the time, trouble, and probably even the cost. It’s a great read. A thriller that thrills—gets your blood pumping and heart racing, makes you invested in the story and its characters. It’s even difficult for me to complain about anything. The story and setting are inherently plausible. Believable. These are things that could conceivably happen to people that could very well exist.

I loved the setting—as I’ve always been fascinated with the remote nature of the frozen north. Of the Alaskan-Yukon-Nunavut bush. Of the endless sea of taiga, only broken by tundra, where a man (or woman) can walk for weeks on end and never see another human. It’s not easy to hide a whole town. But a town off-the-grid, hidden amongst an endless forest, far enough away from people or cities or any flight-paths? I mean, that’s a bit easier. Rockton COULD actually exist. And it could be like this.

The characters are equally plausible. They can be a bit selfish, one-sided, vain, standoffish, honorable, stoic, or—well, anything else. Just like people are. The citizens of Rockton are complicated, but then, all humans are. While we meet some of the townsfolk, there are many more that we aren’t introduced to. And that’s neglecting the others. There are more people in this area of Yukon other than Rockton itself. There are those that left the town long ago when it was in its youth, grew old and raised their children outside. Some even filtered up from the south or east or west and joined the queue. These are called the Settlers. And then there are the others. The violent ones that eschewed society altogether. That are hostile to any ‘man they cross paths with. These are called the Hostiles. From these three groups are cobbled a more than decent cast, one with some turnover. So even as the series rolls into its seventh installment, there will still be new characters to meet and endless problems to confront.

I have slight issues with the romance. it’s just that when it all takes off the overarching plot is put on hold while the romance takes center stage. Casey and her lover gaze into each other’s eyes and fall into one another’s arms like there’s nothing more important in the world. …while a killer stalks around unrestrained. It’s got the hot-and-heavy, zero-to-sixty vibe down, but doesn’t quite take on the heart-pounding, pulse-racing, thrill-ride of the rest of the story.

The only other issue I have is with the description of the place. Well, not exactly how it’s described, but more the details within the details. It’s clear the author has done their research. The Yukon is all rendered about as I’d expect, but all my experience with it is secondhand. It’s described beautifully—except. Winters in the Yukon are cold. Like, really damn cold. Summers generally fall down to freezing daily, maybe 10-11 months of the year. This isn’t exactly conveyed well. The wildlife is also a bit… off. Their descriptions aren’t wrong exactly, just… incomplete. It’s not really something I can complain about too much without sounding silly or pretentious. Sufficient to say that if you have any in-depth, firsthand experience with either the setting or the wildlife, things will seem a tad incorrect. But then that’s the case with any book. It’s hard to have firsthand experience with absolutely everything. And so I really shouldn’t complain about everything not being completely perfect.

So I won’t. (I mean, I already did, but I’m done now. Also, it’s not anything that’ll affect my rating).

Note: The audio edition was a quite enjoyable listen/read, as Thérèse Plummer did a fabulous job of bringing Casey Duncan and Rockton around her to life! I’d definitely recommend giving the book a try, but if you’d rather not or already have in another format, I’d still recommend you considering something else Thérèse Plummer has done should you ever be on the fence on a book she’s read (which shouldn’t prove too difficult as she’s narrated hundreds of titles already).

TL;DR

The town of Rockton is the very plausible town of refugees from violence located in the Yukon bush. It’s a detailed, remote, and beautiful setting following a thrilling, intense, and immersive story that grabs and holds your attention to the very end. It also delivers in future installments (though they don’t quite live up to the absurd expectations set by this first one). There’s very little to complain about—the most glaring issue being price. As of writing this, the ebook version was $13 and it was very difficult to find any style, any age copy less than that. But it’s probably worth it. Or you could look at your local library, like I did. Either way, City of the Lost is a must-read, and Casey Duncan is the type of character you’ll expect and hope to see more in the future—the resident of a town the doesn’t exist.

Music Monday 10/11

Music Monday is a meme created by Drew the Tattooed Book Geek over on his blog HERE. ‘Tis a way of sharing a song you’re keen on.

While I still hope to throw together a recap post for September, out comes a single I’m legitimately excited for, albeit one I didn’t know anything of until it dropped on Thursday. Starset is a cinematic rock band from Columbus, Ohio. They’ve released three full-length albums to date, none better than their debut, TRANSMISSIONS, back in 2014. Since then—though their efforts have somewhat underwhelmed—their music, message and influence have remained strong. From what I’ve heard of their latest album, HORIZONS (due out October 22), I’m hopeful that they’ve finally regained the stride struck by their very first album.

Thus, here’s their most recent single: Earthrise.

Beautiful World of Books – Empire of the Vampire

Not that I’ll have read it by the time this comes out, but like many others I’m somewhat excited for the newest Jay Kristoff product. Partly because the exclusive sampler I received as an ARC wasn’t only not terribly exclusive, it was also a sampler—something I did not know when I received it. Well, it’s not like I wasn’t going to buy and read the damned thing anyway.

Probably will end up getting the cheapest version I can (because it’s still me), but there’s no reason I can’t admire all the other editions first.

These two are your basic copies of Empire of the Vampire—one from Harper Voyager (in the UK), the other from St. Martin’s Press (in the US). Then we have a bevy of special editions from a number of different outlets, though most of them are out of the (my) country.

Waterstones Special Edition

This one I saw first, featured by Tammy on her instagram. It’s really pretty much the Harper Voyager version, albeit with sprayed matte edges. Hard to find outside of the UK, but clearly not impossible. Would’ve had to cough up £17 for this edition, making it cheaper than the US retail version (minus shipping).

Dymocks Special Edition

Like the previous—Waterstones—special edition, this is just an offset of the Harper Voyager edition, but with a blood-red cover. Again it’s from outside the US: native to Australia. 40 AU$.

Forbidden Planet Signed Edition

Another edition much like the last two, another play on the Harper Voyager one—this one with with outlines of blue instead of red. I know this one is signed, though I’m not sure about any of the others. £19 for this.

Barnes & Noble Exclusive Edition

Here’s a play on the US St. Martin’s edition, but with the sable areas replaced by crimson. I quite like this one, though I probably won’t get it. $30 from B&N new.

Goldsboro Special

There’s absolutely no question which my favorite is: the Goldsboro one is AMAZING. Had I found it sooner, when it was actually available to buy firsthand, this might have tempted me. Limited to a run of 2000 copies, this retailed for £25. Wish I had it. But if I did, I might not have wanted to read the thing. It’s that pretty.