Book Haul

As always on one of my haul posts I have a fairly even smattering of ebooks, audio books and physical books. Most of these will be arcs (well, except for the audio books … not quite figured out how to convince Audible it’s in their best interest to send me freebies yet.)

Have you read any of these? Are any on your tbr?




girl and the stars

The Girl and the Stars by Mark Lawrence:

Only when it’s darkest can you see the stars.

East of the Black Rock, out on the ice, lies a hole down which broken children are thrown

On the vastness of the ice there is no room for individuals. No one survives alone.
To resist the cold, to endure the months of night when even the air itself begins to freeze, requires a special breed. Variation is dangerous, difference is fatal. And Yaz is different.

Torn from her family, from the boy she thought she would spend her life with, Yaz has to carve a new path for herself in a world whose existence she never suspected. A world full of danger.

Beneath the ice, Yaz will learn that Abeth is older and stranger than she had ever imagined.
She will learn that her weaknesses are another kind of strength. And she will learn to challenge the cruel arithmetic of survival that has always governed her people.

Only when it’s darkest can you see the stars.

First and only

First and Only by Dan Abnett:

In the nightmare future of Warhammer 40,000, the galaxy-spanning Imperium is riven with dangers. In the Chaos-infested Sabbat system, Imperial Commissar Gaunt must lead his men through as much in-fighting amongst rival regiments as against the forces of Chaos. First and Only is an epic saga of planetary conquest, grand ambition, treachery and honour.

The rage of dragons

The Rage of Dragons by Evan Winter:

The Omehi people have been fighting an unwinnable war for generations. The lucky ones are born gifted: some have the power to call down dragons, others can be magically transformed into bigger, stronger, faster killing machines.

Everyone else is fodder, destined to fight and die in the endless war. Tau Tafari wants more than this, but his plans of escape are destroyed when those closest to him are brutally murdered.

With too few gifted left the Omehi are facing genocide, but Tau cares only for revenge. Following an unthinkable path, he will strive to become the greatest swordsman to ever live, willing to die a hundred thousand times for the chance to kill three of his own people.


Physical Books


The Twisted Ones

The Twisted Ones by T. Kingfisher:

When Mouse’s dad asks her to clean out her dead grandmother’s house, she says yes. After all, how bad could it be?

Answer: pretty bad. Grandma was a hoarder, and her house is stuffed with useless rubbish. That would be horrific enough, but there’s more – Mouse stumbles across her step-grandfather’s journal, which at first seems to be filled with nonsensical rants… until Mouse encounters some of the terrifying things he described for herself.

Alone in the woods with her dog, Mouse finds herself face to face with a series of impossible terrors – because sometimes the things that go bump in the night are real, and they’re looking for you. And if she doesn’t face them head on, she might not survive to tell the tale.

Aliens phalanx

Aliens: Phalanx by Scott Sigler:

Ataegina was an isolated world of medieval castles and rich cultures – vibrant until the demons rose and slaughtered ninety percent of the planet s population. Swarms of lethal creatures with black husks, murderous claws, barbed tails and dreaded “tooth-tongues” rage across the land. Terrified survivors hide in ruined mountain keeps, where they eke out a meager existence. Skilled runners travel the treacherous paths between keeps, maintaining trade and sharing information. If caught, they die screaming.

Ahiliyah of Lemeth Hold is an exceptional runner, constantly risking her life for her people. When she and her closest companions discover a new weapon, it may offer the one last chance to end the demon plague. But to save humanity, the trio must fight their way to the tunnels of Black Smoke Mountain – the lair of the mythical Demon Mother.


Audio Books:


Nemesis Games

Nemesis Games by James S. A. Corey:

A thousand worlds have opened, and the greatest land rush in human history has begun. As wave after wave of colonists leave, the power structures of the old solar system begin to buckle.

Ships are disappearing without a trace. Private armies are being secretly formed. The sole remaining protomolecule sample is stolen. Terrorist attacks previously considered impossible bring the inner planets to their knees.

The sins of the past are returning to exact a terrible price. And as a new human order is struggling to be born in blood and fire, James Holden and the crew of the Rocinante must struggle to survive and get back to the only home they have left.

carrion throne

The Carrion Throne by Chris Wraight:

In the hellish sprawl of Imperial Terra, Ordo Hereticus Inquisitor Erasmus Crowl serves as a stalwart and vigilant protector, for even the Throneworld is not immune to the predations of its enemies. In the course of his Emperor-sworn duty, Crowl becomes embroiled in a dark conspiracy, one that leads all the way to the halls of the Imperial Palace.

As he plunges deeper into the shadowy underbelly of the many palace districts, his investigation attracts the attention of hidden forces, and soon he and his acolyte Spinoza are being hunted – by heretics, xenos, servants of the Dark Powers, or perhaps even rival elements of the Inquisition itself. Soon they discover a terrible truth, one that if allowed to get out could undermine the very fabric of the Imperium itself.

The Dark

The Dark by James Herbert:

Night falls. It came like a malignant shadow with seductive promises of power. And somewhere in the night…a small girl smiled as her mother burned…asylum inmates slaughtered their attendants…in slimy tunnels once-human creatures gathered. Madness raged as the lights began to fade and humanity was attacked by an ancient, unstoppable evil.

32 thoughts on “Book Haul

    1. Yea, loving the Expanse series. It’s an easy sci-fi to slip into. I have book 7 too but didn’t put that up in case reading the blurb gave a spoiler away.

      Really looking forward to The Twisted Ones as well. Just from a cover perspective, it looks gorgeous

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      1. Well, I’m not a good judge of a good scare. It doesn’t take much for my imagination to run wild. This one has a growing creepiness about it that’s making me read it in the day. I suspect something frightening to happen soon. I’m about 100 pages or so in. It has some humor that offsets the creepiness a bit.

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  1. I haven’t heard of any of these titles but The Girl and The Stars sounds really good! I’ve heard some good things about Lawrence’s books so I’m keen to check them out at some point. Great haul 🙂 Hope you enjoy all these!

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  2. I’ve read the first three books in the Expanse series and loved them – so I need to get going. And seeing that they are available on Audible might be the way to go, seeing as how much I enjoyed listening to Elizabeth Bear’s Ancestral Night. And yes… if you can find a way to persuade Audible to give away review copies, I’ll be happy to hear how you managed it:))). Have a great week.

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      1. Ahhh, I had no idea. I have only has 1 rejection, but have only requested a handful. So my rating is usually 90-100%. I have 3 unreviewed on there. That’s the most I’ve had without leaving feedback


      2. So I went back to check and it looks like I can’t request since I “wished” for it. I guess that’s a no. 😕 not surprised though. I don’t think Berkeley has ever approved me.

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