Got myself a few new titles to keep me busy during the pandemic, fingers crossed I don’t blast through them too fast! This is a mixture of ebooks from netgalley, real books, given to me by my father as he’s desperate to have someone to talk to about them and an audio book.
And I still have a whole mass of books to get through from previous hauls and just a couple of things I am hellbent on re-reading after so many years.
Ebooks (via Netgalley):
The Founding by Dan Abnett:
The last warriors of a dead world, the Tanith First and Only follow their charismatic commander, ColonelCommissar Ibram Gaunt, through the deadly wars of the Sabbat Worlds Crusade in search of glory and honour – if they can survive their Chaostainted enemies and the contempt of their fellow Imperial Guard units.
Although The Founding contains the first three novels in the series, I only really got this for novels two and three as I already reviewed the first in the series recently. So the covers you’ll be seeing popping up here in the future are:
Tomb of Gods by Brian Moreland:
In 1935, British archaeologists vanished inside an Egyptian cave. A year later, one man returned covered in mysterious scars. Egyptologist Imogen Riley desperately wants to know what happened to the ill-fated expedition led by her grandfather. On a quest for answers, she joins a team of archeologists and soldiers in Egypt. Inside a mountain tomb, they’ve found a technologically advanced relic and a maze of tunnels. Dr. Nathan Trummel believes this tomb leads to the most guarded secrets of the pharaohs. When the explorers venture deep into the caves, they discover a hidden world of wonder and terror.
Viking: Odin’s Child by Tim Severin:
Our story begins in the year 1001 and the toddler, Thorgils Leiffson, son of Leif the Lucky and Thorgunna, arrives on the shores of Brattahlid in Greenland to be brought up in the foster care of a young woman – Gudrid. Thorgils is a rootless character of quicksilver intelligence and adaptability. He has inherited his mother’s ability of second sight and his destiny lies beyond the imagination of those around him.
Virtually orphaned, he is raised by various mentors, who teach him the ancient ways and warn him of the invasion of the ‘White Christ’ into the land of the ‘Old Gods’. Thorgils is guided by a restless quest for adventure and the wanderlust of his favoured god, Odinn. His fortunes take him into many dangerous situations as well as to the brink of death by execution, in battle, disease and shipwreck . . .
Viking: Sworn Brother by Tim Severin:
London, 1019: a few months have passed since Thorgils has escaped the clutches of the Irish Church only to find himself at the centre of a capricious love affair with Aelfgifu, wife of Knut the Great, ruler of England, and one of the most powerful men of the Viking empire. A passionate relationship between two unlikely lovers begins to unfold, which forebodes uncontrollable consequences…
When Thorgils is finally on the run again, he meets Grettir, an outlaw who is feared by most for his volatile and brooding behaviour. The two men become travel companions and sworn brothers – which binds them together beyond death, but at the gates of Byzantium Thorgils’ loyalty is put to the ultimate test . . .
Viking: King’s Man by Tim Severin:
Constantinople, 1035: Thorgils has become a member of the Varangian lifeguard and witnesses the glories of the richest city on earth but also the murderous ways of the imperial family. Under the leadership of warrior chief Harald Sigurdsson he is set up as the unwitting bait in a deadly ambush to destroy Arab pirates harassing the Byzantine shipping lanes in the Mediterranean.
When Harald eventually ascends the throne of Norway, his liegeman Thorgils is despatched on a secret mission to Duke William of Normandy with a plan to coordinate the twin invasions of England. On 20 September 1066 Harald’s fleet of three hundred ships sails up the Ouse, confident of success, but a prophetic dream warns Thorgils that Duke William has duped his allies and the Norsemen are heading for disaster at Stamford Bridge. Thorgils embarks upon a race against time to reach and warn his liege lord before the battle begins. But will Odinn’s devout follower really be able to anticipate what fate has decreed and save the heritage of his Viking ancestors?
What Lies Beyond (Cycle of Galand book #6) by Edward W. Robertson:
The White Lich has conquered Mallon and smashed all resistance to him. Now, he marches on the north. Within weeks, Narashtovik will fall to his armies. Gask will follow.
And after that, there can be no stopping him.
Dante and Blays have a single hope of victory: the Spear of Stars, the long-lost weapon that may be capable of killing the lich. There’s just one problem. Though they’ve learned the spear is real, they’ve also learned the nine parts of the weapon are guarded by the gods themselves. And they have no intention of handing over their prize.
Alone in a strange realm, with no friends or allies, and a growing list of enemies, Dante and Blays’ task looks doomed.
Yet, they’re the last line standing between the lich and the destruction of their whole world.