I’ve been notably absent from my blog for the past couple weeks because I’m about to move to a new apartment. It isn’t very far away, in fact it’s in the same building, which (at least in theory) should be pretty easy. However, one of the (few) down sides to being a book addict is that when you move, there are a LOT of books to pack. Somehow we’ve managed to fit seven bookshelves’ worth into our small apartment, and I’ve got a ginormous stack of boxes in my living room while feeling as if I’ve barely made a dent. My goal is to get everything moved and at least sort of unpacked by Easter, and I’m hoping that once I’m settled into the new place that I can get back to a more regular posting schedule.
Here are some of the most recent books that I’ve received for review.
Winterwood by Jacey Bedford
Historical fiction and fantasy are two of my favorite genres, which is why I’m particularly excited for Winterwood, by Jacey Bedford. It blends history, magic, and swashbuckling adventures.
Set in 1800 in Britain, Mad King George is on the throne with Napoleon Bonaparte knocking on the door. Unregistered magic users are pursued to the death, while in every genteel home resides uncomplaining rowankind bondservants who have become so commonplace that no one can recall where they came from.
Meanwhile, Rossalinde Tremayne is satisfied with her life as a cross-dressing privateer captain on the high seas. But a bitter deathbed visit to her estranged mother changes her life completely when she inherits a magical winterwood box. Now, not only is she confronted with a newly-discovered brother, and an annoyingly handsome wolf shapeshifter, Rossalinde has to decide whether or not to open the box to free rowankind and right an ancient wrong—even if it brings the downfall of Britain.
Dreams of Distant Shores by Patricia McKillip
Patricia McKillip is one of my all-time favorite authors. Her writing is like a fairy tale–ethereal and absolutely dripping with magic and possibility. Dreams of Distant Shores is the newest collection of her short stories, and I’m certain that I’m in for a treat.
Featuring three brand-new stories and an original introduction by Peter S. Beagle, author of The Last Unicorn.
Bestselling author Patricia A. McKillip (The Riddle-Master of Hed) is one of the most lyrical writers gracing the fantasy genre. With the debut of her newest work, Dreams of Distant Shores is a true ode to her many talents. Within these pages you will find a youthful artist possessed by both his painting and his muse and seductive travelers from the sea enrapturing distant lovers. The statue of a mermaid comes suddenly to life, and two friends are transfixed by a haunted estate.
Fans of McKillip’s ethereal fiction will find much to delight them; those lucky enough to be discovering her work will find much to enchant them.
Warrior Witch by Danielle L. Jensen
Normally I only list physical books in my New Acquisitions posts, but Warrior Witch is an exception. I’ve been anxiously awaiting the third book of Danielle Jensen’s Malediction Trilogy, which involves trolls, romance, and dark magic. If you haven’t read the first two books, I highly recommend them.
The thrilling conclusion to the breakout Malediction Trilogy by Goodreads Choice finalist Danielle L. Jensen.
Cécile and Tristan have accomplished the impossible, but their greatest challenge remains: defeating the evil they have unleashed upon the world.
As they scramble for a way to protect the people of the Isle and liberate the trolls from their tyrant king, Cécile and Tristan must battle those who’d see them dead. To win, they will risk everything. And everyone.
But it might not be enough. Both Cécile and Tristan have debts, and they will be forced to pay them at a cost far greater than they had ever imagined.