September 2, 2015

Wednesday Wishes

I went about my posts differently this time. Jumping around from Monday, to Thursday. Following up with Friday, and then creating Tuesday and Wednesday's posts.

Why do I mention that? Because my head hurts from trying to keep track as I right this final post!

Closer to Home by Mercedes Lackey

closer to homeGet it: Amazon | Goodreads
Genre: Epic Fantasy
Series: Valdemar: The Herald Spy, book 1

Mags was once an enslaved orphan living a harsh life in the mines, until the King's Own Herald discovered his talent and trained him as a spy. Now a Herald in his own right, at the newly established Heralds' Collegium, Mags has found a supportive family, including his Companion Dallen.

Although normally a Herald in his first year of Whites would be sent off on circuit, Mags is needed close to home for his abilities as a spy and his powerful Mindspeech gift. There is a secret, treacherous plot within the royal court to destroy the Heralds. The situation becomes dire after the life of Mags' mentor, King's Own Nikolas, is imperiled. His daughter Amily is chosen as the new King's Own, a complicated and dangerous job that is made more so by this perilous time. Can Mags and Amily save the court, the Heralds, and the Collegium itself?

So I’ve been posting my reviews for the Arrows of the Queen trilogy. I got curious as to whether or not Lackey was still cranking out the books in this world.

So yeah, my loyalty is my fault. This is the first book of her latest series. There’s going to be quite a few books to buy from when I left off the series and the ones that have come out.

The Aeronaut’s Windlass by Jim Butcher

the aeronaut's windlassGet it: Amazon | Goodreads
Genre: Steampunk
Series: The Cinder Spires, book 1

Jim Butcher, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Dresden Files and the Codex Alera novels, conjures up a new series set in a fantastic world of noble families, steam-powered technology, and magic-wielding warriors…

Since time immemorial, the Spires have sheltered humanity, towering for miles over the mist-shrouded surface of the world. Within their halls, aristocratic houses have ruled for generations, developing scientific marvels, fostering trade alliances, and building fleets of airships to keep the peace.

Captain Grimm commands the merchant ship, Predator. Fiercely loyal to Spire Albion, he has taken their side in the cold war with Spire Aurora, disrupting the enemy’s shipping lines by attacking their cargo vessels. But when the Predator is severely damaged in combat, leaving captain and crew grounded, Grimm is offered a proposition from the Spirearch of Albion—to join a team of agents on a vital mission in exchange for fully restoring Predator to its fighting glory.

And even as Grimm undertakes this dangerous task, he will learn that the conflict between the Spires is merely a premonition of things to come. Humanity’s ancient enemy, silent for more than ten thousand years, has begun to stir once more. And death will follow in its wake…

After reading the first Dresden book and not really falling in love I’ve been meaning to give those books another try. Or at the very least read Butcher’s epic fantasy series, that I own. Or something. I know I need to try the Dresden books again before trying this bad boy out.

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