It’s Monday, so it must be Reader’s Choice day (and my brother’s birthday!)! You know how it works. Just let me know in the comments which of these sounds most promising to you, and you could win it—or any other book of your choice up to US$15! I will post the winner on Sunday, barring another trifecta. Look at the end of this post to see if you won this past week.
And now for the new releases…(not ALL of them, mind you, but the ones I thought might be of most interest to readers of this blog!)
Assassin’s Fate (The Fitz and the Fool #3) by Robin Hobb
More than twenty years ago, the first epic fantasy novel featuring FitzChivalry Farseer and his mysterious, often maddening friend the Fool struck like a bolt of brilliant lightning. Now New York Times bestselling author Robin Hobb brings to a momentous close the third trilogy featuring these beloved characters in a novel of unsurpassed artistry that is sure to endure as one of the great masterworks of the genre….Fitz’s young daughter, Bee, has been kidnapped by the Servants, a secret society whose members not only dream of possible futures but use their prophecies to add to their wealth and influence. Bee plays a crucial part in these dreams—but just what part remains uncertain. As Bee is dragged by her sadistic captors across half the world, Fitz and the Fool, believing her dead, embark on a mission of revenge that will take them to the distant island where the Servants reside—a place the Fool once called home and later called prison. It was a hell the Fool escaped, maimed and blinded, swearing never to return. For all his injuries, however, the Fool is not as helpless as he seems. He is a dreamer too, able to shape the future. And though Fitz is no longer the peerless assassin of his youth, he remains a man to be reckoned with—deadly with blades and poison, and adept in Farseer magic. And their goal is simple: to make sure not a single Servant survives their scourge.
Bear with Me (Redwater Shifters #3) by B.N. Kasner
Carter Montgomery’s life is in a downward spiral and has been since his true mate’s death. For nine years, Carter’s used one night stands and random women to keep him from feeling anything for another female. Everything was going according to plan until his alpha, and best friend found his own mate. Of course, it’s led to babies, love, and everything under the sun. Reminding Carter of everything he’d never get to have. At least, that’s what he’d thought until Grace Dodson sunk her teeth into him. One accidental bite from her is all it takes to tether them together with a fragile mate bond. One that Carter is set on undoing as quickly as possible….Grace Dodson knows the meaning of loss better than most shifters. With her brother stepping up to raise her, it wasn’t a surprise when her young heart latched onto one of his friends. The older she got, the deeper her feelings for Carter Montgomery grew, turning from an innocent schoolgirl crush to something else entirely. With a bite, her life changes as she knows it. She hadn’t meant to leave a mating mark, but now that she has, Grace isn’t going to let this opportunity go to waste. …Noah Sanford is hell bent on revenge and not above bringing back ghosts of the past to tear everyone apart. Carter and Grace’s second chance for a happily ever after is in more danger than they realize. Grace will have to discover a way under Carter’s armor and into his heart if they have any chance of surviving the impending storm.
Blood Kissed (Lizzie Grace #1) by Keri Arthur
In a world where magic and science sit side by side, and powerful witches are considered necessary aides for all governments, Lizzie Grace is something of an outlier. Though born into one the most powerful blue blood witch families, she wants nothing to do with either her past or her magic. But when she and Belle, her human familiar and best friend, open a small cafe in the Faelan werewolf reservation, she quickly finds herself enmeshed in the hunt for a vampire intent on wreaking bloody havoc. It’s a hunt that soon becomes personal, and one that is going to take all her skills to survive–that’s if the werewolves, who hate all things witch, don’t get her first.
Charmed Wolf (Wolves of Whiskey Hollow #1) by Lia Davis
Power is her greatest weakness, but love could be her salvation.
Dana Hutson is about to make one of the toughest decisions of her life: walking away from her twin and her Pack. But the anger of her late mate’s betrayal burns deep, and her guilt threatens to push her over the edge. Combined with the magic she was born with intensifying to a lethal level, she has no choice but to leave Whiskey Hollow in search of her inner peace. But what she finds could be more than she bargained for….Cooper Reed will do anything to keep his sister and adopted daughter safe from the demented rogue Alpha of the Bloodrose Creek Pack. That includes killing anyone who threatens his family and going on the run. He is willing to do whatever it takes. He isn’t prepared to find his mate in the midst of the chaos….When even more secrets and dangers come to light, Dana and Cooper must band together to stop the rogue and his minions before all is lost. But will their bond be enough to harness the power needed to defeat such a foe?
Deadmen Walking (Deadman’s Cross #1) by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Hell On Earth…When the Chthonians brought the primal gods to a truce at the end of their great war, part of the pact they forged was that the worst of the evil the gods had unleashed against each other and mankind would be forever banished. But forever is a long time. And nothing can contain those determined to find a way back. To catch evil, it takes evil . . .While Thorn is able to contain the demons unleashed on the ground, the ones who prey on the innocent sailors and sea faring travelers are beyond his reach. For the sake of humanity, he makes a shaky alliance with an old foe, Marcelina. In the form of the ship they sail upon, she assembles a team under the command of Captain Devlyn Nathaniel Bane, one of the most notorious and bloodthirsty pirates to ever sail the high seas. Damned and murdered by his own, Bane is out for revenge. With his own secret agenda, he agrees to take charge of the motley crew of pirates and brigands, and to protect the seas from the preternatural terrors that seek to devour every unwary soul they can take. Theirs is a sacred and deadly task, as they are hunted by their prey and human authorities alike. If they fail, the world will fall to the ancient gods of chaos, and anarchy will reign. Most of all, the Southern gate, where the greatest, most powerful darkness is imprisoned, will be opened and there will be no stopping it. It’s yo ho ho and a bottle of high seas stakes where the souls of all humanity are the ultimate prize and bargaining chip.
Fall of the Titan (Desolate Empire #5) by Christina Ochs
Two great generals clash in a battle that will change the continent’s fate. Only one will survive the encounter… .His family in danger, and eager to defeat Teodora once and for all, Lennart puts everything he’s fought for at risk while his friends worry that his luck might be about to run out … Teodora’s experiments with dark magic have left her stronger and more vital than ever. But these gifts come at a price, one she is unable to pay as madness threatens to overtake her. Horrified by her mother’s transformation, Elektra plays the dutiful daughter. But when her plans go awry, she is forced into an unthinkable alliance….Reeling from her latest defeat, Gwynneth struggles to find purpose, even as the tide of war sweeps her relentlessly in its path. Her daughter Maryna makes her way back to her family through many dangers while her friendship with Anton deepens into something forbidden. Trystan accompanies Natalya back to her home. But upon their return they find a threat greater than any they have faced so far. Braeden is tired. He’s had enough of war, and now seeks to bring those he cares about close to him and to safety. The conflict has other plans for him and he finds himself orchestrating a risky betrayal that could change the course of the war. The stakes rise and culminate in a vast battle with a faith-shattering outcome in Book Five of the Desolate Empire Series.
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Hawklady (Spellmonger Cadet) by Terry Mancour
When Lenodara the Hawkmaiden – Dara, to her friends – was made an apprentice to the foremost wizard in the world, Minalan the Spellmonger, Magelord of her native land of Sevendor, she thought that the adventurous life was behind her. She looked forward to a long, boring career of learning how to read and taking magic lessons . . . but Dara’s life as the Spellmonger’s new apprentice is anything but boring! Within days of assuming her new duties, a goblin invasion in the distant land of Gilmora compels Minalan to gather his forces to repel it . . . and that means Dara, too. Her unique ability to use the ancient Alka Alon weapon, the Thoughtful Knife, may be the only way to thwart the invasion – and combat the dragons that have ravaged the castles of the land. But the battlefield is just the beginning of her new adventure, and she finds the aristocracy of the city of Barrowbell is as challenging as a goblin attack. But new adventures lead Dara to new friends in the unlikeliest of places on her way to becoming the Hawklady!
Recovery (Reawakening #3) by Amy Rae Durreson
Resistance, exile, plague. Raif has survived them all, but now he finds himself in search of a new purpose. Traveling north to wake the dragon Arden, he hopes he has finally found a leader worthy of his loyalty, but Arden turns out to be more of a frivolous annoyance than an almighty spirit lord. Now bound to Arden’s side despite his frustration, Raif follows the dragon to the rich and influential lagoon city of Aliann, chasing rumors of the Shadow that once cursed his homeland. With the election of a new duke at stake, Raif struggles to make sense of the challenges he meets in Aliann: a conspiracy of nixies and pirates, selkie refugees in desperate need of a champion, a monster that devours souls, a flirtatious pirate prince, and a machine that could change the world. For nothing in the city of masks is what it seems, from the new friends Raif makes to the dragon he follows—or even himself.
Shadow Cross (Shadow Accords #5) by D.K. Holmberg
After surviving the blood priests, Carth heads south with a renewed focus, determined to learn more about the Hjan before they gain too much strength and violate the accords. They reach Asador as one of her crew suffers from a mysterious illness. Finding answers leads her deeper into an underworld she knew existed but had not expected to find so easily. Now she needs to help not only her friend but the many others within Asador who have been used. Carth discovers there are unexpected ways to counter her magic, and she must first save herself before she can help anyone else.
The Berlin Project by Gregory Benford
New York Times bestselling author Gregory Benford creates an alternate history about the creation of the atomic bomb that explores what could have happened if the bomb was ready to be used by June 6, 1944. Karl Cohen, a chemist and mathematician who is part of The Manhattan Project team, has discovered an alternate solution for creating the uranium isotope needed to cause a chain reaction: U-235. After convincing General Groves of his new method, Cohen and his team of scientists work at Oak Ridge preparing to have a nuclear bomb ready to drop by the summer of 1944 in an effort to stop the war on the western front. What ensues is an altered account of World War II in this taut thriller. Combining fascinating science with intimate and true accounts of several members of The Manhattan Project, The Berlin Project is an astounding novel that reimagines history and what could have happened if the atom bomb was ready in time to stop Hitler from killing millions of people.
When Danger Bites (Bravo Team Wolf #1) by Heather Long
Buttoned-up Corporal Kaitlyn Amador is dangerous on every level. As a human, she poses a threat to Marine Captain Jax Raymond’s special Force Recon unit. Though the team has a reputation among the other recon units, only their commanding officer knows their secret. As a woman, the danger posed is entirely different. Jax can survive the temptation for only so long before his wolf takes over and pursues what it wants….Military intelligence specialist Corporal Kaitlyn Amador is the first woman in the Marines to be assigned to a recon team. And everyone’s watching her. Her mission? Not only prove herself worthy of her place in the group, but uncover the mystery of why Bravo Team is so successful. A mission that gets more difficult every time she’s near Jax…
Now, what do you want to win this week? Leave a comment, and I’ll announce the winner on Sunday.