Skullsworn – Brian Staveley

Synopsis: Pyrre Lakatur is not, to her mind, an assassin, not a murderer—she is a priestess. At least, she will be once she passes her final trial.

The problem isn’t the killing. The problem, rather, is love. For to complete her trial, Pyrre has ten days to kill the seven people enumerated in an ancient song, including “the one who made your mind and body sing with love / who will not come again.”

Pyrre isn’t sure she’s ever been in love. And if she fails to find someone who can draw such passion from her, or fails to kill that someone, her order will give her to their god, the God of Death. Pyrre’s not afraid to die, but she hates to fail, and so, as her trial is set to begin, she returns to the city of her birth in the hope of finding love . . . and ending it on the edge of her sword. Continue reading “Skullsworn – Brian Staveley”

Fuzzy Nation – John Scalzi

“Get off my planet, you son of a bitch.”

This is a retelling of the 1960’s H. Piper Beam novel, Little Fuzzy. I was unfamiliar with this source material prior to reading this, so I cannot compare the two. However, I enjoyed this John Scalzi interpretation!

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The Builders – Daniel Polansky

Synopsis:

A missing eye.
A broken wing.
A stolen country.

The last job didn’t end well.

Years go by, and scars fade, but memories only fester. For the animals of the Captain’s company, survival has meant keeping a low profile, building a new life, and trying to forget the war they lost. But now the Captain’s whiskers are twitching at the idea of evening the score. Continue reading “The Builders – Daniel Polansky”

All Systems Red – Martha Wells

Releases 5.2.17

Synopsis: In a corporate-dominated spacefaring future, planetary missions must be approved and supplied by the Company. Exploratory teams are accompanied by Company-supplied security androids, for their own safety.

But in a society where contracts are awarded to the lowest bidder, safety isn’t a primary concern.

On a distant planet, a team of scientists are conducting surface tests, shadowed by their Company-supplied ‘droid — a self-aware SecUnit that has hacked its own governor module, and refers to itself (though never out loud) as “Murderbot.” Scornful of humans, all it really wants is to be left alone long enough to figure out who it is.

But when a neighboring mission goes dark, it’s up to the scientists and their Murderbot to get to the truth. Continue reading “All Systems Red – Martha Wells”

River of Teeth – Sarah Gailey

Releases: 5.23.2017.

Synopsis: River of Teeth is an 1890s America that might have been: a bayou overrun by feral hippos and mercenary hippo wranglers from around the globe. It is the story of Winslow Houndstooth and his crew. It is the story of their fortunes. It is the story of his revenge.

Holly: This book was a trip! You’ve got these hungry, hungry hippos (RAWR) who are being imported into the marshes of the Mississippi River for meat production. A portion of them are used as mounts, but then there is an overpopulation happening of murderous rampaging ferals. So then you’ve got this ragtag crew of mercenaries who are most certainly *not* on a caper, who are then called in to help clean up the waterways of these ferals.

It was such a fun & unique adventure story. There were shades of Joe R. Lansdale & Unforgiven, with a completely bonkers (in a good way) alternate history thrown in for good measure. Continue reading “River of Teeth – Sarah Gailey”

The Last Mortal Bond – Brian Staveley

Synopsis: The ancient csestriim are back to finish their purge of humanity; armies march against the capital; leaches, solitary beings who draw power from the natural world to fuel their extraordinary abilities, maneuver on all sides to affect the outcome of the war; and capricious gods walk the earth in human guise with agendas of their own.

The Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne reaches its epic conclusion as war engulfs the Annurian Empire. Continue reading “The Last Mortal Bond – Brian Staveley”

The Providence of Fire – Brian Staveley

Synopsis: War is coming, secrets multiply and betrayal waits in the wings… The Annurian Empire’s ruling family must be vigilant, as the conspiracy against them deepens. Having discovered her father’s assassin, Adare flees the Dawn Palace in search of allies. But few trust her, until she seems marked by the people’s goddess in an ordeal of flame. As Adare struggles to unite Annur, unrest breeds rival armies – then barbarian hordes threaten to invade. And unknown to Adare, her brother Valyn has fallen in with forces mustering at the empire’s borders. The terrible choices they face could make war between them inevitable. Fighting his own battles is their brother Kaden, rightful heir to the Unhewn Throne, who has infiltrated the Annurian capital with two strange companions. While imperial forces prepare to defend a far-distant front, Kaden’s actions could save the empire, or destroy it.
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The Emperor’s Blades – Brian Staveley

Synopsis: The emperor of Annur is dead, slain by enemies unknown. His daughter and two sons, scattered across the world, do what they must to stay alive and unmask the assassins. But each of them also has a life-path on which their father set them, destinies entangled with both ancient enemies and inscrutable gods.

The circle is closing. The stakes are high. And old truths will live again . .   

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