It’s been a while since I talked about the e-ARCs I have on my Kindle. NetGalley and publishers in general have been very kind to me lately, I have a limited number of books I want to request and almost always, I am lucky enough to be granted permission. So yay for that! Needless to say that they are SFF books because I can’t seem to read anything else nowadays. Oh, well.
The Mask of Mirrors by M. A. Carrick
Nightmares are creeping through the city of dreams…
Renata Viraudax is a con artist who has come to the sparkling city of Nadezra — the city of dreams — with one goal: to trick her way into a noble house and secure her fortune and her sister’s future.
But as she’s drawn into the elite world of House Traementis, she realizes her masquerade is just one of many surrounding her. And as corrupt magic begins to weave its way through Nadezra, the poisonous feuds of its aristocrats and the shadowy dangers of its impoverished underbelly become tangled — with Ren at their heart.
Darkly magical and intricately imagined, The Mask of Mirrors is the unmissable start to the Rook & Rose trilogy, a rich and dazzling fantasy adventure in which a con artist, a vigilante, and a crime lord must unite to save their city.
I might have been drawn in by the cover. I mean, look at that art! It’s absolutely fabulous! And then, I read the synopsis, there’s a gray character right there in the synopsis, I can never tear myself from that. And to top that, it’s been shelved as LGBTQIA on goodreads, heck yes. Overall, I am ready for a morally gray adventure because that’s what this book looks like.
Winter’s Orbit by Everina Maxwell
Ancillary Justice meets Red, White & Royal Blue in Everina Maxwell’s exciting debut.
While the Iskat Empire has long dominated the system through treaties and political alliances, several planets, including Thea, have begun to chafe under Iskat’s rule. When tragedy befalls Imperial Prince Taam, his Thean widower, Jainan, is rushed into an arranged marriage with Taam’s cousin, the disreputable Kiem, in a bid to keep the rising hostilities between the two worlds under control.
But when it comes to light that Prince Taam’s death may not have been an accident, and that Jainan himself may be a suspect, the unlikely pair must overcome their misgivings and learn to trust one another as they navigate the perils of the Iskat court, try to solve a murder, and prevent an interplanetary war… all while dealing with their growing feelings for each other.
Ok, first, the cover, as usual. Then the plot and then, Orbit Books did us a solid gave us ‘that’ trope. There was only one bed! Can you imagine me having the power to not request it? I am simply powerless okay? Orbit Books knows exactly what tickles my fancy.
Skyward Inn by Aliya Whiteley
This is a place where we can be alone, together.
Skyward Inn, on the moorlands of the Western Protectorate, is removed from modern technology and politics. Theirs is a quiet life – The Protectorate has stood apart from the coalition of world powers that has formed. Instead the inhabitants choose to live simply, many of them farming by day and drinking the local brew at night.
The co-owners of the inn are Jem and Isley. Jem, a veteran of the coalitions’ war on the perfect, peaceful planet of Qita, has a smile for everyone in the bar. Her partner Isley does his cooking in the kitchen and his brewing in the cellar. He’s Qitan, but it’s all right – the locals treat him like one of their own. They think they understand him, but it’s only Jem who knows his homeland well enough to recreate it in the stories she tells him at dawn.
Skyward Inn is Jamaica Inn by way of Ursula Le Guin, bringing the influences, too, of Angela Carter, Michel Faber and Jeff Vandermeer to create a fantastic story of love, belonging, and togetherness. Asking questions of ideas of the individual and the collective, of ownership and historical possession, and of the experience of being human, it is at once timeless and thoroughly of its time.
This gives off a very ‘quiet but explosive village set at the end of the world and introspection on many things’ vibe and I figured I should read something like that because it just sounds like there’s gonna be implosions/explosions of the emotional kind throughout the book. Who doesn’t love pain? Also, does that inn give off a very coffee shop AU vibes or is that just me? I might have to read to find out.
Sistersong by Lucy Holland
35 AD. In the ancient kingdom of Dumnonia, King Cador’s children inherit a fragmented land abandoned by the Romans.
Riva, scarred in a terrible fire, fears she will never heal.
Keyne battles to be seen as the king’s son, when born a daughter.
And Sinne, the spoiled youngest girl, yearns for romance.
All three fear a life of confinement within the walls of the hold – a last bastion of strength against the invading Saxons. But change comes on the day ash falls from the sky, bringing Myrddhin, meddler and magician, and Tristan, a warrior whose secrets will tear the siblings apart. Riva, Keyne and Sinne must take fate into their own hands, or risk being tangled in a story they could never have imagined; one of treachery, love and ultimately, murder. It’s a story that will shape the destiny of Britain.
Doesn’t it just sound absolutely wonderful? Also this has a sort of blurb saying it’s perfect for the fans of Madeline Miller and Naomi Novik. Guess what? I am a fan of both. There’s once again LGBTQIA aspect to the story as well and in a ancient Britain! I am here for it.
So, these are the books I have on my Kindle, e-ARCs are the best, especially they are from your preferred genre and you are not being too impulsive and requesting everything under the sun. So, these books seem manageable to me. I know I am not really veering off the beaten path of SFF but I can’t help it, I am like a moth drawn to that flame, okay? I can only go closer. For now, I have accepted my fate as a strictly SFF reader.
In any case, are there any books on this list that you find super interesting? If so, which ones and why? Do you also have a ARCs of your own that you need to read soon?