Friday, March 29, 2013

Feed My Reader Friday #3

I've been trying to figure out a weekly meme that I want to do. The only one I have done more than once is Feed my Reader Friday, hosted by I am a reader not a writer.  While I haven't decided if its something I'm going to do every week, I am leaning towards it being a weekly meme. Feed My Reader Friday showcases some of my fav books I've added to my reader this week. I try to include some that are still free on Amazon at time of post (US); note the SF* means it was free at time of post. Click on the title to be directed to the Amazon page. This week it's a mix of books from publishers/authors and Amazon. I'm really excited to read the arc of Cobweb Bride (#2 on the list) :e
SF* - Still Free at time of post (US)

A Desperate Gamble

An ancient mystery, a legendary wizard, ghosts, magic, a demon … and Shara, an impoverished seamstress.

Shara has fallen on hard times recently. She’s starving, has just lost her home, and she can’t find work anywhere. However, a chance encounter with a a sociopathic giant and a charming rogue might just be her escape from her hand-to-mouth lifestyle. All she has to do is guide them to the haunted village she had stumbled upon when she was a child.

But can she trust them?

2.  Cobweb Bride by Vera Nazarian (ARC) 

Many are called...
She alone can save the world and become Death's bride.

COBWEB BRIDE (Cobweb Bride Trilogy, Book One) is a history-flavored fantasy novel with romantic elements of the Persephone myth, about Death's ultimatum to the world.

What if you killed someone and then fell in love with them?

In an alternate Renaissance world, somewhere in an imaginary "pocket" of Europe called the Kingdom of Lethe, Death comes, in the form of a grim Spaniard, to claim his Bride. Until she is found, in a single time-stopping moment all dying stops. There is no relief for the mortally wounded and the terminally ill....

Covered in white cobwebs of a thousand snow spiders she lies in the darkness... Her skin is cold as snow... Her eyes frozen... Her gaze, fiercely alive...

While kings and emperors send expeditions to search for a suitable Bride for Death, armies of the undead wage an endless war... A black knight roams the forest at the command of his undead father… Spies and political treacheries abound at the imperial Silver Court.... Murdered lovers find themselves locked in the realm of the living...

Look closer — through the cobweb filaments of her hair and along each strand shine stars...

And one small village girl, Percy—an unwanted, ungainly middle daughter—is faced with the responsibility of granting her dying grandmother the desperate release she needs.

As a result, Percy joins the crowds of other young women of the land in a desperate quest to Death's own mysterious holding in the deepest forests of the North...

And everyone is trying to stop her.

An extraordinary work of tense, outsider fantasy… Enchantment’s Reach is a fast-paced, intricately-woven saga of conflict, mystery, intrigue, magic and betrayal, set in world that may be part-dream, part-real, or perhaps something else entirely, where the fabulous and the unexpected have become the norm.
In this world, anything is possible…

The small kingdom of Enchantment’s Reach lies close on the border of the mysterious land of Enchantment from where strange magical energies seep, borne invisibly on unnatural breezes. Untamed magic resides in the very air, the land itself, and sometimes also deep within the minds of its inhabitants.

It is a time of immense tension. Enchantment’s Reach is being torn apart from both inside and out. From the southwest have come the Karai, a brutal warrior race not wholly human, one of whose armies now musters just a few leagues from the border. The Karai are in league, it appears, with mysterious and powerful entities who dwell within Enchantment itself, commonly held to have the powers of gods. Yet neither the Karai nor these godlike creatures of Enchantment have been known before to interfere directly in the affairs of lesser creatures.

4. The Hawk and his Boy by Christopher Bunn (SF*)
The Beginning of an Epic Adventure...
Jute can break into any house, climb any wall, and steal anything--and he just got hired for what he thinks is an easy burglary job. The only problem is, if he succeeds, the Thieves Guild is going to murder him. He just doesn't know that. Not yet.

Being a thief always came easy for him, but it's a lot harder now, particularly when everyone wants him dead. Hiding out in the city of Hearne, Jute finds some strange allies in an old wizard and a talking hawk. Together, they uncover an ancient secret of terrifying power.

All Jute needs to do is stay alive long enough to figure out why there's a price on his head, why a deadly shadow is stalking him, and why the dark is haunting his dreams. Also, why on earth is
the wind talking to him?

The Hawk And His Boy is the first book of The Tormay Trilogy. The trilogy continues with The Shadow At The Gate, and concludes with The Wicked Day. These books are not stand-alone stories, but are part of the larger tale of The Tormay Trilogy.
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(aka Dee) has loved reading for as long as she can remember. She loves many things: fantasy novels, young adult fiction, her cat, painting, and horror films from the 70s. Diamond is a grad student at UCLA. She's pursuing a Master's in Library and Information Science.