June books on my radar . . .

June 1, 2015 2015, Books on my radar 7

Radar

Each month I write about the books I’ve noticed and think might be good. Sometimes they’re from favorite authors and sometimes new author strikes my fancy.

I don’t buy all the books (not during the month they’re released at least)–since I already have way too many books to read. I’m trying to limit the new books I buy each month to the ones I’m going to read soon.

But the list I make each month helps me not forget books. The Goodreads links help me keep track of these books.

And I hope people reading my post may find some new books, too! I also hope they will point me toward books I missed.

June 2

I’m way behind in this series, but I really liked the first book–Leviathan Wakes–and am ready to read book 2 and eventually make my way to book 5! I’m very excited about this series becoming a SyFy Channel series.

nemesis-gamesNemesis Games

by James S. A. Corey

Series: Expanse #5

Published by Orbit

Genre: Science Fiction

608 pages

Synopsis: The fifth novel in James S.A. Corey’s New York Times bestselling Expanse series–now being produced for television by the SyFy Channel!

A thousand worlds have opened, and the greatest land rush in human history has begun. As wave after wave of colonists leave, the power structures of the old solar system begin to buckle.

Ships are disappearing without a trace. Private armies are being secretly formed. The sole remaining protomolecule sample is stolen. Terrorist attacks previously considered impossible bring the inner planets to their knees. The sins of the past are returning to exact a terrible price.

And as a new human order is struggling to be born in blood and fire, James Holden and the crew of the Rocinante must struggle to survive and get back to the only home they have left.

The first book of a new historical urban fantasy. 

the-shadow-revolutionThe Shadow Revolution

by Clay Griffith & Susan Griffith

Series: Crown & Kay #1

Published by Del Rey

Genre: Historical Urban Fantasy (Victorian London)

320 pages

Synopsis: They are the realm’s last, best defense against supernatural evil. But they’re going to need a lot more silver.
 
As fog descends, obscuring the gas lamps of Victorian London, werewolves prowl the shadows of back alleys. But they have infiltrated the inner circles of upper-crust society as well. Only a handful of specially gifted practitioners are equipped to battle the beasts. Among them are the roguish Simon Archer, who conceals his powers as a spell-casting scribe behind the smooth veneer of a dashing playboy; his layabout mentor, Nick Barker, who prefers a good pub to thrilling heroics; and the self-possessed alchemist Kate Anstruther, who is equally at home in a ballroom as she is on a battlefield.

After a lycanthrope targets Kate’s vulnerable younger sister, the three join forces with fierce Scottish monster-hunter Malcolm MacFarlane—but quickly discover they’re dealing with a threat far greater than anything they ever imagined.

I read the first book in this series and am so happy to see the second book coming out!

hidden-huntressHidden Huntress

by Danielle L. Jensen

Series: The Malediction Trilogy #2

Published by Angry Robot

Genre: Fantasy

464 pages

Synopsis: Beneath the mountain, the king’s reign of tyranny is absolute; the one troll with the capacity to challenge him is imprisoned for treason. Cécile has escaped the darkness of Trollus, but she learns all too quickly that she is not beyond the reach of the king’s power. Or his manipulation.

Recovered from her injuries, she now lives with her mother in Trianon and graces the opera stage every night. But by day she searches for the witch who has eluded the trolls for five hundred years. Whether she succeeds or fails, the costs to those she cares about will be high.

To find Anushka, she must delve into magic that is both dark and deadly. But the witch is a clever creature. And Cécile might not just be the hunter. She might also be the hunted…

This husband-wife writing team are two of my favorite authors. I’ve read their books for a number of years. I love the Liaden Universe!

dragon-in-exileDragon in Exile

by Sharon Lee & Steve Miller

Series: Liaden Universe #18
(Note: There are many books in the Liaden Universe, but the books aren’t written in a linear order. Some are more stand-alone. This particular book is the beginning of a 5-book sub-series; sequel to: I Dare, Dragon Ship, Necessity’s Child)

Published by Baen

Genre: Science Fiction (space opera)

416 pages

Synopsis: Star-trading Clan Korval—known to Terrans as the Tree-and-Dragon Family and to the locals simply as “the Dragon”—has been convicted of crimes against the homeworld. No matter that one of the “crimes” consisted of saving the elitist planet of Liad from very real internal threats, the Council of Clans wanted Korval heads to roll. Unfortunately for the Council, the Dragon’s allies conspired to impose a milder punishment for saving the world: banishment, rather than execution.

Now relocated to the free-for-all world of Surebleak, the Dragon is under contract to keep the Port Road open to all traffic, and to back the New Bosses in imposing law and order on a society originally based on larceny and assassination. This modest rustication is going surprisingly well, until Korval discovers that the enemy they’d sought to destroy. . .wasn’t quite destroyed, and is more determined than ever to eradicate Korval.

While the banishment killed no one initially, many of Korval’s trading allies are spooked, and some are reneging on ancient agreements, leaving the Dragon to make its own way. The clan’s efforts to stealthily recruit new allies is going haywire, and a secret death toll is rising even as the clan’s adherents endure increasing exposure to danger and deceit off-world.

To make matters worse, an active portion of Surebleak’s native population liked the Old Ways just fine, and are conspiring to take the New Bosses—and the Dragon—down, and are sure they have the firepower and people to do it.

The exiled Dragon has to make an urgent choice—accept an alliance with criminals or face down each and every enemy in person, one by one.

I love the Raksura and especially Moon! I have a couple other books in this series still to read, but know I will read all of them eventually.

stories-of-the-raksura-vol2Stories of the Raksura: Volume 2: The Dead City & The Dark Earth Below

by Martha Wells

Series: Stories of the Raksura #2

Published by Night Shade Books

Genre: Fantasy

232 pages

Synopsis: Martha Wells continues to enthusiastically ignore genre conventions in her exploration of the fascinating world of the Raksura. Her novellas and short stories contain all the elements fans have come to love from the Raksura books: courtly intrigue and politics, unfolding mysteries that reveal an increasingly strange wider world, and threats both mundane and magical.

“The Dead City” is a tale of Moon before he came to the Indigo Court. As Moon is fleeing the ruins of Saraseil, a groundling city destroyed by the Fell, he flies right into another potential disaster when a friendly caravanserai finds itself under attack by a strange force. In “The Dark Earth Below,” Moon and Jade face their biggest adventure yet; their first clutch. But even as Moon tries to prepare for impending fatherhood, members of the Kek village in the colony tree’s roots go missing, and searching for them only leads to more mysteries as the court is stalked by an unknown enemy.

Stories of Moon and the shape changers of Raksura have delighted readers for years. This world is a dangerous place full of strange mysteries, where the future can never be taken for granted and must always be fought for with wits and ingenuity, and often tooth and claw. With these two new novellas, Martha Wells shows that the world of the Raksura has many more stories to tell…

June 9

I don’t read much romance these days, but Mary Balogh is still an auto-buy author for me! I’m enjoying this series a lot.

only-a-promiseOnly a Promise

by Mary Balogh

Series: The Survivors’ Club #5

Published by Signet

Genre: Historical Romance

400 pages

Synopsis: Ralph Stockwood prides himself on being a leader, but when he convinced his friends to fight in the Napoleonic Wars, he never envisioned being the sole survivor. Racked with guilt over their deaths, Ralph must move on…and find a wife so as to secure an heir to his family’s title and fortune.

Since her Seasons in London ended in disaster, Chloe Muirhead is resigned to spinsterhood. Driven by the need to escape her family, she takes refuge at the home of her mother’s godmother, where she meets Ralph. He needs a wife. She wants a husband. So Chloe makes an outrageous suggestion: Strike a bargain and get married. One condition: Ralph has to promise that he will never take her back to London. But circumstances change. And to Ralph, it was only a promise.

June 14

The first in a new fantasy series.

cold-ironCold Iron

by Stina Leicht

Series: The Malorum Gates #1

Published by Saga Press

Genre: Fantasy

672 pages

Synopsis: Fraternal twins Nels and Suvi move beyond their royal heritage and into military and magical dominion in this flintlock epic fantasy debut from a two-time Campbell Award finalist.

Prince Nels is the scholarly runt of the ancient Kainen royal family of Eledore, disregarded as flawed by the king and many others. Only Suvi, his fraternal twin sister, supports him. When Nels is ambushed by an Acrasian scouting party, he does the forbidden for a member of the ruling family: He picks up a fallen sword and defends himself.

Disowned and dismissed to the military, Nels establishes himself as a leader as Eledore begins to shatter under the attack of the Acrasians, who the Kainen had previously dismissed as barbarians. But Nels knows differently, and with the aid of Suvi, who has allied with pirates, he mounts a military offensive with sword, canon, and what little magic is left in the world.

June 23

The beginning of a new fantasy series. This sounds interesting!

trailer-park-faeTrailer Park Fae

by Lilith Saintcrow

Series: Gallow & Ragged #1

Published by Orbit

Genre: Fantasy

320 pages

Synopsis: Jeremy Gallow is just another construction worker, and that’s the way he likes it. He’s left his past behind, but some things cannot be erased. Like the tattoos on his arms that transform into a weapon, or that he was once closer to the Queen of Summer than any half-human should be. Now the half-sidhe all in Summer once feared is dragged back into the world of enchantment, danger, and fickle fae—by a woman who looks uncannily like his dead wife. Her name is Robin, and her secrets are more than enough to get them both killed. A plague has come, the fullborn-fae are dying, and the dark answer to Summer’s Court is breaking loose.

Be afraid, for Unwinter is riding…

June 30

 This sounds a little different. I like the idea that paintings, music and stories are the way to connect to spirits.

shadowshaperShadowshaper

by Daniel Jose Older

Series: Unknown

Published by Arthur A. Levine

Genre: Fantasy

302 pages

Synopsis: Sierra Santiago was looking forward to a fun summer of making art, hanging out with her friends, and skating around Brooklyn. But then a weird zombie guy crashes the first party of the season. Sierra’s near-comatose abuelo begins to say “No importa” over and over. And when the graffiti murals in Bed-Stuy start to weep…. Well, something stranger than the usual New York mayhem is going on.

Sierra soon discovers a supernatural order called the Shadowshapers, who connect with spirits via paintings, music, and stories. Her grandfather once shared the order’s secrets with an anthropologist, Dr. Jonathan Wick, who turned the Caribbean magic to his own foul ends. Now Wick wants to become the ultimate Shadowshaper by killing all the others, one by one. With the help of her friends and the hot graffiti artist Robbie, Sierra must dodge Wick’s supernatural creations, harness her own Shadowshaping abilities, and save her family’s past, present, and future.

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The books I plan to get (and hopefully read) soon:

  • Dragon in Exile by Sharon Lee & Steve Miller
  • Only a Promise by Mary Balogh
  • The Shadow Revolution by Clay Griffith & Susan Griffith
  • Stories of the Raksura, Vol. 2 by Martha Wells

What new books are you excited to read this month?

7 Responses to “June books on my radar . . .”

  1. Li

    I’m really excited about the new Martha Wells. I’ve already read the Lee & Miller (Baen released the ebook version a couple of weeks back) – better than the more recent ones, IMO!

    I used to read Lilith Saintcrow, but she had a habit of ending on a cliffhanger IIRC so stopped. It sounds interesting though. As does COLD IRON!
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    • Jan

      I’m listening to the third Raksura book right now. Such a good series. Glad to hear you liked the Lee & Miller. I’m not sure I’ve read a Lilith Saintcrow book before. I think I’ve started a few though I’m not sure about that either.
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    • Jan

      That is a lot of the same books, Mogsy! I’ve had a number of books change their publication date lately after I’ve written about them. I have to remember to double-check more often, I guess.