September books on my radar. . .

RadarEach month I write about the books I’ve noticed and think might be good. Sometimes they’re from favorite authors and other times I get excited by some new author I might try.

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 and sometimes these new books have high prices 😦

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!

September 2

 I’m very excited about this book. I love the Mercy Thompson world. However, I will probably try to wait for the price to come down a bit!

shifting-shadowsShifting Shadows: Stories from the World of Mercy Thompson

by Patricia Briggs

Series: Mercy Thompson

Published by Ace Hardcover

Genre: Urban Fantasy

450 pages

Synopsis: Mercy Thompson’s world just got a whole lot bigger…

A collection of all-new and previously published short stories featuring Mercy Thompson, “one of the best heroines in the urban fantasy genre today” (Fiction Vixen Book Reviews), and the characters she calls friends…

Includes the new stories…
“Roses in Winter”

…and reader favorites
“Fairy Gifts”
“Alpha and Omega”
“Seeing Eye”
“The Star of David”
“In Red, with Pearls”

This is a reprint. This book came out a few years ago, but Rose Lerner didn’t become well known after that. I think she’s a great historical romance author. She has apparently gotten a contract with Samhain since her two backlist books have been reprinted and she came out with a new book last spring and has another set to come out early in 2015. I plan to re-read this book.

a-lily-among-thornsA Lily Among Thorns

by Rose Lerner

Series: None

Published by Samhain Publishing (first published 2011)

Genre: Historical Romance

364 pages

Synopsis: Lady Serena Ravenshaw is one of London’s most prosperous women, but she’s never forgotten the misery that set her on the path to success. Nor has she forgotten the drunken young gentleman who gave her the means to start her long, tortuous climb out of the gutter.

When he knocks on the door of the Ravenshaw Arms to ask her help in retrieving a stolen family heirloom, she readily agrees to help, and to let him stay rent-free. After all, Serena prefers debts to fall in her favor.

Still grieving the death of his twin brother, Solomon Hathaway just wanted to be left alone in his dye-making shop—until his highborn uncle sends him to the infamous Lady Serena to scour London’s underworld for the missing bauble.

He’s shocked to discover she’s the same bedraggled waif to whom he once gave his entire quarterly allowance. Yet as they delicately tread common ground, they must negotiate a treacherous world of crime, espionage and betrayal before they can learn to trust—and love—again.

The October Daye series is one of my favorite urban fantasy series. I just read the last book so I’d be ready to read this one!



The Winter Long

by Seanan McGuire

Series: October Daye # 8

Published by DAW

Genre: Urban Fantasy

368 pages

Synopsis: Toby thought she understood her own past; she thought she knew the score.

She was wrong.

It’s time to learn the truth.

I recently read The Cloud Roads, the first book in this series, and I loved it. I was happy to learn Ms. Wells is writing some backstory novellas about this world! I think I will wait to get this book until I read books 2 and 3 in the series.


Stories of the Raksura, Vol. 1: The Falling World & The Tale of Indigo and Cloud

by Martha Wells

Series: The Books of the Raksura

Published by Night Shade Books

Genre: Fantasy

352 pages

Synopsis: In The Falling World, Jade, ruler of the Indigo Cloud Court, has traveled with Chime and Balm to another Raksuran court. When she fails to return, her consort Moon, along with Stone and party of warriors and hunters, must track them down. Finding them turns out to be the easy part; freeing them from an ancient trap hidden in the depths of the Reaches is much more difficult.

September 9

This looks like a very interesting new fantasy!

city-of-stairsCity of Stairs

by Robert Jackson Bennet

Series: Unknown

Published by Broadway Books

Genre: Fantasy

464 pages

Synopsis: Years ago, the city of Bulikov wielded the powers of the Gods to conquer the world. But after its divine protectors were mysteriously killed, the conqueror has become the conquered; the city’s proud history has been erased and censored, progress has left it behind, and it is just another colonial outpost of the world’s new geopolitical power. Into this musty, backward city steps Shara Divani. Officially, the quiet mousy woman is just another lowly diplomat sent by Bulikov’s oppressors. Unofficially, Shara is one of her country’s most accomplished spymasters-dispatched to investigate the brutal murder of a seemingly harmless historian. As Shara pursues the mystery through the ever-shifting physical and political geography of the city, she begins to suspect that the beings who once protected Bulikov may not be as dead as they seem-and that her own abilities might be touched by the divine as well.

A few years ago I read several of the young adult books this series is continuation of. These look interesting. (I don’t see a Kindle edition for this book yet.)

the-vampires-of manhattanVampires of Manhattan

by Melissa de la Cruz

Series: Vampires of Manhattan #1

Published by Hyperion Books

Genre: Fantasy

240 pages

Synopsis: The Vampires of Manhattan is “hipster horror”–the memorable characters from her Blue Bloods series are older and cooler than before, trying to build “Millennial” lives in the bustle of Manhattan while battling forces of evil and, of course, each other.

Hero of this sexy, paranormal action tale is Oliver Hazard-Perry, former human conduit, and Manhattan’s only human-turned-vampire, now the head of the Blue Bloods Coven. When his all-too-human lover is found murdered on the eve of the coven’s annual Four Hundred Ball–a celebration meant to usher in a new era in vampire society, and to mark the re-unification of the Coven after decades of unrest and decay–Oliver is devastated.

Now, not only is he trying to create a new world order for the immortal elite, he’s the prime suspect and is stalked by the newly installed head of the vampire secret police. Because according to the new rules, vampires who take human life can now be executed. Burned.

How can an immortal sentenced to die fight back? He has to find the killer–and the answers lie deep in vampire lore.

September 16

I read the first book in this series last year and liked it a lot so I’m looking forward to reading this book!

the-perilous-seaThe Perilous Sea

by Sherry Thomas

Series: The Elements Trilogy #2

Published by Balzer + Bray

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

414 pages

Synopsis: After spending the summer away from each other, Titus and Iolanthe (still disguised as Archer Fairfax) are eager to return to Eton College to resume their training to fight the Bane. Although no longer bound to Titus by a blood oath, Iolanthe is more committed than ever to fulfilling her destiny—especially with the agents of Atlantis quickly closing in.

Soon after arriving at school, though, Titus makes a shocking discovery, one that makes him question everything he previously believed about their mission. Faced with this devastating realization, Iolanthe is forced to come to terms with her new role, while Titus must choose between following his mother’s prophecies—and forging a divergent path to an unknowable future.

September 23

I love My Fair Lady so I think this looks like a fun book.

wouldnt-it-be-deadlyWouldn’t It Be Deadly

by D. E. Ireland

Series: An Eliza Doolittle & Henry Higgins Mystery #1

Published by Minotaur Books

Genre: Mystery

336 pages

Synopsis: Following her successful appearance at an Embassy Ball—where Eliza Doolittle won Professor Henry Higgins’ bet that he could pass off a Cockney flower girl as a duchess—Eliza becomes an assistant to his chief rival Emil Nepommuck. After Nepommuck publicly takes credit for transforming Eliza into a lady, an enraged Higgins submits proof to a London newspaper that Nepommuck is a fraud. When Nepommuck is found with a dagger in his back, Henry Higgins becomes Scotland Yard’s prime suspect. However, Eliza learns that most of Nepommuck’s pupils had a reason to murder their blackmailing teacher. As another suspect turns up dead and evidence goes missing, Eliza and Higgins realize the only way to clear the Professor’s name is to discover which of Nepommuck’s many enemies is the real killer. When all the suspects attend a performance of Hamlet at Drury Lane, Eliza and Higgins don their theatre best and race to upstage a murderer.

This reimagining of George Bernard Shaw’s beloved characters is sheer pleasure. Wouldn’t It Be Deadly transports readers to Edwardian London, from the aristocratic environs of Mayfair to the dangerous back alleys of the East End. Eliza and Henry steal the show in this charming traditional mystery.

This looks like an intriguing fantasy and I like the cover, too!

company-townCompany Town

by Madeline Ashby

Series: Unknown

Published by Angry Robot

Genre: Fantasy

??? pages

Synopsis: Meet Hwa. One of the few in her community to forego bio-engineered enhancements, she’s the last truly organic person left on the rig. But she’s an expert in the arts of self-defence, and she’s been charged with training the Family’s youngest, who has been receiving death threats – seemingly from another timeline.

Meanwhile, a series of interconnected murders threatens the city’s stability – serial killer? Or something much, much worse…?


Another fantasy which looks interesting.

the-bloodboundThe Bloodbound

by Erin Lindsey

Series: Unknown

Published by Ace

Genre: Fantasy

??? pages

Synopsis: Of all those in the King of Alden’s retinue, the bloodbinders are the most prized. The magic they wield can forge invaluable weapons, ones that make soldiers like Lady Alix Black unerringly lethal. However, the bloodbinders’ powers can do so much more—and so much worse…

A cunning and impetuous scout, Alix only wishes to serve quietly on the edges of the action. But when the king is betrayed by his own brother and left to die at the hands of attacking Oridian forces, she winds up single-handedly saving her sovereign.

Suddenly, she is head of the king’s personal guard, an honor made all the more dubious by the king’s exile from his own court. Surrounded by enemies, Alix must help him reclaim his crown, all the while attempting to repel the relentless tide of invaders led by the Priest, most feared of Oridia’s lords.

But while Alix’s king commands her duty, both he and a fellow scout lay claim to her heart. And when the time comes, she may need to choose between the two men who need her most…

The books I plan to get this month:

  • The Winter Long by Seanan McGuire
  • The Perilous Sea by Sherry Thomas
  • A Rose Among Thorns by Rose Lerner
  • Company Town by Madeline Ashby
  • The Bloodbound by Erin Lindsey

What September books are you interested in reading?

Author: Jan

I love to read--especially mysteries, science fiction and fantasy. I also love blogging, photography, gardening, playing Mah Jonng, reading with a cat on my lap, throwing a ball for a dog, creating cards to send to family and friends, reading book blogs, using my computer.

8 thoughts on “September books on my radar. . .”

  1. I’m a big Mercy Thompson fan too, but I own all the books in paperback so I have to wait FOREVER to buy the new instalments in the series because I’m weird about having all my print books in the same format. Maybe I’ll buy an ebook version if I really can’t wait! City of Stairs has been on my radar for a while; a few people I know have read it and they said it was amazing. The Bloodbound has escaped my notice but it sounds right up my alley – thanks for bringing it to my attention!


  2. The Mercy Thompson book sounds so good. I’m hoping the library will get it since it’s $10 or so for the Kindle version. City of Stairs sounds very interesting to me. And I’m glad to bring The Bloodbound to your attention, Danya!


  3. I’ve not read Rose Lerner’s books yet, but I do know quite a few people rate her writing. Good that Samhain’s picked up her novels.

    I agree with Danya – THE BLOODBOUND sounds really interesting, I need to find out more!


    1. I hope The Bloodbound will be good. And I’m always glad when an author’s books get picked up somewhere and they’re able to get published again.


  4. A lot of these are on my list, probably too many to comment on here. But I just have to say, I had learned a few weeks ago before I read it that the Vampires of Manhattan series is a continuation of another existing series, but I didn’t know it had been a YA. In VoM, they sure grew up…it’s definitely more of an adult-oriented novel.


    1. Well, it’s good they grew up…LOL. I don’t know if I’ve read a YA series which continues with the same characters into an adult story. There must be some, but just can’t think of any.


  5. I just picked up the first book in Sherry Thomas’s Elements trilogy, so I’ll wait to see if I like it before jumping on the second one. Several of the other fantasies on your list look good, and I’ll be reading the Eliza Doolittle mystery for sure!


  6. I’m looking forward to the second Elements book. I like Sherry Thomas’ writing. I’ll look forward to what you think of the Eliza Doolittle mystery, Lark. I’m hoping either my library will get it or the price will come down!


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