October books on my radar . . .


Each 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!

October 7

I read the first book in this series and really liked it so I’m excited to find out Steven Brust is still writing this series thirty years later!


by Steven Brust

Series: Vlad Taltos #14

Published by Tor Books

Genre: Fantasy

320 pages

Synopsis: Years ago, Vlad Taltos came to make his way as a human amidst the impossibly tall, fantastically long-lived natives of the Dragaeran Empire. He joined the Jhereg, the Dragaeran House (of which there are seventeen) that handles the Empire’s vices: gambling, rackets, organized crime. He became a professional assassin. He was good at it.

But that was then, before Vlad and the Jhereg became mortal enemies.

For years, Vlad has run from one end of the Empire to the other, avoiding the Jhereg assassins who pursue him. Now, finally, he’s back in the imperial capital where his family and friends are. He means to stay there this time. Whatever happens. And whatever it takes.

When I first saw this title I wasn’t quite sure what kind of book this was…LOL. But when I read the synopsis and found out it was about a jinni…well, I am in!

exquisite-captiveExquisite Captive

by Heather Demetrios

Series: Dark Caravan Cycle #1

Published by Balzer+Bray

Genre: Fantasy

480 pages

Synopsis: Nalia is a jinni of tremendous ancient power, the only survivor of a coup that killed nearly everyone she loved. Stuffed into a bottle and sold by a slave trader, she’s now in hiding on the dark caravan, the lucrative jinni slave trade between Arjinna and Earth, where jinn are forced to grant wishes and obey their human masters’ every command. She’d give almost anything to be free of the golden shackles that bind her to Malek, her handsome, cruel master, and his lavish Hollywood lifestyle.

Enter Raif, the enigmatic leader of Arjinna’s revolution and Nalia’s sworn enemy. He promises to free Nalia from her master so that she can return to her ravaged homeland and free her imprisoned brother—all for an unbearably high price. Nalia’s not sure she can trust him, but Raif’s her only hope of escape. With her enemies on the hunt, Earth has become more perilous than ever for Nalia. There’s just one catch: for Raif’s unbinding magic to work, Nalia must gain possession of her bottle…and convince the dangerously persuasive Malek that she truly loves him. Battling a dark past and harboring a terrible secret, Nalia soon realizes her freedom may come at a price too terrible to pay: but how far is she willing to go for it?

Inspired by Arabian Nights, EXQUISITE CAPTIVE brings to life a deliciously seductive world where a wish can be a curse and shadows are sometimes safer than the light.

October 14

This is one of my husband’s favorite series…and I think I will buy this book for him for Christmas. He doesn’t read my blog very often so I don’t think he will see this–I hope.



by Garth Nix

Series: Abhorsen #4

Published byHarperCollins

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

400 pages

Synopsis: Sixteen-year-old Clariel is not adjusting well to her new life in the city of Belisaere, the capital of the Old Kingdom. She misses roaming freely within the forests of Estwael, and she feels trapped within the stone city walls. And in Belisaere she is forced to follow the plans, plots and demands of everyone, from her parents to her maid, to the sinister Guildmaster Kilip. Clariel can see her freedom slipping away. It seems too that the city itself is descending into chaos, as the ancient rules binding Abhorsen, King and Clayr appear to be disintegrating.

With the discovery of a dangerous Free Magic creature loose in the city, Clariel is given the chance both to prove her worth and make her escape. But events spin rapidly out of control. Clariel finds herself more trapped than ever, until help comes from an unlikely source. But the help comes at a terrible cost. Clariel must question the motivations and secret hearts of everyone around her – and it is herself she must question most of all.

This sounds like it might be a good, new fantasy series.

snow-like-ashesSnow Like Ashes

by Sara Raasch

Series: Snow Like Ashes #1

Published by Balzer + Bray

Genre: Fantasy

432 pages

Synopsis: Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. Now, the Winterians’ only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been waiting for the opportunity to steal back Winter’s magic and rebuild the kingdom ever since.

Orphaned as an infant during Winter’s defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee, raised by the Winterians’ general, Sir. Training to be a warrior—and desperately in love with her best friend, and future king, Mather — she would do anything to help her kingdom rise to power again.

So when scouts discover the location of the ancient locket that can restore Winter’s magic, Meira decides to go after it herself. Finally, she’s scaling towers, fighting enemy soldiers, and serving her kingdom just as she’s always dreamed she would. But the mission doesn’t go as planned, and Meira soon finds herself thrust into a world of evil magic and dangerous politics – and ultimately comes to realize that her destiny is not, never has been, her own.

October 28

Ilona Andrews is a favorite author of mine. I’m really looking forward to this book.

burn-for-meBurn for Me

by Ilona Andrews

Series: Hidden Legacy #1

Published by Avon

Genre: Paranormal Romance

400 pages

Synopsis: Nevada Baylor is faced with the most challenging case of her detective career—a suicide mission to bring in a suspect in a volatile case. Nevada isn’t sure she has the chops. Her quarry is a Prime, the highest rank of magic user, who can set anyone and anything on fire.

Then she’s kidnapped by Connor “Mad” Rogan—a darkly tempting billionaire with equally devastating powers. Torn between wanting to run or surrender to their overwhelming attraction, Nevada must join forces with Rogan to stay alive.

Rogan’s after the same target, so he needs Nevada. But she’s getting under his skin, making him care about someone other than himself for a change. And, as Rogan has learned, love can be as perilous as death, especially in the magic world.

Mary Balogh is another author who is one of my favorites.  I’m very happy to have another book in this series only four months after book 3.

only-enchantingOnly Enchanting

by Mary Balogh

Series: The Survivors’ Club #4

Published by Signet

Genre: Historical Romance

400 pages

Synopsis: Flavian, Viscount Ponsonby, was devastated by his fiancée’s desertion after his return home. Now the woman who broke his heart is back—and everyone is eager to revive their engagement. Except Flavian, who, in a panic, runs straight into the arms of a most sensible yet enchanting young woman.

Agnes Keeping has never been in love—and never wishes to be. But then she meets the charismatic Flavian, and suddenly Agnes falls so foolishly and so deeply that she agrees to his impetuous proposal of marriage.

When Agnes discovers that the proposal is only to avenge his former love, she’s determined to flee. But Flavian has no intention of letting his new bride go, especially now that he too has fallen so passionately and so unexpectedly in love.

 I’ve read several books by Ms. Kagawa and liked most of them. This sounds like it will be a good new series. I almost always like books with dragons in them!


by Julie Kagawa

Series: Talon #1

Published by Harlequin Teen

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

400 pages

Synopsis: Long ago, dragons were hunted to near extinction by the Order of St. George, a legendary society of dragon slayers. Hiding in human form and growing their numbers in secret, the dragons of Talon have become strong and cunning, and they’re positioned to take over the world with humans none the wiser.

Ember and Dante Hill are the only sister and brother known to dragonkind. Trained to infiltrate society, Ember wants to live the teen experience and enjoy a summer of freedom before taking her destined place in Talon. But destiny is a matter of perspective, and a rogue dragon will soon challenge everything Ember has been taught. As Ember struggles to accept her future, she and her brother are hunted by the Order of St. George.

Soldier Garret Xavier Sebastian has a mission to seek and destroy all dragons, and Talon’s newest recruits in particular. But he cannot kill unless he is certain he has found his prey: and nothing is certain about Ember Hill. Faced with Ember’s bravery, confidence and all-too-human desires, Garret begins to question everything that the Order has ingrained in him: and what he might be willing to give up to find the truth about dragons.

I haven’t read anything by Patrick Rothfuss yet, but have several of his books. This sounds like it will be good.

Untitled-14The Slow Regard of Silent Things

by Patrick Rothfuss

Series: Tales from Temerant

Published by DAW Hardcover

Genre: Fantasy

176 pages

Synopsis: Deep below the University, there is a dark place. Few people know of it: a broken web of ancient passageways and abandoned rooms. A young woman lives there, tucked among the sprawling tunnels of the Underthing, snug in the heart of this forgotten place.

Her name is Auri, and she is full of mysteries.

The Slow Regard of Silent Things is a brief, bittersweet glimpse of Auri’s life, a small adventure all her own. At once joyous and haunting, this story offers a chance to see the world through Auri’s eyes. And it gives the reader a chance to learn things that only Auri knows….

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In this book, Patrick Rothfuss brings us into the world of one of The Kingkiller Chronicle’s most enigmatic characters. Full of secrets and mysteries, The Slow Regard of Silent Things is the story of a broken girl trying to live in a broken world.

October 31

I’ve read several books by Ms. Edwards and this novella sounds good.

dog-with-a-boneDog with a Bone

by Hailey Edwards

Series: A Black Dog Book

Published by Hailey Edwards

Genre: Fantasy

100 pages

Synopsis: Half-bloods with Thierry’s skill set are given two options. They can join the conclave’s marshal program, or they can pack their bags. Turn down the job offer, and you’ve just shredded your residency pass for the mortal realm and booked yourself a one-way ticket to Faerie.

Texas is the only home Thierry has ever known, and she’s not going anywhere. Even if it means following in her notorious father’s footsteps as a peacekeeper. But pinning on the badge opens her eyes to the fact sometimes fae need protection too, and that sometimes humans are the real monsters.


The books I plan to actually buy! (I’m waiting for the others to come down in price)

  • Only Enchanting by Mary Balogh
  • Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews
  • Dog with a Bone by Hailey Edwards

What new books do you plan to buy (and read) in October?

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.

12 thoughts on “October books on my radar . . .”

  1. I have a few friends who have been following the Vlad series religiously since the beginning too, I can tell you they are besides themselves that they can still get excited about a new book in this series after so many years. 😀

    I just found out about Talon recently as well, and that’s definitely going on the list!


  2. Burn For Me, Talon, and Snow Like Ashes are all on my list too! The last two because I need a new YA fantasy series to get excited about, and the first because…well, it’s Ilona Andrews! You just know it’s going to be awesome.


  3. Hahaha, I never thought about what the images the title and cover of Exquisite Captive could conjure, but now that you mention it, I can totally see it. 😀

    I’m excited for it too.


  4. Oh I’m really looking forward to Andrews book too! Love them. I want to give Balogh’s a try. That cover is just too pretty!


  5. I totally missed the Balogh – probably because I wasn’t expecting another Survivors’ Club book out this year!

    I’ve only read the first Garth Nix book, Sabriel? I’ve always meant to continue with the series, and seeing how excited people are about the new book bumps it up on my to-read list.


  6. I’ve already pre-ordered the Mary Balogh book for Kindle, and two hardcover copies of the new Pat Rothfuss (one for me and one for Robin at college. After all, she put me on to his books!) And thanks – your list serves to remind me that I need to bump the Garth Nix books higher up my TBR list.


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