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 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.

September 1

Mary Balogh is one of my favorite authors. And I like this series a lot.

only-a-kiss-mary-baloghOnly a Kiss by Mary Balogh

Series: Survivors’ Club #6

Published by Signet

Genre: Historical Romance

400 pages

Synopsis: Since witnessing the death of her husband during the wars, Imogen, Lady Barclay, has secluded herself in the confines of Hardford Hall, their home in Cornwall. The new owner has failed to take up his inheritance, and Imogen desperately hopes he will never come to disturb her fragile peace.

Percival Hayes, Earl of Hardford, has no interest in the wilds of Cornwall, but when he impulsively decides to pay a visit to his estate there, he is shocked to discover that it is not the ruined heap he had expected. He is equally shocked to find the beautiful widow of his predecessor’s son living there.

Soon Imogen awakens in Percy a passion he has never thought himself capable of feeling. But can he save her from her misery and reawaken her soul? And what will it mean for him if he succeeds?

This is a debut and I’ve read and reviewed it. It’s good.

sorcerer-to-the-crown-by-zen-choSorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho

Series: Sorcerer Royal #1

Published by Ace

Genre: Historical Fantasy

384 pages

Synopsis: Magic and mayhem collide with the British elite in this whimsical and sparkling debut.

At his wit’s end, Zacharias Wythe, freed slave, eminently proficient magician, and Sorcerer Royal of the Unnatural Philosophers—one of the most respected organizations throughout all of Britain—ventures to the border of Fairyland to discover why England’s magical stocks are drying up.

But when his adventure brings him in contact with a most unusual comrade, a woman with immense power and an unfathomable gift, he sets on a path which will alter the nature of sorcery in all of Britain—and the world at large…

I read the short story prequel–Sideswiped–so I’m eager to read this book.

the-drafter-kim-harrisonThe Drafter by Kim Harrison

Series: The Peri Reed Chronicles #1

Published by Gallery Books

Genre: Fantasy

432 pages

Synopsis: Detroit 2030. Double-crossed by the person she loved and betrayed by the covert government organization that trained her to use her body as a weapon, Peri Reed is a renegade on the run.

Don’t forgive and never forget has always been Peri’s creed. But her day job makes it difficult: she is a drafter, possessed of a rare, invaluable skill for altering time, yet destined to forget both the history she changed and the history she rewrote.

When Peri discovers her name on a list of corrupt operatives, she realizes that her own life has been manipulated by the agency. She joins forces with a mysterious rogue soldier in a deadly race to piece together the truth about her final task, unable to trust even herself.

I read many of Cecelia Holland’s historical fiction many years ago and I loved them. I’m looking forward to see how she writes fantasy.

dragon-heart-by ceclia-hollandDragon Heart by Cecelia Holland

Series: Unknown

Published by Tor Books

Genre: Fantasy

288 pages

Synopsis: America’s most distinguished historical novelist steps fully into the realm of fantasy and makes it her own

Where the Cape of the Winds juts into the endless sea, there is Castle Ocean, and therein dwells the royal family that has ruled it from time immemorial. But there is an Empire growing in the east, and its forces have reached the castle. King Reymarro is dead in battle, and by the new treaty, Queen Marioza must marry one of the Emperor’s brothers. She loathes the idea, and has already killed the first brother, but a second arrives, escorted by more soldiers. While Marioza delays, her youngest son, Jeon, goes on a journey in search of his mute twin, Tirza, who needs to be present for the wedding.

As Jeon and Tirza return by sea, their ship is attacked by a shocking and powerful dragon, red as blood and big as the ship. Thrown into the water, Tirza clings to the dragon, and after an underwater journey, finds herself alone with the creature in an inland sea pool. Surprisingly, she is able to talk to the beast, and understand it.

So begins a saga of violence, destruction, and death, of love and monsters, human and otherwise.

This is another book I’ve already read and reviewed. Good! And this is a beautiful cover.

a-curious-beginning-by-deanna-raybournA Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn

Series: Veronica Speedwell Mystery #1

Published by NAL/Penguin

Genre: Historical Mystery

352 pages

Synopsis: London, 1887. As the city prepares to celebrate Queen Victoria’s golden jubilee, Veronica Speedwell is marking a milestone of her own. After burying her spinster aunt, the orphaned Veronica is free to resume her world travels in pursuit of scientific inquiry—and the occasional romantic dalliance. As familiar with hunting butterflies as she is fending off admirers, Veronica wields her butterfly net and a sharpened hatpin with equal aplomb, and with her last connection to England now gone, she intends to embark upon the journey of a lifetime.

But fate has other plans, as Veronica discovers when she thwarts her own abduction with the help of an enigmatic German baron with ties to her mysterious past. Promising to reveal in time what he knows of the plot against her, the baron offers her temporary sanctuary in the care of his friend Stoker—a reclusive natural historian as intriguing as he is bad-tempered. But before the baron can deliver on his tantalizing vow to reveal the secrets he has concealed for decades, he is found murdered. Suddenly Veronica and Stoker are forced to go on the run from an elusive assailant, wary partners in search of the villainous truth.

Updraft sounds very intriguing.

updraft-fran-wildeUpdraft by Fran Wilde

Series: None

Published by Tor

Genre: Fantasy or Science Fiction? (not sure)

352 pages

Synopsis: In a city of living bone rising high above the clouds, where danger hides in the wind and the ground is lost to legend, a young woman must expose a dangerous secret to save everyone she loves

Welcome to a world of wind and bone, songs and silence, betrayal and courage.

Kirit Densira cannot wait to pass her wingtest and begin flying as a trader by her mother’s side, being in service to her beloved home tower and exploring the skies beyond. When Kirit inadvertently breaks Tower Law, the city’s secretive governing body, the Singers, demand that she become one of them instead. In an attempt to save her family from greater censure, Kirit must give up her dreams to throw herself into the dangerous training at the Spire, the tallest, most forbidding tower, deep at the heart of the City.

As she grows in knowledge and power, she starts to uncover the depths of Spire secrets. Kirit begins to doubt her world and its unassailable Laws, setting in motion a chain of events that will lead to a haunting choice, and may well change the city forever—if it isn’t destroyed outright.

September 8

I love this series!

Earth Flight--US-cover-janet-edwards
Earth Flight–U.S. cover

Earth Flight by Janet Edwards

Series: Earth Girl #3

Published by Pyr

Genre: Science Fiction

300 pages

Synopsis: Jarra never wanted to be a celebrity. All she ever wanted was to gain some respect for the people left on Earth: the unlucky few whose immune system prevents them from portaling to other planets.

Except now she’s the most famous Earth girl in the universe

UK Cover

– but not everyone in the universe is happy about it, nor the fact that she has found love with a norm. Jarra’s actions have repercussions that spread further than she ever could have imagined, and political unrest threatens to tear apart the delicate balance of peace between humanity’s worlds.

On top of everything, the first alien artifact ever discovered appears to be waiting for Jarra to reveal its secrets. But to do so, she must somehow find a way to leave Earth – or else the alien artifact will be lost forever. Is there a way for Jarra to travel to another planet? Or is her destiny only to look to the stars – but never to reach them?

September 15

One of my favorite urban fantasy series.

a-red-rose-chain-by-seanan-mcguireA Red Rose Chain

by Seanan McGuire

Series: October Daye #9

Published by Corsair

Genre: Urban Fantasy

256 pages

Synopsis: Things are looking up.

For the first time in what feels like years, October “Toby” Daye has been able to pause long enough to take a breath and look at her life—and she likes what she sees. She has friends. She has allies. She has a squire to train and a King of Cats to love, and maybe, just maybe, she can let her guard down for a change.

Or not. When Queen Windermere’s seneschal is elf-shot and thrown into an enchanted sleep by agents from the neighboring Kingdom of Silences, Toby finds herself in a role she never expected to play: that of a diplomat. She must travel to Portland, Oregon, to convince King Rhys of Silences not to go to war against the Mists. But nothing is that simple, and what October finds in Silences is worse than she would ever have imagined.

How far will Toby go when lives are on the line, and when allies both old and new are threatened by a force she had never expected to face again? How much is October willing to give up, and how much is she willing to change? In Faerie, what’s past is never really gone.

It’s just waiting for an opportunity to pounce.

Lots of Sherlock Holmes inspired books out there right now. I hope this is good.

lock-&-Mori-by-heather-w-pettyLock & Mori

by Heather Petty

Series: Lock & Mori #1

Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Genre: YA Mystery

256 pages

Synopsis: In modern-day London, two brilliant high school students, one Sherlock Holmes and a Miss James “Mori” Moriarty, meet. A murder will bring them together. The truth very well might drive them apart.

Before they were mortal enemies, they were much more.

FACT: Someone has been murdered in London’s Regent’s Park. The police have no leads.

FACT: Miss James “Mori”Moriarty and Sherlock “Lock” Holmes should be hitting the books on a school night. Instead, they are out crashing a crime scene.

FACT: Lock has challenged Mori to solve the case before he does. Challenge accepted.

FACT: Despite agreeing to Lock’s one rule–they must share every clue with each other–Mori is keeping secrets.

OBSERVATION: Sometimes you can’t trust the people closest to you with matters of the heart. And after this case, Mori may never trust Lock again.

September 24

I haven’t read the first book in this series, but they both sound interesting.

angel-of-storms-by-trudi-canavanAngel of Storms by Trudi Canavan

Series: Millenium’s Rule #2

Published by Orbit

Genre: Fantasy

512 pages

Synopsis: Tyen is teaching mechanical magic at a school respected throughout the worlds. News arrives that the formidable ruler of all worlds, long believed to be dead, is back and enforcing his old laws – including the one forbidding schools of magic. As teachers and students flee, Tyen is left with no home and no purpose… except the promise he made to Vella, the sorcerer imprisoned in a book. Tyen must decide what he is willing to do to free her.

After five years among the tapestry weavers of Schpeta, Rielle’s peaceful new life has been shattered by a local war. As defeat looms, the powerful Angel of Storms appears and invites Rielle to join the artisans of his celestial realm. But what will he require in return for this extraordinary offer?

September 29

I love Jim Butcher’s Harry Dresden books so I’m really looking forward to this new series.

the-aeronauts-windlass-by jim-butcherThe Aeronaut’s Windlass by Jim Butcher

Series: The Cinder Spires #1

Published by Roc

Genre: Fantasy

640 pages

Synopsis: Since time immemorial, the Spires have sheltered humanity, towering for miles over the mist-shrouded surface of the world. Within their halls, aristocratic houses have ruled for generations, developing scientific marvels, fostering trade alliances, and building fleets of airships to keep the peace.

Captain Grimm commands the merchant ship, Predator. Fiercely loyal to Spire Albion, he has taken their side in the cold war with Spire Aurora, disrupting the enemy’s shipping lines by attacking their cargo vessels. But when the Predator is severely damaged in combat, leaving captain and crew grounded, Grimm is offered a proposition from the Spirearch of Albion—to join a team of agents on a vital mission in exchange for fully restoring Predator to its fighting glory.

And even as Grimm undertakes this dangerous task, he will learn that the conflict between the Spires is merely a premonition of things to come. Humanity’s ancient enemy, silent for more than ten thousand years, has begun to stir once more. And death will follow in its wake…

This sounds very interesting. I like the idea of young adult science fiction.

return-once-more-by-trisha-leighReturn Once More by Trisha Leigh

Series: The Historians #1

Published by Bloomsbury Spark

Genre: YA Science Fiction

??? pages

Synopsis: If you could learn the identity of your one true love—even though you will never meet— would you?

Years have passed since refugees from a ruined earth took to space, eventually settling a new system of planets. Science has not only made the leaps necessary to allow time travel, but the process engineered a strange side effect—predicting your one true love.

If you could save your one true love from an untimely death, would you be able to resist?

Sixteen-year-old Kaia Vespasian is an apprentice to the Historians—a group charged with using time travel to document the triumphs and failures of the past—and she can’t resist a peek at her long-dead soul mate in Ancient Egypt. Before she knows it, she’s broken every rule in the book, and the consequences of getting caught could destroy more than just her new romance.

Or would you have the strength to watch him die?

But when Kaia notices a fellow classmate snooping around in a time where he doesn’t belong, she suspects he has a secret of his own—and the conspiracy she uncovers could threaten the entire universe. If her experience has taught her anything, to changing history means facing the consequences. The Historians trained her to observe and record the past, but Kaia never guessed she might have to protect it— in a race across time to save her only chance at a future.

I read the first book in the series. I want to see what happens next.

the-bloodforged-by-erin-lindseyThe Bloodforged by Erin Lindsey

Series: Bloodbound #2

Published by Ace

Genre: Fantasy

368 pages

Synopsis: As war between Alden and Oridia intensifies, King Erik must defend his kingdom from treachery and enemies on all sides—but the greatest danger lurks closer to home…

When the war began, Lady Alix Black played a minor role, scouting at the edge of the king’s retinue in relative anonymity. Though she’s once again facing an attacking Oridian force determined to destroy all she holds dear, she is now bodyguard to the king and wife to the prince.

Still, she is unprepared for what the revival of the war will mean. Erik is willing to take drastic measures to defend his domain, even if it means sending Prince Liam into a deadly web of intrigue and traveling into the perilous wild lands of Harram himself.

Only the biggest threat to the kingdom might be one that neither Alix nor Erik could have imagined, or prepared for…


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

  • Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho (already reviewed)
  • A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn (already reviewed)
  • Only a Kiss by Mary Balogh
  • Earth Flight by Janet Edwards
  • A Red Rose Chain by Seanan McGuire
  • The Aeronaut’s Windlass by Jim Butcher
  • The Bloodforged by Erin Lindsey

What books are you excited about this month?

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.

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

  1. I’m excited to read The Drafter, too! I like Kim Harrison’s The Hollows series but I confess her writing in those books isn’t all that great. The Bloodforged and The Aeronaut’s Windlass are also on my watch list. 🙂


    1. I read a couple of The Hollows series, but haven’t gotten back to them. After reading Sideswiped I realized this new series is completely different. Really interested in reading The Drafter and see what happens, Danya!


  2. My copy of A Red-Rose Chain has shipped! I’m so excited.

    I’ve heard good things about Sorcerer to the Crown and The Drafter.

    Nice mix of books!


    1. I’ve already received a Kindle copy of A Red-Rose Chain, Bea! However, I haven’t had a chance to read it. 😦 I liked Sorcerer to the Crown quite well.


  3. There are some really tempting prospects in that collection! I have the ARC of A Curious Beginning (still to read); I’m reading the new Mary Balogh now; and I’m interested in Sorcerer to the Crown, Lock and Mori (hadn’t heard of that one until now!), the new Jim Butcher, and probably Dragon Heart… plus one of these days, I need to start the Toby Daye series by Seanan McGuire.


    1. I’m one book behind in the Mary Balogh series, Lark. I hope to read the last book which came out in May or June soon so I can read Only a Kiss. Although the books could be stand-alone I guess. Oh, well! There are lots of good books this month. I want to read lots of them.


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