Planning to Pillage is my way of showcasing books that I’m excited about for one reason or another. They may have recently shown up in my mail, they may have just gotten a cover, I may have recently requested them. No matter the case, they are books I think you should have on your radar too!
I’ve once again found myself with more books that I immediately want to read than I possibly can at this exact moment, but that doesn’t mean that I can’t push them on you! Similar to Stacking the Shelves, I want to highlight some stories I’ve received recently that I think you all should be adding to your TBR piles too ;-).
(Covers link to Goodreads so you can add these too!)
The Drowning Eyes
(Expected publication: January 12th 2016 by Tor.com) I’ve gotten so so excited about Tor.com’s new publishing endeavor and The Drowning Eyes captures the essence of why. First off, LOOK AT THAT COVER! These folks tend to have excellent covers, but wow, I need to own that gorgeousness. But then on top of that you have female captain and weather magic! And a woman of color on a fantasy cover! I never want to leave this beautiful place.
When the Dragon Ships began to tear through the trade lanes and ravage coastal towns, the hopes of the arichipelago turned to the Windspeakers on Tash. The solemn weather-shapers with their eyes of stone can steal the breeze from raiders’ sails and save the islands from their wrath. But the Windspeakers’ magic has been stolen, and only their young apprentice Shina can bring their power back and save her people.
Tazir has seen more than her share of storms and pirates in her many years as captain, and she’s not much interested in getting involved in the affairs of Windspeakers and Dragon Ships. Shina’s caught her eye, but that might not be enough to convince the grizzled sailor to risk her ship, her crew, and her neck.
Of Sorrow and Such
Mistress Gideon is a witch. The locals of Edda’s Meadow, if they suspect it of her, say nary a word-Gideon has been good to them, and it’s always better to keep on her good side. Just in case.
When a foolish young shapeshifter goes against the wishes of her pack, and gets herself very publicly caught, the authorities find it impossible to deny the existence of the supernatural in their midst any longer; Gideon and her like are captured, bound for torture and a fiery end.
Should Gideon give up her sisters in return for a quick death? Or can she turn the situation to her advantage?
(Published September 22nd 2015 by Tor.com) I really can’t get over how much I love Tor.com’s covers… Okay, besides that, I’ve been wanting to read Nnedi’s work for a while and one of the awesome things about novellas is that I can jump in and try out lots of different authors without worrying about the time commitment! Really all I need in life is aliens though….
Her name is Binti, and she is the first of the Himba people ever to be offered a place at Oomza University, the finest institution of higher learning in the galaxy. But to accept the offer will mean giving up her place in her family to travel between the stars among strangers who do not share her ways or respect her customs.
Knowledge comes at a cost, one that Binti is willing to pay, but her journey will not be easy. The world she seeks to enter has long warred with the Meduse, an alien race that has become the stuff of nightmares. Oomza University has wronged the Meduse, and Binti’s stellar travel will bring her within their deadly reach.
If Binti hopes to survive the legacy of a war not of her making, she will need both the the gifts of her people and the wisdom enshrined within the University, itself – but first she has to make it there, alive.
(Expected publication: November 3rd 2015 by Tor.com) I must admit that I was a bit skeptical at first when I realized the characters in The Builders are all animals. I mean, I’m not living in Disney world any more ya know? But since it’s a novella, I’m quite intrigued and have been drawn in despite myself!
A missing eye.
A broken wing.
A stolen country.
The last job didn’t end well.
Years go by, and scars fade, but memories only fester. For the animals of the Captain’s company, survival has meant keeping a low profile, building a new life, and trying to forget the war they lost. But now the Captain’s whiskers are twitching at the idea of evening the score.
Legacy of Kings
(Published August 18th 2015 by Harlequin Teen) I had originally skipped over Legacy of Kings since I wasn’t 100% sure about it and just didn’t have time when it came out. However, I was contacted recently to review it and after looking at reviews of friends with similar taste, I decided to give it a try! It sounds like a lot of what some people didn’t like are aspects I’m used to in adult fantasy, so I have hope.
Imagine a time when the gods turn a blind eye to the agony of men, when the last of the hellions roam the plains and evil stirs beyond the edges of the map. A time when cities burn, and in their ashes, empires rise.
Alexander, Macedonia’s sixteen-year-old heir, is on the brink of discovering his fated role in conquering the known world but finds himself drawn to a newcomer…
Katerina must navigate the dark secrets of court life while hiding her own mission: kill the Queen. But she doesn’t account for her first love…
Jacob will go to unthinkable lengths to win Katerina, even if it means having to compete for her heart with Hephaestion, a murderer sheltered by the prince.
And far across the sea, Zofia, a Persian princess and Alexander’s unmet betrothed, wants to alter her destiny by seeking the famed and deadly Spirit Eaters.
Weaving fantasy with the shocking details of real history, New York Times bestselling author of Sex with Kings Eleanor Herman reimagines the greatest emperor the world has ever known, Alexander the Great, in the first book of the Blood of Gods and Royals series.
(Published September 30th 2014 by Talos) I remember seeing reviews for Radiant when it first came out last year and thinking that it sounded like a book I’d like, but I wasn’t sure and it fell off my radar. With the series coming to a finish next month however, Talos offered me the chance to get caught up, so I’m on board!
Xhea has no magic. Born without the power that everyone else takes for granted, Xhea is an outcast—no way to earn a living, buy food, or change the life that fate has dealt her. Yet she has a unique talent: the ability to see ghosts and the tethers that bind them to the living world, which she uses to scratch out a bare existence in the ruins beneath the City’s floating Towers.
When a rich City man comes to her with a young woman’s ghost tethered to his chest, Xhea has no idea that this ghost will change everything. The ghost, Shai, is a Radiant, a rare person who generates so much power that the Towers use it to fuel their magic, heedless of the pain such use causes. Shai’s home Tower is desperate to get the ghost back and force her into a body—any body—so that it can regain its position, while the Tower’s rivals seek the ghost to use her magic for their own ends. Caught between a multitude of enemies and desperate to save Shai, Xhea thinks herself powerless—until a strange magic wakes within her. Magic dark and slow, like rising smoke, like seeping oil. A magic whose very touch brings death.
With two extremely strong female protagonists, Radiant is a story of fighting for what you believe in and finding strength that you never thought you had.
(Expected publication: November 3rd 2015 by Red Adept Publishing) Dall recently emailed me to offer Raining Embers for review consideration and at first I thought that I was too overwhelmed with books. Then I read the description and her pitch to me further, and I realized that I simply couldn’t pass this up. You don’t see very many disabilities in fantasy, so I’m very hopeful that these will be portrayed well. I also just really love incarnations of Order and Chaos and need to know more!
Palmer Tash always follows the path of least resistance. He has an unusual disability involving his hearing. But in theocratic Latysia, being different isn’t a good thing, so he conceals his problem.
Brier Chastain’s malady is even more debilitating, and she often must take to her bed for long periods. Her days are spent in meaningless pursuits as she awaits an arranged marriage.
When Palmer and Brier are kidnapped on the same night, they meet and discover that their so-called disabilities are actually budding powers. They are the incarnations of Order and Chaos. With their country on the brink of war, the two must step into their predestined roles and learn to take control of their own destinies.
What are you excited about reading lately?
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