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Planning to Pillage – Recent Acquisitions

Planning to Pillage

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 haven’t had a chance to share new books for a while, so it seems about time! I’m probably going to miss something from the last month, but here are books I’ve received recently that I’m really excited to read and think you should have on your radar as well :D.

(Covers link to Goodreads so you can add these too!)

The Witch Who Came in from the Cold

The Witch Who Came in From the Cold Serial Cover
(Expected publication: Jan. 16th by Serial Box) This is something new for me! The Witch Who Came in From the Cold is a serial that will start being released on Jan. 16th and each segment will take about 40 minutes to read and contain a complete plot, much like a TV show. I’ve read the pilot already and love it, so I’m really excited to see what happens next!

Through a haze of cigarettes and vodka there lies a version of Prague in the heart of the Cold War, where spies practice sorcery in their games of intrigue. While the political lines may be as clear as the Iron Curtain, the battles of magic seldom stay clean and the combating forces of Ice and Flame dance across boarders and loyalties.

Tanya Morozova is a KGB officer and the latest in a long line of Ice witches and sorcerers; Gabe Pritchard is a CIA officer and reluctant Ice recruit. Enemies at one turn, but forced into alliances at the next, their relationship is as explosive as the Cold War itself.

Tide of Shadows and Other Stories

Tide of Shadows and Other Stories
(Published May 4th 2015 by A Dribble of Ink) I have seen this anthology going around for a bit, so I was excited when Aidan offered a copy on Twitter! I’m loving short fiction lately so a collection of sci-fi and fantasy stories from one of the best known sf/f bloggers is pretty darn exciting.

From Aidan Moher—Hugo Award-winning editor of A Dribble of Ink—comes Tide of Shadows and Other Stories, a collection of five science fiction and fantasy stories spanning adventure, comic whimsy, and powerful drama—from a star-faring military science fiction tale of love and sacrifice, to a romp through the dragon-infested Kingdom of Copperkettle Vale.

“A Night for Spirits and Snowflakes” is the story of a young man reliving the last moments of his fellow soldiers’ lives; “The Girl with Wings of Iron and Down” tells the tale of a broken family and a girl with mechanical wings; “Of Parnassus and Princes, Damsels and Dragons” introduces a typical prince, princess, and dragon—and a not-so-typical love triangle; “The Colour of the Sky on the Day the World Ended” follows a girl and her ghost dog as they search for a bright light in the darkness; and “Tide of Shadows” is about a soldier and his lover, a mother, and planetwide genocide.


(Expected publication: February 2nd 2016 by DAW) YEEEEESSSSSSS! I love Jim C. Hines Libriomancer books soooo much and the last one seriously gutted me. I can’t wait to find out what happens next but I’m so so sad that this might be the last one :(.

When Isaac Vainio helped to reveal magic to the world, he dreamed of a new millennium of magical prosperity. One year later, things aren’t going quite as he’d hoped. A newly-formed magical organization wants open war with the mundane world. Isaac’s own government is incarcerating “potential supernatural enemies” in prisons and internment camps.

Surrounded by betrayal and political intrigue, Isaac and a ragtag group of allies must evade pursuit both magical and mundane, expose a conspiracy by some of the most powerful people in the world, and find a path to a better future. But the key to victory may lie with Isaac himself, as he struggles to incorporate everything he’s learned into a new, more powerful form of libriomancy.

Black City Saint

Black City Saint
(Expected publication: March 1st 2016 by Pyr) I am fascinated by the description of this one. Saint George and the dragon + bootlegging in Chicago?? AWESOME!

For more than sixteen hundred years, Nick Medea has followed and guarded the Gate that keeps the mortal realm and that of Feirie separate, seeking in vain absolution for the fatal errors he made when he slew the dragon. All that while, he has tried and failed to keep the woman he loves from dying over and over.

Yet in the fifty years since the Night the Dragon Breathed over the city of Chicago, the Gate has not only remained fixed, but open to the trespasses of the Wyld, the darkest of the Feiriefolk. Not only does that mean an evil resurrected from Nick’s own past, but the reincarnation of his lost Cleolinda, a reincarnation destined once more to die.

Nick must turn inward to that which he distrusts the most: the Dragon, the beast he slew when he was still only Saint George. He must turn to the monster residing in him, now a part of him…but ever seeking escape.

The gang war brewing between Prohibition bootleggers may be the least of his concerns. If Nick cannot prevent an old evil from opening the way between realms…then not only might Chicago face a fate worse than the Great Fire, but so will the rest of the mortal realm.

The Raven

The Raven
(Published December 1st 2015) I’m already about halfway through The Raven and really enjoying it. It’s a unique fantasy setting and fast-paced. This is the reason that I opened up my requests to indie authors again: there are some real gems out there!

When a foreign tribe attacks the peaceful Onan people, a lonely outcast is forced to reveal her secret Gift — but will such power bring acceptance?

It is the darkest time in winter, when suns, moons, and stars, all wane from the sky. In the Wolf clan, a baby is born with a powerful Gift, but dangerous omens brand her an Outcast, and the Elders name her Iluna.

Orphaned since birth, Iluna struggles to find her place in the proud and distrustful Wolf clan, but as her powers bloom, she discovers a mysterious friend.

Dark magic, war, and treachery soon jeopardize the life of every clan member; many suspect Iluna and her Gift.

Is this Outcast girl to blame, or is she salvation?

A Fierce and Subtle Poison

A Fierce and Subtle Poison
(Expected publication: April 12th 2016 by Algonquin Young Readers) Not gonna lie, I have a possibly unhealthy obsession with poison. If the plot revolves around some sort of poison magic, I’m in (hence why I loved Poison Study :D). So really, you had me at ‘girl filled with poison’!

In this stunning debut, legends collide with reality when a boy is swept into the magical, dangerous world of a girl filled with poison.

Everyone knows the legends about the cursed girl–Isabel, the one the senoras whisper about. They say she has green skin and grass for hair, and she feeds on the poisonous plants that fill her family’s Caribbean island garden. Some say she can grant wishes; some say her touch can kill.

Seventeen-year-old Lucas lives on the mainland most of the year but spends summers with his hotel-developer father in Puerto Rico. He’s grown up hearing stories about the cursed girl, and he wants to believe in Isabel and her magic. When letters from Isabel begin mysteriously appearing in his room the same day his new girlfriend disappears, Lucas turns to Isabel for answers–and finds himself lured into her strange and enchanted world. But time is running out for the girl filled with poison, and the more entangled Lucas becomes with Isabel, the less certain he is of escaping with his own life.

A Fierce and Subtle Poison beautifully blends magical realism with a page-turning mystery and a dark, starcrossed romance–all delivered in lush, urgent prose.

What are you excited about reading lately? 

Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings -Anya

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  1. A Fierce and Subtle Poison sounds really interesting and unique! This looks like a great mystery :) Plus, I love that simple cover.
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  2. Ooooh I don’t recognize a lot of these. I need to goodreads right meow.
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  3. Oooh love all of these covers!

  4. Tide of Shadows was a great read – hope you enjoy it!

    • Thanks! I think I’ve realized that I like slightly longer length short fiction, like novella instead of short story I guess?

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