Saturday, September 7, 2013

Sue's Saturday Suggestions #64

Interesting Books

Conjured by Sarah Beth Durst, reviews at Fantasy Literature & The Book Smugglers

Eve has a new home, a new face, and a new name—but no memories of her past. She’s been told that she's in a witness protection program. That she escaped a dangerous magic-wielding serial killer who still hunts her. The only thing she knows for sure is that there is something horrifying in her memories the people hiding her want to access—and there is nothing they won’t say—or do—to her to get her to remember.

At night she dreams of a tattered carnival tent and buttons being sewn into her skin. But during the day, she shelves books at the local library, trying to not let anyone know that she can do things—things like change the color of her eyes or walk through walls. When she does use her strange powers, she blacks out and is drawn into terrifying visions, returning to find that days or weeks have passed—and she’s lost all short-term memories. Eve must find out who and what she really is before the killer finds her—but the truth may be more dangerous than anyone could have ever imagined.

The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater, review at The Midnight Garden

Now that the ley lines around Cabeswater have been woken, nothing for Ronan, Gansey, Blue, and Adam will be the same. Ronan, for one, is falling more and more deeply into his dreams, and his dreams are intruding more and more into waking life. Meanwhile, some very sinister people are looking for some of the same pieces of the Cabeswater puzzle that Gansey is after...

Shattered Pillars by Elizabeth Bear, review at Fantasy Cafe

The Shattered Pillars is the second book of Bear’s The Eternal Sky trilogy and the sequel to Range of Ghosts. Set in a world drawn from our own great Asian Steppes, this saga of magic, politics and war sets Re-Temur, the exiled heir to the great Khagan and his friend Sarmarkar, a Wizard of Tsarepheth, against dark forces determined to conquer all the great Empires along the Celedon Road.

Elizabeth Bear is an astonishing writer, whose prose draws you into strange and wonderful worlds, and makes you care deeply about the people and the stories she tells.

Sue’s Note: Range of Ghosts was one of my favorite reads last year, so I am eager to devour the next installment of the trilogy.

I have listed these titles in earlier SSS posts: check out my SSS Books Page for links to more reviews:

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon, review at Cuddlebuggery

The Dirty Streets of Heaven by Tad Williams, review at My Bookish Ways

The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancy, reviews at Smash Attack Reads

House of Shadows by Rachel Neumeier, review at Janicu’s Book Blog

Kinslayer by Jay Kristoff, review at The Oaken Bookcase


The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon Cuddlebuggery

The Dirty Streets of Heaven by Tad Williams My Bookish Ways

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