First off, just a quick note to say that I have gotten The Breeds character guide updated to include the info from the latest release, Cross Breed. I still have a few more to get caught up on, but it is chugging along.
Now onto the new series starting up this week. Jennifer Estep debuts Kill the Queen this week, which is the first book of the Crown of Shards series.
Gladiator meets Game of Thrones: a royal woman becomes a skilled warrior to destroy her murderous cousin, avenge her family, and save her kingdom in this first entry in a dazzling fantasy epic from the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Elemental Assassin series—an enthralling tale that combines magic, murder, intrigue, adventure, and a hint of romance.
In a realm where one’s magical power determines one’s worth, Lady Everleigh’s lack of obvious ability relegates her to the shadows of the royal court of Bellona, a kingdom steeped in gladiator tradition. Seventeenth in line for the throne, Evie is nothing more than a ceremonial fixture, overlooked and mostly forgotten.
But dark forces are at work inside the palace. When her cousin Vasilia, the crown princess, assassinates her mother the queen and takes the throne by force, Evie is also attacked, along with the rest of the royal family. Luckily for Evie, her secret immunity to magic helps her escape the massacre.
Forced into hiding to survive, she falls in with a gladiator troupe. Though they use their talents to entertain and amuse the masses, the gladiators are actually highly trained warriors skilled in the art of war, especially Lucas Sullivan, a powerful magier with secrets of his own. Uncertain of her future—or if she even has one—Evie begins training with the troupe until she can decide her next move.
But as the bloodthirsty Vasilia exerts her power, pushing Bellona to the brink of war, Evie’s fate becomes clear: she must become a fearsome gladiator herself . . . and kill the queen.
Charlaine Harris also has a newbie this week. An Easy Death is the first book of the Gunny Rose series.
From the No. 1 New York Times bestselling author of the Sookie Stackhouse series and the inspiration behind HBO’s True Blood, comes an electrifying new thriller centered on a young gunslinging mercenary, Lizbeth Rose.
Set in a fractured United States, in the southwestern country now known as Texoma, this is a world where magic is acknowledged but mistrusted. Battered by a run across the border to Mexico, gunslinger Lizbeth Rose takes a job offer from a pair of Russian wizards.
She may be young, but Gunnie Rose has acquired a fearsome reputation and the wizards are at a desperate crossroads, even if they won’t admit it. They’re searching frantically to locate the only man whose blood they believe can save their tsar’s life.
As the trio journey through an altered America, they’re set upon by enemies. It’s clear that a powerful force does not want them to succeed in their mission. Lizbeth Rose is a gunnie who has never failed a client, but her oath will test all of her skills and resolve to get them all out alive.
The Dark Tower meets True Blood in this gritty and wildly entertaining tale of Gunnie Rose. A woman fighting unimaginable odds to keep her people alive after the disintegration of America, this is a surefire hit for fans of The Walking Dead or Westworld.
And on October 4th, L.E. Wilson will release Fire of the Dreki, which is the first book of The Sergones Coven series.
The beast is awake, and it burns for its mate.
Kohl Sergones knows there’s no place for a woman around a creature like him—half vampire, half dragon, and the only one of his kind. Taken in by a coven of vampires who make their home in the underground caverns of central Texas, he stays alive by keeping his head down while he fights to keep his volatile shifter side at bay. But that all goes to hell the night Kohl sees Devon dancing alone at The Caves. Her tawny skin begs for his touch, and her sweet scent ignites a blood lust he can’t control.
Devon Young never thought she would find herself on the witness stand of a notorious court case concerning her employer, Parasupe—a company created by the government to regulate supernatural creatures. Her testimony puts her boss in jail and makes Devon the target of malicious internet bullying. Forced to put that life behind her, she gives up her high paying job and relocates, determined to stay under the radar. Until the night she meets a sexy bartender whose tattooed appearance is in direct contrast to the sweet warmth of his brown eyes. The attraction is immediate and intense, and his hungry touch kindles a fire in her she thought was long dead.
Bringing Devon into his world will expose his coven, and put Devon in even more danger. If the beast inside of him doesn’t kill her, the coven master will.
But that isn’t enough to keep him away.
I am going to keep an eye on Fire of the Dreki and see how the reviews are. I have been having some really good luck with my unplanned purchases lately, and this might be the next one. How about you?