Books I’m Eyeing

Books I’m Eyeing is a (hopefully) weekly series wherein I show you the books that have intrigued me, and the blogs and reviews we can all blame that on. My goal is to make my library hate me because of all the holds I have placed. This feature will show you just how I’m accomplishing that.

Get ready, ladies and gentlemen. It’s been a hell of a good week in the blogosphere, and this incredibly long post will prove it. Also, be sure to take a looksee at the blogs I mention throughout my post. They are all amazing and worth looking at.

Do any of these books interest you? Or are there some that I’ve missed but should check out? Let me know!


Horns – Joe Hill

Discovery blamed on: A reader comment on last week’s Books I’m Eyeing post

About the Book

At first Ig thought the horns were a hallucination, the product of a mind damaged by rage and grief. He had spent the last year in a lonely, private purgatory, following the death of his beloved, Merrin Williams, who was raped and murdered under inexplicable circumstances. A mental breakdown would have been the most natural thing in the world. But there was nothing natural about the horns, which were all too real.

Once the righteous Ig had enjoyed the life of the blessed: born into privilege, the second son of a renowned musician and younger brother of a rising late-night TV star, he had security, wealth, and a place in his community. Ig had it all, and more—he had Merrin and a love founded on shared daydreams, mutual daring, and unlikely midsummer magic.

But Merrin’s death damned all that. The only suspect in the crime, Ig was never charged or tried. And he was never cleared. In the court of public opinion in Gideon, New Hampshire, Ig is and always will be guilty because his rich and connected parents pulled strings to make the investigation go away. Nothing Ig can do, nothing he can say, matters. Everyone, it seems, including God, has abandoned him. Everyone, that is, but the devil inside. . . .

Now Ig is possessed of a terrible new power to go with his terrible new look—a macabre talent he intends to use to find the monster who killed Merrin and destroyed his life. Being good and praying for the best got him nowhere. It’s time for a little revenge. . . . It’s time the devil had his due. . . .


The Red Knight – K.T. Davies

Discovery blamed on: Weirdmage’s Reviews

About the Book

A thousand years have passed since the Clan Lords and the Fey commanded dragons and raised mighty citadels. The remnants of their ancient power lie dormant and a new conflict threatens the kingdom of Antia…

King Daris rules a peaceful and prosperous land, but his conniving brother Jerim covets the throne and civil war looms.

But there are worse threats to Antia than mere human greed.

Two people will stand against mortal and demonic enemies: Alyda Stenna, Captain of the Hammer of Antia returns from campaign to a hero’s welcome after prosecuting war abroad with brutal efficiency.

Garian Tain, the spymaster’s apprentice, hunts for an assassin through the streets of the capital while the knights bask in the adoration of the crowds.

This is just the beginning.

Both will fight overwhelming odds in a bid to save the kingdom. War and betrayal will test them to their limits. One will rise; one will fall; both will be changed forever.


Swords of Good Men – Snorri Kristjansson

Discovery blamed on: Civilian Reader

About the Book

To Ulfar Thormodsson, the Viking town of Stenvik is the penultimate stop on a long journey in this riveting adventure of clashing Viking powers. Tasked with looking after his cousin after disgracing his father, he has traveled the world and now only wants to go home.

Stenvik is different: it contains the beautiful and tragic Lilja, who immediately captures Ulfar’s heart-–but Stenvik is also home to some very deadly men, who could break Ulfar in an instant.

King Olav is marching on Stenvik from the East, determined to bring the White Christ to the masses at the point of his sword, and a host of bloodthirsty raiders led by a mysterious woman are sailing from the north.

But Ulfar is about to learn that his enemies are not all outside the walls.


War For the Oaks – Emma Bull

Discovery blamed on: Fantasy Book Critic

About the Book

Eddi McCandry has just left her boyfriend and their band when she finds herself running through the Minneapolis night, pursued by a sinister man and a huge, terrifying dog. The two creatures are one and the same: aphouka, a faerie being who has chosen Eddi to be a mortal pawn in the age-old war between the Seelie and Unseelie Courts. Eddi isn’t interested–but she doesn’t have a choice. Now she struggles to build a new life and new band when she might not even survive till the first rehearsal.






The Black Fire Concerto – Mike Allen

Discovery blamed on: Little Red Reviewer

About the Book

The Red Empress is the only home Erzelle has known since the day her family was lured aboard and murdered, victims of a grisly ritual meant to make the elite immortal. Erzelle plays her harp for the diners inside this ghoul-infested riverboat, knowing her own death looms, escaping through the music that’s all she has left of her parents.

Her nightmare’s upended in the space of a day by the arrival of Olyssa, a fellow musician, but so much more.

Erzelle is swept up in Olyssa’s quest to find her ensorcelled sister Lilla, a journey across a mutated landscape that leads them to an enemy responsible for the deaths of millions. To stop the slaughter of countless more, the pair has no choice but to draw on the deadly magics that reshaped the world … a power that’s as dangerous to its wielders as it is to its foes, one that’s killing Erzelle even as she fights to control it.


Never Knew Another – J.M. McDermott

Discovery blamed on: Pornokitsch

About the Book

Fugitive Rachel Nolander is a newcomer to the city of Dogsland, where the rich throw parties and the poor just do whatever they can to scrape by. Supported by her brother Djoss, she hides out in their squalid apartment, living in fear that someday, someone will find out that she is the child of a demon. Corporal Jona Lord Joni is a demon’s child too, but instead of living in fear, he keeps his secret and goes about his life as a cocky, self-assured man of the law. The first book in the Dogsland Trilogy, Never Knew Another is the story of how these two outcasts meet.






Under the Empyrean Sky – Chuck Wendig

Discovery blamed on: Rob of SFFWorld

About the Book

Corn is king in the Heartland, and Cael McAvoy has had enough of it. It’s the only crop the Empyrean government allows the people of the Heartland to grow ? and the genetically modified strain is so aggressive that it takes everything the Heartlanders have just to control it. As captain of the Big Sky Scavengers, Cael and his crew sail their rickety ship over the corn day after day, scavenging for valuables, trying to earn much-needed ace notes for their families. But Cael’s tired of surviving life on the ground while the Empyrean elite drift by above in their extravagant sky flotillas. He’s sick of the mayor’s son besting Cael’s crew in the scavenging game. And he’s worried about losing Gwennie ? his first mate and the love of his life ? forever when their government-chosen spouses are revealed. But most of all, Cael is angry ? angry that their lot in life will never get better and that his father doesn’t seem upset about any of it. Cael’s ready to make his own luck . . . even if it means bringing down the wrath of the Empyrean elite and changing life in the Heartland forever.



8 Responses

  • I’d be interested in your take on the Red Knight. I’ve seen lots of male reviewers who love it but I’ve seen no reviews from women. Wondering if I’m the only one who felt about the book the way I did and if it stems from my feminine side or my writer side or what.

  • That’s two in a row from me! What’s the record?

  • War for the Oaks is really incredible. Emma Bull literally wrote the book on how to do Urban Fantasy right.

  • You mean you haven’t read War for the Oaks, yet? 🙂

  • I could have sworn you’d already read “Never Knew Another.” Huh, shows what I know!

    I’ve had a copy of “Horns” for a while; I was lucky enough to get a hardcover copy for $2 at a bookstore’s sale, and it’s definitely on the list of books I want to read sooner rather than later. Same with “Under the Empyrean Sky.” I’d have already read it had I gotten an ARC the way I could have sworn I did (though apparently my brain had tricked me on that, too, since I couldn’t find any sign that I’d actually gotten one).

    “The Red Knight” and “The Black Fire Concerto” both sound like books I’d probably also enjoy. Going to have to track them down when I can! Thanks for bringing them to my attention!

  • Angela

    I love being asked for book recommendations! I will try not to go overboard on these, as I’m sure you will be getting lots of other ones besides mine.

    First off I can say that I have read three of the books in your post and can say that while I have read Horns, I actually liked Heart shaped Box, by the same author, better. For some reason I never quite connected with the protagonist in Horns.

    Emma Bull is awesome but I’m sure that other people will happily be recommending her stuff to you so I will leave that to them. And while i have read and enjoyed Never knew Another I have yet to read anything else by that author or even anything much like it. It is truly a different kind of story.

    I can however look at my own overflowing bookshelves and find things to recommend that I think you would find of interest. Such as The Veil of Gold by Kim Wilkins. A story set in Russia that mixes the past with the present as well as a land of Russian style fairy tails.

    For that matter, have you heard of Ekaterina Sedia? I loved the three or so books of hers I’ve read. The Secret History of Moscow was an excellent introduction to her work for me and I would hope for you.

  • Really enjoyed Empyrean Sky…
    I seriously need to get to War of the Oaks
    That cover for Black Fire Conceirto….GORGEOUS! must must

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