Bites
August 19, 2012

While my posting has become sporadic I do want to make sure I declare any books I receive just to keep the FTC from inserting itself into my bum.  I hear that can be rather unpleasant.  So I did receive a couple of books this week and I’m pretty excited to read both of them.

BLACK BOTTLE by Anthony Huso from Tor –

Tabloids sold in the Duchy of Stonehold claim that the High King, Caliph Howl, has been raised from the dead. His consort, Sena Iilool, both blamed and celebrated for this act, finds that a macabre cult has sprung up around her.

As this news spreads, Stonehold—long considered unimportant—comes to the attention of the emperors in the southern countries. They have learned that the seed of Sena’s immense power lies in an occult book, and they are eager to claim it for their own.

Desperate to protect his people from the southern threat, Caliph is drawn into a summit of the world’s leaders despite the knowledge that it is a trap. As Sena’s bizarre actions threaten to unravel the summit, Caliph watches her slip through his fingers into madness.

But is it really madness? Sena is playing a dangerous game of strategy and deceit as she attempts to outwit a force that has spent millennia preparing for this day. Caliph is the only connection left to her former life, but it’s his blood that Sena needs to see her plans through to their explosive finish.  (goodreads.com)

I think it sounds really good except it’s a sequel.  So I’m going to have to get my hands on THE LAST PAGE, its predecessor, before diving into this one.  But I’m just a little bit excited.  And the cover makes me drool a little.

THE LOST PRINCE by Julie Kagawa from Harlequin via NetGalley

Don’t look at Them. Never let Them know you can see Them. 
That is Ethan Chase’s unbreakable rule. Until the fey he avoids at all costs—including his reputation—begin to disappear, and Ethan is attacked. Now he must change the rules to protect his family. To save a girl he never thought he’s dare to fall for.

Ethan thought he had protected himself from his older sister’s world—the land of Faery. His previous time in the Iron Realm left him with nothing but fear and disgust for the world Meghan Chase has made her home, a land of myths and talking cats, of magic and seductive enemies. But when destiny comes for Ethan, there is no escape from a danger long, long forgotten.

My name is Ethan Chase. And I may not live to see my eighteenth birthday.  (goodreads.com)

It’s part of Julie Kagawa’s IRON FEY series.  I’ll read it pretty much unabashedly, also most likely with a bit of drool.

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