Stacking the Shelves over at Tynga’s Reviews is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, whether it be physically or virtually. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!
First up this week is the maddening mayhem unleashed by Michael R. Fletcher in the grimdark delight Beyond Redemption! A novel Mr. Fletcher was nice enough to mail me after growing tired of my ceaseless begging.
Genre: Fantasy — Grimdark
Series: Stand alone
Publisher: Harper Voyager (June 16, 2015)
Length: 512 pages
“Faith shapes the landscape, defines the laws of physics, and makes a mockery of truth. Common knowledge isn’t an axiom, it’s a force of nature. What the masses believe is. But insanity is a weapon, conviction a shield. Delusions give birth to foul new gods.
Violent and dark, the world is filled with the Geisteskranken–men and women whose delusions manifest, twisting reality. High Priest Konig seeks to create order from chaos. He defines the beliefs of his followers, leading their faith to one end: a young boy, Morgen, must Ascend to become a god. A god they can control.
But there are many who would see this would-be-god in their thrall, including the High Priest’s own Doppels, and a Slaver no one can resist. Three reprobates–The Greatest Swordsman in the World, a murderous Kleptic, and possibly the only sane man left–have their own nefarious plans for the young god.
As these forces converge on the boy, there’s one more obstacle: time is running out. When one’s delusions become more powerful, they become harder to control. The fate of the Geisteskranken is to inevitably find oneself in the Afterdeath. The question, then, is:
Who will rule there?”
Next is a book courtesy of Tor that I was not expecting but greatly appreciated. The third installment of Gideon Smith promises to be another pulse-pounding steampunk adventure!
Gideon Smith and the Mask of the Ripper by David Barnett
Series: Gideon Smith #3
Publisher: Tor (October 13, 2015)
Length: 384 pages
“In an alternate nineteenth century where a technologically advanced Britain holds sway over most of the known world and the American Revolution never happened, young Gideon Smith is firmly established as the Hero of the Empire.
Back in London, Gideon and his colleagues: journalist Aloysius Bent, airship pilot Rowena Fanshawe, and Maria, the mechanical girl to whom Gideon has lost his heart, are dragged into a case that is confounding the Metropolitan Police. For the city is on the edge of mass rioting due to the continuing reign of terror by the serial killer known only as Jack the Ripper, who is rampaging though London’s less salubrious quarters.
While chasing the madman, a villain from their past strips Gideon Smith of his memory and is cast adrift in the seedy underbelly of London, where life is tough and death lurks in every shadowy alley.
With mob rule threatening to engulf London, the Empire has never needed its hero more…but where is Gideon Smith?
Gideon Smith and the Mask of the Ripper is the latest in David Barnett’s riproaring steampunk adventures about a Britain that never was…but should have been.”
Series: The Ageless Duel #1
Publisher: Self-published (September 9, 2015)
Length: 332 pages
“In the end of the Age, a champion has arisen. Blood has been spilt and nations torn asunder at the hands of The Warrior Who Knows No Defeat. So too, in the end of the Age, a venomous contender ascends; a foe of death and darkness, of hatred and hunger. Of Ageless Evil. For the end of the Age reveals secrets and forges destinies; interlocking hearts and minds, spinning Eternal tapestries in the stars. The end marks the path of conflict in steel and stone. The Duel begins.”