Another week begins.  I quickly slip into my business suit and head back into the office to save a few innocent people. But while I try to fool myself into being excited about the promise of a new year and the continuation of the regular grind, deep down, I’m not, so I’m going to escape dreary reality by reading some great books.

I really try to be dedicated and follow a reading schedule.  Promise.  But, sometimes, I get distracted.  Like I did last week with some DC graphic novels.  And my schedule goes to hell.  But, I’m going to do better this time around, stay focused, and play catch-up — as usual.

the court of boken knivesThe Court of Broken Knives by Anna Smith Spark

Genre: Fantasy — Grimdark

Series: Empire of Dust #1

Publisher: Orbit (August 15, 2017)

Author Information: Website | Twitter

Length: 473 pages

It is the richest empire the world has ever known, and it is also doomed. Governed by an imposturous Emperor, decadence has blinded its inhabitants to their vulnerability. The Yellow Empire is on the verge of invasion–and only one man can see it.

Haunted by prophetic dreams, Orhan has hired a company of soldiers to cross the desert to reach the capital city. Once they enter the Palace, they have one mission: kill the Emperor, then all those who remain. Only from the ashes can a new empire be built.

The company is a group of good, ordinary soldiers, for whom this is a mission like any other. But the strange boy Marith who walks among them is no ordinary soldier. Young, ambitious, and impossibly charming, something dark hides in Marith’s past–and in his blood

Dark and brilliant, dive into this new fantasy series for readers looking for epic battle scenes, gritty heroes, and blood-soaked revenge.

Purchase the book at Amazon.


she who waitsShe Who Waits by  Daniel Polansky

Genre: Fantasy — Grimdark

Series: Low Town #3

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (October 30, 2013)

Author Information: Website | Twitter

Length: 405 pages

Low Town: the worst ghetto in the worst city in the Thirteen Lands. Good only for depravity and death. And Warden, long ago a respected agent in the formidable Black House, is now the most depraved Low Town denizen of them all. As a younger man, Warden carried out more than his fair share of terrible deeds, and never as many as when he worked for the Black House. But Warden’s growing older, and the vultures are circling. Low Town is changing, faster than even he can control, and Warden knows that if he doesn’t get out soon, he may never get out at all. But Warden must finally reckon with his terrible past if he can ever hope to escape it. A hospital full of lunatics, a conspiracy against the corrupt new king, and a ghetto full of thieves and murderers stand between him and his slim hope for the future. And behind them all waits the one person whose betrayal Warden never expected. The one person who left him, broken and bitter, to become the man he is today. The one woman he ever loved. She who waits behind all things.

Purchase the book at Amazon.

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  1. Jordan Rose says:

    Great selection! I really enjoyed The Court of Broken Knives, I hope you do as well! She Who Waits is a new one to me, sounds pretty interesting.

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    • Bookwraiths says:

      I’ve heard great things about The Court of Broken Knives, can’t wait to read it! And if you like fantasy noir crime, then you have to read Polansky’s LOWTOWN series; it is great stuff. 🙂


  2. I know reviews are pretty mixed on The Court of Broken Knives, but I really enjoyed it. Hope it works for you too!

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  3. Looking forward to your review of The Court of Broken Knives: it was a… weird book in some ways, but I could not stop reading. I hope you enjoy it 🙂

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