Book Haul: 6/1/19


I’ve been trying to think of ways to diversify my posts so you’re not just getting reviews and month-in-review updates. It’s been a while since I made a book haul post and I bought a couple of books today so I thought, “why not do another book haul post?” My last one was probably over a year ago, and I know you’re all dying to critique my spending habits. Maybe I’ll make this a more regular thing.

For this post I don’t just want to tell you what I hauled, I also want to tell you why I hauled it. Today I bought two books on my Kindle. Here they are…


The Gallows Black, By Sam Sykes

“A standalone epic fantasy novella starring Sal the Cacophony, who Pierce Brown called a “protagonist for the ages,” from Sam Sykes’ widely acclaimed Seven Blades in Black.
To the city of Last Word, one of the last freeholds in a land rent asunder by magic, Sal the Cacophony comes with gun, a blade, and a burning need for revenge.
But when the gallows threatens to deny her the satisfaction of the kill, Sal the Cacophony decides to free her query — it’s the principle of the thing. And in doing so, she sparks a war that will shake the city’s fragile peace to its core.
To escape with her life and her kill, she’ll have to save a criminal-turned-companion: a Freemaker, versed in the forbidden arts of magic and machinery. But the weight of their secrets may be too heavy to let them escape in one piece.” – Blurb from Orbit web page
When I saw an announcement for this novella the other day on my Twitter feed I may have done a little jig. I absolutely loved Seven Blades In Black which released back in April. Sal The Cacophony quickly became a new favorite protagonist with her snarky humor, her give (almost) no shits attitude, and her quest for vengeance. The book is a fast paced thrilling read that was both brutal and poignant. It’s filled with humor vulgarity and lots of stabby-stabby, shooty-shooty. All in all a fun read.
So like I said, when I saw the announcement that this novella was being released I was pretty dang excited. I want to devour everything Sykes throws at us for this series. I’m trying to read between the lines of the blurb to figure out if it is a prequel story or not. Part of me is wondering if it’s gonna tell us about how Sal and Liette meet. I loved Liette’s character too and a story about how they came together would be awesome. I don’t know that this is what we’re getting so don’t hold me to it. But I’m crossing my fingers.
The Gallows Black went on sale May 28th and is only available as an ebook which may upset some people who prefer hard copies (I do) but I’m not complaining because I’m running out of room on my bookshelves. (Note to self…by another bookshelf).
If you’d like to read my review for Seven Blades In Black you can do so here.
Symphony Of The Wind, by Steven McKinnon
A bounty hunter with a death wish. A girl with fearsome powers. A kingdom on the brink of destruction.

Serena dreams of leaving her harsh desert home behind in her very own airship. But when an assassin’s knife meant for Serena kills her friend instead, the rebellious orphan ventures into the corrupt heart of Dalthea to discover who put a price on her head. With each new turn, she edges closer to uncovering the awful truth… And the mystical powers brewing deep within her.

After his fiancée’s death, soldier-turned-bounty hunter Tyson Gallows is eager to sacrifice his life in the line of duty. When a foreign enemy assassinates a high-ranking official, he vows to bring them to justice. On the hunt for a killer, Gallows exposes a sinister plot that proves his fiancée’s death was no accident.

Driven by revenge, Serena and Gallows must join forces to take down the conspiracy before the kingdom falls to ruin.

Symphony of the Wind is the first book in a gritty epic fantasy trilogy. If you like hardened heroes, steampunk airships, and dark magic and monsters, then you’ll love Steven McKinnon’s visceral adventure.”

If you’ve been following my blog for a while you’ll know over the past year or so I’ve developed a new love for self-published/indie fantasy. It’s an area of fantasy publishing that’s received bad press for too long. There’s some really, really good self-published/indie stuff out there that rivals and surpasses books in traditional publishing in terms of story and quality.
Part of my newfound awareness of this publishing niche came from the Self-Published Fantasy Blog Off (#SPFBO) hosted each year by Mark Lawrence. For those who don’t know, #SPFBO is a contest with 300 books, 10 judges, and just one winner. The contest goes on for about 10 months during which the judges wade through a slush pile of 30 books each to find a finalist, and then all ten finalists are reviewed and one winner selected. #SPFBO4 just ended with a really tight finish. Symphony Of The Wind made this year’s list of finalists.
If you remember one of my goals this year is to read more self-published/indie books and if a book made it to the finals of SPFBO then it definitely moves up a notch or two on my want list. During the course of the contest I read numerous reviews of Symphony Of The Wind and I’ve been eager to pick it up. Well it just so happened that I saw on my Twitter feed today that the author has it on sale right now for $0.99 until June 7th. So of course I had to buy it. I just couldn’t pass up that deal. Now to find a time to read it…
So there you have it. Today’s book haul.

3 thoughts on “Book Haul: 6/1/19

  1. Pingback: Month In Review: June 2019 | Off The TBR

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