Book Haul: May 2021

Banner image featuring covers for the books Unsouled by Will WIght, The Pariah by Anthony Ryan, Catalyst Gate by Megan E. O'Keefe, and The Colour of Vengeance by Rob Hayes. Text reads Book Haul and Off the TBR

I’ve been quiet lately here on the blog. That’s mostly because I’ve been busy reading my first allotment of books for SPFBO, and I haven’t had any new reviews ready to go. I’ll be working on some SPFBO reviews you’ll be able to find over at Before We Go Blog, and may have some regular ones here as well in the near future. In the meantime I thought I’d share my latest book haul update with you.

My last Book Haul post was like two months ago for books I’d hauled in March. That’s not a big deal, I just didn’t realize that much time had passed. And unsurprisingly I’ve not yet read a single one of the books from that haul. One of them doesn’t come out until the fall so I’ve got time for it and one is a SPFBO entrant so I may end up reading it as part of the competition. We’ll see.

But adding books to my TBR and not reading them hasn’t stopped me from continuing to add more books. And if you are anything like me the same applies to you. So we can both revel in our book hauling, TBR building habits together.

Which leads me to this post and my haul for May. I’m really excited about all of the books I picked up last month and am trying to figure out how to work them into my schedule for the coming months. So what did I bring home? Well…take a look…

ARCS Received

Cover of The Pariah by Anthony Ryan

The Pariah, by Anthony Ryan
The Covenant of Steel #1

From the international best-selling author of the Raven’s Shadow and Draconis Memoria series comes the spectacular first novel in an all-new epic fantasy trilogy.

Born into the troubled kingdom of Albermaine, Alwyn Scribe is raised as an outlaw. Quick of wit and deft with a blade, Alwyn is content with the freedom of the woods and the comradeship of his fellow thieves. But an act of betrayal sets him on a new path – one of blood and vengeance, which eventually leads him to a soldier’s life in the king’s army.

Fighting under the command of Lady Evadine Courlain, a noblewoman beset by visions of a demonic apocalypse, Alwyn must survive war and the deadly intrigues of the nobility if he hopes to claim his vengeance. But as dark forces, both human and arcane, gather to oppose Evadine’s rise, Alwyn faces a choice: can he be a warrior, or will he always be an outlaw?”

Goodreads Blurb

When I first saw the cover for The Pariah on Twitter I knew I wanted to read it. Yet another example of how covers can sell books. I mean oof…LOOK AT IT!!!

Then I read the blurb and was like “yep! This is for me.” I mean stories about outlaws and vengeance…just give it to me now. And that’s what Orbit did by sending me an ARC to review. I can’t wait to dig into it and see if it is as good as it hints to be. This will be my first Anthony Ryan book so I’m excited about that too. The Pariah comes out August 24th.

Cover of Catalyst Gate by Megan E. O'Keefe

Catalyst Gate, by Megan E. O’keefe
The Protectorate #3

“In the final book of this explosive Philip K. Dick Award-nominated space opera, the universe is under threat and an ancient alien intelligence threatens to bring humanity down – unless Major Sanda Greeve and her crew can stop it . . .

The code has been cracked. The secrets of the Casimir gates have been revealed. But humanity still isn’t safe. The alien intelligence known as Rainier and her clones are still out there, hell-bent on its destruction. And only Sanda can stop them.

With the universe’s most powerful ship under her command and some of the most skilled hackers, fighters and spies on her team, it will still take everything she has to find the key to taking down an immortal enemy with seemingly limitless bodies, resources and power.”

Goodreads Blurb


Do y’all ever notice how often I say “I can’t wait to read/finish” XYZ title? I need some better phrasing. But it’s true, I can’t wait to read this book and finish The Protectorate series. I loved both of the previous books with sentient AI ships, and space battles, and intrigue, and plot twists…oh plot twists…love ’em. When the Catalyst Gate cover reveal went up on Twitter I basically started counting down the days till it would be released. Thankfully the awesome folks at Orbit sent me a copy of my very own to review. I won’t have a review up prior to release due to other obligations, but I hope to get it read and reviewed soon. Be on the lookout.

If you’re curious about my thoughts on the preceding two books in the series check out the links for Velocity Weapon and Chaos Vector.

Catalyst Gate releases June 24th.


The Colour of Vengeance & Price of Faith by Rob J. Hayes
The Ties That Bind #2 and #3

“This is the 2017 self-published re-release of The Colour of Vengeance by Rob J. Hayes.

BEATEN, BATTERED AND DAMNED NEAR BROKEN WITH A BOUNTY ON HIS HEAD SO LARGE HE’S TEMPTED TO TURN HIMSELF IN, the Black Thorn finds himself on trial for the crime of being him. Despite the impending probability of death he has but one thought on his mind; taking revenge against the Arbiter who took his eye.

In order to carry out his vengeance Thorn must first escape Sarth and recruit a new crew, each one with their own designs on revenge.”

Goodreads Blurb

The blurb above is just for The Colour of Vengeance. I picked up books two and three in The Ties That Bind series at the same time because Rob J. Hayes had briefly made them both free on Amazon. I’d already bought book 1, The Heresy Within a while back (after Where Loyalties Lie won the 3rd SPFBO competition). At the time I thought I’d start reading Hayes’ books with The Heresy Within and work my way forward. It’s now years later and I still haven’t done that. The opportunity to grab the remaining two books in this series for free may just be the kick in the pants I needed to finally start this initial series from a self-published author who continues to publish highly popular books. Now…when will some weeks open up on my reading calendar?

The Cradle Series, by Will Wight #1-9

“Sacred artists follow a thousand Paths to power, using their souls to control the forces of the natural world.

Lindon is Unsouled, forbidden to learn the sacred arts of his clan.

When faced with a looming fate he cannot ignore, he must defy his family’s rules…and forge his own Path.”

Goodreads Blurb

Ah…the Cradle Series. This has been a series on my radar for a while now. I probably have Calvin Park (@cpark2005 on Twitter) to blame the most for continually bringing my attention back to it as he is constantly singing the praises of Will Wight and this series. But he’s not the only one. For a self-published series of this size to get as much recognition as I see about it on Twitter tells me there’s something to this ongoing story I need to check out.

You’ll notice I included all of the current books in the series above. That’s because I hauled them all. Yep, all nine of them. That’s because one day recently they were ALL free on Amazon. I happened across a tweet from a fellow blogger announcing it and knew I had to jump at this opportunity. I don’t know why they were all free that day but my guess is it’s in preparation for another release of some sort and this was an attempt to boost readership and interest. That’s just a guess but whether true or not it worked on me. Now, I have no idea when I’ll get around to reading the first book Unsouled, but I hope I can do it before the end of the year. We’ll see.

Do you have any of these on your TBR? Looking forward to them? Have you read them? What did you think? Drop your comments below and let me know.


2 thoughts on “Book Haul: May 2021

  1. Starting Catalyst Gate today, so excited!! I made myself skip the Pariah, I’m trying not to start new series unless I’m really, REALLY excited about it, and I haven’t read any of Anthony Ryan yet. Almost made myself skip Will Wight because having ALL THE BOOKS would stress me out lol. But I do have book one of the series waiting for me, hopefully I’ll take a peek later this year after I’m done with Amra Thetys!

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