UK MONTHLY KINDLE DEALS | OCTOBER 2020

Good Afternoon Bookish Folk!

We have finally crawled into October, its autumn and time to find all the good books, sit by the fire in a fluffy jumper with a mug of something hot and READ!

So, to help all you amazing bookish folk out, or at least the UK SFF book loving folk, I have listed below some of the amazing deals floating around Amazon this month.

I’m splitting the deals up today to make it a little easier, we will have ‘FIRST IN A SERIES‘, ‘books from a series‘, ‘THE COMPLETE SERIES‘ and ‘STANDALONE BOOKS.

STANDALONE BOOKS’ single books that stand proud on there own.

Obviously ‘FIRST IN A SERIES‘ is pretty self explanatory, these will be the books that are the first instalments of a series.

BOOKS FROM A SERIES’ these will be any other books that belong to a series, beat book 2, 5 or bloody 11 depending how beastly the series is!

THE COMPLETE SERIES‘ if all the book in the series are on sale.


To the deals…

sTANDALONE BOOKS…

the binding by bridget collins

Order with: Amazon UK

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THE MARTIAN CHRONICLES by Ray Bradbury

Order with: Amazon UK

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FIRST IN A SERIES…

raybearer by jordan ifueko

Order with: Amazon UK

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the rage of dragons by evan winteR

Order with: Amazon UK

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the golem and the djinni by helene wecker

Order with: Amazon UK

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Empire in Black and Gold by Adrian Tchaikovsky

Order with: Amazon UK

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The Wolf of the North by Duncan M. Hamilton 

Order with: Amazon UK

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books from a series…

HOUSE OF CHAINS by STEVEN ERIKSON

This is book 4 of the Malazan books, and by the looks of last months deals and this months deals this maybe a running theme!

Folks, these books on Kindle are STEEP usually coming in between £5.99 – £7.99 so if you plan on reading these keep picking them up! You then might only have to buy one at full price because this is a big series and thus a big investment.

Order with: Amazon UK

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THE LAST EMPEROX by JOHN SCALZI

This is book 3 of The Interdependency Series.

Order with: Amazon UK

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The human by neal asher

This is book 3 of The Jain Series.

Order with: Amazon UK

Check Out THE SERIES Goodreads

FIRST SEVEN BOOKS IN THE CRADLE SERIES by WILL WIGHT

THESE ARE FREE!!

This is the first 7 books of the Cradle series by Will Wight, once that is recommended highly

Order with: Amazon UK

Check Out THE SERIES Goodreads

THE COMPLETE SERIES…

The Rigante Series by David Gemmell

The a four book series introducing the Rigante tribe, filled to the brim with epic and heroic battles, and mixing the intriguing worlds of Celtic Myth and ancient Earth Magic.

Order with: Amazon UK

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The Old Kingdom by Garth Nix

The first thrilling installment of Garth Nix’s bestselling OLD KINGDOM series

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The Hellequin Chronicles by Steve McHugh

How do you keep the people you care about safe from enemies you can’t remember?

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SUNDAYS SEVEN | 7 FANTASY BOOKS TO READ IN THE SPOOKY SEASON…

Happy Sunday Book Folk!

I hope you have all had a good weekend! I have been working all weekend, as per usual! But I still got time in to do some reading so it’s not all bad.

I thought for this Sundays Seven I would go festive, in anticipation for the spooky holidays I have opted for 7 fantasy books to read if you don’t read horror. Thus, I have searched through Goodreads for some books that will satisfy your Halloween needs.

As I read fantasy mostly and have never read a single horror book, I wanted something that had elements of halloween but weren’t too heavy on the horror. I scoured the vast lands of Goodreads, the many lists users have created and then finally those that made the shortlist I checked out the reviews of some trusted reviewers and friends.

Ohh, I lied! I have read a horror, kind of, I have read half of Mexican Gothic. I stand corrected.

These books have witches, necromancy, ghosts, graveyards and more but still remain (according to Goodreads) firmly in the fantasy category!

So, without further ado and after much research here they are…

The Year of the Witching by Alexis Henderson

A young woman living in a rigid, puritanical society discovers dark powers within herself in this stunning, feminist fantasy debut.

In the lands of Bethel, where the Prophet’s word is law, Immanuelle Moore’s very existence is blasphemy. Her mother’s union with an outsider of a different race cast her once-proud family into disgrace, so Immanuelle does her best to worship the Father, follow Holy Protocol, and lead a life of submission, devotion, and absolute conformity, like all the other women in the settlement.

But a mishap lures her into the forbidden Darkwood surrounding Bethel, where the first prophet once chased and killed four powerful witches. Their spirits are still lurking there, and they bestow a gift on Immanuelle: the journal of her dead mother, who Immanuelle is shocked to learn once sought sanctuary in the wood.

Fascinated by the secrets in the diary, Immanuelle finds herself struggling to understand how her mother could have consorted with the witches. But when she begins to learn grim truths about the Church and its history, she realizes the true threat to Bethel is its own darkness. And she starts to understand that if Bethel is to change, it must begin with her.

ADD IT TO YOUR GOODREADS

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a perfectly normal boy. Well, he would be perfectly normal if he didn’t live in a graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor the world of the dead.

There are dangers and adventures for Bod in the graveyard: the strange and terrible menace of the Sleer; a gravestone entrance to a desert that leads to the city of ghouls; friendship with a witch, and so much more.

But it is in the land of the living that real danger lurks, for it is there that the man Jack lives and he has already killed Bod’s family.

A deliciously dark masterwork by bestselling author Neil Gaiman, with illustrations by award-winning Dave McKean.

ADD IT TO YOUR GOODREADS

The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco

In the captivating start to a new, darkly lyrical fantasy series, Tea can raise the dead, but resurrection comes at a price.When Tea accidentally resurrects her brother from the dead, she learns she is different from the other witches in her family. Her gift for necromancy means that she’s a bone witch, a title that makes her feared and ostracized by her community. But Tea finds solace and guidance with an older, wiser bone witch, who takes Tea and her brother to another land for training.In her new home, Tea puts all her energy into becoming an asha-one who can wield elemental magic. But dark forces are approaching quickly, and in the face of danger, Tea will have to overcome her obstacles and make a powerful choice.

ADD IT TO YOUR GOODREADS

Aching God by Mike Shel 

“Closer, mortal. You are here, finally, to feed the Aching God…”

The days of adventure are passed for Auric Manteo. Retired to the countryside with his scars and riches, he no longer delves into forbidden ruins seeking dark wisdom and treasure. That is, until old nightmares begin plaguing his sleep, heralding an urgent summons back to that old life.

To save his only daughter, Auric must return to the place of his greatest trauma: the haunted Barrowlands. With only a few inexperienced companions and an old soldier, he must confront the dangers of the ancient and wicked Djao civilization. Auric has survived fell beasts, insidious traps, and deadly hazards before. But can he contend with the malice of a bloodthirsty living god?

First book in the Iconoclasts trilogy, Aching God is the debut novel of RPG adventure designer Mike Shel. He is working on book 2, Sin Eater. The first two chapters of Sin Eater are included at the end of Aching God.

ADD IT TO YOUR GOODREADS

Perdido Street Station by China Miéville 

Beneath the towering bleached ribs of a dead, ancient beast lies the city of New Crobuzon, where the unsavory deal is stranger to no one–not even to Isaac, a gifted and eccentric scientist who has spent a lifetime quietly carrying out his unique research. But when a half-bird, half-human creature known as the Garuda comes to him from afar, Isaac is faced with challenges he has never before encountered. Though the Garuda’s request is scientifically daunting, Isaac is sparked by his own curiosity and an uncanny reverence for this curious stranger. Soon an eerie metamorphosis will occur that will permeate every fiber of New Crobuzon–and not even the Ambassador of Hell will challenge the malignant terror it evokes

ADD IT TO YOUR GOODREADS

Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

The Emperor needs necromancers.

The Ninth Necromancer needs a swordswoman.

Gideon has a sword, some dirty magazines, and no more time for undead bullshit.

Brought up by unfriendly, ossifying nuns, ancient retainers, and countless skeletons, Gideon is ready to abandon a life of servitude and an afterlife as a reanimated corpse. She packs up her sword, her shoes, and her dirty magazines, and prepares to launch her daring escape. But her childhood nemesis won’t set her free without a service.

Harrowhark Nonagesimus, Reverend Daughter of the Ninth House and bone witch extraordinaire, has been summoned into action. The Emperor has invited the heirs to each of his loyal Houses to a deadly trial of wits and skill. If Harrowhark succeeds she will become an immortal, all-powerful servant of the Resurrection, but no necromancer can ascend without their cavalier. Without Gideon’s sword, Harrow will fail, and the Ninth House will die.

Of course, some things are better left dead.

ADD IT TO YOUR GOODREADS

MIDDLEGAME by SEANAN MCGUIRE

Meet Roger. Skilled with words, languages come easily to him. He instinctively understands how the world works through the power of story.

Meet Dodger, his twin. Numbers are her world, her obsession, her everything. All she understands, she does so through the power of math.

Roger and Dodger aren’t exactly human, though they don’t realise it. They aren’t exactly gods, either. Not entirely. Not yet.

Meet Reed, skilled in the alchemical arts like his progenitor before him. Reed created Dodger and her brother. He’s not their father. Not quite. But he has a plan: to raise the twins to the highest power, to ascend with them and claim their authority as his own.

Godhood is attainable. Pray it isn’t attained.

ADD IT TO YOUR GOODREADS


Thank you again for visiting my blog and taking the time to read.


BOOK OF THE MONTH | SEPTEMBER

Hello Book Folk!

It is that time again (or at least it was a few days prior) where I bore you with the books I have read this month and give one of them BOOK OF THE MONTH title!

We have said goodbye to September and hello to October! Where the bloody hell is this year going?!

JOKE! DON’T DO DRUGS.

I’m trying to think what I have read this month and I can only think of four books off of the top of my head 🤔

Goodreads here I come…

WHAT HAVE I READ THIS MONTH?

PATERNUS: Deluge by Dyrk Ashton

Check it out on Goodreads

Book Type: Short Story

Review Link: RTC

My Thoughts:

This was a great introduction to a new author and enough to tempt me into getting the first book in the Paternus series.

THE FIRST SHADOW BY DECK MATTHEWS

Check it out on Goodreads

Book Type: Novella

Review Link: RTC

My Thoughts:

This is the opening novella of Deck’s Riven Realm collection and boy is it good! An interesting world and great characters I can’t wait to read the rest!

THE HEART OF STONE BY BEN GALLEY

Check it out on Goodreads

Book Type: Novel

Review Link: The Heart of Stone

My Thoughts:

this is a great read, it is a solidly written fantasy with some dark fantasy feels too. It focuses on the charaters and their growing relationships while maintaining a dynamic and interesting plot. 

FROZEN RAGE BY Steve McHugh

Check it out on Goodreads

Book Type: Novella

Review Link: Frozen Rage

My Thoughts:

This book is such an enjoyable read, I didn’t realise how much I wanted a fast paced whirlwind murder novella until I picked this book up. 

THE MINDF*CK SERIES BY S. T. ABBEY

Check it out on Goodreads

Book Type: Four Short Stories

Review Link: Reviewed on Goodreads

My Thoughts:

This is a series I have read a few times, it isn’t fantasy but a Dark Murder Romance…I think. It’s about a girl set on revenge and she falls for the guy hunting her. I needed an easy read and I love this book so

THE LOST SENTINEL BY SUZANNE ROGERSON

Check it out on Goodreads

Book Type: Novel

Review Link: The Lost Sentinel

My Thoughts:

I think this book would be a good read for those just getting into fantasy or who don’t read it often but sometimes want an escape from their usual reading as it gives you all the things we love about fantasy just not in the detail a more seasoned fantasy reader would want.


Ok, so the bit of the post you actually wanted to read…

As I have been in a bit of a time slump with reading lately I opted for shorter reading journeys this time around, and it has helped a lot! Im now slowly working up to a larger book again.

This months BOOK OF THE MONTH is going to the one that had everything I wanted and needed this month, and that is…

THE HEART OF STONE BY BEN GALLEY


Well that’s is fellow book friends! Thank you for reading, feel free to comment or on Twitter if you have read and loved/hated any of my reads this month. Also, let me know what your favourite read was this month.


NO TIME RESTRICTIONS. NO ORDER. JUST MY IMMEDIATE TBR

Hello Book Folk!

Today, is a little bit of an accountability post for myself. It is going to be the books that I NEED/WANT to read for a variety of reasons.

The books on this list are the ones that I have received from generous authors, ARC’s NetGalley downloads or just some books I have been meaning to get to but keep missing.

As the title of this post says this TBR will have no order or time limits and hopefully is varied enough my mood reader problems won’t cause me problems. This TBR could be with me for the next three months or the next bloody year I don’t know, but these are the books I want to get through soonish!

I have been lucky enough to receive a good number of books from authors and I just haven’t had time to get around to them lately. I always give a realistic reading time to anyone who sends me a book (and im pretty sure I’m still within them all) but I feel like I am SOOOO behind at the minute because of my month or so long time/reading slump! And that makes me feel shitty to those who have sent me books.

The thing with books is, we get out of them what we put in.

If I go into a book with the wrong mindset or a blagging feeling that I HAVE TO READ THIS or that I’m letting someone down, well, I’m going to be stressed before I even start reading and that will without fail have a negative impact on my reading experience and thus review. So, while I appreciate the need to honour time commitments and be realistic, if your book is already published would you not rather me going in with the best possible attitude and love your book or feel forced into it and not enjoy it as much as I could.

So this is my post detailing the books I am moving to my immediate TBR and a few little notes. Again, an accountability post.

**This is in no particular order, as I am just going to pick from this list each time I need a new book to read**

**Any title with a link attached to it is simply the Goodreads link in case you want to check the book out**

PHYSICAL BOOKS:

The Waking Fire by Anthony Ryan:

I was lucky enough to receive a signed copy of ‘The Waking Fire’ book from Anthony Ryan after having a Twitter conversation about picking it up! This book is pretty high up in my mind and is likely to be my next read after ‘The Thief Who Spat in Luck Good Eye‘ by Micheal McClung.

The Wolf and the Water by Josie Jaffrey:

I received this through Josie’s ARC request form and I’m super excited to read it. I liked her light-hearted easy to read book ‘May Day‘ so thought I would request ‘The Wolf and the Water’ too. This is due to be release on October 8th so I would really like to have it read and reviewed before them. While no deadline was set for this ARC I still feel like it is good practice to aim for release day! That’s why we get most ARC’s after all, its just good manners in my opinion.

We Are The Dead by Mike Shackle:

This is another book I was lucky enough to get a signed copy of through talking to the author on Twitter. Mike was kind enough to offer a few signed copies with his brilliant doodles in to those who were lucky enough to see his post and ask! ‘We Are The Dead‘ had been on my radar so I flew at this chance, and as I said I was SUPER lucky to be one of the early requesters!

Sojourney by Brian Shotton:

Brian contacted me through my email and offered me a copy of his book in exchange for an honest review, I accepted as it sounded like quite a cool book! I received this mid August, or early August and still haven’t gotten around to reading it. Which I always feel super shitty for. I’m still within the time frame I set but it still feels like I’m lagging because of my month and a half long slump.

Voice of War by Zack Argyle:

Zack was generous enough to send me a copy of ‘Voice of War‘ after we ran a giveaway together, I was not expecting this and I am SOOO happy and utterly grateful. A lot of time and effort goes into a book and so to give that book away free…well, it is no small thing and something I truly appreciate.

The Rage of Dragons by Evan Winter:

I bought ‘The Rage of Dragons’, but requested a copy of ‘The fires of Vengeance’ through NetGalley. So, I need to read this first before I can move on to book two. Obviously.

NETGALLEY DOWNLOADS:

So before you judge my big ass NetGalley TBR let me try and defend myself! I didn’t know what NetGalley was or how it worked when I first started so I went on a requesting spree and I got accepted for literally every book! All but one of those initial books are archived now it was that long ago.

I have since requested ‘A Fools Hope’, ‘The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue‘ and ‘Fires of Vengeance‘. For those books, by all means get pissy and rage about people treating NetGalley like a library. I don’t do it now and have only requested books on two occasions, the first spree and then the last three books I mentioned.

A Fool’s Hope by Mike Shackle:

Literally as soon as I saw Mike’s Twitter status stating that this was now available on NetGalley UK I was on the website and requesting it, even though I am still yet to read book one.

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V. E. Schwab:

This is my most recent NetGalley request so I don’t feel too bad about this, but still want to read it to get my NetGalley stats acceptable because at present they suck.

The Fires of Vengeance by Evan Winter:

I bought book one of this series and it has such amazing reviews. I am expecting to LOVE ‘The Rage of Dragons’ as some trusted book friends have raved about it and with similar tastes. I’m expecting big things thus my eagerness to get ‘The Fires of Vengeance’.

The Court of Miracles by Kester Grant:

This is the only book from my initial requesting spree that hasn’t been archived!

The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow:

I am hoping to read this soon because its nearly Halloween and well this book it WITCHES!

The Girl and the Stars by Mark Lawrence:

So, this was a little bit of a cheat book for me. I really wanted to get ‘The Girl and the Stars‘ but was on the fence about whether I would like it or not so I opted for a NetGalley request to trial it. Honestly expecting to be rejected.

Legacy of Ash by Matthew Ward:

I’m so excited to get to this book and I have actually picked up the audiobook for it too! So here’s to hoping I like it.

Ashes of the Sun by Django Wexler:

I have started this book but started it at the height of my book slump so I was really ‘MEH’ about it. I am going to go back to ‘Ashes of the Sun‘ though and start from the begging hopefully with a significantly better attitude.

We Ride the Storm by Devin Madsen:

I requested this, again expecting to get declined, alas I was accepted and still need to read it! Twitter was going mental for it so I jumped on the bandwagon, I am really excited to read it though ‘We Ride the Storm‘ sounds epic!

Phoenix Extravagant by Yoon Ha Le:

Impulse request. I will get to this!

Northern Wrath by Thilde Kold Holdt:

Another I impulse requested on my first search spree, and one I will read especially with Norsevember happening! So ‘Northern Wrath‘ is calling me.


There we have it my Immediate TBR! If you have actually read all that i’m impressed so thanks!


BOOK TOUR | FROZEN RAGE BY Steve McHugh

Hello Bookish Folk and welcome to my stop on the Frozen Rage Book Tour hosted by Storytellers on Tour.

I am absolutely thrilled to be partnering with an incredible author and an incredible book tour organiser again! Don’t stop here though, I am one of many incredible Bloggers participating in this tour!

For more details on who has already posted and who is yet to post simply head over to the Frozen Rage Book Tour Main Page.

Firstly, the giveaway…

Click on the picture above for a chance to win a paperback copy of the brilliant Frozen Rage!

A few facts about Frozen Rage:

  • Title: Frozen Rage
  • Author: Steve McHugh
  • Series: Hellequin Chronicles (Book 6.5 but can be read standalone)
  • Publisher: Published by Hidden Realms Publishing
  • Pages: 117

Synopsis:

Add It To Your Goodreads!

Realm of Dreich is a getaway for the rich and powerful, a medieval-inspired town in the middle of a vast frozen wilderness. Now it’s the site of a wedding, intended to join two feuding families who have spent centuries in an uneasy truce with each other.

When Tommy Carpenter asks his best friend, Nate Garrett, to help him with the security of the wedding, Nate reluctantly agrees, knowing that it will be a long weekend of work and, in all probability, treachery.

It is only a matter of time before members of each family are found murdered and it is up to Nate and Tommy to find the killer before more bodies fall, potentially reigniting a war. 

Review:

Here are a few things you can expect from Frozen Rage:

  • Serious murder mystery vibes;
  • Intrigue;
  • Shapeshifters;
  • A kick ass lead;
  • LGBT;
  • Break-neck pace filled with bloody and brilliant action;
  • CHAOS.

On to the full review…

If you don’t want to read it already from the above details then let me tempt you a little bit more.

This book is such an enjoyable read, I didn’t realise how much I wanted a fast paced whirlwind murder novella until I picked this book up. I had engaged with Steve on Twitter a bit in the past over games, so when I saw this book tour I couldn’t help but join in. I have been in a bit of a time slump at the minute so this book was perfect for my current circumstances.

Firstly, let me point out this is a technically a standalone and for me has acted as the perfect introduction to Steve’s series as a whole, having not read his other books prior to this. This wasn’t an issue for me as I still felt like I could follow the plot and connect with the characters involved. The only downside of this is there are a few mentions of previous events and previous characters within the world you don’t fully appreciate or understand and there is an assumption you are indeed familiar with the world and its races.

BUT LET ME REMIND YOU THIS IS MY FAULT AND NOT A FAULT OF THE BOOK. IT IS BOOK 6.5 FOR CRYING OUT LOUD, THE CHARACTERS ALREADY HAVE A SIGNIFICANT HISTORY PRIOR TO THIS.

This novella has actually made me want to read all the books prior to this series so I can get those details, I want to see the relationships between characters start and grow and the events that have made Nate such a bad ass!

Frozen Rage is actually a little bloodier than I expected, I’m not overly sure what I expected but I was shocked and impressed at the level of bloody murder within this book. This book is as Nick Borelli said in his review “an interactive experience”. One of the first things I noticed when reading this was that there is quite a bit of dialogue between the characters and it is this for me that made this read so much more interactive. I genuinely felt like I was a part of the conversations between characters, I was stood there nodding along and putting in my two pence about why Viktor is a dick.

Steve does great in this novella to show you the little realm of Dreich, it honestly sounds like somewhere i’d be happy to go, less the murder though! You can imagine the whole realm from the people that fill it to the landscapes that surround it.

The investigatory nature of this book is also well written, it is fast acting and unravels the way you would want a investigation to be handled. There is no lollygaggin between clues and revelations and you don’t stop until you have it uncovered.

Also, the ending….pretty fucking epic!!

A final note too. The Cover. OMG it is beautiful!

As you are now aware I rate on a buy the hardback, buy the paperback, buy eBook or borrow/sale scale. I am happy to say Frozen Rage sits nicely in the BUY THE PAPERBACK rank!

  • The novella is reasonably priced
  • I would read this again, though after the other books
  • THE COVER!

Sound good? I can confirm it is! If you want to pick up your own copy you can do so through Kindle Unlimited or treat yourself to a physical copy from Amazon.co.uk / Amazon.com

Or be a little more logical than me and start at the beginning! Book One is ‘Crimes Against Magic’ and can be ordered through Amazon.co.uk OR Amazon.com 🙂


About Steve …

Steve’s been writing from an early age, his first completed story was done in an English lesson.  Unfortunately, after the teacher read it, he had to have a chat with the head of the year about the violent content and bad language.  The follow up “One boy and his frog” was less concerning to his teachers and got him an A.

It wasn’t for another decade that he would start work on a full length novel, the result of which is now available to purchase.
He was born in a small village called Mexborough, South Yorkshire, but now lives with his wife and three young daughters in Southampton.

Ways to get in touch with Steve…

Author Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Amazon |

Thank you for reading!