#SPFBO My second batch of books

Posted On 8 August 2017

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FullSizeRender-1The SPFBO is well underway and I’m on to my second batch of books.  They’re listed below in the order I’m going to check them out – five books a month for the next six months before choosing one book to submit for the final.

Without further ado here are my books:

Gobln Fruit by S E Burr

With goblin fruit, addiction is contagious. If you touch a user, you’ll crave the drug. If you crave it, you might take it. If you take it, you might not stop. If you don’t stop, you’ll become a zombie, slang for a catatonic, someone who can eat, and move, and breathe, but nothing more. If you become a zombie, people might touch you, and if they touch you, they’ll crave the drug.

Sixteen-year-old Clarity’s mother is a catatonic. So is Audrey’s brother. Together, with clues from a one hundred and fifty year old poem, they’ll try to save their loved ones, and the world.


Search of the Lost by Tom Gaskin

The Knights of Ezazeruth were the most elite warriors the world had known: toughened by war and trained in a harsh regime, they were a force to reckon with.
But when the arrogant King Afthadus became afraid they would not survive, he cursed them with immortality: and so they went into exile…

2,000 years later, the dark armies of the Black, the very empire they swore to protect the world against, begin their invasion of Ezazeruth, and the ancient legends must be summoned back to fulfil their oath. This quest falls upon Havovatch, with his newly-appointed captaincy and unit of elite warriors. They must venture into the wild to find the Knights. But there is one problem: no-one knows where they are… If Havovatch does not succeed then Ezazeruth is doomed.

Search of the Lost is the first instalment in the Knights of Ezazeruth trilogy.


War Witch by Layla Nash

Hustling as a waitress is a far cry from being the most feared witch in the world. But after surviving ten years of war between humans and supernaturals, Lily finds anonymity a relief.

Even a request for help from an old coven friend can’t bring Lily out of hiding — until her friend disappears, along with the entire coven. What’s worse, wolf shifter and Chief Investigator Leif — the man Lily is secretly in love with — considers her the only suspect. And to top it all off, the dark witch who was her first love has been resurrected … and wants her back.

Lily’s search for the truth could destroy the witch-shifter Alliance and reignite the war with the humans. But if that’s what it takes to help her friends, she’ll do it. Even a retired war witch is very dangerous when provoked.


Land of the Gods by Justin Sloan

Narcel’s enslavers took everything from him: his family, the woman he loves, and his freedom. All he has left is his will to live and a burning hatred for his masters.

Years of living and training with the Mawtu changes Narcel. Once his sworn enemies, he now considers these men friends and brothers-at-arms. He would snuff the life from those who oppose them, and fight and die to protect them.

Battle looms on the horizon and the Mawtu army faces its toughest challenge yet. Will Narcel side with his enslavers and lead their army to victory? Will he honor his friendship and allegiance with his new brothers? Or was this all a ruse and will Narcel finally exact his revenge and betray the army that took everything from him?

As Game of Thrones is based on the Wars of the Roses, Land of Gods is the first book in an epic fantasy series based on Ancient Greek wars. It features fast-paced action, a love triangle, and bitter revenge.


The Devil You Know by Alan Tucker

Two alien races vie for control of Earth amidst a human population decimated by a merciless plague, famine, and war.

Meanwhile, the denizens of Hell grow restless. The apocalypse they were supposed to instigate and revel in is happening without them…

Doing their best to create new lives in the aftermath of the chaos triggered by the aliens’ arrival, Abraham Black and Neri White come from backgrounds about as different as their last names would indicate. Yet, together, they may hold the key which allows humanity to remain the primary tenants of Earth. The question is: how much are they willing to give up to save the world? Their memories? Their lives? Their souls?


12 Responses to “#SPFBO My second batch of books”

  1. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    Promising titles, indeed – and the one about goblin fruit piques my curiosity more than most. How could it not when it makes me think of Toby Daye? _)

    By the way, I just started reading “The Grey Bastards”, one of the titles you spoke with more enthusiasm during the past SPFBO, and so far I’m loving it so… Thanks!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yay – air punch – Grey Bastards – now I want to read it all over again. I hope you love it. So excited for your review now….

  2. Lisa (@TenaciousReader)

    I know different books can have the same title, and “The Devil You Know” is not terribly original, but that will always be overshadowed by K. J. Parker’s novella for me.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah – quite a few books popped up in GRs when I typed in the title.
      Lynn 😀

  3. Danya @ Fine Print

    Oooh, Goblin Fruit! I’m intrigued by that one, since I’m with Maddalena: it calls to mind the October Daye series for me. War Witch looks promising too!

    • @lynnsbooks

      It really does put me in mind of Toby – particularly as I quite recently read the book with the goblin fruit addiction.
      Lynn 😀

  4. Greg

    I like the look of Goblin Fruit too!


  5. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    Some of these covers aren’t the best at capturing my attention, but who knows what might lie within! I am most intrigued by the sound of Goblin Fruit and War Witch.

    • @lynnsbooks

      They do both sound quite good don’t they and I had a very quick sneaky peak and liked my first sight so we’ll see.
      Lynn 😀

  6. jessicabookworm

    I wish you the best with your 2nd batch – I do love that cover for the Land of Gods 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      Thanks – and, yes, that cover was one of my favourites too.
      Lynn 😀

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