#SPFBO 2018 : Batch 1, Books 4-6

Posted On 15 August 2018

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As mentioned in my post here, I’ll be randomly choosing six books off my list to check out each month.  I’ll post information about the first three at the start of the month and then about the remaining three during the mid way point with a conclusion around the end of the month about which books will be going forward or not.

Here’s the second set of books from my first batch (the first three can be found here) with links to Goodreads, author pages, cover and blurb:

solace lost4. Solace Lost (Pandemonium Rising #1) by Michael Sliter

During times of war, no one goes unscathed. By Ultner, even in times of peace, few can escape suffering. Ardia is on the brink of civil war, though most citizens are woefully unaware of this fact.

Fenrir de Trenton, a disgraced guardsman-turned-ineffective-criminal, is accustomed to taking orders. So much so that, despite the danger, he finds himself neck-deep in the politicking of his current superiors as well as the rulers of the country. The fact that Fenrir’s father would rather see him dead doesn’t help matters.

Emma Dram, a handmaiden of the great Lady Escamilla, hates Fenrir with a fiery passion and with good reason: he lopped off most of her hand. Nonetheless, she finds herself in close proximity to her former lover as she seeks to serve her lady liege in fomenting her own rebellion.

Hafgan Iwan is a Wasmer, a race reviled by humans, who serves the same masters as Fenrir. His efforts to assimilate with human culture only earn him the derision of his own race, and he seeks to find belonging amidst the escalating conflict.

Meanwhile, Merigold Hinter, a serving girl with an unusual power, lives a simple existence, hoping for love, adventure, and to see the world. Her life should be untouched by political maneuvering and war. However, her world becomes a crucible—how much can one woman bear before breaking?

A story of love lost and family destroyed, of bigotry and belonging, of suffering and strength, and of religion and magic, SOLACE LOST grows from a character-driven tale to something grand in scale, perhaps even involving the gods, the

Goodread’s: author’s page

Twitter: @MikeSliter


purple5. The Purple Haze by Andrew Einspruch

A slightly OCD princess. A kidnapped twin. A journey to find her.

Eloise is Future Ruler and Heir to the Western Lands and All That Really Matters. Her life is structured by Protocol and full of things that help her get through her day despite her “habits.” But when her twin sister sister is kidnapped, she must leave home for the first time and try to get her back.

Traveling with her champion (a chipmunk), her guard (a human), and their two horses, Eloise follows an increasingly cold trail across three realms in search of her sister. The only way she can go home is if her sister is with her.

The Purple Haze is a humorous YA novel set in a unique fantasy world that features weak magic, equality between species, and töö mänÿ ümläüts. It’s a funny, witty book that’s been called “funny and witty,” as well as “Pratchett-esque.” If you like quirky, clever characters, lively dialog, and a fun fantasy setting, then you’ll love this fabulous debut novel from Andrew Einspruch.

Goodread’s : author’s page

Website: http://andreweinspruch.com

Twitter: @einspruch


Kingshold-Kindle6. Kingshold (The Wildfire Cycle #1) by D.P. Woolliscroft

Mareth is a bard, a serial under achiever, a professional drunk, and general disappointment to his father. Despite this, Mareth has one thing going for him. He can smell opportunity. The King is dead and an election for the new Lord Protector has been called. If he plays his cards right, if he can sing a story that will put the right person in that chair, his future fame and drinking money is all but assured. But, alas, it turns out Mareth has a conscience after all.

Neenahwi is the daughter to Jyuth, the ancient wizard who founded the Kingdom of Edland and she is not happy. It’s not just that her father was the one who killed the King, or that he didn’t tell her about his plans. She’s not happy because her father is leaving, slinking off into retirement and now she has to clean up his mess.

Alana is a servant at the palace and the unfortunate soul to draw the short straw to attend to Jyuth. Alana knows that intelligence and curiosity aren’t valued in someone of her station, but sometimes she can’t help herself and so finds herself drawn into the Wizard’s schemes, and worst of all, coming up with her own plans.

Chance brings this unlikely band together to battle through civil unrest, assassinations, political machinations, pirates and monsters, all for a common cause that they know, deep down, has no chance of succeeding – bringing hope to the people of Kingshold.

Goodread’s : author’s page

Website: http://dpwoolliscroft.com

Twitter: @dpwoolliscroft



21 Responses to “#SPFBO 2018 : Batch 1, Books 4-6”

  1. sjhigbee

    These three books look very promising and I love all the covers:). I hope they are all readable and engrossing – yet give you plenty opportunity to easily rank them…

    • @lynnsbooks

      I’m starting to get worried – I seem to have lots of good books – which sound like something you shouldn’t be worried about doesn’t it and yet, how will I chooose – send help!
      Lynn 😀

      • sjhigbee

        Yes… that did occur to me! When I was a judge for a short story competition, we drew up a score-sheet. Each section was out of 10 – storyline, narrative voice, characterisation, world. And it was relatively rare that everyone got the same mark. It sounds like a bit of a fiddle, but it worked quite well. Might that help at all?

      • @lynnsbooks

        It certainly might – thanks Sarah 😀

      • sjhigbee

        Good luck!

      • @lynnsbooks

        Thanks 😀

  2. pcochrun

    I have Kingshold and will read it soon. Will be cool to see what you think.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I’m very much looking forward to it. Hope you enjoy it and please drop me a link with your review so I make sure to check out your thoughts.
      Lynn 😀

  3. Off The TBR

    Kingshold is on my TBR for September. Looking forward to your reviews

    • @lynnsbooks

      I’m looking forward to picking up the next three books. I seem to have a very varied batch and they all look very promising.
      Lynn 😀

  4. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    Wow, this set looks great. I don’t even know which to root for, they all sound very good!

    • @lynnsbooks

      I know – what’ll I do – I’m only on the first six books and things are already looking tough!
      Lynn 😀

  5. Tammy

    I love the cover of Solace Lost, and I think I’d grab The Purple Haze first, because I love how the author wrote the blurb😁

    • @lynnsbooks

      I’ve checked out the first couple of chapters on the Amazon ‘look inside’ feature and it’s really good fun.
      Lynn 😀

  6. jessicabookworm

    Good luck and happy reading with the second half of your first batch of SPFBO books. I like the look and sound of The Purple Haze by Andrew Einspruch… maybe it something to do with the colour 😛

  7. Lisa (@TenaciousReader)

    The last one sounds like it could be good

  8. #SPFBO End of Month Update | Books and travelling with Lynn

    […] at least 30% of each one.  As the month got underway I posted about the books chosen (here and here).  The aim of today’s post is to provide an update on my reading progress and also to decide […]

  9. snowlyramble

    Oo these look really promising! I like the sound of Kingshold, but The Purple Haze sounds pretty entertaining too 🙂 Good luck!

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