Mogsy’s Bookshelf Roundup: Stacking the Shelves & Recent Reads

Bookshelf Roundup is a feature I do every other weekend which fills the role of several blog memes, like Stacking the Shelves where I talk about the new books I’ve added to my library or received for review, as well as It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? where I round up what I’ve read since the last update and what I’m planning to read soon. Mostly it also serves as a recap post, so sometimes I’ll throw in stuff like reading challenge progress reports, book lists, and other random bookish thoughts or announcements.

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Received for Review

My thanks to the publishers and authors for the following review copies received, and be sure to click the links to their Goodreads pages for more details and full descriptions!

With thanks to Ace Books for sending along finished copies of The True Queen by Zen Cho and Wild Country by Anne Bishop. Both are highly anticipated sequels I’m really excited to read!

Also thanks to the kind folks at Night Shade Books and Talos for the following haul: a copy of the brand new re-issue of The Heirs of Babylon by Glen Cook, his long out-of-print debut novel; Mythic Journeys edited by Paula Guran, a collection of classic myths and legends retold by some of the most popular SFF authors of today including Neil Gaiman, Catherynne M. Valente, Ann Leckie, Ken Liu and more; a finished copy of Darksoul by Anna Stephens, the sequel to Godblind which I have already read and reviewed here; and The Warship by Neal Asher, book two in the author’s Rise of the Jain series.

My thanks also to Subterranean Press for this pair of lovely ARCs: Small Kingdoms by Charlaine Harris is an anthology featuring a handful of linked stories by the author collected in one volume for the first time, and Before I Wake by David Morrell is the author’s third short story collection containing fourteen tales featuring a wide range of genres and topics.

From Tor, I also received finished copies of The Revenant Express by George Mann which is the fifth book in a steampunk series called Newbury and Hobbes, as well as Endgames by L.E. Modesitt Jr. which is the twelfth novel in his Imager Portfolio series. Considering how both series are new to me, it’s highly unlikely I’ll get to either of these, but my thanks to the publisher regardless!

And a huge thank you to the amazing team at Berkley for this surprise ARC of The Girl in Red by Christina Henry that landed in my mailbox last week. I’ve enjoyed all of Henry’s dark fairy tale retellings so far, which makes me optimistic for this upcoming post-apocalyptic take on Little Red Riding Hood.

Also much love to DAW for this wonderful surprise of Pariah by W. Michael Gear, the ARC of the final book in the Donovan trilogy which I have been enjoying very much. I’m looking to seeing how things will wrap up.

Courtesy of Tachyon Publications, I also received an ARC of The Last Tsar’s Dragons by Jane Yolen and Adam Stemple, a historical fantasy inspired by the Russian Revolution with dragons!

Thank you also to Orbit/Redhook for these new arrivals: a finished copy of The Witch’s Kind by Louisa Morgan, a historical fantasy about magic, family, love and sacrifice from the author who brought us A Secret History of Witches; an ARC of Children of Ruin by Adrian Tchaikovsky, the hugely anticipated follow-up to one of my favorite sci-fi novels, Children of Time; and a finished copy of Tiamat’s Wrath by James S.A. Corey, the eighth book of the epic space opera series The Expanse. Words cannot describe how excited I am about this next installment.

Also thanks to Simon & Schuster for offering to send a print ARC of The Philosopher’s War by Tom Miller, the sequel to one of my favorite books I read in 2018, The Philosopher’s Flight.

And finally, my thanks to Flatiron Books for an ARC of this quirky looking book called FKA USA by Reed King. Described as something of a mashup of The Wizard of OzA Hitchhiker’s Guide to the GalaxyThe Road, and Ready Player One, how could I not be curious about this fascinating debut that seems to have a little bit of everything?

In the digital pile, with thanks to Audible Studios for The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon, a door-stopper of a tome which I’d hoped to tackle in audio so I was thrilled to receive a listening copy. And from Penguin Random House Audio, I received a listening copy of The Municipalists by Seth Fried, a book featuring the unlikely partnership between a U.S. Municipal Survey worker and a day-drinking know-it-all supercomputer. Color me intrigued.

Feeling hungry for a new thriller, I also requested The Rumor by Lesley Kara, with thanks to Ballantine Books and NetGalley for the eARC. And last but not least, thank you to for sending me e-galleys for The Undefeated by Una McCormack and Her Silhouette, Drawn in Water by Vylar Kaftan, both of which I’m looking forward to checking out.


A quick summary of my reviews posted since the last update:

A Labyrinth of Scions and Sorcery by Curtis Craddock (4 of 5 stars)
Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte (4 of 5 stars)
Slayer by Kiersten White (4 of 5 stars)
Crucible by James Rollins (3.5 of 5 stars)
Gates of Stone by Angus Macallan (3.5 of 5 stars)
King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo (3 of 5 stars)
The Raven Tower by Ann Leckie (2 of 5 stars)

Interviews & Guest Posts

A shout out to the authors who stopped by The BiblioSanctum these last two weeks!

Guest Post: “Under Ordshaw’s Covers” by Phil Williams

Guest Post: “Creating a Sentient Starship” by Gareth L. Powell

What I’ve Read Since the Last Update

Here’s what I’ve managed to “unstack” from the TBR since the last update. More reviews coming soon!

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Have you heard of or read any of the books featured this week? What caught your eye? Any new discoveries? I hope you found something interesting for a future read! Let me know what you plan on checking out. Until next time, see you next Roundup!:)

41 Comments on “Mogsy’s Bookshelf Roundup: Stacking the Shelves & Recent Reads”

  1. Wow Corey are on book eight already huh? I’ve been watching the Expanse so now I’m newly interested in those books. 🙂

    Mythic Journeys sounds pretty awesome!


  2. I was interested in Heirs of Babylon, as I thought it might be the start of a new series. Then I clicked the link and saw it was his first book reissued. I’ll probably pass then. Garrett PI has enough books to keep me busy for the next 2-3 years so I won’t need to scratch that Cook itch.

    Glad to see Warship by Asher. If book 2 is almost out, I should only have to wait another year or so until the whole trilogy is out and then I can get to reading it. My enjoyment of his Transformation trilogy was really not up to what it should have been because I read them as they came out and taking 3-4 years for a trilogy, well, that is hard to keep the excitement up. But I AM looking forward to the whole thing, that’s for sure!

    I am really ambivalent about Children of Ruin. I know I’ve said this to you before, but while I thoroughly enjoyed Children of Time, part of that enjoyment was having a standalone. Turning it into a series (it is a series even if just a duology) suddenly does away with that enjoyment. I suspect this is how David Carradine felt during his last moments when he realized that things had suddenly changed 😀


    • Yeah, lately I’ve been seeing publishers re-issue a lot of well known authors’ debuts. I mean, it’s great because in a lot of these cases their first books are long out of print and this gives readers a chance to read them. But on the other hand, I also agree, if there are newer books by the author I would rather read those or finish their other series. Presumably they’ve honed their skills over the years too, so you also have to be prepared for their debut to be not as good.

      And I know what you mean about Children of Ruin. I’m still curious to see if it’s a direct sequel, or a follow-up/another story just set in the same world. I would probably prefer it to be the latter, but either way I’m still pretty excited to jump back in. And oof, that was cold with David Carradine 😛

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      • The Carradine thing was because I’d just watched several of his bad movies being spoofed by Rifftrax, so I was in a “no mercy” mood when I typed that comment 😀


  3. Having just finished W. Michael Gear’s “”Abandoned” I’m more than thrilled to see that the ARC for the final installment of the trilogy is already out: if the story keeps up with the same intensity, we’ll get a great third book indeed… 🙂
    As for Tiamat’s Wrath, I started reading it yesterday: brace yourself, because the very first sentence will be like a punch in the solar plexus. I’m still reeling…


  4. Ooh nice! Some new to me ones! I enjoyed Wild Country! Anne’s books are always a breath of fresh air dosed in paranormally goodness! Lol!! Girl in Red is one I can’t wait to read! I love Christina’s books and I love her spin of fairy tales and making them darker and edgier! I still need to give her last one a try, but I thought I heard it wasn’t quite as fairy tale like. So I’ve been putting it off.

    Hope you enjoy all the lovely new reads!

    My STS will be up tomorrow, so stop by then if you can!

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower 🙂


  5. The Priory of the Orange Tree is everywhere these last days Mogsy! This is so hyped that I am afraid to order it! I will wait for your review 😉


  6. I just got The Girl in Red too and almost lost it when I opened the package. I was thinking about requesting it but hadn’t yet, so it was such a great surprise! And I got Pariah as well, wow that’s a big chunky book! Can’t wait to read it😁


  7. Ooo lots of interesting looking ones! I’m especially curious about The Girl in Red and its post-apocalyptic edge on Little Red Riding Hood. Happy reading! 🙂
    Caz xx


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