Birthday #bookhaul!, Preorders and Prizes

A couple weeks ago, I received some fun bookmail in the form of Book Depository purchases arrivals (can’t track those!), and this week saw a bunch of preorders delivered as well as some new arcs from work and prizes.  All just in time for my birthday!!

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Saturday Spotlight: Red Sister by Mark Lawrence

Red Sister (Book of the Ancestor, #1)

Hardcover, 432 pages
Expected publication: April 4th 2017 by Ace
I’ve only had the opportunity to listen to Mark Lawrence’s Prince of Fools, which I found interesting and enjoyable but not quite compelling enough to binge the rest of the series.  So when I heard he had a new series coming out with a female protagonist, I decided to look into it.  Now I really want to read this book!  It sounds right up my alley and sounds similar to Nevernight by Jay Kristoff.

Summary:

I was born for killing – the gods made me to ruin.

At the Convent of Sweet Mercy young girls are raised to be killers. In a few the old bloods show, gifting talents rarely seen since the tribes beached their ships on Abeth. Sweet Mercy hones its novices’ skills to deadly effect: it takes ten years to educate a Red Sister in the ways of blade and fist.

But even the mistresses of sword and shadow don’t truly understand what they have purchased when Nona Grey is brought to their halls as a bloodstained child of eight, falsely accused of murder: guilty of worse.

Stolen from the shadow of the noose, Nona is sought by powerful enemies, and for good reason. Despite the security and isolation of the convent her secret and violent past will find her out. Beneath a dying sun that shines upon a crumbling empire, Nona Grey must come to terms with her demons and learn to become a deadly assassin if she is to survive…