5 Books That Hit My Radar Pt. 3

I’m assuming you all like these posts as much as I like making them. You haven’t told me otherwise, so I’m operating on the assumption you do.

Sometimes I just find myself clicking through Amazon Kindle books, or on Goodreads in that little “Readers Also Enjoyed” section, and the always trusty FB Ads. Most of the time, this results in me finding a book that I think looks interesting and if it’s relatively cheap on Amazon, or has a stunning cover, I go and buy it.

Well, I found more books. Instead of reading this weekend, I trolled around online and stumbled upon some books that sound amazing and I’ve either bought, or pre-ordered all of them. It’s a good thing I get paid this week, because my wallet currently hates me. 

If you want to check out my other 2 posts in this new series, here they are:

3 Books That Just Hit My Radar

3 Books That Hit My Radar Pt. 2

I love sharing my book finds with you all, and I hope that you check them out for yourselves. If you do, or if you’ve read them (in the cases where they’re already out) let me know your thoughts!

Blooded (Court of Wolves #1) – Miranda Honfleur

The pack hunted down her family and left her for dead. She survived. And now she’s hunting them.

As a princess of Morwen, Melora has lived a sheltered life–her only escape hunting with her mother and her brother on royal lands, and the opulent Winter Palace where the court has moved for the season has long been a favorite of hers. But when a hunt goes horribly wrong, her mother and her brother disappear, and the Winter Palace becomes a bloodbath.

Injured and ill, Mel turns to her lady-in-waiting, Aislinn, for help and soon finds herself changed… and the court overrun. The royal family has vanished, the land is abandoned, and her people are hunted and forced into hiding. A darkness deepens and spreads from the Winter Palace as refugees spill over the borders. With only Aislinn and a small band of brave souls, Mel nevertheless pushes back against that darkness, for her people, for answers, and for herself. The Wolves of the Winter Palace wage a war that could kill her and everyone with her. No one else comes to her aid… until him.

The Black Wolf was a hushed whisper among hunters and wayfarers, a cautionary tale told to children and young lovers, but when Mel hunts him down, she finds him real. Very real. Enormous and menacing, with a strong werewolf pack behind him, he claims to be a friend, but can he be trusted? Or is he just another ravenous mouth eager to devour her land’s riches… and maybe even her?

Unsure of whom to trust and stripped of allies and resources, can Mel reclaim the Winter Palace, or will the wolves’ reign of blood run red forever?

The Sea Snake (Celestial Wars #0.5) – Miranda Honfleur & Nicolette Andrews

One brave girl casts a long shadow over an empire…
Dragon witch Jin is an apprentice carpenter aboard the pirate ship Clever Viper, the only life she’s ever known. When her captain decides to pursue an arms-laden prize in the night, in an effort to bolster their precarious free republic amid the Southern Isles, a fleet of Azure Queendom ships emerge from the dark and open fire on the Clever Viper, sending Jin overboard and capturing the rest of the crew–including Jin’s mentor, Captain Yueying, and her best friend, Shuren.

Jin and her dragon familiar wash ashore on an island and find it a secret base of operations for the Azure Queendom. Shuren, Yueying, and the crew could be imprisoned there, deep within a tangled, dense jungle, full of wrecked ships, caves, dangerous predators, and enemy soldiers.

Alone, trained as a carpenter, with fledgling dragon magic, Jin must brave the wilderness and get past those who would kill her, all to find a way to her mentor, her best friend, and her crew. But will she be enough to save the day, or will she be just another body dropped by the queendom as it conquers their republic?

The Kingless Crown (Kingdom of the White Sea #1) – Sarah M. Cradit

A crown woven together by lies.
A kingdom with the power to unravel them.

Four Reaches. Four brides. Only a fortnight separates the young women from becoming reluctant queens of the usurper king, Eoghan Rhiagain.

Twenty years earlier, King Eoghan’s father cunningly devised marriages between the highborn sons and daughters of the oft-warring Reaches, sealing the unions before they could protest, shattering existing betrothals in place of forced alliances.

Now, Eoghan, the cruel boy king who stole his crown through murder, demands the eldest daughters of these unions. To accept is unfathomable. To refuse is treason.

The lords and ladies of the kingdom have no choice but to prepare their beloved daughters for the horrors ahead. But they’ll soon discover there are no longer any daughters left to present. All four have disappeared, painting the world with their rebellion.

Theirs is not the only rebellion. Across the kingdom, little fires light within. From the enigmatic sorcerers in the northern mountains, to the magi who both wield and regulate the kingdom’s magic, and beyond… to a place where two prisoners are not what they seem.

As the Reaches ready themselves to face the king, the kingdom hovers on the edge of chaos.

And there are many who recall, in candlelit secrecy, tales of a time before…

Crown of One Hundred Kings (Nine Kingdoms Trilogy #1) – Rachel Higginson

A lost princess…

Tessana Allisand had a family once. A home. A title. A future. Until one night when everything she loved was taken from her. Secreted away to an isolated monastery in the farthest region of the realm, Tess was raised in the silence of monks and the loneliness of tragedy. And there she would have stayed if the dark magic that killed her family hadn’t finally found her.

An impossible quest…

With her identity discovered, Tessana must face the home she fled all those years ago. The Crown of Nine must return to its rightful place and Tess must be the one to carry it across the nine kingdoms. And when she arrives? She’ll need to convince a dying kingdom that the crown that has belonged to one hundred kings should be given to a queen.

A rebellious prince…

Taelon Treskinat was in love once. With a princess. The daughter of a slaughtered king. He risked everything to save her, to make sure she survived. When that same princess tumbles back into his life no longer the scared little girl he remembers from childhood, he must decide where his duty lies. With the girl that will threaten everything he knows and loves. Or the kingdom he will do anything to protect.

Awakening Shadows (The Navarre Chronicles #1) – Sydney Hawthorn

A Princess. A Warrior. A Slave. A kingdom falling to ruin. And a Queen meant to save them all.

Navarre has been at peace for three hundred years, the prophecies of the promised princess no more than a whispered memory of the past. Sheltered from the world around her, naïve Princess Joseline is no stranger to the responsibility and isolation of being heir. But when an attack on her eighteenth birthday reveals the looming return of the legendary demon king, shattering every protective boundary around her, Joseline is thrown full force into the long-forgotten prophecy and the role she plays in his demise.

Saved from Aeron’s clutches by a secret organization of warriors trained to protect her, Joseline is forced to choose between her curiosity to understand their motives and her duty to her people’s safety. Swept into the impending war threatening her country, Joseline must learn at all costs not only to fight, but to control the ancient magical power awakening within her.

Her life and the lives of her people depend on it.

Can we take a moment to appreciate how good all these covers are? Initially they’re what drew me to click on each of them – and then I read the synopses and omfg, I’m excited. I’m in this massive high fantasy/fantasy kick right now and I can’t wait to dive into these.

I know this post kind of breaks the mold of the “3 Books That –” that this impromptu series has going for it, but I realized that I’d stumbled across too many amazing books to limit myself. Like I said, I’ve ordered/pre-ordered all of these books and I cannot wait for them to eventually arrive. I’m really hoping that work eases up a bit so I can start reading again. As much as I love audiobooks, I’m feeling a tad burned out by them at the moment and all of these books sound like the perfect thing to get me back into physical/e-copies.

I hope you go check out these books and add them to your lists! 

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