What I'm Reading - My top five recent reads

Time For Spring Reads - Some great books to kick back with after a day of enjoying the return to good weather.


Map's Edge

David Hair

Dashryn Cowl has run out of places to hide. The erstwhile sorcerer of the Imperial College fled the Bolgravian Empire when his high-flying family fell from grace, but the tyrannical empire is still hunting for him.

So when he gets his hands on a map showing a place outside the known lands rich in istariol, the mineral that fuels sorcery, he sees a way back to power. There's only one problem: it means masquerading as an Imperial Cartomancer (an instant death sentence) and finding some dupes to help him mine the istariol in secret, no questions asked.

But somehow, amid the dangers of the road (floods and avalanches, beasts, barbarians and monsters), a strange thing begins to happen: Dashryn starts to care about his ragtag followers and their strange odyssey into the ruins of an ancient forgotten civilization.

But his past won't let him be: the implacable Imperial Bloodhound Toran Zorne has caught his scent, and Zorne has never yet failed to bring his quarry to ground.


Unnatural Magic

C.M. Waggoner



The Once and Future Witches

Alix E. Harrow 



Elevator Pitch

Linwood Barclay




Keith Richards

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Older recommendations

Call Of The Bone Ships

RJ Barker

In this fantasy world, life upon the ocean is everything

and everyone revolves around it. Condemned to the Black Ships,

and duty until death, Lucky Meas nevertheless has the ambition

to make plans of her own.


Patrick Ness

The Boy From The Woods

Harlan Coben


Bernard Cornwell

The Evening and the Morning

Ken Follet

Fair Warning

Michael Connelly

The Trouble With Peace

Joe Abercrombie

The Red Stained Wings

Elizabeth Bear

Marilia The Warlord

Morgan Cole

The Bone Shard Daughter

Andrea Stewart


In The Kingdom of All Tomorrows

Stephen R. Lawhead

The Unspoken Name

AK Larkwood

Long Road To Mercy

David Baldacci

The Guardians

John Grisham


Rowenna Miller

Bright Steel

Miles Cameron


Mother of Demons

David Hair

An Anonymous Girl

Greer Hendricks

The Ruin of Kings

Jenn Lyons

Sword of Kings

Bernard Cornwell

A Little Hatred

Joe Abercrombie

Dark Forge

Miles Cameron

Hearts of Ice

David Hair

Cari Mora

Thomas Harris

The Stone in the Skull

Elizabeth Bear