What I'm Reading - My top five recent reads

The weather is turning cold and there's more time to curl up by the fire with a good book. Here are some of my top reads for the season. 


A Time Of Dread

John Gwynne

From the Amazon description:

     A race of warrior angels, the Ben-Elim, once vanquished a mighty demon horde. Now they rule the Banished lands, but their peace is brutally enforced.
     In the south, hotheaded Riv is desperate to join the Ben-Elim's peacekeeping force, until she unearths a deadly secret.
     In the west, the giantess Sig investigates demon sightings and discovers signs of an uprising and black magic.
And in the snowbound north, Drem, a trapper, finds mutilated corpses in the forests. The work of a predator, or something far darker?
     It's a time of shifting loyalties and world-changing dangers. Difficult choices need to be made. Because in the shadows, demons are gathering, waiting for their time to rise. . .


Nolyn ⚔

Michael J. Sullivan



The New Climate War 🌳

Michael E. Mann



Find You First 🔍

Linwood Barclay



The Wisdom of Crowds ⚔

Joe Abercrombie

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Older recommendations


The Black Coast

Mike Brooks

From the Amazon description:

War Dragons. Fearsome Raiders. A Daemonic Warlord on the Rise.  

When the citizens of Black Keep see ships on the horizon, terror takes them because they know who is coming: for generations, the keep has been raided by the fearsome clanspeople of Tjakorsha. Saddling their war dragons, Black Keep's warriors rush to defend their home only to discover that the clanspeople have not come to pillage at all. Driven from their own land by a daemonic despot who prophesises the end of the world, the raiders come in search of a new home . . .



David Baldacci

Sorcery of a Queen

Brian Naslund

The Blacktongue Thief 

Christopher Buehlman

The Frozen Crown

Greta Kelly

Blood of an Exile

Brian Naslund

Bershad stands apart from the world, the most legendary dragonslayer in history, both revered and reviled. Once, he was Lord Silas Bershad, but after a disastrous failure on the battlefield he was stripped of his titles and sentenced to one violent, perilous hunt after another. Now he lives only to stalk dragons, slaughter them, collect their precious oil, and head back into the treacherous wilds once more. For years, death was his only chance to escape. But that is about to change. The king who sentenced Bershad to his fate has just given him an unprecedented chance at redemption. Kill a foreign emperor and walk free forever. The journey will take him across dragon-infested mountains, through a seedy criminal underworld, and into a forbidden city guarded by deadly technology.

The Ruthless Lady's Guide to Wizardry

C.M. Waggoner

News of the World

Paulette Jiles

The Professionals

Owen Laukkanen

An Innocent Client

Scott Pratt

Map's Edge

David Hair

Follow a renegade sorcerer off the edge of the map

Unnatural Magic

C.M. Waggoner

The Once and Future Witches

Alix E. Harrow 

Elevator Pitch

Linwood Barclay


Keith Richards

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