I’m going to kick off the new year by looking back at some of my favourite books published in 2017.
I have six books for you today and six more tomorrow – I couldn’t narrow it down to a top ten!
First of all, I have three books from Lily Luchesi on my list:
Never Again by Lily Luchesi
Published December 2nd 2017 by Vamptasy Publishing
A standalone spin-off of the Paranormal Detectives Series, we discover the true horrors during Hitler’s reign.
In World War Two, not all monsters were human.
Male siren Sean Wireman was ostracized from his small village in Israel in the sixteenth century, forced to wander the world until he settled in America in the 1920’s. Since he doesn’t age like a normal person, he was fit to fight in World War Two, to defend the heritage he spent his whole life running from.
Seventy years later, after he has lived a whole other life since Hitler was defeated, from attending law school to becoming a bona fide rock star, the monsters the Nazis released upon the Jews in concentration camps have returned, and he is the only one who can destroy them.
But can he save his people once again, or will this fight take a deadly toll?
Lily Luchesi continues to impress me with her books…
The multi-dimensional characters, the descriptive writing and the attention to detail all add up to a phenomenal read.
In this Paranormal Detectives Series spin-off we follow the life of male siren, Sean Wireman, from his early years as he’s forced to wander the world alone, through the nightmare fights and prison camps of a world war, to the modern day and his return to the battlefields.
Sean is a flawed character who struggles to understand his own nature in the beginning, but grows throughout the book and accepts his ‘fate’ to save his people.
Based on real events that happened in the concentration camps of WW2, this book takes you on an action-packed, roller coaster ride of emotions.
I’ve been a huge fan of this series since the reading book one, Stake-Out, and Lily has become one of my favourite authors. Never Again is one of the best books I’ve read this year.
If you love Lily’s Paranormal Detective Series, you’ll also love this book. I can’t wait to read more!
Never Again is a Paranormal Detectives Series spin-off, which is also a superb stand-alone book. If you haven’t read any of Lily’s books and enjoy a great paranormal novel, then this book is a good place to start.
The final two books of the Paranormal Detective Series from Lily Luchesi also made it on to my faves list:
Right to Silence
Published January 15th 2017
Published June 14th 2017
Both published by Vamptasy Publishing.
Next up on my list is:
James: Witch-Hunter by K.S. Marsden
Published October 1st 2017 by K.S. Marsden
~Prequel to the Witch-Hunter trilogy~
James Bennett is a Yorkshire lad, making the big move to Oxford to start university.
His ambitions involve getting a good education; impressing the Rugby Club; and not throttling his roommate. All perfectly normal drama, until Hallowe’en.
A girl’s murder throws James into the dangerous world of witches, and those that hunt them.
After playing a sidekick in the Witch-Hunter trilogy, it’s only fair that James gets to be centre stage in his own prequel.
This can be read as a stand-alone, and does not contain any spoilers. It may contain witches, bad jokes and cringe-worthy scenes; but definitely no spoilers.
James: Witch-hunter is a great prequel to the Witch Hunter series, which I read last year.
The book is set some years before The Shadow Rises, and covers the time when James first meets Hunter at university.
I enjoyed getting to know both characters all over again at a younger age and the start of James’ journey into the world of witch hunters and witches.
K.S. Marsden has written another wonderful book, with plenty of magic, danger, action and touches of humour.
It can be read before or after the series, but also works well as a standalone book.
Also on my list are Books #1 and #2 of Queen of Thieves by Andy Peloquin.
Child of the Night Guild
Published January 17th 2017 by Dragonblade Publishing
“They killed my parents. They took my name. They imprisoned me in darkness. I would not be broken.”
Viola, a child sold to pay her father’s debts, has lost everything: her mother, her home, and her identity. Thrown into a life among criminals, she has no time for grief as she endures the brutal training of an apprentice thief. The Night Guild molds an innocent waif into a cunning, agile outlaw skilled in the thieves’ trade. She has only one choice: steal enough to pay her debts.
The cutthroat streets of Praamis will test her mettle, and she must learn to dodge the City Guards or swing from a hangman’s rope. But a more dangerous foe lurks within the guild walls. A sadistic rival apprentice, threatened by her strength, is out for blood.
What hope does one girl have in a world of ruthless men?
An edge of your seat, fast-moving and unforgettable read from Andy Peloquin.
I was drawn in the moment I started reading and my attention was held right up to the last word!
I spent ten years with Ilanna, shared her hopes and fears, and her triumphs and failures. I felt the aches and pains, the cuts and broken bones, and sat with her friends as she healed. I watched her grow from a scared, lonely little girl, called Viola, through months of torture, as Seven, and years of training, as Ilanna the apprentice, into a strong and determined journeyman.
The details and descriptions of Praamis, and the believable characters, each with their own personalities and troubles, made this book come to life. I didn’t just read a story… I lived it!
Andy Peloquin is an amazing writer and story-teller!
I loved the book and am eager to read the next book in the series.
Thief of the Night Guild
Published July 18th 2017 by Dragonblade Publishing
“I am Ilanna, Journeyman of House Hawk. I do the impossible.”
A cunning thief of unrivaled ingenuity, Ilanna is determined to secure her freedom. Nothing will prevent her escape from the Night Guild’s callous cruelty, not even the most powerful man in Praamis, Duke Phonnis.
Commanding a crew of pickpockets, bounty hunters, poisoners, and assassins, Ilanna schemes to disgrace the Duke. She must survive blackmail, a bloodthirsty rival syndicate, and enemies within her own House to claim her spoils: vengeance for the deaths of her friends and gold to buy independence.
But all Ilanna’s skill may not suffice to protect the one person who matters most: her son.
Thief of the Night Guild is everything I hoped it would be, and much more!
Ilanna is now a strong and determined journeyman, a professional thief and a woman in what is mainly a mans world. She wants to secure her freedom from the guild and protect her son from its clutches.
The characters were so skilfully drawn that I felt as though I was living along side them.
So I joined Ilanna and her accomplices as they strived to pull off the greatest heist in Praamis.
Andy Peloquin’s fluent and descriptive writing ensured that I felt the joy of friendship and suffered heartache and pain from the betrayal and loss of our friends.
Illana’s story – so far – is one that will stay with me for a very long time.
And I am now waiting on tenterhooks for the next book in the series.
As I said at the start, if you pop back tomorrow I’ll have the other six books from my Top Twelve list