In my mailbox is a meme that can be found over at The Story Siren, intending to share any books bought/gifted/borrowed over time. I’ve decided to post these on Wednesdays sporadically, with the intention to share what I’ve got my hands on recently. Thanks to primarily Goodreads for blurbs and covers. Links are sometimes provided if you’re interested in buying any of the books, which will go through my Amazon Associates account, or reading a few reviews.

Been a while since I did one of these, so here’s what I’ve got my hands on since the last IMM post.

The Wise Woman – Philippa Gregory

“Alys joins a nunnery to escape the poverty of her life on the moor with her foster mother, Morach, the local wise woman with whom she lives as an outcast, but she soon finds herself thrown back into the world when Henry VIII’s wreckers destroy her sanctuary. Summoned to the castle as the old lord’s scribe, she falls obsessively in love with his son Hugo, who is married to Catherine. Driven to desperation by her desire, she summons the most dangerous powers Morach has taught her, but soon the passionate triangle of Alys, Hugo, and Catherine begins to explode, launching them into uncharted sexual waters. The magic Alys has conjured now has a life of its own — a life that is horrifyingly and disastrously out of control.

Is she a witch? Since heresy means the stake, and witchcraft the rope, Alys is in mortal danger, treading a perilous path between her faith and her own female power.”

Genre: Historical Fiction

Since finally picking up one of the Gregory books on my shelf and quite enjoying it, I’ve been keeping my eye out for the rest of her historical novels (except Wideacre, that doesn’t interest me in the slightest), and I was pretty happy when this one fell out of one of the clothes bags when I was sorting the other Saturday. A bit tatty, possibly a little dirt on the pages, but perfectly readable and just 25p. Just missing The Virgin’s Lover and the Cousin’s War books now. And looking at that blurb? *rubs hands together* looking forward to this one.

A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire #1) – George R.R. Martin

“Long ago, in a time forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons out of balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. The cold is returning and in the frozen wastes to the north of Winterfell, sinister and supernatural forces are massing beyond the kingdom’s protective Wall. At the center of the conflict lie the Starks of Winterfell, a family as harsh and unyielding as the land they were born to. Sweeping from a land of brutal cold to a distant summertime kingdom of epicurean plenty, here is a tale of lords and ladies, soldiers and sorcerers, assassins and bastards, who come together in a time of grim omens.

Here an enigmatic band of warriors bear swords of no human metal; a tribe of fierce wildlings carry men off into madness; a cruel young dragon prince barters his sister to win back his throne; and a determined woman undertakes the most treacherous of journeys. Amid plots and counterplots, tragedy and betrayal, victory and terror, the fate of the Starks, their allies, and their enemies hangs perilously in the balance, as each endeavors to win that deadliest of conflicts: the game of thrones.”

Genre: Fantasy

This is one I’ve wanted to get my hands on for quite a while now. I’d heard fantastic things about the series, and so so many people have said it is their favourite fantasy series, so how can I not give it a read? I was a bit annoyed that they stuck a “Now an HBO series” sticker on the cover, I specifically chose the original cover, but hey ho. I’ve read the first page, and already I’m in love with the layout of it. The decoration on new chapter pages, the font style and size, and the language. Just from the first page I’m desperate to read more but I’m being good, because I’m really enjoying Fool’s Errand at the moment and I’d like to finish that one first else it won’t be the same. I’ve wanted it a little more lately because I’d like to read this one before I watch the series, which I’ve been recording. So, to sum up: SQUEEE!

Gathering Blue (The Giver #2) – Lois Lowry

Genre: Dystopia/YA

No blurb. Spot the mistake? That’s right. I saw a book by an author I’d heard good thing about in the charity shop, purchased it, got home, checked the interwebs and oh look, it’s part two, you were actually looking for The Giver. Sigh. Well touch wood, it does look like an interesting series. At least!