This Week in Books

This Week in Books – 17-10-18

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This Week in Books is a feature hosted by Lipsy at Lipsyy Lost and Found that allows bloggers to share:

  • What they’ve recently finished reading
  • What they are currently reading
  • What they are planning to read next

The last book I finished reading was A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan.  This is the first in the Memoirs of Lady Trent, and I absolutely loved it!  My review will be up soon!

a natural history of dragons

You, dear reader, continue at your own risk. It is not for the faint of heart—no more so than the study of dragons itself…

From Scirland to the farthest reaches of Eriga, Isabella, Lady Trent is known to be the world’s preeminent dragon naturalist. She is the remarkable woman who brought the study of dragons out of the misty shadows of myth into the clear light of modern science. But before she became the illustrious figure we know today, there was a bookish young woman whose passion for learning and natural history defied the stifling conventions of her day. Here at last, in her own words, is the true story of a pioneering spirit who risked her reputation, her prospects and her fragile flesh to satisfy her scientific curiosity; of how she sought true love and happiness despite her lamentable eccentricities; and of her thrilling expedition to the perilous mountains of Vystrana, where she made the first of many historic discoveries that would change the world forever.

I’m currently reading Paris in the Dark for the blog tour – my review will be up on the 23rd.

paris in the dark

Autumn 1915. The First World War is raging across Europe. Woodrow Wilson has kept Americans out of the trenches, although that hasn’t stopped young men and women from crossing the Atlantic to volunteer at the front. Christopher Marlowe ‘Kit’ Cobb, a Chicago reporter and undercover agent for the US government is in Paris when he meets an enigmatic nurse called Louise. Officially in the city for a story about American ambulance drivers, Cobb is grateful for the opportunity to get to know her but soon his intelligence handler, James Polk Trask, extends his mission. Parisians are meeting ‘death by dynamite’ in a new campaign of bombings, and the German-speaking Kit seems just the man to discover who is behind this – possibly a German operative who has infiltrated with the waves of refugees? And so begins a pursuit that will test Kit Cobb, in all his roles, to the very limits of his principles, wits and talents for survival.

Fleetly plotted and engaging with political and cultural issues that resonate deeply today, Paris in the Dark is a page-turning novel of unmistakable literary quality.

My next read is likely to be The Golden Orphans as part of another blog tour!

the golden orphans

Within the dark heart of an abandoned city, on an island once torn by betrayal and war, lies a terrible secret…

Francis Benthem is a successful artist; he’s created a new life on an island in the sun. He works all night, painting the dreams of his mysterious Russian benefactor, Illy Prostakov. He writes letters to old friends and students back in cold, far away London. But now Francis Benthem is found dead. The funeral is planned and his old friend from art school arrives to finish what Benthem had started. The painting of dreams on a faraway island. But you can also paint nightmares and Illy has secrets of his own that are not ready for the light. Of promises made and broken, betrayal and murder…

The Golden Orphans offers a new twist on the literary thriller.

And that’s my week in books! What are you reading this week?  Let me know in the comments! 😎


  1. I’ve read the first three (I think) of the Lady Isabella Trent series and the quality is just as good. I love the whole ‘elderly adventuress looking back’ style, I think it works really well 🙂

    1. I had to go out and buy the second instalment, so really pleased to hear this! And I agree that the style works brilliantly – I think it’s nice that she can look back and see that she was at times a little foolish while still being proud of what she has accomplished.

  2. I really liked A Natural History of Unicorns, so would quite like to read the dragons one too. Glad you enjoyed it. Paris in the dark sounds great too. Enjoy!

  3. All your books look really good and are all new to me (I might have seen the dragon one around, but I’m not sure).

    I’m currently reading ‘Summer of Scandal’ by Syrie James.

    Happy reading!

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