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GALAXY Staff Reading List 2017

Posted August 16, 2017


GALAXY Staff Reading List 2017

Our well-read GALAXY Staff members take us through what they've been reading & enjoying so far in 2017.

GALAXY Staff Top Picks



Blackwing:  Raven's Mark #1

Ed McDonald

Utterly compelling and utterly satisfying from start to finish. I can’t fault it – it achieves everything I expected –and it kind of does it so casually – it’s almost annoying. - Craig



Princess of Blood: God Fragments #2

Tom Lloyd

An excellent follow up to Stranger of Tempest, for lovers of dark & gritty fantasy.



You Die When You Die: West of West #1

Angus Watson

You die when you die, so Finn's people believe, but Finn wants to live... An epic fantasy adventure.




Anna Stephens

An epic fantasy debut worth reading, with an uneasy truce between neighbouring kingdoms on the edge of total war.



Moons Artifice:   Empire of a Hundred Houses #1

Tom Lloyd

An investigator dragged into a plot of gods, monsters, spies, and assassins...



The Silvered

Tanya Huff

An Empire declares war on a small, were-ruled kingdom, kidnap the wife of the pack leader and four others, and two unlikely heroes set out to rescue them.



Hell Divers 

Nicholas Sansbury Smith

In the poisoned post-World War II world, the last survivors live on airships kept afloat by the brave men and women of the Hell Divers... a captivating dystopian read.



Age of Assassins:  Wounded Kingdom #1

R. J. Barker

A plot against the throne brings the land's best assassin and their apprentice theri most difficult challenge: to save a life.



Camera Obscura:  Bookman Histories #2

Lavie Tidhar

A murder inside a locked room on the Rue Morgue in Paris leads Lady de Winter on an adventure which has her questioning the nature of reality itself.



Forsaken Skies: Silence #1

D. Nolan Clark

A navy hero's pursuit of a murderer leads him towards the greatest threat mankind has ever faced...



Nevernight:  Nevernight Chronicles #1

Jay Kristoff

The captivating tale of a remarkable assassin, the killer of killers and destroyer of empires, and the shadowy cat which drinks her fear.



Darien: Empire of Salt #1

C. F. Iggulden

Twelve families, one throne - an epic start to a fantasy series from a master storyteller.



Remnant:  Oversight Trilogy #3

Charlie Fletcher

The Oversight of London is sworn to prevent the natural and supernatural worlds from preying on each other, but with their members scattered to the wind, they must battle for survival.



Immortal Throne: City #2

Stella Gemmell

As the City struggles to return to normalcy after a rebellion, word arises of a massive army gathering to the north. Its sole purpose: to destroy the City...



Red Sister: Ancestor #1

Mark Lawrence

At the Convent of Sweet Mercy young girls are raised to be killers, but even the mistresses don’t truly understand what they have purchased when Nona Grey is brought to their halls, falsely accused of murder, guilty of worse...





Heroine Worship: Heroine Complex #2

Sarah Kuhn

Aveda Jupiter was demon-infested San Francisco’s most beloved superheroine, but all that changed the day she agreed to share the spotlight with her best friend and former assistant Evie Tanaka...



The Walking Land 

Callie Bates

Kidnapped once by a King she's come to love as a father, Elanna is about to be taken again... magic, adventure, and intrigue from an intriguing new trilogy.



Recurve:  Elemental #1

Shannon Mayer

Larkspur, a bastard Elemental, faces a banishment which will lead to death, or training which could break them... could things get any worse?



From Darkest Skies

Sam Peters

Following the death of his wife, Keon Rause returns to the colony world of Magenta to resume serivce with the Magentan Intelligence Service, bringing with him an artificial recreation of his wife's personality, and come to investigate her death.



Eleventh Grave in Moonlight: Charley Davidson #11

Darynda Jones

As a part-time private investigator and full-time Grim Reaper, Charley has to balance the good, the bad, and the undead. And those who want her dead, of course. But Charley's learning to make peace with her fate...



Allegiance:  Bethrothed #2

Wanda Wiltshire

Having returned home, Marla seems to quickly forget her Faery Prince Lief, and starts to see her best friend in a different way...



Telophy:  Bethrothed #4

Wanda Wiltshire

Facing the reality of losing one of her best friends at the hands of the Shadow Fae, Marla is forced to put Prince Leif and his impending marriage behind her, only to find herself privy to King Telophy's most intimate secrets...



Wanted and Wired: Tether #1

Vivien Jackson

A rip-roarin' new snarky, sexy sci-fi paranormal romance series which balances humour, heat and heart.



Burn for Me: Hidden Lgeacy #1

Ilona Andrews

Nevada Baylor is faced with the most challenging case of her detective career - a suicide mission to bring in a Prime suspect -one of the highest ranking magic users- in a volatile situation...



White Hot: Hidden Legacy #2

Ilona Andrews

Nevada knows when people are lying, and she's used that magic to keep her detective agency afloat. But a new case pits her against the shadowy forces which almost destroyed the city of Houston once before...



Wildfire: Hidden Legacy #3

Ilona Andrews

The thrilling conclusion to the Hidden Legacy series sees Nevada & Rogan grapple with a power beyond their imagination...



Dragonmark: Dark Hunter #27

Sherrilyn Kenyon

Illarion, a dragon made human against his will, was betrayed centuries ago and made to fight for humanity in barbaric wars. Now Illarion has a chance to regain what's been lost, and to have the one thing he covets most...



Deceptions:  Omens & Shadows #3

Kelley Armstrong

Olivia Jones, the daughter of convicted serial killers, is suspects her parents are innocent and is desperate for the truth. But who can she trust in a world where betrayal and deception hide in every shadow?



Flame in the Mist 

Renee Ahdieh

Mariko has always known that being a woman means she's not in control of her own fate. But Mariko is the daughter of a prominent samurai and a cunning alchemist in her own right, and she refuses to be ignored.



Mercury Striking: Scorpius Syndrome #1

Rebecca Zanetti

With nothing but rumors to lead her, Lynn Harmony has trekked across a nightmare landscape to find one man a mysterious, damaged legend who protects the weak and leads the strong.




S. Jae-Jones

Dark, romantic, powerful, Wintersong will sweep you away into a world you won't soon forget.



Akarnae: Medoran Chronicles #1

Lynette Noni

Impressive YA fantasy debut with interesting characters and a world you want to live in. Perfect for those suffering withdrawals from Hogwarts and Narnia. - Allison



Draekora:  Medoran Chronicles #3

Lynette Noni

With Aven Dalmarta now hiding in the shadows of Meya, Alex is desperate to save Jordan and keep the Rebel Prince from taking more lives...



Strange the Dreamer 

Laini Taylor

Since he was five years old, Lazlo Strange has been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then an opportunity presents itself, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever.





Spawn of Lilith

Dana Fredsti

Actor or actress, set designer, electrician, best boy, or grip-in la-la land, it pays not to be human... An interesting urban fantasty take on Hollywood.



The Memory Agent

Matthew B. J. Delaney

Crime never changes. Punishment does. A time where criminals are rehabilitated in virtual reality while they sleep, unaware of their crimes, Roger Parker is a professional prison breaker...



Mangement Style of the Supreme Beings

Tom Holt

When the Supreme Being and his son decide that being supreme isn't for them any more, it's inevitable that things get a bit of a shake-up.It soon becomes apparent that our new owners, the Venturi brothers, have a very different perspective on all sorts of things...



Oath of Dogs

Wendy Wagner

Kate Standish has been on the forest-world of Huginn less than a week and she's already pretty sure her new company murdered her boss. A compelling sci-fi detective story.




Andrew Lane, Nigel Foster

Aliens came to Earth forty years ago, and traded us technology that allowed us to colonise the stars. The price: live humans...




Connie Willis

Briddey is about to get exactly what she thinks she wants when she's about to get an EDD, a procedure which will let her and her partner Trent sense each other's feelings... Crosstalk is an engaging exploration of where biotechnology could take us.



End of the Day

Claire North

Charlie meets everyone - but only once. You might meet him in a hospital, in a warzone, or at the scene of traffic accident... Sometimes he is sent as a courtesy, sometimes as a warning. Either way, this is going to be the most important meeting of your life.



Borrowed Souls: Soul Charmer #1

Chelsea Mueller

Callie Delgado always puts family first, and unfortunately her brother knows it. She's spiulled countless tears keeping him out of trouble, but now he's in deeper than ever, and his debt is on Callie's head...



Behind the Mask: A Superhero Anthology

Kelly Link, Cat Rambo, Carrie Vaughn, Seanan McGuire

A multi-author collection, partially a prose nod to the comic world, but also a spotlight on the more intimate side of the genre.



Spandex and the City

Jenny T. Colgan

Holly Phillips is unlucky in love, embarrased beyond beloeif when the handsome stranger she meets in a bar turns out to be 'Ultimate Man', but when her fifteen minutes of fame make her a target she only has one place to turn...




Ren Warom

Shock Pao is the best. In the virtual world the Slip, there’s nothing he can’t steal for the right price. Outside the Slip, though, he’s a Fail – no degree, no job. So when his ex offers him a job, breaking into a corporate databank, he accepts it’s either that, or find himself a nice bench to sleep under...



The Raft

Fred Styrdom

The day every person on earth lost his and her memory was not a day at all. In people's minds there was no actual event... and thus it could be followed by no period of shock or mourning. There could be no catharsis. Everyone was simply reset to zero...



All Systems Red:  Murderbot Diaries #1

Martha Wells

A murderous android discovers itself in All Systems Red, a tense science fiction adventure by Martha Wells that blends HBO's Westworld with Iain M. Banks' Culture books.



Dr. Potter's Medicine Show

Eric Scott Fischl

A disgraced Civil War surgeon turned snake-oil salesman travels the Pacific Northwest with a disheartened company of strongmen, fortune-tellers, and musical whores.



Into Everywhere

Paul McAuley

The Jackaroo, those enigmatic aliens who claim to have come to help, gave humanity access to worlds littered with ruins and scraps of technology left by long-dead client races. But although people have found new uses for alien technology, that technology may have found its own uses for people.




Keith Yatsuhashi

The people of the planet Higo are descending into religious civil war. Baiyren Tallaenaq, Prince of Higo, is exiled after causing the death of his mother. Freed from his responsibilities and the looming war, he steals their greatest weapon a giant, sentient, armoured suit and uses it to open a Portal to a world he never knew existed. A world called 'Earth'...




Tim Lebbon

There's an underground black market for arcane things. Akin to the trade in rhino horns or tigers' bones, this group traffics in mummified satyrs, gryphons' claws, and more.When Angela Gough's lover Vince goes missing, she sets out to find him-whatever the risk.



Will Save the Galaxy for Food

Yahtzee Croshaw

Space travel just isn't what it used to be. With Quantum Teleportation, space heroes aren't needed anymore. When one particularly unlucky ex-adventurer masquerades as famous pilot and hate figure Jacques McKeown, he's sucked into an ever-deepening corporate and political intrigue.



King of the Wyld: Band #1

Nicholas Eames

Set in a well-built and intriguing fantasy world, with plenty of action-packed battles, amusing dialogue and a steady stream of mythological monsters to slay, Kings of the Wyld is an adventure that comes highly recommended for lovers of fantasy, questing and D&D. - Tamara


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