Aujourd’hui je vais te parler des livres achetés/reçus pendant le mois de juillet !
The sin in the steel
Ryan Van Loan
« Heroes for hire. If you can pay.
Her mind leaps from clues to conclusions in the blink of an eye.
No. Not in crime—in crime-solving.
They’ve been hired for their biggest job yet—one that will set them up for a life of ease.
If they survive.
Buc and Eld are the first private detectives in a world where pirates roam the seas, mages speak to each other across oceans, mechanical devices change the tide of battle, and earthly wealth is concentrated in the hands of a powerful few.
It’s been weeks since ships last returned to the magnificent city of Servenza with bounty from the Shattered Coast. Disaster threatens not just the city’s trading companies but the empire itself. When Buc and Eld are hired to investigate, Buc swiftly discovers that the trade routes have become the domain of a sharp-eyed pirate queen who sinks all who defy her.
Now all Buc and Eld have to do is sink the Widowmaker’s ship….
Unfortunately for Buc, the gods have other plans.
Unfortunately for the gods, so does Buc. »
The three-body problem / Le problème à trois corps
« En pleine Révolution Culturelle, le pouvoir chinois construit une base militaire secrète destinée à abriter un programme de recherche de potentielles civilisations extra-terrestres. Ye Wenjie, une jeune astrophysicienne en cours de “rééducation” parvient à envoyer dans l’espace lointain un message contenant des informations sur la civilisation humaine. Ce signal est intercepté par les Trisolariens, qui s’apprêtent à abandonner leur planète-mère, située à quatre années-lumière de la Terre et menacée d’un effondrement gravitationnel provoqué par les mouvements chaotiques des trois soleils de son système. Ye Wenjie reçoit près de huit ans plus tard la réponse des Trisolariens. Choquée par les horreurs dont elle a été témoin durant la Révolution culturelle et ayant perdu toute foi dans l’homme, elle fournit secrètement aux Trisolariens les coordonnées du système solaire, dans l’espoir que ceux-ci viennent conquérir la Terre et réformer l’humanité. Dans quatre siècles, ils seront là… »
C’est la version signée de chez Waterstones.
« OLIVE is many things.
She knows her own mind.
And it’s ok that she’s still figuring it all out, navigating her world without a compass. But life comes with expectations, there are choices to be made and – sometimes – stereotypes to fulfil. So when her best friends’ lives branch away towards marriage and motherhood, leaving the path they’ve always followed together, she starts to question her choices – because life according to Olive looks a little bit different.
Moving, memorable and a mirror for anyone at a crossroads, OLIVE has a little bit of all of us. Told with great warmth and nostalgia, this is a modern tale about the obstacle course of adulthood, milestone decisions and the ‘taboo’ about choosing not to have children.«
The southern book club’s guide to slaying vampires
« Patricia Campbell’s life has never felt smaller. Her husband is a workaholic, her teenage kids have their own lives, her senile mother-in-law needs constant care, and she’s always a step behind on her endless to-do list. The only thing keeping her sane is her book club, a close-knit group of Charleston women united by their love of true crime. At these meetings they’re as likely to talk about the Manson family as they are about their own families.
One evening after book club, Patricia is viciously attacked by an elderly neighbor, bringing the neighbor’s handsome nephew, James Harris, into her life. James is well traveled and well read, and he makes Patricia feel things she hasn’t felt in years. But when children on the other side of town go missing, their deaths written off by local police, Patricia has reason to believe James Harris is more of a Bundy than a Brad Pitt. The real problem? James is a monster of a different kind—and Patricia has already invited him in.
Little by little, James will insinuate himself into Patricia’s life and try to take everything she took for granted—including the book club—but she won’t surrender without a fight in this blood-soaked tale of neighborly kindness gone wrong. »
Unravel the dusk
Synopsis du tome 1:
« Maia Tamarin dreams of becoming the greatest tailor in the land, but as a girl, the best she can hope for is to marry well. When a royal messenger summons her ailing father, once a tailor of renown, to court, Maia poses as a boy and takes his place. She knows her life is forfeit if her secret is discovered, but she’ll take that risk to achieve her dream and save her family from ruin. There’s just one catch: Maia is one of twelve tailors vying for the job.
Backstabbing and lies run rampant as the tailors compete in challenges to prove their artistry and skill. Maia’s task is further complicated when she draws the attention of the court magician, Edan, whose piercing eyes seem to see straight through her disguise.
And nothing could have prepared her for the final challenge: to sew three magic gowns for the emperor’s reluctant bride-to-be, from the laughter of the sun, the tears of the moon, and the blood of stars. With this impossible task before her, she embarks on a journey to the far reaches of the kingdom, seeking the sun, the moon, and the stars, and finding more than she ever could have imagined. »
The sword of Kaigen
M L Wang
« A mother struggling to repress her violent past,
A son struggling to grasp his violent future,
A father blind to the danger that threatens them all.
When the winds of war reach their peninsula, will the Matsuda family have the strength to defend their empire? Or will they tear each other apart before the true enemies even reach their shores?
High on a mountainside at the edge of the Kaigenese Empire live the most powerful warriors in the world, superhumans capable of raising the sea and wielding blades of ice. For hundreds of years, the fighters of the Kusanagi Peninsula have held the Empire’s enemies at bay, earning their frozen spit of land the name ‘The Sword of Kaigen.’
Born into Kusanagi’s legendary Matsuda family, fourteen-year-old Mamoru has always known his purpose: to master his family’s fighting techniques and defend his homeland. But when an outsider arrives and pulls back the curtain on Kaigen’s alleged age of peace, Mamoru realizes that he might not have much time to become the fighter he was bred to be. Worse, the empire he was bred to defend may stand on a foundation of lies.
Misaki told herself that she left the passions of her youth behind when she married into the Matsuda house. Determined to be a good housewife and mother, she hid away her sword, along with everything from her days as a fighter in a faraway country. But with her growing son asking questions about the outside world, the threat of an impending invasion looming across the sea, and her frigid husband grating on her nerves, Misaki finds the fighter in her clawing its way back to the surface. »
Queen of storms / Le roi des cendres tome 2
Raymond E Feist
C’est la version signée dispo sur Waterstones.
Synopsis du tome 1:
« Garn abritait cinq grands royaumes jusqu’à ce que le roi d’Ithrace et toute sa famille soient exécutés par l’ambitieux souverain de Sandura.
Ithrace était gouverné par les légendaires Firemane à la crinière de feu, craints par les autres monarques. Désormais, il ne reste plus que quatre grands royaumes au seuil de la guerre. Mais on raconte que le fils du dernier roi d’Ithrace a survécu et qu’il est aux mains d’une société secrète nommée Quelli Nacosti, qui s’illustre dans l’infiltration des puissants. Inquiets, les quatre rois offrent une énorme récompense en échange de sa tête.
Dans un petit village pacifique, Declan, apprenti forgeron, découvre les secrets de la fabrication du mythique acier royal. Jusqu’à ce que la guerre vienne à lui. Declan doit alors fuir et offrir ses précieuses connaissances au souverain de Marquensas, qui est peut-être le seul à pouvoir vaincre Sandura.
Pendant ce temps, dans le domaine secret de Quelli Nacosti, trois amis apprennent l’art de l’espionnage et de la mort : Donte, Hava et Hatu, à la chevelure d’un roux éclatant… »
Silvia Moreno Garcia
« When glamorous socialite Noemí Taboada receives a frantic letter from her newlywed cousin begging to be rescued from a mysterious doom, it’s clear something is desperately amiss. Catalina has always had a flair for the dramatic, but her claims that her husband is poisoning her and her visions of restless ghosts seem remarkable, even for her.
Noemí’s chic gowns and perfect lipstick are more suited to cocktail parties than amateur sleuthing, but she immediately heads to High Place, a remote mansion in the Mexican countryside, determined to discover what is so affecting her cousin.
Tough and smart, she possesses an indomitable will, and she is not afraid: not of her cousin’s new husband, who is both menacing and alluring; not of his father, the ancient patriarch who seems to be fascinated by Noemí; and not of the house itself, which begins to invade Noemi’s dreams with visions of blood and doom.
Her only ally in this inhospitable abode is the family’s youngest son. Shy and gentle, he seems to want to help, but might also be hiding dark knowledge of his family’s past. For there are many secrets behind the walls of High Place. The family’s once colossal wealth and faded mining empire kept them from prying eyes, but as Noemí digs deeper she unearths stories of violence and madness. »
The color purple / La couleur pourpre
« Dans la grande tradition du roman sudiste, La Couleur pourpre, qui dénonce l’oppression raciale et sexuelle dont furent victimes les femmes noires, a fait date. Celie et Nettie sont deux soeurs séparées à l’adolescence mais liées par un amour indéfectible que ne terniront ni les brimades ni le mépris, ni les guerres ni l’absence. Celie, mariée enfant à un homme violent, ne reçoit pas les lettres que lui adresse Nettie, devenue missionnaire en Afrique, car son mari les subtilise. Ignorant l’adresse de sa soeur, elle-même envoie ses lettres au Bon Dieu. Une correspondance sans espoir de réponse. Une correspondance qui sauvera les deux femmes du désespoir.
Lauréat du prix Pulitzer et de l’American Book Award en 1983, La Couleur pourpre a été adapté au cinéma en 1984 par Steven Spielberg. »
Vinland saga volume 23
Synopsis du volume 1:
« Depuis qu’Askeladd, un chef de guerre fourbe et sans honneur, a tué son père lorsqu’il était enfant, Thorfinn le suit partout dans le but de se venger. Mais bien qu’il soit devenu un guerrier redoutable, il ne parvient toujours pas à vaincre son ennemi. Au fil des ans, enchaînant missions périlleuses et combats afin d’obtenir des duels contre l’homme qu’il hait plus que tout, le gentil Thorfinn est devenu froid et solitaire, prisonnier de son passé et incapable d’aller de l’avant. Jusqu’à ce que la vie le force à regarder le Monde différemment… »
« They call them Savages. Brutal. Efficient. Expendable.
The empire relies on them. The Savages are the greatest weapon they ever developed. Culled from the streets of their cities, they take the ones no one will miss and throw them, by the thousands, at the empire’s enemies. If they live, they fight again. If they die, there are always more to take their place.
Evie is not a Savage. She’s a warrior with a mission: to find the man she once loved, the man who holds the key to exposing the secret of the Savage Legion and ending the mass conscription of the empire’s poor and wretched.
But to find him, she must become one of them, to be marked in her blood, to fight in their wars, and to find her purpose. Evie will die a Savage if she has to, but not before showing the world who she really is and what the Savage Legion can really do. »
A whisper in the dark + A light in the dusk + A memory in the flame + A sacrifice in the smoke
K J Sutton + Jessi Elliott
C’est une histoire divisée en 4 tomes d’une centaine de pages chacuns.
« Charlotte Travesty lives in a world of comfort. Glittering nightclubs, a lavish mansion, and a staff of humans at her beck and call. Being a royal vampire means her future is secured—all she has to do is get through the Awakening, an ancient ceremony every vampire experiences when they come of age.
But when her Awakening arrives at last, everything changes in one terrifying instant.
Cast from her home and rejected by the royal family, Charlie is forced into a life of fear and brutality. Where creatures called Weepers live below the city, kept at bay by an unlucky sector of fighters enslaved by the very king who cast her out. Charlie now finds herself among the ranks.
As she stands in a dank tunnel, clutching a weapon she doesn’t know how to use, she wonders if she’ll live to see the next sunset. »
The tea dragon tapestry
Sortie le: 1er septembre
« Over a year since being entrusted with Ginseng’s care, Greta still can’t chase away the cloud of mourning that hangs over the timid Tea Dragon. As she struggles to create something spectacular enough to impress a master blacksmith in search of an apprentice, she questions the true meaning of crafting, and the true meaning of caring for someone in grief. Meanwhile, Minette receives a surprise package from the monastery where she was once training to be a prophetess. Thrown into confusion about her path in life, the shy and reserved Minette finds that the more she opens her heart to others, the more clearly she can see what was always inside.
Told with the same care and charm as the previous installments of the Tea Dragon series, The Tea Dragon Tapestry welcomes old friends and new into a heartfelt story of purpose, love, and growth. »
« A corrupted power stirs from beyond the grave.
A sacred order of knights sworn to protect the world from evil.
The Necromancer Queen will rise again.
Seventeen years have passed since the Necromancer Queen Talia was overthrown and slain, and her capital city destroyed by the Knights of the Order of Eternal Vigilance.
Anskar DeVantte, raised in the sacred disciplines of the Order, is now ready to face the brutal initiation trials to become a consecrated knight-sorcerer.
But the further Anskar rises in the ranks the more his faith wavers, and he is beset by harrowing dreams and uncertainty. As troubling powers awaken within him, a schism grows between Anskar and his hallowed Order, and he draws the hungry gaze of the vanquished queen’s fanatical followers.
As Anskar pieces together the mysteries of his early life, and begins to understand the malevolent forces gathering in his path, he finds himself with a crucial choice to make:
Remain loyal to the Order’s righteous mission, or control the dark powers growing within him.
Either way, his destiny is steeped in war. The only question is, which side will he be on? »
Voilà pour mon haul livres de juillet 🙂