I work in the marketing department of a public library system. So I’m constantly tempted by the new releases. Or sometimes, happy discoveries when I’m wandering in the stacks.
Library Loot books
Between going bonkers clicking the request button for ARCs on NetGalley plus my book haul over the holidays, the library loot is a small haul this week. But all things I’ve been looking forward to for a while!
Black SunBlack Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse
on October 13, 2021
About Black Sun
In the holy city of Tova, the winter solstice is usually a time for celebration and renewal, but this year it coincides with a solar eclipse, a rare celestial event proscribed by the Sun Priest as an unbalancing of the world.
Meanwhile, a ship launches from a distant city bound for Tova and set to arrive on the solstice. The captain of the ship, Xiala, is a disgraced Teek whose song can calm the waters around her as easily as it can warp a man’s mind. Her ship carries one passenger. Described as harmless, the passenger, Serapio, is a young man, blind, scarred, and cloaked in destiny. As Xiala well knows, a man described as harmless usually ends up being a villain.
Home Before Dark by Riley Sager
Home Before Dark
Published by Dutton on June 30, 2020
About Home Before Dark
Twenty-five years ago, Maggie and her parents moved into Baneberry Hall, a rambling Victorian estate in the Vermont woods. They spent three weeks there before fleeing in the dead of night. Her father wrote of the ordeal in a nonfiction book called House of Horrors. His tale of ghostly happenings and encounters with malevolent spirits became a worldwide phenomenon, rivaling The Amityville Horror in popularity—and skepticism.
Today, Maggie is a restorer of old homes. She’s too young to remember any of the events mentioned in her father’s book. But she also doesn’t believe a word of it. Ghosts, after all, don’t exist. When Maggie inherits Baneberry Hall after her father’s death, she returns to renovate the place to prepare it for sale. But her homecoming is anything but warm. People from the past, chronicled in House of Horrors, lurk in the shadows. And locals aren’t thrilled that their small town has been made infamous thanks to Maggie’s father. Even more unnerving is Baneberry Hall itself. A place filled with relics from another era that hint at a history of dark deeds. Maggie experiences strange occurrences straight out of her father’s book. She starts to believe that what he wrote was more fact than fiction.
Have you read either of these books? Tell me about your library loot in the comments below.