Welcome to another edition of In My Mailbox hosted by The Story Siren! This week was good week for books. I made a big order at BookCloseouts that should arrive in the next week or two which I'll post about after I receive it. Also, today was the breakfast Scholastic Canada set up for us Montreal Book Bloggers with author Cecil Castellucci, but I'll detail that in a post tomorrow. Anyways, here's what I got this week:
Heart of Steel by Meljean Brook - this is the second book in the Iron Seas series, the first being The Iron Duke (I loved it). Thanks to Penguin Canada! Can't wait to read this one.
Return to the gritty, alluring world of steampunk with the New York Times bestselling author of The Iron Duke.
Growing up in the dangerous world of the Iron Seas, the mercenary captain of the airship Lady Corsair, Yasmeen, has learned to keep her heart hard as steel. Ruthless and cunning, her only loyalty is to her ship and her crew-until one man comes along and changes everything...Treasurehunter Archimedes Fox isn't interested in the Lady Corsair-just the captain and the valuable da Vinci sketch she stole from him. When it attracts a dangerous amount of attention, Yasmeen and Archimedes journey to Horde-occupied Morocco- and straight into enemy hands.
Chalice by Robin McKinley - I tried to read Sunshine by McKinley and had no success, but after reading this review of Chalice, I decided I had to try the author again.
As the newly appointed Chalice, Mirasol is the most important member of the Master’s Circle. It is her duty to bind the Circle, the land and its people together with their new Master. But the new Master of Willowlands is a Priest of Fire, only drawn back into the human world by the sudden death of his brother. No one knows if it is even possible for him to live amongst his people. Mirasol wants the Master to have his chance, but her only training is as a beekeeper. How can she help settle their demesne during these troubled times and bind it to a Priest of Fire, the touch of whose hand can burn human flesh to the bone?
A captivating tale that reveals the healing power of duty and honour, love and honey.
A Door Into Ocean by Joan Slonczewski - I enjoyed Slonczewski's latest novel The Highest Frontier and fellow Montreal Book Blogger Avis was kind enough to let me borrow her copy of the author's well known science fiction novel.
A Door into Ocean is the novel upon which the author's reputation as an important SF writer principally rests. A ground-breaking work both of feminist SF and of world-building hard SF, it concerns the Sharers of Shora, a nation of women on a distant moon in the far future who are pacifists, highly advanced in biological sciences, and who reproduce by parthenogenesis—there are no males—and tells of the conflicts that erupt when a neighboring civilization decides to develop their ocean world, and send in an army.