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Mailbox Monday (2.9)

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A Morbid Taste for Bones by Ellis Peters (book mooch)
In the remote Welsh mountain village of Gwytherin lies the grave of Saint Winifred. Now, in 1137, the ambitious head of Shrewsbury Abbey has decided to acquire the sacred remains for his Benedictine order. Native Welshman Brother Cadfael is sent on the expedition to translate and finds the rustic villagers of Gwytherin passionately divided by the Benedictine’s offer for the saint’s relics. Canny, wise, and all too wordly, he isn’t surprised when this taste for bones leads to bloody murder.

The leading opponent to moving the grave has been shot dead with a mysterious arrow, and some say Winifred herself held the bow. Brother Cadfael knows a carnal hand did the killing. But he doesn’t know that his plan to unearth a murderer may dig up a case of love and justice…where the wages of sin may be scandal or Cadfael’s own ruin.

The Flaming Sword by Christian Jacq (bought)

In the north, the barbaric Hyksos still rule with unimaginable brutality. Queen Ahhotep, meanwhile, has recaptured much of the south — but at a terrible price: her husband has been killed in combat and her elder son, Kames, was mysteriously poisoned. Ahhotep refuses to be crowned pharaoh and prepares her second son, young Amose, to take power instead. Thanks to her, the Egyptians are now ready for the final battle. They lay siege to Avaris, the Hyksos capital — and once the city is taken, nothing can stop them. After 100 years of occupation and thousands of violent deaths, it looks as though the Egyptian empire may at last rise from the ashes.

Bosworth 1485: Psychology of a Battle by Michael K. Jones (bought)

The battle of Bosworth marked an epoch in the lives of two great houses—the house of York fell to the ground when Richard III died on the field of battle; and the house of Tudor rose from the massacre to reign for the next hundred years. Michael Jones rewrites this landmark event in English history with startling evidence to suggest that the site of the battle recognized for over 500 years is wrong. He not only shifts the location of the battle, but shifts our perspective of its heroes and villains and its place in history.

 

Queen Without a Country by Rachel Bard (bought)

As 25 year old Berengaria of Navarre journeys on a ship bound for Sicily, little does she know what adventures and trials lie before her. She must face an indifferent husband, a domineering mother-in-law and the turbulent political climate of twelfth-century Europe. Will she find happiness amid such tribulations?

 

 

Cry Wolf by Patricia Briggs (bookmooch)

Anna never knew werewolves existed until the night she survived a violent attack…and became one herself. After three years at the bottom of the pack, she’d learned to keep her head down and never, ever trust dominant males. But Anna is that rarest kind of werewolf: an Omega. And one of the most powerful werewolves in the country will recognize her value as a pack member—and as his mate.

 

Harlequin by Bernard Cornwell (bookmooch)

At dawn on Easter morning 1343, a marauding band of French raiders arrives by boat to ambush the coastal English village of Hookton. To brave young Thomas, the only survivor, the horror of the attack is epitomized in the casual savagery of a particular black-clad knight, whose flag three yellow hawks on a blue field presides over the bloody affair. As the killers sail away, Thomas vows to avenge the murder of his townspeople and to recapture a holy treasure that the black knight stole from the church.

To do this, Thomas of Hookton must first make his way to France; So in 1343 he joins the army of King Edward III as it is about to invade the continent the beginning of the Hundred Years War. A preternaturally gifted bowman, Thomas quickly becomes recognized as one of England’s most deadly archers in King Edward’s march across France. Yet he never stops scanning the horizon for his true enemy’s flag.

When Thomas saves a young Frenchwoman from a bloodthirsty crowd, her father French nobleman Sir Guillaume d’Evecque rewards his bravery by joining him in the hunt for the mysterious dark knight and the stolen holy relic. What begins as a search for vengeance will soon prove the beginning of an even higher purpose: the quest for the Holy Grail itself.

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21 Comments

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    Melissa @ Confessions of an Avid Reader
    September 2, 2013 at 02:06

    You know, I’ve had A Morbid Taste For Bones sitting on my shelf unread for years. I really need to give the series a try one of these days!

    I hope you enjoy all of your new books!
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      Elysium
      September 2, 2013 at 22:18

      It might be awhile before I end up reading it either. But hope you enjoy it if you pick it up :)

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    blodeuedd
    September 2, 2013 at 08:26

    Wohoo Briggs! enjoy!
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      Elysium
      September 2, 2013 at 22:20

      I still haven’t read any oh her books…

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    Mystica
    September 2, 2013 at 13:25

    I’m putting Harlequin on top of my TBR. Just my kind of history and fiction I like.
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      Elysium
      September 2, 2013 at 22:20

      Hope you enjoy it :)

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    Sam Still Reading
    September 2, 2013 at 13:43

    Lovely books! Have a great reading week.
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      Elysium
      September 2, 2013 at 22:20

      Thanks :)

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    bermudaonion (Kathy)
    September 2, 2013 at 14:57

    I love the cover of A Morbid Taste for Bones but I’m not so sure about the title. I hope you love it!
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      Elysium
      September 2, 2013 at 22:22

      It doesn’t sound like it’s historical book if you hear the title, now does it?

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    Diana Leigh
    September 2, 2013 at 16:39

    I’m intrigued by Bosworth 1485. Great haul!
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      Elysium
      September 2, 2013 at 22:28

      Me too but I always hope it would end up differently!

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    Elizabeth
    September 2, 2013 at 16:51

    Interesting mailbox…ENJOY!!

    Elizabeth
    Silver’s Reviews
    My Mailbox Monday
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      Elysium
      September 2, 2013 at 22:29

      Thanks for stopping by!

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    Shoshanah
    September 2, 2013 at 18:10

    Of these all Queen Without a Country definitely stands out to me.
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      Elysium
      September 2, 2013 at 22:30

      It’s been on my wishlist for long time and I hope its worth the wait :)

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    Lucy @ The Reading Date
    September 2, 2013 at 20:22

    Some great looking covers! Hope you enjoy them all.
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      Elysium
      September 2, 2013 at 22:46

      Thanks!

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    Mary
    September 3, 2013 at 13:57

    I always love seeing the titles in your mailbox. Hope they’re all good reads!
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    mary ann langan
    September 4, 2013 at 00:38

    I hope you enjoy! your new titles.

    http://tributebooksmama.blogspot.com/2013/09/mailbox-monday.html
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    Anna
    September 5, 2013 at 22:32

    Harlequin looks really good. Happy reading!
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