The Leaning Pile of Books is a feature where I talk about books I got over the last week – old or new, bought or received for review consideration (usually unsolicited). Since I hope you will find new books you’re interested in reading in these posts, I try to be as informative as possible. If I can find them, links to excerpts, author’s websites, and places where you can find more information on the book are included.

Last week brought one book I’m very excited about, but first, here are last week’s posts in case you missed them:

I’m currently working on a review of Truthwitch by Susan Dennard, and after that’s done I’ll be starting on my review of The Changeling Sea.

Now, the book that I’m really looking forward to reading!

The Lyre Thief by Jennifer Fallon

The Lyre Thief (War of the Gods Trilogy #1) by Jennifer Fallon

The Lyre Thief, set in the same world as the other two trilogies in the Hythrun Chronicles, will be released in the US on March 8 (hardcover, ebook). It takes place ten years after the Demon Child Trilogy (Medalon, Treason Keep, and Harshini).

I’ve been meaning to read a book by Jennifer Fallon for awhile and this sounds really good! The description on the back of the ARC makes it sound even better since it mentions a couple of things I really like: “switched identities” and “meddlesome gods” (including a God of Liars).


Her Serene Highness, Rakaia, Princess of Fardohnya, is off to Hythria, where her eldest sister is now the High Princess, to find herself a husband, and escape the inevitable bloodbath in the harem when her brother takes the throne.

Rakaia is not interested in marrying anyone, least of all some brute of a Hythrun Warlord she’s never met, but she has a plan to save herself from that, too. If she can just convince her baseborn sister, Charisee, to play along, she might actually get away with it.

But there is trouble brewing across the continent. High Prince of Hythria, Damin Wolfblade, must head north to save the peace negotiated a decade ago between the Harshini, Hythria, Fardohnya, Medalon and Karien. He must leave behind an even more dangerous conflict brewing between his wife and his powerful mother, Princess Marla.

…And in far off Medalon, someone has stolen the music.

Their quest for the tiny stolen lyre containing the essence of the God of Music will eventually touch all their lives, threaten everything they hold dear and prove to be far more personal than any of them can imagine.

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