My book budget shrunk immeasurably several months ago when I quit my day job, so finding cheap e-books to read has been my number one priority. As well as receiving several ARCs (thank you, kind authors), I’ve also been searching through Amazon’s urban fantasy bestseller lists to look for books on sale.
I’ve noticed that traditionally published books tend to have much higher prices for their e-book versions than indies. Sometimes prices look more like what you would pay for a paperback in my local bookshop. While I haven’t been searching for traditionally published books specifically, they crop up in the charts a fair bit.
However, I stumbled across this traditionally published book on sale for 99c and sorta maybe had to get it:
“When ghosts talk, she will listen . . .
Ropa dropped out of school to become a ghostalker – and she now speaks to Edinburgh’s dead, carrying messages to the living. A girl’s gotta earn a living, and it seems harmless enough. Until, that is, the dead whisper that someone’s bewitching children – leaving them husks, empty of joy and life. It’s on Ropa’s patch, so she feels honour bound to investigate. But what she learns will change her world.
She’ll dice with death (not part of her life plan . . .) as she calls on Zimbabwean magic and Scottish pragmatism to hunt down clues. For Edinburgh hides a wealth of secrets. And in the process, she discovers an occult library and some unexpected allies. Yet as shadows lengthen, will the hunter become the hunted?”
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A library, you say? Well, you have my full attention. Library of the dead? Holy marscapone, how am I supposed to say no?
The likes of Ben Aaronovitch have pitched in with editorial reviews for this book, so at first glance, it’s safe to say this might be a good book. This book is set in Edinburgh, which I’ve only been to once, but it was a truly interesting place. A giant castle, an extinct volcano, and a history so chock full of death that nightly ghost tours are available pretty much everywhere. It’s a super underrated city.
So, to read a magical horror book set there is a tantalising prospect. Fingers crossed this is a book I’ll have to get in paperback form later!
I think The Library of the Dead is actually on sale for a very short time right now, so take a look on the Amazon link here and see if you can still get it at discount price.
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