Thursday, January 2, 2014

My Dusty Bookshelf #2

My Dusty Bookshelf
I've got an addiction for adding books to my bookshelf but never getting around to them. I'm sure I'm not the only one either. It's just so easy with all the new books to forget about the older ones. I'd like to start reading some of the books I've had for years and just haven't read. I thought this would be a good way to share and rekindle some interest in my dusty books. Plus I love giving books a little extra spotlight when I can. 

This week I'm sharing a ebook that I've had on my kindle for years. I keep saying I'm going to get to it but something always comes up. It sounds like my kind of book. I hope to read it in the near future. 

Lily of the Nile by Stephanie Dray


The daughter of Cleopatra, Princess Selene, struggles to survive amidst political and romantic intrigue after her parents are vanquished from Rome and she becomes the object of desire and obsession for the new and ruthless Caesar. 

I picked it up a few years ago in paperback and didn't realize at the time how many pages of intimidation it is. I keep saying one day but I just haven't. Maybe I'll just start reading a few chapters a day and work on it over the month. 

Kushiel's Dart by Jacqueline Carey


The land of Terre d'Ange is a place of unsurpassing beauty and grace. It is said that angels found the land and saw it was good...and the ensuing race that rose from the seed of angels and men live by one simple rule: Love as thou wilt. 

Phèdre nó Delaunay is a young woman who was born with a scarlet mote in her left eye. Sold into indentured servitude as a child, her bond is purchased by Anafiel Delaunay, a nobleman with very a special mission...and the first one to recognize who and what she is: one pricked by Kushiel's Dart, chosen to forever experience pain and pleasure as one.

Phèdre is trained equally in the courtly arts and the talents of the bedchamber, but, above all, the ability to observe, remember, and analyze. Almost as talented a spy as she is courtesan, Phèdre stumbles upon a plot that threatens the very foundations of her homeland. Treachery sets her on her path; love and honor goad her further. And in the doing, it will take her to the edge of despair...and beyond. Hateful friend, loving enemy, beloved assassin; they can all wear the same glittering mask in this world, and Phèdre will get but one chance to save all that she holds dear. 

Set in a world of cunning poets, deadly courtiers, heroic traitors, and a truly Machiavellian villainess, this is a novel of grandeur, luxuriance, sacrifice, betrayal, and deeply laid conspiracies. Not since Dune has there been an epic on the scale of Kushiel's Dart-a massive tale about the violent death of an old age, and the birth of a new.

What do you have on your dusty shelf?

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