I received a couple books this week, both from the publishers for review via Net Galley.

The Dragon’s Path by Daniel Abraham

Summer is the season of war in the Free Cities.

Marcus wants to get out before the fighting starts. His hero days are behind him and simple caravan duty is better than getting pressed into service by the local gentry. Even a small war can get you killed. But a captain needs men to lead — and his have been summarily arrested and recruited for their swords.

Cithrin has a job to do — move the wealth of a nation across a war zone. An orphan raised by the bank, she is their last hope of keeping the bank’s wealth out of the hands of the invaders. But she’s just a girl and knows little of caravans, war, and danger. She knows money and she knows secrets, but will that be enough to save her in the coming months?

Geder, the only son of a noble house is more interested in philosophy than swordplay. He is a poor excuse for a soldier and little more than a pawn in these games of war. But not even he knows what he will become of the fires of battle. Hero or villain? Small men have achieved greater things and Geder is no small man.

Falling pebbles can start a landslide. What should have been a small summer spat between gentlemen is spiraling out of control. Dark forces are at work, fanning the flames that will sweep the entire region onto The Dragon’s Path — the path of war.

The Pig Did It by Joseph Caldwell

Unhappy in love, New York creative writing instructor Aaron McCloud, 32, arrives in Western Ireland’s County Kerry to suffer amid its natural beauty. Aaron stays with his aunt Kitty, who makes a living rewriting the classics (her version of Oliver Twist features lots of repentance), but Aaron’s wallow in self-pity is interrupted by a lost pig that attaches itself to him. When the pig digs up a human skeleton buried in the backyard, Kitty identifies the remains as the missing Declan Tovey and blames the pig’s mischievous owner, Lolly McKeever. But Lolly won’t admit to owning the pig, let alone killing Declan, and Aaron, for his part, is attracted to Lolly and suspicious of his aunt, who had her own reasons for wanting Declan dead. The stage is set for an Irish country comedy of manners in which darts, pints, pigs and burial plots all play a part.

Mailbox Monday is taking a blog tour. This month’s host is Amy at Passages to the Past. Head over there to see what goodies others got in their boxes and to share your own loot.

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. Here’s my report today.

Last week’s Reviews:

Books Completed Last Week:

  • The Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie
  • Saint Patrick and the Peddler by Margaret Hodges (with Amber)
  • The Hostile Hospital by Lemony Snicket (with Amber)

Other Stories Read:

  • “The Pedlar of Swaffham” by Joseph Jacobs

Currently Reading:

  • In Christ Alone by Sinclair B. Ferguson
  • Caught by Harlan Coben
  • The Seven Songs of Merlin by T. A. Barron (with Amber)

Listening to:

  • The Shimmer by David Morrell
  • The Carnivorous Carnival by Lemony Snicket (with Amber)

Up next:

  • Silver and Spice by Jennifer Greene

What have you been reading?