State of the ARC: September, 2019

State of the ARC is a meme hosted by Avalinah’s Books in which we round up our ARCs and attempt to wrangle them into something approaching order. Sometimes it’s like herding cats.


Thanks to a couple of long flights in September, I had plenty of time to sit and read the ARCs I have that are being published soon. And because I knew to look for it, I was able to get an early copy of one of my most anticipated new releases of 2019, Lethal Pursuit by Will Thomas. It’s the latest volume of my favorite mystery series, and I was thrilled to have it for my long flight home.

Recently Published:

  • The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow, published by Red Hook Books. (Loved this one!)
  • A Hero Born (Legend of the Condor Heroes #1) by Jin Yong, translated from the Chinese by Anna Holmwood (Loved this one, too!)


Upcoming Releases:

London, 1905. Sherlock Holmes and John Watson are shaken out of their quiet lives when Holmes’s brother enlists their help to investigate the death of an English spy found dead in the Thames with secret documents in hand. Soon, they find themselves racing across Europe on the Orient Express and in the company of a beautiful and mysterious woman as they seek to track down a mysterious group that seeks nothing less than world domination.

  • Lethal Pursuit (Barker and Llewellyn #11) by Will Thomas. Mystery. Expected publication November 12, 2019, from St. Martin’s Press.

When an English spy is killed a stone’s throw away from their offices, Cyrus Barker and Thomas Llewellyn are enlisted by Her Majesty’s Government to deliver a top-secret parcel- and to keep it out of Germany’s hands by any means necessary. But what could the parcel mean for Europe’s future, and just who are the strangely uniformed men trying to retrieve it? Barker and Llewellyn must uncover the mystery of the parcel and navigate the mysterious secret societies on London’s underworld before their enemies close in and silence them forever.

Alex Messenger is no stranger to wilderness travel. The summer before his senior year of high school, the seventeen-year-old Messenger and four of his friends head to Nunavut in Northern Canada. There, they will spend forty-two days hiking and canoeing in some of the most remote wilderness areas in North American. But on the twenty-ninth day of the trip, Messenger is mauled by a Grizzly bear. Suddenly, their dream trip turns into a fight for survival as the group struggles to keep Messenger’s injuries from killing him as they make their way through the wilderness.

Whittell crosses centuries and continents to bring us extraordinary stories about snow, a substance many of us take for granted, but which is far more interesting and important than we might expect.

Future Releases:

Katherine Keith had always longed for the wide-open spaces far from cities. She spent years wandering across the United States before finally settling in Alaska, where she fell in love, had a child, and built a home far from other people. The daily rhythms of survival brought her meaning, but also brought their own hardships. Long-distance dog sledding help bring Keith’s life into focus, and she decides to run the Iditarod, a race completed in near solitude.

  • The Silvered Serpents (The Gilded Wolves #2) by Roshani Chokshi. Fantasy. Expected publication date February 4, 2020, from St. Martin’s Press

Severin and his friends have succeeded in thwarting the Fallen House, but the cost was higher than they could have imagined. Now they must pick up the pieces and push forward, for Severin has an agenda he is obsessed with and has set his sights on an artifact that grants its user god-like powers. The search takes them all to wintry Russia, where secrets come to light and force them to face themselves and discover new depths to themselves.

  • The Borgia Confessions by Alyssa Palombo. Historical Fiction. Expected publication February 11, 2020, from St. Martin’s Press

In the summer of 1492, Rodrigo Borgia has been elected Pope. He appoints his own son, Cesare, as a bishop, and his younger son Juan is named commander of the Papal Armies. Cesare chafes at his position, as he has dreamed of military glory and Juan proves an ineffective leader. Into the swirl of wealth, politics, and corruption comes a woman from the countryside, Maddalena Moretti, a servant who finds her life becoming more and more entwined with that of the infamous Borgia family.

As of now, my feedback ratio is 76%, which is slightly lower than my usual ratio which stays somewhere between 79-82%. Once I review my November ARCs, I will see about doing one or two for December and January, but I’m not going to worry too much about it. I already have plenty to read on my own shelves.



4 thoughts on “State of the ARC: September, 2019

  1. Hmm… I loved “The Borgias” tv-series (the showtime one) I might have to add The Borgia Confessions to my TBR list.

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