On the Night Table [7]: Stars, Assassins, and a Vengeful Ghost.

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My reading pile this week might be a tad bit ambitious, but I’m counting on His Fair Assassin’s readability to get me off to the races. Right now, I’m two books behind on this series, but with all the wonderful reviews it’s been getting lately, I don’t doubt that I will finally get these books off my Unfinished Series list.

I don’t get too many ARCs sent my way. This year, I’m endeavouring to read them as soon as I get them in the mail. The Damned will not be out until February 10th. At least this way, I have a month to read it. Though I will persevere to finish it sooner than a month. Lol.

A Constellation of Vital Phenomena comes highly recommended. And once again, it’s a book about war, so of course, I’m looking forward to reading it. It’s also a slight book, but as it goes with historical novels, sometimes, its length is infuriatingly deceptive.


The Damned by Andrew Pyper

Danny Orchard wrote a bestselling memoir about his near-death experience in a fire that claimed the life of his twin sister, Ashleigh, but despite the resulting fame and fortune he’s never been able to enjoy his second chance at life. Ash won’t let him.

In life, Danny’s charming and magnetic twin had been a budding psychopath who privately terrorized her family—and death hasn’t changed her wicked ways. Ash has haunted Danny for twenty years and now, just when he’s met the love of his life and has a chance at real happiness, she wants more than ever to punish him for being alive—so she sets her sights on Danny’s new wife and stepson.

Danny knows what Ash really wants is him, and he’s prepared to sacrifice himself in order to save the ones he loves. The question is: will he make it back this time?


A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra

In a small rural village in Chechnya, eight-year-old Havaa watches from the woods as Russian soldiers abduct her father in the middle of the night and then set fire to her home. When their lifelong neighbor Akhmed finds Havaa hiding in the forest with a strange blue suitcase, he makes a decision that will forever change their lives. He will seek refuge at the abandoned hospital where the sole remaining doctor, Sonja Rabina, treats the wounded.

For Sonja, the arrival of Akhmed and Havaa is an unwelcome surprise. Weary and overburdened, she has no desire to take on additional risk and responsibility. But over the course of five extraordinary days, Sonja’s world will shift on its axis and reveal the intricate pattern of connections that weaves together the pasts of these three unlikely companions and unexpectedly decides their fate. A story of the transcendent power of love in wartime, A Constellation of Vital Phenomena is a work of sweeping breadth, profound compassion, and lasting significance.


Dark Triumph by Rachel LaFevers

When Sybella arrived at the doorstep of St Mortain half mad with grief and despair the convent were only too happy to offer her refuge – but at a price. The sisters of this convent serve Death, and with Sybella naturally skilled in both the arts of death and seduction, she could become one of their most dangerous weapons.

But her assassin’s skills are little comfort when the convent returns her to the life that nearly drove her mad. Her father’s rage and brutality are terrifying, and her brother’s love is equally monstrous. But when Sybella discovers an unexpected ally she discovers that a daughter of Death may find something other than vengeance to live for…


Mortal Heart by Rachel LaFevers

Annith has watched her gifted sisters at the convent come and go, carrying out their dark dealings in the name of St. Mortain, patiently awaiting her own turn to serve Death. But her worst fears are realized when she discovers she is being groomed by the abbess as a Seeress, to be forever sequestered in the rock and stone womb of the convent. Feeling sorely betrayed, Annith decides to strike out on her own.

She has spent her whole life training to be an assassin. Just because the convent has changed its mind doesn’t mean she has…

Any of these books made your reading rotation this week?

  • I think the His Fair Assassin series gets better with each book so I hope you really enjoy reading these Joy!

    • Arrrgh. I don’t think I’m going to be able to read His Fair Assassin this week. I suck.

  • I’ve been considering reading the LaFevers series but don’t know if I will anytime soon. I am definitely trying to read more backlist books this year …ones I either already own or ones that I’ve been wanting to read etc. But going for the ones I already own first. Reading ARCs as soon as they arrive or as you are excited for them is the best way to go I think. SO they still have that “shiney” appeal to them. =)

    • You inspired me to put a mighty dent on my stale pile. So yeah, starting with unfinished series is one of my goals this year.

  • I NEED A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, I’m actually searching a few Aussie online bookshops as we speak. I actually wouldn’t read historical until I read Prisoner of Night and Fog, and that set me off really. If it’s set in a time of war, foreign countries and promises an epic journey and hope, I’m salivating.

    Thanks for sharing Joy, you always cost me a small fortune in books, you really need to stop showing me your goodies 😀 😀

    • I just finished it, Kelly. OMG. First favourite of the year!

  • I loved Grave Mercy and Dark Triumph but I still haven’t got to Mortal Heart even though I have a review copy! I’m always behind. *sigh* Let’s hope we both love the conclusion. It will be the first series I’ve finished in a long time. 🙂

  • Yay Dark Triumph and Mortal Heart!! Admittedly, I loved Dark Triumph way more than Mortal Heart, but it’s such a good series all the way through. I hope you get all of these read! Ambition is a good thing. 🙂

    • Thanks, Rachel. That’s good to hear. 🙂

  • I like the covers of Mortal Heart and Dark Triumph. I got book 1 from NG so will read it soon. Although I’m not expecting to be blown away because I heard book 1 was meh and that the sequels are amazing. Anyhow, happy reading! 😀

    • I love book 1. I heard the second book was disappointing, though. Eeeeeep.

  • A Constellation has a gorgeous cover! Also, I’m excited to see that you will be reading A Dark Triumph. It’s my favorite book in the series. And I think you will love Beast and Sybella!
    Happy reading!

    • With a name like that (Beast), who wouldn’t?!

  • Great haul Joy! Like the idea of reading ARCs when you get them, I need to do that!

    Happy Reading 🙂
    Patrick @ The Bookshelves

    • Thanks. These is actually my reading queue for the week. Lol.

  • I love loved Dark Mercy, so you would think that I would have read the rest of the books in the series, but no this isn’t the case, I shall have to sort this out soon. I look forward to seeing how you get on with this series and the rest of your books! Happy reading Joy! 🙂

  • Happy reading 😀

  • I have Grave Mercy series on my TBR and I’m excited that you got them! It sounds like you’re getting the jump on reading, yay. 🙂

    • it seems it’s the only way i can accomplish anything these days. lol.

  • LeFevers is on my list and I intend to read her this year!

  • Yay for lots of pretty books. <3 Sigh. Dark Triumph & Mortal Heart. <3 I adored both books so much. They are both all kinds of awesome 😀 I hope you will love them Joy. Fingers crossed 🙂 Happy reading sweetie. <3

  • I actually haven’t heard much about any of these except LaFevers

    • well, i’m hoping i’ll like them. lol. today’s a good day for discoveries!

  • I just read Grave Mercy last week, so I’m excited to get started on Dark Triumph in the next few weeks!

    • great! looking forward to your review. 🙂

  • Faye M.

    Not familiar with the titles except for the last two books because LaFevers is pretty much a household name in the world of book blogging… haha. I hope you enjoy these books and have a productive week, Joy!

    Faye at The Social Potato

  • I loved the His Fair Assassin series but I know they aren’t for everyone. I really hope you love them and all your books! You are off to a good start with your reading so far. I am trying to read those February ARCs now as well to get them out of the way.

    • i absolutely loved the first book, so i’m looking forward to reading the second and third. wish me luck!

  • LOVE the cover for A Constellation of Vital Phenomena! It’s really unusual and I’m a big fan of that font. Hope the story is as successful as the cover! Can’t wait to hear what you think of His Fair Assassin, I still need to read that entire series:)

    • thanks, jenny. i hear great things about this book, so i’m hoping it’ll come through for me. 😀

  • I’m not familiar with any of these titles other than Rachel LaFevers, but it’s looking like you’re off to a good start this year. I’m currently reading Of Silk and Steam by Bec McMaster, and will be listening to Dead of Winter by Kresley Cole as soon as my pre-order shows up on my iPhone tomorrow. Happy Monday!

    Carmel @ Rabid Reads

    • ohhh i hope you’ll enjoy that one. i know you’ve been looking forward to the new Kresley Cole. 😀

  • I have to find time to read Mortal Heart soon! Dark Triumph is FANTASTIC. I hope it’s a great start to your reading week. Also, that cover of A Constellation of Vital Phenomena is GORGEOUS

  • K

    I have Grave Mercy on my TBR pile and I’m really looking forward to reading it! Hope you enjoy the rest of the series! 😀

  • I’m SO excited for you to read Dark Triumph and Mortal Heart!! Can’t wait to hear what you think! Weeeeee~~