New Edelweiss E-galleys (8/8/22)

Hello e-galley readers! Check out some of the exciting e-galleys that were recently added to Edelweiss for your downloading pleasure:

UNTETHERED SKY by Fonda Lee
ISBN 9781250842466 | on sale 4/11/23

Ester’s family was torn apart when a manticore killed her mother and baby brother, leaving her with nothing but her father’s painful silence and a single, overwhelming need to kill the monsters that took her family.

Ester’s path leads her to join the King’s Royal Mews, where the giant rocs of legend are flown to hunt manticores by their brave and dedicated rukhers. Paired with a fledgling roc named Zahra, Ester finds purpose and acclaim by devoting herself to a calling that demands absolute sacrifice and a creature that will never return her love. The terrifying partnership between woman and roc leads Ester not only on the empire’s most dangerous manticore hunt, but on a journey of perseverance and acceptance.

THE BITE by Z. W. Taylor
ISBN 9781990259654 | on sale 2/7/23

Charlotte is on the run from an abusive relationship and hoping to start over in Alaska. Little does she know that her new life is one that is only supposed to exist in fairy tales.

When a minor decision puts her in the wrong place at the wrong time, she’s forced to fight for her very being because that seemingly minor decision has turned her life into a nightmare—and it only took one bite.

LAST HOUSE BEFORE THE MOUNTAIN by Monika Helfer
ISBN 9781635579871 | on sale 4/18/23

Josef and Maria live with their children on the edge of a valley in westernmost Austria, far away from the local residents, who scorn the family’s aura of separateness and ill repute, though no one can quite pinpoint the source of the grudge. Perhaps the answer lies in Maria’s unseemly beauty, her dark hair and clean white clothes, and in her rugged husband’s stern, illegible face. Perhaps it’s because they are poor and their land cheap, right at the foot of the mountains. Perhaps it’s their baseless pride; even the children seem godforsaken yet impervious, needing no one outside their tribe.

When the First World War breaks out, Josef is drafted into the army for what he expects to be a short time, reluctantly leaving Maria and the children under the protection of the village’s self-aggrandizing, lascivious mayor. While her husband is gone, Maria becomes pregnant with Margarethe (Grete), her fifth child. Born upon Josef’s return from the war, he will never speak a word to her.

Based on celebrated Austrian novelist Monika Helfer’s own family history, and following with breathtaking grace the inherited trauma of four generations, LAST HOUSE BEFORE THE MOUNTAIN is a propulsive, haunting, multilayered saga about memory, family, and the hidden wages of war.

EXILES by Jane Harper
ISBN 9781250235350 | on sale 1/31/23

At a busy festival site on a warm spring night, a baby lies alone in her pram, her mother vanishing into the crowds.

A year on, Kim Gillespie’s absence casts a long shadow as her friends and loved ones gather deep in the heart of South Australian wine country to welcome a new addition to the family.

Joining the celebrations is federal investigator Aaron Falk. But as he soaks up life in the lush valley, he begins to suspect this tight-knit group may be more fractured than it seems. Between Falk’s closest friend, a missing mother, and a woman he’s drawn to, dark questions linger as long-ago truths begin to emerge.

THE LOST METAL: A Mistborn Novel by Brandon Sanderson
ISBN 9780765391193 | on sale 11/15/22

In the epic conclusion to the Wax and Wayne Mistborn series arc, Waxillium, Marasi, and Wayne travel to the rebellious city of Bilming. What they find there is beyond their wildest expectations.

The city of Bilming is trying to break away from the central government in Elendel, but it soon becomes clear to Wax and Wayne that the city is under the influence of the god Trell.

The conflicts of the Cosmere at large have come to Scadrial, and Trell doesn’t particularly care if the planet survives.

FINLAY DONOVAN JUMPS THE GUN by Elle Cosimano
ISBN 9781250846037 | on sale 1/31/23

Finlay Donovan has been in messes before—after all, she’s an author and single mom who’s a pro at getting out bloodstains for rather unexpected reasons—but none quite like this. After she and her nanny/partner-in-crime Vero accidentally destroyed a luxury car that they may have “borrowed” in the process of saving the life of Finlay’s ex-husband, the Russian mob did her a favor and bought the car for her. But now Finlay owes them.

Though now behind bars and awaiting trial, mob boss Felicks is still runinng the show, and he has a task for Finlay: find and identify a contract killer before the cops do. Problem is, the killer might be an officer themselves.

Luckily, hot cop Nick has just been tasked with starting up a citizen’s police academy, and combined pressure from him and Finlay’s agent (that next book is always right around the corner) is enough to convince her and Vero to get involved. Through ride-alongs, firearm training courses and forensic classes, Finlay and Vero use their time in police academy to sleuth out the real contract killer to free themselves from the mob’s clutches—all the while dodging spies, confronting Vero’s past, and juggling the daily trials of parenting.

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