Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Marg from The Adventures of an Intrepid Reader that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library. My loot for this week:

‘The blood in his veins, the blood of the Gyrfalcon…Gilles Goelo watched the soldiers who took ship at Brest bound for the Americas with longing and excitement. To follow them over the oceans was his only chance of escape from the gloomy seminary and priestly future. America at the close of the eighteenth century was a land filled with adventure, and adventure was what young Gilles longed for. Setting out from France to cross to the new world, Gilles was destined to serve General Washington in the soldier’s trade, to face danger and torture and death, to meet the lovely Indian girl whose beauty might tempt him to forget the faithful Juliette who waited for him in France.”

Just you wait until you see the other cover for this one. This is the first in a trilogy by Benzoni, although only the first two were translated into English 😦

And for a group read starting November 1st at the Sweeping Sagas group at Goodreads,

“Patrick Garrity started life as the bastard son of a female convict. Unwanted and unloved, he was born in shame and raised in the poverty of a Sydney orphanage. Barely out of his teens, he left the brawling city to makea new life for himself in the limitless back country of New South Wales. Alone and hungry, he met the woman who would change his destiny and that of an entire continent.

Innocent in the ways of Europeans, Mayrah was the native girl Garrity bought to satisfy his passions. Divided by competing cultures, they were nevertheless united by their fierce love of the land — and eventually, each other. Together they carved out an enormous empire in the great outback, and founded a new generation of Australians who would forever bear the imprint of the pride and passion.”

So what’s sitting waiting for you on your hold shelf?