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WWW Wednesday 8th February 2017


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This meme will be categorised together with my book reviews. All links will get you to the book’s Goodreads listing, as always 🙂


What I’m currently reading

08022017-2Ashael Rising

I’m very nearly done with this now and should finish it on Thursday. It’s the only ARC I’ve got at the moment so I’ll be able to return to my tbr pile after this!

I’ve really enjoyed it, and should get my review written early next week. Since I only post one review a week here it’ll be a while before it’ll go live but it’ll be on Goodreads right away 🙂


Ashael is a hunter-gatherer woman, apprenticed to Bhearra, the healer and spiritual leader of their tribe.

The Zanthar are invaders from another world who extend their own lives by stealing the life-force of everything around them. They were last seen on KalaDene 200 years ago. They have returned, looking for The Vessel, a being prophesied to hold the life-force of the land.

Iwan is a slave to the Zanthar, descendant of the folk that were taken as slaves the last time the Zanthar visited this world. He is sent out as a spy, while his mother is held hostage to ensure his compliance.

When Iwan and Ashael meet and she invites him to stay in Oak Cam, neither of them realise that she is the one the Zanthar seek. The fate of KalaDene and all of its people rests on Ashael’s shoulders.


What I recently finished reading

nano-reward-4Siege and Storm

I really liked Siege and Storm. I’d agree that it wasn’t as good as the first book, but I still flew through it and I love the Russian mythology weaving into it. I’m excited to read the final title in the series now and see how everything’s going to play out.


Hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land. She finds starting new is not easy while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. She can’t outrun her past or her destiny for long.

The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and a dangerous plan that will test the very boundaries of the natural world. With the help of a notorious privateer, Alina returns to the country she abandoned, determined to fight the forces gathering against Ravka. But as her power grows, Alina slips deeper into the Darkling’s game of forbidden magic, and farther away from Mal. Somehow, she will have to choose between her country, her power, and the love she always thought would guide her–or risk losing everything to the oncoming storm.


What I think I’ll read next

nano-reward-5Ruin and Rising

This is still my next read… It’s taken me a while to get through my ARC since I read two books parallel to each other for a while, but it won’t be long now! I’m hoping to start it on Friday, maybe even Thursday. I’m really looking forward to it now!


The Darkling rules Ravka from his shadow throne.

Now the nation’s fate rests with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the shattered remnants of a once-great magical army.

Deep in an ancient network of tunnels and caverns, a weakened Alina must submit to the dubious protection of the Apparat and the zealots who worship her as a Saint. Yet her plans lie elsewhere, with the hunt for the elusive firebird and the hope that an outlaw prince still survives.

Alina will have to forge new alliances and put aside old rivalries as she and Mal race to find the last of Morozova’s amplifiers. But as she begins to unravel the Darkling’s secrets, she reveals a past that will forever alter her understanding of the bond they share and the power she wields. The firebird is the one thing that stands between Ravka and destruction—and claiming it could cost Alina the very future she’s fighting for.


Have you read any of these and would like to chat about it? I look forward to hearing from you if you do – just leave a comment below and we can get this book club started!

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  1. Siege and Storm is probably the weakest in the trilogy in my opinion (although it has the benefit of lots of Nicholai). I’m sure you’ll love Ruin and Rising, there’s a lot less of the things that bothered me in S&S

    • I’ve been hearing that a lot and I’d have to agree. Then again, Middle Book Syndrome seems to be a perfectly normal condition these days!

    • Really? I didn’t think there was anyone alive today who hasn’t heard of this trilogy! It’s a fantasy must-read ^-^ Who knows, you might even enjoy it if fantasy isn’t your usual genre! The covers are stunning, I agree <3 And I'm learning Russian mythology!
      Ashael Rising is a brand-new debut novel, it was only just published a few days ago 🙂

      • I don’t read fantasy so it tends to escape my attention but these books do sound interesting. I keep thinking I should give fantasy another go so I’ll add these to my list of books to look out for.

  2. I love the covers of Siege and Storm and Ruin and Rising. The books are ones I’ve been noticing. Thanks for sharing. Here’s MY WWW POST

    • The whole series has pretty covers. In fact, every book by Bardugo has stunning covers! I can recommend checking them out for that alone! 😀

  3. I agree that Siege and Storm is definitely the weakest of the trilogy and I hope that you enjoy the last one. I’ll be starting on Ashael Rising soon. I saw your review on GoodReads so I’m looking forward to it 🙂
    Happy Reading, Sarina!

    • I’m almost done with Ruin and Rising now and have really enjoyed it <3 I've got fewer than 100 pages left so things are heating up!
      I hope you enjoy Ashael Rising. My copy was an early version so yours will probably be a little different to mine, but I think you'll enjoy it 😉

      • Enjoy the last 100 pages! I look forward to hearing what you think of the trilogy as a whole 🙂
        Happy Reading!

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