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Apologies for the lack of an update two weeks ago – I didn’t get much reading done over Easter, so it would have been the same post as the one before!
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What I’m currently reading
Oh gawd , guys, this is so good. I was in love from the one-page prologue, and had a feeling it would end up on my Forever Shelf by the end of the first page. It’s everything I want in an epic fantasy. I’m almost a third through it now and love it so much <3 Prepare yourselves for a gushing, and probably mostly unintelligible, review.
THIS IS THE WAY THE WORLD ENDS. AGAIN.
Three terrible things happen in a single day.
Essun, masquerading as an ordinary schoolteacher in a quiet small town, comes home to find that her husband has brutally murdered their son and kidnapped their daughter. Mighty Sanze, the empire whose innovations have been civilization’s bedrock for a thousand years, collapses as its greatest city is destroyed by a madman’s vengeance. And worst of all, across the heartland of the world’s sole continent, a great red rift has been been torn which spews ash enough to darken the sky for years. Or centuries.
But this is the Stillness, a land long familiar with struggle, and where orogenes — those who wield the power of the earth as a weapon — are feared far more than the long cold night. Essun has remembered herself, and she will have her daughter back.
She does not care if the world falls apart around her. Essun will break it herself, if she must, to save her daughter.
What I recently finished reading
My thanks to the author for sending me an ARC <3 It’s out May 1st and my review will follow tomorrow, so I’ll keep it short now. I struggled a little at first, but around 30% it really picked up and Fraedrich has built an intriguing world. I haven’t read Fraedrich’s other books yet, but I think this would go well after the main series as it reads like a prequel.
A dark retelling of Swan Lake ~ Calandra is happiest when she’s surrounded by quiet, joined only by a book and a cup of tea, never around people and their insufferable need to make small talk. When Nicodemus, a magus with immense power, joins the royal court of Invarnis, Calandra’s life will change forever. As a terrible curse pursues her through the centuries, Calandra will have to overcome captivity, war, and loss.
I’m behind on my reviews because I didn’t have the time over Easter, but I’m catching up! It’s coming, eventually 🙂
This was my first read by Stephen King besides On Writing since I was a teenager. His last book scared me witless, so I had mixed feelings going in. I really enjoyed this, and will likely re-read it at some point, just because I doubt I got the full story with just one read-through. There’s a lot going on, and I think the earlier chapters will mean more the next time I read this.
I’m really excited for the sequel. King has created a world that kept me guessing and intrigued, and I can’t wait to learn more.
‘The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed.’ The iconic opening line of Stephen King’s groundbreaking series, The Dark Tower, introduces one of his most enigmatic and powerful heroes: Roland of Gilead, the Last Gunslinger.
Roland is a haunting figure, a loner, on a spellbinding journey toward the mysterious Dark Tower, in a desolate world which frighteningly echoes our own.
On his quest, Roland begins a friendship with a kid from New York named Jake, encounters an alluring woman and faces an agonising choice between damnation and salvation as he pursues the Man in Black.
I didn’t get through Prey as quickly as I got through Predator, but that’s only because it was closer to a full-length novel than a novella. I’ve enjoyed all my recent reads, and I’m looking forward to the next book in this series, too <3 Meldon is always a safe bet for me 🙂 It was smuttier than Book 1, the stakes were higher, and the character development was excellent, so really it was my perfect erotic paranormal romance!
PEARLS AROUND HER NECK
Moira Aurelia has put her faith in a demon. She offered her hand and he took it. Partners. Just like that. Black eyes and sinful smiles, she trusts an incubus to lead her into the abyss if it means she’ll finally find her dad on the other side. Her real dad. The creature who cursed her.
Or blessed her. Because from the way Severus—snarky, seductive Severus—watches her, touches her, ravishes her, Moira can’t decide if this new body is a curse, or if she’s finally growing into the woman she was always meant to be.
POLAROIDS AT HER FEET
Unable to fathom how this woman, this ethereal creature, has so much raw power over his inner demon, Severus tries to keep her at an arm’s length while he helps her hunt down her father—but he can only abstain for so long.
Moira is the sweetest hell he’s ever tasted, a woman who squares off with his truest self and doesn’t even flinch. When he’s with her, the loneliness disappears, the bitter ache in his heart—mended. How can he resist such a divine temptation?
Meanwhile, the Farrow’s Hollow demon community is positively aquiver when news of Moira’s heritage leaks—and suddenly Severus isn’t the only demon in town who must have her.
What I think I’ll read next
I’ve only just started The Fifth Season, so my next read is a little way off yet.
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(In case you were wondering:
Yellow – Fantasy
Orange – Fiction
Blue – SciFi)
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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