It’s been a long time since I posted about books that I have brought. I generally find book haul posts very time consuming and tedious. But, this months books are a small affair and, why the heck not?! You’ll see a theme developing in the genres this month. I started off reading some Simon Scarrow at the beginning of the month but quickly found my interest in reading dropping – I’m just all about that science fiction and fantasy at the moment!
The Ambassador’s Mission (synopsis from Trudi Canavan’s Website)
Sonea, former street urchin, now a Black Magician, is horrified when her son, Lorkin, volunteers to assist Dannyl in his new role as Guild Ambassador to Sachaka, a land still ruled by cruel black magicians. When word comes that Lorkin has gone missing Sonea is desperate to find him, but if she leaves the city she will be exiled forever, and besides, her old friend Cery needs her help.
Most of his family has been murdered – the latest in a long line of assassinations to plague the leading Thieves. There has always been rivalry, but for the last decade the Thieves have been waging a deadly underworld war, and now it appears they have been doing so with magical assistance . . .
Having read the prequel, The Black Magician’s Trilogy, last month by Trudi Canavan, I couldn’t not buy the first in this series. TBMT left me wanting more from our main characters, and The Traitor Spy Trilogy allows me to come back to these familiar characters whilst learning about new.
Spark (synopsis from Goodreads)
Leora is reeling: questioning everything she has ever known about her family and herself.
As half-Marked and half-Blank, can she ever wholly belong in either fractured community? Mayor Longsight wants to use her as a weapon: to infiltrate Featherstone, home of the Blanks, and deliver them to him for obliteration. Leora longs for answers about her mysterious birth mother, and Featherstone may reveal them.
But will she find solace and safety there or a viper’s nest of suspicion and secrets?
After a brilliant first novel and debut, Spark was definitely on my radar. I loved the concept of your life story being tattooed upon your skin for all to see and really wanted to see how Broadway developed on the themes prevalent within the first novel.
The Queen’s Rising (Synopsis from HarperCollins)
Born out of wedlock, Brienna is cast off by her noble family and sent to Magnolia House a boarding house for those looking to study the passions: art, music, dramatics, wit and knowledge. Brienna must discover her passion and train hard to perfect her skill, in the hope that she will one day graduate and be chosen by a wealthy patron, looking to support one of the impassioned’.
As Brienna gets closer to the eve of her graduation, she also grows closer to her smart (and handsome) tutor, Cartier. He can sense that she is hiding a secret, but Brienna chooses not to reveal that she is experiencing memories of her ancestors memories uncovering the mysteries of the past that may have dangerous consequences in the present.
A daring plot is brewing to overthrow the usurper king and restore the rightful monarchy and Brienna’s memories hold the key to its success. Cartier desperately wants to help Brienna, but she must chose her friends wisely, keep her enemies close and trust no one if she is to save herself and her people.
I hadn’t noticed this novel before I came across it on Amazon. It was definitely brought as a throwback to my more teenage years and the cliched love stories you find in fantasy. But – every so often you can’t help but fall into these stories, they’re just so feel good!
Scythe (Synopsis from Simon and Schuster)
A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery: humanity has conquered all those things, and has even conquered death. Now Scythes are the only ones who can end life—and they are commanded to do so, in order to keep the size of the population under control.
Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice to a scythe—a role that neither wants. These teens must master the “art” of taking life, knowing that the consequence of failure could mean losing their own.
I’d heard about this novels many times before, especially from Regan at PeruseProject. I follow a lot of Regan’s videos and find her love of fantasy very helpful in finding my next reads. Recently Regan has finished the next in the series, and encouraged her boyfriend to start reading Scythe and so I felt I should pick it up. It does have an interesting concept and I love those post-apocalyptic style novels that are dark and fantastical.
The Hyena and The Hawk (Synopsis from Pan Macmillan)
From the depths of the darkest myths, the soulless Plague People have returned. Their pale-walled camps obliterate villages, just as the terror they bring with them destroys minds. In their wake, nothing is left of the true people: not their places, not their ways. The Plague People will remake the world as though they had never been.
The heroes and leaders of the true people – Maniye, Loud Thunder, Hesprec and Asman – will each fight the Plague People in their own ways. They will seek allies, gather armies and lead the charge. But a thousand swords or ten thousand spears will not suffice to turn back this enemy. The end is at hand for everything the true people know.
If you haven’t been following my blog for long, then you may not realise my love for Adrian Tchaikovsky’s first dive into fantasy! I’ve provided reviews on the two books previous to this, and there was no way I was missing out on the third. I love the concept and the fantasy elements. I’m all about the ability to shape-shift and find myself drawn into the politics of this world.