Hello fellow readers!
It’s the end of the weekend again and of course I’m sad to see it go. I cannot complain though because I’ve had such a relaxing time these last two days. I got to spend a lot of time reading, which helped me cut down on having so many books going at once. It feels kind of weird to only have two right now, though that will change tomorrow when I start a read-along of The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss with some fellow SFF fans.
The Black Coast // by Mike Brooks
War Dragons. Fearsome Raiders. A Daemonic Warlord on the Rise.
When the citizens of Black Keep see ships on the horizon, terror takes them because they know who is coming: for generations, the keep has been raided by the fearsome clanspeople of Tjakorsha. Saddling their war dragons, Black Keep’s warriors rush to defend their home only to discover that the clanspeople have not come to pillage at all. Driven from their own land by a daemonic despot who prophesises the end of the world, the raiders come
in search of a new home . . .
Meanwhile the wider continent of Narida is lurching toward war. Black Keep is about to be caught in the crossfire – if only its new mismatched society can survive.
Epic world-building at its finest, in an upcoming author’s fantasy debut. The Black Coast is the start of an unmissable series filled with war-dragons, armoured knights, sea-faring raiders, dangerous magic and crowd-pleasing battle scenes.
Why did I choose this:
I kept skipping over this one on NetGalley because I was trying to refrain from requesting too many new books until I’ve caught up with some of what I already have, but after seeing several of my favorite reviewers rave about it, I just could not stop myself after all.
There are a lot of names and customs to keep track of but it is very intriguing so far. It feels like a very intricately layered beginning to a fascinating new series. While some things are a bit… off-putting at first, I do think I can look past that and enjoy the story itself. I am expecting the rest of this book to be a lot of fun judging by the setup.
All Things Bright and Beautiful // by James Herriot // narrated by Nicholas Ralph
Are we really surprised? Of course not. It’s taking me forever to listen to the James Herriot audiobooks but I of course don’t mind because they are amazing. I do it on purpose because I never want them to end. I made a good amount of progress today though while writing some reviews and making a couple of masks. There are less than 5 hours left now and sadly I don’t see another Herriot audiobook available after this. I’ll have to check with the publisher if there are any plans for the remaining books.
We decided to explore the city we live near a bit finally after living here for 2+ years. With the weather getting a little warmer, the plants are starting to bloom and we had a good afternoon walking to a brewery, trying green beer and an Irish beef stew (it was delicious!). It was a really nice outing, though it didn’t last very long since he had to get back to work on night shift.
The rest of the weekend was mostly spent reading and cuddling with Nymeria, though I’m sure it was the heated blanket that kept her near me so much.
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We are the Dead // by Mike Shackle
The war is over. The enemy won.
Jia’s people learned the hard way that there are no second chances. The Egril, their ancient enemy, struck with magic so devastating that Jia’s armies were wiped out. Now terror reigns in the streets, and friend turns on friend just to live another day.
Somehow Tinnstra – a deserter, a failure, nothing but a coward – survived. She wants no more than to hide from the chaos.
But dragged into a desperate plot to retake Jia, surrounded by people willing to do anything to win the fight, this time Tinnstra will need to do more than hide.
If Jia is to get a second chance after all, this time she will need to be a hero.
With all the grit of Joe Abercrombie, Mark Lawrence and Ed McDonald, this is fantasy with the sharpest of edges.
The first book in The Last War series: a debut epic fantasy full of crunching revolutionary action, twisted magic, and hard choices in dark times.