Happy February, everyone!
If you're keeping track, I have finished 4 of the 25 books I set out to read this year. I'm two books ahead of schedule, woohoo! Hopefully, I will stay that way and not fall into my old habit of reading a lot in a short amount of time and then nothing for a long time.
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On to the books!
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The Black Gryphon,
Mercedes Lackey & Larry Dixon
From the back cover:
It is an age when Valdemar is yet unfounded, its organization of Heralds yet unformed, and magic is still a wild and uncontrolled force. Skandranon Rashkae is perhaps the finest specimen of his race, with gleaming ebony feathers, majestic wingspan, keen magesight and sharp intelligence. Courageous, bold, and crafty, Skan is everything a gryphon should be. He is the fulfillment of everything that the Mage of Silence, the human sorcerer called Urtho, intended to achieve when he created these magical beings to be his champions, the defenders of his realm--a verdant plain long coveted by the evil mage Maar.
Now Maar is once again advancing on Urtho's Keep, this time with a huge force spearheaded by magical constructs of his own--cruel birds of prey ready to perform any evil their creator may demand of them. And when one of Urtho's Seers wakes from a horrifying vision in which she sees a devastating magical weapon being placed in the hands of Maar's common soldiers, Skandrannon is sent to spy across enemy lines, cloaked in the protective of Urtho's powerful Spell of Silence.
I was lent this book in paperback form by some of my good friends in December. I told them I would most likely not get to it until February. They have shamed me for not reading it yet at least three times now 😂 I will not be bullied, though! It is now February and I am now ready and willing to read it, haha!
A Court of Mist and Fury,
Sarah J. Mass
From the back cover:
Feyre survived Amarantha's clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can't forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin's people.
Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.
With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas's masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.
As you will recall, I got this book as part of a series ebook bundle.
I enjoyed the first part enough to feel inclined to read more, so that's what's in store for this month! I'm only planning on reading this story, unless I get absolutely grabbed and have to know what happens in the next books, too. I have to be honest, I don't really see what all the fuss is about yet. I look forward to, hopefully, discovering it in the books to come!
Kings of the Wyld,
From the back cover:
Clay Cooper and his band were once the best of the best -- the meanest, dirtiest, most feared crew of mercenaries this side of the Heartwyld.
Their glory days long past, the mercs have grown apart and grown old, fat, drunk - or a combination of the three. Then an ex-bandmate turns up at Clay's door with a plea for help. His daughter Rose is trapped in a city besieged by an enemy one hundred thousand strong and hungry for blood. Rescuing Rose is the kind of mission that only the very brave or the very stupid would sign up for.
It's time to get the band back together for one last tour across the Wyld.
This book was one recommended on a BookTok channel I follow. As soon as I read the review line "this reads like a Dungeons and Dragons campaign," I was hooked! (I play a lot of D&D. I don't think I've ever talked about it all that much here. Big fan, though!) I grabbed the audio version with one of my Audible credits. I'm a bit intimidated by its almost 18-hour runtime, but am hopeful it will bring me all the joy I find in fantasy adventure stories along the way. It looks like there is a sequel or companion story to it as well, which I will absolutely check out if I enjoy this one.
Sky In The Deep,
From the back cover:
Seventeen-year-old Eelyn’s world is war. Raised to fight alongside her Aska clansmen in a generations-old blood feud against the Riki, her life is brutal but simple: fight and survive. Until the day she sees the impossible on the battlefield—her brother, fighting with the enemy—the brother she watched die five years ago.
Faced with her brother's betrayal, she must survive the winter in the mountains with the Riki if she wants to make it back to the fjord after the thaw. But when she begins to see herself in the people she's been taught to hate, the world Eelyn once knew begins to crumble. And after the village is raided by a ruthless clan many believe to be a myth, Eelyn is given no choice but to trust Fiske, her brother’s friend whom she once faced on the battlefield. Together, they must end the blood feud between their clans or watch their people be slaughtered.
A lush, Viking-age inspired fantasy about loyalty, forgiveness, and the definition of family.
This is another book I picked up with an Audible credit, with a much less daunting run time of just under nine hours. I've wanted to read this one since it first came out--I LOVE the cover--but I've never picked it up for some reason. January was the month I realized I could use the Audible credits I had piling up to get books I wanted to read 😂 Who knew, right?
Twin Star Exorcists,
About the manga:
Exorcists Rokuro and Benio unleash serious supernatural action while purifying the world of monsters.
The “Twin Star Exorcists” are fated to produce the child prophesied to end the war with the monstrous Kegare… But can Rokuro and Benio get along for five minutes, let alone save the world?
I'm still working on this one, too. Though I've only shared volume five's cover, I'm planning on getting through volume ten this month. I didn't want to push myself too hard last month, but I finished the two I'd set out to read by the 3rd 😂
I read this chapter by chapter through Shonen Jump, through a phone app, and a desktop version. It costs $1.99 a month to access their entire library, which includes over 10,000 chapters of popular mangas like Bleach, Death Note, My Hero Academia, and so on. In my opinion, it has been well worth the money and I plan on reading a lot of what they have to offer. You can download the app through your AppStore or visit the Shonen Jump website to sign up.