Hey there, bookish peeps! Let's talk about what we're reading in January 2021, shall we? I'll share mine here, and you can share yours in the comments!
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Enough about other places to connect, though; let's get down to the books!
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The Way of Kings,
From the back cover:
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Brandon Sanderson, The Way of Kings, Book One of the Stormlight Archive begins an incredible new saga of epic proportion.
Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soilless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter.
It has been centuries since the fall of the ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor that transform ordinary men into near-invincible warriors. Men trade kingdoms for Shardblades. Wars were fought for them, and won by them.
One such war rages on a ruined landscape called the Shattered Plains. There, Kaladin, who traded his medical apprenticeship for a spear to protect his little brother, has been reduced to slavery. In a war that makes no sense, where ten armies fight separately against a single foe, he struggles to save his men and to fathom the leaders who consider them expendable.
Brightlord Dalinar Kholin commands one of those other armies. Like his brother, the late king, he is fascinated by an ancient text called The Way of Kings. Troubled by over-powering visions of ancient times and the Knights Radiant, he has begun to doubt his own sanity.
Across the ocean, an untried young woman named Shallan seeks to train under an eminent scholar and notorious heretic, Dalinar's niece, Jasnah. Though she genuinely loves learning, Shallan's motives are less than pure. As she plans a daring theft, her research for Jasnah hints at secrets of the Knights Radiant and the true cause of the war.
The result of over ten years of planning, writing, and world-building, The Way of Kings is but the opening movement of the Stormlight Archive, a bold masterpiece in the making.
Speak again the ancient oaths:
Life before death.
Strength before weakness.
Journey before Destination.
and return to men the Shards they once bore.
The Knights Radiant must stand again.
I actually started reading this book last year, but I got so overwhelmed trying to finish it within a schedule that I put it away and decided to try it at a different time. If you haven't seen it before, it's a BIG book. My mother-in-law got me the next two books in the series for my birthday last year, and one of my best friends RAVES about it all the time, so I definitely want to read it. Whether or not I do it within a month is as much a mystery to me as it is you, haha!
Elvish, S.G. Prince
From the back cover:
It's against the law for elves and humans to fall in love. But laws can be broken.
When Venick is caught wandering the elflands, he knows the penalty is death. Desperate, he lies about his identity in hopes the elves will spare his life.
Ellina doesn't trust the human, and not merely because he speaks the language of men. Men lie. In elvish, however, lying is impossible. In a moment of intuition, Ellina decides to give Venick a chance: learn elvish, reveal his truths, and she will set him free.
That is not, of course, what happens.
As Ellina and Venick grow to know one another, their feelings start to shift. Then Venick uncovers a dark secret, and suddenly the fate of the elflands seems to rest in his hands. But every choice comes with consequences, and Venick must decide if it's worth risking his life to protect a race that hates him, all to save an elf he's not allowed to love.
Magic, love and fate collide in this fantasy adventure from S.G. Prince. For readers who love fast-paced action with a side of romance, Elvish is the first novel in the Elvish Trilogy.
I grabbed this through BookBub in December. It sounds like something right up my alley, so I'm excited to give it a try! If I like it enough, we all know I'll buy the rest of the trilogy, too. Stay tuned to see what I thought!
A Court of Thorns and Roses eBook Bundle: A 4 Book Bundle, Sarah J. Mass
From the back cover:
Passionate, violent, sexy and daring ... A true page-turner - USA TODAY on A Court of Thorns and Roses
Feyre is a huntress. The skin of a wolf would bring enough gold to feed her sisters for a month. But the life of a magical creature comes at a steep price, and Feyre has just killed the wrong wolf ...
Follow Feyre's journey into the dangerous, alluring world of the Fae, where she will lose her heart, face her demons, and learn what she is truly capable of.
This four-ebook bundle of the #1 New York Times bestselling series by Sarah J. Maas includes A Court of Thorns and Roses, A Court of Mist and Fury, A Court of Wings and Ruin, and the companion tale A Court of Frost and Starlight.
I have seen people raving over this series for a while. When I got a BookBub deal for $3.99 for the eBook Bundle, I went for it. I don't expect to read all four in January, just A Court of Thorns and Roses. If I like it, you'll see this bundle showing up in future month's TBR lists as well!
Twin Star Exorcists, Yoshiaki Sukeno
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?
This is a manga I started in December. I've already finished the first two volumes and plan on finishing the third and fourth this month. There are 20-something volumes so far (it's still updating), so I'll be working on this one for a bit. So far, I've really enjoyed it, though! I'm looking forward to watching the anime adaptation once I'm farther through the series, too.
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 Acadamia, 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.