So I’ve been out and broke the proverbial bank account, seeing as I’m a poor student and all that, on a wonderful selection of books. Books are really my biggest weakness, as you’ll probably figure out somewhere down the line. So what’s first on my reading agenda? Following hot on the heels of Blackveil is Mirror Sight. The fifth book in a long running series by Kristen Britain.
Green Rider Series
At the end of Blackveil, in a magical confrontation against Mornhavon, Karigan is jolted out of Blackveil Forest and wakes in darkness. She’s lying on smooth, cold stone, but as she reaches out, she realizes that the stone is not just beneath her, but above and around her as well. She’s landed in a sealed stone sarcophagus, some unknown tomb, and the air is becoming thin. Is this to be her end? If she escapes, where will she find herself? Is she still in the world she remembers, or has the magical explosion transported her somewhere completely different? To find out, she must first win free of her prison? before it becomes her grave. And should she succeed, will she be walking straight into a trap created by Mornhavon himself?
I am already halfway through and it’s safe to say that this is one of the best books in the series yet, my only problem now being that once I have finished it, I’m going to have to wait for four years till the next one. Come on Kristen, we’re dying here!
Way of Kings Series.
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.
Satiating my hunger for fantasy books we have The Way of Kings Book 1+2 and its follow up Words of Radiance Book 1+2. Written by Brandon Sanderson who finished Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series, which is one of my personal favourite fantasy series of all time. I’ve been a fan of Brandon Sanderson for years but this has somehow slipped underneath my radar, I cannot wait to dig into these books once I’ve finished Mirror Sight.
I’ve banged on a lot about the fantasy genre lately, so much so that you could be forgiven for thinking that’s all I read. That’s not the case though, interspersing the general long prose I immerse myself in I do like to indulge the poetic side of things. Several poetry anthologies here from Carol Ann Duffy (every secondary school pupil’s favourite) to Philip Larkin. I’ve even got the Iliad, to add a bit of ancient Greek flavour to my reading list. The final book in this section is Penguin’s Poems for Love, a great compilation of both past and contemporary poets, whose work has been categorised from the blossoming feeling of first love, to undying love transcending death. A worthy collection for any soft hearted romantic, or even a cold hearted one in need of some warming up.
A present from my lovely Mum, who bought it for me knowing my love of ostentatiously, if pointlessly, long and forgotten words. A good laugh to read and education too, who knew learning could be fun?
The Ice Dragon
Written by George R.R. Martin and set in the same universe as A Game of Thrones, The Ice Dragon is a short, illustrated story for all ages, looking forward to reading it, it shouldn’t take particularly long.
So that’s it for my haul for January, I think it may be worth mentioning that this post was inspired by a similarly titled post at https://gapyeargoddess.wordpress.com/ I’ll get to reading and let you all know how they are.
Thanks for reading!