The Reluctant Queen by Sarah Beth Durst

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This is one of the most original fantasies I’ve ever read. The world is beautiful, unique, deadly, and the characters aren’t your typical cast of heroes. This was such a gripping read; I finished it in one sitting and was very satisfied.

The Reluctant Queen picks up after the events of the first book, The Queen of Blood, with Daleina sitting on the throne. But she’s sick, and she doesn’t have much longer to live. If her champions don’t find someone to replace her, the spirits will run rampant and destroy everyone. Enter Naelin, a simple woods woman with two children and lots of raw, untapped power. Being Queen is the last thing she wants, but it seems that she doesn’t have much of a choice when champion Ven comes knocking. She and her children are whisked away to the capitol, where Naelin has no choice but to shoulder the responsibility of becoming heir. And to add to all the mess, the mountain country of Semo is becoming increasingly aggressive, and soon they might have an invasion coming. Read More »

Half a War by Joe Abercrombie

I used to think the world had heroes in it. But the world is full of monsters. . . . Perhaps the best we can hope for is to have the most terrible of them on out side.

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What a thundering conclusion. Dark and gritty, Half a War lives up to its name. With twists and turns, Abercrombie keeps us on our toes until the very end.

This book follows Skara, Princess of Throvenland. In the first scene of the book, her family is ambushed and slaughtered by the High King’s henchmen. Armed with nothing but an empty title and a desire for vengeance, Skara flees to Gettland to throw her stake at war. There, she discovers the burden of being a queen, the power of words, and finds herself desperately holding together a fractured alliance. But when a game changer is introduced, and a chance for victory with it, the lines between good and evil aren’t as defined as they once were, as characters old and new alike struggle to choose the greater good and the lesser evil.
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The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab

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What a gentle and haunting book. Even now, a while after I’ve finished it, I can still hear the wind whispering over the trees and grass singing its melody…

The town of Near is a small one, surrounded by the vast grasslands of the moor. Nothing is amiss, until one night, children short to disappear from their beds at night, and no one can figure out why. Lexi knows that her younger sister may be taken, so while the town is off chasing the wrong suspect, she takes it upon herself to find the missing children. But the answer is elusive and mysterious, and how do you get people to believe you if the culprit is no more than a fairy tale?Read More »

Half the World by Joe Abercrombie

Of all things, men most love to watch ohers face Death. It reminds them they yet live.

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Once again, readers return to the world of the Shattered Sea, shadowed under the pervasive threat of the High King and Grandmother Wexen. Gettland’s list of allies is short, so Father Yarvi amasses a crew to sail to the far Empire of the South in hopes of brokering a deal with their empress. Thorn and Brand were soldiers in training, but when they are thrown out they take a chance and join Yarvi’s crew, where they see more of the world they could’ve imagined. Read More »

Half a King by Joe Abercrombie

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★★★

Half a King is a well written high fantasy novel. It’s filled with political intrigue, adventure, and a break necking plot, but I didn’t enjoy it as much as I expected. Even so, this was an entertaining read and I would still recommend this book.

Yarvi was born with a disability in his left hand, rendering him useless as a fighter and therefore unfit to be king. He’s content in the shadows, training for the ministry, but a twist of fate places him on the throne of Gettland. But as it turns out, the accident that killed his father, the king, and his brother who was supposed to inherit the throne wasn’t much of an accident, and Yarvi finds himself sold as a slave to become an oarsman. He and a few others escape, and as they trek through the icy north back to their kingdom, Yarvi acquires new friends and enemies in his quest to reclaim his rightful title as king and to avenge the death of his father. Read More »

Thick as Thieves by Megan Turner

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★★★

A well-crafted fantasy with a cast of unforgettable characters, Thick as Thieves was the perfect addition to my otherwise uneventful day.

Readers follow the journey of Kamet, a treasured slave of the Medians, as he escapes his country with Costis, an Attolian soldier (and the star of a previous book, The King of Attolia ). Along their way to Attolia, they encounter numerous obstacles and develop a strong friendship, as they unveil new things about each other and the sovereigns they serve.Read More »

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

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★★

No thank you. As much as I enjoyed the previous installment, I did not like this one. A Court of Wings and Ruins is something I’ll hopefully forget.

Having read a lot of Mass’s books, such as her Throne of Glass series and this one, they all share lots of similarities. There’s always a cast of beautiful and brutal characters, most of them Fey, and there’s the badass and invincible heroine who’s been through just so much but also has the power to alter the course of the dire war they’re in. This book was no surprise, and there’s only so much I can handle when it comes to the perfection of Feyre’s hair or her battle prowess or all the amazing powers she’s been gifted.

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