So yes, I’m back again with another book haul. I seriously have a problem, I’ve bought so many! I honestly don’t have any space for books at the moment, but I just can’t seem to stop growing my collection. It doesn’t help that I still have my bookish discount from my job (which was supposed to end this month, but I have been extended for a little while longer… which means more books?!).
I’m actually shocked at how many I accumulated this month, as it felt like I had calmed down since the end of 2016. Clearly not… oops.
Well it’s probably best if I just get stuck in, as there are plenty to get through >o<
Traitor’s Blade by Sebastien de Castell
After seeing the synopsis for de Castell’s new book/series Spellslinger in my 2017 anticipated releases Blogmas post, I saw it was based in the same world as his Greatcoats series. I am super intrigued for his new release, but I haven’t actually read any of his books yet. I thought it was a good a time to give his previous series a go, to help me decide/prepare for his new release. The plot for Traitor’s Blade sounds really good as well, with a team of former soldiers-turned-mercenaries being framed for murder they have not committed. I hope I like it as much as other have!
The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
I’ve been meaning to try reading this series for the last 3 years, but I’ve never got round to buying a copy! I’ve heard so many good things about Sanderson’s books, so I’m really excited to give it a go. The thing that intrigue’s me the most about the book blurb is the quote: “What if the prophesied hero had failed to defeat the Dark Lord?” Yes please.
Half Bad by Sally Green
After seeing an interview with Sally Green at YALC, I’ve been meaning to try this series. Although I’m not the biggest fan of witches, I do like the idea of a male witch being born half-black witch, half-white witch (technically from a lineage that is half-good, half-evil). This series had a lot of good reviews so I’m hoping I’ll enjoy it!
Half a King by Joe Abercrombie
So I decided I would use my discount to buy books of authors and series that I have been wanting to try for a while, and Joe Abercrombie is one of them. He seems to be really popular in the adult fantasy world, but Half a King is supposed to be a series that is aimed more at YA? That said it looks to be really intriguing- as it involves cunning and mind tricks rather than simple fights to power. It is about a crippled prince who is a reluctant heir to the throne, but uses his cunning to get revenge on his family. It sounds right up my street, so I had to pick it up.
The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie
Yep, another Abercrombie book. Both of his series’ sounded so interesting and I honestly couldn’t decide between the two of them, so of course I got the first book of each! This is one of his best known works, and it looks to be a gritty book with some unique characters. I honestly don’t know much about this series, but I’m hoping it will give me the same feeling I had reading Chris Wooding’s Retribution Falls (my favourite series), and I can’t wait to see what I think of it 🙂
Tomorrow the Killing by Daniel Polansky
So I loved the first book in the Low Town series- The Straight Razor Cure– but it worked so well as a standalone that I never felt the need to buy the second book? However the last few months it has been really catching my eye, so I decided to delve back into Low Town to see how old Warden is surviving.
The Magicians by Lev Grossman
So I’ve been eyeing up this book for a while, as I have been craving a really good magic/urban fantasy story recently. After seeing it on the shelves for weeks and weeks I caved in a bought a copy. This is about a man called Quentin who goes to his entrance exam at Princeton to find his interviewer dead. But a letter addressed to him at the murder introduces him to a secret world of magic, privilege and power. However with power and dreams comes darkness, and I’m interested to see exactly how dark this world can become in this book (I think I’m secretly sadistic tbh).
Okay, so I bought these two books as soon as I finished Red Rising (book one of the trilogy). It was a really interesting book and I just knew I had to complete the series before I get a book hangover. I’ve err.. already started reading Morning Son it’s that addictive. I’m really excited to see how Darrow progresses in such a cutthroat world, and whether he fulfils his goals.
A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet
I saw this book on social media, and when I saw a paperback version in my local store, I bought it on a whim. The storyline does sound really interesting though. In a land where war is brewing between the magical north and the magic-less south, a circus performer called Cat tries to live her life in peace. However the southern warlord captures her, believing she is more powerful that she lets on. With dragons, magic and gods, I’m hoping this book is really good!
Summer Days and Summer Nights story collection, edited by Stephanie Perkins
Okay, honestly speaking here, I only bought this for its gorgeous cover. I mean- look at it! ❤ That said, it is an anthology of short summer stories by some great authors, including Leigh Bardugo, Cassandra Clare and Lev Grossman. I think it will be a really nice book to dip-in-and-out of, to refresh my reading palette 🙂 And of course I can just stare at the book’s beautifulness while it lives on my bookshelf…
Wow, I mean I honestly don’t remember buying this many books? It’s clear that I am using my work discount to crazily start so many new series’ while I can… when I don’t have a discount I seem to find it more justifiable buying sequels than I do buying the first books in a set.
I’m really excited to add these books into my collection though, but I do need to get a move on with my reading- my TBR list is so big now! 😛
Have any of you guys read any of these books? What books have you been buying recently? Let me know in the comments!