Witchsign – by Den Patrick (Ashen Torment #1)
The realm of Vinterkveld begins with a bang, as Steiner is bundled aboard an empire galleon, accused of bearing the taint of the witch that actually belonged to his sister. Still in the early pages of this one, but it seems there is much to this world than what meets the eye. Hopefully it provides an interesting mystery and entertaining story that I’ll enjoy! There was so much uncertainty and annoyance this week that I ditched two of the ARCs I probably “should” be reading in favor of this. But hey, since I read for the fun of it I refuse to feel bad about it. They’ll just have to sit on the backburner for now while I work on Witchsign.
Top TBR for April
Seriously, I’ll get to Blood of Empire at some point this year. If you’re sick of seeing it here at the top of the TBR you’re not alone. I’ve little explanation as to why I’ve put it off so long. Crownbreaker becomes the second Spellslinger book to be listed this year. I’ve heard great this about this conclusion to the series, and I can’t wait to see where the story goes from the bombshell dropped at the end of Queenslayer. If you haven’t read the series yet—you must! In the middle of last year I started The Dark Blood, but left it unfinished. I’ve always felt like I was overly hard on its predecessor—The Black Guard—and’ve wanted to return to A.J. Smith’s incredibly well-built world. The war heats up in this second installment, with the assassin Rham Jas Rami putting in more than his share of work. We’ll wrap up this edition of the TBR with Sky in the Deep, by Adrienne Young. I quite enjoyed The Girl the Sea Gave Back, and have long wanted to read the book that began it all. Well, I’ve managed to get my hands on a copy and don’t start work again until May (yeeeaah, MAY), so let’s get to it!
TBR Read Since Last
• The Bone Ships – by R.J. Barker (Tide Child #1)
No review yet, though I should have it up in a few days then come back and link it up then. In the meantime let’s just say I enjoyed it much less than I’d hoped, but it was an okay read.
The world continues to turn, despite all evidence to the contrary. People continue to act like people; some listening, some not, others spreading blame. I’m stuck inside like many others, but haven’t gotten through my fair share of reading. Been experiencing a little bit of burnout lately, maybe in part due to the stir-craziness or isolation out here in the foothills. I’ll recover at some point, but until then I’ve been medicating with AC: Odyssey. It’s a tremendous open and beautifully detailed world most reminiscent of the Witcher: Wild Hunt. I’m about halfway through the main story at just under the 50 hour mark. So far, recommended.
On the reading front, my TBR for 2020 is going well enough. Of the 18 titles I previously listed to read this year, I’ve been through three. Working on the fourth right now. I wasn’t a huge fan of last year, and I’m already sick of this one. Little to do about it, though. So live on, stay safe, and read well.
So, have you read any of these, or have any caught your eye? Thoughts, feelings, any other comments—please share! And I’m always looking for recommendations to put on my TBR! Thanks!