Truthwitch (Susan Dennard)

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I haven’t been this excited about a new series in AGES! I’ve started this book with high expectations (mostly because Robin Hobb said she loves it), and without knowing what it is about. As it is often with new fantasy series, I was struggling the first couple of chapters, trying to get a feeling for the world and remembering the characters’ names and connections, but as soon as I was in the story  I was completely blown away!
In the world of ‘Truthwitch’, some are born with ‘witchery’, a form of magic that enables them to alter the world around them. Iseult is a Threadwitch: she can see the fates and relationships of the people around her. When she runs away from her family’s tribe, she meets Safiya, a noble’s daughter and a Truthwitch. She can tell truth from lies, a dangerous trait that makes her a pawn in the eyes of the Witchland’s nobility, forcing her to keep her talent a secret.

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The Sword of Summer (Rick Riordan)

Honestly – I only picked this book up because it was two dollars and because I love the Percy Jackson and Heroes of Olympus series. I gave the Kane Chronicles a go and didn’t really enjoy it, so when I heard that Rick Riordan was starting yet another series, I was sceptical. But hey, you can’t say no to cheap books!

And oh my god. I enjoyed this book so much! It has everything the other books have – sass, humour, plot twists and all the feels. Riordan keeps referencing his other characters, too, in an incredibly funny way that had me literally snorting. Never did this book feel dragged out or boring; rather, it had me burning through the pages and finishing this book in about two days.

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A Shadow Bright And Burning (Jessica Cluess)

23203252I’ve heard heaps of goodness about this book, so I was really excited to start it! I’m always up for Victorian London, even better when magic is involved!

Henrietta Howell can burst into flames. She has always tried to hide her power, until she has to use them in front of one of Her Majesty’s sorcerers to save a friend. As the first female sorcerer in a century, she is brought to London to train among the country’s other young sorcerers. There, she finds out that she is prophesied to save the world and win the ongoing war against the Ancients that have been terrorizing Britain for years. The only problem: the prophecy is not actually about her.

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Our Dark Duet (V.E. Schwab)

“I didn’t stop fighting,” he said, the words so low he worried Kate wouldn’t hear them, but she did. “I just got tired of losing. It’s easier this way.”

“Of course it’s easier,” said Kate. “that doesn’t mean it’s right.”

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V.E. Schwab is definitely one of my favourite authors – her ‘Darker Shade of Magic’-series is definitely in my top five – so I was really excited when I heard that she was writing a sequel to ‘This Savage Song’. I don’t love the world quite as much as ADSoM, but nonetheless I was absolutely ready to dive back into the world of Verity.

In a postapocalyptic world where horrible acts create monsters, the city of Verity used to be split into two parts; one ruled by the ruthless Harkers, and the other protected by Henry Flynn and his army. After the death of her father, Kate Harker escapes to Prosperity, where she starts hunting the monsters that haunt the city. Meanwhile, with the balance of power tipped, Verity is thrown into chaos, and August Flynn, Sunai and adoptive son of Henry Flynn must become the leader he never wanted to be and leave the last pretense of humanity behind. When a new kind of monster leads Kate back to Verity, she and August are thrown together again to fight a final battle against the monsters of Verity.

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Cold Iron (Stina Leicht)

23309742I saw the cover of this book, the size of it (657 glorious pages), and I thought ‘this looks like a proper fantasy book’. And oooh my god, it is!

The kainen’s kingdom of Eledore is under attack by the Acrasians, a human race that has long been oppressed by the kainen’s natural talent for magic. But as the Acrasians become stronger, developing advanced weapons the Eledorians can’t match, Royal twins Nels and Suvi fight to protect their country: Nels, always an outcast due to his lack of magical ability, joins the Eledorian army while Suvi, the heir to the throne, becomes an admiral in the Eledorian navy.

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The Invasion of the Tearling (Erika Johansen)

23548155This is the second book in the ‘Queen of the Tearling’ trilogy (so there might be some spoilers for the first book in this).

After successfully claiming her throne, Kelsea Glynn has to face the consequences of her actions, as the Red Queen prepares to invade the Tearling. At the same time, Kelsea begins to have visions of the pre-Crossing America, discovering the events that lead up to the journey to the new world.

I am absolutely in love with this world and these characters! Often, when you get a multitude of viewpoints, you start to prefer some over the others (that’s what always happens to me, anyway), and begin to look forward to certain chapters. Not with this book – I honestly loved all the characters, and their respective stories.

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Assassin’s Fate (Robin Hobb)

30688013 If you’ve ever asked me for book recommendations, you’ve probably been blown away by the amount of Robin Hobb books I will throw at you. I started reading Assassin’s Apprentice in 2015, and loved it so incredibly much I couldn’t read anything else for about a month. Robin Hobb is, in my opinion, one of the best writers I’ve ever encountered – her plots and writing style are incredible, but her characters and character relationships are just not comparable to anything that’s out there. I remember reading Fool’s Quest and realizing after I’ve turned the final page that the plot of that book could be summarized in about three sentences. Nothing happened, I read about 600 pages of pure character development, and I loved every single second of it.

Assassin’s Fate is the last book about FitzChivalry Farseer and the Fool, completing the Farseer Trilogy, the Tawny Man Trilogy and the Fitz and the Fool Trilogy. However, characters from the Rain Wild Chronicles and the Liveship Traders Trilogy do appear in this book, so if you don’t want spoilers for those you should read them before you start reading this book. All in all, 12 books lead up to this finale, and the thought that has gone into this story, the sheer size of the world Robin Hobb has created is still blowing me away.

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