Reading Roundup – 5th September 2014

September 5, 2014

This week has been pretty quiet in terms of reading.  I’ve pretty much spent all my time this week finishing my reread of Brent Weeks’ The Blinding Knife and following up with the new release The Broken Eye.  These books are HUGE.  The Broken Eye comes in at 816 pages or 29 hrs and 33 mins in audiobook format.  I won’t say too much more – my full review will come out next week, so keep an eye out for it if you want to know my thoughts on it.

Coming so close on my reread of Robin Hobb’s Realm of the Elderlings reading challenge I’m rather epic fantasied out.  I definitely need to take a break with some cutesy contemporary romance – Rainbow Rowell, Stephanie Perkins, I’m looking at you – or some cozy cat mysteries or some contemporary urban fantasy such as The Dresden Files.  I suspect I’ll just flick through my Kindle’s library and see what takes my eye. Next week sees the release of the first in a collaborative contemporary fantasy series by Cassandra Clare and Holly Black, The Iron Magisterium, so that my hit the spot.

Added to my library this week

The Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas.  This is the third book in Maas’ Throne of Glass series of epic fantasy novels about a teenage assassin.  It might be some while before I get round to this.  Although I loved Throne of Glass, I’ve not yet read book two, Crown of Midnight, and I think it’ll be a few weeks before I’m in the mood for epic fantasy again!  I picked up Heir of Fire in both Kindle and Audible formats.  Thanks Whispersync for Voice!

The Masked Songbird.  This is a new urban fantasy series by Emmie Mears set in Edinburgh, Scotland.  From the blurb it seems to be a superhero type of adventure.  It drew my attention because it’s set in the beautiful city of Edinburgh where I studied.  It also appears to be very timely with the upcoming Scottish referendum on independence playing a role.  I do have concerns that this might limit its appeal after September 18th when my compatriots decide the future of their country.  This was a great deal on Kindle.

I also placed a Kindle preorder for Silverblind by Tina Connolly.  This is the third book in her excellent Ironskin series.  OK confession time.  Although I loved Ironskin which was a fantastical story of Jane Eyre meets the face, I had no interest in reading book two, Copperhead.  I adored Ironskin and really enjoyed Connolly’s writing style, but Copperhead is from the point of view of the minor character of Helen from Ironskin.  That particular character really, REALLY irritated me, and I had no desire to spend a whole book with her.  However, Silverblind is from a far more interesting character’s perspective and I really look forward to it.  I have placed the preorder in Kindle format, but I’m very likely to return it to place the order for the Audible book instead, assuming Rosalyn Landor continues her narration duties.  She does a wonderful job.

Well, folks, that’s all I got today.  Have a good week!

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