Um…so today’s Wyrd & Wonder prompt is ‘Can’t Wait To Read’. Now reader, as a fellow bookwyrm I’m sure you can appreciate the pickle this puts me in because OMG THERE ARE SO MANY BOOKS I CAN’T WAIT TO READ IT MAKES ME WANT TO CRY!
So just a heads up, there’s gonna be no rhyme or reason to the books I pick here, it’s just gonna be a random selection of the hundreds of unread books currently waiting patiently on my TBR for me to, one day, pay them the attention they surely deserve. So let’s dive in, and hopefully I can rein myself in and emerge on the other side before I drown in a pile of books.
SIX OF CROWS by Leigh Bardugo
THE TRAITOR BARU CORMORANT by Seth Dickinson
AMBERLOUGH by Lara Elena Donnelly
It’s when I start thinking about this stuff that I realise just how many giants of fantasy I’ve never read a single word of. Leigh Bardugo for example. SIX OF CROWS sounds like my dream book. City of international trade, getting the team together, a heist! Seriously need to make room for this book, and soon. Ditto THE TRAITOR BARU CORMORANT. I get so excited about merchants and trade and banking in fantasy and this book puts that good stuff front and centre. AMBERLOUGH is desribed as John Le Carré meets Cabaret in this spy thriller where a gay double-agent schemes to protect his smuggler lover during the rise of a fascist government coup. Just hook it up to my veins already.
THE LIES OF LOCKE LAMORA by Scott Lynch
THE LAST KINGDOM by Bernard Cornwell
KUSHIEL’S DART by Jacqueline Carey
My first three choices are all books released in the past five years, so fairly recently. These three are a bit older, all written before 2010. THE LIES OF LOCKE LAMORA is one that everyone except me seems to have read and yet, with it’s dark blend of Robin Hood and Ocean’s Eleven, is another story that fits my book needs to a tee. With THE LAST KINGDOM, I actually didn’t know the Netflix show was based on a series of books until very recently to be fair to myself, but now I do know, I think I need to devour them. The cover says ‘Like Game of Thrones, but real’. Sign me up! KUSHIEL’S DART is another book I hadn’t heard of until fairly recently; it was recommended to me on Twitter when I said how much I loved fantasy worlds full of ruthless merchants and Machiavellian nobles.
THE YEAR OF THE WITCHING by Alexis Henderson
WHEN THE TIGER CAME DOWN THE MOUNTAIN by Nghi Vo
THE COURT OF MIRACLES by Kester Grant
Of this final selection, two books haven’t been released yet and one is very recent. I’m notoriously bad at reading books when they’re first released, though I’ve become naturally more inclined to do so the more I get involved with the bookish community, simply because I’m more keenly aware of release dates for the stuff I love. I hadn’t heard of Alexis Henderson before; I don’t know if this is her debut or if I’m just ignorant, but this dark witchy fantasy (horror?) story sounds so good! I don’t read enough witchy stories considering how much I enjoy them and this is one I’ll be picking up ASAP. Nghi Vo returns with her second novella WHEN THE TIGER CAME DOWN THE MOUNTAIN. Honestly, I haven’t even checked to see what this story is about yet, but I loved The Empress of Salt and Fortune so much I just know I have to read this one too. Finally, THE COURT OF MIRACLES by Kester Grant has (I think) been released elsewhere, though here in the UK it’s not available til June. Set in a violent alternate 1828 Paris, the French Revolution failed and the city is divided between merciless royalty and nine underworld criminal guilds, known as the Court of Miracles. Yep, that’s all I need, put this book in my face. Described as Les Misérables meets Six of Crows, it’s likely to whet many an appetite.
So that’s a small selection of a tiny percentage of a fraction of some of the books I’m excited to read. I’m equal parts enthusiastic and terrified to look at the other posts for this prompt; I just know my TBR is going to gobble up a bunch more recommendations and swell beyond it’s already bloated size. Who am I kidding, that’s part of the fun!
Did you enjoy this post? While you’re here why not check out some reviews and if you happen to enjoy yourself, follow the blog and you’ll never miss a post!