As some of you may recall, I really liked Scott Reintgen’s Nyxia and was eagerly anticipating the second book in the series, with one significant concern. So I was very interested to see reviews popping up about the sequel, and they were generally very positive! Overflowing Bookshelves loved the book, and noted some surprising characters emerging as new favourites. Pen and Parchment was also a fan, though this review noted that it wasn’t quite as engaging due to the competition from the first book now being over. More concerning for me, she was not a fan of a particular character who was one of my main problems with the first book, and her review seems to suggest this character will only become more central in this installment. I’m still looking forward to this book, but the reviews so far are doing nothing to reduce my fears about this character.
Moving on, Vicky Who Reads looks at Victoria Schwab’s upcoming middle grade novel, City of Ghosts. She notes that people might be disappointed if they are looking for something in line with Schwab’s normal offerings. At the risk of being a black sheep, this could actually be good news for me. I don’t dispute her talent but I’ve had a hard time connecting with Schwab’s characters in her most famous works. The exception would be the lesser known (and sadly unfinished) Archived series, which I really enjoyed, and it sounds like City of Ghosts might be more in that mold than A Darker Shade of Magic or That Savage Song. So, good for me, maybe not so good for some others. The review was somewhat mixed, finding it a fun story with a relatable heroine, but admitting that it felt like there should have been more. More plot, more character development, just more of something.
If you’re looking for a book with a deep magical mythology, Epic Reads has the list for you! Presenting sixteen books ready to bewitch you, the list includes Everless (which I generally liked) and The Last Magician (which I didn’t). But the two books that jump out at me as ones I definitely recommend checking out are Holly Black’s The Cruel Prince and Kendare Blake’s Three Dark Crowns! And with the next boos in those series coming out in the near future, now would be a fine time to check them out!
Speaking of Epic Reads, they posted this book trailer for These Rebel Waves. The new fantasy series takes place in a world where a tentative peace between two formerly warring kingdoms is threatened when a diplomat is kidnapped, leaving three heroes to try to unravel the mystery before the simmering tension leads to war breaking out once more. The trailer helps explain the situation, and introduces the main characters. Meanwhile, Vicky Who Reads posted a mixed review for the book. There is a lot of information to take in, and the book takes too long to make you care about the characters, but an intricate plot that really comes together in the last part of the story still left her ready to continue with the series.
Most people seemed to really like Claire Legrand’s Furyborn, but I’m more interested in her October release, Sawkill Girls. The story follows three mismatched girls (the new girl, the pariah, and the queen bee) in a town where a legendary monster is said to be responsible for numerous disappearances. A Court of Crowns and Quills offers a somewhat mixed review. The book nails the atmosphere, but there are some issues with pacing and characters, though she still thinks it’s worth the read.
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