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What I’m currently reading

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A Gathering of Shadows

I’m still on the sequel to ADSoM but I’m very nearly there now. It’s been a bit slower than ADSoM and not as good in my opinion, but I have still enjoyed it and if you’ve liked ADSoM then you’ll like this one, too!

For some reason this is a slow read for me and my mind keeps wandering. This series is definitely an oddity for me because I enjoy it and I love the different Londons and Lila, but at the same time it feels slow and I’m looking forward to being done. It’s a positive oddity?

I definitely recommend it, because it is a great read! If you’ve liked ADSoM, you’ll like AGoS.

Blurb:

Four months have passed since the shadow stone fell into Kell’s possession. Four months since his path crossed with Delilah Bard. Four months since Rhy was wounded and the Dane twins fell, and the stone was cast with Holland’s dying body through the rift, and into Black London.

In many ways, things have almost returned to normal, though Rhy is more sober, and Kell is now plagued by his guilt. Restless, and having given up smuggling, Kell is visited by dreams of ominous magical events, waking only to think of Lila, who disappeared from the docks like she always meant to do. As Red London finalizes preparations for the Element Games—an extravagant international competition of magic, meant to entertain and keep healthy the ties between neighboring countries—a certain pirate ship draws closer, carrying old friends back into port.

But while Red London is caught up in the pageantry and thrills of the Games, another London is coming back to life, and those who were thought to be forever gone have returned. After all, a shadow that was gone in the night reappears in the morning, and so it seems Black London has risen again—meaning that another London must fall.

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What I recently finished reading

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A Darker Shade of Magic

I won’t go into too much detail here because I’ve already reviewed it. It was a great book, I can definitely see what the hype is about, and you should read it if you haven’t already! Which you probably have, because I joined the hype late.

You can read the review here.

Blurb:

Kell is one of the last Travelers—rare magicians who choose a parallel universe to visit.

Grey London is dirty, boring, lacks magic, ruled by mad King George. Red London is where life and magic are revered, and the Maresh Dynasty presides over a flourishing empire. White London is ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne. People fight to control magic, and the magic fights back, draining the city to its very bones. Once there was Black London—but no one speaks of that now.

Officially, Kell is the Red Traveler, personal ambassador and adopted Prince of Red London, carrying the monthly correspondences between royals of each London. Unofficially, Kell smuggles for those willing to pay for even a glimpse of a world they’ll never see. This dangerous hobby sets him up for accidental treason. Fleeing into Grey London, Kell runs afoul of Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She robs him, saves him from a dangerous enemy, then forces him to another world for her ‘proper adventure’.

But perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, Kell and Lila will first need to stay alive—trickier than they hoped

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What I think I’ll read next

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The Name of the Wind

I’m still a little intimidated by the size of this book (it has tiny writing to go with the many, many pages) but I’ve put it off for long enough. I’ve heard many good things about it, including that it’s a fast read despite its length, so I’m really looking forward to starting it!

After that I’ll definitely read something shorter again, though. I have a feeling it’ll take me a while to get through this one, and it would be nice to have a short book I can look forward to afterwards.

Blurb:

Told in Kvothe’s own voice, this is the tale of the magically gifted young man who grows to be the most notorious wizard his world has ever seen.

The intimate narrative of his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, his years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime-ridden city, his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter a legendary school of magic, and his life as a fugitive after the murder of a king form a gripping coming-of-age story unrivaled in recent literature.

A high-action story written with a poet’s hand, The Name of the Wind is a masterpiece that will transport readers into the body and mind of a wizard.

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Have you read any of these and would like to chat about it? I look forward to hearing from you if you do – just leave a comment below and we can get this book club started!

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