Shelf Control is a weekly celebration of the unread books on our shelves created and hosted by Lisa @ Bookshelf Fantasies. Pick a book you own but haven’t read, write a post about it (suggestions: include what it’s about, why you want to read it, and when you got it), and link up! For more info on what Shelf Control is all about, check out Lisa’s introductory post, here.
Sorcerer to the Crown
by Zen Cho
At his wit’s end, Zacharias Wythe, freed slave, eminently proficient magician, and Sorcerer Royal of the Unnatural Philosophers—one of the most respected organizations throughout all of Britain—ventures to the border of Fairyland to discover why England’s magical stocks are drying up.
But when his adventure brings him in contact with a most unusual comrade, a woman with immense power and an unfathomable gift, he sets on a path which will alter the nature of sorcery in all of Britain—and the world at large…
Embarrassingly, I was supposed to buddy read this with the lovely Mikayla @ Mikayla’s Bookshelf three years ago. She read it, I didn’t, which further cemented for me that I a) am rubbish at buddy reads and b) needed to get much better at making blogging friends, because Mikayla deserved better than for me to just nope out of that buddy read. Sorry Mikayla!
Unfortunately 2016 was a difficult year for me. I started a new job that I would be in for two years and, while I learned an awful lot, it was also the most stressed, worn out and fed up I’d ever been and it had a real impact on my reading. I do really want to give Sorcerer to the Crown another try, though! I love historical fiction with fantasy elements so I should have been all over this one when it was released, it just ended up not being what I was in the mood for when I first tried to read it and now when I think of it I keep associating it with feeling rubbish. Time for that to change!
Do you enjoy buddy reads or, like me, are you an utter failure? What are some of your favourite historical fantasy books?
This week I’m joining in with Lipsy @ Lipsyy Lost & Found to talk about the books I’ve been reading recently!
very slowly but surely making my way through my Wyrd & Wonder TBR and I’m almost halfway through Muse of Nightmares and I’m hopeful I might be able to finish it tonight. I’m really enjoying it so far and I’m finding it much quicker to get through than Strange the Dreamer which, though I loved its slowness, took me a while to get into because the real plot didn’t properly start until about 200 pages in. This time we already have the plot up and running, so it’s a real page-turner!
I finally finished Red Sister and, sadly, I didn’t like it very much which I’m pretty heartbroken about, because a book about assassin nuns should be right up my street. I think Mark Lawrence’s writing style just isn’t for me and this ended up being one of those books that left me with even more questions than when I started it, which would have been fine if it had answered any of the questions I started it with. I would have DNF’d this book if I hadn’t listened to the audiobook for the most part; the narrator, Helen Duff, is wonderful. Look out for my review!
I do really want to read Children of Blood and Bone this month and I’m planning to pick it up really soon, but since I finished and loved Daughter of the Forest last month I’ve been craving more Juliet Marillier. I read the first chapter of Son of the Shadows and could feel myself falling in love again, so I’ve set it aside to finish Muse of Nightmares and then I’m going back to medieval Ireland. These books are quite chunky, but I whizz through Marillier’s writing!