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.
Company of Liars
by Karen Maitland
The year is 1348. In a world ruled by faith and fear, nine desperate strangers, brought together by chance, attempt to flee the certain death that is rolling inexorably toward them. Each traveler has a hidden gift, a dark secret, and a story to tell.
From Camelot, the relic-seller, to Cygnus, the one-armed storyteller—from the strange, silent child Narigorm to a painter and his pregnant wife, each guards secrets closely. None are as they seem. And one among them conceals the darkest secret of all—propelling these liars to a destiny more perilous than any of them could imagine.
One of these days I’m going to read something by Karen Maitland! Embarrassingly I own four of her novels and still haven’t read any of them. I’ve mentioned The Vanishing Witch before, which I still really want to read, but Company of Liars is one I’d like to read soon, too. It sounds like a much more sinister version of The Canterbury Tales.
Have you read any Karen Maitland? Do you have multiple books by the same author on your shelves that you still haven’t read?
I’m taking part in the Medieval-A-Thon this month, which I’ve been having a lot of fun with and have read three novels for so far, and I’m hoping to finish up another of the challenges tonight as I’m currently writing this from my bed. A visit to my GP this morning confirmed my suspicions – it turns out I’ve managed to tear one of the muscles in my calf! It’s not as painful as it sounds, weirdly enough, but I need to take care when I’m walking because if I jar the muscle it hurts a lot.
But enough complaining, what have I been reading this week?
I finished The City of Brass this week and ended up enjoying it a lot! The world-building is so lush and vivid and one character in particular I was so intrigued by. I didn’t love it quite as much as I hoped, but I’m looking forward to getting my hands on a copy of The Kingdom of Copper! With this book I earned my breastplate for the Medieval-A-Thon.
Yesterday I started listening to the third and final book in the Book of the Ancestor series, Holy Sister. I love these audiobooks, Helen Duff is such a brilliant narrator, and even though I didn’t really like Red Sister very much, if you’ve seen my review you’ll know I ended up loving Grey Sister and I’m hoping to really enjoy this one, too! I’ve seen quite a few lukewarm reviews from readers who loved the previous two books in the series so I’m intrigued to see what I think of how this series wraps up. I’ll miss these assassin nuns, but at least they’ll help me earn my own pair of daggers for the Medieval-A-Thon before we say goodbye!
So it seems only natural to turn to the third book in another trilogy about assassin nuns. I loved the first two books in this trilogy, Grave Mercy and Dark Triumph, but for some reason Mortal Heart has been sat unread on my shelves for far too long. Given that The City of Brass was quite dark in parts and Holy Sister is grimdark fantasy, I’ll be looking to cleanse my palate with some YA!