The #FemmeFanTale readathon was created by Jean @ Bookishthoughts and Jill @ TheBookNeuk last year, and is a readathon dedicated to reading fantasy written by women. This round is running from the 8th-15th March. Considering I love fantasy and I love books written by women, how could I possibly say no to joining in again?
Jean and Jill have put together a bingo board for readers like myself who love trying to complete challenges, and today I’m here to share my TBR with you!
So far this year I’ve been making an effort to prioritise my NetGalley reads and I’ve been really taking advantage of my library, which has been great fun, but for this readathon I’d love to focus on some of the books I own – particularly the books on my physical bookshelves!
The Unspoken Name by A. K. Larkwood
Bingo: Queer; Woman with a Weapon; A new to you author; Book in a series; Non-human protagonist; Adult
Does she owe her life to those planning her death . . .
Csorwe was raised by a death cult steeped in old magic. And on her fourteenth birthday, she’ll be sacrificed to their god. But as she waits for the end, she’s offered a chance to escape her fate. A sorcerer wants her as his assistant, sword-hand and assassin. As this involves her not dying that day, she accepts.
Csorwe spends years living on a knife-edge, helping her master hunt an artefact which could change many worlds. Then comes the day she’s been dreading. They encounter Csorwe’s old cult – seeking the same magical object – and Csorwe is forced to reckon with her past. She also meets Shuthmili, the war-mage who’ll change her future.
If she’s to survive, Csorwe must evade her enemies, claim the artefact and stop the death cult once and for all. As she plunges from one danger to the next, the hunt is on . . .
This fantasy debut stars a queer ogre priestess. In what world was I not going to want a read a book like that? This one’s on my TBR because I’d love to cross the Non-human protagonist square off the bingo board.
Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb
Bingo: A new to you author; Book in a series; Adult
In a faraway land where members of the royal family are named for the virtues they embody, one young boy will become a walking enigma.
Born on the wrong side of the sheets, Fitz, son of Chivalry Farseer, is a royal bastard, cast out into the world, friendless and lonely. Only his magical link with animals – the old art known as the Wit – gives him solace and companionship. But the Wit, if used too often, is a perilous magic, and one abhorred by the nobility.
So when Fitz is finally adopted into the royal household, he must give up his old ways and embrace a new life of weaponry, scribing, courtly manners; and how to kill a man secretly, as he trains to become a royal assassin.
Assassin’s Apprentice has been on my TBR for years and I’m planning to finally read it this month because I’m taking part in the #Elderlingalong created by Becca and The Books.
Bryony and Roses by T. Kingfisher
Bingo: Retelling; Standalone; Adult
Bryony and her sisters have come down in the world. Their merchant father died trying to reclaim his fortune and left them to eke out a living in a village far from their home in the city.
But when Bryony is caught in a snowstorm and takes refuge in an abandoned manor, she stumbles into a house full of dark enchantments. Is the Beast that lives there her captor, or a fellow prisoner? Is the house her enemy or her ally? And why are roses blooming out of season in the courtyard?
Armed only with gardening shears and her wits, Bryony must untangle the secrets of the house before she—or the Beast—are swallowed by them.
I read my first T. Kingfisher novel, The Raven and the Reindeer, around this time last year, so I’d love to get to this Beauty and the Beast retelling which sounds like so much fun. I have a feeling this will be a really quick read, so it could be a good one to start the readathon with, and it’s on my spring TBR this year – spoilers!
Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger
Bingo: Woman with a Weapon; Book in a series; Historical setting; YA
It’s one thing to learn to curtsy properly. It’s quite another to learn to curtsy and throw a knife at the same time. Welcome to finishing school.
Fourteen-year-old Sophronia is a great trial to her poor mother. Sophronia is more interested in dismantling clocks and climbing trees than proper manners, and the family can only hope that company never sees her atrocious curtsy. Mrs. Temminnick is desperate for her daughter to become a proper lady. So she enrolls Sophronia in Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality.
But Sophronia soon realizes the school is not quite what her mother might have hoped. At Mademoiselle Geraldine’s young ladies learn to finish … everything. Certainly, they learn the fine arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but they also learn to deal out death, diversion, and espionage – in the politest possible ways, of course. Sophronia and her friends are in for a rousing first year’s education…
Gail Carriger is one of my favourite authors and I haven’t started this YA series yet! It’s about time I got to it because this book has been on my bookshelf for years, and it’s another one I should be able to power through because Carriger’s writing is so darn readable.
The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon
Bingo: Queer; Woman with a Weapon; Standalone; A new to you author; Adult
A world divided.
A queendom without an heir.
An ancient enemy awakens.
The House of Berethnet has ruled Inys for a thousand years. Still unwed, Queen Sabran the Ninth must conceive a daughter to protect her realm from destruction – but assassins are getting closer to her door.
Ead Duryan is an outsider at court. Though she has risen to the position of lady-in-waiting, she is loyal to a hidden society of mages. Ead keeps a watchful eye on Sabran, secretly protecting her with forbidden magic.
Across the dark sea, Tane has trained all her life to be a dragonrider, but is forced to make a choice that could see her life unravel.
Meanwhile, the divided East and West refuse to parley, and forces of chaos are rising from their sleep.
I started this beast last month and enjoyed what I read and I’d really like to conquer it – especially as it made the Fantasy shortlist of this year’s Booktube SFF Awards!