February 2020 Book Picks

Welcome, welcome, to another edition of my Monthly Book Picks!  We’ve got a LOT of interesting looking fantasy coming in February, and the few I’ve already managed to read and review are definitely worth checking out!

I’ve linked to reviews where I have them, and covers link to Goodreads.

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A CONJURING OF ASSASSINS by Cate Glass
Release Date: February 4th, 2020
I had mixed reactions to the first book in this series, AN ILLUSION OF THIEVES, which I personally felt took too long to set up and way too much time with a brother character I wanted to drop-kick into the sun. HOWEVER, the finale went a long way to redeeming the book, and the set-up for future installments was tantalizing, so I find myself putting the sequel on my TBR!  I won’t have time to get to it upon release, but it’s my hope to read this one later this year.  This series essentially revolves around a group of magic users who exist in secret in a country where magic is outlawed.  The local ruler is aware of their gifts and occasionally calls upon them to act on their country’s behalf Mission:Impossible-style – including the part where their country will disavow them if they get caught.  In this particular case, they are asked to find and destroy a document that could plunge two countries into war if discovered by the wrong people.

THE UNSPOKEN NAME by A.K. Larkwood
Release Date: February 11th, 2020
Review Here!
Forget what you know about orcs.  In fact, forget the word orc, which you will not find written once within the pages of this book, despite it being all over Twitter.  THE UNSPOKEN NAME’s publicity might be leaning heavily on the fact that its lead is a female orc-ish bodyguard, but really this is a coming of age story of a young woman who keeps believing she owes debts to people greater to than herself.  Csorwe is a heroine determined to pay back the man who saved her from death, spending years traveling through dimensional portals in search of a powerful lost relic.  This is definitely a story for those who enjoy falling in love with characters, and who like their magic weird.

THE WOLF OF OREN-YARO by K.S. Villoso
Release Date: February 18th, 2020
This upcoming release from Orbit Books has actually been floating around since 2018, when it was released as a self-published work.  Since then, it has been acquired by a major publisher, edited and tightened (the author has indicated some sizable changes from the earlier version), and will now be released in the mainstream this February.  What’s it about?  Well it starts with the promising line, “They called me the Bitch Queen, the she-wolf, because I murdered a man and exiled my king the night before they crowned me.”  Over the course of the book, Queen Talyien will find herself stranded in a foreign country after an assassination attempt, with only herself to rely on.  If that cover is anything to go by, Talyien is more than capable of handling a sword.

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THE SHADOWS BETWEEN US by Tricia Levenseller
Release Date: February 25th, 2020
Review Is Here!
I expected to be pleasantly entertained by this YA romance about a young woman determined to marry and kill the king so she can assume the power for herself.  I was not prepared to be utterly swept away by the tale, complete with a heroine who will accept nothing less than exactly what she wants, and falls in love with a man because he values her as an equal.  Sure, these two leads are morally grey at best (there’s a reason it’s being called a “Slytherin romance”) but it punched several buttons that filled me with glee.

MASTER OF SORROWS by Justin T. Call
Release Date: February 25th, 2020
This came out in the UK in 2019, and ever since then I’ve heard nothing but rampant enthusiasm from the overseas book blogging community.  This new fantasy is making its debut in the US in February and I’m incredibly curious to see what the fuss is all about.  I have an eARC in my hands and should have a review up beginning of next month.  Stay tuned!  The premise?  Your typical epic fantasy trope of an orphan boy who develops incredible power – except instead of being the Chosen One, he turns out to be the reincarnation of an evil god with the power to destroy the world.  Will the young boy embrace his destiny or fight it?

And those are my top choices!  What are you looking forward to this month?

6 thoughts on “February 2020 Book Picks

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  1. I can’t wait to get started on The Unspoken Name and The Wolf of Oren Yaro. And Master of Sorrows! Dang, February is so chock full of new books it’s going to tough to pick and choose😁

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  2. So many great things coming out in February! I’m super excited for the new Cate Glass book, but I’ll be bogged down in r/fantasy bingo reading so I probably won’t be able to get to it for a while. Sigh lol.

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