Weekly Reading Check-In: 05/05/21

Happy Wednesday everyone!  Time for another weekly check-in using WWW Wednesday, a meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words. Want to participate?  Simply answer the three questions below and tag the host site!  Book covers link to Goodreads.

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

 The House of Always  The Thief Who Wasn't There  Master Artificer

Currently Reading: THE HOUSE OF ALWAYS by Jenn Lyons
I absolutely never know what I’m going to get with Jenn Lyons and her A CHORUS OF DRAGONS series, but I know that I’m almost certain to have a good time. THE HOUSE OF ALWAYS is no exception. Once again, it is a bonkers conceit to try and explain, but let me attempt. Imagine, if you will, that most of the important characters from the first three books were rounded up and dumped into a house they couldn’t leave. Then imagine that for Reasons, they are being assaulted with shared visions that are revealing details from their pasts, including secret alliances, secret motivations, basically just all the secrets. And because everyone’s trapped in this house, they’ve got nothing better to do than to hash out all the beefs that emerge when these secrets come to life. Did I also mention the Big Bad is escaping his prison and they have to find a way to stop him from within this house? It’s a fascinatingly complex story, and definitely not at all for anybody who hates non-linear storytelling, but I am having a ball!

Recently Finished: THE THIEF WHO WASN’T THERE by Michael McClung
Snuck in a short read at the end of April with the fourth book in the AMRA THETYS series. Amra is a thief who is stuck in the middle of some godly shenanigans, but this time around, the story isn’t about her. You see, book 3 ended on a cliff hanger and in this book…well as the title suggests, we don’t know what happened to her. More importantly, Holgren, her mage partner (romantic and business) doesn’t know what happened her, and he will literally go to hell to get the information. You know all those arrogant mage characters who don’t value human life quite the same as ordinary folk? Now imagine an entire book with a POV character who thinks that way. Without Amra to reign him in, Holgren is very casual about removing human impediments to his goals. Granted, most of these impediments aren’t great humans to begin with, but it was a very stark change from Amra’s “hardened thief with a marshmallow interior,” and I loved the change of pace.

Probable Next Read: QUEENSLAYER by Sebastien de Castell and/or MASTER ARTIFICER by Justin T. Call
My next read is a bit of a toss up, and will partly depend on my mood when I finish THE HOUSE OF ALWAYS. I’d LIKE to attempt to get a review up of MASTER ARTIFICER before the release on May 18 but, it’s, well, somewhere between 850 and 900 pages and I need to be mentally prepared for that! So I might sneak in a backlist read, QUEENSLAYER, first. QUEENSLAYER is book 5 in the SPELLSLINGER series, and I usually tear through these books in a few days, so it might be the light palate cleanse I need between chonky reads.

How is your reading going?

3 thoughts on “Weekly Reading Check-In: 05/05/21

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  1. Keep seeing you talk about the Amra Thetys books and the more I see you enjoy them the more I’m tempted to have a look see myself. Might still not get to it for a while but gonna add the first book to my TBR and see what the fuss is about 🙂

    I’m reading The Dragon Republic at the mo, as I think you know, and I’m enjoying it a lot more than The Poppy War and still very compelled by Rin as a character. Might be a bit optimistic but I’m hoping to finish it tomorrow and start The Burning God on Friday. I’ve been doing a lot of audiobook reading at work recently which is helping me tear through some quite long books in a fairly short period of time!

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      1. Haha yeah I’ve replaced my politics and current affairs podcasts that I usually listen to while working with audiobooks. Getting lots more reading done, but it means I have no idea what’s going on in the world at the mo lol.

        Love me some grit in my fantasy, I might even pick it up this month and review for Wyrd & Wonder if it’s grimdark-adjacent. Works out quite well actually cos I still have a fair bit of reading to do if I’m gonna succeed in this ridiculous review every day during W&W nonsense I’m subjecting myself too and short books will be a godsend for that!

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