LAST ARGUMENT OF KINGS by Joe Abercrombie
First purchase goes to my Great Series Read project! This is the last book I have left in the FIRST LAW series, and I’m hoping to read it in August before my TBR gets ridiculous with fall ARC deluge. This is a big old thick book, but I’ve found Abercrombie’s work to go remarkably quickly. Fun fact: every book I have in this series is a different edition, so none of them match and it drives me CRAZY. THE BLADE ITSELF is an ebook from a Kindle Daily Deal, the second was an apparently UK edition I found at a second hand shop, and then I’ve bought the current edition in print.
THE THIEF WHO WENT TO WAR by Michael McClung
For my self-published read of the month, I’m finishing off the AMRA THETYS series! For now, this is the last book in the series, though the author has said he’s working on a book six. I’m actively reading the book now, which means I’ll shortly be “done” with the series, huzzah! If you’re looking for quick fun reads, these books all clock in around 200-ish pages and can easily be read in a day or two, and are about a thief who finds herself stuck in some godly machinations. Book two is…not great, but all the others I highly recommend, so come join the party!
CROWNBREAKER by Sebastien de Castell
And lastly, I purchased CROWNBREAKER, book 6 in the SPELLSLINGER series, which will mean I’ve finished ANOTHER series! Book 5, QUEENSLAYER, was a bit of a misstep for me, so I’m crossing my fingers the series finishes strong, as I have REALLY enjoyed it up to that point.
CATALYST GATE by Megan E. O’Keefe
Surprise! Another series ending book! I’ve already read (and LOVED) this final book in the protectorate series, and if you’re interested in my thoughts, you can read my review here. I really can’t recommend these books enough, if you’re a fan of sci-fi with conspiracies and AI and politics, get yourself these books ASAP.
UNDER THE WHISPERING DOOR by T.J. Klune
It took me a while to read THE HOUSE IN THE CERULEAN SEA, but I truly did adore it when I did. It was a lovely standalone book about an orphanage for children with unusual abilities, and the inspector who’s come to decide if it will stay open or not. It’s incredibly whimsical and a nice cup of coco for the soul. The author’s new standalone is about a man named Wallace, who finds himself dead and his soul at a tea shop run by the ferryman who will help him to the other side. Except Wallace isn’t ready to cross over just yet, and is determined to do some living now that he’s dead.
FEAR AND FURY by Jamie Jackson
Last but not least, a self-published book I accepted for review, FEAR AND FURY. Meg might have the power to control other people’s fear emotion, but that doesn’t mean she has any aspirations to be a hero or a villain. She’d rather just live her life free from all that drama, despite recruitment attempts from both sides. But when Meg gets in a little over her head, she’s forced to team up with the heroes to save her own skin. From the handful of pages I’ve skimmed so far, this looks like it could be a breezy fun adventure (the protagonist being the quippy sarcastic type I tend to enjoy), so I hope to have a review later this summer!