Weekly Reading Check-In: 08/18/21

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?

 Last Argument of Kings  We Cry For Blood  Among Thieves

Currently Reading: LAST ARGUMENT OF KINGS by Joe Abercrombie
In a crowing achievement for the Great Series Read Project, I’m actually reading book three of the FIRST LAW series in the same year I started the trilogy! I’m just over a third done, and let me tell you, there’s been a lot of head in my hands as these idiots blunder about the final stages of this conflict. I see idiots with all love (although you’re still in the doghouse West), especially towards Jezal, who really, really hasn’t asked for a lot of things that have happened to him and is fully aware that he is self-absorbed dandy who is in a position he should never, ever be in. Final thoughts to come next week, as we see where this meandering saga finally concludes.

Recently Finished: WE CRY FOR BLOOD by Devin Madson
Speaking of sagas, WE CRY FOR BLOOD was an excellent next installment in the saga of THE REBORN EMPIRE! I’m finalizing my review, but it managed to feel both sweeping and claustrophobic at the same time, and I enjoyed seeing multiple storylines come crashing together towards the finale. One more book to be released in this quartet and it will be all done!

Probable Next Read: AMONG THIEVES by M.J. Kuhn
Next up, my ARC of fantasy heist AMONG THIEVES! Originally I’d thought I’d check out my review copy of self-published fantasy HALL OF BONES, but I’ve decided to swap the reading order so that HALL OF BONES will be read a little closer to September and Self-Published Fantasy Month. I might save my actual review of that book until Self-Published Fantasy Month kicks off, but that’s a discussion for another time! Instead, I have a debut thief story from Saga Press. It tells the tale of Ryia, a woman who’s been on the run for six years who embarks on a daring plan to free herself from the wrath of the Guildmaster, ruler of the five kingdoms of Thamorr. Ryia will team up with smugglers and thieves and other “miscreants” to pull of her scheme, and yeah, the jacket blurb definitely sold me on this one. Stay tuned for more thoughts!

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