Weekly Reading Check-In: 11/03/21

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?

 Jade Legacy  Vespertine  Elder Race  A Spark of White Fire

Currently Reading: JADE LEGACY by Fonda Lee
It’s Sci-Fi Month! Which means I’m….not reading a sci-fi book. Whoops. But I have an ARC of JADE LEGACY and I want to make sure I get it reviewed before the release date at the end of the month, so here we are! And let me tell you, despite its 700 pages, this book is moving along at a good clip. I find myself continually sucked in to the story, making extra time to read whenever I have a moment. We’re talking reading 100 pages in a day kind of sucked in (and this is a BIG book, so those pages are no joke!).

For those unfamiliar with the series, JADE LEGACY is the final book in a trilogy that began with JADE CITY. It follows the Kaul family, leader of the No Peak Clan, one of two pseudo-legitimate gangster organizations that control the mining and selling of jade in the island nation of Kekon. And it’s an important resource to control, as for many, wearing jade grants enhanced abilities. The series is set in a time period akin to 1960s and 70s technology wise, and follows the family’s saga over decades. It’s got some of the best character writing I’ve ever encountered, and follows the Kauls as they wage war in the streets, in business, and in government boardrooms. If you like stories full of social chess and political maneuvering as much as super-human abilities, you really should check this series out ASAP.

Recently Finished: VESPERTINE by Margaret Rogerson and ELDER RACE by Adrian Tchaikovsky
Last week’s reads simply flew by! VESPERTINE was a perfect Halloween read, full of ghosts and dark plots. While I loved the world and the main character, I could have used a little more depth in the antagonist, but overall I had a good time. You can read my full review here.

After that, I simply FLEW through the sci-fi novella ELDER RACE, my first encounter with author Adrian Tchaikovsky. It was an absolutely fascinating tale told from the perspective of two people. One is an anthropologist from an advanced society who long ago convinced the society of the planet he’s studying that he’s a great and powerful wizard who should be left alone; the other a princess from that society who is determined to enlist the “wizard’s” help to thwart a demon who is threatening the land. Full review is later this week, but this book does so much in so few pages, it’s truly astonishing. If you like adventure, weird creatures, and interrogations about culture and language, you must check this out.

Probable Next Read: A SPARK OF WHITE FIRE by Sangu Mandanna
OKAY, once I knock out JADE LEGACY, I begin Sci-Fi Month in earnest! First up is my biggest priority of the event, a full readthrough of Sangu Mandanna’s YA THE CELESTIAL TRILOGY. As mentioned in previous posts, I’ve already read the first two books in the trilogy, but found that book 2 counted completely on the reader to remember what happened previously, which hampered my enjoyment as I couldn’t quite remember who was allied with who and which person had which family curse. The books are fairly short, so I vowed when book three came out I would simply start the whole thing over from the beginning. Although the third book came out earlier this year, Sci-Fi Month is the first time I could make room in my schedule, so here we go! No stopping or breaks, just one book after the other until the trilogy is complete!

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