Spring is practically here, and it’s time to turn over a new leaf … of paper! Over the winter holidays I got a fab new stash of books to read, so today I am going to review my spring TBR list with you all.
If you know me at all, you’ll not be shocked to learn that they are all some variety of fantasy.
The Princes of Panajin, by Ryan Logan
This self-published fantasy novel is the first installment in Logan’s First Life series. From the book jacket:
“Thanan, the youngest prince of Panajin, was all too happy wielding his wooden sword against imaginary foe and running innocently down the cobblestone streets of his beloved capital, but even in a world of unsurpassed goodness and beauty, darkness had crept in.
Thanan is destined to be a great politician and leader like his older brothers, but balancing a busy schedule of unauthorized excursions, the responsibility of school and being a young emissary proves difficult for the prince when he unwittingly stumbles upon a dark plot to overthrow his family’s kingdom and destroy everything he holds most dear.
Far too young and unequipped to handle such things, and not knowing if the threat is real or just his youthful imagination run amok, Thanan takes it upon himself, with the help of a new found friend, Jesifaye, to subvert the evil plot and he himself becomes the target of the one they call ‘Master.’
Sensing a great power welling inside Thanan, the Master uses all the subtlety of lies and treachery to seduce the young prince to use his power for darkness and thus join forces and overthrow the kingdom and take it for himself. The struggle between light and darkness has never been more compelling.
The temptation is great…and the adventure even greater.”
My thoughts going into it: I’m already about 70 pages into this book, and so far it is quaint but poorly written. Here’s to hoping the remaining 285 pages improve. Be on the lookout for a review soon!
Dragon Champion, by E. E. Knight
I collected this book in one of my favorite ways: by going to the bookstore and picking an author I had never heard of at random. Finding titles to read from recommendations is, of course, a more sound method of choosing reading material. But I quite like the element of the unknown that comes with a random pluck off the bookshelf.
From the book jacket:
“After escaping those who killed his siblings, Young Auron, a rare, defenseless gray dragon, might be the last of his breed. Armed with nothing but his claws and a determination to survive, he sets off in search of his kind. But to find other dragons-or, at least, find out who’s killing them off-Auron will have to search a world of mercenary elves, vicious humans, and dangers of all kinds. Finding allies in the strangest places-and himself along the way-Auron is about to make the trek of a lifetime…”
The thing I found immediately intriguing about this fantasy novel was the twist its premise presents on the classic literary trope of dragons being antagonists. A dragon as the protagonist, battling against evil humans? I love it already. Let’s just hope the execution of a clever premise is well done.
Shadows of Self, by Brandon Sanderson
Is anyone actually surprised to see a Brandon Sanderson title on here? You guys know my obsession with his writing. This novel is the second installment in the Mistborn universe offshoot series featuring Waxillium Ladrian. It follows The Alloy of Law, which I loved.
From the book jacket:
“When family obligations forced Waxillium Ladrian to forsake the frontier lands and return to the metropolis of his birth to take his place as head of a noble House, he little imagined that the crime-fighting skills acquired during twenty years in the dusty plains would be just as applicable in the big city. He soon learned that there too, just being a talented Twinborn ― one who can use both Allomancy and Feruchemy, the dominant magical modes on Scadrial ― would not suffice.
This bustling, optimistic, but still shaky society will now face its first test by terrorism and assassination, crimes intended to stir up labor strife and religious conflict. Wax, his eccentric sidekick Wayne, and brilliant, beautiful young Marasi, now officially part of the constabulary, must unravel the conspiracy before civil strife can stop Scadrial’s progress in its tracks.”
In addition to the magical elements and Sherlock Holmesian mystery presented in The Alloy of Law, I hope to see the subtle romantic tensions between Marasi and Wax continue to build. We shall see!
Tell me, what is on your TBR list this Spring? Have you read any of these titles?
Until next time,