Medieval-A-Thon Wrap Up

This was such a fun immersive readathon to participate in! I had so much fun and ended up completing some books I had been meaning to read for a while now so I am stoked! I strayed away from my original TBR I had set for myself but I still had lots of fun and read some great books and completed my goal!! I am both a Master Blacksmith & a Fashion Trend Setter making me an Empress!

The books and prompts I completed were:

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Read a books with gold, silver or bronze in the title or cover: The Empire of Gold by S.A. Chakraborty

A book you’re scared to read: Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire

A book with a weapon on the cover – Light in the Dusk by Jessi Elliot & K.J. Sutton

A hardcover – A Sky Beyond the Storm by Sabaa Tahir

A series finale – Lightbringer by Claire Legrand

Read a book your unsure about – Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire

First book to a series – Flamecaster by Cinda Williams Chima

A book embossed or foiling on the cover – The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab

The last book you bought/borrowed – Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Prettiest book on your shelf – Burn Our Bodies Down by Rory Power

January Wrap Up

This month was pretty chill in terms of reading. I am very happy with what I was able to get to but I definitely feel like I could of picked up more during the month.

The Deck of Omens by Christine Lynn Herman ⭐️3/5 stars

The Deep by Rivers Solomon⭐️3/5 stars

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab⭐️4/5 stars

Burn Our Bodies Down by Rory Power⭐️3/5 stars

Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire⭐️3/5 stars

The Empire of Gold by S.A. Chakraborty⭐️4/5 stars

Lightbringer by Claire Legrand⭐️5/5 stars

Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire⭐️3/5 stars

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The Empire of Gold Review

*Spoilers Below*

Daevabad has fallen. After a brutal conquest stripped the city of its magic, Nahid leader Banu Manizheh and her resurrected commander, Dara, must try to repair their fraying alliance and stabilize a fractious, warring people. Having narrowly escaped their murderous families and Daevabad’s deadly politics, Nahri and Ali, now safe in Cairo, face difficult choices of their own. 

Nahri’s character remained pretty consistent throughout the course of the series, this finale was just all about finding answers to her past and how she came to be in Cairo in the first place, her parentage and why her appearance was altered. I liked the fact that even though she wanted to fly back to Daevabad and kill Dara after poisoning her brother she chose to not go through with it and actually stay and work out a plan. I feel like it definitely showed growth in her character and we see just how far she has come from stealing on the streets.

Ali in this book wasn’t as impactful to me and his storyline with the Marid’s I wasn’t as invested in to be honest. Sure he goes on this journey of discovery into the ocean and discovering his lineage with Sobec and the Marid’s but the timing just seemed too convenient to me. I did however loved watching his budding romance with Nahri and seeing how they fumble over their obstacles and smother their feelings, trying to do what’s right for Daevabad.

Dara is a tricky one. On one hand I loved the person he was when he was with Nahri I don’t like who he became when he sided with Manizeh. He became the scourge all over again and started to actually believe it. He had so many moments of clarity when he knew Manizeh wasn’t doing the right thing and seen how she was changing and yet he still stayed somewhat loyal. I would of been more on his side had he done a little more to undermine Manizeh but given his circumstances I think he did the best he could. I appreciated how his relationship with Nahri came to a close and I think he made the best of his current situation in the end.

I liked the travelling elements, I think it expanded and already pretty large world and made this series as a whole feel a lot more epic. It was nice to have a new setting and revisiting where it all began back in Cairo and seeing what might of been had Nahri and Ali stayed. I have to say I am extremely satisfied with how this series ended. I wouldn’t say it’s my new favourite book I’ve ever read but I am just left feeling content with this series as a whole.

⭐️4/5 stars this series is a MUST read!!!

Medieval-A-Thon TBR

I have made a last minute decision to participate in the Medieval-A-Thon hosted by Holly Hearts Books on booktube! It seemed super fun so I figure why not give it a go. It runs from the 10th January through to the 10th February so I have a whole month to hopefully get through my TBR and achieve the skill I am hoping for. I have decided to try to master two professions a Blacksmith & a Seamstress which will enable me to rise to the rank of an Empress!

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My TBR for Medieval-A-Thon includes:

Read a book with gold, silver or bronze in the title or cover – The Empire of Gold by S.A. Chakraborty

A book you’re scared to read – The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

A book with a weapon on the cover – The Hunter and the Mage by Kaitlyn Davis

A hardcover – Blood and Honey by Shelby Mahurin

A series finale – A Sky Beyond the Storm

Read a book your unsure about – Legendborn by Tracy Deonn

First book to a series – Flamecaster by Cinda Williams Chima

A book embossed or foil on the cover – Lightbringer by Claire Legrand

The last book you bought/borrowed – The Year of the Witching by Alexis Henderson

Prettiest book on your shelf – These Witches Don’t Burn by