I did a post back in January about 5 Fantasy Series that I wanted to start in 2019 and since we are already in May I thought I would do an update of what I’ve started/finished/not even touched yet!
The five series were:
The Seven Realms Series by Cinda Williams Chima – I completed this series this month actually! I absolutely LOVED these books, I think Cinda Williams Chima is a fantastic fantasy author and I will definitely be continuing on with the Shattered Realms series very soon!
The Falling Kingdoms Series by Morgan Rhodes – I only currently own Falling Kingdoms and Gathering Darkness. I don’t like to start a series unless I have access to all of the books, so I haven’t had a chance to pick these books up yet.
The Witchlands Series by Susan Dennard – I have completed all of the books that are currently out at the moment. I have been loving this series so far! Iseult and Safi are amazing characters and the plot is getting progressively better with each book!
The Lightbringer Series by Brent Weeks – I own all of these books but I feel I haven’t prioritized this series because I think I’m not as excited to read it as much as the other series in this list. I will probably get started later on in the year!
The Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb – I also currently own all of the books in this trilogy I just haven’t picked up them up yet! *Spoiler* Assassin’s Apprentice will be on my TBR next month so no doubt I will be completing this trilogy very soon!
So far in the last 5 months I have completed 2 out of the 5 series I wanted to read this year. That is a total of 8 out of the 20 books that make up these series. I think I am on track to hopefully finish all of these series by the end of the year; I originally only wanted to get started on these books so I am quietly confident I will have least read at least 1-2 of the books from the other three series before the end of 2019!
I actually had a great reading month… I’m not quite sure how it happened but I deviated from my original TBR and actually read a lot more books than I was originally planning too and I’m not mad at it! I kind of listened a little more to my mood this month and read what I felt like reading instead of just solely sticking to my TBR and I feel like that approach really enabled me to read a lot more!
The Hating Game by Sally Thorne – ⭐️5/5 stars
Sightwitch by Susan Dennard – ⭐️4/5 stars
HP and the Half Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling – ⭐️5/5 stars
Circe by Madeline Miller – ⭐️3/5 stars
The Hazelwood by Melissa Albert – ⭐️3/5 stars
Prince Charming by Rachel Hawkins – ⭐️4/5 stars
Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid – ⭐️4/5 stars
A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer – ⭐️4/5 stars
Bloodwitch by Susan Dennard – ⭐️5/5 stars
Heretics Anonymous by Katie Henry – ⭐️4/5 stars
The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn – ⭐️4/5 stars
The Exiled Queen by Cinda Williams Chima – ⭐️5/5 stars
The Gray Wolf Throne by Cinda Williams Chima – ⭐️4/5 stars
Final Girls by Riley Sager – ⭐️4.5/5 stars
I loved this!
The third novel in the Witchlands series is getting even more adventurous and exciting! I will say I am now glad I read Sightwitch and got more of an insight and background to the story as everything is now really syncing up and coming together in the plot.
I have to say I do stan Iseult and Aeduan. I love the hate to love trope so much and it’s very much prevalent over the course of the books with these two. I loved seeing the slow progression of their relationship build and how they slowly come to trust and understand each other. And let me just say the way they reunite had me on the edge of my seat, I couldn’t cope for a minute there.
I really didn’t pay much attention to Aeduan in the other books. I appreciated his character and I was intrigued by him, but I didn’t really think he mattered or was as integral to the story as he is now. I figured since the name of this book was Bloodwitch that he would be more of a prominent plot line and he definitely did in this book! His arc over the course of the series has been wonderful to read; especially since we get so much more of his backstory. In this book in particular I have really started to get more invested in his character and I can’t wait to see what he does next!
The whole book is just super immersive. I found myself really lost in the story and appreciating every character and their journey. Everything is really starting to come to a head and we are getting more and more interactions between all of the main protagonists who were otherwise on different sides of the continent through the sporadic use of the doors to connect and transport the characters which I thought was very effective.
I was very satisfied with this book. I honestly had no idea where Susan Dennard was going to take the story next and throughout the whole reading experience I was very much entertained and that really propelled me to continue to read. The action is getting so much more intense and story lines are colliding and I can’t wait for the next book!
⭐️5/5 I need to know what happens next!
Did not expect this!
We delve a little bit deeper into the story of Ryber Fortiza. Ryber has spent her whole entire life in the Sightwitch Convent as a sister without sight, someone who hasn’t been called by the goddess to become a fully-fledged Sightwitch. She works herself hard and makes sure she abides by all the rules of the sisters in order to be called but one by one the sisters around her are called and she still isn’t. That is until one day more and more sisters are being called into the mountains of the goddess and they aren’t returning.
I didn’t really know what to expect getting into this book, but I was pleasantly surprised with its direction. It goes so deep into the history of the Sightwitches and the flashbacks that occur really helped to strengthen the storyline further.
I love the fact that a minor character in the other books that I overlooked as unimportant could have such a rich and exciting backstory. I kind of wrote Ryber off in the previous books as just the girlfriend of Merik’s threadbrother. She was so insignificant to me that I even had to look her up because he name was familiar to me. Her arc throughout the course of the book was so well done! Being a devout sister who never broke the rules to become the last sister who delved deep into the mountain to save the rest of the Sightwitches, breaking all the rules in the process!
The addition of Kullen into the story was a nice touch for me. Again, he really didn’t leave a lasting impression on me in the last books and found myself having to reorient who he was in the series. Once I remembered who he was I was intrigued with how he managed to get himself into this situation. Why doesn’t he remember who he is whilst under the mountain and how important is he in the grand scheme of things?
I thought the pacing was perfect, it started off a little slow but you are fed enough information that you want to continue to read on. The history of the Sightwitches and how they have come to be was sooooo interesting to me especially learning about the Paladin’s and how they are the first of manifest the powers that are so common in the Witchlands now.
After the conclusion I just have so many questions that need answering! Did Kullen really cleave and die at the end of Truthwitch? Where did Ryber go after absconding from the ship? Is she going to save the Sightwitches from the cold embrace of the mountain? I need to know!!!
Because it was a novella though it was lacking a little oomph and left me with more questions than answers, but I was still entertained and enjoyed my experience whilst reading it!
⭐️4/5 I need to get to Bloodwitch ASAP!
I’ve decided that every three months this year I will go through my reading list and pick out the top 10 books I have read. These are going to all of my 5 star reads as well as any other book that I loved but didn’t give 5 stars for whatever reason. Then at the end of the year I will compile my list and pick out my top 10 overall of 2019. If you want to read any of my reviews for these books just click on the titles!
So my reading recommendations for January, February and March are:
Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson
The Vanishing Stair by Maureen Johnson
The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
The Death of Mrs Westaway by Ruth Ware
The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima
Girls of Paper and Fire by Natashan Ngan
Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
Dance of Thieves by Mary E Pearson
Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh
Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend