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The questions are:
- What are you currently reading?
- What did you recently finish reading?
- What do you think you’ll read next?
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What am I currently reading?
Goodreads Synopsis: According to mythology mankind used to live in The Tranquiline Halls. Heaven. But then the Voidbringers assaulted and captured heaven, casting out God and men. Men took root on Roshar, the world of storms. And the Voidbringers followed …
They came against man ten thousand times. To help them cope, the Almighty gave men powerful suits of armor and mystical weapons, known as Shardblades. Led by ten angelic Heralds and ten orders of knights known as Radiants, mankind finally won.
Or so the legends say. Today, the only remnants of those supposed battles are the Shardblades, the possession of which makes a man nearly invincible on the battlefield. The entire world is at war with itself – and has been for centuries since the Radiants turned against mankind. Kings strive to win more Shardblades, each secretly wishing to be the one who will finally unite all of mankind under a single throne.
On a world scoured down to the rock by terrifying hurricanes that blow through every few days is a young spearman, forced into the army of a Shardbearer, led to war against an enemy he doesn’t understand and doesn’t really want to fight.
What happened deep in mankind’s past?
Why did the Radiants turn against mankind, and what happened to the magic they used to wield?
Current completion: 200 of 530
What did I recently finish reading?
SPEAK AGAIN THE ANCIENT OATHS,
LIFE BEFORE DEATH.
STRENGTH BEFORE WEAKNESS.
JOURNEY BEFORE DESTINATION.
AND RETURN TO MEN THE SHARDS THEY ONCE BORE.
THE KNIGHTS RADIANT MUST STAND AGAIN.
Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soilless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter.
It has been centuries since the fall of the ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor that transform ordinary men into near-invincible warriors. Men trade kingdoms for Shardblades. Wars are fought for them, and won by them.
One such war is about to swallow up a soldier, a brightlord and a young woman scholar.
Widely acclaimed for his work completing Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time saga, Brandon Sanderson now begins a grand cycle of his own, one every bit as ambitious and immersive.
My verdict: ★★★★★ – I’ve read this one part before and it was brilliant then, a second re-read and it was still just as brilliant
Goodreads Synopsis: When his younger brother loses interest in online dating, hot, bearded, bartender extraordinaire, Joe Collins, only intends to log into his account and shut it down. Until he reads about her.
Alex Parks is funny, friendly, and pretty much everything he’s been looking for in a woman. And in no time at all they’re emailing up a storm, telling each other their deepest darkest secrets… apart from the one that really matters.
And when it comes to love, serving it straight up works better than with a twist.
My verdict: ★★★★★ Review can be found here
The dead beckon and the little girl obeys. Night after night she answers the graveyard’s call, though she dreads her encounters with the creature that dwells there.
But she’ll soon come to learn that memories are much more dangerous than monsters…
My verdict: ★★★★★
Mini Review: Well, well, well. That was bloody brilliant. I heard some really really great things about this novelette and I’m so glad to say that Danse Macabre has totally 100% lived up to expectations.
It follows the story of a girl called Blue who loses everything due to a mistake she made as a youth. There’s what appears to be a Fallen angel in this that puts the (no pun intended) fear of God into her and convinces her to do his bidding by promising that she’ll get her parents and sisters into Heaven if she does as he demands.
What follows from the beginning of the story is a brilliantly twisted story of redemption and betrayal. She has a “pet Snail” and a Crow who keep her company in her story. The chapters are short – but not too short, perfect length – with a nice backwards countdown of the trials.
The beginning was suitably spooky with the tale of Old Hopper at the bonfire. Just spooky enough to have the hairs on the back of my neck standing on end.
Danse Macabre also had a really good ending with no cliffhanger and the ending wrapped up Blue’s story nicely.
What do I think I’ll read next?
I’m currently buddy reading The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson, followed by Words of Radiance with my fiance as we both want to read it.