I’m doing a lot of reading at the moment and enjoying it a lot!
That said, I thought I would take this opportunity to once more participate in the WWW Wednesday weekly challenge. I think about halfway through the month is a great time to share what I’m halfway through!
The WWW Wednesday challenge is hosted at Taking on a World of Words, and very simply involves answering three questions about your reading.
What are you currently reading?
A Desolation Called Peace – Arkady Martine
Synopsis: An alien threat lurks on the edges of Teixcalaanli space. No one can communicate with it, no one can destroy it, and Fleet Captain Nine Hibiscus is supposed to win a war against it. In a desperate attempt to find a diplomatic solution, the fleet captain has sent for an envoy to contact the mysterious invaders. Now Mahit Dzmare and Three Seagrass face an impossible task.
I loved the first book of this duo series, A Memory Called Empire, which won 2020’s Hugo Award. If you’re new to this series, definitely check out my review of it. It’s such an innovative mix of world building that combines real-world empires and their violence along with the most fantastical technology of sci-fi epics.
I have almost finished this book, and without giving any spoilers, I would say it’s very similar to the first in terms of pacing, by which I mean that although it takes you a bit to get into, by the time you’re 100-pages in it’s hard not to read it all immediately. This book also introduces new characters, and most importantly, new POVs, and it was very fun rediscovering old faves and discovering new ones, all of whom are written excellently. One difference from the first book is that there is less of a focus on Teixcalaan, the Empire in question, and its language/poetry/culture, which although was fascinating to read, I’m very glad about because I think two whole books of world building is a bit too much! This time around, you can just enjoy what has been created – alongside new threats, of course.
What have you recently finished?
The Fires of Vengeance – Evan Winter
Synopsis (for book 1): The Omehi people have been fighting an unwinnable war for generations. The lucky ones are born gifted: some have the power to call down dragons, others can be magically transformed into bigger, stronger, faster killing machines. Everyone else is fodder, destined to fight and die in the endless war. Tau Tafari wants more than this, but his plans of escape are destroyed when those closest to him are brutally murdered.
This book is the sequel to a review I posted the other day, and let me tell you, it did not take me very long to go from book one to book two. Again, I won’t say much because of spoilers! but I enjoyed it a lot and I am already inevitably impatient to read the third.
One of my favourite things about this series is the world building. I talk about it a little in the review for book one, The Rage of Dragons, but the magic system in this world is coded to very particular people. What this means is that although it does exist, technically, our protagonist has none of his own, and so his struggles are relegated to the common and everyday, which is interesting to see.
What are you going to read next?
Mansfield Park – Jane Austen
Sadly, last time’s next read was moved aside in favour of binge reading fantasy and a sequel I was very excited for. But I’m totally reading it this time!! (It helps that I recently purchased a very beautiful edition of this book!)