December 2016 TBR

It is almost December and that means my Birthday and Christmas! It will be a lovely month. There are quite a few books I’d like to read. And here they are…

The Dragon RebornThe Dragon Reborn by Robert Jordan

I am continuing The Wheel of Time, and this is the third book in this massive story. After the second book I was so in love with the story and (some) of the characters and I want to know what’s going to happen. I started it a few days ago, and I do hope I’ll have time to finish it in December. In other words, I hope there won’t be a lot of other books flirting with me… I just bought a bunch…

This is definitely the main book I want to read this upcoming month.

The NoviceThe Novice by Taran Matharu

I still haven’t read this one and I feel a bit ashamed. I bought it in May, together with a bunch of other books, of which I’ve read all, except of course this one. But it has been looking at me a lot lately and I really want to pick it up. Especially since I just bought the second book.

This book has received so much praise and who wouldn’t want to read about someone who can summon demons? Has anyone read it? I haven’t heard much about it on blogs. Only one BookTuber I’m following mentioned the second book, The Inquisition, in a haul and was really intrigued. After that I’ve heard nothing.

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Black Friday 2016 Book Haul

Black Friday. I hadn’t meant to buy anything, but then I realised they had a -20% discount + a chance to get all of your money back on an order so I couldn’t help myself. I know Christmas is just around the corner, but I do think I wont get any of these as a gift then. I haven’t talked about them that much.

But let’s move on and look at the books I bought.

Firstly I picked up Trudi Canavan’s The Black Magician trilogy. This was a Goodreads recommendation quite some time ago, and when I read the synopsis I knew I wanted to read this story. I really hope this lives up to my expectations.

Synopsis to The Black Magician book 1 – The Magicians’ Guild:

“We should expect this young woman to be more powerful than our average novice, possibly even more powerful than the average magician.”

This year, like every other, the magicians of Imardin gather to purge the city of undesirables. Cloaked in the protection of their sorcery, they move with no fear of the vagrants and miscreants who despise them and their work-—until one enraged girl, barely more than a child, hurls a stone at the hated invaders…and effortlessly penetrates their magical shield.

What the Magicians’ Guild has long dreaded has finally come to pass. There is someone outside their ranks who possesses a raw power beyond imagining, an untrained mage who must be found and schooled before she destroys herself and her city with a force she cannot yet control.”

– Goodreads

Thethe inquisition summoner second book I bought was The Inquisition by Taran Matharu, which is the second book in the Summoner series. I do still have to read the first book, but it has received such praise and I want to read it so badly. It is a story about a young man who can summon demons.

Synopsis to Summoner book 1 – The Novice:

“When blacksmith apprentice Fletcher discovers that he has the ability to summon demons from another world, he travels to Adept Military Academy. There the gifted are trained in the art of summoning. Fletcher is put through grueling training as a battlemage to fight in the Hominum Empire’s war against orcs. He must tread carefully while training alongside children of powerful nobles. The power hungry, those seeking alliances, and the fear of betrayal surround him. Fletcher finds himself caught in the middle of powerful forces, with only his demon Ignatius for help.

As the pieces on the board maneuver for supremacy, Fletcher must decide where his loyalties lie. The fate of an empire is in his hands. The Novice is the first in a trilogy about Fletcher, his demon Ignatius, and the war against the Orcs”

– Goodreads

OdinsbarnThe last book I bought was Odinsbarn by Siri Pettersen. It is the first book in the Ravneringene series. Sadly, there is no English edition of this book, but if you happen to understand Norwegian, Swedish, Finnish, Danish, Czech or Polish, you are lucky. It is a story based in the Norwegian folklore, and if you know anything about the Norwegian folklore that alone should sell this book to you.

Translated synopsis of Ravneringene book 1 – Odinsbarn:

“Hirka is fifteen winters old when she’s told she’s an Odinsbarn (eng: Odin’s child) – a tailless beast from another world spreading decay. Her whole life is turned upside down. She’s become despised, fared and hunted, and somebody wants to kill her to keep her identity a secret. But there are worse things than Odinsbarn, and Hirka isn’t the only creature who’s travelled to this world…”

Have you read any of these books? What are your thoughts? And what did you buy on Black Friday?

Review of the Unpublished Epilogue to A Wizard’s Forge

When I read A Wizard’s Forge by A.M. Justice I though the ending was perfect. It was the first book in a series and IA Wizard's Forge couldn’t have asked for more. But it seem like not everyone shared my opinion. This resulted in the release of an epilogue, which you can read here, on A.M. Justice’s blog. However, if you haven’t read the book, don’t read the epilogue, there are major spoilers in there.

This epilogue threw me straight back into the book. It was beautifully written and even though it has been some time since I read A Wizard’s Forge and I had forgotten the names of some characters it was easy to follow.

“At last the tremors stopped. Everyone froze, eyes fixed on the gaping hole in their mountain home.”

It picks up exactly where the book left us and I have to say this felt more like a cliffhanger than the official ending of the book. But it definitely makes you crave the next instalment of the Woern Saga.

I also want to applaud A.M. Justice on her blog and willingness to give the fans more. She fills her blog with facts about the world and discussions to answer questions asked by readers. It is a wonderful thing.

Have you read A Wizard’s Forge yet? What did you think?

Third Week – NaNoWriMo 2016

NaNoWriMoSo this has been a complete failure. A lot of people finish this challenge, but there are those of us who fail as well. I was so motivated to start, but not being able to write every single day killed the writing spirit a bit. During the last week I have written a total of 0 words. Zero. Not a single one.

So how should I deal with this failure?

Firstly, I will look at my achievements.

  • I have written over 10 000 words, which means the story is longer than anything I’ve written before.
  • The story I’m writing, I’ve fallen in love with it.
  • I know how many words I can write a day without problem.

Secondly, I will focus on them instead of the failure.

Thirdly, I will continue writing on this story even after NaNoWriMo has ended. If I can get this story to 50 000 words at any point it is an achievement.

How are you doing? Better I hope 😀 But if you are at the same page as me, don’t lose hope. Just continue writing a little every day and you will get to 50 000. Let’s make the comment section a motivation board.

Book Shuffle #3

I really enjoy doing this monthly tag, hosted by Clockwork Bibliophile. As always, I put one of my Spotify lists on random and the first song to start playing will be paired with a book. These are my previous ones #1 and #2, but let’s see what happens today!

Song: Wings of Serenity (Acoustic)
Artist: Falconer
Album: Falconer (Ultimate Edition)

Book chosen:

Elder Gods The DreamersThe Elder Gods by David and Leigh Eddings

“Somewhere beyond the farthest pole of the world, the land of Dhrall lies anchored by the will of four powerful Gods. Able to bend reality to their whims and influence the lives of mortal men, these deities are still bound by the laws of nature and cannot take lives. Yet the Gods are not the only power. For in the center of Dhrall lives a voracious horror known as the Vlagh. A nightmare made flesh, the Vlagh has bred a massive army of hideous monsters to overrun the world.

In the coming battles the people of Dhrall will be aided by a ragtag force of foreign mercenaries and pirates, but the true champions of the war will be four enigmatic children known as the Dreamers. Raised by the Gods themselves, these children can alter the fabric of reality. But, unlike the Elder Gods, the Dreamers do not hesitate to kill…”

– Goodreads

Why did I chose this book?

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