Second Hand Book Haul

So… I did what you shouldn’t do. I went to a second hand bookstore. I didn’t plan on buying anything, I just heard about it and wanted to check it out. So I went there, found the English section, and I was mesmerised. Books for only a couple of euros!

I did restrict myself, and they didn’t have much in the fantasy section (especially not first books in a series). But these are the books I bought:


Chocolat

Chocolat by Joanne Harris

Price: 2.50 €

I have seen this movie so many times, and I cannot get enough of it. It is a beautiful story, with a wonderful pacing. A woman arriving in a small French village and opening a chocolaterie. To do this during Lent is seen a a threat to the good population of the village, and her different view of the world something inappropriate. This story, at least the movie, has left me thinking. I really hope the book lives up to the movie.

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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?