It’s that time of the month where I’ll be highlighting the books I purchased over the last 30 days!
1. Red Queen – Victoria Aveyard
2. Windhaven – George R. R. Martin & Lisa Tuttle
3. Snow Like Ashes – Sarah Raasch
4. Forest Mage – Robin Hobb
“The poverty stricken Reds are commoners, living under the rule of the Silvers, elite warriors with god-like powers.
To Mare Barrow, a 17-year-old Red girl from The Stilts, it looks like nothing will ever change.
Mare finds herself working in the Silver Palace, at the centre of
those she hates the most. She quickly discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy Silver control.
But power is a dangerous game. And in this world divided by blood, who will win?”
This book has been getting loads of attention online, with Epic Reads posting about it constantly running up to the release date and lots of mixed reviews – some seem to love it and some seem to hate it. With all the stir about it – and that gorgeous, gorgeous cover, I just knew it would be on my purchase list this month, I have to see what all the fuss is about!
“Among the scattered islands that make up the water world of Windhaven, no one holds more prestige than the silver-winged flyers, romantic figures who cross treacherous oceans, braving shifting winds and sudden storms, to bring news, gossip, songs and stories to a waiting populace.
Maris of Amberly, a fisherman’s daughter, wants nothing more than to soar on the currents high above Windhaven. So she challenges tradition, demanding that flyers be chosen by merit rather than inheritance.
But even after winning that bitter battle, Maris finds that her troubles are only beginning. Now a revolution threatens to destroy the world she fought so hard to join – and force her to make the ultimate sacrifice…”
I must confess to being a bit of a George R. R. Martin-aholic. Pretty much everything that he puts out I end up buying in some format or another, I am yet to be disappointed, his writing is always fascinating and keeps me hooked for hours. When I heard that a new edition of Windhaven was being released I just had to get my paws on it, looking forward to finally getting a chance to read it!
Snow Like Ashes
“A heartbroken girl. A fierce warrior. A hero in the making.
Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. Now, the Winterians’ only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been waiting for the opportunity to steal back Winter’s magic and rebuild the kingdom ever since.
Orphaned as an infant during Winter’s defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee, raised by the Winterians’ general, Sir. Training to be a warrior—and desperately in love with her best friend, and future king, Mather — she would do anything to help her kingdom rise to power again.”
This is another one that I’ve heard loads of good things about, and just seems to tick all the right boxes. Magic? Check. Determined female protagonist? Check. Possibly a love triangle? Check. Not to mention a beautiful cover and more books to come. I’m really looking forward to this one, With the second book out in October, I’ll have plenty of time to get reading this one!
“The King′s Cavalla Academy has been ravaged by the Speck plague. As the infirmary empties, Cadet Nevare Burvelle also prepares to journey home. Far from being a broken man, Nevare is hale and hearty after defeating his nemesis, Tree Woman and freeing himself of the Speck magic that infected him and attempted to turn him against his own people.
Yet his nights are still haunted by dreams of the voluptuous Tree Woman, dreams in which his Speck self betrays everything he holds dear in his waking life. Has the plague infected him in ways far more mysterious than the merely physical?
Despite his fears, Nevare will journey back in full expectation of a jubilant homecoming and a reunion with his fiancée, Carsina. But his life is about to take a shocking turn, as the magic in his blood roars to life, a magic that seeks to destroy all he loves.”
I absolutely love Robin Hobb, (in fact I met her at last years WorldCon, and she was absolutely lovely) and this is one of her books that I haven’t had the chance to read yet, so I’m really excited about it. I managed to pick it up for only one pound, and it’s always great when book purchases don’t cost an arm and a leg.
So those are my march books. What have you bought this month? Have you read any of these? If you have let me know what you thought!!