Here we are friends, in a time of social distancing where staying at home is the most productive thing you can do to keep yourself and those around you safe. Which for me, includes working my dayjob from 9 to 5 and then spending time with audiobooks while playing video games (currently playing Animal Crossing). This is what I read in March. I should really consider augmenting my reading goal, I’m 17 books ahead already.
This month, I also interviewed K.M. Szpara to celebrate the release of his debut novel, Docile.
Rating: 4/5 stars
Genre: Young adult fantasy
Year Release: 2019
Source: Library audiobook
|Listened to the audiobook
Sorceries, demons, and libraries coming alive, oh my. Rogerson has provided another fantastic fantasy novel featuring a driven heroine and a smarmy love interest. Elisabeth wants to serve to great libraries but uncovered a conspiracy that has her working with disgraced sorcerer Nathaniel Thorn and his very good demon companion Silas. There’s demonic summonings and a love of books galore.
I really loved all the main characters. This trio had such an excellent dynamic. My personal favorite was Silas. So wise, so benevolent, but the narrative never makes you forget that he is a demon. The love Nathaniel has and the love which Elisabeth develops felt so natural in the progression of the story. There’s such a great relationship among all three them. In addition, Rogerson has a deft hand at actually describing the magic. It’s cinematic and visceral and wraps the reader in all five senses.
That all being said, the ending seems a little unevenly paced. The resolution of so many feelings had me convinced the book was ending, but when I looked, I was actually at the 75% mark. The rest of it feels fairly rushed, but everything ties up neatly in a way that is satisfying to both the characters and the world conflict.
Perfect for people who love books, magic, and an anime called Black Butler.
In March, I have an almost-literal mountain of library books to read, not counting audiobooks.
The Age of Ice by J.M. Sidorova (Library Borrow)
Echo North by Joanna Ruth Meyer (Library Borrow)
The Fortress by S.A. Jones (ARC)
- Fire & Heist by Sarah Beth Durst (ARC)
- Flotsam (Peridot Shift #1) by R.J. Theodore
When We Were Magic by Sarah Gailey (ARC)
- Assassin’s Apprentice (The Farseer Trilogy #1) by Robin Hobb
The Queen’s Rising by Rebecca Ross
- Ruse (Want #2) by Cindy Pon
Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
One book to beta read this month, and my own to steadily write throughout the month.
Just like last year, I attempted my annual reading challenge inspired by “The 12 Days of Christmas” in which I wanted to read 12 books between December 25th and January 5th. I got even closer than last year, reading 10. Here are my thoughts.