This Week in Reading: Southern Gothic, How-To Feed Your Hero, Young Nobles With a Touch of Fey, and Witchery

This week I’m finishing up two books from last week before starting a couple of new ones. I’m about twenty percent through What Kings Ate and Wizards Drank by Krista D. Ball. So far this has been a pretty fun read. Sure it’s non-fiction, but it’s also a humorous read and a pretty informative writing guide. Even though I’m not reading it as a guide, it’s still a fun read and I’m learning a few things too. I’m also about one-third of my way through the audiobook of Beautiful Redemption by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, the last book in the Castor Chronicles series. I think the thing I like most about this series is the character of Ethan Wate. Also, the narrator that reads the book and does Ethan’s voice in particular is fantastic. It’s so full of southern charm. I’m hoping to finish up both of these by next week and jump into some new titles.

Up on deck – The Oddling Prince by Nancy Springer. This is an ARC I generously received from Tachyon Publications, and the book will be out on May 25th. I haven’t read a Nancy Springer book yet, but I am pretty excited to dive into this one. I actually have a few of her books in my giant TBR mountain that I picked up after someone mentioned  her work and wanting to do an Author Appreciation thread about her on the reddit r/fantasy community (the AA post is supposed to go up some time in May as well, so that feels fortuitous!).

The next audiobook I’ll be listening to will be Windwitch by Susan Dennard, the sequel to her novel Truthwitch. I liked the first book, there was a lot about it that I liked, but I never fell in love with it the way a lot of others did. But still, it has a lot of things that I enjoy such as navigating society and well-written female characters so on to the sequel. I also thought the magic system, such as it is, in this world was pretty interesting, where some people are born with very specific types of magic and are either less or more powerful of that type.

Anyway, that’s my week ahead, looks like it’s shaping up to be a great one!

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