TBR Shelf Cleanup #14

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Time for another round up of books from my TBR to go through! Each week I’ll be going over a selection from my physical unread books and deciding what to keep and what to purge. There will be a third option–undecided–which I might ask for your input on why you think I should keep or purge that title from my list. You can also check out my full TBR pile here.

Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch

red_seas_under_red_skies_coverAfter a brutal battle with the underworld that nearly destroyed him, Locke Lamora and his trusted sidekick, Jean, fled the island city of their birth and landed on the exotic shores of Tal Verrar to nurse their wounds. But even at this westernmost edge of civilization, they can’t rest for long—and they are soon back doing what they do best: stealing from the undeserving rich and pocketing the proceeds for themselves.

This time, however, they have targeted the grandest prize of all: the Sinspire, the most exclusive and heavily guarded gambling house in the world. Its nine floors attract the wealthiest clientele – and to rise to the top, one must impress with good credit, amusing behavior…and excruciatingly impeccable play. For there is one cardinal rule, enforced by Requin, the house’s cold-blooded master: it is death to cheat at any game at the Sinspire.Brazenly undeterred, Locke and Jean have orchestrated an elaborate plan to lie, trick, and swindle their way up the nine floors…straight to Requin’s teeming vault. Under the cloak of false identities, they meticulously make their climb – until they are closer to the spoils than ever.

But someone in Tal Verrar has uncovered the duo’s secret. Someone from their past who has every intention of making the impudent criminals pay for their sins. Now it will take every ounce of cunning to save their mercenary souls. And even that may not be enough.

Of COURSE I want to get this book! I loved the first one. I just tend to take really long breaks between books in epic fantasy series and it takes me forever to get through them lol. I also have The Republic of Thieves waiting for me. KEEP

Moon-Flash by Patricia A. McKillip

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Kyreol’s small world begins at the Face, a high rock cliff, and ends at Fourteen Falls, a series of rapids. Each year, her people celebrate Moon-Flash-a spark of light that seems to come from and go into the moon, a symbol of life and joy. When a mysterious stranger arrives, Kyreol wants to know more about him, as well as the Moon-Flash, and soon she and her childhood friend Terje leave their home to look for answers. Those answers will pluck Kyreol from Riverworld and transform her life forever-by fast-forwarding her into a future she can barely comprehend.

 

Picked up this one a couple of years ago when I was used book shopping. I’m always up for a McKillip! I want to read as much of her stuff as I can, just need to make the time…I also have the sequel, The Moon and the Face in my pile. KEEP

Goa by Kara Dalkey

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Set in India in the 1500s, Goa is the first volume in a rich fantasy trilogy by the author of Eurayle. Thomas, a young English apothecary’s apprentice, has been sent to collect rare herbs in Africa and India. During the his travels, he encounters an alchemist who has possession of a mysterious powder that can restore life to the dead.

 

I’d never heard of this author or the book before but I found this among the books one of my friends offered to give me from a giant haul he’d gotten. I picked up this one and one of its sequels. It seems interesting and I haven’t had this one that long–I have an urge to keep it it but I’m not sure I’ll get around to it?  UNDECIDED

Lady of Magick by Sylvia Izzo Hunter

lady_of_magick_coverIn her second year of studies at Merlin College, Oxford, Sophie Marshall is feeling alienated among fellow students who fail to welcome a woman to their ranks. So when her husband, Gray, is invited north as a visiting lecturer at the University in Din Edin, they leap at the chance. There, Sophie’s hunger for magical knowledge can finally be nourished. But soon, Sophie must put her newly learned skills to the test.

Sophie returns home one day to find a note from Gray—he’s been summoned urgently to London. But when he doesn’t return, and none of her spells can find a trace of him, she realizes something sinister has befallen him. With the help of her sister, Joanna, she delves into Gray’s disappearance, and soon finds herself in a web of magick and intrigue that threatens not just Gray, but the entire kingdom.

This is the sequel to The Midnight Queen.  I keep forgetting I have this one in my TBR. I quite liked the first one even if I wasn’t completely blown away by it and picked this one up when it came out–somehow never read it. I want to continue with this series! It’s a regency based fantasy and that’s kind of my jam these days. KEEP

The Shadow of Albion by Andre Norton and Rosemary Edghill

the_shadow_of_albion_coverThrust into a volatile world where King Henry IX rules over the English Empire, America never revolted, and Napoleon Bonaparte marches unchecked across Europe, is young Sarah Cunningham, ripped from our history by magic and the machinations of the dying Duchess of Roxbury.Magically coerced into believing she is Roxbury, Sarah finds herself caught up with the Duke of Wessex, the King’s most trusted spy. A perilous adventure takes them into the black heart of Imperial France to rescue a missing princess before the last chance for peace dissolves and the world is left at the mercy of Napoleon….

Honestly forgot I had this one! It sounds really good though and reading the description has got me intrigued again. I think I’ll hold onto it. KEEP

That’s all for now! This brings my total count to:

Keep Purge Undecided
133 29 20

Not much progress this week but I do have one undecided.  What do you think–intriguing enough to keep in the TBR? Anything you’d do differently here? Leave a note in the comments, I’d love to chat!

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