TBR Shelf Cleanup #16


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.

The White Hart by Nancy Springer


Welcome to Isle, a land of fantasy that existed long before there were such things. Surrounded by vast oceans and dotted with thick forests, Isle was a land in which all beings lived together. There were gods and ghosts dwelling with the Old Ones, the wise ancient ancestors. During this period, The Book of Suns began its life, though little was known about its contents. The mighty marriage between Sun and Moon begins an adventure never seen before.


I’ve had this one in my TBR for a couple of years. I think I bought these books before I had read and loved The Oddling Prince and have been meaning to read them for a while! Of course, I’ve been meaning to read a lot of books for a while…intentions are one thing, I suppose. I have this and the two sequels. I’m going to hold on to these. KEEP

Winter Tide by Ruthanna Emrys

winter_tide_coverAfter attacking Devil’s Reef in 1928, the U.S. government rounded up the people of Innsmouth and took them to the desert, far from their ocean, their Deep One ancestors, and their sleeping god Cthulhu. Only Aphra and Caleb Marsh survived the camps, and they emerged without a past or a future.

The government that stole Aphra’s life now needs her help. FBI agent Ron Spector believes that Communist spies have stolen dangerous magical secrets from Miskatonic University, secrets that could turn the Cold War hot in an instant, and hasten the end of the human race.

Aphra must return to the ruins of her home, gather scraps of her stolen history, and assemble a new family to face the darkness of human nature.

I bought this one and its sequel somewhat recently I think (within the last year or two?) as the author is fairly local and I’ve seen her a few times at the local book events. If you ever have teh chance to see Ruthanna Emrys on panel I highly recommend it–she’s super smart and has tons of interesting things to say. Anyway, I really love the idea behind this and am looking forward to reading it eventually! KEEP

A Shadow in Summer by Daniel Abraham

a_shadow_in_summer_coverThe city-state of Saraykeht dominates the Summer Cities. Its wealth is beyond measure; its port is open to all the merchants of the world, and its ruler, the Khai Saraykeht, commands forces to rival the Gods. Commerce and trade fill the streets with a hundred languages, and the coffers of the wealthy with jewels and gold. Any desire, however exotic or base, can be satisfied in its soft quarter. Blissfully ignorant of the forces that fuel their prosperity, the people live and work secure in the knowledge that their city is a bastion of progress in a harsh world. It would be a tragedy if it fell.

Saraykeht is poised on the knife-edge of disaster.

At the heart of the city’s influence are the poet-sorcerer Heshai and the captive spirit, Seedless, whom he controls. For all his power, Heshai is weak, haunted by memories of shame and humiliation. A man faced with constant reminders of his responsibilities and his failures, he is the linchpin and the most vulnerable point in Saraykeht’s greatness.

Far to the west, the armies of Galt have conquered many lands. To take Saraykeht, they must first destroy the trade upon which its prosperity is based. Marchat Wilsin, head of Galt’s trading house in the city, is planning a terrible crime against Heshai and Seedless. If he succeeds, Saraykeht will fall.

Amat, House Wilsin’s business manager, is a woman who rose from the slums to wield the power that Marchat Wilsin would use to destroy her city. Through accidents of fate and circumstance Amat, her apprentice Liat, and two young men from the farthest reaches of their society stand alone against the dangers that threaten the city.

I’ve heard so many great things about this series so when I was out and about and saw it at a used bookstore I picked up a copy. The premise still intrigues me but I don’t think I have the same level of interest as I used to so I’ll let this one go. PURGE

The Gormenghast Novels by Mervyn Peake

gormenghast_coverA doomed lord, an emergent hero, and a dazzling array of bizarre creatures inhabit the magical world of the Gormenghast novels which, along with Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, reign as one of the undisputed fantasy classics of all time. At the center of it all is the seventy-seventh Earl, Titus Groan, who stands to inherit the miles of rambling stone and mortar that form Gormenghast Castle and its kingdom, unless the conniving Steerpike, who is determined to rise above his menial position and control the House of Groan, has his way.

In these extraordinary novels, Peake has created a world where all is like a dream – lush, fantastical, and vivid. Accompanying the text are Peake’s own drawings, illustrating the whole assembly of strange and marvelous creatures that inhabit Gormenghast.

One of my friends is a huge fan of Gormenghast and I think I enjoy the idea of reading them but realistically I don’t know if I actually want to read them, if that makes sense? It’s just….too much book for me, I think haha. PURGE

Fortress in the Eye of Time by C.J. Cherryh

fortress_in_the_eye_of_time_coverDeep in an abandoned, shattered castle, an old man of the Old Magic muttered almost forgotten words. His purpose — to create out of the insubstance of the air, from a shimmering of light and a fluttering of shadows. that most wonderous of spells, a Shaping. A Shaping in the form of a, young man who will be sent east on the road the old was to old to travel. To right the wrongs of a long-forgotten wizard war, and call new wars into being. Here is the long-awaited major new novel from one of the brightest stars in the fantasy and science fiction firmament.C.J.Cherryh’s haunting story of the wizard Mauryl, kingmaker for a thousand years of Men, and Tristen, fated to sow distrust between a prince and his father being. A tale as deep as legend and a intimate as love, it tells of a battle beyond Time, in which all Destiny turns on the wheel of an old man’s ambition, a young man’s innocence, and the unkept promised of a king to come.

I bought this and two of the sequels used a few years ago after seeing some recommendations around reddit (I’ll tell you, r/fantasy is bad for your TBR pile). I still have a hankering to read these eventually so I’ll hold on to them for now and hope I get to them one day. KEEP

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

Keep Purge Undecided
144 32 21

Hey, I purged two this time, woot! What do you think of my choices here? Anything you’d do differently here? Leave a note in the comments, I’d love to chat!

8 thoughts on “TBR Shelf Cleanup #16

  1. Zezee says:

    I have the White Hart and Gormenghast too. I didn’t like the Oddling Prince much, but I’m still interested in trying more of Springer’s work.

    • waytoofantasy says:

      Yeah, it’s one of those types for me too. I think it’s just the fact that it’s such a TOME so I’ve been avoiding it and now i’m not sure I’m interested as much as I used to be…

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