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 Gunslinger by Stephen King
In the first book of this brilliant series, Stephen King introduces readers to one of his most enigmatic heroes, Roland of Gilead, The Last Gunslinger. He is a haunting figure, a loner on a spellbinding journey into good and evil. In his desolate world, which frighteningly mirrors our own, Roland pursues The Man in Black, encounters an alluring woman named Alice, and begins a friendship with the Kid from Earth called Jake. Both grippingly realistic and eerily dreamlike, The Gunslinger leaves readers eagerly awaiting the next chapter.
I like King and have read several of his horror novels but have not gotten around to his famous fantasy series. I think I picked this up because one of my friends is SUCH a fan of it, but I’m also not quite sure if I actually want to read it? I like the idea of reading it? I also have 4 of the sequels in my TBR. Not sure on this one. UNDECIDED
His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik
Aerial combat brings a thrilling new dimension to the Napoleonic Wars as valiant warriors ride mighty fighting dragons, bred for size or speed. When HMS Reliant captures a French frigate and seizes the precious cargo, an unhatched dragon egg, fate sweeps Captain Will Laurence from his seafaring life into an uncertain future – and an unexpected kinship with a most extraordinary creature. Thrust into the rarified world of the Aerial Corps as master of the dragon Temeraire, he will face a crash course in the daring tactics of airborne battle. For as France’s own dragon-borne forces rally to breach British soil in Bonaparte’s boldest gambit, Laurence and Temeraire must soar into their own baptism of fire.
I’ve been meaning to read this one for a long time! The concept really intrigues me and I’ve heard some good things about this series. I may not get to these any time soon but am going to keep them in my TBR for now. I have this one and 3 of the sequels. KEEP
Godslayer by Jacqueline Carey
IF ALL THAT IS GOOD CONSIDERS YOU EVIL, ARE YOU?
Once human but now immortal, Supreme Commander Lord Tanaros fled the realm of Men and chose darkness when he killed his adulterous wife and his liege king who cuckholded him. A thousand years have passed in service to his master, the dark god Satoris. The world view Satoris as Evil Prime and the name of Tanaros is the byword for treachery.
The races have united in their quest to rid the world of the Dark God and his minions. The key to the prophecy is the beautiful Elvish princess Cerelinde–and Satoris has captured her.
Yet not all tales told are true and evil may have another face. Satoris refuses to act like the monster that he is made out to be for he recognizes in Cerelinde a spark of the love that he once bore for his fellow gods. But this spark of light might prove to be a danger to Satoris…and a greater danger for Tanaros and all that he holds dear. For Cerelinde might remind him that the heart that he willed to iron an eon ago is still very much mortal.
I read the first book to this duology ages ago and I remember liking it but I never got around to reading book 2. I think whenever I do get around to reading this (I do intend to someday) I’ll have to reread book 1! Hanging on to this one. KEEP
King’s Sacrifice by Margaret Weis
The spellbinding conclusion to the star-spanning saga of adventure and intrigue. At the end of King’s Test, Sagan–the man who overthrew Dion’s father–pledged his allegiance to Dion as the new king. Now, Dion battles alien and human enemies, and must give up both his lover and one of his men as he learns what it truly means to be king.
Not sure why I have this one, it’s book 3 of a series and I don’t have books 1 and 2. Feel okay letting this go. PURGE
Chalice by Robin McKinley
As the newly appointed Chalice, Mirasol is the most important member of the Master’s Circle. It is her duty to bind the Circle, the land and its people together with their new Master. But the new Master of Willowlands is a Priest of Fire, only drawn back into the human world by the sudden death of his brother. No one knows if it is even possible for him to live amongst his people. Mirasol wants the Master to have his chance, but her only training is as a beekeeper. How can she help settle their demesne during these troubled times and bind it to a Priest of Fire, the touch of whose hand can burn human flesh to the bone?
A captivating tale that reveals the healing power of duty and honour, love and honey.
Another McKinley! I have a lot of her backlist to get through but I want to read as many of her books as I can. KEEP
That’s all for now! This brings my total count to:
A little bit more progress this week! What do you think about The Dark Tower, should I hold onto those? Anything you’d do differently here? Leave a note in the comments, I’d love to chat!