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.
Destiny by Elizabeth Haydon
A FELLOWSHIP OF THREE
To stand against the F’dor– an ancient, vile being intent on destroying the world– a fellowship has been forged: Rhapsody, a Singer of great talent and beauty; Achmed, an assassin with unearthly talents; and Grunthor, a giant of jolly disposition and lethal skill with weapons.
Driven by prophetic visions, the three know that time is running short, know that they must find their elusive enemy before his darkness consumes them all. But after their final, brutal confrontation with the F’dor, their world crosses the threshold of disaster and faces utter oblivion. The action reaches a fevered pitch, achieving a crescendo of tragedy, love, and triumph of human spirit over world-shattering cataclysm.
With death at hand and the world crumbling at their feet, these three will finally discover their true …
Oh, this series. Several years ago (maybe seven or eight?) I read the first two books and this is the third. I never continued on because a) these are some thicc books and b) at one point the story switches from a fantasy novel to a straight up romance novel right in the middle of the book (think it was book 2?) and I was like wut and c) there is a character that I just DESPISE and I didn’t want to spend more time with her. But. They’re actually good books and they play a lot with time and prophecies and all those classic fantasy tropes. I do want to get back to these books eventually. I have this one and three of the sequels. KEEP
Winterwood by Jacey Bedford
Set in 1800 in Britain, Mad King George is on the throne with Napoleon Bonaparte knocking on the door. Unregistered magic users are pursued to the death, while in every genteel home resides uncomplaining rowankind bondservants who have become so commonplace that no one can recall where they came from.
Meanwhile, Rossalinde Tremayne is satisfied with her life as a cross-dressing privateer captain on the high seas. But a bitter deathbed visit to her estranged mother changes her life completely when she inherits a magical winterwood box. Now, not only is she confronted with a newly-discovered brother, and an annoyingly handsome wolf shapeshifter, Rossalinde has to decide whether or not to open the box to free rowankind and right an ancient wrong—even if it brings the downfall of Britain.
Well I don’t have much to say about this one other than yes I do strongly still want to read this one. It looks like exactly my type of book and I am very much looking forward to getting to it eventually. KEEP
Something M.Y.T.H. Inc. by Robert Asprin
Things are not well in the kingdom…While Skeeve and Aahz are preoccupied with the aftermath of Gleep’s shooting, the MYTH Inc crew faces its biggest challenge yet-not one, but multiple challenges to the king and his court sorcerer! Word on the street is that the kingdom is under the control of a mighty sorcerer. It’s obvious that this magician dabbles in the black arts: He consorts with demons. He has a dragon for a pet. He’s connected to the criminal underground, trading political influence for their assistance in keeping the populace under control. And for most citizens, all this could be overlooked, except that this villain has committed the greatest crime possible: he’s raised taxes! Clearly something has to be done! The citizens are beginning to ponder and mutter, both individually and in groups, about how this tyrant can be brought down. And while they vary greatly in skill and intelligence, certainly the sheer volume of them virtually ensures the eventual downfall of the scoundrel that’s currently growing fat off the kingdom…the man called Skeeve the Great. Can the MYTH Inc gang protect Skeeve from these attacks and still convince him that everything is business as usual.
I got a BUNCH of these Myth books by Asprin some time ago and have just been holding onto them. They seem fun but I just don’t know that they’re the types of stories I’m in the mood for these days and I’m willing to let them go. All 10 of the ones I have in my TBR. PURGE
Emperor of the Eight Islands by Lian Hearn
An ambitious warlord leaves his nephew for dead and seizes his lands.
A stubborn father forces his younger son to surrender his wife to his older brother.
A mysterious woman seeks five fathers for her children.
A powerful priest meddles in the succession to the Lotus Throne.
These are the threads of an intricate tapestry in which the laws of destiny play out against a backdrop of wild forest, elegant court, and savage battlefield. Set in a mythical medieval Japan inhabited by warriors and assassins, ghosts and guardian spirits, Emperor of the Eight Islands by Lian Hearn is a brilliantly imagined novel, full of drama and intrigue – and it is just the beginning of an enthralling, epic adventure: The Tale of Shikanoko.
I’ve read Lian Hearn’s other series (well, 3/4 of the books – still need to read book 4) and really enjoyed those fantasy novels so I was excited when this newer series released. I bought the first two but haven’t gotten around to reading them yet. Still plan on reading these at some point though. KEEP
No Humans Involved by Kelley Armstrong
It’s the most anticipated reality television event of the season: three spiritualists gathered together in one house to raise the ghost of Marilyn Monroe. For celebrity medium Jaime Vegas, it is to be her swan song—one last publicity blast for a celebrity on the wrong side of forty. But unlike her colleagues, who are more show than substance, Jaime is the real thing.
Reluctant to upstage her fellow spiritualists, Jaime tries to suppress her talents, as she has done her entire life. But there is something lurking in the maze of gardens behind the house: a spirit without a voice. And it won’t let go until somehow Jaime hears its terrible story. For the first time in her life, Jaime Vegas understands what humans mean when they say they are haunted. Distraught, Jaime looks to fellow supernatural Jeremy Danvers for help.
As the touches and whispers from the garden grow more frantic, Jaime and Jeremy embark on an investigation into a Los Angeles underworld of black magic and ritual sacrifice. When events culminate in a psychic showdown, Jaime must use the darkest power she has to defeat a shocking enemy—one whose malicious force comes from the last realm she expected. . . .
This is a random Otherworld book I picked up somewhere event though I’ve never read any of the other books in the series. You see, sometimes I just pick up books when they’re a bargain with very little thought. Now, I do love me some UF but I’m not looking to start a new series anytime soon–I have enough I need to catch up on. So this one can go. PURGE
That’s all for now! This brings my total count to:
Look at me, being all responsible-like and purging books. I’m over 50 now, that’s quite a bit I’m downsizing so far. What do you think about my choices here? Anything you’d do differently? Leave a note in the comments, I’d love to chat!
12 thoughts on “TBR Shelf Cleanup #22”
I’ve always fancied reading Winterwood – perhaps you can read it and tell me if I need to do so too.
Hah! Well hopefully I can get to it at some point. So far this year my plans of working on my back list aren’t going so well LOL
I second Lynn’s request. Ye can take the time to find out if I need to make time to read that one. I don’t fancy adding more new series to me list at this point but who doesn’t love female pirates. Arrr!
x The Captain
I’ll try to bump it up on my list then 😉
That’s funny – we’re both paused at the same book with Elizabeth Haydon. I have the whole series on my shelf, and I’ve picked Destiny up more times than I can count, but haven’t quite made the push. Maybe this summer…
I think I have most of the books, maybe missing two or three of them. I think the other problem for me is they’re such CHONKS and I am so hesitant to dive into large books these days as I tend to get bogged down in them and I hate reading the same book for a month lol. Hope you get to continue the series soon!
If all the Asprin books have “punny” titles, I would purge them too! Ha ha I’m not the biggest fan of pubs. 😁
I love a good pun. But also it’s the type of humor that is best appreciated in small doses lol.
I have Winterwood and Emperor of the Eight Islands. I also want to read both. And I just love the cover of the Hearn book. That’s why I got it.
I really am a HUGE sucker for a good cover. They get my every time lol.
I read book one of Elizabeth Hayden’s series and did. not. like. I unfortunately was just bored with the plot – years later, all I remember is they went into some tunnels in the earth and then just stayed there for what felt like forever.
I’ve been curious about Lian Hearn’s books but haven’t read them! Glad to know you liked their earlier works.
Yes the cave part DID feel like forever, it just went on for AGES. One of my friends talked me into reading that series and we were talking about that whole section of the book and you know the one thing the author really did convey is the sense of claustrophobia and just how LONG they were down there lol. It was SO BORING to read but I also felt like it was effective! hah
I really want to read a lot more Lian Hearn, hopefully will be able to get to more of her stuff in the near future. 🙂