TBR Shelf Cleanup #23

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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.

Taliesin by Stephen R. Lawhead

Taliesin_coverIt was a time of legend, when the last shadows of the mighty Roman conqueror faded from the captured Isle of Britain. While across a vast sea, bloody war shattered a peace that had flourished for two thousand years in the doomed kingdom of Atlantis.

Taliesin is the remarkable adventure of Charis, the Atlantean princess who escaped the terrible devastation of her homeland, and of the fabled seer and druid prince Taliesin, singer at the dawn of the age. It is the story of an incomparable love that joined two worlds amid the fires of chaos, and spawned the miracles of Merlin…and Arthur the king.

I’m not sure at all why I picked this one up except that a whiiiiiile ago I was on a bit of an Arthurian kick and I may have went on a book buying frenzy. Not really interested this one anymore though. I have this one and one sequel and they can both go. PURGE

The Summer Tree by Guy Gavriel Kay

the_summer_tree_coverFive men and women find themselves flung into the magical land of Fionavar, First of all Worlds. They have been called there by the mage Loren Silvercloak, and quickly find themselves drawn into the complex tapestry of events. For Kim, Paul, Kevin, Jennifer and Dave all have their own part to play in the coming battle against the forces of evil led by the fallen god Rakoth Maugrim and his dark hordes.

Guy Gavriel Kay’s classic epic fantasy plays out on a truly grand scale, and has already been delighting fans of imaginative fiction for twenty years.

I keep wanting to read more Guy Gavriel Kay! I loved Tigana and was bored by another of his books, but I think you really have to be in the mood for Kay to enjoy him (at least for me). Even though I may not get around to this one…going to hang on to it for now. KEEP

Song in the Silence by Elizabeth Kerner

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Lanen Kaelar has spent her life being told just how wrongheaded and foolish she is by her entire family. When Lanen’s father dies, she chooses to leave her abusive relatives and search out the great dragons she has always dreamed of, though she knows what she seeks may not be real.

But those who hold true power know that prophecies have been told of Lanen Kaelar since before her birth. They fear the destiny she may fulfill, the mysteries she may unravel–and the strange and terrifying love she may find on the legendary Dragon Isle.

I….don’t remember picking this one up at all? Where did this book come from? That being said, it sounds kind of good so I think I’ll keep it, maybe I’ll pick it up at some point? Not sure…  UNDECIDED

Lord of Snow and Shadows by Sarah Ash

lord_of_snow_and_shadows_coverRaised by his protective mother in the sunny clime of the south, Gavril Andar knows nothing of his father—or the ominous legacy that awaits him. But his innocence is about to be shattered. The man who ruled the wintry kingdom of Azhkendir, a man infused with the burning blood of the dragon-warrior known as Drakhaoul, has been murdered by his enemies. It is his fiery, chameleonlike blood that pulses through Gavril’s veins. The news is Gavril’s first taste of death—but it will not be his last. For blood is the liquid that seals his fate.

Expected by clan warriors from the north to avenge his father’s murder—and still his unquiet ghost—Gavril is kidnapped. He soon learns that becoming Drakhaon means not only ascending to the throne of Azhkendir but changing, in subtle ways at first, into a being of extraordinary power and might. A being that must be replenished with the blood of innocents in order to survive. Ensconced in Kastel Drakhaon with no means of escape from the icebound kingdom, and carefully watched by neighboring rulers waiting to move against him, the untested Gavril must fight to retain his human heart and soul in the face of impending war—and the dark instincts that threaten to overpower him.

Man and beast, spymaster and insurgent, nature and the netherworld–all collide in phenomenal twists and turns. A masterwork of adventure fantasy, Lord of Snow and Shadows will leave you stunned—and longing for more.

I don’t remember picking this one up either! I think I may have picked it up at one of the local used book stores that I love because I’ll often seen things I’d never heard of and pick them up. I have the two sequels as well. Think I’ll hold onto these because they seem pretty intriguing! KEEP

Song of the Beast by Carol Berg

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Brutal imprisonment has broken Aidan McAllister. Once the most famous musician of his generation, celebrated as a man beloved of the gods, his voice is now silent, his hands ruined, his music that offered beauty and hope to war-torn Elyria destroyed. Even the god who nurtured his talent since boyhood has abandoned him. But no one ever told him his crime. To discover the truth, he must risk his hard-bought freedom to unlock the mind of his god and the heart of his enemy.

I absolutely LOVE Carol Berg. Over the last several years she’s become one of my favorite writers. A while back I went and bought a bunch of her back list and I’ve slowly been reading through them. This one is definitely a keeper for me. KEEP

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

Keep Purge Undecided
175 54 33

Not bad, not bad. Made some progress at least even though I have some keepers in the pile this week. What do you think about my choices here? Anything you’d do differently? Leave a note in the comments, I’d love to chat!

11 thoughts on “TBR Shelf Cleanup #23

  1. Captain's Quarters says:

    The song of silence interested me cause dragons. I went to Goodreads to check out the reviews. Is a) a series; and b) the crew reviews are not so good. So I am not going to add it to me list. Me favourite review (cause I just had to share it):

    “So I believe I bought this book over 2 years ago…maybe more. I got about 1/4 in..stopped because the plot was going nowhere and the sugary, over the top language was giving me a headache. HOWEVER, I love dragons and dragon-related books so told myself I’d get back to it…hehehe…Forgot about it until I was browsing my Kindle and realized I never finished the book. I tried starting again from where I left off…and again I was bored to tears…This is like the dragon-version of Twilight but without the sparkles…Seriously, I couldn’t take it..and I love dragons..they make me smile…but not even dragons could make me like this book.

    Though there are lots of positive reviews of love too. Just thought ye should know. Arrrr!
    x The Captain

  2. NB says:

    Fionavar is well worth the read. It was Kay’s first published work, coming off years of working with the Tolkien estate, and it’s pure epic/portal fantasy, more traditionally accessible than the literary historical fantasy he’s written since.

    • waytoofantasy says:

      Carol Berg has become one of my favorite authors over the last few years. I love her Lighthouse Duet as well as her Rai Ki’rah trilogy (Transformation is SUCH a great book). Highly recommend trying her stuff if you get the chance. 🙂

  3. @lynnsbooks says:

    Ohh, Lord of Snow and Shadows has been on my wishlist for a while – recommended by a trusted blogger. I must go and take another look at that one – there is every possibility that I bought a copy as well and have forgotten.
    Lynn 😀

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