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.
Sheepfarmer’s Daughter by Elizabeth Moon
Paksenarrion — Paks for short — is somebody special. She knows it, even if nobody else does yet. No way will she follow her father’s orders to marry the pig farmer down the road. She’s off to join the army, even if it means she can never see her family again.
And so her adventure begins… the adventure that transforms her into a hero remembered in songs, chosen by the gods to restore a lost ruler to his throne.
Here is her tale as she lived it.
I have this and one sequel. I’m on the fence about these because it’s one that everyone talks about and I might like it. But on the other hand I am feeling ambivalent about it. What do you think? UNDECIDED
Green Rider by Kristen Britain
On her long journey home from school after a fight which will surely lead to her expulsion, Karigan G’ladheon ponders her future as she trudges through the immense forest called Green Cloak. But her thoughts are interrupted by the clattering of hooves as a galloping horse bursts from the woods, the rider slumped over his mount’s neck, impaled by two black-shafted arrows. As the young man lies dying on the road, he tells Karigan that he is a Green Rider, one of the legendary messengers of the king, and that he bears a “life and death” message for King Zachary. He begs Karigan to carry his message, warning her not to read it, and when she reluctantly agrees, he makes her swear on his sword to complete his mission “for love of country.” As he bestows upon her the golden winged-horse brooch which is the symbol of his office, he whispers on his dying breath, “Beware the shadow man…”
Karigan’s promise changes her life forever. Pursued by unknown assassins, following a path only her horse seems to know, and accompanied by the silent specter of the original messenger, she herself becomes a legendary Green Rider. Caught up in a world of deadly danger and complex magic, compelled by forces she cannot understand, Karigan is hounded by dark beings bent on seeing that the message, and its reluctant carrier, never reach their destination.
I really want to read this one, I’ve heard the first book is especially good. I even have a really nice hardcover I got from my friend a while back in that huge haul from his comic shop. KEEP
Goblin Hero by Jim C. Hines
After barely surviving an adventure he never wanted, the scrawny little nearsighted goblin called Jig is now known as Jig Dragonslayer, and has the power of healing, thanks to the forgotten god he worships. But being a hero isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Not when the goblin leader wants him dead, and everyone else actually expects him to keep doing heroic-and incredibly dangerous-things.
I picked this up because Jim is an awesome person on the internet but I don’t really have much interest in reading it. So I’ll let it go and hopefully it will find a nice home. PURGE
Son of Avonar by Carol Berg
Magic is forbidden throughout the Four Realms. For decades, sorcerers and those associating with them were hunted to near extinction.
But Seri, a Leiran noblewoman living in exile, is no stranger to defying the unjust laws of her land. She is sheltering a wanted fugitive who possesses unusual abilities-a fugitive with the fate of the realms in his hands…
Pretty much any of Carol Berg’s books I find in my TBR I’m going to keep because she’s really become one of my favorite authors. Sure she puts her characters through hell but that’s part of the fun. 🙂 KEEP
Wise Child by Monica Furlong
In a remote Scottish village, nine-year-old Wise Child is taken in by Juniper, a healer and sorceress. Then Wise Child’s mother, Maeve, a black witch, reappears. In choosing between Maeve and Juniper, Wise Child discovers the extent of her supernatural powers—and her true loyalties.
I picked this one up at a used bookstore I think, a while back. A couple of my friends have said they like it and it’s a pretty short book. On the other hand I’m not sure if I’m super interested in it or not. Can’t make up my mind on this one. UNDECIDED
That’s all for now! This brings my total count to:
Several in the undecided pile this time around, any help with these would be apprecaited, haha. What do you think about my choices here? Anything you’d do differently? Leave a note in the comments, I’d love to chat!