WWW Wednesday – 9th June 2021

Hi everyone, this is my latest WWW Wednesday blog post where I share:

  • What I’ve finished reading
  • What I’m currently reading
  • What I’m reading next

What I’ve finished

PAPERBACK

What a book!

It was very dark, but very intriguing, and I couldn’t put it down. Full of dueling mages, necromancy, and poisonous thorns, it was a story built on eerie magic and evil kings. Needless to say, I’ve already started King of Thorns.

For my full review, go to https://shaunalawless.com/2021/06/01/book-review-prince-of-thorns-by-mark-lawrence-spoiler-free/

BOOK CLUB

Divided into 6 parts, the bookclub at Fantology read a section of The Priory of the Orange Tree a week. I finished part VI today.

Sadly, this book wasn’t for me.

I don’t really do book reviews for books that I don’t enjoy, and so I won’t do a full book review on my blog. I’ll just add a few thoughts here.

Overall, I found this book to be a little frustrating. Absolutely EPIC in terms of world building. I haven’t read any high fantasy novel quite like this. Set in a Tudor-esque court, there are dragons, wyrms, mages, witches, and dragon-riders. The cast is diverse and full of LGBTQ romance. If this was ever made into a TV series, it would just have so much potential.

Part I was brilliant, however, after that section the story just fell a little flat for me. My main points are that this really should have been a trilogy, as despite it’s hefty size, so much of it felt rushed. Really exciting events felt glazed over and there was a lot of exposition and telling. It was pitched as the “new Game of Thrones” but the story wasn’t complex enough for the comparative and I’d say the novel as a whole was YA rather than adult. I would also say that the language was a little purple for me at times, though that is a matter of taste.

I’m glad I read it. There was lots to inspire here, but overall the negatives meant it wasn’t an enjoyable read for me.

What I’m currently reading

For June, I’ve been doing a readathon with the Shelf Space Server discord group, using various gods and goddesses as a prompt.

These are my current reads.

PAPERBACK – BUDDY READ

As this has a queendom, this is my Hera prompt. I’m about 20% in and enjoying so far. I found the initial concept interesting and K.S Villoso’s prose is sweeping me a long too.

KINDLE

This is my Hestia prompt.

I’m already 1/3 of the way through it – and wow – some of the prose here is just amazing. Jorg is a difficult character to sympathise with a lot of the time, but I still can’t look away. The Prince of Arrow is also a good counter to Jorg. They have an exchange quite early on that has set up the story really well.

AUDIO

I’ve started commuting to work again, so listening to some books via audio.

The Last Mortal Bonds is the last book in the Unhewn Throne trilogy and there is a lot that needs to be done to pull all the plot threads together. I’m really looking forward to finding out how Brian Staveley pulls this off!

A Gwenna POV chapter was just about to start when I got home yesterday, so really looking forward to seeing how she is getting on. She was one of my favourite characters in The Providence of Fire.

What I’m reading next

These are the three books I hope to read by the end of June/start of July. The Empire’s Ruin and the Emperor of Thorns are both sequels to the books I’m currently reading, and of course, I’ve been dying to read the latest book from John Gwynne!

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3 thoughts on “WWW Wednesday – 9th June 2021

    1. I know – I was so excited to read it. It was such a brilliant concept and world. Just the way the story was told didn’t work for me. I think it was rushed really. There was enough story here to make a trilogy and then I think there would have been more time for introspection.

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