January TBR

Happy New Year everyone! I’m excited to start the year off with some awesome reads. What are you reading this month? Have you read any of these – if so, what did you think?

Top three I’m most excited about…

The Unspoken Name
A. K. Larkwood (Tor, Feb 2021)

Csorwe was raised by a death cult steeped in old magic. And on her fourteenth birthday, she’ll be sacrificed to their god. But as she waits for the end, she’s offered a chance to escape her fate. A sorcerer wants her as his assistant, sword-hand and assassin. As this involves her not dying that day, she accepts.

Csorwe spends years living on a knife-edge, helping her master hunt an artefact which could change many worlds. Then comes the day she’s been dreading. They encounter Csorwe’s old cult – seeking the same magical object – and Csorwe is forced to reckon with her past. She also meets Shuthmili, the war-mage who’ll change her future.

If she’s to survive, Csorwe must evade her enemies, claim the artefact and stop the death cult once and for all. As she plunges from one danger to the next, the hunt is on…

Lone Rider: The First British Woman to Motorcycle Around the World
Elspeth Beard (Michael O’Mara, 2018)

In 1982, at the age of just twenty-three and halfway through her architecture studies, Elspeth Beard left her family and friends in London and set off on a 35,000-mile solo adventure around the world on her 1974 BMW R60/6.

Reeling from a recent breakup and with only limited savings from her pub job, a tent, a few clothes and some tools, all packed on the back of her bike, she was determined to prove herself. She had ridden bikes since her teens and was well travelled. But nothing could prepare her for what lay ahead.

When she returned to London nearly two and a half years later she was stones lighter and decades wiser. She’d ridden through unforgiving landscapes and countries ravaged by war, witnessed civil uprisings that forced her to fake documents, and fended off sexual attacks, biker gangs and corrupt police convinced she was trafficking drugs. She’d survived life-threatening illnesses, personal loss and brutal accidents that had left permanent scars and a black hole in her memory. And she’d fallen in love with two very different men.

The Ruthless Lady’s Guide to Wizardry
C.M. Waggoner (Ace, Jan 2021)

Hard-drinking petty thief Dellaria Wells is down on her luck in the city of Leiscourt — again. Then she sees a want ad for a female bodyguard, and she fast-talks her way into the high-paying job. Along with a team of other women, she’s meant to protect a rich young lady from mysterious assassins. At first Delly thinks the danger is exaggerated, but a series of attacks shows there’s much to fear. Then she begins to fall for Winn, one of the other bodyguards, and the women team up against a mysterious, magical foe who seems to have allies everywhere.

The full list…

The Ruthless Lady’s Guide to Wizardry, C.M. Waggoner (14 Jan)

The Brass Queen, Elizabeth Chatsworth (12 Jan)

The Goblin Emperor, Katherine Addison

Five Go Adventuring Again, and Five Run Away Together, Enid Blyton

The Cure of Souls, Phil Rickman

Lone Rider: The First British Woman to Motorcycle Around the World, Elspeth Beard

Ace of Shades, Amanda Foody

Graceling, Kristin Cashore

Grey Sister, Mark Lawrence

The Unspoken Name, A. K. Larkwood

The Once and Future Witches, Alix E. Harrow

The Year of the Witching, Alexis Henderson

A Del of a Life, David Jason

What are you reading this month? Have you read any of my TBR?

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