Hi guys, I hope you are all well. Once again it’s time for another monthly wrap up, in which I talk about all the books I’ve read in the past month. I had a pretty mixed month; I applied for a job that I really wanted but I didn’t get it which was a real bummer and it’s taken me a while to get my head around some of the stuff in my new distance learning course. It’s on the anatomy of dogs and cats but it’s been quite a few years since I’ve studied biology so I’m slowly getting my head around it. On the upside I did get to see the musical, Hamilton, for the second time, which was fantastic once again. In terms of reading, I only read four books this month. I was feeling quite low for a while so I wasn’t really in the mood for reading for part of the month. One of the books I read went straight onto my favourites list though. Let’s get started with the mini reviews.
The Black Guard / book 1 of the Long War series / A. J. Smith /★★
Unfortunately this one just didn’t work for me. In many ways this is a good book but I wasn’t invested in the characters or story. Due to this, the plot dragged and I had to push myself to finish. The pacing was uneven at times. One thing that did bug me a little was the excessive use of swearing. Now I swear a fair amount myself so I don’t mind swearing in books but in this one it just seemed a little unnecessary. I won’t be continuing with this series.
The Poison Song / book 3 of the Winnowing Flame trilogy / Jen Williams / ★★★★
This is the third and final book in the Winnowing Flame trilogy. I’ve loved the first two books in the trilogy so I had high hopes for this one and it did not disappoint. Once again the character development was great and the story is as gripping as it was in the first two books. I will have a full review of this up soon, so keep an eye out for that.
Age of War / book 3 of the Legend of the First Empire / Michael J. Sullivan /★★★★
This is a fantastic instalment to this fantasy series. I find Sullivan’s books so easy and entertaining to read. It was great to be back with these characters and I loved their development in this instalment. The story was compelling throughout and it took a few unexpected turns. I cannot wait to continue this series. Also I love the covers of this series.
The Sword of Kaigen / M. L. Wang /★★★★★
Basically this book is fantastic and I highly recommend checking it out. It is a self-published, Japanese inspired, high fantasy standalone with a fantastic cast of characters and a compelling story. Check out my full review here.
Once again, I’m not setting myself a TBR for this month, but I do have a few books that I hope to get to soon. These include Stardust by Neil Gaiman, Children of Ruin by Adrian Tchaikovsky, Grey Sister by Mark Lawrence, White Chrysanthemum by Mary Lynn Bracht and Free Food for Millionaires by Min Jin Lee. There are just too many books I want to read :). Have you guys read any of the books I mentioned? I’d love to know what you thought. I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.