I wanted something familiar but new, needing media to fill the heavy air but not having the bandwidth to process anything too close to our current reality. Enter the latest Martha Wells, whose Murderbot books have been easy, light reads without being “fluff.” I‘m listening to the audiobook but got the Kindle sample for the dramatis personae 😏
So not sure I actually liked this. I don‘t want to say much because it‘s my pick for #LMPBC #Round18.
It‘s a heavy epic fantasy that has a lot of politics. It was interesting and I was intrigued but 🤷🏻♀️.
I‘m hoping to mail this out Monday, Tuesday at the latest!
Spent most of the day reading at the park! It was warm but not as humid as it has been, so it was really quite lovely! ☀️🌿📚 Has anyone else read Witch King by Martha Wells? I like her, so I was excited to read this, but it's blowing my expectations right out of the water! It's so fantastic so far!
This week was entirely dedicated to Martha Wells lol. I finished up my Murderbot relisten and absolutely devoured Witch King.
My goal this week is to make a dent in both of my current reads. Pump Six for the eyeballs and RBC to listen to on my commute because it's next month book club pick at work.
I found this absolutely delightful and would love to see more of these characters and their world. There are like three different magic systems but you're not bogged down with the mechanics of it all. I know there's a segment that are buttmad this isn't Murderbot but I found this to be really lovely and will now have to go back and read more of her fantasy books because of it.
Today was the first day this week that the air was clean enough to go outside for a nice long bookish walk! The fires from Canada have caused the air here (and lots of other places too!) to be super polluted and unsafe. 😭 I was going crazy with not being able to come to the park and read/walk so I'm really grateful things started to clear up! 🌿☀️
He‘s no Murderbot but Kai the demon is still a character I could root for as he tries to figure out who assassinated him. Kai inhabits bodies of any gender & his closest companion is a witch seeking her missing wife, so I‘m comfortable calling this a queer novel. The dramatis personae takes 4 minutes at the start of the audiobook but Eric Mok‘s performance makes this elaborate standalone fantasy by Martha Wells easy to follow. #LGBTQ
Finished patchwork trousers, which I made from quilt scraps donated from a friend who is no longer able to sew. I listened to the entire 13-hour tagged audiobook while I worked on them. #audiocrafting #LitsyCrafters
Bk7Continuing on with my recent #BookHaul is the new book from the author of MurderBot.Unlike those, this one is not SciFi but a fantasy novel. Kai-Enna is the Witch King, but he hasn‘t always been, and he hasn‘t always been Kai. After being assassinated, his consciousness was in a water trap until he wakes to find someone trying to steal his power. But why was he imprisoned? What‘s changed in the world since he was murdered? Sounds fascinating.👍
#Illumicrate signed special edition. The end papers are different images. The front & spine have gold foiling. Purple block sprayed edges on top & bottom & purple on purple digitally sprayed long edge. It‘s pretty I
Just signed up for round 18 of #LMPBC!!
This round is a bit different where you have to put a book down and you don‘t really discuss it with your group! (Terrifies me!)
But if you want to read the tagged book with me go sign up for #groupf!
It‘s a google doc this time, so find the link at @suvata ‘s page!
It was our 6th wedding anniversary this weekend. My husband brought me to the bookstore and bought me some books. ☺️☺️
And then scrolling through instagram a bit later and Claire Fuller was apparently at the bookstore around the same time I did. 🤦♀️
LOOT!!! May's Illumicrate haul. The book is beautiful - a new fantasy from the creator of Murderbot. The plant pot is gonna be used for stationary!
Also pictured- bookmark, phone grip and book organiser that I haven't yet figured out how to use! 😆
Fascinating world, complex, shades-of-grey, intriguing, & likable characters & a focused, whodunit story set in a fantasy world. The Witch King wakes to find he was murdered &, collecting a group of friends both new & old, he sets out to find the answers to who & why. This isn‘t a sprawling epic fantasy but rather a story about found family & the lengths to which we go to protect those we love. Different from Murderbot but a good read I enjoyed.
Started this one earlier and Wells just throws you right in. Story is switching between present and the past and right now, a lot of the action is taking place at sea! Yep, another book contributing to my new found love for fantasy stories set at sea—this one following after The Bone Ships and Dark Water Daughter…
I find myself torn. I want my Spec Fic writers to swing for the fences. But while I really enjoy the originality and ambition of the worldbuilding it is too much for a standalone. There were too many characters and important relationships were not given the time to gestate. Now I read the whole thing in a day with ease, so it is not fatally flawed. Just not at the same level as Raksura and Murderbot.
I love this book! Kai wakes up next to his own casket and knows he has been betrayed. He just need to figure out why. Alternating between Kai's past and present, an rich world and incredible magic system are slowly revealed. I loved all the characters and the story that was told.
🎧 Such a clever writer. From tension to laughter. I love Murder Bot, this is not that. This is a complicated entertaining superbly original fantasy epic!
Kai‘s a demon. Demons inhabit members of high families. This gives the families demonic powers & longevity. Why is this killer so likable? Great characters!
Two timelines. The past helps explain the present.
Such a cool premise. The groundwork has been lain for a new series.
This book read like a sequel, where you already know what the world and its inhabitants look like. It took way past the middle of the book until the magic system was "explained".
The first 20% I kept turning back, because I thought I had missed something. Then I just went with it, still thinking I needed more information.
The dual timeline gives some background, but not enough to make up for the missing world-building.
I don‘t know how I didn‘t know this was a thing until today but I didn‘t! And now I do and I am super excited. This is the first fantasy Wells has written in ages and as everything she writes is fantastic—hi Murderbot, I see you ❤️🤖❤️—I imagine this will be too. Murder, magic, and mystery in this new one. What‘s not to love? Publication is 5/30/23. Can. Not. Wait.