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Last year, I started reading The Magician's Guild, but I still haven't finished reading it. Not because I don't enjoy the book! I do. I like the characters and the plot. But I haven't been as interested in reading it. So I started reading Kelly Blanchard's Someday I'll be Redeemed, which I got for Christmas, the other night and I'm about four chapters in so far (the chapters aren't particularly long) and am really enjoying it.

 

What are you guys reading right now?

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I'm excited to start reading again! I'm thinking that after I DLPT I'll reread the first two books of the series for which I got the third book as a Christmas present this year. (Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson; third book is Oathbringer.) I'll also probably try to start one of the Korean fantasy novels I bought in Korea last November to help with language maintenance, but that'll be tough and take some time to get through. (Come to think of it I'll probably finish the Korean graphic novel I started and then stopped because of the crushing weight of homework... that, then a novel.)

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I'm currently reading Sea of Sorrows which is a novelization of lore from the Guild Wars Franchise. Not bad so far and a little less dark than I usually read. Just finished Beyond Redemption which is probably the first book I've ever read that I can say may be too dark even for me. Not gorry, or anything like that. Just the author went a little too "anti-hero" for me. I mean there are so many definitions of anti-hero that this is the first book I've ever read where I could honestly say that just about EVERY character is bad. Everyone knows the assassin turned hero or reluctant retired soldier going to battle one more time tropes but imagine a book of evil sorcerers vs henchmen and assassins basically killing everyone and anything in their path in an attempt to hurt the other. I mean literally, all of the main characters go around killing people for pretty much no reason and by the end, you really don't care that they are all dead. Even though one has a final "redemption" moment at the very end, and by the end I mean like the last couple of pages. Very mind altering to be in the head of people who are basically there to manipulate and kill everyone around them for almost 500 pages. But I guess that was the point. Definitely, the epitome of grim-dark but honestly may have gone too far for even me.

 

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I'm finishing up A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula Le Guin for the Worldsmyth's Book Club. And I'm also about to finish The Great Railway Bazaar by Paul Theroux. Got a pretty long list of fantasy books to get to once I start my holiday on Wednesday.

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Today, the books I have to read are:

 

* Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

 

* The Land that Time Forgot by Edgar Rice Burroughs

 

* Cryptozoica by Mark Ellis (it's a self-published sci-fi/adventure book you can find on Amazon's Kindle Store)

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I just finished The Sacred Band by David Anthony Durham, the third book in what turned out to be a pretty mediocre fantasy trilogy (I was going to do a review on here, but I don't know if I want to expend any more energy on those books) and IT by Stephen King. Not sure yet what I want to read next.

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I'm reading something outside fantasy. Blackbirds by Chuck Wendig. Full of profanity, but gritty characters and interesting concept. I'm over half way listening to The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson (man it's a big book!). And I'm slowly getting through Good Omens (I'm going to assume you know who wrote it, it's a classic).

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I'm just about halfway through Someday I'll Be Redeemed. After that I'll probably read Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay.

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^ Aaah, I hope you enjoy Tigana - I really liked it! :D Let us know here when you get to it and what you think of it!

 

I've just blasted through book 1 and book 2 of Sarah J. Maas's A Court of Thorns and Roses series. It's YA fantasy, which I haven't really read in a long time because I got all arrogant and thought that it's not "proper fantasy". A friend who loves YA kept recommending it to me and so I thought I'd give it a try and I got to eat some humble pie when I realised that I had a lot of fun reading it. The first book is a bit wishy-washy in parts and definitely is light reading, but I felt that the second book is already a lot more developed. In particular, I've liked that there are some stronger female characters and there are also male characters that support these strong female characters and don't come off as being weaklings for supporting women (and they're good examples of strong male characters in their own right I feel - obviously very handsome too but I guess that's part of the cliche of having fairies and mortals). I feel like some parts are a bit forced or cliche or worn out, but overall it's a fun, light series and I'll admit that I personally like to read some good old romance stories every now and again (and it's fantasy since it has fairies and magic!).

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I read Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff last week, did it in about 20 hours, it's the sequel to one of my favourite books Nevernight. Loving that author so much, and his humour is awesome. Lots of grittiness, sarcasm, and I was left with a WHAT?!

 

I also have a pile of books to read including; Rivers of London, Mageborn, Left hand of god, blue moon rising, and I need to finish "What really happens if you get swallowed by a whale, are shot from a cannon, or go barreling over niagara... and then you are dead"

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I am currently working on a reread of the Wheel of Time series. I've read the first ~7 many times but the last three only once each. I didn't reread the first 11 books though, I went through and read Leigh Butler's Wheel of Time reread on the Tor website, she gives good commentary on the series as she reads it, I've learned a lot. https://www.tor.com/series/wot-reread/ Here is the link.

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Nothing at the moment, but I just finished up Brian McClellan's Powder Mage trilogy. Really good flintlock fantasy. :) I'll probably be starting in on the first two volumes of the White Sand graphic novel soon.

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I am fiiiiinally catching up on Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson (third book in his The Stormlight Archive series! I'm almost 50% through and am enjoying it a lot (although there are some annoying parts, but so far not as many as I found in Words of Radiance - probably because two characters that I love but I find annoying when they interact don't really interact in this book). I think there are so many Brandon Sanderson fans we need to have a Brandon Sanderson topic! I'd love to hear what people think about where he's going with The Stormlight Archive! :D

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I am fiiiiinally catching up on Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson (third book in his The Stormlight Archive series!

 

Aaaaahhhh, I loved that book so much!!! Seriously, it was great. We should totally have a Brandon Sanderson topic!

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I finally finished reading Someday I'll Be Redeemed like two weeks ago. Now I'm attempting to read Truithwitch, though I haven't actually started reading yet.

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Oh hey, I just got Truthwitch! Haven't read it yet; I'm still rereading The Way of Kings

Haha, that's awesome! We can make a discussion post for it and then compare notes as we read/after we read! :P

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I am reading Rivers of London but I am finding it hard, and my mum has leant me Handmaid's Tale so I might just read that first.

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I've been spending waaaay too much time on Wattpad reading werewolf stories, because... braincandy. (Brainpringles? I can never read just one...  :D)

 

I have a giant pile of To Be Reads that I really should read (or reread) and a bunch of ebooks & books on writing that fall into the piles. I just never seem to have enough time to get it all done! :p

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So many fascinating book titles! Yikes!

 

I just picked up the first book in a series called The Legend of the Ice People, by Margit Sandemo, and I'm in love love love. It's not exactly fantasy, but more historical stories littered somewhat with magical/fantastical elements. I'm also reading like 3 other books at the same time, but they fall outside the fantasy category. But perhaps one can classify books read for university as fantasy? ...ehehehe :))))

 

Next up I want to read Circe by Madeline Miller, and I'm waiting for a non-fantasy book from an old teacher of mine, Orchid and the Wasp by Caoilinn Hughes (shameless promotion, hello). And I have the Way of Kings/Stormlight Archives series by Sanderson waiting for me at my mum's place (my student-room is way to small for all my books  :'()

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And I have the Way of Kings/Stormlight Archives series by Sanderson waiting for me at my mum's place (my student-room is way to small for all my books  )

Yes! Stormlight is an amazing series!

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