Looking Forward

There are some sequels and next installments in fantasy series I enjoy that I’m really looking forward to reading in the early months of 2016 and will hopefully be reviewing once I’ve got my hands on them so I just wanted to lay three of them out! There will probably be more posts like this because 2016 is looking like a great year for fantasy!

1.) Daughter of Blood – Helen Lowe

The third book in the Wall Of Night series is due out January 28th (TOMORROW) and I almost cannot contain my excitement. This series is one of my all-time favourites with fantastic world-building and multi-faceted characters. I have a synopsis of the series as a whole in my Top Ten so head over there for a more general view but this installment follows Malian and Kalan as they turn for home, racing the rising tide of Swarm influence in a desperate bid to save a people that despise what they are.

2.) A Gathering of Shadows – V. E. Schwab

The second book from Victoria Schwab about her fascinating    world of four Londons. The first book,  A Darker Shade of Magic  introduced Kell and Lila and a world divided in four including a  city where magic is revered and celebrated, a  despairing city that  has forgotten the magic it once held, a vicious city where magic is  murdered for and a forgotten city that proves an example of the  potential danger magic can bring. This book will be published Feb  23rd and explores the aftermath of the events of the first book as  the dangerous Black London wakes from its enforced slumber and  the effects are felt across all it’s sister cities.

3.) The Rose and the Dagger – Renee Ahdieh

Another sequel, this time to the 1001 Arabian nights retelling, The Wrath and the Dawn. The first book was vibrant and fast-paced and definitely left me wanting more! Following the guidelines of the classic tale, Ahdieh tells the story of a cursed Caliph who must kill each wife he marries on their wedding night, until he weds Shahrzad and all hell breaks lose. There were some cliches in the first book but the passion and adrenaline carries the reader through those and I’m excited for the last book in this duology. I’m also very excited that it IS a duology and breaks the endless cycle of triologies that has dominated fantasy. ALSO also, look at the beautiful cover! This book is due May 3rd and I can’t wait.



I have attempted, on numerous occasions, to start a book review blog and failed because I read a book … and then I read another one … and then I read about 10 on the trot and when it comes back to reviewing the first I need to reread it and the whole vicious cycle starts all over again! Hopefully this time I’ll find a system that works and finally succeed in reviewing a book before starting the next.

For the most part I read children’s lit, YA and fantasy but I’m also a crime, sports biography and classic literature fan. To be honest if a book catches my attention I don’t care what genre it has been assigned! I’ve been a member of my home library since I was two years old and started reading soon after that. My love of books stretches across various aspects of the industry; I have MAs in Publishing and English Literature and so my reviews mightn’t always focus solely on the content of the book. For example, I’m interested in cover choice and exploring the identity of the intended audience. But have no fear the book will still be the focus!

Anyway that’s enough rambling from me, hopefully my first post will be along shortly!

– Ruth