Wednesday 25 March 2020

Book Series: The ones I want to finish

Continuing from a previous post, today we are talking about the book series that I want to read and especially the ones that I already have on my selves. There are of course many more that are on my TBR but we will talk about them another time.

Let's start in no particular order

The Winternight Trilogy by Katherine Arden

This trilogy consists of three books:
1. The Bear and the nightingale, which I have read and really liked (review here)
2. The Girl in the tower
3. The Winter of the witch

The series is inspired by Russian folklore.

Here is the synopsis of the first book:
At the edge of the Russian wilderness, winter lasts most of the year and the snowdrifts grow taller than houses. But Vasilisa doesn't mind—she spends the winter nights huddled around the embers of a fire with her beloved siblings, listening to her nurse's fairy tales. Above all, she loves the chilling story of Frost, the blue-eyed winter demon, who appears in the frigid night to claim unwary souls. Wise Russians fear him, her nurse says, and honor the spirits of house and yard and forest that protect their homes from evil.
After Vasilisa's mother dies, her father goes to Moscow and brings home a new wife. Fiercely devout, city-bred, Vasilisa's new stepmother forbids her family from honoring the household spirits. The family acquiesces, but Vasilisa is frightened, sensing that more hinges upon their rituals than anyone knows.
And indeed, crops begin to fail, evil creatures of the forest creep nearer, and misfortune stalks the village. All the while, Vasilisa's stepmother grows ever harsher in her determination to groom her rebellious stepdaughter for either marriage or confinement in a convent.
As danger circles, Vasilisa must defy even the people she loves and call on dangerous gifts she has long concealed—this, in order to protect her family from a threat that seems to have stepped from her nurse's most frightening tales. 

Stalking Jack the Ripper series by Kerri Maniscalco

This one consists of four books:
1. Stalking Jack the Ripper, which I am currently reading
2. Hunting Prince Dracula
3. Escaping from Houdini
4. Capturing the Devil

The books are for young adult readers and they are a blend of historical fiction and mystery as Audrey Rose Wadsworth and Thomas Cresswell investigate.

Here is the synopsis of the first book:
Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord's daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life.
Against her stern father's wishes and society's expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle's laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world.

An Ember in the Ashes series by Sabaa Tahir

It consists of four books:
1. An Ember in the Ashes, which I am currently reading
2. A Torch Against the Night
3. A Reaper at the Gates
4. A Sky Beyond the Storm, which comes out on December 1st 2020

It's a young adult fantasy book about Elias and Laia.

Here is the synopsis of the first book:
Laia is a slave. Elias is a soldier. Neither is free.
Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.
It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.
But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.
There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.

The Witcher series by Andrzej Sapkowski

The series consists of eight books with the first one to be The Last Wish which is the one that the TV series follows. The books became famous with the video game and lately with the Netflix TV show.

Here is the synopsis of the first book:
Geralt of Rivia is a Witcher, a man whose magic powers and lifelong training have made him a brilliant fighter and a merciless assassin.
Yet he is no ordinary killer: he hunts the vile fiends that ravage the land and attack the innocent.
But not everything monstrous-looking is evil; not everything fair is good . . . and in every fairy tale there is a grain of truth.

A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R. R. Martin

This is the famous book series that the famous HBO TV show is based on. It consists of five books so far and there are two more that we expect them to be published sometime in the future.

Here is the synopsis of the first book, A Game of Thrones:
Long ago, in a time forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons out of balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. The cold is returning, and in the frozen wastes to the north of Winterfell, sinister and supernatural forces are massing beyond the kingdom’s protective Wall. At the center of the conflict lie the Starks of Winterfell, a family as harsh and unyielding as the land they were born to. Sweeping from a land of brutal cold to a distant summertime kingdom of epicurean plenty, here is a tale of lords and ladies, soldiers and sorcerers, assassins and bastards, who come together in a time of grim omens.
Here an enigmatic band of warriors bear swords of no human metal; a tribe of fierce wildlings carry men off into madness; a cruel young dragon prince barters his sister to win back his throne; and a determined woman undertakes the most treacherous of journeys. Amid plots and counterplots, tragedy and betrayal, victory and terror, the fate of the Starks, their allies, and their enemies hangs perilously in the balance, as each endeavors to win that deadliest of conflicts: the game of thrones.

Let's see how many of these books I will manage to read in 2020.
Any predictions?

See you in the next post and don't forget to keep reading!!!

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