It’s Monday, which means it’s time to gaze into my crystal ball once more and see what my Wyrd and Wonderful companions have been up to this past week.
I’m not just gaining books for my TBR this year, I’m learning about so many exciting new authors – it’s another eclectic set of reviews this week!
- CHITRA BANERJEE DIVAKARUNI – The Palace of Illusions | My World of Books
- H L BURKE – To Court a Queen | Jorie Loves a Story
- BRYAN CAMP – Gather the Fortunes | Pages Below The Vaulted Sky
- EMERALD DODGE – Sea of Lost Souls | Jorie Loves a Story
- SARAH GAILEY – Magic for Liars | The Bibliophibian
- SEAN GRIGSBY – Ash Kickers | Mug Full of Books
- CHRISTINE LYNN HERMAN – The Devouring Gray | Falling Letters
- ROBERT E HOWARD – The Savage Tales of Solomon Kane | Every Day Should be Tuesday
- ANNA JAMES – Tilly and the Book Wanderers | A Dance with Books
- DANIELLE L JENSEN – Dark Shores | Lynn’s Books
- J C KANG – Thorn of the Night Blossoms | Rockstarlit Book Asylum
- JAY KRISTOFF – Nevernight | Pages Below The Vaulted Sky
- MERCEDES LACKEY (ed) – The Nebula Awards Showcase 2016 | Jorie Loves a Story
- MARK LAWRENCE – Red Sister | Realms of My Mind
- FONDA LEE – Jade City | Realms of My Mind
- CLAIRE LEGRAND – Kingsbane | Reader Voracious
- GABRIEL GARCÍA MÁRQUEZ – One Hundred Years of Solitude | Beth’s Bookish Thoughts
- SEANAN McGUIRE – Middlegame | Space and Sorcery | Books, Bones & Buffy
- REBECCA PODOS – The Wise and the Wicked | Falling Letters
- TIM POWERS – Declare | Beth’s Bookish Thoughts
- REBECCA ROANHORSE – Trail of Lightning | A Dance with Books | The Bibliophibian
- REBECCA SCHAEFFER – Not Even Bones | Susy’s Cozy World
- SAMANTHA SHANNON – The Priory of the Orange Tree | I Have Thoughts On Books
- SUKANYA VENKATRAGHAVAN (ed) – Magical Women | My World of Books
- JO WALTON – Tooth and Claw | BookForager
- NANCY WARREN – Fair Isle and Fortune | Way Too Fantasy
- JEN WILLIAMS – The Copper Cat trilogy | A Dance with Books
- PHIL WILLIAMS – Blue Angel | Space and Sorcery
…plus a collection of mini-reviews from Beth’s Bookish Thoughts on Monstress Vol 3 and House of Whispers, and a spotlight on Kathryn Knight’s The Haunting of Hillwood Farm from Jorie Loves a Story. Last but not least, Lisa spotlighted Vivian Shaw’s new Greta Helsing book Grave Importance for Can’t Wait Wednesday at Way Too Fantasy, and Jess(ticulates) put Trudi Canavan’s The Magicians’ Guild front and centre for some Shelf Control.
We’ve had much discussion of Game of Thrones as the show came to its controversial end (I haven’t seen any of this season yet, so please – no comments on this post):
- Discussions with all the spoilers | Perfectly Tolerable | Every Day Should be Tuesday | Bookish Muggle
- Spoiler-free retrospective and poll | Space and Sorcery
- Who inspired the women of Game of Thrones? | Jessticulates
The Wyrd and Wonder Challenge
In this week’s Challenge:
- Beth has tackled the next ten prompts in her Blog Tag Challenge at Beth’s Bookish Thoughts
- Lisa made it a Friday Favourite Five for Unreal Locations at Way Too Fantasy, Mervi contributed a brilliant mix of fantasy settings, and Paul Harrap reminded me how much I really want to rewatch Mirrormask
- A good magic system can make or break a fantasy novel – Zezee with Books and Caitlin of Realms of My Mind celebrated theirs
Check out #WyrdAndWonder on Instagram for near-daily Challenge responses!
The fireside discussions are flowing freely. Nikki reflected on what fantasy means to them at The Bibliophibian, while Jess(ticulates) mulled over why we love Victorian era fantasy. D P Woolliscroft guest posted at Rockstarlit Book Asylum to talk about the world-building for his upcoming novel Ioth: City of Lights. Kal invited debut author Liz Kerin over for a chat at Reader Voracious. Anouk took some time out to celebrate some unusual fantasy creatures – and asked just how dangerous they are…
Okay – ready for the weekly siege of your TBR? No? There’s been a lot of amazing recommendations this week, so you’d best duck for cover – INCOMING!
Brand new to fantasy and not sure where to start? Annemieke has some excellent tips at A Dance with Books. Looking for a stand-alone fantasy? Ash has you covered at Bookish Muggle, and if she can’t convince you, Beth has some more suggestions at Beth’s Bookish Thoughts! Quite happy for it to have a sequel? Head on over to Mousai Books, where Dani is sharing her second batch of fantasy recommendations. Missing your dragon fix now Game of Thrones is over? Zezee with Books has what you’re looking for. That said, HP has a lot more to say about what might cure your Game of Thrones hangover at Every Day Should Be Tuesday.
Top Ten Tuesdays (now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl) have been a riot throughout Wyrd and Wonder as we’ve forged our our fantastic paths. Last week, Lisa celebrated her favourite witches and wizards at Dear Geek Place, while I got enthusiastic about awesome fantasy debuts here at There’s Always Room for One More. Tammy decided ten wasn’t enough, and highlighted eighteen upcoming fantasy debuts at Books, Bones & Buffy. Annemieke let the artwork do the talking with a top ten fantasy covers. Zezee took Wyrd and Wonder to Top 5 Tuesday (hosted by Shanah, the Bionic Bookworm) to warn you about some unputdownable fantasy reads.
What’s that? You thought it was safe to go back atop the walls? Ha! Kal has been looking ahead at Reader Voracious to some amazing releases coming out in June… Caitlin is celebrating fantasy/scifi mash-ups at Realms of My Mind.
Looking to get your nose out of a book? Deanna wants to talk to you about playing Witcher 3 (which sounds as epic as trying to read your TBR).
Lynn now hosts the Friday Face-off (created by Books by Proxy) at Lynn’s Books and it was a celebration of magical artefacts this week! Brittany at Perfectly Tolerable, Tammy at Books, Bones & Buffy, and Lynn herself had a ball. It was a busy Friday – Brittany wants to know if you can spot the opening line for First Lines Friday (hosted by Wandering Words) and First Impression Friday (created by J.W. Martin).
Our read-alongs are more or less over, with the Trail of Lightning discussions now complete and the final The Ninth Rain discussion on Thursday. It’s been emotional, and I sense a lot of people keen to steam on with some sequels!
Trail of Lightning
- Lisa at Dear Geek Place | Week One | Week Two | Week Three | Week Four
- imyril at There’s Always Room For One More | Week One | Week Two | Week Three | Week Four
- Nikki at The Bibliophibian | Week One | Week Two | Week Three | Review
- Ash at Bookish Muggle | Review
- Annemieke at A Dance with Books | Review
The Ninth Rain
- Lisa at Dear Geek Place | Week One | Week Two | Week Three
- Jason at Off the TBR | Week One | Week Two | Week Three
- imyril at There’s Always Room For One More | Week One | Week Two | Week Three
- Nikki the Bibliophibian | Week One | Week Two
- Sarah at Dragons and Zombies | Week One | Week Two
- Mayri at BookForager | Week One and Two
In case you’ve forgotten…
- Tammy has a copy of Robert Jackson Bennett’s Foundryside to give away – but hurry, this closes tomorrow. US ONLY
- Deanna will send one lucky winner a book of their choice (up to $25) from the Book Depository. Enter using the Rafflecopter before May 31st
- Zezee is offering a book of the winner’s choice (up to $30) from the Book Depository. Enter using the Rafflecopter before May 31st
- Nikki is gifting a copy of one of the books they read this month via the Book Depository. Enter using the Rafflecopter before May 31st
- Plus Nikki has bonus prizes for Habitica users!
- Five gems for one hero who takes part in The Ninth Rain read-along and completes the tasks on Habitica.
- Five more gems are on offer for a winner who takes part in the Trail of Lightning read-along and completes the associated tasks on Habitica
- Kathy has 10 copies of Gather the Fortunes by Bryan Camp to give away (open internationally)! Enter using Rafflecopter before mid-June
One last thing
As ever, if I’ve missed you in the Quest Log, my apologies. Remember to update the Master Schedule or leave a comment here and I’ll happily include you in the final round-up next Monday (yes, of course there’s room for one more – isn’t there always?)