I was determined to catch up on reviews, but it’s much too hard at the moment so I’m doing a review tag instead. The 5 Star Books In 5 Words tag (originally created by Matthew Sciarappa) has been a huge fave this Wyrd and Wonder, so about time I joined in, right?
So, how does this work?
- Choose 5 books that you awarded 5 stars (I’m sticking to fantasy for Wyrd and Wonder)
- Pick 5 words to describe why you love each book
- No explanations, no context! …so some of the words may make no sense if you haven’t read the book yet
As I said back in SciFiMonth, it takes a lot to get 5 stars out of me – although it has happened a lot more regularly recently in my fantasy reading, apparently as there have been 5 this year! After that I’m reaching back to last Wyrd and Wonder and beyond… but I’ll stick with the five most recent reads today.
I went all out to make my five words into a sentence and my inner snark took over, so I ended up with two (although they’re definitely more plot summaries than reviews – although they capture the key theme I loved them for, so maybe that counts?)
The Ten Thousand Doors of January – Alix E Harrow
The right words transcend worlds
(Be more temerarious. Open doors)
Realm of Ash – Tasha Suri
Confront the past with love
(Don’t believe everything you’re told)
Silver in the Wood – Emily Tesh
Local legend beguiles new landlord
(New landlord beguiles local legend)
The Bone Ships – RJ Barker
Lonely souls bond at sea
(Nice hat. She’ll take it)
Daggerspell – Katharine Kerr
We’ve screwed this up before
(She’s not your woman, actually)
…for all it’s faults, looking at the reads I have queued up right now I suspect 2020 is going to be a bumper year for 5 star fantasy reads around here.