Maskerade by Terry Pratchett

Not the strongest Witches book but still an entertaining read. Agnes (Perdita) Nitt who we met a bit in Lords and Ladies has fled the Ramtops to escape the interest that Granny and Nanny are showing in her. She arrives in Ankh-Morpork and joins the Opera House and the other witches follow her on the …

Shield of Thunder by David Gemmell

Not quite as good as the first but still very good. We start off shortly after the events of the first book. Things haven’t quite come to a head yet, war has not been officially declared, but things are looking more ominous. Andromache and Hektor are due to be married so all the great and …

Lord of the Silver Bow by David Gemmell

Brilliant read, both sad and uplifting. This begins David Gemmell’s trilogy about the fall of Troy, though this book starts before the long war kicked off. It’s told from multiple viewpoints, some only a few paragraphs, other’s get much more screentime. Our main POV’s are Helikaon, a prince of Dardania, Andromache, sent as a bride …

Shadowfane by Janny Wurts

Good end to the series. Again there’s not too much of a time difference between this book and the previous, though the first quarter covers a decent bit of time. Jaric is now on the Isle of the Vaere and Taen is back on Imrill Kand, and things are looking slightly more hopeful for humanity. …

Keeper of the Keys by Janny Wurts

Didn’t hold my interest as much as the first book. This starts off immediately after the events of the first one. Jaric and Taen have recovered the keys but Jaric is still trying everything he can possible think of to not do the cycle of fire and become like his father. What follows are these …

Piranesi by Susanna Clarke

Wow, I just enjoyed that so much, it’s a beautiful book. Piranesi (not his name, he’s not sure what it is and doesn’t particularly care) leaves in the World, which is a series of halls and chambers that are full of statues, which cover three levels. The ground levels contain the sea whereas the upper …

Stormwarden by Janny Wurts

It’s been an awfully long time since I read this but it holds up well. Set in a world where humanity is in constant threat of annihilation by demons we find a sorcerer called Anskiere arrested for the murder of four thousand people. During his arrest he releases a geas, to the surviving son of …

A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine

This was most definitely something different, unusual and enjoyable. Mahit has been chosen as ambassador for her people, Lsel Station, to the Teixcalaan Empire after the previous ambassador Yskandr has gone missing. There she is thrown into the intrigue of the imperial court with her only potential ally being her liaison Three Seagrass. Things are …

Moon over Soho by Ben Aaronovitch

Started a bit samey but got better. Set a little bit after the first book, we find Peter pretty much where he was at the end of the last one. Soon however he’s called in as there seems to be an echo of music coming from a corpse which then leads down another rabbit hole. …

Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch

Enjoyed that more than I thought I would for some reason. So Peter Grant is a junior police officer in London who is called to patrol a murder scene and there he proceeds to interview a ghost. Thinking he is going crazy he jokes around with a gentleman called Thomas Nightingale who turns out to …

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