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The Girl and the Stars by Mark Lawrence

Took me a while to get into it but I ended up enjoying it. We start with Yaz living on the ice with her family and tribe. There is a ritual that all kids have to go through twice, where they are tested by a priest and if they are not deemed strong enough they …

The Lost Metal by Brandon Sanderson

A very Cosmere heavy book, but a good conclusion to this series. A few years have passed since the events of the previous book. Wax is now in politics and Maresi and Wayne are both still working for the police. The threat of civil war is getting bigger, along with potential conflict with the southern …

The Bands of Mourning by Brandon Sanderson

Still good on a re-read though still lacks some of the epicness of his other series. There is the threat of civil war in the air as the cities outside of Elendil resent the taxes and controls that are imposed on them. Wax is on a mission to track down his uncle and bring down …

Shadows of Self by Brandon Sanderson

Very fast paced, though not quite as good as I remembered. Not too long has passed since the events of the previous book. Wax is now a kind of unofficial officer to the Elendil police force whereas Maresi works for them properly. Wayne just kind of hangs around being annoying. When a threat to the …

Broken Homes by Ben Aaronovitch

Oh wow that ending, didn’t see it coming! Various cases and threads lead Peter and Leslie to think that there is something going on with the Faceless Man and a block of towers in Elephant and Castle. What it is they don’t really know but they decide to go undercover and see what they can …

The Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson

It’s a good light read though I find Wayne quite annoying. Wax is the heir to an old but slightly impoverished noble house that has spent most of his adult life being a lawmaker in the Roughs, outside the civilized Basin. After the death of his uncle and sister, he is called back to Elendil …

Stories of your Life and Others by Ted Chiang

A bit of a mixed bag but definitely interesting. Tower of Babylon: Very strange, more Fantasy than Science Fiction but I found it intriguing. Understand: I really liked this. The first thing I did was check whether the movie Lucy is based on it but I don’t think it is. What happens if you gain …

Whispers Underground by Ben Aaronovitch

A bit more of a straight forward murder mystery compared to the previous but very enjoyable. Peter and Leslie are called in for a murder that happened on the Underground. Seems a pretty straight-forward murder until Peter senses that the weapon has magical properties and so they get drawn into the history of the Underground …

The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty

This was entertaining enough but I wasn’t mad about it and not sure I’ll continue with the series. Set in Egypt and somewhere in the Middle East during the Napoleonic Wars, this is the story of Nahri as she unwittingly gets herself involved in the secret world of the Djinn and other fantastical races and …

The Discord of Gods by Jenn Lyons

A good end to the series but it definitely lacked tension. So our protagonists are finally out of lockdown and are on the final mission to stop Relos Var, amongst others. That’s about all I can say without spoilers, this being the fifth and final book of the series. Like book three, this was a …