No, there’s no particularly good reason for me to be dubbing September a month of fantasy, except that I’m suddenly in the mood for fantasy. This is probably because I’m hardcore drafting my own high fantasy at the moment, so I like to read other fantasy novels for inspiration. Anyway, I’ve got six books here, in order of priority.
The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon: I’ve been wanting to read this book for so damn long; it was one of my most anticipated reads of the year! I even went out and hunted down a (exorbitantly priced) paperback copy of it so that I could read it asap. Unfortunately, its length kept intimidating me, but I am determined to get through it this month.
Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir: Who hasn’t heard of this highly anticipated book? Luckily, I just got this book delivered in a book subscription box, so I have absolutely no excuse not to read it. I’ve been hearing such weird things about it I have no doubt it’s going to be a wild ride.
The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison: This is an older release, from my backlist, that I’ve owned for a long time now. It’s a standalone fantasy, which is nice, and rare, and it’s one of those fantasy books that tends to fly under the radar despite having really, really great reviews. It’s supposed to have some really great court/political intrigue, which I am always here for.
The Emperor’s Blades by Brian Staveley: In the wake of Game of Thrones, people left and right were recommending this series. I’ve heard so many good things about it, but when I read the reviews for this first installment, I began to have doubts, as people said it was too slow moving and the female characters are written…questionably. But I just saw another glowing review of it recently, so I think I’m gonna try to buckle down and get to it.
Daughter of the Empire by Raymond Feist and Janny Wurts: God. Would you get a load of that cover. I mean, it just screams 80s high fantasy. Normally this wouldn’t be on my list, but I’ve seen folks comparing the main character to Sansa Stark, who is one of my favorite characters of all time, so of course I couldn’t resist.
The House of Shattered Wings by Aliette De Bodard: This one is the black sheep of the bunch, in that it’s not high fantasy so much as it is post-apocalyptic urban fantasy, but it still counts. This one has been on my backlist for ages but I recently bought a copy and read this wonderful review by acquadimore that compelled me to move it to the top of my list.
So there you have it! A short but mighty TBR. I’m hoping that I will at least get to the first three books, especially Priory, which might take me some time, especially if it’s slow-paced. In any case, let me know if you’ve read any of these books or are planning to read them next month!