Lately I have been reluctant to add more books to my already big reading pile. In the throes of a middle life crisis I have become painfuly aware that I have little chance to read all the books I want to read. There are some books that came out last year or more recently, but keep tempting me to buy them, read them, house them, cuddle them,..
As much as I have been saving money and trying to catch up with many of the book series I read already; there are some new authors and books that tempt me. I have this little fancy notebook in which I write down lists upon lists of books I want to buy!
Here are some new temptations:
The Goblin Emperor
A new author with her first novel. The praises for world building and endearing characters are what got to me. The youngest, half-goblin son of the Emperor has lived his entire life in exile, distant from the Imperial Court and the deadly intrigue that suffuses it. But when his father and three sons in line for the throne are killed in an “accident,” he has no choice but to take his place as the only surviving rightful heir. The steampunk and fantasy combo intrigues me!
The Grace of Kings
Historical jurney into Han dynasty as a background setting and spicing it up with some fantastical elements sounds great! I liked background stories for Dynasty Warriors that were based on Romance of the Three Kingdoms of old China. This book won Hugo, Nebula and World Fantasy awards for 2014. I would like to know more about it before someone turns it into a franchise which is probably going to happen sooner or latter. This is the first book in the series.
Shattered Sea book series
This is one of the rare newer books that has been translated into Croatian. It caught my atention because of the underdog main character. Yarvi succeeds to the throne of Gettland when his father and elder brother are killed. But Yarvi is a reluctant king. Because of a deformed hand, he has always felt an inadequate son to his father and now an inadequate king. He is engaged to his cousin, but his uncle is not interested in having a weakling for a son-in-law nor “half a king” for the country. There is quite a lot drama and adventure in these books.