It’s Wednesday yet again, so it’s time for an update! At first I wasn’t gonna post because I’m, well… lazy, but then I thought I might as well tell y’all what I’ve been reading lately!
WWW Wednesday WWW WednesdayWWW Wednesday is hosted by Taking on a World of Books, and all you need to do is answer these three questions:
– What are you currently reading?
– What did you recently finish reading?
– And what do you think you’ll read next?
What I’m currently reading:
Elantris was the capital of Arelon: gigantic, beautiful, literally radiant, filled with benevolent beings who used their powerful magical abilities for the benefit of all. Yet each of these demigods was once an ordinary person until touched by the mysterious transforming power of the Shaod. Ten years ago, without warning, the magic failed. Elantrians became wizened, leper-like, powerless creatures, and Elantris itself dark, filthy, and crumbling.
Arelon’s new capital, Kae, crouches in the shadow of Elantris. Princess Sarene of Teod arrives for a marriage of state with Crown Prince Raoden, hoping — based on their correspondence — to also find love. She finds instead that Raoden has died and she is considered his widow. Both Teod and Arelon are under threat as the last remaining holdouts against the imperial ambitions of the ruthless religious fanatics of Fjordell. So Sarene decides to use her new status to counter the machinations of Hrathen, a Fjordell high priest who has come to Kae to convert Arelon and claim it for his emperor and his god.
But neither Sarene nor Hrathen suspect the truth about Prince Raoden. Stricken by the same curse that ruined Elantris, Raoden was secretly exiled by his father to the dark city. His struggle to help the wretches trapped there begins a series of events that will bring hope to Arelon, and perhaps reveal the secret of Elantris itself.
Oof, that’s a long synopsis. I can be a lot shorter about what I think of this book so far, since I’m only about 30 pages in. As with all Sanderson’s books, I find that the first few chapters are usually a bit… boring. But I also have full faith that at some point I’ll be unable to put this book down, as has happened many times before when I read Sanderson’s books. This is also his first novel, and was supposed to be a stand-alone. But a new Elantris novel is coming our way!
What I just finished:
The Empire of Gold
Gonna try my hand at another spoiler free synopsis here…
The Empire of Gold picks up basically two seconds after the events in the Kingdom of Copper have ended. Nahri and Ali have to form some very unlikely alliances in the final installment in order to make right what Manizheh has done. And Dara has to face some ugly truths about himself in order to live on. I won’t tell y’all too much more, but here’s what this book includes:
Several “oh my God, she didn’t” moments.
Creepy ancient sea creatures.
Tears. (oh those might be mine, sorry)
And most important of all, ANSWERS.
This book was a solid five star read for me. I’m not sure yet if I’m going to write a review, because ya know, the better the book, the harder it is to put your thought on screen. But trust me when I say this book absolutely met my expectations, and that it was the perfect conclusion to one of my favorite series ever.
What I’ll pick up next:
Harry Dresden – Wizard Lost Items Found. Paranormal Investigations. Consulting. Advice. Reasonable Rates. No Love Potions, Endless Purses, or Other Entertainment.
Harry Dresden has faced some pretty terrifying foes during his career. Giant scorpions. Oversexed vampires. Psychotic werewolves. It comes with the territory when you’re the only professional wizard in the Chicago-area phone book.
But in all Harry’s years of supernatural sleuthing, he’s never faced anything like this: The spirit world has gone postal. All over Chicago, ghosts are causing trouble – and not just of the door-slamming, boo-shouting variety. These ghosts are tormented, violent, and deadly. Someone – or something – is purposely stirring them up to wreak unearthly havoc. But why? And why do so many of the victims have ties to Harry? If Harry doesn’t figure it out soon, he could wind up a ghost himself….
So I’ve been in an adult fantasy mood lately, and thus I think the next book I’ll pick up is the third installment of the Dresden Files. But since I’m still so far in the beginning of Elantris, we’ll have to see if this mood lasts. But I am trying to read most of my physical copies so I won’t miss them while they go in storage for a couple of months at the end of July.