I still haven’t found my reading mojo, but I’m getting a few pages in here and there. It’s school holidays here at the moment, so I haven’t been able to get in any day reading for almost two weeks. The two main books I have on the go are:
The City Stained Red by Sam Sykes
I feel like I’ve been reading this forever and it is a good two to three weeks, but let me state that it isn’t the books fault, its bloody good. It’s my over exposure to tv, its killing me. (Yes my kids watch way to much tv over the holidays). A couple of quotes that sum up the tone and feel of the book so far –
‘Cier’Djaal, the City of Silk. This is the greatest charnel house where poor men eat dead rich men and become wealthy themselves. This is the city where fortunes are born, alive and weeping. This is the city that controls the silk, the city that controls the coin, the city that controls the world. This is civilisation.’
‘A thick red fist shot out, catching him in the face and sending him collapsing to the ground, unmoving but for a faint twitch. Lenk looked wide-eyed at Gariath as he drew his arm back into his cloak. “You didn’t have to do that,” he said.
“I didn’t not have to do that,” Gariath retorted.
Lenk’s face screwed up. “Yes. Yes, you did. What do you think ‘imperative’ means?” “Some kind of fish, I’m assuming.” Gariath impolitely stepped over the guardsman’s body. “If that’s all the trouble we see today, I’ll be disappointed.” ‘
‘War cries flooded the skies. The thunder of boots shook the stones. And the wind trembled with the anticipation that it would soon be filled with sounds of men and women dying.
Asper, for her part, tried her best to ignore that.
Because Asper, for her part, was walking away quite swiftly in the vague direction she suspected the Temple of Talanas to be located. She resisted the urge to break into a run, however.
That would look suspicious.
And a certain level of nonchalance was required of the woman who may or may not have just inadvertently started a war.’
I’m 428 pages into this beast and I’ve already gone through a bulk amount of sticky notes. I’ve laughed a lot, but there is a lot more to the story than jokes. You can get a copy for yourself from Amazon or Book Depository.
The other book I have on the go is The Lost Sentinel by Suzanne Rogerson. Book 1 in the Silent Sea Chronicles, the setting is rich and beautiful. I’m about 40% in and I’m really enjoying getting to know all the characters and discovering the magic of Kalaya.
The magical island of Kalaya is dying, along with its Sentinel. With the Kalayan people turning their back on magic, can Tei help the exiles find their new Sentinel before it’s too late?
Kalaya is controlled by the Assembly – set up to govern but now under the control of Rathnor, who is intent on persecuting those who have magic, many of whom have taken refuge in the Turrak Mountains.
Tei has been raised to hide her magic, until her father, Migil, is visited by an old friend who warns them that they must seek refuge in the mountains.
On the journey, an enemy attack leaves her father mortally wounded. He sees her into the care of two exiles, Rike and Garrick, and on his deathbed makes a shocking confession that changes Tei’s life.
Tei must put her trust in these strangers, especially when mysterious Masked Riders seem determined to stop her reaching Turrak.
Struggling with self-doubt, Tei joins the exiles in their search for their lost Sentinel. But the Masked Riders want the Sentinel too, and time, as well as hope, is running out.
Can Tei help the exiles save the island magic and reunite the Kalayan people before their ignorance destroys them all?
I will have a full reviews up once I finish these babies. What are you reading?