I discovered that Aimal @Bookshelves & Paperbacks is hosting an adult fantasy read-a-thon for the month of July, and I just couldn’t help myself. There are so many adult fantasy books that have gone unread on my TBR, so this was the perfect motivation to finally pick up some of the adult fantasy books I’ve been putting off.
Let’s look at my overly ambitious TBR, shall we?
To find out all the details on #IronTomeAThon, you can read Aimal’s announcement post here ⇒ ANNOUNCING THE #IRONTOMEATHON: AN ADULT FANTASY READATHON
This read-a-thon was inspired by the popular book & TV series, The Game of Thrones. The reading prompts are GoT based, and you can even pick which house you are reading for. Since I haven’t read Game of Thrones nor seen the TV series, I have zero knowledge of which house I’d want to be in. After taking 3 different online quizzes, 2 out of the 3 quizzes placed me in House Stark, so here we are.
I have no idea if this is a good thing, or a bad thing…
Castle Black: read the group book
I am not going to be reading the group book, The Poppy War (The Poppy War #1), as I read it in February. You can read my review here ⇒ Mini Book Review: The Poppy War (The Poppy War #1) by R.F. Kuang
Winterfell: read a book set (partially or fully) in a cold environment…
» A Game of Thrones (A Song of Fire and Ice #1) by George R.R. Martin
Here is the first volume in George R. R. Martin’s magnificent cycle of novels that includes A Clash of Kings and A Storm of Swords. As a whole, this series comprises a genuine masterpiece of modern fantasy, bringing together the best the genre has to offer. Magic, mystery, intrigue, romance, and adventure fill these pages and transport us to a world unlike any we have ever experienced. Already hailed as a classic, George R. R. Martin’s stunning series is destined to stand as one of the great achievements of imaginative fiction.
A GAME OF THRONES
Long ago, in a time forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons out of balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. The cold is returning, and in the frozen wastes to the north of Winterfell, sinister and supernatural forces are massing beyond the kingdom’s protective Wall. At the center of the conflict lie the Starks of Winterfell, a family as harsh and unyielding as the land they were born to. Sweeping from a land of brutal cold to a distant summertime kingdom of epicurean plenty, here is a tale of lords and ladies, soldiers and sorcerers, assassins and bastards, who come together in a time of grim omens.
Here an enigmatic band of warriors bear swords of no human metal; a tribe of fierce wildlings carry men off into madness; a cruel young dragon prince barters his sister to win back his throne; and a determined woman undertakes the most treacherous of journeys. Amid plots and counterplots, tragedy and betrayal, victory and terror, the fate of the Starks, their allies, and their enemies hangs perilously in the balance, as each endeavors to win that deadliest of conflicts: the game of thrones.
I figured since I was participating in a read-a-thon based off the Game of Thrones series, I should probably actually read the first book at the very least.
King’s Landing: read a book about or involving royalty, politics, or government…
» The City of Brass (The Daevabad Trilogy #1) by S.A. Chakraborty
Nahri has never believed in magic. Certainly, she has power; on the streets of 18th century Cairo, she’s a con woman of unsurpassed talent. But she knows better than anyone that the trade she uses to get by—palm readings, zars, healings—are all tricks, sleights of hand, learned skills; a means to the delightful end of swindling Ottoman nobles.
But when Nahri accidentally summons an equally sly, darkly mysterious djinn warrior to her side during one of her cons, she’s forced to accept that the magical world she thought only existed in childhood stories is real. For the warrior tells her a new tale: across hot, windswept sands teeming with creatures of fire, and rivers where the mythical marid sleep; past ruins of once-magnificent human metropolises, and mountains where the circling hawks are not what they seem, lies Daevabad, the legendary city of brass, a city to which Nahri is irrevocably bound.
In that city, behind gilded brass walls laced with enchantments, behind the six gates of the six djinn tribes, old resentments are simmering. And when Nahri decides to enter this world, she learns that true power is fierce and brutal. That magic cannot shield her from the dangerous web of court politics. That even the cleverest of schemes can have deadly consequences.
After all, there is a reason they say be careful what you wish for…
I’ve heard so many great things about this book. When I saw it was under Aimal’s recommended books for this prompt, I knew I was going to add it to this TBR. This book is available on Hoopla via audiobook, so I will be listening to this one.
Sunspear: read a book inspired by a non-Western setting or a book by an author of color or an indigenous author…
» Trail of Lightning (The Sixth World #1) by Rebecca Roanhorse
While most of the world has drowned beneath the sudden rising waters of a climate apocalypse, Dinétah (formerly the Navajo reservation) has been reborn. The gods and heroes of legend walk the land, but so do monsters.
Maggie Hoskie is a Dinétah monster hunter, a supernaturally gifted killer. When a small town needs help finding a missing girl, Maggie is their last—and best—hope. But what Maggie uncovers about the monster is much larger and more terrifying than anything she could imagine.
Maggie reluctantly enlists the aid of Kai Arviso, an unconventional medicine man, and together they travel to the rez to unravel clues from ancient legends, trade favors with tricksters, and battle dark witchcraft in a patchwork world of deteriorating technology.
As Maggie discovers the truth behind the disappearances, she will have to confront her past—if she wants to survive.
Welcome to the Sixth World.
I bought this book off Book Outlet a few weeks ago, so I’m excited to read it for this read-a-thon. The author, Rebecca Roanhorse, is an indigenous author.
Oldtown: read a book about or involving an institution of knowledge or training…
» Red Sister (Book of the Ancestor #1) by Mark Lawrence
I was born for killing – the gods made me to ruin.
At the Convent of Sweet Mercy young girls are raised to be killers. In a few the old bloods show, gifting talents rarely seen since the tribes beached their ships on Abeth. Sweet Mercy hones its novices’ skills to deadly effect: it takes ten years to educate a Red Sister in the ways of blade and fist.
But even the mistresses of sword and shadow don’t truly understand what they have purchased when Nona Grey is brought to their halls as a bloodstained child of eight, falsely accused of murder: guilty of worse.
Stolen from the shadow of the noose, Nona is sought by powerful enemies, and for good reason. Despite the security and isolation of the convent her secret and violent past will find her out. Beneath a dying sun that shines upon a crumbling empire, Nona Grey must come to terms with her demons and learn to become a deadly assassin if she is to survive…
I’ve never read a Mark Lawrence book, but I’ve heard AMAZING things about this series. I’m very intrigued about a setting at a convent that trains young girls to be killers…
Valyria: read a book about or involving dragons…
» A Natural History of Dragons (The Memoirs of Lady Trent #1) by Marie Brennan
You, dear reader, continue at your own risk. It is not for the faint of heart—no more so than the study of dragons itself. But such study offers rewards beyond compare: to stand in a dragon’s presence, even for the briefest of moments—even at the risk of one’s life—is a delight that, once experienced, can never be forgotten. . . .
All the world, from Scirland to the farthest reaches of Eriga, know Isabella, Lady Trent, to be the world’s preeminent dragon naturalist. She is the remarkable woman who brought the study of dragons out of the misty shadows of myth and misunderstanding into the clear light of modern science. But before she became the illustrious figure we know today, there was a bookish young woman whose passion for learning, natural history, and, yes, dragons defied the stifling conventions of her day.
Here at last, in her own words, is the true story of a pioneering spirit who risked her reputation, her prospects, and her fragile flesh and bone to satisfy her scientific curiosity; of how she sought true love and happiness despite her lamentable eccentricities; and of her thrilling expedition to the perilous mountains of Vystrana, where she made the first of many historic discoveries that would change the world forever.
I really like that this is told as a memoir from the main character. I’m really hopeful that this is going to have some feminist tones. I will be listening to this via audiobook.
Asshai: read a dark/grimdark fantasy or urban fantasy…
» American Gods (American Gods #1) by Neil Gaiman
Days before his release from prison, Shadow’s wife, Laura, dies in a mysterious car crash. Numbly, he makes his way back home. On the plane, he encounters the enigmatic Mr Wednesday, who claims to be a refugee from a distant war, a former god and the king of America.
Together they embark on a profoundly strange journey across the heart of the USA, whilst all around them a storm of preternatural and epic proportions threatens to break.
Scary, gripping and deeply unsettling, American Gods takes a long, hard look into the soul of America. You’ll be surprised by what – and who – it finds there…
If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you might know that I am a HUGE Neil Gaiman fan. This is one of the last Neil Gaiman books that I haven’t yet read. I’ve put it off because of how long it is, but it is time to bite the bullet. I will be listening to this via audiobook.
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If so, which books are you reading?
Comment below & let me know 🙂