Its the start of a new month and time for a new TBR list. I’m particularly excited about this months list as it’s time for Wyrd & Wonder again. A month long celebration of all the brilliant fantasy writing there is out there. So in honour of Wyrd & Wonder month by TBR for May is all fantasy (my favourite genre).
Shadowblack by Sebastien De Castell
Four months after fleeing his own people, Kellen has discovered he’s an even worse outlaw than he was mage. It doesn’t help that his only allies are a swaggering card player and a thieving squirrel cat.
Then he meets Seneira, a blindfolded girl who isn’t blind, and whose secrets get them caught up in a conspiracy of magic, blackmail and murder. Now Kellen must find the mage responsible before the entire frontier falls victim to the mystical plague known as the shadowblack.
I adored Spellslinger, the first book in this series and I’m really looking forward to joining Keller in his adventures again.
King of the Crows by Russell Day
2028, eight years after a pandemic swept across Europe, the virus has been defeated and normal life has resumed. Memories of The Lockdown have already become clouded by myth, rumour and conspiracy. Books have been written, movies have been released and the namesRobertson, Miller & Maccallan have slipped into legend. Together they hauled The Crows, a ragged group of survivors, across the ruins of London. Kept them alive, kept them safe, kept them moving.But not all myths are true and not all heroes are heroes.Questions are starting to be asked about what really happened during those days when society crumbled and the capital city became a killing ground.Finally the truth will be revealed.
I’m well aware that this is pushing the boundaries of dystopian fantasy at the moment. My understanding is that the virus here a bit more ‘zombie’ than our current situation. Still it sounds remarkably relevant for right now and there’s been such a great buzz around this one already. I’ve got a pre-order copy on the way.
Love Bites by Ry Herman
Two years after a painful divorce, Chloë is still struggling to leave the house, paralysed by anxiety and memory. So when she’s bullied into a night of dancing by her busybody aunt and finds herself in a goth club, on her own, in a strange part of town, she isn’t looking for anything more than to pass the time until she can leave.
Then she meets Angela, a smart, beautiful astronomy Ph.D. student whose smile makes her heart pound. In Angela’s eyes, Chloë can see a future. Suddenly, home alone is the last place Chloë wants to be.
Trouble is, Angela can only come out at night. Angela doesn’t feel the cold. Angela doesn’t eat. Angela doesn’t have a pulse. Angela has sharp and deadly teeth.
Angela and Chloë might just be perfect for each other. But how do you build a life together when one of you is already dead?
I’ve got an e-arc of this one from Netgalley. I’ve been reading a lot of darker books recently and decided I needed something a little lighter. I’ve not read a decent Vampire book for ages, they seem to have taken a back seat in fantasy a little bit. Hoping this one lives up to its promise.