TBR: April 2021

I can’t quite believe it’s April already but apparently it is, which means it must be time for a new TBR list. This month I have two huge chunky books on the list so I’d best set aside some good reading time!

Seven Deaths of an Empire by G. R. Matthews

The Emperor is dead. Long live the Empire.

General Bordan has a lifetime of duty and sacrifice behind him in the service of the Empire. But with rebellion brewing in the countryside, and assassins, thieves and politicians vying for power in the city, it is all Bordan can do to protect the heir to the throne.

Apprentice Magician Kyron is assigned to the late Emperor’s honour guard escorting his body on the long road back to the capital. Mistrusted and feared by his own people, even a magician’s power may fail when enemies emerge from the forests, for whoever is in control of the Emperor’s body, controls the succession.

Seven lives and seven deaths to seal the fate of the Empire.

I’m cheating a little with this one as I’ve already started it, but as its a massive, chunky fantasy I’m including it anyway. I’m really enjoying it so far, it reads as a proper old school ‘swords and sorcery’ fantasy which is my absolute favourite fantasy sub genre. With thanks to Rebellion Publishing for sending me a copy in exchange for honest review.

The Shadow in the Glass by J J A Harwood

Once upon a time Ella had wished for more than her life as a lowly maid.

Now forced to work hard under the unforgiving, lecherous gaze of the man she once called stepfather, Ella’s only refuge is in the books she reads by candlelight, secreted away in the library she isn’t permitted to enter.

One night, among her beloved books of far-off lands, Ella’s wishes are answered. At the stroke of midnight, a fairy godmother makes her an offer that will change her life: seven wishes, hers to make as she pleases. But each wish comes at a price and Ella must to decide whether it’s one she’s willing to pay it.

The Goldsboro Books SFF choice for March, this has made it on to my April TBR as I’m trying to read these before the next moths choice arrives! I’m really pleased to have got this one though as it was on my list to pick up anyway.

Shards of Earth by Adrian Tchaikovsky

Idris has neither aged nor slept since they remade him in the war. And one of humanity’s heroes now scrapes by on a freelance salvage vessel, to avoid the attention of greater powers.

After earth was destroyed, mankind created a fighting elite to save their species, enhanced humans such as Idris. In the silence of space they could communicate, mind-to-mind, with the enemy. Then their alien aggressors, the Architects, simply disappeared – and Idris and his kind became obsolete.

Now, fifty years later, Idris and his crew have discovered something strange abandoned in space. It’s clearly the work of the Architects – but are they returning? And if so, why? Hunted by gangsters, cults and governments, Idris and his crew race across the galaxy hunting for answers. For they now possess something of incalculable value, that many would kill to obtain.

From chunky Fantasy to chunky Science Fiction! This one sounds amazing and I can’t wait to get stuck in. With thanks to Black Crow PR and Tor for sending me a copy in exchange for honest review.