Wyrd and Wonder TBR 2021

It’s May which means its Wyrd and Wonder time again! I love taking part in this Fantasy love fest, if you want to know about it you can find out here with huge thanks as always to Lisa, Jorie and Imyril for organising us all.

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I thought I would kick off my Wyrd and Wonder with a TBR list for the month, so without further ado, these are the Fantasy books I’m hoping to read and review this month…

Red Sister by Mark Lawrence

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.

I found this one after a discussion with another book blogger (can’t remember who) on Twitter who quoted the opening sentence. It was such a good start to a book it went straight on my list.

Sistersong by Lucy Holland

King Cador’s children inherit a land abandoned by the Romans, torn by warring tribes. Riva can cure others, but can’t heal her own scars. Keyne battles to be seen as the king’s son, although born a daughter. And Sinne dreams of love, longing for adventure.

All three fear a life of confinement within the walls of the hold, their people’s last bastion of strength against the invading Saxons. However, change comes on the day ash falls from the sky – bringing Myrdhin, meddler and magician. The siblings discover the power that lies within them and the land. But fate also brings Tristan, a warrior whose secrets will tear them apart.

Riva, Keyne and Sinne become entangled in a web of treachery and heartbreak, and must fight to forge their own paths. It’s a story that will shape the destiny of Britain.

The Goldsboro book of the month for April this book looks gorgeous and I’ve seen great reviews for it. I’ve set myself the target of reading my Goldsboro SFF subscription books before the next one arrives so this one is on my TBR for this month.

Raising Hell by Bryony Pearce

Once upon a time, Ivy and her friends did a very stupid thing and now there’s a rift letting dark matter into the world. Dark matter that manifests as black magic which actually works. Now every teenager with access to the Internet is raising hell. Literally.

Ivy’s doing her best to stem the tide, but her new job working school security barely pays the bills and there’s only so much one girl with a machete (and a cat possessed by her own dead grandmother) can do against the forces of evil.

Now she’s facing a teenage goth with an attitude, her ruthless but frustratingly handsome brother, a dark cabal with a terrifying agenda and a potential zombie apocalypse. Ivy losing her job might be the best thing to happen to the world …

This one sounds great, I found it on Netgalley so it will be one of my e-reads for this month (I read a physical book and an e-book at the same time).

Green Rider by Kristen Britain

On her long journey home from school after a fight which will surely lead to her expulsion, Karigan G’ladheon ponders her future as she trudges through the immense forest called Green Cloak. But her thoughts are interrupted by the clattering of hooves as a galloping horse bursts from the woods, the rider slumped over his mount’s neck, impaled by two black-shafted arrows. As the young man lay dying on the road, he tells Karigan that he is a Green Rider, one of the legendary messengers of the king, and that he bears a “life and death” message for King Zachary. He begs Karigan to carry his message, warning her not to read it, and when she reluctantly agrees, he makes her swear on his sword to complete his mission “for love of country.” As he bestows upon her the golden winged-horse brooch which is the symbol of his office, he whispers on his dying breath, “Beware the shadow man…”

Another book discovered because of a conversation on Twitter, I’d never have known about this one otherwise. It’s been sat on my shelf for a few months awaiting its turn and Wryd & Wonder month seems like the perfect time to read it