WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN?! And other cool things (Like RED SISTER by Mark Lawrence)

Hello blogosphere, it’s been a while.

For anyone actually taking note of events in my life, you’ll have seen that, among other things, I had a miscarriage last year. This is my primary excuse for not writing in such a long time, and I’m sticking to it (even if it isn’t strictly true).

It is physically a difficult thing to deal with a D&C, etc., BUT the emotional and mental impact on me has been biggest. I found myself less eager to write, and more eager to curl up with a book and escape reality. It’s only this last month where my mind has begun to resurface and remind me how good it feels to write and to participate in the writing community online.

And thusly I come to you, a runaway blogger and aspiring author, to ask you to share with me books you’d recommend I read this year. They can be published in 2017, or older than Elric of Melnibone.

The following books are ALREADY on my list, and I do recommend that YOU read them too, because they are by my favourite authors (of course).

1. RED SISTER by Mark Lawrence (http://amzn.to/2lCo506)

It’s not until you’re broken that you find your sharpest edge

A brilliant new series from the bestselling author of PRINCE OF THORNS.

“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…

A brilliant new series from the bestselling author of PRINCE OF THORNS”

2. The Thorn of Emberlain by Scott Lynch

“With 50,000 copies sold of The Republic of Thieves and with praise from the likes of Joe Abercrombie and George RR Martin the saga of the Gentleman Bastard has become a favourite and key part of the fantasy landscape. And now Locke Lamora, thief, con-man, pirate, political deceiver must become a soldier.

A new chapter for Locke and Jean and finally the war that has been brewing in the Kingdom of the Marrows flares up and threatens to capture all in its flames. 

And all the while Locke must try to deal with the disturbing rumours about his past revealed in The Republic of Thieves. Fighting a war when you don’t know the truth of right and wrong is one thing. Fighting a war when you don’t know the truth of yourself is quite another. Particularly when you’ve never been that good with a sword anyway…”

3. Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson (should be out  in November :P)

“Return to a planet swept by apocalyptic storms, a world tipping into war as aristocratic families move to control the shard blades and shard plates, ancient artifacts from a past civilisation that can win wars.

As the world tips into a war for control of the mythical artifacts of power made from Shard, characters are swept up into new dangers which will threaten their integrity and their lives.

Huge, ideas-filled, world-spanning fantasy from a master of the genre.”

Okay, thanks everyone for sharing! *high five*