Hello all. This week’s top 5 does exactly what it does on the tin. I have to admit, the way the year has been going, I don’t expect to find this easy… for the wrong reasons.
The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black
I picked this up as part of Wyrd & Wonder – it was a readalong that I hadn’t even intended to get into – and found it a blast. It’s full of big characters, big emotions, and big reveals, making it a nice lively read for when you just want to have a lot of fun. Well worth a look for urban fantasy fans who want another hit.
Kundo Wakes Up by Saad Z. Hossain
Hossain’s second novella from tordotcom was a somewhat different beast from the bombast of earlier outings, being more moody and introspective, but it still possessed all the trademark black humour and lively characters of earlier outings. As such, I did enjoy it very much.
The Sword of Rhiannon by Leigh Brackett
It was at this point I needed to consult my list of books read this year, and was reminded of this planetary romance I consumed very first thing. This book starts a little slow then basically gets right into the riproaring adventure. This is the good stuff for people looking for ye olde fashioned romance of swords and danger.
Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir
I wondered about putting this in. It was a real curate’s egg for me. I’ve been leaning to the side of the good outweighing the bad but I’m not entirely convinced. Still, it is potentially worthy, and nothing else on the list is. Like, I can see this making the end of the year list. I’m just not sure I want a book I nearly DNFed a few times to do so, you know? The good – the wit, the dynamics, the fights – were very good though.
A Song for Arbonne and All The Seas in the World by Guy Gavriel Kay
Yes, it would have been easier to count them separately. But there we go. I didn’t. These are the only books I am sure will be there at the end of the year. I stayed up to 5am reading A Song for Arbonne and cried multiple times reading All The Seas of The World. Both are stunningly plotted, deeply emotional tales of a changing world and it’s probable one of them wil be my book of the year. Please don’t ask me to pick between them.