What I Just Read, What I’m Reading, and What I Want to Read

Some of you have probably been wondering why this blog has been so silent. The answer?
I’ve been reading.
So I think, that, today I should show you what I have been reading.

What I Just Read:

From Darkness Won
by Jill Williamson

Achan steps into his role as Crown Prince and prepares for war. But war against whom? Could Esek still be alive? Has Lord Nathak taken Esek’s place? Or is the mysterious Hadad the true enemy Achan must confront? 

Vrell has her own agenda of serving Prince Oren as a healer, but when she is stormed and lost to the Veil, Achan does all he can to bring her back. His conversations with her are strange, though, as if she has no memory of who he is. In a land consumed by Darkness, the fate of Er’Rets hangs in the balance as Achan endeavors to take the throne and end the reign of Darkness.

From Darkness Won is a brilliant book, so if you haven’t read the series it’s in(The Blood of Kings Trilogy), be sure to try it out. 

by R.J. Larson

Ela Roeh of Parne doesn’t understand why her beloved Creator, the Infinite, wants her to become His prophet. She’s undignified and bad-tempered, and at age seventeen she’s much too young. In addition, no prophet of Parne has ever been a girl. Worst of all, as Parne’s elders often warn, if she agrees to become the Infinite’s prophet, Ela knows she will die young.

Yet she can’t imagine living without Him. Determined to hear the Infinite’s voice, Ela accepts the sacred vinewood branch and is sent to bring the Infinite’s word to a nation torn apart by war. There she meets a young ambassador determined to bring his own justice for his oppressed people. As they form an unlikely partnership, Ela battles how to balance the leading of her heart with the leading of the Infinite.

I really enjoyed Prophet. If you have read it, this is another book I would encourage you to read. It has a nice, Old Testament feel, and R.J. Larson weaved a brilliant tale, told through the unique POVs of Kien and Ela.

What I’m Reading:

The Rise of the Dibor
by Christopher Hopper

Read the story that turned children into warriors, and warriors into legends. 

The Dairne-Reih haven’t been seen in Dionia for generations—their kind and their king, Morgui, banished long ago from haunting paradise. But when creation shows signs of deterioration, the kings of the seven realms converge in the sacred Gvindollion gathering to arrive at one inexplicable conclusion: Morgui has returned. 

In the hopes of entrusting Dionia’s brave history and perilous future to a generation that has never known war, the kings decide to raise up their young sons as an elite group of warriors, known only as the Dibor. 

Gorn, legendary hero of the First Battle, is commissioned to teach the Dibor the art of war, leading them on a four-year adventure on the Isle of Kirstell. It is Luik, son of Lair, who soon emerges as the warband’s spirited front man. But he is not the only one of his peers to grow in power; his dear friend Fane discovers hidden abilities among the Mosfar under the mentorship of Li-Saide of Ot, while Princess Anorra finds that her lifelong tutor knows as much about combat as he does about etiquette. 

There is little time for the Dibor to enjoy the satisfaction of graduation, however, as a sinister plot is discovered to dethrone Dionia’s kings and flatten the capital city of Adriel. The Dibor are summoned to war, along with the rest of Dionia’s fighting men. It is before the gates of Adriel Palace that Luik and his army face Morgui’s prince, Valdenil, as well as the unending ranks of the Dairne-Reih.

Since I’m still reading it, I’ll wait to tell you my opinion.

Zeal Aspiring
by Ophelia-Marie Flowers

Zeal Aspiring is Ophelia’s second book of poetry. Containing 92 of her poems, Zeal Aspiring examines lessons learned from walking with God, and shares her ponderings about friendship, growing up, hardships, life, and redemption.

I’m still reading it.

What I Want to Read:

by R.J. Larson

The last thing Kien Lantec expects on his first day of military leave is to receive marching orders from his Creator, the Infinite. Orders that don’t involve destroyer-racing or courting the love of his life, Ela. Adding to Kien’s frustration, his Infinite-ordained duties have little to do with his skills as a military judge-in-training. His mission? To warn the people of ToronSea against turning their backs to the Infinite to worship a new goddess.

But why Kien? Isn’t this the role of a true prophet, such as Ela of Parne?

Seeking answers, Kien visits Ela and finds her stricken by a devastating vision of her own. Her birthplace, Parne, has been corrupted by her enemies and will soon suffer judgment. Pulled in separate ways, each must seek to follow the Infinite’s leading and hope He will reunite them again soon.

I’ve never read it, but I really, really want to.

Viral Execution
by Amanda L. Davis

I’m posting the link, because the book isn’t out yet, and there isn’t a cover for it yet.

Shadow Hand
by Anne Elisabeth Stengl

This is a story about blood.
And love.
And the many things that lie between.

By her father’s wish, Lady Daylily is betrothed to the Prince of Southlands. Not the prince she loves, handsome and dispossessed Lionheart, but his cousin, the awkward and foolish Prince Foxbrush. As her wedding day dawns, Daylily flees into the dangerous Wilderlands, her only desire to vanish from living memory.

But Foxbrush, determined to rescue his betrothed, pursues Daylily into a new world of magic and peril, a world where vicious Faerie beasts hold sway, a world invaded by a lethal parasite. 

A world that is hauntingly familiar.


A Draw of Kings
by Patrick W. Carr

Their journey to Merakh should have made Errol and his companions heroes of the realm. Instead, much is changed on their return. In the wake of the king’s death, Duke Weir is ruling the country–and his intentions are to marry Adora to bring an heir.

With Errol and the others imprisoned and the identity of the rightful heir to the throne still hidden in secrecy, Illustra is on the verge of civil war–and at growing risk from the armies of Merakh and Morgol.

A dangerous mission to free Errol succeeds, but the dangers facing the kingdom are mounting with every passing moment. The barrier has fallen, ferals are swarming toward the land, and their enemies draw near. Will the revelation of Illustra’s next true king come in time or will all be lost?

The rest of the series was brilliant, and I expect this book will be as well. 

Daughter of Light
by Morgan L. Busse

What if with one touch you could see inside the soul?

Rowen Mar finds a strange mark on her hand, and she is banished
from her village as a witch. She covers the mark with a leather glove
and seeks sanctuary in the White City. She lives in fear that if she
touches another person, the power inside her will trigger again, a
terrifying power that allows her to see the darkness inside the human
heart . . .

But the mark is a summons, and those called cannot hide forever. For the salvation of her people lies within her hand.

It sounds amazing, and I want to read it.

Quest for the Ivory Sword
by Emmarayn Redding

The threat of war… 
An ancient legend… and one girl’s quest to save her country. 
Talminia has stood strong for generations, guided by wise monarchs, and defended by the noble and dedicated line of warriors- the Heirs of Ralienah. But now, two ambitious knights have become power-hungry and rebellious. Their web of deception and lies threatens to plunge Talminia into civil war. 

As the shadow of war threatens to consume all of Talminia, time is growing short. Young Nayrame` launches her bold quest to seek out and retrieve a long lost, yet powerful weapon to unite the nation. She and her noble queen must summon all of their most powerful allies to aid them in their efforts- but even that may not be enough to stop the treacherous tide. 
thus begins the epic tale of…THE QUEST FOR THE IVORY SWORD!

When Emmarayn(Elethia), my friend, published this book, it was only natural that I would want to read it. I still want to read it.

Quest for the Swords of Healing
Trista Vaporblade

The Guardian Elf Scrolls, book 1 Quest for the Swords of Healing A storm that heralds the coming of an army of creatures that strike fear and death into those that behold them. A Dark lord who orders a force of thousands in search of his quarry that has escaped him for ages. That is until he found a scroll that revealed the location of his foes, Earth would soon feel his looming presence. Actors for years, eight teenagers work alongside hundreds of others in an attempt to create a medieval film of astounding battle sequences, that is until something puts them off their schedule. Until someone blows up their studio, until two opposing forces divide the teens in half, until mind-blowing possibilities are presented to them of who they really are, and until their world is shaped into another. Sent on a quest to find relics of years gone by, the young warriors encounter things that send them reeling, surpass the bounds of reality, and remove all doubt of their past. Without knowledge of what the relics really look like, or where they lie hidden, the teens embark on the journey of a life time to help save their world, or send it into ultimate catastrophe. What will happen to the teenagers in this time where combat is deadly real, and if they make a wish death waits to claim them? Adventures are not always what you make them out to be, sometimes they are so much more…

I want to read it. ‘Nuff said.

The Dark Wolf
J.M. Christian

Journey to the land of Elser—a realm of men, elves, and dellfins. Despite the old hostility between men and elves, an uneasy peace has reigned for over a century. But now all that is about to change. Darvir is a man without a past, family, or friends. Exploited by those who use his strange abilities for their own gain, all Darvir has ever known is a life of slavery and bloodshed. Elaine is intelligent, beautiful—a daughter of kings, yet she is an embarrassment and disgrace to her family for going against tradition and wanting to know the truth. Exiled to a remote part of the kingdom, she languishes there in seclusion until a deadly menace forces her to flee. When the paths of these two people cross, they are thrust into a web of peril and sorcery against impossible odds. As Darvir and Elaine both struggle to survive the myriad of dangers before them, an ancient evil is stirring and preparing to unleash a power against which neither man, elf, or dellfin can hope to prevail.

J.M. Christian(Dark Wolf) published this a few days ago, and I’m excited to read it. When I have the money to buy it…

The Traitor’s Tale
by Robert A.H. Thacker

Entwined in a plot of deceit, Tommy, Sarah, and Kaleb, will have to journey through a hapless nightmare of an adventure through a land that few ever knew existed. But there is far more the young teenagers will find as they continue on into this strange new world.

I want to read this…

And I probably missed several books…

But there you have it!



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