Thank you Imryl from One More, Lisa of Dear Geek Place and Jorie from Jorie Loves A Story for organizing Wyrd & Wonder! Bloggers wrote amazing fantasy-themed posts. I like to highlight a couple of them. On The Bookwyrm’s Den I found this fun list with Fantasy World Elements We Need in the Real World. I can’t agree more! Jessticulates wrote an interesting post about the lack of centaurs in fantasy books. And Annemieke from A Dance with Books discussed The Norm of Gender Constructs in Fantasy.
What happened on my blog during Wyrd & Wonder:
– Wyrd & Wonder 2020: TBR
– Fantasy Bucket List Book Tag
– 5 fantasy books in five words
– Three myths and legends I love
– Five reasons why I love the Strange the Dreamer duology
– Top four fantasy stand-alones
And of course I read fantasy in May. Here are my thoughts about the books I read.
Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moïra Fowley-Doyle – 4 stars
What connects the characters in this book is the fact that they all lost something. First Olive and Rose only lose small things, but soon it’s clear that Rose lost something bigger. Then they meet three mysterious strangers who seem to be a little lost themselves. When they find an ancient spellbook, it may be their chance to set everything right. During the whole story the characters, and also me as reader, are wondering: Is the magic of the spellbook real? The story really is an interesting mix of contemporary and fantasy with a touch of mystery. Almost all characters seem to have their secrets. The beautiful, lyrical writing style also really helped to create a mysterious, uncanny atmosphere. First the big cast of characters was a bit confusing, but everyone adds something and is necessary to tell the story. It was very interesting to read how the theme of loss is thoroughly explored. I loved that it even can be found in the details: each chapter starts with a list of things that were lost or found.
Shadow of Night (All Souls Trilogy, #2) by Deborah Harkness – 3 stars
No spoilers for A Discovery of Witches
Last month I loved to reread A Discovery of Witches. I was looking forward to finally reading the sequel. Sadly Shadow of Night disappointed me. Most of the story is set in the sixteenth century. Again it’s clear that the writer is a passionate historian who put a lot of research into the book. But I have the feeling she got a bit carried away. I did like to meet the many historical figures. And the book does give a vivid image of the sixteenth century. Yet, there were so many descriptions of clothes, the outside and the inside of buildings and all objects found there. It was too much. The detailed descriptions would have been very interesting if the writer wouldn’t have overdone them. A lot of characters and things that happen are not even important for the plot. The book is quite long (more than 500 pages), but plot wise few happens in this story. At some points I thought about DNF’ing the book. I kept reading, because there were still parts I enjoyed (especially the second part and when we meet a certain character near the end of the book). I’m not sure if I’m going to read the next book. I’d like to finish the trilogy, but I’m afraid that the last part will also disappoint me.
Strange the Dreamer & Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor – reread
It was amazing to re-visit these books! I dedicated a whole post to this duology with reasons why I love it. But I would like to add the way in which Laini Taylor explores different themes, especially dreams and hate. I also love the fact that there are some “easter eggs” for readers of the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy. And the ending of the story is absolutely perfect!
A non-fantasy book I read this month:
The Moon Sister (The Seven Sisters, #5) by Lucinda Riley – 4 stars
I waited months to get this book from the library. So I really wanted to read it this month, even though it’s not fantasy. This part tells the story of Tiggy. I immediately liked her, she is kind and has a strong intuition. At the start of the books she gets a new job as a wildlife consultant on an isolated estate. There Tiggy meets Chilly, a Spanish gitano (also known as a gypsy). He tells her that it was foretold long ago that he would be the one to send her back home. At the same time we read about the Spanish Lucía living in the twentieth century. She is born as a poor gitano, but with an unprecedented talent for dancing. Lucía isn’t a very likable characters, but I did admire her ambition. It was also interesting to read about the culture and history of the gitanos. Just like the other books in the series, the characters are well-written and I enjoyed reading the story.