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The Bookish Owl – The Lady of the Lake by Andrzej Sapkowski

The Lady of the Lake Andrzej Sapkowski

So, I’ll be starting on The Lady of the Lake by Andrzej Sapkowski.

This is, of course, because I will be leaving for Poland tomorrow where I’ll be attending my second round of Witcher School, and the 7th book in the Witcher series seems like the ideal entertainment for my flight to Wroclaw.

(And for when I’m in so much physical pain that I have to hide out in my room during the LARP…)

It’s been a while since I read the previous book, The Tower of the Swallow, and all I really recall is Geralt and Regis arriving in Toussaint, and Yennifer getting hit with an oar by some Skelliger fishwife. And there was something with Ciri and some fight pit…?

Hopefully it’ll come back to me.

On another note, I’ll be leaving early tomorrow and I have yet to pack anything beside this book, so I better cut this short and get off my ass. Onwards to the owl photo!

The Lady of the Lake
by Andrzej Sapkowski

After walking through a portal in the Tower of the Swallow, thus narrowly escaping death, the Witcher girl, Ciri, finds herself in a completely different world… a world of the Elves. She is trapped with no way out. Time does not seem to exist and there are no obvious borders or portals to cross back into her home world.

But this is Ciri, the child of prophecy, and she will not be defeated. She knows she must escape to finally rejoin the Witcher, Geralt, and his companions – and also to try to conquer her worst nightmare. Leo Bonhart, the man who chased, wounded and tortured Ciri, is still on her trail. And the world is still at war.

The Lady of the Lake Andrzej Sapkowski

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The Bookish Owl – Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett

Wyrd Sisters Terry Pratchett

New book, and it’s Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett.

I ran out of City Watch books, so my Discworld reread is moving to the Witches subseries now. I remember not liking this book as much as the other Discworld books when I first read it, but I think it might be because I didn’t yet have the deep appreciation of Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg that I developed later. Not sure why it took me so long to get into the Witches books, but it wasn’t until about “Maskerade” that I really started liking them as much as the rest of the series.

I think it might be because, in the beginning, they weren’t as funny as the others, though they had better plots. Or, maybe, it was just because Esme Weatherwax and I can be a bit too similar for comfort…

Either way, I’m hoping to enjoy my reread of the earlier books more!

(Also, don’t worry about Artemis being creepy – I told him it was October, so he’s just getting into the Halloween spirit)

Wyrd Sisters
by Terry Pratchett

Three witches – Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg and Magrat Garlick – have gathered on a lonely heath. A king has been cruelly murdered, his throne usurped by his ambitious cousin. An infant heir and the crown of the kingdom, both missing . . .

Witches don’t have these kind of dynastic problems themselves – in fact, they don’t have leaders.

Granny Weatherwax was the most highly-regarded of the leaders the witches don’t have. But even she found that meddling in royal politics was a lot more complicated than certain playwrights would have you believe . . .

Wyrd Sisters Terry Pratchett

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The Bookish Owl – We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal

We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal

This time it’s We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal!

I have been looking forward to this post, simply because the cover of this book is so gorgeous. I actually started following the author on Twitter long before the book was even released, because I had seen people sharing the cover and I couldn’t get enough of it.

Yes, I have a thing for pretty covers. Sue me.

In my defense, I did actually read the description of the book to make sure it sounded interesting before I bought the book. I’m over that phase where I would buy books simply because they were pretty, because there’s some really bad books with some really great covers out there.

Hopefully this is not one of them, because it really does sound good!

We Hunt the Flame
by Hafsah Faizal

People lived because she killed. People died because he lived.

Zafira is the Hunter, disguising herself as a man when she braves the cursed forest of the Arz to feed her people. Nasir is the Prince of Death, assassinating those foolish enough to defy his autocratic father, the sultan. If Zafira was exposed as a girl, all of her achievements would be rejected; if Nasir displayed his compassion, his father would punish him in the most brutal of ways.

Both Zafira and Nasir are legends in the kingdom of Arawiya―but neither wants to be.

War is brewing, and the Arz sweeps closer with each passing day, engulfing the land in shadow. When Zafira embarks on a quest to uncover a lost artifact that can restore magic to her suffering world and stop the Arz, Nasir is sent by the sultan on a similar mission: retrieve the artifact and kill the Hunter. But an ancient evil stirs as their journey unfolds―and the prize they seek may pose a threat greater than either can imagine.

We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal

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The Bookish Owl – Jingo by Terry Pratchett

Jingo Terry Pratchett

Here’s Jingo by Terry Pratchett.

Yep, I’m rereading all the Discworld City Watch books I haven’t already read in 2019. After that, I’ll probably move on to rereading the Witch books. And then probably the rest of the Death books…

Don’t ever think running out of books is going to stop me from reading Discworld.

Jingo introduces geopolitics to the Discworld. And obviously Ankh-Morpork is going to mess that up (that’s just what Ankh-Morpork does, okay?), and suddenly we have Vimes embracing his knighthood, Nobby in drag, and Lord Vetinari becoming a street performer.

Also, there’s a lot of talk of camels…

by Terry Pratchett

Discworld goes to war!

Somewhere in the Circle Sea between Ankh-Morpork and Al-Khali, the Lost Kingdom of Leshp has emerged after hundreds of years beneath the waves. And so with no ships, no army and no money, Ankh-Morpork goes to war against the Klatchian army claiming the rock as their own.

Undaunted by the prospect of being tortured to death by vastly superior numbers of enemy troops, a small band of intrepid men and a very thick troll set out under the command of Sir Samuel Vimes of the City Watch.

If they can survive long enough, maybe they can arrest an entire army for breach of the peace…

Jingo Terry Pratchett

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The Bookish Owl – Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Shadow and Bone Leigh Bardugo

In case you’re not sick and tired of these posts yet (this is the 40th!), here’s Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo.

I committed hubris by only bringing a single book with me on my trip to Budapest last week. I always bring 3 or 4 for a five day trip where I’ll get little time to read, and I only ever get through half of one, so I figured I was safe.

I was not.

So obviously I had to scour the guidebook and find the address of an English bookstore in Budapest. The one I found had an excellent selection of Fantasy books. I know this, because I had already read half of said selection, and as such had a hard time picking out a new book. I ended up with this one, because the cover was pretty and it sounded moderately interesting.

As I’m behind on these posts, I can tell you that I already read it. It took me a day. I enjoyed it immensely (and hopefully not just because I was drugged up on painkillers after a chaotic trip through airport security with a sprained wrist) and I’m definitely getting the other books in the series the next time there’s a good sale.

Shadow and Bone
by Leigh Bardugo

Soldier. Summoner. Saint.

Orphaned and expendable, Alina Starkov is a soldier who knows she may not survive her first trek across the Shadow Fold―a swath of unnatural darkness crawling with monsters. But when her regiment is attacked, Alina unleashes dormant magic not even she knew she possessed.

Now Alina will enter a lavish world of royalty and intrigue as she trains with the Grisha, her country’s magical military elite―and falls under the spell of their notorious leader, the Darkling. He believes Alina can summon a force capable of destroying the Shadow Fold and reuniting their war-ravaged country, but only if she can master her untamed gift.

As the threat to the kingdom mounts and Alina unlocks the secrets of her past, she will make a dangerous discovery that could threaten all she loves and the very future of a nation.

Welcome to Ravka . . . a world of science and superstition where nothing is what it seems.

Shadow and Bone Leigh Bardugo