Archive | February 2022

#MarchMagics 2022 TBR

Happy March! (Well, tomorrow . . .)

Every year since discovering it, I love joining the blog event #MarchMagics (hosted by Kristen at We Be Reading) to celebrate the works of Diana Wynne Jones (one of my favorite authors!) and of Terry Pratchett.

I have a whole DWJ page here on my blog, so . . . yeah. 😉

This March is particularly special for me, since it will mark ten years since I read my very first Diana Wynne Jones novel, Howl’s Moving Castle. Reading it specifically in March was a coincidence, too, since I wasn’t even blogging at the time, but I do find it to be excessively fitting.

Anyway, if I find the time, perhaps I shall do a Howl-type post later this month to commemorate a decade of being a Diana Wynne Jones fan. 😉


Meanwhile! The point of this post. My TBR for March Magics this year.

Last year, I finished my final new-to-me DWJ books (aside from some possible short stories, plays, and her first book which isn’t children’s fantasy and is virtually impossible to find; ANYWAY), an accomplished but bittersweet feeling, which leaves me with just re-reads for her books. But re-reads are always a DELIGHT with her books!

So here we are in March and my TBR is . . .

  • Deep SecretRe-read. One of DWJ’s darker, more adult novels, this one was nevertheless a fascinating read and it’s one I’ve been meaning to re-read for awhile, particularly because of the world-hopping aspects. (Call it “research” for one of my own WIPs.) So I’m looking forward to this one! And I at last have a gorgeous copy of my own, so. Also, centaurs!
  • The Merlin Conspiracy Re-read. The companion novel to Deep Secret, this is the second of the “Magids” books but is extremely different than the first book. I remember finding it great fun, and loving the elephant and Romanov the enchanter and so forth. I can’t wait. *grin*
  • Feet of Clay — I’m working on Pratchett’s City Watch sub-series of the Discworld series, so this one is the next. Because I need more Vimes. XD Guards! Guards! was the first book I read of Pratchett’s, for my very first March Magics, and I read the second book last March, so this third one feels quite fitting.
  • Going Postal — Along with Guards! Guards!, I remember this one being recommended to me by Sarah Pennington (check out her fabulous blogs here and here), and I’ve been determined to read it ever since. It sounds like a blast. So I’m hoping this is the year! I actually hope to listen to it on audiobook, since Scribd has this one available!*

*Scribd is an audiobook (and ebook) subscription site which I ADORE because audiobooks let me read while getting other stuff done, and the monthly cost isn’t terrible.

If you enjoy audiobooks and haven’t checked out Scribd, you can get two free months by using my link and I’d get a free month too.

So! That’s my official March Magics TBR.

Two DWJ re-reads. Two Pratchett new reads.

Four books.


If I can get through those, I might pick up another audiobook or two on Scribd if I have more time . . . And I’ve been itching to re-read the Dalemark Quartet and the last two Chrestomanci books, so . . . those are possible followups. But I do seem to overestimate how much I’ll be able to read, so I’m keeping the official list to four, for my own sanity. *nervous laughter*

I’m QUITE excited for these two new-to-me Pratchetts and this Diana Wynne Jones double re-read. Hurrah for March Magics!


I’m also hoping to post a bit for #MarchMagics on my Instagram but haven’t planned my month out yet so here’s hoping . . .

Let me know in a comment if you’ve read any of these! And if you’re participating by reading any Diana Wynne Jones or Pratchett books this month! 🙂

Review: Truesilver by DJ Edwardson

I have returned from a too-long blogging hiatus with a bit of an updated look to my review posts (shiny new things!) and a review for a delightful YA fantasy novel, Truesilver!

(And don’t forget to enter my giveaway for a hardcover copy of this book!)

Title: Truesilver

Author: DJ Edwardson

Series: Swordspeaker Saga, #1 (Book 2, Rimewinter, coming spring 2022!)

Epic Fantasy • YA (enjoyable by anyone) • 2021 • 318 pages

Read August 2020 • 5 stars • Fave character: Kithian • I copyedited this but loved it enough to buy the hardcover

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Ranger’s Apprentice meets the Wingfeather Saga, with a dash of Prydain, in this delightful saga of a one-time shepherd boy who becomes bearer of a sentient sword.

In this masterfully woven tale, the bright threads of a lush and original world and generous doses of both whimsy and peril twine together to tell the story of a cast of colorful characters who stole my heart.

Seventeen-year-old Kion came from the lowliest roots and was pulled into a journey of action-y adventure, deadly danger, and a high calling awaiting him. With his trusty friend the smith Zinder — a loyal sidekick if ever there was one, who makes up with wit and quickness (and fabulous hats and lock-picking skills) what he lacks in size — at his side, Kion is a hero I’d follow through perils thick and thin.

And this book and its soon-to-release sequel, Rimewinter, abounds with just the sort of adventure that keeps you flipping pages, all while soaking in the rich tapestried detail of the writing and world.

Hint: the sword is my favorite! It’s worth reading the book just to meet the sword! Not even kidding. But I don’t want to give any more away. You’ll just have to discover it for yourself!

(Some action/violence/war. Otherwise clean. Teens of any age would love the book, methinks!) If you’re tired of endless romance in the YA section, this is a fun one to pick up. 😉

Truesilver is the first book in a Noblebright fantasy adventure series. I recommend this one to any reader looking for a rousing good tale full of heart!


Giveaway

If you missed it, check out my giveaway for a hardcover copy of Truesilver! (Giveaway open through February 28, 2022.) And said post also features the cover reveal for the sequel, Rimewinter!

Also! Let me know what you think of the new look for my review posts!

Looking for more of my book reviews? Check them out here!

Giveaway + Cover Reveal! Truesilver and Rimewinter by DJ Edwardson

It’s cover reveal day for Rimewinter by DJ Edwardson and I’m SO excited!

I’ll be sharing my review for Truesilver (book one) here on my blog tomorrow!

But to extra celebrate, this week I’m giving away a hardcover of Truesilver as well! Be sure to scroll down to the end to enter that.

So, before I share the cover, here’s a bit about Rimewinter and some links!

Rimewinter by DJ Edwardson

There’s never been a winter like this.

Kion and Tiryn have not heard from their mother since the war began. It’s all but certain she was captured by the haukmar army and Kion blames himself. Now with his flaming sword, Truesilver, at his side, he’ll take on a whole host of foes to get her back. He only hopes his sister—who won’t be left behind this time—doesn’t get hurt along the way.

But the paths and wilds of the Four Wards hold more than just the haukmar hordes. Dark beasts lurk in the shadows. A traitor haunts their steps. And strangest of all, it’s started to hail—though summer’s just begun. Will the world ever return to the way it once was? And what chilling adventure awaits down their path?

Buy Rimewinter to discover the next legendary tale in the Swordspeaker Saga.

Preorder Rimewinter in paperback or Kindle on Amazon, or in Nook on Barnes & Noble. (A hardcover edition will also be coming soon!)

Add Truesilver and Rimewinter on Goodreads.

Or snatch up Truesilver, book one, for just $0.99 on Kindle at the moment (or in paperback or hardcover on Amazon or Barnes & Noble).

Check out the author’s website.

Cover Reveal!

Yes, I’m going to make you scroll just a biiiit farther. 😉

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Isn’t it amazing? Aaahh! I adore it! For the record, I’ve actually read this book already (as an editor) and I was blown away by the story inside just as much as by the cover. It’s a wonderful second book to a delightful fantasy series, and I’ll be sharing my review for the first book here tomorrow!

I could stare at that gorgeous cover all day long! *heart eyes*

But I’d better share the giveaway I promised . . .

Giveaway

I’m giving away one hardcover copy of Truesilver by DJ Edwardson.

I loved the book so much that I ordered an extra copy to give away when the time came, and that time is here now!

US entries only (I’m sorry! Shipping costs are a dragon, and not a friendly one.)

Giveaway will run until the end of February (so you have until the end of Feb. 28, 2022 to enter).

I’ll announce the winner on or after March 1, 2022.

The boring stuff: Please be 18 or have parent’s permission to enter. This giveaway is not affiliated with wordpress, Instagram, the author, or anyone/anything besides myself.

Enter via the rafflecopter below!

For ease of linking, entries include following me or DJ Edwardson on Instagram, commenting on this post below (or the review I’ll be posting) on my blog and/or commenting on DJ’s cover reveal post, signing up for my newsletter or DJ Edwardson’s newsletter, and of course a “free entry” just to enter.

Doing any of these things will earn extra points in the giveaway but you’ll have to enter them in the rafflecopter for them to count!

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Whew! I think that’s everything! It feels good to be back blogging again — I even spruced up the site a little. 🙂 Come back tomorrow for my Truesilver review. 😉

And drop a comment below! What do you think of the cover? Do you like wintry stories?

Don’t they look so cool together! (No pun intended — or, well, maybe it was intended. XD)

Thanks for reading!