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Waiting On Wednesday: The Liar’s Knot by M.A. Carrick

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting On Wednesday was a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine. Each Wednesday you got to highlight a book that you were really looking forward to. Unfortunately, the original creator is no longer able to host the meme and it has now linked up with Can’t Wait Wednesday over at Wishful Endings.

This week I’ve chosen:

The Liar’s Knot by M.A. Carrick
(Rook & Rose #2)
Genre: Fantasy
Expected Publication: December 9, 2021

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Trust is the thread that binds us . . . and the rope that hangs us.

In Nadezra, peace is as tenuous as a single thread. The ruthless House Indestor has been destroyed, but darkness still weaves through the city’s filthy back alleys and jewel-bright gardens, seen by those who know where to look.

Derossi Vargo has always known. He has sacrificed more than anyone imagines to carve himself a position of power among the nobility, hiding a will of steel behind a velvet smile. He’ll be damned if he lets anyone threaten what he’s built.

Grey Serrado knows all too well. Bent under the yoke of too many burdens, he fights to protect the city’s most vulnerable. Sooner or later, that fight will demand more than he can give.

And Ren, daughter of no clan, knows best of all. Caught in a knot of lies, torn between her heritage and her aristocratic masquerade, she relies on her gift for reading pattern to survive. And it shows her the web of corruption that traps her city.

But all three have yet to discover just how far that web stretches. And in the end, it will take more than knives to cut themselves free…

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Waiting On Wednesday: Ambush or Adore by Gail Carriger

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting On Wednesday was a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine. Each Wednesday you got to highlight a book that you were really looking forward to. Unfortunately, the original creator is no longer able to host the meme and it has now linked up with Can’t Wait Wednesday over at Wishful Endings.

This week I’ve chosen:

Ambush or Adore by Gail Carriger
(Delightfully Deadly #3)
Genre: Fantasy, Steampunk, Romance, Victorian
Expected Publication: October 1, 2021

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London’s best and most covert spy tries to escape the man who has always adored her.

INTELLIGENCER

Agatha Woosmoss, the Wallflower, is the greatest intelligencer of her generation. And no one knows she exists. She has been invisible, capable, and cunning for well over four decades. Her greatest skill is in her ability to go forever unnoticed. Except by one man.

VERSUS INTELLECTUAL

Pillover Plumleigh-Teignmott is a professor of ancient languages at Oxford University. He’s tried to ignore his training as an Evil Genius and live a quiet life away from politics and intrigue. When an assignment goes horribly wrong, Agatha must hide and heal. So she goes to ground with the only person who’s always kept her safe, Pillover.

Can Pillover hold onto the deadly woman who specializes in getting away? Will Agatha realize that patience is indeed a virtue, and that perhaps it is good to be noticed by the one who waits? Spinning off from the Finishing School series, this story stands on its own and spans decades but was written after Defy or Defend. May contain vampires, old injuries, lost love, and the reappearance of many favorite characters. 

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Waiting On Wednesday: Blood of the Chosen by Django Wexler

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting On Wednesday was a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine. Each Wednesday you got to highlight a book that you were really looking forward to. Unfortunately, the original creator is no longer able to host the meme and it has now linked up with Can’t Wait Wednesday over at Wishful Endings.

This week I’ve chosen:

Blood of the Chosen by Django Wexler
(Burningblade & Silvereye #2)
Genre: Fantasy
Expected Publication: October 5, 2021

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Gyre finally sees a way to overthrow the all-powerful Twilight Order. But he’ll have to gain the alliance of both the ghouls and the human rebels to the south in order to even stand have a chance. And uniting them won’t be so simple.

His sister Maya is still a soldier of the Order. But after clashing with her brother, she isn’t so certain where her loyalties lie. Chasing the origins of a mysterious artifact to a long-lost library, she just might find the answers she’s looking for.

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TBR

My Physical TBR as of July 1, 2021

Good Morning,

One of my goals this year was to get my physical TBR down to 100 books. I am really happy to say that as of July 1, 2021 I have lowered my physical TBR to 91 books. I have decided that I want to try to keep a “smaller” physical TBR. There was many factors that has helped me come to this conclusion. Just to name a few 1) a smaller TBR will mean less anxiety for me when it comes to the books on my shelves; 2) I can continue finished series without pushing reading sequels out sometimes for years; and 3) I can read books that I buy without guilt from the older books on my TBR.

The books in the list below are in alphabetical order by title.

  1. A Master of Djinn by P. Djèlí Clark
  2. Arm of the Sphinx by Josiah Bancroft
  3. Blood Song by Anthony Ryan
  4. Circle of Shadows by Evelyn Skye
  5. Dawnshard by Brandon Sanderson
  6. Dragons of Autumn Twilight by Margaret Weis
  7. Dragons of Spring Dawning by Margaret Weis
  8. Dragons of Winter Night by Margaret Weis
  9. Geisha by Kyoko Aihara
  10. Geisha by Liza Dalby
  11. Geisha: A Unique World of Tradition Elegance and Art by John Gallagher
  12. Geisha: Beyond the Painted Smile by Peabody Essex Museum
  13. Geisha: The Life, the Voices, the Art by Jodi Cobb
  14. Half Sick of Shadows by Laura Sebastian
  15. Hall of Smoke by H.M. Long
  16. In Search of Mary Shelley by Fiona Sampson
  17. Jane Austen: The Complete Novels by Jane Austen
  18. Japanese Myths by Jake Jackson
  19. Le Morte D’Arthur by Thomas Malory
  20. Legacy of Ash by Matthew Ward
  21. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  22. Malice by John Gwynne
  23. Master of Sorrows by Justin T. Call
  24. New Spring by Robert Jordan
  25. Nightblade’s Vengeance by Ryan Kirk
  26. On Writing by Stephen King
  27. Peace and Turmoil by Elliot Brooks
  28. Requiem Moon by C.T. Rwizi
  29. Senlin Ascends by Josiah Bancroft
  30. Shadows Over Baker Street by Various
  31. Sherlock Holmes and The Beast of the Stapletons by James Lovegrove
  32. Sherlock Holmes and the Miskatonic Monstrosities by James Lovegrove
  33. Sherlock Holmes and the Shadwell Shadows by James Lovegrove
  34. Sins of Empire by Brian McClellan
  35. Son of the Storm by Suyi Davies Okungbowa
  36. Soulkeeper by David Dalglish
  37. Sword of Rage: Reigning Kingdoms by Jennifer Anne Davis
  38. The Affinity Bridge by George Mann
  39. The Antidote by Shelley Sackier
  40. The Black Coast by Mike Brooks
  41. The Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Stewart
  42. The Brass Queen by Elizabeth Chatsworth
  43. The Breathless by Tara Goedjen
  44. The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
  45. The Complete Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe by Edgar Allan Poe
  46. The Devil’s Diadem by Sara Douglass
  47. The Devil’s Dust by James Lovegrove
  48. The Dragon of Jin-Sayeng by K.S. Villoso
  49. The Emperor’s Wolves by Michelle Sagara
  50. The Five by Hallie Rubenhold
  51. The Golden Key by Marian Womack
  52. The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker
  53. The Jane Austen Pocket Bible by Holly Ivins
  54. The Labyrinth of Death by James Lovegrove
  55. The Last Apprentice: Fury of the Seventh Son by Joseph Delaney
  56. The Last Apprentice: Grimalkin the Witch Assassin by Joseph Delaney
  57. The Last Apprentice: I Am Alice by Joseph Delaney
  58. The Last Apprentice: Lure of the Dead by Joseph Delaney
  59. The Last Apprentice: Rage of the Fallen by Joseph Delaney
  60. The Last Apprentice: Slither by Joseph Delaney
  61. The Lazarus Gate by Mark A. Latham
  62. The Light of All That Falls by James Islington
  63. The Lights of Prague by Nicole Jarvis
  64. The Manifestations of Sherlock Holmes by James Lovegrove
  65. The Nature of a Lady by Roseanna M. White
  66. The Ninth Rain by Jen Williams
  67. The Obsidian Tower by Melissa Caruso
  68. The Omega Objection by G.L. Carriger
  69. The Osiris Ritual by George Mann
  70. The Queen of Izmoroz by Jon Skovron
  71. The Shadow of the Gods by John Gwynne
  72. The Starblade Chronicles: A New Darkness by Joseph Delaney
  73. The Tale of Murasaki by Liza Dalby
  74. The Tangleroot Palace: Stories by Marjorie M. Liu
  75. The Tethered Mage by Melissa Caruso
  76. The Thinking Engine by James Lovegrove
  77. The Thousand Deaths of Ardor Benn by Tyler Whitesides
  78. The Vanished Queen by Lisbeth Campbell
  79. The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson
  80. The Witch’s Heart by Genevieve Gornichec
  81. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
  82. The World of Lore: Dreadful Places by Aaron Mahnke
  83. The World of Lore: Monstrous Creatures by Aaron Mahnke
  84. The World of Lore: Wicked Mortals by Aaron Mahnke
  85. Theft of Swords by Michael J. Sullivan
  86. There’s No Place Like Holmes by Roseanna M. White
  87. Tower Lord by Anthony Ryan
  88. Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson
  89. We Ride the Storm by Devin Madson
  90. Women of the Pleasure Quarters: The Secret History of the Geisha by Lesley Downer
  91. Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson

UPDATED COUNT: 69

I have a question for you: Do you think I should come back and update this post as I take books off of my TBR?

What books are on your TBR? Should I push any of these books to the top of mine?

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New Releases

Waiting On Wednesday: The Pariah by Anthony Ryan

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting On Wednesday was a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine. Each Wednesday you got to highlight a book that you were really looking forward to. Unfortunately, the original creator is no longer able to host the meme and it has now linked up with Can’t Wait Wednesday over at Wishful Endings.

This week I’ve chosen:

The Pariah by Anthony Ryan
(The Covenant of Steel #1)
Genre: Fantasy
Expected Publication: August 24, 2021

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Born into the troubled kingdom of Albermaine, Alwyn Scribe is raised as an outlaw. Quick of wit and deft with a blade, Alwyn is content with the freedom of the woods and the comradeship of his fellow thieves. But an act of betrayal sets him on a new path – one of blood and vengeance, which eventually leads him to a soldier’s life in the king’s army.

Fighting under the command of Lady Evadine Courlain, a noblewoman beset by visions of a demonic apocalypse, Alwyn must survive war and the deadly intrigues of the nobility if he hopes to claim his vengeance. But as dark forces, both human and arcane, gather to oppose Evadine’s rise, Alwyn faces a choice: can he be a warrior, or will he always be an outlaw?

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Waiting On Wednesday: The Witness for the Dead by Katherine Addison

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting On Wednesday was a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine. Each Wednesday you got to highlight a book that you were really looking forward to. Unfortunately, the original creator is no longer able to host the meme and it has now linked up with Can’t Wait Wednesday over at Wishful Endings.

This week I’ve chosen:

The Witness for the Dead by Katherine Addison
(The Goblin Emperor #2)
Genre: Fantasy
Expected Publication: June 22, 2021

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Katherine Addison returns to the glittering world she created for her beloved novel, The Goblin Emperor, in this stand-alone sequel.

When the young half-goblin emperor Maia sought to learn who had set the bombs that killed his father and half-brothers, he turned to an obscure resident of his father’s Court, a Prelate of Ulis and a Witness for the Dead. Thara Celehar found the truth, though it did him no good to discover it. He lost his place as a retainer of his cousin the former Empress, and made far too many enemies among the many factions vying for power in the new Court. The favor of the Emperor is a dangerous coin.

Now Celehar lives in the city of Amalo, far from the Court though not exactly in exile. He has not escaped from politics, but his position gives him the ability to serve the common people of the city, which is his preference. He lives modestly, but his decency and fundamental honestly will not permit him to live quietly. As a Witness for the Dead, he can, sometimes, speak to the recently dead: see the last thing they saw, know the last thought they had, experience the last thing they felt. It is his duty use that ability to resolve disputes, to ascertain the intent of the dead, to find the killers of the murdered.

Now Celehar’s skills lead him out of the quiet and into a morass of treachery, murder, and injustice. No matter his own background with the imperial house, Celehar will stand with the commoners, and possibly find a light in the darkness.

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Waiting On Wednesday: The Tangleroot Palace: Stories by Marjorie M. Liu

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting On Wednesday was a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine. Each Wednesday you got to highlight a book that you were really looking forward to. Unfortunately, the original creator is no longer able to host the meme and it has now linked up with Can’t Wait Wednesday over at Wishful Endings.

This week I’ve chosen:

The Tangleroot Palace: Stories by Marjorie M. Liu
Genre: Fantasy, Short Stories
Expected Publication: June 15, 2021

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New York Times bestseller and Hugo, British Fantasy, Romantic Times, and Eisner award-winning author of the graphic novel, Monstress, Marjorie Liu leads you deep into the heart of the tangled woods. In her long-awaited debut story collection, dark, lush, and spellbinding short fiction you will find unexpected detours, dangerous magic, and even more dangerous women.

“The Tangleroot Palace is charming and ruthless. Tales that feel new yet grounded in the infinitely ancient, a mythology for the coming age.”
—Angela Slatter, author of The Bitterwood Bible

“Marjorie Liu is magic! Her writing is passionate, lyric, gritty, and riveting. She belongs high on everyone’s must-read list.”
—Elizabeth Lowell, author of Only Mine

Briar, bodyguard for a body-stealing sorceress, discovers her love for Rose, whose true soul emerges only once a week. An apprentice witch seeks her freedom through betrayal, the bones of the innocent, and a meticulously-plotted spell. In a world powered by crystal skulls, a warrior returns to save China from invasion by her jealous ex. A princess runs away from an arranged marriage, finding family in a strange troupe of traveling actors at the border of the kingdom’s deep, dark woods.

Concluding with a gorgeous full-length novella, Marjorie Liu’s first short fiction collection is an unflinching sojourn into her thorny tales of love, revenge, and new beginnings. 

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