Hello readers and welcome to another edition of Fiction Friday! Today I will be talking a little bit about the books I plan to read (and one I have already read) in the month of April. And since it is Indie April, after all, I’ve selected exclusively indie titles for this month. Lets check them out!
The Serpent and the Wings of Night by Carissa Broadbent
So, I’ve actually already finished this one. It was a fast, fun read about a young human woman who was adopted by a vampire king as a child and raised in a castle surrounded by monsters that would love nothing more than to suck her blood. Exhausted and miserable about living constantly on edge, she decides to enter a dangerous tournament competing against different clans of vampires in the hopes of obtaining a boon from their goddess. Along the way she meets a handsome and almost friendly vampire, who has a lot more in common with her than she’d like to admit.
I won’t go too much into it here, since I have a review of the book coming up next week, but I will say that as far as vampire romances go I didn’t hate it as much as I did [the last one I read].
Of Blood and Fire by Ryan Cahill
So, I’m about 25% through this one now. This book is about a young man who has recently suffered a loss in his family and must embark upon a rite of passage. However he is soon swept up into the war that has been raging in his homeland for centuries.
I was initially hesitant to pick this one up as coming of age stories tend to stray too close to YA for my taste. However, I’d heard too many good things about Ryan Cahill to pass it up.
I’m chugging along at a fairly easy clip so far, which is good because the next title is intimidatingly long…
Eleventh Cycle by Kian N. Ardalan
Clocking in at nearly 800 Kindle pages, Eleventh Cycle is described as a grimdark fantasy that was just released on February 1st. I must admit I’m a little intimidated by this book, due both to the content warnings and the length. I’m not typically a fan of grimdark because, as I have mentioned before, I don’t like to be depressed in my spare time. But I’m trying to expand my typically very narrow reading habits, and this book is purportedly inspired by the world of Dark Souls, one of my partner’s most favorite video game series in the world, so I feel almost obligated to check it out – if for no other reason than to give him a recommendation.
Last up, a book a little more my speed…
Order of Shiran by R.K. Lander
This is another brand new release that I’m excited to tackle. This is a story about gods and elves and different worlds and war. I admit, I’m a bit of a sucker for these kinds of stories, mostly because there are so many different takes that I am always interested to see how different authors approach the genre.
And lastly, the book I’m currently listening to on audio…
Shadow of the Gods by John Gwynne
Okay, I know this one isn’t indie, but in my defense (if you can call it a defense) I’ve actually been laboring over this audiobook for a month already and I refuse to start a new one until I’ve made it all the way through. I’m really enjoying the story, but it is definitely not one I would have chosen for audio if I was familiar with John Gwynne’s writing style already. In any case I am looking forward to finishing this one up.
Five books in a month? It would be a personal record. Can’t wait to crush it.
That’s all from me this time. Tomorrow I’ll be bringing you a brand new writing resource for Shareable Saturday. Please look forward to it, and until then – may your writing be plenty and your struggles be few.
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