I’ve decided that, at least for the foreseeable future, I’m going to be participating in WWW Wednesdays, which is a meme hosted over at Taking On a World of Words. To take part, you just answer the three questions below, and link back to TOaWoW!
What are you currently reading?
Right now my Currently-Reading shelf on Goodreads is at 41 books, because I am terrible, but my main read of the moment is probably The Dawnhounds by Sascha Stronach.The Dawnhounds (Against the Quiet, #1) by Sascha Stronach
Representation: Bi/Pansexual MC
"Come here, my dearest calamity. I’ve a story to tell— it starts with a shipwreck, and ends with a kiss."
A ship rolls through the fog, its doomed crew fallen victim to an engineered plague. Yat Jyn-Hok—disgraced cop, former thief, long lost love to a flame-haired street girl—stumbles across its deadly trail, but powerful men will do anything to keep it secret.
They kill Yat.
It doesn’t stick.
An ancient intelligence reanimates her, and sends her out to enact its monstrous designs. She has her own plans: to find her lost love, and solve her own murder before the plague tears the city to pieces. But what are the golden threads she sees running through the city walls? What does her inhuman saviour want from her? Why can’t she die?
Set in Hainak Kuay Vitraj—where lost gods live in the cracks in the sidewalk, where the miracle of alchemical botany makes flesh as malleable as clay—The Dawnhounds is a story of rebirth, redemption, and the long road home.
I’m absolutely in love with it. The worldbuilding is extraordinary, with a city mostly built out of programmed plants – there are living houses made out of a kind of moss that lives on particles of shed skin and hair, so all a person has to do to take care of it is live in it! I’m at the 25% mark, which has mostly been introducing us to Yat, a pansexual police officer whose career has been stimmied by her being outed, and to the incredibly strange and wonderful city she lives in. But she’s just died and been brought to life (not a spoiler, it’s in the book’s blurb), so I think the supernatural shenanigans are about to start.
Like I said, I love it so much right now, and I’m hoping I can review this one properly when I’m done. I discovered it when Foz Meadows’ 5-star rating of it popped up on my Goodreads timeline, and Meadows being a) one of my favourite authors and b) one of my favourite bloggers/critics, I knew I had to check it out. And I’m so glad I did!!!
What did you recently finish reading?The Tyrant Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson
Representation: Lesbian WoC MC, sapphic characters, gay characters, cast of colour
Seth Dickinson's epic fantasy series which began with The Traitor Baru Cormorant, returns with the third book, The Tyrant Baru Cormorant.
The hunt is over. After fifteen years of lies and sacrifice, Baru Cormorant has the power to destroy the Imperial Republic of Falcrest that she pretends to serve. The secret society called the Cancrioth is real, and Baru is among them.
But the Cancrioth's weapon cannot distinguish the guilty from the innocent. If it escapes quarantine, the ancient hemorrhagic plague called the Kettling will kill hundreds of millions...not just in Falcrest, but all across the world. History will end in a black bloodstain.
Is that justice? Is this really what Tain Hu hoped for when she sacrificed herself?
Baru's enemies close in from all sides. Baru's own mind teeters on the edge of madness or shattering revelation. Now she must choose between genocidal revenge and a far more difficult path—a conspiracy of judges, kings, spies and immortals, puppeteering the world's riches and two great wars in a gambit for the ultimate prize.
If Baru had absolute power over the Imperial Republic, she could force Falcrest to abandon its colonies and make right its crimes.
I’m SO GLAD I decided to reread the first two books in this series before jumping into Tyrant. GOOD CALL PAST!ME. For one thing, I think I understood much more of book 2 than I did the first time I read it. But especially coming right on the heels of the bleakness of The Monster Baru Cormorant, I was surprised that I ended up loving this as much as I did. I mean, there were, as usual, so many moments when I wanted to throw up, but altogether Tyrant is very much a hopeful book – making it very different from the rest of the series! And I really feel like Dickinson is growing stronger as a writer with each book – this was genuinely a masterpiece, dissecting and overcoming the poisonous conditioning Baru has undergone. In Tyrant Baru really starts healing, and it’s beautiful and powerful and validating and triumphant, even when it isn’t.
It’s also such a Big Name book that I don’t feel like I have anything to add to the discussion around it, so I’m unlikely to review it properly.
What do you think you’ll read next?
I mean, my currently reading shelf is VERY FULL, but the next book I need to get to is this one!Brothersong (Green Creek, #4) by T.J. Klune
Representation: M/M, queer cast
In the ruins of Caswell, Maine, Carter Bennett learned the truth of what had been right in front of him the entire time. And then it—he—was gone.
Desperate for answers, Carter takes to the road, leaving family and the safety of his pack behind, all in the name of a man he only knows as a feral wolf. But therein lies the danger: wolves are pack animals, and the longer Carter is on his own, the more his mind slips toward the endless void of Omega insanity.
But he pushes on, following the trail left by Gavin.
Gavin, the son of Robert Livingstone. The half-brother of Gordo Livingstone.
What Carter finds will change the course of the wolves forever. Because Gavin’s history with the Bennett pack goes back further than anyone knows, a secret kept hidden by Carter’s father, Thomas Bennett.
And with this knowledge comes a price: the sins of the fathers now rest upon the shoulders of their sons.
I’ve been rereading the series so I’m all prepped and ready to dive into the finale, and currently I’m reading Heartsong. But once I’m done with that, it’s on to Brothersong…and a whole lot of sobbing and FEELS, probably.
I’M NOT READY FOR THIS SERIES TO BE OVER, OKAY?
What is everyone else reading right now?