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?In Veritas by C.J. Lavigne
"Things that are and are not, she thinks, and the dog is a snake."
In this fantastic and fantastical debut, C.J. Lavigne concocts a wondrous realm overlaying a city that brims with civic workers and pigeons. Led by her synesthesia, Verity Richards discovers a hidden world inside an old Ottawa theatre. Within the timeworn walls live people who should not exist--people whose very survival is threatened by science, technology, and natural law. Verity must submerge herself in this impossible reality to help save the last traces of their broken community. Her guides: a magician, his shadow-dog, a dying angel, and a knife-edged woman who is more than half ghost.
With great empathy and imagination, In Veritas explores the nature of truth and the complexities of human communication.
The book that is currently consuming me is In Veritas, in which a synesthesiac stumbles upon real magic. My husband has synesthesia, and I’ve written about it for work, and it’s very, very cool to see it in a fantasy novel. I’m not sure I’ve ever come across synesthesia before in a novel, actually. Moments of synesthesia caused by something weird that happens in the story, sure. Characters who were born with it, no.
I like it because – besides the beautiful writing, and the really magical magic – this isn’t one of those times with a ‘you’re not crazy, you’re magic!’ thing. (Not that synesthesia is a mental illness.) The main character can tell truth from illusion because of how her synesthesia works, but it’s not that she was nuerotypical all along and just needs to learn to use her powers.
I’m also just ridiculously excited to see where the story is going, and more of the world in which it’s set and the characters who live in it!
What did you recently finish reading?The Forever Sea by Joshua Phillip Johnson
Representation: Bisexual MC, F/F or wlw
on 19th January 2021
The first book in a new environmental epic fantasy series set in a world where ships kept afloat by magical hearthfires sail an endless grass sea.
On the never-ending, miles-high expanse of prairie grasses known as the Forever Sea, Kindred Greyreach, hearthfire keeper and sailor aboard harvesting vessel The Errant, is just beginning to fit in with the crew of her new ship when she receives devastating news. Her grandmother--The Marchess, legendary captain and hearthfire keeper--has stepped from her vessel and disappeared into the sea.
But the note she leaves Kindred suggests this was not an act of suicide. Something waits in the depths, and the Marchess has set out to find it.
To follow in her grandmother's footsteps, Kindred must embroil herself in conflicts bigger than she could imagine: a water war simmering below the surface of two cultures; the politics of a mythic pirate city floating beyond the edges of safe seas; battles against beasts of the deep, driven to the brink of madness; and the elusive promise of a world below the waves.
Kindred finds that she will sacrifice almost everything--ship, crew, and a life sailing in the sun--to discover the truth of the darkness that waits below the Forever Sea.
I just finished my ARC of The Forever Sea, and would be working on a review now if I was able to type, instead of picking out letters on my keyboard with a stylus. (It’s a very bad fibro day and my hands are Not Working.) This is being touted as environmental fantasy, which it kind of is, but that’s a very small part of what’s essentially an adventure story. The worldbuilding is amazing and unique, we have pirates and a bisexual MC and a missing Marchess… I enjoyed it a lot, with very few caveats.
What do you think you’ll read next?The Bone Ships (The Tide Child, #1) by R.J. Barker
A crew of condemned criminals embark on a suicide mission to hunt the first sea dragon seen in centuries in the first book of this adventure fantasy trilogy.
Violent raids plague the divided isles of the Scattered Archipelago. Fleets constantly battle for dominance and glory, and no commander stands higher among them than "Lucky" Meas Gilbryn.But betrayed and condemned to command a ship of criminals, Meas is forced on suicide mission to hunt the first living sea-dragon in generations. Everyone wants it, but Meas Gilbryn has her own ideas about the great beast. In the Scattered Archipelago, a dragon's life, like all lives, is bound in blood, death and treachery.
The Bone Ships – gotta reread this because the sequel just came out! It’s a matriarchy whose greatest treasure is their made-of-seadragon-bone ships, and what they’re going to do when one of the thought-extinct sea-dragons appears. I loved it, can’t wait to dive in again, and then into the sequel!
And now, I’ve really got yo sign off. Until next time!