We’re back again to let you know what we are reading outside of work, our new monthly feature on the blog.
Have you read any of these books? What are you currently reading? Let us know below.
So, along with Blood Will Follow, Our Lady of the Streets and Greatcoat’s Lament over the last couple of weeks, I’ve also been reading Newt’s Emerald by Garth Nix. Garth Nix is one of my favourite authors ever ever ever and so I had to buy it. I’ve also preordered Clariel, but that’s a whole different story.
Anyway, Newt’s Emerald is a mystery about a jewel that is supposed to have given its owner power. Lady Truthful (Newt) is the main character just about to have the jewel bestowed upon her when the lights go down, a storm rolls in, the table with the gem on goes over and *poof* the stone disappears. It is then up to Truthful to track down this gem after her father falls ill and her three older (drunken) friends (brother-figures), declare they are going to go off to different parts of the world to find it.
Newt travels to London where she meets her aunt and must dress as a man to hunt down the gem – when she gets caught up with the enigmatic Charles Otterbrook. Action, romance and perfect pacing ensue and we are caught up in the world of Regency London with a dash of magic that ensures we are hooked from beginning to end. Spectacular and funny. I urge you to buy it.
Newt’s Emerald is a Kindle only novel and available for £4.83.
After a year re-reading The Wheel of Time series in preparation for the big finale, A Memory of Light, I decided to try to read more fiction outside of the SFF genre. For this reason I am currently reading Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
A winner of the Orange Prize for Fiction this novel beautifully tells the story of three lives that intersect in 1960s Nigeria, a country blighted by civil war. Jumping between events that took place during the early 1960s and the late 1960s you follow Ugwu, Olanna and Richard as the horrific Biafran War engulfs them and they are thrown together and pulled apart in ways they had never imagined.
A great read and one I would certainly recommend for any who want a short break from the SFF world.
Half of a Yellow Sun is available from Harper Perennial for £8.99.
When I read Peter Higgins’ Wolfhound Century, I knew it was something very special indeed: a twisted alternative Soviet Russia resonant with real-life totalitarian horrors, blended seamlessly with fantastical elements that are truly unique and completely compelling. In the first line we are introduced to Vissarion Lom, a man with a piece of dead angel set in his forehead, and that’s it, we’re dragged into a fast-paced thriller that is as unpredictable as this astonishing world Higgins has built.
And I’m now immersed in the sequel, Truth and Fear, and loving every single riveting, terrifying sentence … Peter Higgins is a real find, and I envy publisher Simon Spanton and Gollancz for getting to it before me!