When Zachary Ezra Rawlins discovers a mysterious book in the stacks of his campus library he begins to read, entranced by tales of lovelorn prisoners, lost cities, and nameless acolytes. Suddenly a turn of the page brings Zachary to a story from his own childhood impossibly written in this book that is older than he is. A bee, a key, and a sword emblazoned on the book lead Zachary to two people who will change the course of his life: Mirabel, a fierce, pink-haired painter, and Dorian, a handsome, barefoot man with shifting alliances. These strangers guide Zachary through masquerade party dances and whispered back room stories to the headquarters of a secret society where doorknobs hang from ribbons, and finally through a door conjured from paint to the place he has always yearned for. Amid twisting tunnels filled with books, gilded ballrooms, and wine-dark shores Zachary falls into an intoxicating world soaked in romance and mystery. But a battle is raging over the fate of this place and though there are those who would willingly sacrifice everything to protect it, there are just as many intent on its destruction.
In a sprawling mansion filled with peculiar treasures, January Scaller is a curiosity herself. As the ward of the wealthy Mr. Locke, she feels little different from the artifacts that decorate the halls: carefully maintained, largely ignored, and utterly out of place. Then she finds a strange book. A book that carries the scent of other worlds, and tells a tale of secret doors, of love, adventure and danger. Each page turn reveals impossible truths about the world and January discovers a story increasingly entwined with her own.
This month was a pretty good month. To be honest, the way that I view November is that it’s a bridge month to Christmas and the New Year!! This was also the month I finished my ONTD Reading Challenge!!!
This was a re-read for me and I remember this not being my fave book of the series so going into it I wasn’t expecting to enjoy it as much as I was. I found myself tearing up at the end and falling in love with a character I wasn’t a fan of when I was younger!
I didn’t know what to expect from this book has I hadn’t listened to the podcast for about 2 years. Was I going to get the references? Was I going to enjoy it? I ended up thoroughly enjoying this book and the main character in particular!
This was one long book, and turns out not as long as book 4! I really enjoyed this book. I preferred where the focus of the story went prioritizing the side characters over the main one. Adding more to the lore of the land and that ending was impactful! Not sure how I feel about the next 1000+ page book next!
Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James (DNF)
This one was not it for me! I was super looking forward to reading all about the lore and the mythology and after hearing great things and it winning awards I was pumped! Sadly, while yes it was rich with lore and myth, the book was filled with many triggering elements from sexual assault to violence. I felt very uncomfortable reading it which is a shame as it had great representation regarding LGBTQ+ and black characters.
The Dragon Reborn—the leader long prophesied who will save the world, but in the saving destroy it; the savior who will run mad and kill all those dearest to him—is on the run from his destiny. Able to touch the One Power, but unable to control it, and with no one to teach him how—for no man has done it in three thousand years—Rand al’Thor knows only that he must face the Dark One. But how? Winter has stopped the war—almost—yet men are dying, calling out for the Dragon. But where is he? Perrin Aybara is in pursuit with Moiraine Sedai, her Warder Lan, and Loial the Ogier. Bedeviled by dreams, Perrin is grappling with another deadly problem—how is he to escape the loss of his own humanity? Egwene, Elayne and Nynaeve are approaching Tar Valon, where Mat will be healed—if he lives until they arrive. But who will tell the Amyrlin their news—that the Black Ajah, long thought only a hideous rumor, is all too real? They cannot know that in Tar Valon far worse awaits… Ahead, for all of them, in the Heart of the Stone, lies the next great test of the Dragon reborn….