Hello! I know I say this every month but honestly, how fast is this year going! We’re over half way through and I’m still just processing 2021. I managed to read 8 books last month and it was definitely a mixed bag as far as reading goes. I read a lot of ‘good’ books, but only found a couple that I would say I really enjoyed. The two books I’ve chosen to spotlight this month couldn’t be further from each other. One a dark fantasy filled with magic and romance and the other one of the quirkiest romances I’ve ever read set in a unique fantasy world! I also read Foul Lady Fortune and adored it, but I absolutely flew through it & completely forgot to tab anything so I will be reading it again to get my thoughts together before I review. How we’re your June’s reading wise? What books stood out to you last month? Let me know in the comments.
For the Throne by Hannah Whitten
Red and the Wolf have finally contained the threat of the Old Kings but at a steep cost. Red’s beloved sister Neve, the First Daughter is lost in the Shadowlands, an inverted kingdom where the vicious gods of legend have been trapped for centuries and the Old Kings have slowly been gaining control. But Neve has an ally–though it’s one she’d rather never have to speak to again–the rogue king Solmir.
Solmir wants to bring an end to the Shadowlands and he believes helping Neve may be the key to its destruction. But to do that, they will both have to journey across a dangerous landscape in order to find a mysterious Heart Tree, and finally to claim the gods’ dark, twisted powers for themselves.
“Didn’t she know it. How power conferred by nothing but name or title was never truly yours alone, always tugged at and picked apart by those who bestowed it. How power could be nothing but the strings that held you up; maybe it hiked you higher than others, but you were still a puppet.”
” I couldn’t kill you, not even to save the fucking world.”
“Red couldn’t save Neve, any more than Neve could save her. She wondered if anyone could, really. Saving someone else was a wall you couldn’t scale unless they threw you a rope.”
The Undertaking of Hart and Mercy by Megan Bannen
Hart is a marshal, tasked with patrolling the strange and magical wilds of Tanria. It’s an unforgiving job, and Hart’s got nothing but time to ponder his loneliness.
Mercy never has a moment to herself. She’s been single-handedly keeping Birdsall & Son Undertakers afloat in defiance of sullen jerks like Hart, who seems to have a gift for showing up right when her patience is thinnest.
After yet another exasperating run-in with Mercy, Hart finds himself penning a letter addressed simply to “A Friend”. Much to his surprise, an anonymous letter comes back in return, and a tentative friendship is born.
If only Hart knew he’s been baring his soul to the person who infuriates him most – Mercy. As the dangers from Tanria grow closer, so do the unlikely correspondents. But can their blossoming romance survive the fated discovery that their pen pals are their worst nightmares – each other?
“That is enemy cleavage, he reminded himself.”
“Do you ever look up? I mean really look? I find myself staring at the stars more and more lately, wondering what exactly it is I’m doing here.”
“I wonder, would either of us bother to scratch the surface if we knew each other in person? Or would we pass each other on the street and never bother to look?”