Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten… Books On My Spring TBR


Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday – a weekly feature from The Broke and the Bookish, now hosted by ThatArtsyReaderGirl. Expect a new top ten list every week!


| Top Ten… Books On My Spring TBR |

Welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday! This Spring I intend to make headway into my vast, vast to-be-read pile, a huge and ever-growing thing that only ever seems to get bigger the moment I look away. This week’s Top Ten is just the tip of that literary iceberg, but encompasses the ten books I am most excited to read. heart

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The Ninth Rain

Book One of The Winnowing Flame Trilogy

by Jen Williams

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The great city of Ebora once glittered with gold. Now its streets are stalked by wolves. Tormalin the Oathless has no taste for sitting around waiting to die while the realm of his storied ancestors falls to pieces – talk about a guilt trip. Better to be amongst the living, where there are taverns full of women and wine.

When eccentric explorer, Lady Vincenza ‘Vintage’ de Grazon, offers him employment, he sees an easy way out. Even when they are joined by a fugitive witch with a tendency to set things on fire, the prospect of facing down monsters and retrieving ancient artefacts is preferable to the abomination he left behind.

But not everyone is willing to let the Eboran empire collapse, and the adventurers are quickly drawn into a tangled conspiracy of magic and war. For the Jure’lia are coming, and the Ninth Rain must fall… heart

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The Providence of Fire

Book Two of the Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne

by Brian Staveleyheart

The conspiracy to destroy the ruling family of the Annurian Empire is far from over.

Having learned the identity of her father’s assassin, Adare flees the Dawn Palace in search of allies to challenge the coup against her family. Few trust her, but when she is believed to be touched by Intarra, patron goddess of the empire, the people rally to help her retake the capital city. As armies prepare to clash, the threat of invasion from barbarian hordes compels the rival forces to unite against their common enemy.

Unknown to Adare, her brother Valyn, renegade member of the empire’s most elite fighting force, has allied with the invading nomads. The terrible choices each of them has made may make war between them inevitable.

Between Valyn and Adare is their brother Kaden, rightful heir to the Unhewn Throne, who has infiltrated the Annurian capital with the help of two strange companions. The knowledge they possess of the secret history that shapes these events could save Annur or destroy it.
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The Air War

Book Eight of the Shadows of the Apt

by Adrian Tchaikovsky

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An empress demands her birthright . . .

All is in turmoil as the world moves towards war. In Solarno, the spies watch each other and ready their knives, while Myna sees the troops muster at its border and emotions run high as it vows never to be enslaved again. In Collegium, the students argue politics, too late to turn the tide.

In the heart of the Empire, new pilots have completed their secretive training, generals are being recalled to service and armies are ready to march. Their Empress, the heir to two worlds, intends to claim her birthright. And nothing – either within the Empire or beyond it – will stand in her way.

A conflict is coming, the like of which the insect-kinden have never seen.heart

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Wrath

Book Four of The Faithful and the Fallen

by John Gwynne

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Events are coming to a climax in the Banished Lands, as the war reaches new heights. King Nathair has taken control of the fortress at Drassil and three of the Seven Treasures are in his possession. And together with Calidus and his ally Queen Rhin, Nathair will do anything to obtain the remaining Treasures. With all seven under his command, he can open a portal to the Otherworld. Then Asroth and his demon-horde will finally break into the Banished Lands and become flesh.

Meanwhile Corban has been taken prisoner by the Jotun, warrior giants who ride their enormous bears into battle. His warband scattered, Corban must make new allies if he hopes to survive. But can he bond with competing factions of warlike giants? Somehow he must, if he’s to counter the threat Nathair represents.

His life hangs in the balance – and with it, the fate of the Banished Lands.
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The Silver Tide

Book Three of The Copper Cat Trilogy

by Jen Williams
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Tales of the Black Feather Three and their exploits abound far and wide, and Wydrin of Crosshaven, Lord Aaron Frith and Sir Sebastian have become sell swords in demand. Having foiled powerful mages and evil magic, they now face a challenge unlike any before – in the form of Wydrin’s mother.

Devinia the Red, notorious pirate and captain of the Poison Chalice, is intent on finding the fabled treasure hidden within the jungles of the cursed island of Euriale. She needs the skills of her daughter Wydrin and her companions to get there, and our heroes cannot resist the lure of coin and adventure. But no explorer has returned from the heart of the island, and it’s not long before the Three find themselves in the clutches of peril. Deep within the island of the gods, there are remnants of forces best left undisturbed…
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Shadowblack

Book Two of Spellslinger

by Sebastien de Castell

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It’s a few months since Kellen left his people behind. Now aged sixteen, Kellen is an outlaw, relying on his wits to keep him alive in the land of the Seven Sands. He misses home, he misses family and more than anything, he misses Nephenia, the girl he left behind.

Then he meets Seneira, a blindfolded girl who isn’t blind, and who carries a secret that’s all too familiar to Kellen. Kellen and Ferius resolve to help – but the stakes are far higher than they realise. A Shadowblack plague is taking hold – and Kellen can’t help but suspect his own people may even be behind it. 
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Half a War

Book Three of the Shattered Sea

by Joe Abercrombie
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Words are weapons

Princess Skara has seen all she loved made blood and ashes. She is left with only words. But the right words can be as deadly as any blade. She must conquer her fears and sharpen her wits to a lethal edge if she is to reclaim her birthright.

Only half a war is fought with swords

The deep-cunning Father Yarvi has walked a long road from crippled slave to king’s minister. He has made allies of old foes and stitched together an uneasy peace. But now the ruthless Grandmother Wexen has raised the greatest army since the elves made war on God, and put Bright Yilling at its head – a man who worships no god but Death.

Sometimes one must fight evil with evil

Some – like Thorn Bathu and the sword-bearer Raith – are born to fight, perhaps to die. Others – like Brand the smith and Koll the wood-carver – would rather stand in the light. But when Mother War spreads her iron wings, she may cast the whole Shattered Sea into darkness.
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A Time of Dread

Book One of the Of Blood and Bone Series

by John Gwynne
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The Ben-Elim, a fierce race of warrior-angels, burst into the Banished Lands over a hundred and thirty years ago. They were in pursuit of their eternal enemy, the Kadoshim demon-horde. On that day a great battle was fought, the Ben-Elim and Kadoshim joined by allies from the races of both men and giants, and a great victory was won.

Now much of the Banished Lands is ruled by the Ben-Elim, who have made this world their home, extending their influence and power as they swallow ancient kingdoms into the protective grasp of their ever-extending borders. But peace is fragile within the realm and the Kadoshim that remain are now amassing on the edges of the empire….

Threats long in the shadows are about to strike. 
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The Court of Broken Knives

Book One of the Empires of Dust

by Anna Smith Spark

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They’ve finally looked at the graveyard of our Empire with open eyes. They’re fools and madmen and like the art of war. And their children go hungry while we piss gold and jewels into the dust.

In the richest empire the world has ever known, the city of Sorlost has always stood, eternal and unconquered. But in a city of dreams governed by an imposturous Emperor, decadence has become the true ruler, and has blinded its inhabitants to their vulnerability. The empire is on the verge of invasion – and only one man can see it.

Haunted by dreams of the empire’s demise, Orhan Emmereth has decided to act. On his orders, a company of soldiers cross the desert to reach the city. Once they enter the Palace, they have one mission: kill the Emperor, then all those who remain. Only from ashes can a new empire be built.

The company is a group of good, ordinary soldiers, for whom this is a mission like any other. But the strange boy Marith who walks among them is no ordinary soldier. Marching on Sorlost, Marith thinks he is running away from the past which haunts him. But in the Golden City, his destiny awaits him – beautiful, bloody, and more terrible than anyone could have foreseen.

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Age of Assassins

Book One of The Wounded Kingdom

by R. J. Barkerheart

To catch an assassin, use an assassin…

Girton Club-foot, apprentice to the land’s best assassin, still has much to learn about the art of taking lives. But his latest mission tasks him and his master with a far more difficult challenge: to save a life. Someone, or many someones, is trying to kill the heir to the throne, and it is up to Girton and his master to uncover the traitor and prevent the prince’s murder.

In a kingdom on the brink of civil war and a castle thick with lies Girton finds friends he never expected, responsibilities he never wanted, and a conspiracy that could destroy an entire kingdom.
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The Monthly Round-Up: February 2018


Welcome to The Monthly Round-Up. Join me as I look back on the past month to see which books I’ve read, the reviews I’ve posted, the goals I’ve completed and my all important Book of the Month!


| The Monthly Round-Up: February 2018 |

February has been a fantastically busy month but I couldn’t be happier to have returned to Books by Proxy. It’s been wonderful catching up with books, posts and this wonderful blogging community, and I have a whole heap of ideas for the future of this blog – as well as a ‘to-be-read’ pile as big as a mountain!

And with the weather turning into a veritable winter wonderland, I can’t think of a better place to be than being wrapped up in the warmth with a good book!.. Or settled down to write some long overdue reviews!

I hope you’ve all had a wonderful month! 😀


| Books Read |



Spellslinger

by Sebastien de Castell


| February Goals |

To read four books

Status: 4 of 4 Complete

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To write a review once a week

Status: 2 of 4 Complete


| Reviews Posted |

The Emperor’s Blades by Brian Staveley


The Hit by Nadia Dalbuono


| Other Posts From February 2018 |

The Month Ahead: February 2018

Tough Travelling: Shapeshifters

Chapter + Verse – The Hobbit: Chapter I – An Unexpected Party

Chapter + Verse – The Hobbit: Chapter II – Roast Mutton

Chapter + Verse – The Hobbit: Chapter III – A Short Rest

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten… Books I Still Haven’t Read

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten… Doomed Romances of Fantasyland

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten… Books I’m No Longer Interested In Reading

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten… Books I Could Re-Read ForeverTeaser Tuesdays: The Grace of Kings + The Hobbit: Chapter I

Teaser Tuesdays: Half the World + The Hobbit: Chapter II

Teaser Tuesdays: Spellslinger + The Hobbit: Chapter III

Teaser Tuesdays: Lois the Witch + The Hobbit: Chapter IV

Waiting on Wednesday: February 07 – Black Mirror: Volume 1 by Charlie Brooker

Waiting on Wednesday: February 14 – King of Ashes by Raymond E. Feist

Waiting on Wednesday: February 21 – The Bitter Twins by Jen Williams

Waiting on Wednesday: February 28 – The Hyena and the Hawk by Adrian Tchaikovsky

The Friday Face-Off: February 02 – Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds

The Friday Face-Off: February 09 – My, What Big Teeth You Have

The Friday Face-Off: February 16 – Groovy Baby

The Friday Face-Off: February 23 – The Staircase

Friday Firsts: February 02 – The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu

Friday Firsts: February 09 – Half the World by Joe Abercrombie

Friday Firsts: February 16 – Spellslinger by Sebastien de Castell

Friday Firsts: February 23 – Lois the Witch by Elizabeth Gaskell


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This Week by Proxy: 19 – 25 February


Welcome to This Week by Proxy. Join me as I look back on the past week to see which books I’ve read, the reviews I’ve posted and the goals I’ve completed.


| This Week by Proxy: 19 – 25 February 2018 |

Once again, I’ve seemingly been mired under a never-ending to-do list – which didn’t even manage to include a review! At least this week I managed to finish two books, which is a far cry better than the last. I’ve also moved on to my first re-read of The Fellowship of the Ring in preparation for future There and Back Again posts – and because I couldn’t resist starting it already! (Mostly because I couldn’t resist starting already). And I can’t even describe my joy at picking up a book I used to re-read on a yearly basis.

I hope you’ve all had wonderful weeks, happy reading everybody!


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Spellslinger by Sebastien de Castell

With an interesting magic system, a witty narrator and twists and turns a-plenty, the first book in the trilogy of the same title is an exciting young adult fantasy that had me tearing through its pages. (Though not really as I’m very gentle with my books… also it was on kindle).

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Lois the Witch by Elizabeth Gaskell

Lois the Witch is a short story by Elizabeth Gaskell published in 1861. This piece of historical fiction, depicting a young girl’s experience of the Salem witch trials, is a dark, depressing and incredibly well written tale.

 


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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten… Books I’m No Longer Interested In Reading

Teaser Tuesdays: February 20 – Spellslinger by Sebastien de Castell + The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

Waiting on Wednesday: The Bitter Twins by Jen Williams

Friday Firsts: Lois the Witch by Elizabeth Gaskell

The Friday Face-Off: The Staircase

Chapter + Verse – The Hobbit: Chapter III – A Short Rest


| February Goal Progress |

To read four books

Status: 4 of 4 Complete

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To write a review once a week

Status: 2 of 4 Complete


What have you been reading this week? Have you accomplished any goals?

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This Week by Proxy: 12 – 18 February


Welcome to This Week by Proxy. Join me as I look back on the past week to see which books I’ve read, the reviews I’ve posted and the goals I’ve completed.


| This Week by Proxy: 12 – 18 February 2018 |

This week has been quite a busy one and, though I’ve been reading throughout the week, have not actually finished any books at all! Shocking, I know. I have however, probably done the equivalent of reading The Hobbit once again as part of my There and Back Again season – so I’m going to take it as another re-read down! Hope you’ve all had a wonderful week!


| Reviews Posted |

The Hit by Nadia Dalbuono


| Posts |

Top Ten… Doomed Romances of Fantasyland

Teaser Tuesdays: February 13 – Half the World by Joe Abercrombie and The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

Waiting on Wednesday: Waiting on Wednesday by Raymond E. Feist

The Friday Face-Off: Groovy Baby

Friday Firsts: Spellslinger by Sebastien de Castell

Chapter + Verse – The Hobbit: Chapter II – Roast Mutton


| February Goal Progress |

To read four books

Status: 2 of 4 Complete

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To write a review once a week

Status: 2 of 4 Complete


What have you been reading this week? Have you accomplished any goals?

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Teaser Tuesdays: February 13


Welcome to Teaser Tuesdays – a weekly feature hosted by The Purple Booker. Expect a new teaser every week!


| Teaser Tuesdays: February 13 |

Half the World

Book Two of the Shattered Sea

by Joe Abercrombie

Fantasy | 484 Pages | Published by Harper Voyager in 2015


Thick neck darted towards her and she blocked his sword with hers, steel clashing, chopped at him and struck splinters from his shield, stepped away, trying to give herself room to think of something, slipped on fallen fruit in darkness and lurched against the table. A sword chopped into her leg.

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Thorn Bathu was born to fight. But when she kills a boy in the training square she finds herself named a murderer.

Fate places her life in the hands of the deep-cunning Father Yarvi as he sets out to cross half the world in search of allies against the ruthless High King. Beside her is Brand, a young warrior who hates to kill. A failure in her eyes and his own, the voyage is his last chance at redemption.

But warriors can be weapons, and weapons are made for one purpose. Will Thorn always be a tool in the hands of the powerful, or can she carve her own path? Is there a place outside of legend for a woman with a blade?

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The Hobbit

by J.R.R. Tolkien

Fantasy | 306 Pages | Published by HarperCollins in 1995


To the end of his days Bilbo could never remember how he found himself outside, without a hat, a walking-stick or any money, or anything that he usually took when he went out; leaving his second breakfast half-finished and quite unwashed-up, pushing his keys into Gandalf’s hands, and running as fast as his furry feet could carry him down the lane, past the great Mill, across The Water, and then on for a mile or more.

Very puffed he was, when he got to Bywater just on the stroke of eleven, and found he had come without a pocket-handkerchief!

~ Chapter II: Roast Mutton | Page 29 | The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien


| Synopsis |

The Hobbit is a tale of high adventure, undertaken by a company of dwarves in search of dragon-guarded gold. A reluctant partner in this perilous quest is Bilbo Baggins, a comfort-loving unambitious hobbit, who surprises even himself by his resourcefulness and skill as a burglar.

Encounters with trolls, goblins, dwarves, elves and giant spiders, conversations with the dragon, Smaug, and a rather unwilling presence at the Battle of Five Armies are just some of the adventures that befall Bilbo.

Bilbo Baggins has taken his place among the ranks of the immortals of children’s fiction. Written by Professor Tolkien for his own children, The Hobbit met with instant critical acclaim when published.

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  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Please leave a comment with either the link to your own Teaser Tuesdays post, or share your ‘teasers’ in a comment here!

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This Week by Proxy: 01 – 11 February


This Week by ProxyWelcome to This Week by Proxy. Join me as I look back on the past week to see which books I’ve read, the reviews I’ve posted and the goals I’ve completed.


| This Week by Proxy: 01 – 11 February 2018 |

The beginning of February saw my return to blogging – something I have missed for a long time. While I’m still finding my feet once again, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed creating new posts, reading books, both new and old, and catching up on everything I’ve missed in this wonderful blogging community. A huge thank you to all my blogging friends for welcoming me back, continuing to reading this blog and for continuing with my neglected memes in my absence!


| Books Read |

| 1. |

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

With the start of my There and Back Again season, I decided to give The Hobbit an initial re-read before proceeding chapter by chapter every week for my Chapter + Verse posts. Suffice to say my love for this book only grows with age, and I cannot wait to explore the ins and outs of Middle Earth a little further.

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Half the World by Joe Abercrombie

The second book in Abercrombie’s Shattered Sea trilogy lived up to all expectations as an action-packed, exciting read full of the trademark sword swinging, blood letting, comic violence and sticky ends. I cannot wait to continue the series with Half a War in the near future. 


| Reviews Posted |

The Emperor’s Blades by Brian Staveley


| Posts |

The Month Ahead: February 2018

Tough Travelling: Shapeshifters

The Friday Face-Off: Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds

The Friday Face-Off: My, What Big Teeth You Have

Friday Firsts: The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu

Friday Firsts: Half the World by Joe Abercrombie

Chapter + Verse – The Hobbit: Chapter I – An Unexpected Party

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten… Books I Still Haven’t Read

Teaser Tuesdays: February 06 – The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu + The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

Waiting on Wednesday: Black Mirror – Volume 1 edited by Charlie Brooker


| February Goal Progress |

To read four books

Status: 2 of 4 Complete

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To write a review once a week

Status: 1 of 4 Complete


What have you been reading this week? Have you accomplished any goals?

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Friday Firsts: Half the World by Joe Abercrombie


Welcome to Friday Firsts – a new weekly meme created by Tenacious Reader. New Book: First paragraphs. First impressions. New favourite?


| Friday Firsts: February 09 |

Half the World

Book Two of Shattered Sea

by Joe Abercrombie

Fantasy | 484 Pages | Published by Harper Voyager in 2015


| First Paragraphs |

He hesitated just an instant, but long enough for Thorn to club him in the balls with the rim of her shield.

Even over the racket of the other lads all baying for her to lose, she heard Brand groan.

Thorn’s father always said the moment you pause will be the moment you die, and she’d lived her life, for better and mostly worse, by that advice. So she bared her teeth in a fighting snarl – her favourite expression, after all – pushed up from her knees and went at Brand harder than ever.

She barged him with her shoulder, their shields clashing and grating, sand scattering from his heels as he staggered back down the beach, face still twisted with pain. He chopped at her but she ducked his wooden sword, swept hers low and caught him full in the calf, just below the mailshirt’s flapping hem.

To give Brand his due he didn’t go down, didn’t even cry out, just hopped back, grimacing. Thorn shook her shoulders out, waiting to see if Master Hunnan would call that a win, but he stood silent as the statues in the Godshall.

Some masters-at-arms acted as if the practice swords were real, called a halt at what would have been a finishing blow from a steel blade. But Hunnan liked to see his students put down, and hurt, and taught a hard lesson. The gods knew, Thorn had learned hard lessons enough in Hunnan’s square. She was happy to teach a few.

So she gave Brand a mocking smile – her second favourite expression, after all – and screamed, ‘Come on, you coward!’

Brand was strong as a bull, and had plenty of fight left in him, but he was limping, and tired, and Thorn had made sure the slope of the beach was on her side. She kept her eyes fixed on him, dodged one blow, and another, then slipped around a clumsy overhead to leave his side open. The best place to sheathe a blade is in your enemy’s back, her father always said, but the side was almost as good. Her wooden sword thudded into Brand’s ribs with a thwack like a log splitting, let him tottering helpless and Thorn grinning wider than ever. There’s no feeling in the world so sweet as hitting someone just right.

She planted the sole of her boot on his arse, shoved him splashing down on his hands and knees in the latest wave, and on its hissing way out it caught his sword and washed it down the beach, left it mired among the weed.

She stepped close and Brand winced up at her, wet hair plastered to one side of his face and his teeth bloodied from the butt she gave him before. Maybe she should have felt sorry for him. But it had been a long time since Thorn could afford to feel sorry.

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| First Impressions |

I started this book a considerable while ago and so, for the purposes of this post, went back to its opening chapters to get a sense of my first impressions. And boy does Abercrombie always leave a mark, even a second time.

As familiar to his work as anything, the opening paragraphs are filled with action. The narrative is so fluid, the fight scenes are etched out in such exact detail, and the characters given such dynamic realism that they could be standing right in front of you. This is what I love about Abercrombie’s writing. Stark, real and gritty.

Shattered Sea is without a doubt one of the series I will be powering through in the coming months. I only regret not having brought it to my new apartment sooner!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten… Books I Still Haven’t Read


Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday – a weekly feature from The Broke and the Bookish, now hosted by ThatArtsyReaderGirl. Expect a new top ten list every week!


| Top Ten… Books I Still Haven’t Read |

Welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday! This week we’re looking at the books which have been gathering dust on your TBR the longest.

If you’re anything like me, then your to read list is dominated with series that you’ve started and left incomplete. Before you know it, you’ve got a mountain of books tumbling off your shelves in need of reading as you struggle to claw your way out from under them. Such is the life of a fantasy addict.

After rifling through said mountain, I bring to you my Top Ten… Books I Still Haven’t Read – a list comprising some of my all time favourite authors whose work I shame myself in neglecting. Realising you have a problem, they say, is the first step to recovery… so here’s to catching up in 2018!
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Lord of Chaos

Book Six of The Wheel of Time

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Lord of Chaos, Book Six of The Wheel of Time, has been on my to read list for years. Years. Four whole years and six semi-whole months if we’re being exact and open to the full weight of judgement. I even have the next three books in the series sitting on the shelf next to their predecessor! But, with a list as long as my arm and a mind ever prone to distraction, I still haven’t got round to reading them… 2018 will be the year! I’m sure of it. Honest.
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Half the World

Book Two of Shattered Sea

by Joe Abercrombieheart

I’ve been to see Joe Abercrombie more times than I can count on my hands and have more signed books than is entirely right from an author who has published ten books. This hasn’t stopped me however from relegating Half the World and its successor, Half a War, to the metaphorical mountain of doom! Having read half the book and finding myself moving house in June 2017, it was left behind with so many book friends to keep my parents company until I could furnish my library with bookcases. Eight months later and the problem has only just been rectified. Little steps. 
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The Air War

Book Eight of Shadows of the Apt

by Adrian Tchaikovsky

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The Shadows of the Apt series is one of my fantasy favourites and Adrian Tchaikovsky has only gone from strength to strength since its publication. But even with a love as great as this, actually making my way round to reading The Air War has taken considerably longer than expected. With only three books remaining in the series, and with numerous additional offerings from its author, it’s about time Book Eight was dusted off.
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Words of Radiance

Book Two of the Stormlight Archives

by Brandon Sanderson
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No matter how big a Brandon Sanderson tome is, it’s never quite big enough to satisfy my cravings for more. Yet even with an addictive master storyteller like Sanderson I stay true to form; leaving Words of Radiance, the second book in what might be my favourite Sanderson series, gathering cobwebs on my bookshelf. And with Oathbringer now providing familial company to its predecessor, it’s high time Words of Radiance got the attention, and the dust off, it deserves.
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Tower Lord

Book Two of Raven’s Shadow

by Anthony Ryan
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The first book in the Raven’s Shadow series, Blood Song, was a tour de force in the fantasy genre and one of my favourite books of 2015 (yes, it came out in 2012 but I neglected to read it for several years – why change the habit of a lifetime). However, with Tower Lord and Queen of Fire still on my book mountain, and several intermediate short stories, the adventures of Vaelin Al Sorna are, for me, still very much in their infancy. heart

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The Crimson Campaign

Book Two of the Powder Mage Trilogy

by Brian McClellan

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Promise of Blood was undoubtedly one of my favourite books of 2016 – to say it blew me away would be an understatement, this series opener was phenomenal. In spite of this unwavering praise and the bloody pedestal upon which Mr. McClellan has now been raised, The Crimson Campaign still remains unopened, unread and appears only as ornament on my overcrowded shelves.
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King of Thorns

Book Two of The Broken Empire

by Mark Lawrence
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King of Thorn, the sequel to Prince of Thorns, has been abandoned to shelfdom for far too long. The excitement following the completion of its predecessor soon gave way to forgetfulness and King of Thorns was doomed to spend year upon year as a top shelf dust collector. But no more! The vacuum has been enlisted, the shelves have been cleaned and the second novel in The Broken Empire trilogy is in sight once more.
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The Skull Throne

Book Four of the Demon Cycle

by Peter V. Brett
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The Daylight War, the third book in Peter V. Brett’s Demon Cycle left us on more than a metaphorical cliffhanger and, following its completion, The Skull Throne took very little time winging its way to me. But this signed hardback has become little more than a decoration as book upon book put it to the back of my mind, if not the back of my shelf. But with the release of The Core last year, The Skull Throne has made it to the head of the queue.
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Calamity

Book Three of The Reckoners

by Brandon Sanderson
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After reading the first two Reckoners novels, I was lucky enough to win a hardcover copy of Calamity through Goodreads; but this fortune still didn’t exempt Calamity from an early life on a pile of books. Now restored to the illustrious rank of the shelved, the third book in The Reckoners series has more than a little chance of being read this year.

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Golden Son

Book Two of Red Rising

by Pierce Brownheart

My natural aversion to Young Adult fiction was overcome by the glowing reviews received by Red Rising. They didn’t exaggerate, I was not disappointed – Red Rising is incredible. But all incredible books should have a successor that remains unread for far too long and Golden Son has no problems in assuming this position. Recommended to friends long before I even remembered to read it, Golden Son is definitely earmarked for 2018.
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The Month Ahead: February 2018


Welcome to this February’s The Month Ahead at Books by ProxyBringing you blog related news and announcements!


| Announcement |

After a somewhat extended interval Books by Proxy is back! And I’m so looking forward to getting back into the swing of posting – believe me, I’ve missed it!

At some point in 2016, and again in 2017, my inability to strike a work / life / blog balance lead to a complete fall off the edge of the book-o-blogosphere – As many fellow bloggers can attest, sometimes we forget to just take it easy.

Life is considerably busier these days; 2017 saw me move into my new home with the other half, continue my foray into (not-at-all-wicked) step-motherhood, and commence the final step in my professional qualifications whilst assuming more responsibility at work. Something definitely had to give somewhere and, unfortunately, it was this blog.

Reading, however, remains my passion and, as I begin to organise my time more effectively and remember that this blog is for fun and my own peace of mind, it seemed like the perfect time to kick things off once again – both books and blogs are here to be enjoyed after all!

So here’s to catching up with reading, blogging and the wonderful online book community in 2018!


| Currently Reading |

Once again I am reading far too many books at one time – but why change the habit of a lifetime! This month I’m continuing my read of The Vagrant by Peter Newman and Half the World by Joe Abercrombie – two books which were started a considerably long time ago but got left behind when I moved house.

They are joined this February by the esteemed company of Lois the Witch by Elizabeth Gaskell, which I’m reading as part of The Gaskell Society lecture events in Manchester, The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu and The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien, as part of my There and Back Again feature (see below). heart


| Coming Up on Books by Proxy |

There and Back Again: A Journey Through Middle Earth, is an indefinite season of all things Tolkien here at Books by Proxy. Join me as I make my journey through the most defining literature of my childhood, and unravel the details behind one of the most spectacular fantasy worlds ever made.

Beginning with a re-read of The Hobbit – where week by week I explore the novel in Chapter and Verse – I aim to bring you a series of continuing posts which take us on a journey through the works of Tolkien.

This series will be ongoing and fluid with both regular, weekly posts and one-off explorations – Expect Middle Earth related content a-plenty!

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It’s back! I couldn’t return to this blog without returning to one of my favourite memes of all time – Tough Travelling, now hosted by The Fantasy Hive. Join me once again as I explore the biggest tropes and clichés in fantasy fiction.heart

During my prolonged absence, my wonderful blogger friends have continued with The Friday Face-Off and kept it alive for well over a year – something which makes me immensely happy! I’ll be jumping back into the meme with the list compiled by the amazing Lynn over at Lynn’s Books, where you’ll be able to see all upcoming themes.

Here’s what’s coming up this February in The Friday Face-Off:

02nd February 2018 | Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds

A psychedelic cover

09th February 2018 | My, What Big Teeth You Have

A cover featuring a cloaked figure

16th February 2018 | Groovy Baby

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23rd February | There are too many steps in this castle, and it seems to me they add a few every night, just to vex me

A cover featuring a staircase


| February Goals |

To read four books

Status: 0 of 4 Complete

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To write a review once a week

Status: 0 of 4 Complete

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What are you reading at the moment? What are your goals for the month ahead? 

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