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WWW WEDNESDAY — AUGUST 31

Morning, all! I slept fairly well, even if I ended up in our spare room, cuddled to sleep by a toddler. It ended up being alright, though. Will fell right back asleep after waking up at 3:30. He is very demanding when it comes to how long I sing to him for, though. If I stop too soon, he’ll slam his arm on the mattress until I keep going. Goofy kid. Hope your Wednesday is going great so far!

SIDENOTE — I appear to be in a bit of a blogging slump at the moment. Not really in the mood to blog, just want to read. I promise I’ll catch up on blog hopping soon! 🧡

This meme is hosted by Taking on a World of Words. It’s super simple — all you do is answer the following questions.

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

I was blessed by the ARC Gods at Tor with a copy of Nona the Ninth, so I am currently in the middle of rereading Gideon, and then Harrow to prepare myself. Harrow was so confusing the first time I read it, that a re-read is definitely in order. The last book I finished was Ashes of the Sun. It was only okay. Full review linked to the book name.

What are you currently reading?

BOOK REVIEW: ASHES OF THE SUN BY DJANGO WEXLER

the book cover for Ashes of the Sun by Django Wexler
  • STAR RATING:  3.75 stars, not quite four stars
    PAGE LENGTH: 592 pages
  • DATE PUBLISHED: July 21st 2020 
  • PUBLISHER: Orbit Books
    WHAT SERIES?  Burningblade and Silvereye Trilogy
  • WHAT BOOK DO I START WITH? Ashes of the Sun
  • HOW MANY BOOKS IN THE SERIES? 3
  • CONTENT WARNINGS: Violence, Body horror, Gore
  • IF YOU LIKED THIS, TRY:  The Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson

Thank you to Orbit Books for providing a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

SYNOPSIS

Long ago, a magical war destroyed an empire, and a new one was built in its ashes. But still the old grudges simmer, and two siblings will fight on opposite sides to save their world, in the start of Django Wexler’s new epic fantasy trilogy.

Gyre hasn’t seen his beloved sister since their parents sold her to the mysterious Twilight Order. Now, twelve years after her disappearance, Gyre’s sole focus is revenge, and he’s willing to risk anything and anyone to claim enough power to destroy the Order.

Chasing rumors of a fabled city protecting a powerful artifact, Gyre comes face-to-face with his lost sister. But she isn’t who she once was. Trained to be a warrior, Maya wields magic for the Twilight Order’s cause. Standing on opposite sides of a looming civil war, the two siblings will learn that not even the ties of blood will keep them from splitting the world in two.

It took me longer than I’d like to really sink my teeth into Ashes of the Sun. It might be because it’s been a bit since I’ve read an epic fantasy, or it might be because this book is extremely slow to start. Nothing really happens for the first third of the book — no real insight into what the plot might be, no huge action, nothing like that. It’s primarily world-building, which is fine, considering this is the first book in a trilogy. However, y’gotta give me something. Despite that, I never really considered DNFing this, I just muddled through until it got interesting. The world is what kept me reading — Ashes of the Sun‘s setting is wildly unique. Set 400 years after a war, the world is broken, with vast differences in how classes live. The poor live deep underground, barely scraping an existence by, while the rich through extravagant parties without a care in the world. There’s magic, science, alchemy, and all sorts of fascinating creatures.

The two main characters — Gyre and Maya — are brother and sister. Throughout the book, their plotlines weave in and out from each other, which was a really cool way to piece the story together. I think, overall, I liked Maya’s storyline better. Maya is an apprentice of sorts, for the Twilight Order. She’s close to gaining her title, at the start of the book, and she’s doing everything she can to earn that privilege. She’s got a more of a welcoming personality, versus her very grumpy brother who just wants to end the Twilight Order. Their relationship was interesting – I truly can’t wait to see where it goes in the next books.

Brief, semi-aside — Maya is super gay. It was an excellent addition to the story. One that is not given any pause or a big spotlight. It’s just something that is. Her relationship with Beq was a lovely tiny side plot that I really liked reading.

My biggest beef with this book is that it wasn’t sure what story it wanted to tell for a long time. It’s not until like…halfway through the book that the main plotline actually comes into being. Like I said earlier — setting up for a trilogy takes a lot of work, but maybe this needed to go back to the drawing board a couple more times to really tighten it up. Maybe I’m the only one who feels this way, who knows. There was a lot of potential here, but a great deal of it went unused. (Though the plaguespawn and the horrors they represented were extremely cool.) You can tell the author is an enormous fan of Star Wars, and that that particular universe was…how shall we say…borrowed from quite frequently. I have nothing against that, as it was used in very cool ways.

The world and everything set up in Ashes of the Sun will definitely have me picking up the sequel, I just hope Blood of the Chosen is a little more well-rounded.

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PS – Don’t forget my Sabriel Read-a-long starts next week!

WWW WEDNESDAY — AUGUST 24

Will slept through the night last night after a hellish 15 month doctor visit. (He screamed the entire time.) He’s 89th percentile on weight and 74% percentile on height, so he’s a big boy! Doctor says we need to work on words, though, so here’s hoping he picks up some soon!

This meme is hosted by Taking on a World of Words. It’s super simple — all you do is answer the following questions.

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

I am currently like…15% of the way into Ashes of the Sun, and I’m enjoying it so far but whooo there’s a lot of world-building going on. Hoping some more interesting stuff happens soon. I just finished reading Beach Read, and mostly enjoyed it. The review will be out tomorrow for that one! Next, I’ll probably pick up Blood of the Chosen if I end up liking Ashes of the Sun enough to continue.

What are you currently reading?

WWW WEDNESDAY — AUGUST 17

Good morning, all! We had a decent night last night! Will slept through the night, and that means we all got decent sleep! Yay! I hope your Wednesday is treating you well!

This meme is hosted by Taking on a World of Words. It’s super simple — all you do is answer the following questions.

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

I’m currently buddy-reading Kingdom of the Wicked with Destiny. I haven’t gotten much farther than the uh…second sentence so I can’t comment on how I feel about it, yet! I’m also reading People We Meet on Vacation, and I’m about 30% of the way through that one. I like it so far, but not as much as I loved Book Lovers. We’ll see as I continue! I finished up Fake Empire on Sunday, and honestly…wasn’t that into it. I’m not even going to post a review on the blog. If you’re super interested in my opinion, you can check my Goodreads for a tiny little review. Next, I think I’ll pick up Ashes of the Sun, as Orbit was kind enough to send finished copies of the first two books in the series so I can be ready for the last book in the series.

What are you currently reading?

MONDAY MORNING – AUGUST 8

Good morning, my dears! I sincerely hope that you all slept well, and that you’re ready to greet the new week with a smile!

FRIDAY, AFTER WORK – I picked up Will from my Aunt’s, and we went straight home. Nothing particularly exciting happened this night, though I think we did start Sandman on Netflix — after Will went to bed, of course. We enjoyed the first two episodes, and just haven’t had the chance to get to the rest of them!

SATURDAY – Will slept until 6:30 with no wakeups. We cannot complain about that. With no real plans for this weekend, but an urgent need to wear out a toddler, we put our Zoo membership to use and went to see the animals. It quickly got brutally hot, though, so we didn’t stay long. (Not that our zoo is incredibly large to begin with…) Will did not go down for his nap easy, because nothing can ever just go smoothly with this kid. (😵) But down he did go, and then the rest of the day went pretty good. We went out in the yard and played in our tiny little blowup pool and splash pad! After he went to bed, I got to read, and enjoyed the quiet!

SUNDAY – Will, once again, slept until 6:30 with no wakeups. It was glorious. Sunday, we didn’t do anything much. I took Will with me to go grocery shopping, and he loved pointing at…well, everything. So much is new and fascinating to him, it’s so much fun to watch. He went down for a nap without a fuss, and then, well, nothing much happened after he woke up.

It was finally a mostly relaxing weekend! I hope yours was too!

I’m spot lighting Ashes of the Sun by Django Wexler today! Orbit was kind enough to send me copies of the first two books in this series, and I’m so excited to dive into them. I have heard nothing but good things about both of these books!

ASHES OF THE SUN BY DJANGO WEXLER

the book cover for Ashes of the Sun by Django Wexler

Long ago, a magical war destroyed an empire, and a new one was built in its ashes. But still the old grudges simmer, and two siblings will fight on opposite sides to save their world, in the start of Django Wexler’s new epic fantasy trilogy

Gyre hasn’t seen his beloved sister since their parents sold her to the mysterious Twilight Order. Now, twelve years after her disappearance, Gyre’s sole focus is revenge, and he’s willing to risk anything and anyone to claim enough power to destroy the Order.

Chasing rumors of a fabled city protecting a powerful artifact, Gyre comes face-to-face with his lost sister. But she isn’t who she once was. Trained to be a warrior, Maya wields magic for the Twilight Order’s cause. Standing on opposite sides of a looming civil war, the two siblings will learn that not even the ties of blood will keep them from splitting the world in two.

I hope you have a fantastic week, my friends!

TOP TEN TUESDAY – BOOKS FROM PAST SEASONAL TBRS I STILL HAVEN’T READ

HE SLEPT THROUGH THE NIGHT LAST NIGHT. Thank the gods. The gods, Children’s Motrin, and getting bumped up to the next dosage because he weighs more now. 🙌🏻 HALLELUJAH FOR SLEEP. 🙌🏻 Will’s still miserable, but at least the Motrin should actually nip the pain in the bud before it gets bad.

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl. The topic this week is BOOKS FROM PAST SEASONAL TBRS I STILL HAVEN’T READ. I’m guessing I’m going to have way more than 10, but we’ll see. Also as a note — I’m pulling these books from my monthly TBRs as well as seasonal TBRs. So, let’s take a look and see what we’ve got:

Okay, so there really isn’t that many. I’m honestly surprised. I’ve been doing better than I thought! Someone get me a prize! There’s a few arcs (Small Angels, Deadbeat Druid, The Kiss Curse) and a bunch of already released books I need to get to!

How many books do you still need to get to from past TBRs?

TOP TEN TUESDAY – SUMMER 2022 TBR

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is BOOKS ON MY SUMMER 2022 TBR. I have quite a few, but these are the ones I’m really dying to read. Most of these (six of them, to be exact) are actually ARCs or copies publishers have sent to me to get me ready for other books to be released.

Have you read any of my TBR? What are you looking to read this summer?

Wondering who the heck I am? Check out my announcement.