Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Wish a Lion Would Hunt Down Early For Me

Top Ten Tuesday is weekly book blog meme now hosted by Jana over at The Artsy Reader Girl!

This week's topic is: Books I’d Slay a Lion to Get Early
I'm not really in the business of slaying lions because lions are badass and I'd prefer to have them on my side. That being said, I decided to merely switch it to books that I would love for a lion to hunt down and bring back to me as its prize. I also decided (I know, so many decisions!) to split this list between sequels I want to read but that don't have a date yet, a select few 2019 releases, and books that won't ever exist but that I can still pretend might be made. Got all that? Okay, read on!
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Sequels I Desperately Need a Lion to Find a Release Date For

The Fire Sacraments #2 by Robert V.S. Redick
Book #1: Master Assassins

Have I mentioned how much I loved this book? If you haven't heard me mention it, then you can check out my gushing review here. I am so looking forward to reading the next book!
Rolling In the Deep #2 by Mira Grant
Book #1: Into the Drowning Deep

After I finished Into the Drowning Deep, I felt desperate to find out what would happen next. It ended in a way that could make it a standalone, but also set up for a sequel. Seanan McGuire then posted on Twitter that she wants to write a sequel, but that it depended on sales for Into the Drowning Deep, so... go buy and read this book so we can get a sequel, I beg you.

The Empire's Ghost #2 by Isabelle Steiger
I read an ARC of this last year (and then bought the physical because I loved it so much, what can I say) and the entire book felt like total setup for a sequel and now I need a sequel. I haven't seen anything about release dates or a title or anything, so I'm hoping something will be announced this year. We'll see, but I can't wait!
(Review for book one)

2019 Releases I'd Like a Lovely Lion to Hunt Down Early

Guardians of Dawn by S. Jae-Jones
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I loved the Wintersong duology and I am so captivated by Jae-Jones' writing style. I really can't wait to read something new from her!

About the book: "Eileen Rothschild at Wednesday Books has acquired world English rights to Guardians of Dawn, an East Asian-inspired fantasy series by Wintersong author S. Jae-Jones. Inspired by girl-centric narratives like Sailor Moon, four girls must combine their elemental magic to defeat a growing evil and restore the rightful heir to the throne. Publication is slated to begin in spring/summer 2019; Katelyn Detweiler at Jill Grinberg Literary Management brokered the four-book deal."

We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal
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I remember when Faizal was first positing aesthetics for her book and I fell in love with those. Now that we have a synopsis and date, I cannot even say how excited I am to finally read it

About the book: "In the caliphates of Arawiya, the forest extends its palms and the sands bleed black. In Demenhur, the Huntress dons a man’s clothes, deceiving all, including herself. In Sarasin, the Prince of Death steeps his hands in blood. He no longer knows to dream. In Alderamin, the clock chimes for the ones immortal as the darkness stretches and yawns. And from the shadows comes a woman. Cloaked in silver and jeweled in crimson."

A Court of Thorns and Roses #4 by Sarah J. Maas
Sarah J. MaasOkay, so part of me wishes that the trilogy would just completely end where it is, but there's also a part of me that really loved this trilogy and just wants to dive back into this world and cast of characters. There aren't really any detail about this except that A Court of Frost and Starlight (which comes out today!) is meant to be a novella that  bridges the gap between the first trilogy and these new upcoming books.

Upon a Burning Throne by Ashok K. Banker

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This one is still somewhat new to me and I'm so intrigued by the synopsis. Banker is also apparently an extremely popular Indian writer and I'm really excited to read his book!
About the book: "By the author who launched a boom in Indian fantasy comes the first of an exciting new epic fantasy series inspired by Indian myths and legends, about siblings battling for control of a vast empire while a powerful demonlord pits them against each other."

Books I Wish A Lion Could Make Appear by Intimidating Authors into Writing Them
(uh, kidding, of course...)

Wintersong/Shadowsong by S. Jae-Jones

I know that we won't be getting more from this story, but I so wish we could get more. The story wrapped up well, I just love S. Jae-Jones' prose and the dark beauty of these books.

Six of Crows/Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

I know there's the Grisha Trilogy and that Bardugo's new book about Nikolai will feature a POV from a Six of Crows character (announced yesterday!), but I would just love to read endless books with this crew. I love this duology and these characters so much.

Literally anyhting by Michel Faber

I've loved everything I've read by Michel Faber, including The Crimson Petal and the White, Under the Skin, The Book of Strange New Things, and his short story collections. A few years ago his wife passed away frmo a long, difficult battle from cancer and he has said that he doesn't have any immediate plans for writing anything, as he and his wife were very much a team. I absolutely respect his feelings and honestly, everything he says in the article I linked just breaks my heart. If he ever writes anything again, I know I will pick it up ASAP and probably love it.

What books would you hire a lion to bring to you? Do you want to read any of the ones featured here?

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  1. I actually loved The Crimson Petal and the White, but haven't read anything else by Michel Faber. That is sad to hear about his wife and how they worked together.

  2. You listed so many books that I am also dying for! I hope we love them all :) Fantastic list! Thanks for sharing :)

    Brittany @ Brittany's Book Rambles

  3. That first line made me laugh. I want lions on my side, too!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  4. Into the Drowning Deep... I'm thinking I might want another peek into the Marianas Trench too (from the safety of my chair lol). Guardians of Dawn sounds pretty good.

  5. YES TO MORE SIX OF CROWS. My heart kind of refuses to read more of this world if it's not with this gang xD but fiiiine, I hope Nina is the character to appear in the new series! Fun post, Jordan!!!