Reading Lately: February 2020 Edition

I’m back with my book reviews for the month. I’m still not reading as much as I would like, but I did read one really large (and good!) book, so I’ll take it.

Reading Lately: February 2020 Edition | book reviews of The Indivisible and the Void by D.M. Wozniak; Nameless Queen by Rebecca McLaughlin; The Shadow of What Was Lost by James Islington | Puppies & Pretties

What I’ve been reading lately

The Indivisible and the Void by D.M. Wozniak: This is definitely a slow burn type of book. Democryos, the main character, is the Master Voider at the Citadel, the place where voiders (aka people who can enter the void and manipulate it) are taught their art. He answers to the king that is fighting a war and wants more and more voiders. Then, in the middle of the night his much younger and beautiful wife leaves Dem. He then goes on a journey to find her with an assassin and an effulgent (a priest). He finds much more than just his estranged wife on the journey, including evidence of all that he holds dear is completely different than he knew. The character growth is solid and the plot is good, even if it is a little slow at times.
3.5 out of 5 stars
c/o Netgalley

Nameless Queen by Rebecca McLaughlin: This was a solid YA book. Nothing too flashy, but it also wasn’t annoying. Set in a world where there are 3 classes, with the Nameless being so disrespected, they don’t even get names. The leadership of the cities is passed through a magic tattoo, and when the king dies, everyone expects his daughter to get it. But then a Nameless girl that goes by Coin ends up with the tattoo and it throws the city into chaos. What comes after is a lot of power moves, good relationship building and a quick moving plot. This book passes the time just fine if you are looking for an easy, but decent read.
3 out of 5 stars
c/o Netgalley

The Shadow of What Was Lost by James Islington: I’ve had this book on my shelf for quite some time and I finally picked it up. It caught my eye when it was compared to the Wheel of Time series, so I figured I would enjoy it. And I did. Set in a world about 20 years after a war between Augurs (people once thought of as almost gods) and “regular” people. Nearly all the Augurs will killed and people with lesser powers, called the Gift, submitted themselves to the Four Tenets that severely limit their abilities. Davian is a Gifted student that struggles to use his powers, only to find he has the powers of the Augurs. His fate is tied to others and together they could change the world. This was such a good book. Great characters, an interesting magic system, plot twists and great pacing. Perfect for people that enjoy fantasy, especially the likes of Wheel of Time or Brandon Sanderson. I’m already reading book 2.
5 out of 5 stars

What have you been reading lately?