Reading Lately: May 2020 Edition

Hello friends. I started up school again on May 1, which limited my reading time (again). But I did read some really great books over the last month. I’m going for quality over quantity I guess 🙂

Reading Lately: May 2020 Edition | Book reviews of Legacy of Ash by Matthew Ward; Bloodwitch by Susan Dennard; The Obsidian Tower by Melissa Caruso | Puppies & Pretties

What I’ve been reading lately

Legacy of Ash by Matthew Ward: This is a good one. There are three main characters, Viktor Akadra, Josiri Trelan and his sister, Calenne. Set in a world where Josiri and Calenne are political prisoners due to their mother’s failed rebellion when they were children. Viktor is the Republic’s champion, the one that was there when their mother died and is hiding a dark secret. There is a threat of war from the nearby Hadari Empire, and they plan to start the invasion in Trelan lands (aka the South). But the ruling class of the Tressian Empire wants to use the Trelan’s and their people as a buffer in the war, as they are still caught up with the uprising that occurred years ago. Viktor goes to help turn the tide in the war. While the war that is coming could be bad, there is something much darker and older lying in wait in the Southern lands that the three will have to try and combat. I don’t even know where to start with how much I enjoyed this book. So much intrigue, political maneuvering, shifting alliances, and fantastic characters. Plus the magic if fascinating too. While I pointed out the 3 main characters, there are a bevy of secondary characters that play huge roles. Even though they are secondary, they are well rounded and there are several that you can love to hate. I can’t recommend this one enough.
5 out of 5 stars
c/o Netgalley

Bloodwitch by Susan Dennard: It has been awhile since I visited the Witchlands and it took me a bit to get back into the story. The story follows all of our favorite witches, but there is more of a focus on Aeduan (duh, its called Bloodwitch). We learn much about him and his history. Plus we see him grow and start to take responsibility for his plans and decisions rather than relying on others. There is always action in the Witchlands too, so you certainly won’t be bored. I really enjoy this entire series and can’t believe the next one won’t be out until 2021 at some point.
4 out of 5 stars

The Obsidian Tower by Melissa Caruso: This is a solid fantasy read. It follows Ryx, the Warden of Gloamingard, granddaughter to a Witch Lord, and user of “broken” magic from a childhood illness. Her family is filled with vivomancers, who can manipulate organic materials (think make plants grow, talk with animals, etc). But Ryx does the opposite. Her magic takes the life force of anything that is alive. While she doesn’t fit into the family, she carves out a role as a diplomat and is hosting a summit between 2 other nations. But there is a dangerous secret hiding in plain sight in Gloamingard and when it is opened, a war will be the least of Ryx’s worries. With this book, you get to see several different viewpoints on magic – either it rules everything or it needs to be controlled by others (not the mage). The magic system is really fascinating. The characters are decent – some of the secondary characters are kind of flat and seem to be there to fill a need. But most of the main characters are well rounded and interesting. I would recommend if you enjoy magic filled stories with politics thrown in along with an underdog type main character. I will definitely be reading the next book in the series.
4.5 out of 5 stars
c/o Netgalley