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Three Books I'm Reading Now, 9/26/22 Edition

The Books I'm Reading Now

I'm currently reading three fantasy titles: one young adult novel to be published tomorrow and two stories that are each the second in a series.

I'm reading Spells for Forgetting, the newest young adult novel from Adrienne Young, author of Fable and Namesake; I'm reading In the Serpent's Wake, the second in the great young adult Tess of the Road series by Rachel Hartman; and I'm listening to Harrow the Ninth, the second in Tamsyn Muir's very dark, strange, sometimes funny, fascinating (did I already mention that it's dark?) Locked Tomb series.

What are you reading these days, bookworms?


01 Spells for Forgetting by Adrienne Young

When Emery Blackwood's best friend was killed and Emery's love August was accused of being her murderer, everything changed.

It's been years since the tragedy, and Emery is home on the island of Saiorse, running her family's business. August knows he isn't welcome in Emery's orbit. But when he returns home to bury his mother, magic bursts and gleams on the island--and long-held secrets come to light that will threaten everything Emery thinks she knows.

I received a prepublication edition of this book, scheduled for publication September 27, courtesy of Delacorte Press and NetGalley.

Click here to check out my reviews of Young's books Fable and Namesake (a duology) as well as The Last Legacy.


02 In the Serpent's Wake (Tess of the Road #2) by Rachel Hartman

In Rachel Hartman's Tess of the Road, we followed irresistible, hardheaded, wonderfully faulted Tess as she broke from rigid medieval gender roles in favor of adventure and discovery. That book was captivating, sometimes weighty, and often playful, but never silly. I loved it.

In the Serpent's Wake picks up where Tess of the Road left off. We're reintroduced to the story with an introductory poem written in verse that is funny, poignant--and also extremely helpful in its recap. It's the perfect reentry to the wonderfully cheeky, strong, faulted character of Tess as she tries yet again to be a loyal friend, refrain from punching people in the nose, and save the world.

Click here to check out my review of the first book in this series, Tess of the Road. Hartman is also the author of Seraphina and Shadow Scale.


03 Harrow the Ninth (Locked Tomb #2) by Tamsyn Muir

Harrowhark, the last necromancer of the Ninth House, wakes disoriented and without her full powers on the Emperor's space station.

She's haunted by a beautiful apparition she begins to think of as The Body, and to her surprise, her longtime enemy hands her letters written in Harrow's own hand, with confusing references and bossy, unwelcome directives she's inclined not to follow.

Trapped in the eerie space station with three grumpy, unwilling teachers trying to prepare her for the battle of all battles, Harrow has to determine whether someone is trying to kill her--and to figure out what she has to live for anyway.

I'm listening to Harrow the Ninth as an audiobook--and trying to keep up.

For my review of the first book in this series, Gideon the Ninth, check out this link. Gideon the Ninth was also mentioned in my Greedy Reading List Six More Postapocalyptic and Dystopian Favorites. The third book in the series, Nona the Ninth, was published in 2022, with the fourth book, Alecto the Ninth, to follow in fall 2023.


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