Well, I've made very little progress on this challenge in quite some time! But I figured with the arrival of summer and a new month, I'd give it another go. :)
While I hope to read more than these two books this month, I want to spotlight these picks...
I am incredibly behind on the poignant Tales of Goldstone Woods fantasy series by Anne Elisabeth Stengl, so I plan to (finally!) read through Dragonwitch, which is where I left off. I own the books that follow after that one (Shadow Hand in paperback and the other three in ebook format), and I'd love to catch up again! Plus, I totally owe Anne Elisabeth and Bethany House reviews for Dragonwitch and Shadow Hand, so, um, I should get on that!
And I have been waiting FOREVER (or at least a very long time) for another book by Heather Dixon, author of a favorite of mine: Entwined. I pre-ordered Illusionarium (squee!) and plan to read it during our family vacation. Can't wait!!
Acquired Summer 2013
Submissive to her father’s will, Lady Leta of Aiven travels far to meet a prospective husband she neither knows nor loves–Lord Alistair, future king of the North Country.
But within the walls of Gaheris Castle, all is not right. Vicious night terrors plague Lord Alistair to the brink of insanity. Whispers rise from the family crypt. The reclusive castle Chronicler, Leta’s tutor and friend, possesses a secret so dangerous it could cost his life and topple the North Country into civil war.
And far away in a hidden kingdom, a fire burns atop the Temple of the Sacred Flame. Acolytes and priestesses serve their goddess to the limits of their lives and deaths. No one is safe while the Dragonwitch searches for the sword that slew her twice…and for the one person who can wield it.
Amazon | Goodreads
Acquired Spring 2015
What if the world holds more dangers—and more wonders—than we have ever known? And what if there is more than one world? From Heather Dixon, author of the acclaimed Entwined, comes a brilliantly conceived adventure that sweeps us from the inner workings of our souls to the far reaches of our imaginations.
Jonathan is perfectly ordinary. But then—as every good adventure begins—the king swoops into port, and Jonathan and his father are enlisted to find the cure to a deadly plague. Jonathan discovers that he's a prodigy at working with a new chemical called fantillium, which creates shared hallucinations—or illusions. And just like that, Jonathan is knocked off his path. Through richly developed parallel worlds, vivid action, a healthy dose of humor, and gorgeous writing, Heather Dixon spins a story that calls to mind The Night Circus and Pixar movies, but is wholly its own.
Amazon | Goodreads
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