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Witch King
Witch King | Martha Wells
From the breakout SFF superstar author of Murderbot comes a remarkable story of power and friendship, of trust and betrayal, and of the families we choose. I didn't know you were a... demon.You idiot. I'm the demon.Kai's having a long day in Martha Wells' WITCH KING....After being murdered, his consciousness dormant and unaware of the passing of time while confined in an elaborate water trap, Kai wakes to find a lesser mage attempting to harness Kai's magic to his own advantage. That was never going to go well. But why was Kai imprisoned in the first place? What has changed in the world since his assassination? And why does the Rising World Coalition appear to be growing in influence? Kai will need to pull his allies close and draw on all his pain magic if he is to answer even the least of these questions. He's not going to like the answers. WITCH KING is Martha Wells's first new fantasy in over a decade, drawing together her signature ability to create characters we adore and identify with, alongside breathtaking action and adventure, and the wit and charm we've come to expect from one of the leading writers of her generation.
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Zuhkeeyah
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Overall, I liked it, but the plot sometimes felt forced. It‘s a soft pick for me. I did enjoy the back and forth between then and now, though I had trouble maintaining the timeline for past events.

A strong recommend for those who enjoy new magical systems mixed with politics.

Another Hugo award nominee.

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kwmg40
Witch King | Martha Wells
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Mehso-so

It hurts me to rate a Martha Wells book anything less than a wholehearted pick, but I just couldn't get into this one. The opening scene was fantastic and I liked the world Wells created, but the story seemed to drag on.

It did get a Hugo Best Novel nomination, though, so a lot of others must have liked it! #hugoawards #hugo2024

#gottacatchemall @PuddleJumper (prompt 55. Sirfetch'd: Titled character)

PuddleJumper That's a shame! 2w
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Kenyazero
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It‘s been a while since I read an epic fantasy, and this one did not disappoint. It was interesting jumping back and forth in time from where Kai is trying to solve why he was assassinated, alongside throwbacks to his journey figuring out his current set of powers.

Used for #OwlHouseReadathon Matt Tholomule: a well organized leader; and #GottaCatchEmAll Grimmsnarl: read the longest book on your TBR @PuddleJumper

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kwmg40
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These are the books I've got planned for the #AwesomeApril readathon! @Andrew65

Andrew65 Best of luck, great to have you with us 😊 Excellent book choices. 2mo
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peanutnine
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This was such a brilliant fantasy. The world building was phenomenal & the storytelling was thoughtfully paced. It was so interesting following Kai's quest to find answers in the present, balanced by the story of the past which revealed more & more of his and the world's origins.
This book was on my radar but I was hesitant to dive into such a sprawling fantasy. I'm so glad Sarah put it on her #ALSpine list, which encouraged me to pick it up!

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peanutnine
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I'm behind on reviews but my favorite February read was definitely Witch King - I kept looking for excuses to listen to my audiobook so I could get back to the story!
I'm glad for this bracket by @Catsandbooks as there is no way I can choose between the Queen or King just yet!
#ReadingBracket2024

Catsandbooks Yay! Glad you like it! 🩵 4mo
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wanderinglynn
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Martha Wells quickly became an auto-buy author with the Murderbot series. So I of course had to have her stand alone fantasy book. 5 stars! But . . . (1) I wish I could read it again for the first time, and (2) I wish there were more books in this world—I would read them all!

Book 2 for #yearend #20in4

Ruthiella I definitely want to try her fantasy work. I‘ve only read The Murderbot Diaries so far, but absolutely love them! Stacking! 6mo
RamsFan1963 @wanderinglynn @Ruthiella I've read 3 of Martha Wells fantasy novels, The Death of the Necromancer, City of Bones and The Element of Fire. IMHO they're all excellent. 6mo
wanderinglynn @RamsFan1963 she is a master storyteller 6mo
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wanderinglynn
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#weekendreads

In between writing sessions, I‘m trying to catch up on some readings challenges I‘ve fallen behind on.

Witch King is from October‘s #trappedinaspookyhouse

The Winter Garden is my Nov book for this round of #LMPBC.

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behudd
Witch King | Martha Wells
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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 8mo
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kgriffith
Witch King | Martha Wells
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I wanted something familiar but new, needing media to fill the heavy air but not having the bandwidth to process anything too close to our current reality. Enter the latest Martha Wells, whose Murderbot books have been easy, light reads without being “fluff.” I‘m listening to the audiobook but got the Kindle sample for the dramatis personae 😏

GondorGirl I really enjoyed this one. I'd like other books in this world. 8mo
kgriffith @GondorGirl it seems likely, given how prolific Wells is and the extent of the world! 8mo
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5feet.of.fury
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@bnp #lmpbc group F is on the way to you! 🍍🎃

I didn‘t get a group B book last month, but I know we had someone drop… but I don‘t have one to send for @sweetpealsd

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5feet.of.fury
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Mehso-so

The world was interesting, but at times felt overly complicated. Unique though.

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5feet.of.fury
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@Laughterhp I took your #lmpbc book to the Witch City @Pogue @bnp

Laughterhp Oo to Salem? 9mo
5feet.of.fury @Laughterhp yes indeed 🧙🏻‍♀️ 9mo
kspenmoll Salem is such fun! Especially this time of year 9mo
bnp Awesome! 9mo
5feet.of.fury @kspenmoll it is! I try to go atleast once a year. Already busy out there! 9mo
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CallMeIshmael
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Bailedbailed

I absolutely love Murderbot but this isn‘t it and I just couldn‘t get into it, I hate when authors make it so complicated to follow by creating words and worlds unnecessarily.

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Pedrocamacho
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This book is a ton of fun! I loved Kai, Ziede, Bashasa, and bunch of the other characters. I‘m just going to assume this will be the first book of a series 🙂

CoffeeK8 I am really looking forward to reading this! 9mo
Pedrocamacho It‘s a blast, @CoffeeK8. I hope you enjoy it too! 9mo
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vlwelser
Witch King | Martha Wells
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This author has a stunning imagination. If this turns into a series I will most likely read another. Unfortunately this does not substitute for a murderbot fix.

#BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

CallMeIshmael I‘m about 50 pages in and it hasn‘t gripped me yet, hoping it gets better 9mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 9mo
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Jen2
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Fun!!!

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Branwen
Witch King | Martha Wells
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Happy Friday, everyone! 💕📚🌿

Taking advantage of some outside reading time since I'm off today!

dabbe 🤩🤩🤩 10mo
AnnCrystal 😍👍 10mo
BethM So pretty! 10mo
Bette Didn‘t know what to expect, but I loved this book. 😊❤️👍 10mo
Branwen @Bette RIGHT?! It was so good! 🥰 @dabbe @AnnCrystal @BethM 🥰📚💕 10mo
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Laughterhp
Witch King | Martha Wells
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Mehso-so

So not sure I actually liked this. I don‘t want to say much because it‘s my pick for #LMPBC #Round18.

It‘s a heavy epic fantasy that has a lot of politics. It was interesting and I was intrigued but 🤷🏻‍♀️.

I‘m hoping to mail this out Monday, Tuesday at the latest!

bnp Intriguing. I've liked other fantasy I've read by her, so I'll wait and see. 11mo
Laughterhp @bnp This is my first fantasy I‘ve read of hers. I love her Murderbot series. And I‘m interested in reading her other fantasy books. 11mo
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Branwen
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Spent most of the day reading at the park! It was warm but not as humid as it has been, so it was really quite lovely! ☀️🌿📚 Has anyone else read Witch King by Martha Wells? I like her, so I was excited to read this, but it's blowing my expectations right out of the water! It's so fantastic so far!

HeyT I really enjoyed this! I think I read it over two days and then was like omg now what? Also I'm really peeved MurderbotBros are down rating it because it's not like Murderbot. (I say this as someone who loves Murderbot) 11mo
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HeyT
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#BookReport
This week was entirely dedicated to Martha Wells lol. I finished up my Murderbot relisten and absolutely devoured Witch King.

#WeeklyForecast
My goal this week is to make a dent in both of my current reads. Pump Six for the eyeballs and RBC to listen to on my commute because it's next month book club pick at work.

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HeyT
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I found this absolutely delightful and would love to see more of these characters and their world. There are like three different magic systems but you're not bogged down with the mechanics of it all. I know there's a segment that are buttmad this isn't Murderbot but I found this to be really lovely and will now have to go back and read more of her fantasy books because of it.

Bette Agree! 👍 11mo
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HeyT
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I am absolutely flying through this because I‘m loving it so much. As much as I love Murderbot I can‘t be mad that she is also doing more fantasy.
#CatsOfLitsy

LeticiaToraci I unfortunately didn't like it as much as Murderbot. 11mo
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rmaclean4
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What a delightfully complex world. There is a map as well as a Dramatis Personae! Loved the characters. I hope this is a start os a series. It's a great fantasy read. 3.5 🌟

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Branwen
Witch King | Martha Wells
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Today was the first day this week that the air was clean enough to go outside for a nice long bookish walk! The fires from Canada have caused the air here (and lots of other places too!) to be super polluted and unsafe. 😭 I was going crazy with not being able to come to the park and read/walk so I'm really grateful things started to clear up! 🌿☀️

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I‘m glad things are better 💚 12mo
JuniperWilde Fire smoke is so stressful. We get it every summer. Enjoy the fresh air 🌲 12mo
Branwen @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Me too! Thank you so much! 💕 @JuniperWilde Oh my god, I'm so sorry you have to deal with it every summer! 😭 How is it right now where you are? 12mo
JuniperWilde @Branwen it‘s ok right now. Every summer day without smoke is a blessing. 12mo
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Lindy
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He‘s no Murderbot but Kai the demon is still a character I could root for as he tries to figure out who assassinated him. Kai inhabits bodies of any gender & his closest companion is a witch seeking her missing wife, so I‘m comfortable calling this a queer novel. The dramatis personae takes 4 minutes at the start of the audiobook but Eric Mok‘s performance makes this elaborate standalone fantasy by Martha Wells easy to follow. #LGBTQ

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Lindy
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Finished patchwork trousers, which I made from quilt scraps donated from a friend who is no longer able to sew. I listened to the entire 13-hour tagged audiobook while I worked on them. #audiocrafting #LitsyCrafters

Freespirit Love these pants 12mo
Lindy @Freespirit Thanks! They‘re comfy and I am really pleased with them. 12mo
TheBookHippie Omg LOVE LOVE LOVE 😍😍😍 12mo
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MrsMalaprop How beautiful 😍 12mo
dabbe 🤩🤩🤩 12mo
Lindy @TheBookHippie Thanks ☺️ 12mo
Lindy @MrsMalaprop thanks ☺️ 12mo
Lindy @dabbe thank you 😊 12mo
Cathythoughts These are gorgeous! Beautifully made 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 12mo
julesG Gorgeous pair of trousers! 12mo
TheLudicReader Love. 12mo
Lindy @Cathythoughts @julesG @TheLudicReader Thank you my friends ☺️ 12mo
bnp Awesome! 12mo
Catsandbooks Those are amazing!! ❤️ 12mo
Lindy @bnp @Catsandbooks Thanks ☺️ 12mo
CatLass007 So amazing! 8mo
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Lindy
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Lizpixie
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Bk7Continuing on with my recent #BookHaul is the new book from the author of MurderBot.Unlike those, this one is not SciFi but a fantasy novel. Kai-Enna is the Witch King, but he hasn‘t always been, and he hasn‘t always been Kai. After being assassinated, his consciousness was in a water trap until he wakes to find someone trying to steal his power. But why was he imprisoned? What‘s changed in the world since he was murdered? Sounds fascinating.👍

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Twainy
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#Illumicrate signed special edition. The end papers are different images. The front & spine have gold foiling. Purple block sprayed edges on top & bottom & purple on purple digitally sprayed long edge. It‘s pretty I

Texreader Lovely!! 12mo
Roary47 Oh man so many pretty books! 😍 12mo
Twainy @Texreader @Roary47 I might be procrastinating … my reviews are SO FAR behind … 😩 I‘m 24 behind 😭 I have a feeling these will be short. 12mo
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Laughterhp
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Just signed up for round 18 of #LMPBC!!

This round is a bit different where you have to put a book down and you don‘t really discuss it with your group! (Terrifies me!)

But if you want to read the tagged book with me go sign up for #groupf!

It‘s a google doc this time, so find the link at @suvata ‘s page!

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Laughterhp
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It was our 6th wedding anniversary this weekend. My husband brought me to the bookstore and bought me some books. ☺️☺️

And then scrolling through instagram a bit later and Claire Fuller was apparently at the bookstore around the same time I did. 🤦‍♀️

#newbooks #bookhaul

TheAromaofBooks Happy anniversary!! 12mo
Tamra Happy Anniversary! I hope Memory of Animals is great! 12mo
AmyG Happy Anniversary! 12mo
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Ruthiella Happy Anniversary! 🥳 12mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Happy anniversary ❤️🎊🎈 12mo
Deblovestoread Happy anniversary 🥂 12mo
marleed Happy Anniversary- great gifts! 12mo
DivineDiana Happy Anniversary! Sorry you missed Claire! 12mo
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Booksblanketsandahotbeverage
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A quick trip to Barnes to pick up my free premium member tote and the Witch King caught my eye. I‘ve been in such a 📚 slump, I couldn‘t leave without it after the first chapter hooked me…

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RobynTholme
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This was my favorite book that I‘ve read so far this year! One of a few books that I‘ve finished and immediately started rereading. I love Martha Wells‘ protagonists so much, and Kai is no exception.

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LOOT!!! May's Illumicrate haul. The book is beautiful - a new fantasy from the creator of Murderbot. The plant pot is gonna be used for stationary!
Also pictured- bookmark, phone grip and book organiser that I haven't yet figured out how to use! 😆

Soubhiville I love seeing these! I‘m not a subscriber, maybe someday… their boxes always look fun! 12mo
RaeLovesToRead @Soubhiville It's like Christmas every month! (I've ordered a few past boxes too, but they have not yet been dispatched 12mo
Branwen What a gorgeous box! The bookmark is to die for! 💕 12mo
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RaeLovesToRead
Witch King | Martha Wells

I'm gonna post this month's Illumicrate box under a spoiler tag.

Is anyone here who follows me a subscriber? Are the spoiler tags necessary? Let me know your thoughts! 😊

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TracyReadsBooks
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Fascinating world, complex, shades-of-grey, intriguing, & likable characters & a focused, whodunit story set in a fantasy world. The Witch King wakes to find he was murdered &, collecting a group of friends both new & old, he sets out to find the answers to who & why. This isn‘t a sprawling epic fantasy but rather a story about found family & the lengths to which we go to protect those we love. Different from Murderbot but a good read I enjoyed.

Karisa Oh! I‘m a sucker for found family. Sounds great! 12mo
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TracyReadsBooks
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Started this one earlier and Wells just throws you right in. Story is switching between present and the past and right now, a lot of the action is taking place at sea! Yep, another book contributing to my new found love for fantasy stories set at sea—this one following after The Bone Ships and Dark Water Daughter…

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deirdrebeecher
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Mehso-so

I find myself torn. I want my Spec Fic writers to swing for the fences. But while I really enjoy the originality and ambition of the worldbuilding it is too much for a standalone. There were too many characters and important relationships were not given the time to gestate. Now I read the whole thing in a day with ease, so it is not fatally flawed. Just not at the same level as Raksura and Murderbot.

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sebrittainclark
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Hard choice between Witch King by Martha Wells and Mammoths at the Gate by Nghi Vo.

@chasjjlee

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TracyReadsBooks
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Today‘s #bookmail is super exciting—Wells is an automatic buy and I‘m thrilled she‘s written a new fantasy. Can‘t wait to dive in!

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Johanna414
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I completely forgot that I had preordered this… what a happy surprise I had waiting in the mail for me today!

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sebrittainclark
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5/5

I love this book! Kai wakes up next to his own casket and knows he has been betrayed. He just need to figure out why. Alternating between Kai's past and present, an rich world and incredible magic system are slowly revealed. I loved all the characters and the story that was told.

#netgalley

TheBookStacker I preordered it and am planning to bring on my vacation next month! Very excited! 13mo
Krdugan This sounds awesome! 13mo
WhyNotReadAllDay This does sound quite like such an intriguing book! 13mo
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Twainy
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🎧 Such a clever writer. From tension to laughter. I love Murder Bot, this is not that. This is a complicated entertaining superbly original fantasy epic!

Kai‘s a demon. Demons inhabit members of high families. This gives the families demonic powers & longevity. Why is this killer so likable? Great characters!

Two timelines. The past helps explain the present.

Such a cool premise. The groundwork has been lain for a new series.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

RamsFan1963 If you liked this, and it sounds great, and you haven't read them already, might I reccomend The Element of Fire, The Death of the Necromancer and City of Bones? All three are top quality fantasies, full of Well's trademark humor. 13mo
Twainy @RamsFan1963 I did … I think if people are expecting fantasy MurderBot they might be disappointed. I‘ve written down these recommendations 😁 thank you! 13mo
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julesG
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Mehso-so

This book read like a sequel, where you already know what the world and its inhabitants look like. It took way past the middle of the book until the magic system was "explained".

The first 20% I kept turning back, because I thought I had missed something. Then I just went with it, still thinking I needed more information.

The dual timeline gives some background, but not enough to make up for the missing world-building.

#ARC #NetGalley

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julesG
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I think I know what I'll be reading today.

Might have danced a little happy dance upon opening the email from #NetGalley. 😁

#ARC #MountARC

Pub Day: 30 May 2023

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TracyReadsBooks
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I don‘t know how I didn‘t know this was a thing until today but I didn‘t! And now I do and I am super excited. This is the first fantasy Wells has written in ages and as everything she writes is fantastic—hi Murderbot, I see you ❤️🤖❤️—I imagine this will be too. Murder, magic, and mystery in this new one. What‘s not to love? Publication is 5/30/23. Can. Not. Wait.