To call it well written would be an insult. It’s brilliant. It’s a compulsive read – which in other circumstances could be trying to other authors given the range of subjects covered, papers mentioned, people interviewed. The narrative is so beautifully crafted that its easily one of the most accessible and fascinating non-fiction books I’ve read in a long time.
American War is Omar El Akkad’s first (first!) novel and about 50% through reading it, I wasn’t sure if my heart would be able to take anymore. But the characters and the story were just too compelling that I got pulled back every time I tried to put it down. I finally blitzed the last 40% or so …
A Conjuring of Light is the the third and final book in the Shades of Magic Series by V E Schwab.
Connie gets trapped in a mental institution but has started to escape to the future with Luciente – however it’s important that Connie fights her real world battles so Luciente’s future can exist at all.
A smart sci-fi thriller, set in the election year after the world has been divided into micro-democracies. But is the election under threat, and with that threat, the undermining of the entire micro-democracy system?
The Sequel to A Darker Shade of Magic by V E Schwab, we find ourselves in Red London for a wizard’s tournament with our favourite antagonistic couple Kell and Lila.
There’s a guy who can steal time and spend time (and hence is basically immortal) and the conceptual ghost of World War One…who live in the world, where an ancient immortal from the past basically disrupted time/space/other dimensions. It is 100% amazing.