#5OnMyTBR is a bookish meme hosted by E. @ Local Bee Hunter’s Nook and you can learn more about it and find the prompts here. There’s a prompt every Monday based on 5 books on your TBR piles. Today’s #5OnMyTBR prompt is magic!
Runemaker by AR Kahler
Runemaker is the final book in the Runebinder Chronicles, I love this series! It’s a queer, post-apocolyptic fantasy with elemental magic. RUnemaker actually came out at the end of last year but it’s still on my tbr *hangs head in shame* but I can’t wait to read it.
Blurb: The end is here.
Tenn thought the spirits wanted him to find his fellow Hunter, Aidan, to win the war against the undead. But with Aidan on the brink of self-destruction and Tenn reeling from his lover’s spite, their fated convergence seems far from promising.
Especially because Aidan no longer appears to be fighting for the living.
With the Dark Lady whispering commands and Tom’s guiding his hand, Aidan slips deeper into darkness. And while the world rallies for its final battle against the Dark Lady’s minions, Tenn finds himself torn between saving the boy who’s slipping away and fulfilling a prophecy he can’t understand—one that will require him to harness the most powerful magic the world has ever seen: the Sphere of Maya.
And depending on who unleashes its power, that magic could either save humanity…or erase it.
Hollow Empire by Sam Hawke
Hollow Empire is the follow up to City of Lies and will be out at the end of this year and I’m so excited! Magic is on the rise after the events of City of Lies and I can’t wait to see Kalina and Jovan again.
Blurb: You never get used to poisoning a child . . .
Two years after a devastating siege tore the country apart, Silasta has recovered. But to the frustration of poison-taster siblings Jovan and Kalina, sworn to protect the Chancellor, the city has grown complacent in its new-found peace and prosperity.
And now, amid the celebrations of the largest carnival the continent has ever seen, it seems a mysterious enemy has returned.
The death of a former adversary sets Jovan on the trail of a cunning killer, while Kalina negotiates the treacherous politics of visiting dignitaries, knowing that this vengeful mastermind may lurk among the princes and dukes, noble ladies and priests. But their investigations uncover another conspiracy which now threatens not just Silasta and the Chancellor but also their own family.
Assassins, witches and a dangerous criminal network are all closing in. And brother and sister must once more fight to save their city – and everyone they hold dear – from a patient, powerful enemy determined to tear it all down . . .
The Final Strife by Saara El-Arifi
The Final Strife isn’t out until 2022 *cries* but it sounds so amazing! There not a lot of info about it about from the blurb so I’m not 100% sure it’s going to be magic but it’s definitely a fantasy I am anticipating.
Blurb: Stolen from her noble crib as a child, Sylah was one of ‘the Sandstorm’: 12 Ember children raised by rebels to one day bring down the empire — until a massacre left her the lone survivor.
Years later she spends her days numb from addiction, fighting (and winning) in the ring to fund her habit. But when her long-lost stepbrother returns, determined to fulfil the purpose they were trained for, Sylah is caught between her blood, and her loyalties.
Forced to confront everything she has run from, and the truth of her past, can Sylah achieve the destiny she was trained for?
Ashes of the Sun by Django Wexler
Django Wexler will be a new to me author when I read Ashes of the Sun but it sounds fantastic! ANd I am in love with that cover. It’s queer and has magic? Sign me up.
Blurb: Long ago, a magical war destroyed an empire, and a new one was built in its ashes. But still the old grudges simmer, and two siblings will fight on opposite sides to save their world in the start of Django Wexler’s new epic fantasy trilogy.
Gyre hasn’t seen his beloved sister since their parents sold her to the mysterious Twilight Order. Now, twelve years after her disappearance, Gyre’s sole focus is revenge, and he’s willing to risk anything and anyone to claim enough power to destroy the Order.
Chasing rumors of a fabled city protecting a powerful artifact, Gyre comes face-to-face with his lost sister. But she isn’t who she once was. Trained to be a warrior, Maya wields magic for the Twilight Order’s cause. Standing on opposite sides of a looming civil war, the two siblings will learn that not even the ties of blood will keep them from splitting the world in two.
The Stone Knife by Anna Stephens
You may have seen me mention The Stone Knife and or Anna’s first series of books – the Godblind trilogy (which I absolutely love) – The Stone Knife is the start of her next series and excited doesn’t cover it.
Blurb: A fantasy epic of freedom and empire, gods and monsters, love, loyalty, honour, and betrayal, from the acclaimed author of GODBLIND.
For generations, the forests of Ixachipan have echoed with the clash of weapons, as nation after nation has fallen to the Empire of Songs – and to the unending, magical music that binds its people together. Now, only two free tribes remain.
The Empire is not their only enemy. Monstrous, scaled predators lurk in rivers and streams, with a deadly music of their own.
As battle looms, fighters on both sides must decide how far they will go for their beliefs and for the ones they love – a veteran general seeks peace through war, a warrior and a shaman set out to understand their enemies, and an ambitious noble tries to bend ancient magic to her will.
Are any of these on your tbr?
Until next time 📚