Mel's Easter Reading List

 

The Easter long weekend has snuck up on us this year at Bookcase! I don’t know about you, but I’m greatly looking forward to having a few days off to read!

Every year my family would camp over Easter, and I would spend most days curled up out of the rain (Easter on the West Coast of Tasmania was a wet affair) with a fresh new book to dive into. This year will be my first camping trip in NSW, and my fella and I are heading off to the Snowy Mountains to relax and unwind away from the city bustle. Here’s my little list for the long weekend.

Tempests And Slaughter by Tamora Pierce

A recent release I’ve been very excited about is Tempests and Slaughter by Tamora Pierce. Tamora Pierce holds a very dear place in my heart, being the first female fantasy author I ever read. I started with the Protector of the Small Quartet and couldn’t get enough. Keladry was my first ‘strong female character’ and to this day is probably still my favourite. She’s strong, she’s stubborn, but she’s also one of the most chill chicks you’d ever meet. I love that about her. Anyway, in Protector of the Small I met a certain Numair Salmalin - a main character in the series chronologically before PotS, The Immortals - who is an impossibly powerful mage, and friendly mentor to Kel. Tempests and Slaughter is the first in the series The Numair Chronicles that tells his origin story. I loved Numair, he’s such a powerful and intriguing character. In all previous series’ his life before meeting Daine is mostly a mystery, which is why this book is so exciting! We finally get to see what made Arram Draper into Numair Salmalin, written by one of the best coming-of-age story writers I’ve ever read. I don’t want to get my hopes up too high- as it is only the first in the series, so he can’t be expected to save the world in the first book- but I do expect it to be charming, funny, and immersive, as Pierce always is.

Sweep of the Blade by Ilona Andrews

The next on my TBR is simply to catch up on the latest chapter of Sweep of the Blade from Ilona Andrews! This husband and wife writing team are the authors of The Innkeeper Chronicles, which was released chapter by chapter online before the final book was edited and published. Sweep of The Blade is not part of the series, but based in the same universe, and follows the sister of the protagonist of The Innkeeper Chronicles. If you haven’t read any Ilona Andrews I suggest you start right now, as this prolific writing duo have many fantastic series’, characters, and universes (which sometimes come crossover somewhat unexpectedly!) I actually recommend starting with The Edge series, as it introduces a couple characters that go dimension hopping and show up in The Innkeeper Chronicles. Sweep of the Blade is fantastic so far, as expected, and blends dry humour with such colourful and rich world building that I’m usually reading the latest chapter as soon as they upload it. Unfortunately I’ve been a little busy this month, and now need to catch up. I can’t wait!

The Healer Series by Maria V. Snyder

I’m intending to reread the first couple books of the Healer series by Maria V. Snyder after that. I started the series a while back and loved it, but unfortunately didn’t finish it (probably distracted by life, and then a different book). So I’ve been meaning to go back and read it all the way through, as it deserves to be. I’ve talked about Maria V. Snyder before, in this blog, so you may remember her first series, beginning with the book Poison Study. I loved that series but I was actually enjoying the Healer series more. I think because the protagonist, Avry, was not only very kind and strong-willed, but funny, and her story is a truly moving one. So I can’t wait to get back into this series, finish it off properly, and strike it off my TBR list.

 

 


So there we are, I have a hefty pile of great books to work my way through this long weekend! What books are waiting for you this holiday period? Tell us in the comments!