Reading roundup 17/11/21

I am really pleased that I have managed to meet my Goodreads’ goal of reading 60 books this year and that there is more reading time left in 2021! There may be a few in the list that I didn’t finish, but I feel that I have done really well, all things considered.

War of the Wolf
by Bernard Cornwell

My first read of the week was Bernard Cornwell’s 11th episode in his The Last Kingdom series: War of the Wolf. Having read the first ten of the books, I was thrilled to find that three more have been published! I quickly bought all three and started reading. Here is the blurb:

”His blood is Saxon
His heart is Viking
His battleground is England

“Perhaps the greatest writer of historical adventure novels today” (Washington Post), Bernard Cornwell has dazzled and entertained readers and critics with his page-turning bestsellers. Of all his protagonists, however, none is as beloved as Uhtred of Bebbanburg.

And while Uhtred might have regained his family’s fortress, it seems that a peaceful life is not to be – as he is under threat from both an old enemy and a new foe. The old enemy comes from Wessex where a dynastic struggle will determine who will be the next king. And the new foe is Sköll, a Norseman, whose ambition is to be King of Northumbria and who leads a frightening army of wolf-warriors, men who fight half-crazed in the belief that they are indeed wolves. Uhtred, believing he is cursed, must fend off one enemy while he tries to destroy the other. In this new chapter of the Saxon Tales series—a rousing adventure of courage, treachery, duty, devotion, majesty, love and battle, as seen through the eyes of a warrior straddling two worlds—Uhtred returns to fight once again for the destiny of England.”

And this is my response as written on Goodreads:

War of the Wolf (The Last Kingdom, #11)War of the Wolf by Bernard Cornwell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was so pleased when I realised that there were more books in this series! Having just finished this one, I am amazed at the continuing high quality writing and story telling. I was gripped from start to finish and found it hard to put the book down at all!

I think that Uhtred is one of my most favourite characters of all, even if his superstitious nature occasionally annoys! The twists in the plot are great again and I am so pleased that I have the rest of the series lined up for me to read next.

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Crown of Midnight
by Sarah J Maas

After all this excitement I could have just picked up the next book in the series, but I decided to make myself wait! Instead, I returned to the Young Adult series by Sarah J Maas: Throne of Glass, and read the second book Crown of Midnight. This is the blurb:

”She is the greatest assassin her world has ever known. But does she have the heart of a killer?

After a year of hard labor in the Salt Mines of Endovier, eighteen-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien has won the king’s contest to become the new royal assassin. But Calaena is far from loyal to the crown. Keeping up the charade – while pretending to do the king’s bidding – will test her skills in an entirely new way. And it certainly isn’t the only point of confusion for the young girl. Because though she’s made her choice between Dorian and Chaol, the ways of the heart are never simple…”

Some of my friends have given this book a very high rating. Maybe they are thinking in terms of the intended readership. Anyway, I’m obviously not a young adult so this is what I thought of the book:

Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass, #2)Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This second episode of the Throne of Glass series was a little better than the first, in my opinion. After a first half that dragged a bit, the latter section improved in pace and story telling. Some totally new ideas were introduced in quite a random way, but as this is a long series perhaps we need new plot lines to sustain the story.

At least the series so far gives the reader plenty of escapism, especially if you are prepared to skim over the glaring inconsistencies in character and plot! Now, the question for me is…

Shall I read the third book?

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I still haven’t worked out the answer to that question! If I run out of books and want some easy to read escapism, I might just read book 3. At the moment, I am about 80 pages into my next book. It has been quite interesting so far, but I am trying to decide whether I am enjoying it enough to carry on reading.

Should I, or shouldn’t I?

We will see…

Happy Reading to you all!

Love and best wishes,



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