5 On My TBR is a weekly meme hosted by E. @ Local Bee Hunter’s Nook. Every monday, a prompt is provided, and we get to rave about 5 books on our TBRs that fit the prompt. This week’s prompt is…
This is so utterly, delightfully vague. Are we talking about magic as in witches and wizards, or magical beings such as dragons and fairies? I really don’t know, so I decided to just interpret this prompt as broadly as I desired. Therefore, I have:
The City of Brass by S. A. Chakraborty
This is the first book in the Daevabad trilogy, whose final installment, The Empire of Gold, was released this year. I heard about this book through multiple booktubers, and it sounds very intriguing: an Egyptian con artist who doesn’t believe in magic summons a djinn by accident, and then travels to the legendary City of Brass where magical beings dwell and clash with each other. Most of what I’ve heard has been positive, but there have been a few negative reviews, so I really don’t know what to expect. I just know that The Haunting of Tram Car 015 by P. Djèlí Clark (read my review here) has made me hungry for more Egyptian historical fantasy.
The Dark Tide by Alice Jasinska
Goodreads describes this book as a “dark, fairy-tale fantasy about two girls who must choose between saving themselves, each other, or their sinking island city.” A strange, Lovecraftian-sounding oceanic force demands a sacrifice every year in exchange for not plunging the city beneath the waves. A girl volunteers to save the life of the boy she cares for. The witch queen accepts this substitute, but the two girls begin to fall for each other as the eve of sacrifice draws nigh. I think this is a really intriguing story, and I want to know how the crisis of the sinking city will be averted — if it will be averted.
Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch
In the United States the title of this book is Midnight Riot, but I prefer the UK title. It’s the first in an urban fantasy series starring a detective who learns he can speak to the dead and must solve supernatural mysteries. My dad raves about this book series and has been pestering me to read it for months.
Ship of Magic by Robin Hobb
I received this book in time for my second Sunday Post. This is the first installment of Hobb’s Liveship Trilogy, and follows the people and families of people who work aboard ships made from sentient wood — liveships. As I said in that post, I’m really curious about how that nonhuman consciousness will be handled. This is a pretty thick book, too, so I’m not sure when I’ll get around to it, but it’s very secure in its place on my TBR.
The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill
This sounds like an utterly charming book! A young girl finds a lost “tea dragon” (I have no idea what tea dragons are but I just know they are going to be delightful) and becomes apprenticed to two experienced tea dragon keepers. She befriends their ward, Minette, and probably learns some gentle life lessons alongside learning to care for her new tea dragon companion. I’m going to pick this up whenever I’m next in need of a literary cuddle.