It’s time to move another letter down the alphabet for The ABC Book Challenge!
Every couple of weeks I’ll be sharing at least one memorable book with a title beginning with the letter of the week, and one (or more) books currently on my TBR.
I’ll be ignoring any As etc at the beginning of titles
The ABC Book Challenge – R
A Memorable Book…
Rivers Of London by Ben Aaronovitch
About the book…
Probationary Constable Peter Grant dreams of being a detective in London’s Metropolitan Police. Too bad his superior plans to assign him to the Case Progression Unit, where the biggest threat he’ll face is a paper cut. But Peter’s prospects change in the aftermath of a puzzling murder, when he gains exclusive information from an eyewitness who happens to be a ghost. Peter’s ability to speak with the lingering dead brings him to the attention of Detective Chief Inspector Thomas Nightingale, who investigates crimes involving magic and other manifestations of the uncanny. Now, as a wave of brutal and bizarre murders engulfs the city, Peter is plunged into a world where gods and goddesses mingle with mortals and a long-dead evil is making a comeback on a rising tide of magic.
You’ll have seen me mention Ben Aaronovitch’s Rivers Of London series before if you’re a regular visitor to SWB! I stumbled across it accidentally while trying to use up some Audible credits and I adored it! The audiobooks are read by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith and the way he brings the books to life is absolutely brilliant!
A Book On My TBR…
Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko
About the book…
Nothing is more important than loyalty.
But what if you’ve sworn to protect the one you were born to destroy?
Tarisai has always longed for the warmth of a family. She was raised in isolation by a mysterious, often absent mother known only as The Lady. The Lady sends her to the capital of the global empire of Aritsar to compete with other children to be chosen as one of the Crown Prince’s Council of 11. If she’s picked, she’ll be joined with the other Council members through the Ray, a bond deeper than blood. That closeness is irresistible to Tarisai, who has always wanted to belong somewhere. But The Lady has other ideas, including a magical wish that Tarisai is compelled to obey: Kill the Crown Prince once she gains his trust. Tarisai won’t stand by and become someone’s pawn—but is she strong enough to choose a different path for herself?
This one sounds absolutely wonderful, I’m looking forward to getting stuck into what promises to be an exciting, diverse world! I believe there is at least one more book to come in this series so hopefully I’ll get to it before the end of the year!
Royal Bastards by Andrew Shvarts
About the book…
Being a bastard blows. Tilla would know. Her father, Lord Kent of the Western Province, loved her as a child, but cast her aside as soon as he had trueborn children.
At sixteen, Tilla spends her days exploring long-forgotten tunnels beneath the castle with her stablehand half brother, Jax, and her nights drinking with the servants, passing out on Jax’s floor while her castle bedroom collects dust. Tilla secretly longs to sit by her father’s side, resplendent in a sparkling gown, enjoying feasts with the rest of the family. Instead, she sits with the other bastards, like Miles of House Hampstedt, an awkward scholar who’s been in love with Tilla since they were children.
Then, at a feast honoring the visiting princess Lyriana, the royal shocks everyone by choosing to sit at the Bastards’ Table. Before she knows it, Tilla is leading the sheltered princess on a late-night escapade. Along with Jax, Miles, and fellow bastard Zell, a Zitochi warrior from the north, they stumble upon a crime they were never meant to witness.
Rebellion is brewing in the west, and a brutal coup leaves Lyriana’s uncle, the Royal Archmagus, dead—with Lyriana next on the list. The group flees for their lives, relentlessly pursued by murderous mercenaries; their own parents have put a price on their heads to prevent the king and his powerful Royal Mages from discovering their treachery.
The bastards band together, realizing they alone have the power to prevent a civil war that will tear their kingdom apart—if they can warn the king in time. And if they can survive the journey
You wouldn’t know I don’t really consider myself a fantasy fan given that both books this week happen to be YA fantasy. I ordered this one from the States as it sounds amazing, it’s the first in a trilogy so I’m going to need to get started soon!
One memorable and two to be read R books! Let me know yours in the comments and be sure to come back on the 26th to discover my S books!
3 thoughts on “Tag Thursday – The ABC Book Challenge: R”
Great selection, I’ve got Rivers Of London on my bookcase!
Confession time: I couldn’t get on with Rivers of London at all.
I have Raybearer waiting to be read. And I really want to read Royal Bastards.
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Sarah - SWB
I’ve never read the book but really enjoyed the audiobook. The narration is great!