Since learning I could listen to audiobooks at work, my two favorites, so far, have been Jay Kristoff’s Nevernight and Godsgrave! There was even a scene in Godsgrave that I really wanted to recreate. I let it percolate in my mind for a little bit before sketching it out and stippling the entire thing. Although this piece was on 9×12 paper and relatively small, the tiny dots made my hand cramp up and it took a bit longer to finish. But I can officially say that I have completed it 🙂 I’m so proud of my little picture.
On a continent ruled by three empires, some are born with a “witchery,” a magical skill that sets them apart from others.
In the Witchlands, there are almost as many types of magic as there are ways to get in trouble—as two desperate young women know all too well.
Safiya is a Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lie. It’s a powerful magic that many would kill to have on their side, especially amongst the nobility to which Safi was born. So Safi must keep her gift hidden, lest she be used as a pawn in the struggle between empires.
Iseult, a Threadwitch, can see the invisible ties that bind and entangle the lives around her—but she cannot see the bonds that touch her own heart. Her unlikely friendship with Safi has taken her from life as an outcast into one of reckless adventure, where she is a cool, wary balance to Safi’s hotheaded impulsiveness.
Safi and Iseult just want to be free to live their own lives, but war is coming to the Witchlands. With the help of the cunning Prince Merik (a Windwitch and ship’s captain) and the hindrance of a Bloodwitch bent on revenge, the friends must fight emperors, princes, and mercenaries alike, who will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch.
Only women and girls are allowed in the Red Abbey, a haven from abuse and oppression. Maresi, a thirteen-year-old novice there, arrived in the hunger winter and now lives a happy life in the Abbey, protected by the Mother and reveling in the vast library in the House of Knowledge, her favorite place. Into this idyllic existence comes Jai, a girl with a dark past. She has escaped her home after witnessing the killing of her beloved sister. Soon the dangers of the outside world follow Jai into the sacred space of the Abbey, and Maresi can no longer hide in books and words but must become one who acts.
In the village of Huanan, in medieval China, the deity that rules is the Great Huli Jing. Though twelve-year-old Li Jing’s name is a different character entirely from the Huli Jing, the sound is close enough to provide constant teasing-but maybe is also a source of greater destiny and power. Jing’s life isn’t easy. Her father is a poor tea farmer, and her family has come to the conclusion that in order for everyone to survive, Jing must be sacrificed for the common good. She is sold as a bride to the Koh family, where she will be the wife and nursemaid to their three-year-old son, Ju’nan. It’s not fair, and Jing feels this bitterly, especially when she is treated poorly by the Koh’s, and sold yet again into a worse situation that leads Jing to believe her only option is to run away, and find home again. With the help of a spider who weaves Jing a means to escape, and a nightingale who helps her find her way, Jing embarks on a quest back to Huanan–and to herself.
Today’s Top 10 in 2016 topic is best book covers! “Best Book Covers of 2016 (MUST be a book released in 2016. Would be best if it’s a book you’ve READ in 2016, but it’s not required).”
Since yesterday’s post wasn’t a true top 10, today’s should make up for that 🙂 Here’s my favorite 2016 release book covers, most of which I was able to get read already!
I haven’t read this one yet, but look at that hummingbird!
So, I really like the covers for the whole Throne of Glass series, but I was at the reveal for this one, which makes it a little more special.
I actually like Breath of Fire‘s cover better, but it’s a 2017 release and this one is also really good.
The Owlcrate exclusive cover is simple yet has good composition.
I love the colors in this fiery rose!
This cover gives such a fantastic intro to the actual story, plus who doesn’t love a giant bat.
I haven’t read this one yet, but the cover is very alluring.
I haven’t had a chance yet to read this one, but the cover is just as amazing as The Sin-Eater’s Daughter, which was a great read.
I love every cover in the Mercy Thompson series, but this one was incredibly powerful and really stuck with me this year.
I found this book because of the cover artist and everything about this cover is awesome, which makes it my ultimate favorite 2016 cover! Look at those demon cupcakes!!
So, I know that it’s not yet January, and I usually do these posts to recap what I wasn’t able to read, but with the holidays and family time, I’m just not going to get much reading done this month. Also, there are way less new releases that I care about in December, so it’s a short list.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all my readers and other internet folk!
Here’s a special holiday treat for all of you. I was able to send some interview questions to Joshua Khan, author of the 2016 debut Shadow Magic, which I reviewed earlier this year. I loved everything about this book, so I knew that I had to let the author know and find out about a sequel. Luckily for us, he was willing to answer my questions and now I’m sharing them with you. And he has some juicy tidbits strewn throughout, so make sure you read through all of them!