Stuff & Nonsense: Top 10 Tuesday: Sequels I Can't Wait to Get


18 November 2014

Top 10 Tuesday: Sequels I Can't Wait to Get


There aren’t many sequels or series continuations I’m longing to read as I’m not much of a series-reader anymore. (Too many books. Too little time. Shorter attention span. Shiny things. Etc). However, there are two that I’m DESPERATE to read.

Clariel: The Lost Abhorsen by Garth Nix. Yes, a new book in the Abhorsen series!!! Kermitflail. Confetti. Parades. It came out in October, but I delayed buying it or borrowing it from the library in hope that the Birthday Fairy would bring it to me. Did the Birthday Fairy bring it?

No, he DID NOT.

Also, I’m a little (nerdily) put out that the cover art for Clariel is so radically different from the rest of the series (in the editions I own) that it will stand out like a sore thumb amongst my neatly ordered shelves. It is deeply irritating.
Clariel is the daughter of one of the most notable families in the Old Kingdom, with blood relations to the Abhorsen and, most important, to the King. She dreams of living a simple life but discovers this is hard to achieve when a dangerous Free Magic creature is loose in the city, her parents want to marry her off to a killer, and there is a plot brewing against the old and withdrawn King Orrikan. When Clariel is drawn into the efforts to find and capture the creature, she finds hidden sorcery within herself, yet it is magic that carries great dangers. Can she rise above the temptation of power, escape the unwanted marriage, and save the King?


Ancillary Sword by Ann Leckie. This is the second book in Leckie’s Imperial Radch and it just came out in October. Originally, it was to be published in 2015, but I'm guessing all the awards Leckie has won recently accelerated the publication process.

The first book in the series, Ancillary Justice, rightly won the 2014 Hugo Award for Best Novel as well as the Nebula Award, the Arthur C. Clarke Award, and the BSFA Award. And is the BEST SCIENCE FICTION NOVEL I read in 2014. Yes, it’s that good. And I need more. But I must be a good worker bee and read the library book club selections first. And catch up with all the Doctor Who for the library Christmas social. Truly, librarianing is terrible work.
Breq is a soldier who used to be a warship. Once a weapon of conquest controlling thousands of minds, now she has only a single body and serves the emperor.

With a new ship and a troublesome crew, Breq is ordered to go to the only place in the galaxy she would agree to go: to Athoek Station to protect the family of a lieutenant she once knew - a lieutenant she murdered in cold blood.

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