These are all the books I read in 2020 and not reposts.
This list is order of #1 as the top to the least favorite at the bottom.
- I listed Soul of the Sword first because I really loved the setting and although the characters could use some work, I thought the plot was really good as well. It was my kind of book.
- Queen of the Tearling came next because I loved the characters and the plot, however I thought some bits were confusing and not explained as well as it could have been. Like the whole alternative universe thing.
- Speaking of alternative universes, A Darker Shade of Magic comes next because I loved the setting and the idea of the world building. I think the different Londons weren’t explored as much as they could have and I thought the “thief with a heart of gold” was a little unoriginal for my tastes in such a cool world.
- I really enjoyed Children of Blood and Bone up until like the last 100 pages or so when I got really confused by the characters plot twists and change of heart. I absolutely do not know what happened in the last several chapters. But I LOVED the African setting.
- Wicked Fox was a book I thought did a great job introducing us to a culture we’re probably only really familiar with through K-pop groups and K-dramas. It was really easy to follow and I loved mixing in phrases of Korean into it. The fox mythology was my favorite and I loved the differences between Gumiho and Kitsunes.
- I’m honestly sad Tamora Pierce’s book is the last on my list. I really enjoyed it and it’s a solid book, no lie. However, the plot really does drag on and there isn’t a ton of huge conflict like there is in some of her other books. I think it’s supposed to build up to the other books in this series, but I could have used less telling in this book and less magic school stuff.
One thousand years ago, a wish was made to the Harbinger of Change and a sword of rage and lightning was forged. Kamigoroshi. The Godslayer. It had one task: to seal away the powerful demon Hakaimono. Now he has broken free. Kitsune shapeshifter Yumeko has one task: to take her piece of the ancient and powerful scroll…
I think this book is different from others in the genre. Mainly the genre crossing and turning some tropes on their heads. I think overall it was really well done and I need to read the other books before making a final judgement call.
Kell is one of the last Antari—magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel Londons; Red, Grey, White, and, once upon a time, Black. Kell was raised in Arnes—Red London—and officially serves the Maresh Empire as an ambassador, traveling between the frequent bloody regime changes in White London and the court of George…
Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls. But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope. Now Zélie has one…
Eighteen-year-old Gu Miyoung has a secret–she’s a gumiho, a nine-tailed fox who must devour the energy of men in order to survive. Because so few believe in the old tales anymore, and with so many evil men no one will miss, the modern city of Seoul is the perfect place to hide and hunt. But…
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