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My Wyrd and Wonder TBR

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“It wasn’t a very likely place for disappearances, at least at first glance.”

First line in Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

It’s finally May which means the best blogging event of the year is starting! Wyrd and Wonder hosted by Imyril, Lisa, and Jorie is happening throughout the entire month of May, celebrating all things Fantasy. This will be my second year participating, so I’ve of course gone all professional and picked a theme this time. The theme is: Historical Fantasy. It is my favorite subgenre of Fantasy, so it was a very natural choice. But that means that all I read in May will be Historical Fantasy, and almost everything I post during the month will be about Historical Fantasy. Not everything. I’m not that professional.
I’ve been planning for Wyrd and Wonder since January, and I can’t wait to share it with you all, so let’s kick it off with the books I’ll be reading.


Midnight Never Come (Onyx Court #1) by Marie Brennan

England flourishes under the hand of its Virgin Queen: Elizabeth, Gloriana, last and most powerful of the Tudor monarchs.

But a great light casts a great shadow.

In hidden catacombs beneath London, a second Queen holds court: Invidiana, ruler of faerie England, and a dark mirror to the glory above. In the thirty years since Elizabeth ascended her throne, fae and mortal politics have become inextricably entwined, in secret alliances and ruthless betrayals whose existence is suspected only by a few.

Two courtiers, both struggling for royal favor, are about to uncover the secrets that lie behind these two thrones. When the faerie lady Lune is sent to monitor and manipulate Elizabeth’s spymaster, Walsingham, her path crosses that of Michael Deven, a mortal gentleman and agent of Walsingham’s. His discovery of the “hidden player” in English politics will test Lune’s loyalty and Deven’s courage alike. Will she betray her Queen for the sake of a world that is not hers? And can he survive in the alien and Machiavellian world of the fae? For only together will they be able to find the source of Invidiana’s power—find it, and break it…

A breathtaking novel of intrigue and betrayal set in Elizabethan England; Midnight Never Come seamlessly weaves together history and the fantastic to dazzling effect.


Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

The Jazz Age is in full swing, but Casiopea Tun is too busy cleaning the floors of her wealthy grandfather’s house to listen to any fast tunes. Nevertheless, she dreams of a life far from her dusty small town in southern Mexico. A life she can call her own.

Yet this new life seems as distant as the stars, until the day she finds a curious wooden box in her grandfather’s room. She opens it—and accidentally frees the spirit of the Mayan god of death, who requests her help in recovering his throne from his treacherous brother. Failure will mean Casiopea’s demise, but success could make her dreams come true.

In the company of the strangely alluring god and armed with her wits, Casiopea begins an adventure that will take her on a cross-country odyssey from the jungles of Yucatán to the bright lights of Mexico City—and deep into the darkness of the Mayan underworld.


The Last Magician (The Last Magician #1) by Lisa Maxwell

In modern-day New York, magic is all but extinct. The remaining few who have an affinity for magic—the Mageus—live in the shadows, hiding who they are. Any Mageus who enters Manhattan becomes trapped by the Brink, a dark energy barrier that confines them to the island. Crossing it means losing their power—and often their lives.

Esta is a talented thief, and she’s been raised to steal magical artifacts from the sinister Order that created the Brink. With her innate ability to manipulate time, Esta can pilfer from the past, collecting these artifacts before the Order even realizes she’s there. And all of Esta’s training has been for one final job: traveling back to 1902 to steal an ancient book containing the secrets of the Order—and the Brink—before the Magician can destroy it and doom the Mageus to a hopeless future.

But Old New York is a dangerous world ruled by ruthless gangs and secret societies, a world where the very air crackles with magic. Nothing is as it seems, including the Magician himself. And for Esta to save her future, she may have to betray everyone in the past.


The City of Brass (The Daevabad Trilogy #1) by S. A. Chakraborty

Nahri has never believed in magic. Certainly, she has power; on the streets of 18th century Cairo, she’s a con woman of unsurpassed talent. But she knows better than anyone that the trade she uses to get by—palm readings, zars, healings—are all tricks, sleights of hand, learned skills; a means to the delightful end of swindling Ottoman nobles.

But when Nahri accidentally summons an equally sly, darkly mysterious djinn warrior to her side during one of her cons, she’s forced to accept that the magical world she thought only existed in childhood stories is real. For the warrior tells her a new tale: across hot, windswept sands teeming with creatures of fire, and rivers where the mythical marid sleep; past ruins of once-magnificent human metropolises, and mountains where the circling hawks are not what they seem, lies Daevabad, the legendary city of brass, a city to which Nahri is irrevocably bound.

In that city, behind gilded brass walls laced with enchantments, behind the six gates of the six djinn tribes, old resentments are simmering. And when Nahri decides to enter this world, she learns that true power is fierce and brutal. That magic cannot shield her from the dangerous web of court politics. That even the cleverest of schemes can have deadly consequences.

After all, there is a reason they say be careful what you wish for.

With four books set in four widely different places, I’m sure this is going to be a great month of reading. In case I have time to read more, you’ll notice that a lot of these are series starters, so I’ll just pick up a sequel. I hope you will all have a great month whether you’re participating in Wyrd and Wonder yourself or just enjoying all the Fantasy content. Happy reading!

13 thoughts on “My Wyrd and Wonder TBR

  1. I just added Gods of Jade and Shadow and The City of Brass on my tbr, thanks for the inspiration 🙂 They both sound great. I hope you enjoy your month 😀

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  2. Ahhh, I am beyond pumped for all the fantasy content, and I love that you chose books set in such different places! 🤗 Out of these, I’ve only read the Daevabad Trilogy and The Last Magician, so I am very intrigued as to whether or not you’d recommend the other two. I’ve been seeing Gods of Shade and Shadow everywhere! And I must say, I’m thrilled you decided to try The City of Brass after all! I really hope the romance-heaviness won’t be too much of an issue, because the world is just one of the coolest ones I’ve ever come across! 🥰

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    1. I’m really excited to read Gods of Jade and Shadow because yes, it has just been everywhere. It’s the only one of these books I’m getting from the library but I’m having some trouble getting hold of it, otherwise it would have been my first read.
      And yes, I’m trying the Daevabad trilogy! After reading your review I just kept seeing it everywhere, and then it fit my theme for this month, so I figured it just had to happen. The synopsis does sound interesting and sometimes I even like a book to be romance-heavy.

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  3. I just started Gods of Jade and Shadow yesterday! I wasn’t sold on the beginning but then a new character appears a few chapter in and I haven’t been able to put it down since!

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  4. I keep meaning to read Midnight Never Come, so I’ll be very interested in hearing your thoughts on it! I love The Daevabad Trilogy – it’s SO good – and I really enjoyed Gods of Jade and Shadow, too. Happy reading!

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  5. Hallo, Hallo, Line,

    Thanks for joining us for your second Wyrd And Wonder!! 🙂 This is a beautiful post – however, you left off the attribution for the Wyrd And Wonder banner!? Imyril created those and they are allowed to be used but the attribution needs to be on the post. You can put it under the banner or list it in a Sources disclosure at the end.

    Similar to you, I love Historical Fantasy myself. I haven’t read as much of it recently but “City of Brass” caught my eye a few years ago (never had the chance to finish it) and I’m forgetting if I started “Gods of Jade and Sorrow” or if I found it wasn’t my cuppa. I know both of these were on my TBR for awhile…

    I love how all of us are exploring different niches of Fantasy and finding the fantastic fuelling our joy this May. Have a wicked good month!

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    1. I’m sorry, it has been fixed now.

      Great to hear you also like Historical Fantasy. I’m definitely very excited to get to both City of Brass and Gods of Jade and Shadow.

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      1. Thanks, Line – we appreciate your understanding.

        Ooh yes I definitely do!! I read copious amounts of Historical Fiction every month/year and I sort of stumbled into Historical Fantasy and love how authors are exploring that niche! I look forward to reading your thoughts as you move through the stories this May.

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