JANUARY 2020 BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS
Winternight Trilogy by Katherine Arden
This series touched my heart in so many ways and it’s probably the first set of books that made me ugly cry. The story follows Vasya Petrovna and Morozko, the Winter King (alternatively, the Frost Demon). Katherine Arden draws from old Russian folktales and figures to use as a basis for her story. It is a poignant time in Russian history, so it does serve as a historical fiction novel, as much as it is a fantasy. As a reader, I was completely enchanted by this series and Katherine Arden is a seriously talented writer.
For anyone looking to feel some good feels, I implore you to PLEASE read this trilogy. It has some of the most beautiful storytelling that I’ve seen in a long time and has made it on to my “All Time Favourites” list. Even if fantasy and/or historical fiction are not your usual haunts, you should read it anyway! I NEED OTHER PEOPLE TO LOVE IT AS MUCH AS I LOVE IT. And if you don’t love it, I would love to hear your thoughts, because I would seriously, seriously, SERIOUSLY love (I’ve said “love” way too many times consecutively, but no other word seems to encompass my feelings for this trilogy) to discuss with you!
Book of the Ancestor Trilogy by Mark Lawrence
How does a trilogy about novices in a convent sound to you? No? What about a trilogy about novices in a convent that are being trained to use their special abilities for battle, espionage, and overall badassery?
This is a bloody and yet heartwarming trilogy that follows Nona Grey throughout her time at Sweet Mercy Convent and subsequently what she does outside of said convent). We are given a set of main characters with much depth and growth, and the relationships formed are what connect you to the story. Lawrence has an uncanny ability to really tap into these characters, and give them life outside of the pages. What makes this so heartwarming is that you can feel the connections between the characters as they are forged as well as severed. Moreover, this trilogy can and will make you cry.
Don’t get me wrong – this is a very violent and bloody story. If you are uncomfortable with gratuitous violence, especially with younger children, then this may not be a good series for you. Nevertheless, the gore is not so that it detracts from the story line, but rather is a necessary element that propels the story forward.
The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon
My final recommendation is one that is quite heavy to carry around everyday. The Priory of the Orange Tree is a hefty read of about 800+ pages and every single one was rich and contributed to the overall story. It is a standalone novel that revolves around a set of main characters: Ead Duryan, Tané, and Queen Sabran. These 3 women provide a foundation for the complex plot that Shannon has created, and the wealth of diversity is incredible!
This is SUCH. A. GOOD. BOOK. It seamlessly weaves the narratives of multiple characters together, and every single interaction is integral to the plot! Shannon has penned complex characters, who all contribute to the vast story line. Not to mention, it is so easy to fall for the cover art! It’s a beautiful book with beautiful writing, beautiful characters, beautiful plots, it’s just BEAUTIFUL.
Would you read these books? Did I convince you to entertain the idea of reading one of them? Do YOU have recommendations for this month? Leave a comment below!