#Fridayreads Challenge

On my Goodreads account, it asked to start a reading challenge for 2018. On a recent post I shared what it would be – Fridayreads Challenge

I accept and nominated eight books. I thought, if I at least set an achievable goal, it will motivate me to read more next year.

Is anyone else doing the Reading Challenge on Goodreads?

Ifinishedreading the first installment to Memory, Thorn and Sorrow – The Dragonbone Chair.

For years this series sat upon my bookshelf and what a fool I have been to ignore it for so long.

A war fueld by the powers of dark sorcery is about to enguld the peaceful land of Osten Ard–for Prestor John the High King, lies dying. And with his death, the Storm King, the undead ruler of the elf-like Sithi, siezes the chanve to regain his lost realm through a pact with the newly ascended king. Knowing the consequences of this bargain, the king’s younger brother joins with a small, scattered group of scholars, the League of the Scroll, to confront the true danger threatening Osten Ard.

Simon, a kitchen boy from the royal castle unknowingly apprenticed to a member of this League, will be sent on a quest that offers the only hope of salvation,  a deadly riddle concerning long-lost swords of power. Compelled by fate and perilious magics, he must leave the only home he’s ever known and face enemies more terrifying than Osten Ard has ever seen, even as the land itself begins to die.

“He who is certain he knows the ending of things when he is only beginning them is either extremely wise or extremely foolish; no matter which is true, he is certainly an unhappy man, for he has put a knife in the heart of wonder.”
– Qanuc Proverb

The Dragonbone Chair is full of wonder. If you have the patience to master this dense piece of work, filled with first class world building and heaps of lore, you’ll find it an extremely rewarding experience. It is a slow burner, especially the first third of the novel (titled Simon Mooncalf), but once the simmer turns into a boil there’s no stopping the story.

I highly recommend it for everybody who loves epic fantasy.

What are you reading this week?

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