As a child, Rose Franklin made an astonishing discovery: a giant metallic hand, buried deep within the earth. As an adult, she’s dedicated her brilliant scientific career to solving the mystery that began that fateful day: Why was a titanic robot of unknown origin buried in pieces around the world? Years of investigation have produced intriguing answers—and even more perplexing questions. But the truth is closer than ever before when a second robot, more massive than the first, materializes and lashes out with deadly force.
Now humankind faces a nightmare invasion scenario made real, as more colossal machines touch down across the globe. But Rose and her team at the Earth Defense Corps refuse to surrender. They can turn the tide if they can unlock the last secrets of an advanced alien technology. The greatest weapon humanity wields is knowledge in a do-or-die battle to inherit the Earth . . . and maybe even the stars.
Stranger Things happened in May. Even though there have been extreme highs and lows re general life, I seriously don’t know what happened reading-wise that month. I only reread a single book (at least a Schwab book, so that’s still going) and only listened to two audiobooks. And while 11 books overall aren’t bad, my average page count is 268 pages, so yeah…. At least my book buying / accumulating went GREAT. A book a day keeps the doctor away, they say, right?
All them Books
I’m not going to complain about what I’ve read because they were all great books (even that 3* Ness one which just wasn’t for me but is an amazing book). It’s kind of shocking though that I didn’t finish a single print book, only ebooks and audiobooks. I really need to up my game again in June, especially regarding my rereads (reread count dropped below 50% #SADFACE).
Pyrre Lakatur doesn’t like the word skullsworn. It fails to capture the faith and grace, the peace and beauty of her devotion to the God of Death. She is not, to her mind, an assassin, not a murderer–she is a priestess. At least, she will be a priestess if she manages to pass her final trial.
The problem isn’t the killing. Pyrre has been killing and training to kill, studying with some of the most deadly men and women in the world, since she was eight. The problem, strangely, is love. To pass her Trial, Pyrre has ten days to kill the ten people enumerated in an ancient song, including “the one you love / who will not come again.”
Pyrre is not sure she’s ever been in love. If she were a member of a different religious order, a less devoted, disciplined order, she might cheat. The Priests of Ananshael, however, don’t look kindly on cheaters. If Pyrre fails to find someone to love, or fails to kill that someone, they will give her to the god.
Pyrre’s not afraid to die, but she hates to quit, hates to fail, and so, with a month before her trial begins, she returns to the city of her birth, the place where she long ago offered an abusive father to the god and abandoned a battered brother—in the hope of finding love…and ending it on the edge of her sword.
(Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish)
With a lot of my most-anticipated books of 2017 already out and/or read (ACOL, Everything All At Once, The Song of the Orphans, Waking Gods, Thunderbird, Strange the Dreamer), there aren’t a lot of titles left I’m REALLY excited about but a precious few that I would kill for.
The ancient csestriim are back to finish their purge of humanity; armies march against the capital; leaches, solitary beings who draw power from the natural world to fuel their extraordinary abilities, maneuver on all sides to affect the outcome of the war; and capricious gods walk the earth in human guise with agendas of their own.
But the three imperial siblings at the heart of it all–Valyn, Adare, and Kaden–come to understand that even if they survive the holocaust unleashed on their world, there may be no reconciling their conflicting visions of the future.