Friday Feature: Reading

Books and I have an odd relationship, sometimes I go months without even picking up a book, other months I can’t put books down and have to read a series all the way through. I put it down to if a book doesn’t have a captivating introduction then I am not going to read it all the way through. I really do not like having to work for it to get to the good bit. So below is a list of books/series I have read in the past few years.

Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss

We meet the main protagonist Kvote who is working as innkeeper, but his cover his blow by a biographer. He then explains his story.

Kvote lives with his family as a band of travellers and is really good at acting, singing and playing instruments. His father is into researching the Chandry (a secret organisation of bad people)

One day he goes to the woods and when he comes back finds everything he has ever known slaughtered. Luke Sky…I mean Kvote spends the next few years as a petty thief.

Eventually he decides to join the University which is similar to Hogwarts, except in a more medieval time. He meets various characters including his love interest Dana and Ambroise his rival.

I won’t spoil the ending, but the second books picks up from this and continues the story. We are now awaiting the final book to finally see what happened for him to be in hiding at an inn.

From what I remembered I loved reading these books and it has been a painful wait for the next book in the series. It is a far darker version of Harry Potter with a boy going to a boarding school to learn magic. I definitely recommend giving this a read.

The Thorns Trilogy by Mark Lawrence

Now I have reread the first book in the series twice, and I am still going through the second book of the series, however I am hooked by the main character Jorg Ancrath. The story follows a young prince who while travelling with his mother and brother are ambushed. During the panic, Jorg gets caught up in some thorns (hence the name) and witnesses his family being slaughtered. Jorg is then believed to be dead. He meets up with a band of brothers and sets off to exact his revenge. It is refreshing to follow the story of a protagonist who is anything but good. He doesn’t fight fair and his only concern is his own survival and meeting his goal. Since I’m still only half way through this book I won’t go any more into it.

The Book of the Ancestor by Mark Lawrence

Another series by Mark Lawrence, he doesn’t like to create nice protagonists. The story follows Nona a young girl that was banished from her village and was made to fight in an arena against other boys and girls. One day she defends her friend from a bully and in that act she sentences both her friend and herself to death. Her friend is then put to death, but before her head his put to the block a Sister appears and takes her away to the monastery to learn to become of the sisters. These of course aren’t your normal Sisters of the cloth, they learn various disciplines including the path and blade. Again you begin to love the main character and understand why she does what she does. Again I haven’t finished the series but I am looking forward to seeing what she does next.

Final Words

So that’s some books I’ve read in the past few years, what have you read? And do you have any recomendations?

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