Books I Read in January 2018

Looking for your next literary escapade? Consider the following tomes that captured my attention over the last month:

Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson


Thoughts: In my humble opinion, Brandon Sanderson is the best fantasy writer out there today. He is a master world-builder. Book 3 of the Stormlight Archive absolutely lives up to the excellence of the previous two books.  The thing I like most is that while you are drawn into an insanely detailed world full of complicated politics and settings, the character development is off the charts. In this book,  all of the major players are forced to look inside themselves and face who they truly are. Can they live with that person? Will they run from the truths that they find or embrace them? This recurring theme plays out in a variety of ways, all of them poignant and thought provoking. Loved, loved, loved the book!

The Iron Trial by Holly Black & Cassandra Clare


Thoughts: A delightful Middle-Grade Fantasy. Although I didn’t find a lot of originality in the plot of this book, I didn’t really care. It gave me the familiar cozy feeling of wearing an old sweatshirt. It might not be new, but I still really enjoy wearing it; or reading it in this case.  And I found the prose of the book to be excellent. The characters were engaging, the magic pulsed, and I happily joined in the adventure.