The title says it all 😉 Those are some of the books I read and loved in 2018 (and obviously still remember enough to talk a bit about it).
Circe by Madeline Miller.
I already mentionned this book in a previous post but I couldn’t not add it there. Circe is about strength, even when life throws trial after trial at you, a wonderful way of telling myths and an ending that made me happy for Circe.
Point of Sighs by Melissa Scott.
This is book 4 in the Astreiant series and the whole series is so good. This is a fantasy series but magic blends with everyday life without making things suddenly easier. The author has created a matriarchal world and it’s just wonderful. Also the romance between the two heroes is pretty sweet.
I also read the ‘Julian Lynes and Ned Mathey’ books this year that Melissa Scott co-writed with Amy Griswold and it was pretty good too, especially the second book (Ned is a cutie and I love Miss Frost!).
Both series are heavily recommended.
The Henchmen of Zenda by K.J. Charles.
This was the year where I got back to K.J. Charles’ books.
I read the ‘Magpie’ series the year the first book got published and it was clever and fun and pretty much awesome. Anyway, after getting really stressed out by my day job in spring, I bought the “Society of Gentlemen’ serie and devoured it in a week then I saw K.J. Charles had a retelling of the Prisonner of Zenda out so I took the opportunity to read the Prisonner of Zenda before reading The Henchmen of Zenda.
I highly recommend reading them back to back because there is a lot of twists around the original and the characters are way more loveable and entertaining.
Women are real characters with their own agenda in this one! It’s full of duels! The ending and the way the romance plays out is perfectly believable, seeing how the characters are written (it’s not a HEA but more of a HFN which is perfectly fine by me but may be not to everyone’s taste.)
The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison.
I first read this book in 2017 and felt like autumn/winter was the perfect time to reread this book.
For me, it goes perfectly well with foggy mornings and rainy days. I find it very soothing , it’s all about duties and also grief and the way you have no choice but to shoulder them.
Still, it’s never dark (even if it contains a couple of murder attempts but that’s life at court I suppose) and Maia, the emperor, is a wonderful character I can see myself visit again.
The Girl who drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill.
This one is a middle school fantasy. I really admire authors who write middle school books because they manage to deal with different layers of understanding while keeping a sense of wonder.
This one dealt with the power of knowledge, the cruelty in power given only to a few people but also family-the ones you have and the ones you make-, witches of course, a bog monster/poet and a simply enormous dragon.
The Wonder Engine by T. Kingfisher.
This is book two in the Clocktaur War duology and it should be read in order. I chose this one purely because it was it was the one published in 2018 and it left me screaming ‘How can you make me feel this ??’
So it was good, excellent even.
T. Kingfisher, an alias for Ursula Vernon, has a knack for writting stories that make you laugh then scream in dread a few pages afterwards.
And I love this kind of fantasy, where it feels very realistic (riding on horse for hours hurt and the way it was described had me laughing out loud several times), and even if there is magic, if you want to be saved, then you better roll up your sleeves and get to work.
She also published Swordheart this year and it was awesome too, with the promise of sequels!
I highly recommend all of her books.
A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn.
This is a victorian series (no fantasy there, like I thought at first with this beautiful cover) with a clever lady lepidopterist and a grumpy taxidermist going on adventures and resolving mysteries!
There are three books right now and they all are a lot of fun.
Alright, that’s all. My cats are making a ruckus to be fed and I’m just their human slave. I hope these short recs make you want to read these books. What were your favourite books of 2018?