I thought for today’s blog post I would let you know some of the books that I hope will be 5 star reads when I finally get round to them. Majority of the books that I read and love tend to be fantasy, so all the books on this list are fantasy.
I have only included books that are currently out, but there are a couple of releases later this year and into next year that I also think could be 5 star predictions. So I may do a follow up early next year or when I have cleared some books off of this list. Also I have only included the first book in a series on this list, even if I think that the whole series could be 5 stars. As it just makes it easier, especially if it turns out that I don’t end up liking the first book.
Without further ado, here are my 5 star predictions!
The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty
Nahri has never believed in magic. Certainly, she has power; on the streets of 18th century Cairo, she’s a con woman of unsurpassed talent. But she knows better than anyone that the trade she uses to get by—palm readings, zars, healings—are all tricks, sleights of hand, learned skills; a means to the delightful end of swindling Ottoman nobles.
But when Nahri accidentally summons an equally sly, darkly mysterious djinn warrior to her side during one of her cons, she’s forced to accept that the magical world she thought only existed in childhood stories is real. For the warrior tells her a new tale: across hot, windswept sands teeming with creatures of fire, and rivers where the mythical marid sleep; past ruins of once-magnificent human metropolises, and mountains where the circling hawks are not what they seem, lies Daevabad, the legendary city of brass, a city to which Nahri is irrevocably bound.
In that city, behind gilded brass walls laced with enchantments, behind the six gates of the six djinn tribes, old resentments are simmering. And when Nahri decides to enter this world, she learns that true power is fierce and brutal. That magic cannot shield her from the dangerous web of court politics. That even the cleverest of schemes can have deadly consequences.
After all, there is a reason they say be careful what you wish for . . .
I have heard such fantastic praise for The City of Brass by several different reviewers who I trust, so I am definitely looking forward to reading it. I can’t wait to dive into a setting that I have not read about before and experience a completely new magic system. I have also heard that there is a love-triangle which is always something that I like.
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab
France, 1714: in a moment of desperation, a young woman makes a Faustian bargain to live forever-and is cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets.
Thus begins the extraordinary life of Addie LaRue, and a dazzling adventure that will play out across centuries and continents, across history and art, as a young woman learns how far she will go to leave her mark on the world.
But everything changes when, after nearly 300 years, Addie stumbles across a young man in a hidden bookstore, and he remembers her name.
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue was on my anticipated releases list, and it has finally been released. I have seen many other reviewers and booktubers read it already and the majority have given it glowing praise. So I am really looking forward to reading it myself, I am that confident that it will be a 5 star read, that I have purchased two copies.
Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb
In a faraway land where members of the royal family are named for the virtues they embody, one young boy will become a walking enigma.
Born on the wrong side of the sheets, Fitz, son of Chivalry Farseer, is a royal bastard, cast out into the world, friendless and lonely. Only his magical link with animals – the old art known as the Wit – gives him solace and companionship. But the Wit, if used too often, is a perilous magic, and one abhorred by the nobility.
So when Fitz is finally adopted into the royal household, he must give up his old ways and embrace a new life of weaponry, scribing, courtly manners; and how to kill a man secretly, as he trains to become a royal assassin.
I am starting to venture into reading adult fantasy and have heard great things about all of Robin Hobb’s work. So I will definitely be picking up Assassin’s Apprentice when I get time. But I think that Assassin’s Apprentice is the smallest book in the Realm of the Elderlings series, so while I may be able to get through Assassin’s Apprentice, it may take me a long time to get through the rest of the Realm of the Elderlings.
The Final Empire
In a world where ash falls from the sky, and mist dominates the night, an evil cloaks the land and stifles all life. The future of the empire rests on the shoulders of a troublemaker and his young apprentice. Together, can they fill the world with colour once more?
In Brandon Sanderson’s intriguing tale of love, loss, despair and hope, a new kind of magic enters the stage— Allomancy, a magic of the metals.
Earlier this year I read Skyward by Brandon Sanderson, and absolutely loved it, so I am pretty sure that The Final Empire will also be a 5 star read. I loved Brandon Sanderson’s writing style and his way of presenting complex information. So I am sure that even if there is a complex magic system in The Final Empire I will be able to understand it.
Blood and Honey
After narrowly escaping death at the hands of the Dames Blanches, Lou, Reid, Coco, and Ansel are on the run from coven, kingdom, and church—fugitives with nowhere to hide.
To elude the scores of witches and throngs of chasseurs at their heels, Lou and Reid need allies. Strong ones. But protection comes at a price, and the group is forced to embark on separate quests to build their forces. As Lou and Reid try to close the widening rift between them, the dastardly Morgane baits them in a lethal game of cat and mouse that threatens to destroy something worth more than any coven.
I read Serpent and Dove earlier this year, and it quickly became one of my favourite books. It had all my favourite tropes, including Hate-to-Love, so it was not much of a surprise that it was a 5 star read. The sequel to Serpent and Dove, Blood and Honey was released in early September, and I am sure that when I pick it up, it will also be a 5 star read.
‘Armageddon only happens once, you know. They don’t let you go around again until you get it right.’
People have been predicting the end of the world almost from its very beginning, so it’s only natural to be sceptical when a new date is set for Judgement Day. But what if, for once, the predictions are right, and the apocalypse really is due to arrive next Saturday, just after tea?
You could spend the time left drowning your sorrows, giving away all your possessions in preparation for the rapture, or laughing it off as (hopefully) just another hoax. Or you could just try to do something about it.
It’s a predicament that Aziraphale, a somewhat fussy angel, and Crowley, a fast-living demon now finds themselves in. They’ve been living amongst Earth’s mortals since The Beginning and, truth be told, have grown rather fond of the lifestyle and, in all honesty, are not actually looking forward to the coming Apocalypse.
And then there’s the small matter that someone appears to have misplaced the Antichrist…
I have wanted to read Good Omens since I watched the TV programme featuring Michael Sheen and David Tennent. I loved the concept and the theatrics of the storyline and can’t wait to see how it plays out on the pages rather than the screen. It also helps that it is a short book compared to the rest of these at 500 pages.
There you have it, some of my 5 star predictions that I am confident I will love. I’m not sure when I am going to be able to get to them as most of them are incredibly long and could take me a while. But hopefully, it will not be too long as I am desperate to read them.
Have you read any of my 5 star predictions? What did you think of them?
Let me know in the comments below!