Weekly Reading List #293

Happy almost Christmas everyone! Happy Yule to my fellow Wiccans, and I hope everyone had a wonderful Winter Solstice. I cannot believe that it is already nearing the end of 2021. I hope everyone got all their Christmas shopping done and is looking forward to spending time with family. I cannot stress this enough, cherish the time you have with family.

This is the first Christmas I have had off in eight years. I used to work at the movie theater, for both AMC and Regal. Please, avoid the movie theater this holiday season, not just because of Covid, but also because Hollywood and the theater industry do not care about its employees, they demand their employees work holidays, especially Christmas, there is no choice. If you can’t work Christmas, you are not hired. I can’t tell you that it is the worst day to work. So please, avoid the movies, but if you don’t, please be kind to the employees, many of them are working 10-hour shifts away from their families on the craziest day of the year.

Sorry, I still have friends working at the movies so I had to voice my two cents. Now, on that note, as it is my first Christmas off, I plan to read and enjoy the time with my precious family.

1. Fable

by Adrienne Young

For seventeen-year-old Fable, the daughter of the most powerful trader in the Narrows, the sea is the only home she has ever known. It’s been four years since the night she watched her mother drown during an unforgiving storm. The next day her father abandoned her on a legendary island filled with thieves and little food. To survive she must keep to herself, learn to trust no one, and rely on the unique skills her mother taught her. The only thing that keeps her going is the goal of getting off the island, finding her father, and demanding her rightful place beside him and his crew. To do so Fable enlists the help of a young trader named West to get her off the island and across the Narrows to her father.

But her father’s rivalries and the dangers of his trading enterprise have only multiplied since she last saw him, and Fable soon finds that West isn’t who he seems. Together, they will have to survive more than the treacherous storms that haunt the Narrows if they’re going to stay alive.

Welcome to a world made dangerous by the sea and by those who wish to profit from it. Where a young girl must find her place and her family while trying to survive in a world built for men. Fable takes you on a spectacular journey filled with romance, intrigue, and adventure.

2. The Eye of the World

by Robert Jordan

The Wheel of Time turns and Ages come and go, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth returns again. In the Third Age, an Age of Prophecy, the World and Time themselves hang in the balance. What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.

When The Two Rivers is attacked by Trollocs—a savage tribe of half-men, half-beasts— five villagers flee that night into a world they barely imagined, with new dangers waiting in the shadows and in the light.

3. The Empress

by S.J. Kincaid 

It’s a new day in the Empire. Tyrus has ascended to the throne with Nemesis by his side and now they can find a new way forward—one where they don’t have to hide or scheme or kill. One where creatures like Nemesis will be given worth and recognition, where science and information can be shared with everyone and not just the elite.

But having power isn’t the same thing as keeping it, and change isn’t always welcome. The ruling class, the Grandiloquy, has held control over planets and systems for centuries—and they are plotting to stop this teenage Emperor and Nemesis, who is considered nothing more than a creature and certainly not worthy of being Empress.

Nemesis will protect Tyrus at any cost. He is the love of her life, and they are partners in this new beginning. But she cannot protect him by being the killing machine she once was. She will have to prove the humanity that she’s found inside herself to the whole Empire—or she and Tyrus may lose more than just the throne. But if proving her humanity means that she and Tyrus must do inhuman things, is the fight worth the cost of winning it?

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