Sixteen Ways to Defend a Walled City, K J Parker


I fix broken people with things, with stuff; with tricks, lies, devices. I’m resourceful and ingenious. I don’t confront, I avoid; and one of the things I do my best to avoid is justice, and another one is death.

This is the story of Orhan, son of Siyyah Doctus Felix Praeclarissimus, and his history of the Great Siege, written down so that the deeds and sufferings of great men may never be forgotten.

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4 / 5

I’ve had my eye on Sixteen Ways to Defend a Walled City for a little while now, and I finally took the plunge and bought it during an ill-advised shopping spree at Waterstones. Seriously. I’d just been paid and I went and picked up seven books, including two hardbacks. I’ve never done that. Anyhow, this book was great.

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The Traitor Baru Cormorant (The Masquerade #1), Seth Dickinson


“You are a word, Baru Cormorant, a mark, and the mark says: you, Aurdwynn, you are ours.”

“I am Baru Cormorant,” she protested, “accountant, and I earned my place by merit. I am a mark of nothing except myself.”

The Empire of Masks is coming, armed with coin and ink, doctrine and compass, soap and lies. They’ll conquer Baru’s island, rewrite her culture, criminalize her customs, and dispose of one of her fathers. But Baru is patient. She’ll swallow her hate, prove her talent, and join the Masquerade. She will learn the secrets of empire. She’ll be exactly what they need. And she’ll claw her way high enough up the rungs of power to set her people free.

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4 / 5

I ADORED The Traitor Baru Cormorant. First of all, what an absolute banger of a title. When I bought it on Amazon, it was just titled “The Traitor” which is nowhere near as good, because if you call your main character something like Baru Cormorant you should brag about that. What a name.

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[article] Top Ten Reads of 2019 So Far…


It’s a dog, not a book!


Top Ten Reads of 2019 So Far…


It’s been a while since I’ve written a non-review post (sadly, I’m far too busy with getting my Master’s degree to write monthly roundups anymore), so I thought I’d do a quick overview of the best books I’ve read so far this year. Note, this isn’t just books published in 2019, it’s any book I’ve read this year.

I’ve read 66 books so far and counting, which is a reasonably big sample size. Reviews (if they’re posted yet) are linked by the titles, and I’ve given a few keyword teasers to let you know what kind of book it is. Brace yourselves for some epic literature!

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[article] August Round-Up


A month of reading and relaxing 

August Round Up, 2018

After finishing my temporary job and moving into my new house, August was my month to really catch up on my reading and blogging. I’ve torn through a bunch of my own books and edged my Netgalley feedback ratio up to 74%. I’ve still got a bit of a backlog with respect to review to write, but I’m steadily tackling the (embarrassingly lengthy) list.

[article] June Round-Up


Summer has finally come to England!

June Round Up, 2018

June was the proper start of my summer. I sat my last exam on June 1st and then had a couple of weeks off before starting my new summer job that has kept me very busy! Unfortunately this means that I didn’t get the chance to read that many books – the best one was definitely finishing my audiobook copy of Words of Radiance (Brandon Sanderson) so that I can start the next book, Oathbringer.

[article] May Round-Up


The exams are over! The books are in!

May Round Up, 2018

My exams are finally over! Hopefully I’ve just passed my third year of university – only one more and I’ll have my Masters degree done and dusted! So exciting 🙂

In terms of the book world, I’ve read a lot of light and easy books in May that took my mind off of maths. Unfortunately this does mean that I haven’t read that many books that have absolutely blown my socks off, just a lot of three star reads.

[article] April Round-Up


Books, exams, books, studying, books

April Round Up, 2018

May is the month of my third year university exams and so, like any good student, what I decided that I really needed to do was to plough through a load of books. At the start of April I was 15 books behind schedule on my goal of reading 150 books in 2018, today I am only 8! Hurrah!I read a whopping 17 books this month and have finally started to carve my way back up to that elusive 80% feedback ratio on Netgalley.

More importantly, as you may have noticed, I have moved Atlas Rising Books from Blogger to WordPress. Mostly because of the aesthetics. I love the new look of my blog – I think it’s super snazzy – but my god is it a lot of work. All the posts imported nicely, but I’m updating all the links within the posts manually instead of just redirecting them, and phew.

[article] March Round-Up

Happy Easter!

March Round Up, 2018

I ploughed through some really awesome books this month, from the highly anticipated conclusion to the Illuminae Files, Obsidio, to some banging ARCs like Sky in the Deep and To Kill a Kingdom. I didn’t read a single book under three stars this month – truly an awesome March!
I’m still digging my way through the audiobooks of Brandon Sanderson’s epic Stormlight Archive, ready to get my grubby hands (or ears, I guess) into Oathbringer. On top of that I’m trying to get my Netgalley TBR pile under control and to revise for my end of term university exams – I always seem to be busy this year!

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[article] February Round-Up

My book-plant is the most awesome thing

February Round Up, 2018

Well, it truly has been a record-low on the review writing front for me this month! I’ve been a disaster this month between getting on top of my university month, prepping for summer internship interviews, competing at a national level in my sport, and training for another. I’ve done a fair amount of actual reading, mostly in the car or on the train or the bus, but very little writing. But March might be my month of getting back on track 🙂

February did get me back into audiobooks! I have owned The Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, and all the Skulduggery Pleasant books on audio for years and I listen to them on repeat fondly. But I finally thought I should get some new ones to listen to whilst walking, so I bought an Audible subscription and I’m loving it. I’m currently working my way through Brandon Sanderson’s The Way of Kings (which I have already read and own in paperback) in preparation for reading Oathbringer.

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[article] January Round-Up

Are your reading resolutions still in full swing?

January Round Up, 2018

A new year and with it, new books! The majority of January was unfortunately taken up with studying for and sitting my third year university exams, but after celebrating the end I dug into my massive stack of books. Mostly, these were Christmas presents and so a massive thank you to all my family and friends for their generous gifts 🙂

Unfortunately, I managed to pick mostly hyped but average books to read – Empress of a Thousand Skies, Blood and Sand – and had better luck with some other anticipated books of mine – All Rights Reserved – and childhood nostalgia – The Tournament at Gorlan. Of course, the showstopper of the month was Pierce Brown’s Morning Star. I absolutely cannot wait to get my hands on Iron Gold, but am patiently waiting until the paperback edition comes out.

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