Spring Break Reading

Three book covers. The Broken Web, Dragonfruit and A Tempest of Tea. The book covers are each in the post and have alt text there.

I have one more day of teaching before Spring Break begins. I’m exhausted and can’t wait to spend some time curled up with a cup of tea and a book. My TBR is waiting and I’m super excited to dive into these three fantasies.

Book cover. Two people dressed in black are standing in the center. The words Broken Web are in gold above their heads. The wind is blowing their short dark hair.

Broken Web by Lori M. Lee is a sequel to Forest of Souls which I loved. The third book in the Shamanborn series comes out next month so I need to read this one to be ready.

Pub summary: The Soulless has woken from his centuries-long imprisonment. Now, he lurks in the Dead Wood recovering his strength, while Sirscha and her allies journey east to the shaman empire of Nuvalyn. Everyone believes she is a soulguide—a savior—but Sirscha knows the truth. She’s a monster, a soulrender like the Soulless, and if anyone discovers the truth, she’ll be executed.

But there’s nothing Sirscha won’t risk to stop the shaman responsible for the rot that’s killing her best friend. While the Soulless is formidable, like all shamans, his magic must be channeled through a familiar. If Sirscha can discover what—or who—that is, she might be able to cut him off from his power.

With Queen Meilyr bent on destroying the magical kingdoms, Sirscha finds herself caught between a war brewing in the east and the Soulless waiting in the west. She should be trying to unite what peoples she can to face their common enemies, but instead, her hunt for clues about the Soulless leads to a grim discovery, forcing Sirscha to question who her enemies really are.

Cover image for Dragonfruit. A young woman with long dark hair is holding a dragonfruit in her hands. Her nails are painted white. There are sails and boats and a bat entwined in her hair. She has leaves and bright flowers in her hair abover her ears.Dragonfruit by Makiia Lucier will be coming out on April 9th and I will be reviewing it soon. Isn’t the cover a beauty?

Pub summary: Hanalei of Tamarind is the cherished daughter of an old island family. But when her father steals a seadragon egg meant for an ailing princess, she is forced into a life of exile. In the years that follow, Hanalei finds solace in studying the majestic seadragons that roam the Nominomi Sea. Until, one day, an encounter with a female dragon offers her what she desires most. A chance to return home, and to right a terrible wrong.

Samahtitamahenele, Sam, is the last remaining prince of Tamarind. But he can never inherit the throne, for Tamarind is a matriarchal society. With his mother ill and his grandmother nearing the end of her reign. Sam is left with two to marry, or to find a cure for the sickness that has plagued his mother for ten long years. When a childhood companion returns from exile, she brings with her something he has not felt in a very long time – hope.

But Hanalei and Sam are not the only ones searching for the dragonfruit. And as they battle enemies both near and far, there is another danger they cannot escape…that of the dragonfruit itself.

Illustrated cover for A Tempest of Tea. The image appears to be done in colored pencil, on a light blue to purple to pink gradient. A teenage girl wears what looks like early 20th century boy's clothing. She has jaw-legnth loosely curled hair, a hat, a high-collared shirt, and a jacket. She is holding what looks like a steaming cup of tea, but on closer inspection, the tea is blood. A city skyline can be seen in the borders of her clothes.A Tempest of Tea by Hafsah Faizal is one I’ve been waiting for and I have given up on the hold shelf at the library. My local indie bookstore has a copy so I’m stopping by tomorrow to pick it up. I’m always happy to see books that involve tea as is evidenced by an earlier blog post here.

Pub summary: Why save the world when you can have tea?

On the streets of White Roaring, Arthie Casimir is a criminal mastermind and collector of secrets. Her prestigious tearoom transforms into an illegal bloodhouse by dark, catering to the vampires feared by society. But when her establishment is threatened, Arthie is forced to strike an unlikely deal with an alluring adversary to save it—and she can’t do the job alone.

Calling on some of the city’s most skilled outcasts, Arthie hatches a plan to infiltrate the sinister, glittering vampire society known as the Athereum. But not everyone in her ragtag crew is on her side, and as the truth behind the heist unfolds, Arthie finds herself in the midst of a conspiracy that will threaten the world as she knows it.

From the New York Times—bestselling author of We Hunt the Flame comes the first book in a hotly anticipated fantasy duology teeming with romance and revenge, led by an orphan girl willing to do whatever it takes to save her self-made kingdom. Dark, action-packed, and swoonworthy, this is Hafsah Faizal better than ever.