I’m always thinking about my TBR. Way before I ever even had an acronym to use, back in the mists of time before my first ever blog, even, I’ve had more books on my ‘to be read’ shelf than I could handle! I was always the girl that would max out every library card or spend hours deciding how best to maximise a book token for the most possible books – and I still am that girl, I just have much less time to read now.
If you’ve been keeping up with my monthly TBR Check In posts (here’s this month’s!) you’ll know I’m trying to drag my TBR down from the 500-book mark (and it’s been higher than that). But even with my best efforts, it’s going to take me a good long while, and in the meantime, these books are languishing! So here’s where this post comes in: every Monday, I’m going to randomly pick a book from my TBR to tell you a little bit about. So without further ado, here’s the very first spotlight!
This is book #441, The Ninth Sorceress by Bonnie Wynne. I own an ebook copy, and it was actually a birthday present from the lovely Paige at @lostinthepaiges!
In the blackest dungeon of the Clockwork City, a prisoner lies bound in silver shackles. Who is she? And why are the wizards so afraid of her?
Seventeen-year-old Gwyn has no family and no past. Apprenticed to a half-mad herbalist, she travels the snow-blasted High Country, hawking potions in a peddler’s wagon. Her guardian hides her from the world like a dark secret, and she knows better than to push for answers.
But when she discovers she is hunted by the goddess Beheret, Gwyn is drawn into a deep and ancient tale: of chained gods and lost magic, of truths long buried and the rising of a war she never could have imagined.
Wizards and their magic-sniffing hounds pursue her – as does a stranger in a smiling mask, who calls her by an unfamiliar name…
But what really terrify her are the dangerous gifts she’s spent her life suppressing. Now, Gwyn must step out of the shadows and take charge of her destiny – even if the price is her own soul.
I first came across this book on Twitter – it caught my eye because of its unusual, intricate cover, and when I read the blurb, I couldn’t resist adding it to my wishlist. I love books with young women learning to understand their power (both magical and personal!) and throwing in potions and forgotten gods makes this sound very much up my street. The Goodreads reviews include comparisons to The Name of the Wind in terms of style, so I’m keen to see if it is in a similar vein!
Have you read this one? I’d love to know your thoughts!