Words words words. Granted when Hamlet said that he was mad or pretending to be mad so he could take revenge on his uncle for killing his father. My reason for having a book in my hand is much less twisted than Hamlet’s. I enjoy a good read when I have the chance to indulge in my addiction; not that that happens very much during the semester. I know you have to read stuff for class is you want to be an English major but that’s not that same things as reading for fun; even if what you are assigned for class if enjoyable to read it is still homework.
Homework reading isn’t want I wanted to chat about, really I just wanted to share with those who will listen what authors I enjoy and will pick up the same book more than once.
The first series is the Sevenwaters series by Juliet Marillier.
- Daughter of the Forest
- Son of Shadows
- Child of Prophecy
- Heir to Sevenwaters
- Seer of Sevenwaters
- Flame of Sevenwaters
I’ll admit that i have yet to read books 4-6 but I LOVE the firs three. The story line follows family of Sevenwaters and how they win a war that has been going on for generations. Book one is the story of the seventh child of the seventh son, had she been a boy, Sorcha would have been considered a lucky child. When she was younger she grew up half wild being raised by her brothers while their father was away on campaign. Things turn for the worse when their father comes home with a new wife, the Lady OOnagh. She casts a spell over the household and turns Sorcha’s six brothers into swans. Its up to Sorcha save them, facing solitude and trials with out uttering a sound until her job is complete.
Son of Shadows is sbout the next generation and follows Sorcha’s daughter Laidan. A group of bandits lead by a “painted man” have been terrorizing settlements on both sides of the Irish Sea. It’s up to Laidan to find and save the Painted man and solve the mystery of who’s selling out her people to the Britons.
Child of Prophecy, as far as i know, is the ending of the war between the Britons and the men of Sevenwaters. It falls on the third generation to end what was started years ago. The story follows Fianne, one of Sorcha’s grandchildren by her first born daughter. Fianne has grown up in the lifestyle of a scholar in study and meditation; she is no warrior. But she will show everyone what people can do great things if given the chance to shine.
The second series is by C.L. Wilson, Tairen Soul.
- Lord of the Fading Lands
- Lady of Light and Shadows
- King of Sword and Sky
- Queen of Song and Souls
- Crown of Crystal Flames
This entire series could have been one large book in the way that the next book picks up right where the last one left off. In these books there are four groups of notice. There are the Fey, beautiful nearly immortal beings that live behind a wall of mist. Eld and their mages are the polar opposites and natural enemies. Humans, who have lived in peace for the past thousand years after the Mage wars. And Elves who are rarely seen but still exist. The king of the Fey faces a tough problem, the Tairen, large flying cats, are dying out and when they dye the Fey civilization dies with them. On top of that the Mages have been gathering power and are getting ready to make another war. To stop them and save the Tairen the king travels to the human kingdom to find the one person who can save them all: his Shei’tani.
These next two are larger series that should be read by a mature mind. The term “smut” could be applied to them, but unlike other romance novels these series have plot lines that don’t rely on the physical relationship the the main characters. Personally I skip over those parts and read them for character development and action. (please do not think poorly of me)
Shall we? Personally anything Sherrilyn Kenyon writes I love. I have read her Dark-hunter, Dream-hunter, Were-hunter and Chronicals of Nick series and enjoyed every single one of them for their own reasons. All the series I have listed above are all intertwined in a cover all plotline but the books can be read independently and out of order with not hardship to the reader. Everything has a Greek Mythology feel with a modern twist. The Greek gods go to bars, have kids that live amung humans and have spats across pantheons. As stated before the cover all plot ties them all together.
The Greek god Apollo created his own race of humans called Apolloites claiming to Zeus that they were better than the humans he had created. Apollo too a plain human as his mistress who bared him a son. The queen of the Apolloites got jealous and ordered that the mistress and her child be killed, but told the killers to make it look like an animal did it. Her wish was carried out. Apollo retaliated by cursing the Apolloites to never again step foot in the sun, which is his domain, grow fangs and feed upon each other like animals, but the crulest thing he did was decree that all Apolloites will die a slow death on their 27th birthday, for his mistress had been 27 when she was killed. Seeking help the Apolloites welcomed the aid given by the destroyer god Apollymi. She taught them how to harvest human souls to extend their short lives. Enter the Dark Hunters, created by the goddess Artemis to exterminate Daimons, Apolloites who choose to steal souls rather than die at 27, and keep balance in the world.
If this sounds good to you’ll link to a reading list with the books in order. The Chronicals of Nick is a spin off series from the Dark hunters series and I suggest reading the Dark-Hunter books before reading Nicks.
The final series is a step closer to a romance novel than the previous, but again if you don’t like that stuff its ok to skip a head. This series is by Christine Feehan and is for lack of a better name for it called dark. Almost all the titles have the word Dark in title, if not all books in this series have “A Carpathian Novel” written somewhere on the cover. These books can also be read independent of each other and all interact under the same cover all plot.
The Carpathians are an old race of people with a deep connection to the earth that live in the Carpathian Mountains. Strong, Beautiful, and dying. With power there is normally a downside to keep things balanced. In this case the men of this race loose their emotions after the first 200 years of light. The only way to get their “humanity” back and stop from becoming the dreaded “vampire” of human legend, is to find their Lifemate and bond his dark soul to her one of light. Time and hope are running out. A female hasn’t been born to them in the past 500 years or so, and if a female child is born it normally dies within the first year of life.
If this sounds like it could be a good read here is a list of all the Carpathian Novels to date in reading order .
So many good book, if only I had time to read them all.
Incase you missed the links:
The Sevenwaters Series by Juliet Marillier : http://www.Julietmarillier.com/
Tairen Soul Series by C.L. Wilson: http://clwilson.com/the-books/novels-of-the-fading-lands/
The Dark-Hunter Series by Sherrilyn Kenyon: http://www.sherrilynkenyon.com/ The reading order: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dark-Hunter_(series)
Carpathian Novels by Christine Feehan: http://www.christinefeehan.com/index.php