How was your week? Tomorrow’s my birthday so I’ll link to my wishlist here but, like, no pressure, okay? It’s my first time doing that so I feel weird about it lol.
#5OnMyTBR is a bookish meme hosted by E. @ Local Bee Hunter’s Nook (me!) and you can learn more about it here or in the post announcing it. It occurs every Monday when we post about 5 books on our TBR.
This week’s prompt is Magic!
I’ve chosen some books that seem to have interesting magic systems, hope you’ll enjoy! I’m copy-pasting blurbs again (sorry!) because I’m late with writting the post. I’ll try to use my words actually next week ❤
|| Jade City by Fonda Lee ||
💛 Asian inspired fantasy
JADE CITY is a gripping Godfather-esque saga of intergenerational blood feuds, vicious politics, magic, and kungfu.
The Kaul family is one of two crime syndicates that control the island of Kekon. It’s the only place in the world that produces rare magical jade, which grants those with the right training and heritage superhuman abilities.
The Green Bone clans of honorable jade-wearing warriors once protected the island from foreign invasion–but nowadays, in a bustling post-war metropolis full of fast cars and foreign money, Green Bone families like the Kauls are primarily involved in commerce, construction, and the everyday upkeep of the districts under their protection.
When the simmering tension between the Kauls and their greatest rivals erupts into open violence in the streets, the outcome of this clan war will determine the fate of all Green Bones and the future of Kekon itself.
|| A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab ||
Kell is one of the last Antari—magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel Londons; Red, Grey, White, and, once upon a time, Black.
Kell was raised in Arnes—Red London—and officially serves the Maresh Empire as an ambassador, traveling between the frequent bloody regime changes in White London and the court of George III in the dullest of Londons, the one without any magic left to see.
Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they’ll never see. It’s a defiant hobby with dangerous consequences, which Kell is now seeing firsthand.
After an exchange goes awry, Kell escapes to Grey London and runs into Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She first robs him, then saves him from a deadly enemy, and finally forces Kell to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure.
Now perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, they’ll first need to stay alive.
|| The Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Stewart ||
💛 bone shard magic
💛 non-white cast
In an empire controlled by bone shard magic, Lin, the former heir to the emperor will fight to reclaim her magic and her place on the throne. The Bone Shard Daughter marks the debut of a major new voice in epic fantasy.
The emperor’s reign has lasted for decades, his mastery of bone shard magic powering the animal-like constructs that maintain law and order. But now his rule is failing, and revolution is sweeping across the Empire’s many islands.
Lin is the emperor’s daughter and spends her days trapped in a palace of locked doors and dark secrets. When her father refuses to recognise her as heir to the throne, she vows to prove her worth by mastering the forbidden art of bone shard magic.
Yet such power carries a great cost, and when the revolution reaches the gates of the palace, Lin must decide how far she is willing to go to claim her birthright – and save her people.
|| The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang ||
💛 Asian-inspired fantasy
💛 military magic school
When Rin aced the Keju—the Empire-wide test to find the most talented youth to learn at the Academies—it was a shock to everyone: to the test officials, who couldn’t believe a war orphan from Rooster Province could pass without cheating; to Rin’s guardians, who believed they’d finally be able to marry her off and further their criminal enterprise; and to Rin herself, who realized she was finally free of the servitude and despair that had made up her daily existence. That she got into Sinegard—the most elite military school in Nikan—was even more surprising.
But surprises aren’t always good.
Because being a dark-skinned peasant girl from the south is not an easy thing at Sinegard. Targeted from the outset by rival classmates for her color, poverty, and gender, Rin discovers she possesses a lethal, unearthly power—an aptitude for the nearly-mythical art of shamanism. Exploring the depths of her gift with the help of a seemingly insane teacher and psychoactive substances, Rin learns that gods long thought dead are very much alive—and that mastering control over those powers could mean more than just surviving school.
For while the Nikara Empire is at peace, the Federation of Mugen still lurks across a narrow sea. The militarily advanced Federation occupied Nikan for decades after the First Poppy War, and only barely lost the continent in the Second. And while most of the people are complacent to go about their lives, a few are aware that a Third Poppy War is just a spark away . . .
Rin’s shamanic powers may be the only way to save her people. But as she finds out more about the god that has chosen her, the vengeful Phoenix, she fears that winning the war may cost her humanity . . . and that it may already be too late
|| The House of Shattered Wings by Aliette de Bodard ||
💛 Vietnamese and Greek mythology influences
A superb murder mystery, on an epic scale, set against the fall out – literally – of a war in Heaven.
Paris has survived the Great Houses War – just. Its streets are lined with haunted ruins, Notre-Dame is a burnt-out shell, and the Seine runs black with ashes and rubble. Yet life continues among the wreckage. The citizens continue to live, love, fight and survive in their war-torn city, and The Great Houses still vie for dominion over the once grand capital.
House Silverspires, previously the leader of those power games, lies in disarray. Its magic is ailing; its founder, Morningstar, has been missing for decades; and now something from the shadows stalks its people inside their very own walls.
Within the House, three very different people must come together: a naive but powerful Fallen, a alchemist with a self-destructive addiction, and a resentful young man wielding spells from the Far East. They may be Silverspires’ salvation. They may be the architects of its last, irreversible fall…
Let’s talk magic! What interesting magic systems have you read about? I think my ever favourite is Kate Daniels world where our technical-based world experienced a shift into magic and suddenly all the old stories are real!
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10 thoughts on “#5OnMyTBR — Magic”
I am really curious about Jade City and The Poppy War. Both have been on my radar for a while but it seems like the book community suddenly got super interested in both and that makes me want to read it even more.
I recently read and absolutely loved the bone shard daughter, I hope you can pick it up soon! 💕
Jade City (and its sequel) are really good reads! They suck you in and lay out the worldbuilding and politics inside and out of the Green Bone clan. Although I have some gripes about the female characters, I’m eagerly awaiting the 3rd book!!!
I want to read The House of Shattered Wing it sounds amazing 😍 all the others I’ve read and loved so I hope you enjoy them!
I still need to finish Jade City and I can’t wait to read Bone Shard Daughter too! I read The Poppy War last month and oof, it was amazing. Prepare to have your emotions shattered 😂 Hope you enjoy all of these reads, E!
Great list! I have been meaning to read a Darker Shade of Magic for so long. V.E. Schwab is also so inspiring; her coming out piece was beautiful and brave. Also, the Bone Shard Daughter sounds so amazing!
I love your picks! I had a rough start with ADSOM but I ended up loving the series after the final book 🙂
I NEED to read The Poppy War! It sounds so incredibly promising and amazing! I also want to read The Bone Shard Daughter because, lesbians. Wonderful list, E.! 💕
Happy birthday!! I hope you had a lovely day! I’ve read almost all of these and can confirm they’re all great!! Jade City and The Poppy War are probably my favourites though, both some of the best fantasy I’ve ever read 🖤