This weekly meme was started by @Lauren’s Page Turners. It is now being hosted by Budget Tales Book Blog. To participate, choose a random book from your GoodReads TBR and show it off. Which sounds easy enough until you have to decide how to choose that book! I think I will use a different way each week, like picking a color or number of pages. I will let you know each week how I chose the book and then something interesting about it, like how it ended up on the list or why I want to read it. Got it? Okay let’s get started.
Since we are closing in on the end of 2022, I decided that for the next few weeks at least I will talk about books that I am looking forward to reading in 2023. There are many really good books coming out next year. There are a few that haven’t yet revealed covers or even an exact date, but I am hoping some of that will be remedied soon.
This week’s pick is a novella that is a sequel for one of my all time favorite standalone novels. It is unfortunately just a novella, but at least it is something. I just loved the characters in the book and the world so I am super excited to return and spend some time, even if it is short.
Mysteries of Thorn Manor by Margaret Rogerson
Publication Date: January 17, 2023
Summary from Goodreads:
In this sequel novella to Sorcery of Thorns, Elisabeth, Nathaniel, and Silas must unravel the magical trap keeping them inside Thorn Manor in time for their Midwinter Ball!
Elisabeth Scrivener is finally settling into her new life with sorcerer Nathaniel Thorn. Now that their demon companion Silas has returned, so has scrutiny from nosy reporters hungry for gossip about the city’s most powerful sorcerer and the librarian who stole his heart. But something strange is afoot at Thorn Manor: the estate’s wards, which are meant to keep their home safe, are acting up and forcibly trapping the Manor’s occupants inside. Surely it must be a coincidence that this happened just as Nathaniel and Elisabeth started getting closer to one another…
With no access to the outside world, Elisabeth, Nathaniel, and Silas – along with their new maid Mercy – will have to work together to discover the source of the magic behind the malfunctioning wards before they’re due to host the city’s Midwinter Ball. Not an easy task when the house is filled with unexpected secrets, and all Elisabeth can think about is kissing Nathaniel in peace. But when it becomes clear that the house, influenced by the magic of Nathaniel’s ancestors, requires a price for its obedience, Elisabeth and Nathaniel will have to lean on their connection like never before to set things right.
I am not super crazy about that cover, but I am not going to be picky about it. I just can’t wait to read this! I just might reread Sorcery of Thorns!