GoodReads Monday

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.

Happy Monday everyone! Have I mentioned how much I love March! It is such a great time when the world starts to recover from the harsh winter and the flowers start to bloom. I especially love it when the cherry blossoms all come out. It is so beautiful. So even though it isn’t officially spring yet, I decided to change my blog’s look to a more spring like one. Hope you like it!

Today I am going to talk about a book coming out in May that I am totally thrilled about. It is from a favorite author and it sounds fabulous! Let’s take a look!

The Malevolent Seven By Sebastian de Castell

Publication Day: May 16, 2023

Summary from Goodreads:

‘Seven powerful mages want to make the world a better place. We’re going to kill them first.’

Picture a wizard. Go ahead, close your eyes. There he is, see? Skinny old guy with a long straggly beard. No doubt he’s wearing iridescent silk robes that couldn’t protect his frail body from a light breeze. The hat’s a must, too, right? Big, floppy thing, covered in esoteric symbols that would instantly show every other mage where this one gets his magic? Wouldn’t want a simple steel helmet or something that might, you know, protect the part of him most needed for conjuring magical forces from being bashed in with a mace (or pretty much any household object).

Now open your eyes and let me show you what a real war mage looks like . . . but be warned: you’re probably not going to like it, because we’re violent, angry, dangerously broken people who sell our skills to the highest bidder and be damned to any moral or ethical considerations.

At least, until such irritating concepts as friendship and the end of the world get in the way.

My name is Cade Ombra, and though I currently make my living as a mercenary wonderist, I used to have a far more noble-sounding job title – until I discovered the people I worked for weren’t quite as noble as I’d believed. Now I’m on the run and my only friend, a homicidal thunder mage, has invited me to join him on a suicide mission against the seven deadliest mages on the continent.  

Time to recruit some very bad people to help us on this job . . .

Doesn’t that sound wonderful! I can’t wait to get my hands on it, especially because I just love that cover! There is no indication that it is a new series, but a standalone is just fine by me. It has been a couple of years since his last book, and we will be getting two this year! I’m so excited! The second one is the start of a new series set in his Greatcoats world, which I have been waiting for for a long time. This is going to be a good year!

Happy Reading!


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