Hello everyone! It’s Ariel, here with another thrilling monthly wrap-up.
I’m pretty proud of the reading that I did this month,
especially when you compare it to the grand total of two books that I read last
month. During the month of October, I successfully managed to double that by
reading four entire books and most of two other ones. However, out of those six
books, five were by the same author and more or less in the same series, and
all of them were fantasy novels. So in terms of reading from a varied group, I
didn’t do that great.
Still, I think I successfully redeemed myself with this
reading month. Let’s get into the books I read.
The Mistborn Trilogy
by Brandon Sanderson
October was, for the most part, a month of rereads for me. The
first of those rereads was this series: the Mistborn trilogy, which consists of
Mistborn (sometimes called Mistborn: The Final Empire, sometimes
just called The Final Empire), The Well of Ascension, and The Hero of Ages. I actually started
reading the first book before October, but I finished the majority of it in October,
so I figure that it counts.
If you haven’t heard of this series before, the Mistborn
trilogy is an amazing epic fantasy series set in a world unlike anything I’ve
ever read before, with great, relatable characters and a plot that constantly
keeps you guessing. The magic system is called Allomancy, and in order to use
it, an Allomancer has to swallow a piece of metal. They can then “burn” that
metal, releasing its power and allowing them to do things like increase their
strength and endurance or manipulate others’ emotions or practically fly by pushing
or pulling on metals. Each metal gives its users a particular ability, and most
users, called Mistings, can only burn one of the metals, meaning that they can
only use one of the powers. Some people, however, can use all of the powers.
Those people are called Mistborn, and they are very rare.
At the beginning of the first book, we follow a young girl
from the streets who discovers that she is Mistborn. She joins up with a
thieving crew of Allomancers who want to try to overthrow the immortal tyrant,
known as the Lord Ruler, who has ruled over the land and subjugated its people
for a thousand years.
Unsurprisingly, these books were an easy 5 stars for me. I
was rereading them, so of course I already knew that I loved them.
Two Dark Reigns by Kendare Blake
After I finished the Mistborn trilogy, I jumped almost
immediately into this book, which happens to be the only book I read this month
that wasn’t by Brandon Sanderson. This is the third book in the Three Dark Crowns series, which I
believe is going to be a four-book series. It came out in September, I think,
and I bought it relatively recently.
This series is set in a fantasy world where there is a
magical island with a lineage of queens. Every generation, triplet queens are
born, and when they come of age, they have to fight each other to the death to
claim the throne. Each of these queens is born with one of several powers that
are represented on the island—there are elementalists, who can control things
like water, fire, and weather. There are poisoners, who have the ability to ingest
deadly poisons and not die, and who are also pretty good at mixing poisons and
antidotes. There are naturalists, who have the ability to control nature; they
can make plants grow and manipulate animals. There are oracles, who can see the
future. And, finally, there are warriors, who have supernatural fighting
abilities and can make weapons fly through the air.
The politics and the lore of this world is super
interesting. The more I read about it, the more I want to know. I’m really
excited for the last book to come out.
The Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson
Up until this point, I was following my TBR for the month
pretty well. After I finished Two Dark
Reigns, though, I looked at the TBR I had planned for the month, and I
really wasn’t that interested in reading any of them. I wanted to read Brandon
So I picked up this book, which is the first book in the Wax
& Wayne series. It’s set in the same world as the Mistborn trilogy, but 300
years after the events of the last book. Perhaps the coolest thing about these
books, though, is that the world has moved forward technologically (there are
now electric lights and skyscrapers, and to me, it has a very 1920s America
sort of feel), but the magic is still very much a part of the culture, and in
fact shapes some of the ways in which the society develops. I think it’s super
I had actually read this book (and part of the second book)
before, but I remembered almost nothing about it aside from the names of some
of the characters, so it was basically like reading it all over again. I think
I ended up liking it much more than I did the first time I read it. Maybe that’s
because I’m riding the high of reading a bunch of amazing books this month or
maybe that’s because it’s actually incredible, but whatever the case, I loved
Immediately after finishing this book, I jumped into reading
the second book in the series, Shadows of
Self, but I didn’t end up finishing it during October, so I can’t include
In the end, I read 4 books in their entirety and a good
portion of two others, which, considering the amount of things I had to do this
month, is pretty good, and it’s certainly much better than the two I read last
That’s all that I had for this post today! Normally I try to
post my wrap-up on the very last day of the month, and then post my TBR the
next day, on the first of the next month, but I wasn’t able to write this post
in time to put it up yesterday, so this time around my schedule is a step
behind. So hopefully I will see you tomorrow with my TBR for November!
Thanks for reading! Let me know down in the comments what
you read this month, and what you thought about those books!
I am an aspiring writer and lover of stories as well as a college student double majoring in French and Writing. I love reading, and I wanted to make this blog as a way to share my love of books and writing with other people like me.