Books read: 11
Series started: 5
Series finished: 2
Average star rating: 4.1
So February has been a good reading month for me, in terms of both quantity and quality. Eleven books is above my average monthly total by quite a large amount. This was helped by tackling a few shorter books, as well as the fact that most of the books I read were just really good. If a book is good I will read it faster. Reviews for all the books I read this month are available here on my blog.
So the best things I read this month were a culmination of nearly a year of reading. I finished the last two books of The Wheel of Time, Towers of Midnight and A Memory of Light. What a journey that has been. This series has the ability to inspire, enrapture, and delight, whilst being equally capable of causing frustration, boredom and annoyance. Thankfully the latter three of those being rarer for me than the former. The Wheel of Time is, in my opinion, a masterpiece. It’s flawed in some odd ways and is definitely showing its age a little in places, but the journey we go on with our cast of characters is unrivalled by anything I have read. Sanderson did an admirable job finishing Jordan’s epic series, a series that is currently my favourite series of all time. I can’t say enough about how much I loved the concluding books to The Wheel of Time.
My lowest rated book this month was Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. I know this is a favourite of many people, unfortunately it just didn’t work for me. The characters didn’t feel real to me until the very end of the book, where I finally felt something for one of our characters. The romances didn’t read realistically to me and overall it just didn’t click with me. I will say that I don’t read much young adult fiction, and the shift from adult to young adult possibly unfairly hurt my opinion here.
A more interesting disappointment this month was Dark Forge by Miles Cameron. This is book two of the Masters and Mages trilogy of which I read all three in February. Overall I enjoyed this series, it started well and ended strongly however it lost its way a little in the middle. Check my review for full thoughts, but a good finale to the series has made this feel like just a little bit of middle book syndrome.
There are two series I started this month that I am most excited to continue on with. Firstly let’s talk about Red Rising, I started this book as part of Allen’s Feb rising buddy read. In general I had a good time with this book, it was a 4 star read. Everything I hear about this series is that it improves dramatically, if that is the case then boy am I in for a treat. Golden Son promises a more political plot which can only be a positive step for me, all in all I am excited to keep going.
The final series I want to mention is somewhat of a hidden gem, it was on my TBR but got bumped high up due to the effusive praise given to it, once again by Allen. The Long Price Quartet by Daniel Abraham is not your typical epic fantasy, but I have fallen in love with it. I have currently read two books of the four book series, A Shadow in Summer and A Betrayal in Winter. Abraham had pulled me into his exquisite world, his characters in particular feel so real, and the politics of this society is fleshed out beautifully. I cannot recommend this series enough to fans of political and economic intrigue, especially if you don’t mind a slow burn. I will undoubtedly finish this series next month, and I will be surprised if this doesn’t crack my top ten series of all time.
Let me know your February highs and lows down below.