Beat the Backlist 2021

Given that 2020 has somehow been both the shortest and longest year in recorded history, it’s both surprising and somewhat of a relief that the new Beat the Backlist challenge is almost here!

I recently did a tour of my TBR on my BookTube, and going through it (as well as unhauling a few long-termers I know I won’t get to) has made me even more determined to truly beat that backlist in 2021.

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Book Review: Bonnie Wynne ups the ante in The Price of Magic sequel, A Wind From the Rift

Gwyn just wants to go home. After months of imprisonment, first in the Clockwork City’s Bird Tower prison, then its horrific Charnel Vaults, her control over her magic is weakening, and the sooner she’s safe amongst friends, the better. But the Mancers of the Syndicate have come to a decision.

Too dangerous to be freed, too valuable to kill, a third option presents itself. Enroll Gwyn in the Syndicate and train her as one of their own.

But as the rumour of a sorceress in their midst spreads amongst the students, Gwyn finds that their distrust of her is the least of her worries. A Scion, one of five released by Gwyn herself, is preparing to attack, and Gwyn has no plans to be in the Clockwork City when he does.

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Book Review: Dive into Nardi Simpson’s mesmerising debut Song of the Crocodile

The Billymil family have lived in the small town of Darnmoor for three generations, and expectant parents Celie and Tom are preparing to welcome the newest addition. But tensions between Darnmoor’s Indigenous and settler families are rising. And the divide between the white run town and the Campgrounds, where the Billymils call home, is growing.

Watched over by their ancestors, the inhabitants of the Campgrounds navigate a world that doesn’t want them, dodging aggressions both micro and overt. Some try to affect change, others survive by keeping their heads down. But as plans for expansion are revealed and secrets threaten to spill out, bowing to the status quo becomes ever more difficult for the Billymil family.

Progress is coming to Darnmoor. But at what cost?

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