WYRD and WONDER 2020: 5-Star Books in 5 Words

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In previous Wyrd and Wonder iterations there were many prompts and challenges that I could not fulfill for lack of time, so this year I decided to go back to some of them and try my hand at the… roads not taken.  One of the most interesting ones required to list five favored books and to describe them in five words: it proved far more challenging than I could have imagined, but it helped me focus on what I truly loved in those stories and that’s one of the reasons I chose series openers that introduced me to authors who became my favorites after one single book.


1) Dreamer’s Pool (Blackthorn & Grim #1), by Juliet Marillier

Spellbinding tale: adversity and renewal


2) Age of Assassins (The Wounded Kingdom #1), by R.J. Barker

Damaging magic, knives and shadows


3) A Time of Dread (Of Blood and Bone #1), by John Gwynne

Darkness falls: Truth and Courage


4) Sins of Empire (Gods of Blood and Powder #1), by Brian McClellan

Vlora Flint, Mad Ben Styke


5) The Tethered Mage (Swords and Fire #1), by Melissa Caruso

New magic: Falcons, Falconers, jesses



And now it’s your turn: I challenge you all to describe five of your beloved books in five words!  😉

39 thoughts on “WYRD and WONDER 2020: 5-Star Books in 5 Words

  1. Great fun feature! I don’t if I’d be able to do it though, I tend to go on and on in my reviews because sometimes mere words just can’t describe how I feel, especially about my favorite five star reads 🙂

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  2. You did an amazing job! For me it would be impossible, but reading your post was fun and it made me want to read all of the books you have mentioned more! I have read only Age of Assassins but I have all the others on my TBR. I really hope to read them, sooner or later!

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  3. Ooo… this looks like fun! I know how hard this is, cos how much I have to sweat over my blurbs and straplines for my own books… I’ll see if I can have a go – maybe Himself can give me a hand!

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  4. I just finished a re-read of The Tethered Mage today and loved it just as much the second time round. Age of Assassins is on my TBR for Wyrd & Wonder too 😀

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