Hello friends!! Welcome to Top 5 Tuesday!! This week’s topic is top 5 books with swords!! Yes, we’re back on scavenger hunts ― and I’m happy to say these are the last lot until next year.
Swords, I would say, could be an indicator or historical fiction, romance, or fantasy, so hopefully this will be a pretty easy week for everyone again!! Also, this week I’m picking the the more obscure fantasy novels from my shelves ― most of which I’m sad to say that I haven’t read yet. But, as an added bonus, it’s all badass ladies holding the swords.
And, I am so glad to be back on my normal blogging schedule!! I am also catching up on WWW Wednesday’s as the last few weeks I spent my weekends reading and post-blogging, instead of blog-scheduling, but I needed a reading outlet because I was tired. BUT, we’re getting there!! Thanks to everyone who has stuck by me these past few weeks ― I really appreciate you!!
top 5 books with swords
The Vanishing Throne — Elizabeth May
NOTE: The blurb below is for book 1 of the Falconer series, The Falconer.
She’s a stunner.
Edinburgh, 1844. Eighteen-year-old Lady Aileana Kameron, the only daughter of the Marquess of Douglas, has everything a girl could dream of: brains, charm, wealth, a title, and drop-dead beauty.
She’s a liar.
But Aileana only looks the part of an aristocratic young lady. she’s leading a double life: She has a rare ability to sense the sìthíchean ― the faery race obsessed with slaughtering humans ― and, with the aid of a mysterious mentor, has spent the year since her mother died learning how to kill them.
She’s a murderer.
Now Aileana is dedicated to slaying the fae before they take innocent lives. With her knack for inventing ingenious tools and weapons ― from flying machines to detonators to lightning pistols ― ruthless Aileana has one goal: Destroy the faery who destroyed her mother.
She’s a Falconer.
The last in a line of female warriors born with a gift for hunting and killing the fae, Aileana is the sole hope of preventing a powerful faery population from massacring all of humanity. Suddenly, her quest is a lot more complicated. She still longs to avenge her mother’s murder ― but she’ll have to save the world first.
Ship of Smoke and Steel — Django Wexler
In the lower wards of Kahnzoka, the great port city of the Blessed Empire, eighteen-year-old ward boss Isoka enforces the will of her criminal masters with the power of Melos, the Well of Combat. The money she collects goes to keep her little sister living in comfort, far from the bloody streets they grew up on.
When Isoka’s magic is discovered by the government, she’s arrested and brought to the Emperor’s spymaster, who sends her on an impossible mission: steal Soliton, a legendary ghost ship ― a ship from which no one has ever returned. If she fails, her sister’s life is forfeit.
On board Soliton, nothing is as simple as it seems. Isoka tries to get close to the ship’s mysterious captain, but to do it she must become part of the brutal crew and join their endless battles against twisted creatures. She doesn’t expect to have to contend with feelings for a charismatic fighter who shares her combat magic, or for a fearless princess who wields an even darker power.
The Princess Will Save You — Sarah Henning
When a princess’s commoner true love is kidnapped to coerce her into a political marriage, she doesn’t give in ― she goes to rescue him.
When her warrior father, King Sendoa, mysteriously dies, Princess Amarande of Ardenia is given what would hardly be considered a choice: Marry a stranger at sixteen or lose control of her family’s crown.
But Amarande was raised to be a warrior ― not a sacrifice.
In an attempt to force her choice, a neighboring kingdom kidnaps her true love, stable boy Luca. With her kingdom on the brink of civil war and no one to trust, she’ll need all her skill to save him, her future, and her kingdom.
Bone Crier’s Dawn — Kathryn Purdie
NOTE: The blurb below is for book 1 of the Bone Grace series, Bone Crier’s Dawn.
Bone Criers have a sacred duty. They alone can keep the dead from preying on the living. But their power to ferry the spirits of the dead into goddess Elara’s Night Heavens or Tyrus’s Underworld comes from sacrifice. The gods demand a promise of dedication. And that promise comes at the cost of the Bone Criers’ one true love.
Ailesse has been prepared since birth to become the matriarch of the Bone Criers, a mysterious famille of women who use strengths drawn from animal bones to ferry dead souls. But first she must complete her rite of passage and kill the boy she’s also destined to love.
Bastien’s father was slain by a Bone Crier and he’s been seeking revenge ever since. Yet when he finally captures one, his vengeance will have to wait. Ailesse’s ritual has begun and now their fates are entwined ― in life and in death.
Sabine has never had the stomach for the Bone Criers’ work. But when her best friend Ailesse is taken captive, Sabine will do whatever it takes to save her, even if it means defying their traditions ― and their matriarch ― to break the bond between Ailesse and Bastien. Before they all die.
When She Reigns — Jodi Meadows
NOTE: The blurb below is for book 1 of the Fallen Isles series, Before She Ignites.
Mira Minkoba is the Hopebearer. Since the day she was born, she’s been told she’s special. Important. Perfect. She’s known across the Fallen Isles not just for her beauty, but for the Mira Treaty named after her, a peace agreement which united the seven islands against their enemies on the mainland.
But Mira has never felt as perfect as everyone says. She counts compulsively. She struggles with crippling anxiety. And she’s far too interested in dragons for a girl of her station.
Then Mira discovers an explosive secret that challenges everything she and the Treaty stand for. Betrayed by the very people she spent her life serving, Mira is sentenced to the Pit ― the deadliest prison in the Fallen Isles. There, a cruel guard would do anything to discover the secret she would die to protect.
No longer beholden to those who betrayed her, Mira must learn to survive on her own and unearth the dark truths about the Fallen Isles ― and herself ― before her very world begins to collapse.
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Wicked Witch’s Blog
Your Book Friend
The Punk Theory
Less Than Three D
Books Are 42
Tay’s Infinite Thoughts
Peat Long’s Blog
Pints and Paperbacks
DB’s Guide to the Galaxy