Top 5 (books with swords) Tuesday

SWORD ehehehe okay that’s all. That’s my post done. I’m joking, of course. I’m here to show you 5 books with swords in the title or on the cover of the book! And just like last week, I always love a good sword on the cover. Let’s go! Better not forget to go to Meeghan @ Meeghan Reads to see what she chose for the prompt!

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The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan (GR/SG) – I think I’ve told this story before, but I sped through the three books… because I thought it would be 5 or 6 books like the others. It was not. It was a trilogy. And I finished all three books in basically one go. But I enjoyed them! I really love everything about it and whenever I do a major reread (to get to Trials of Apollo) I’ll definitely take my time with the Magnus Chase series.

Magnus Chase has seen his share of trouble. Ever since that terrible night two years ago when his mother told him to run, he has lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, staying one step ahead of the police and the truant officers.

One day, Magnus learns that someone else is trying to track him down—his uncle Randolph, a man his mother had always warned him about. When Magnus tries to outmaneuver his uncle, he falls right into his clutches. Randolph starts rambling about Norse history and Magnus’s birthright: a weapon that has been lost for thousands of years.

The more Randolph talks, the more puzzle pieces fall into place. Stories about the gods of Asgard, wolves, and Doomsday bubble up from Magnus’s memory. But he doesn’t have time to consider it all before a fire giant attacks the city, forcing him to choose between his own safety and the lives of hundreds of innocents. . . .

Sometimes, the only way to start a new life is to die.

Once & Future by A.R. Capetta and Cory McCarthy (GR/SG) – I read this quite a while back and absolutely loved it but also forgot to pick up the sequel when that came out. I seem to do a lot of that. Point is, I really enjoyed this diverse sci-fi King Arthur retelling and need to get back to it.

King Arthur as you’ve never imagined! This bold, sizzling YA retells the popular legend with the Once and Future King as a teenage girl — and she has a universe to save.
I’ve been chased my whole life. As a fugitive refugee in the territory controlled by the tyrannical Mercer corporation, I’ve always had to hide who I am. Until I found Excalibur.

Now I’m done hiding.

My name is Ari Helix. I have a magic sword, a cranky wizard, and a revolution to start.

When Ari crash-lands on Old Earth and pulls a magic sword from its ancient resting place, she is revealed to be the newest reincarnation of King Arthur. Then she meets Merlin, who has aged backward over the centuries into a teenager, and together they must break the curse that keeps Arthur coming back. Their quest? Defeat the cruel, oppressive government and bring peace and equality to all humankind.

No pressure.

Hounded by Kevin Hearne (GR/SG) – I’m… very behind on this series. I think I’ve only read about 3 or 4 of them and, well, actually I’m not sure how many books are in this series. But I do know I really enjoyed Hearne’s writing style and humour so I’m definitely keen to pick up the series and get further with it this time.

Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, lives peacefully in Arizona, running an occult bookshop and shape-shifting in his spare time to hunt with his Irish wolfhound. His neighbors and customers think that this handsome, tattooed Irish dude is about twenty-one years old—when in actuality, he’s twenty-one centuries old. Not to mention: He draws his power from the earth, possesses a sharp wit, and wields an even sharper magical sword known as Fragarach, the Answerer.

Unfortunately, a very angry Celtic god wants that sword, and he’s hounded Atticus for centuries. Now the determined deity has tracked him down, and Atticus will need all his power—plus the help of a seductive goddess of death, his vampire and werewolf team of attorneys, a bartender possessed by a Hindu witch, and some good old-fashioned luck of the Irish—to kick some Celtic arse and deliver himself from evil.

The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller (GR/SG) – I finished this earlier this year and it was good! Although the sequel is only out in 2024, but that gives me time to catch up with her other books!

Alessandra is tired of being overlooked, but she has a plan to gain power:

1) Woo the Shadow King.
2) Marry him.
3) Kill him and take his kingdom for herself.

No one knows the extent of the freshly crowned Shadow King’s power. Some say he can command the shadows that swirl around him to do his bidding. Others say they speak to him, whispering the thoughts of his enemies. Regardless, Alessandra knows what she deserves, and she’s going to do everything within her power to get it.

But Alessandra’s not the only one trying to kill the king. As attempts on his life are made, she finds herself trying to keep him alive long enough for him to make her his queen—all while struggling not to lose her heart. After all, who better for a Shadow King than a cunning, villainous queen?

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I think there should be more swords on book. And them maybe even swords IN people’s hands, and then magic should be used. And then dragons should appear and – oh wait, I’m just describing my dream of a world that I want to live in 😄 What about you? Which books on swords do you love? Tell me down below!

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