#5OnMyTBR is a bookish meme hosted by E. @ Local Bee Hunter’s Nook where you chose five books from your to-be-read pile that fit that week’s theme. If you’d like more info, head over to the announcement post!
It’s a bit later in the week than usual for my 5 On My TBR post, but this has been the week of blog tours! And I’m not mad about it! Knowing what the theme for this week was, though, there was no way I could pass it up. As a huge fantasy nerd, how could I see dagger, swords, and duels and not want to participate! That practically screams fantasy.
Now I had quite a few fantasy novels on my TBR that could have made it to the list. I decided to be a bit cheeky, though, and pick ones that not only had weapons on the inside, but on the cover, as well. Funnily enough, they all ended up being YA, but we know I love me a good YA fantasy, so it’s hardly unsurprising 😂
That being said, let’s jump into the list!
#1. The Keeper of Night by Kylie Lee Baker
This is a more recent addition to my TBR that I’m rather excited to read. It features a young woman who is half Reaper and half Shinigami who is fighting to be accepted. It promises a lot of action and swordplay, so it definitely fits the bill here! I’ve heard mixed reviews on this one, but I’m still eager to give it a shot. And I do really love the cover! If the protagonist is anywhere near as badass as she looks on the cover, I know I’m gonna love this.
#2. One for All by Lillie Lainoff
I read The Three Musketeers last year and kind of fell in love with the four idiots contained within. So learning about this gender-bent retelling that focuses on a heroine with a chronic illness had me absolutely ascending! It sounds fantastic and definitely promises a lot of stabby-stabby action. The author also recently posted some character art for the four main characters as part of the pre-order campaign and I’m in love. I cannot wait to read this one!
#3. The Merciless Ones by Namina Forna
You know this gorgeous book has to be on my list! The first book in this series, The Gilded Ones, was one of my favorite books of 2021. It was a beautifully cinematic tale and, with the way it ended, I feel like the sequel is going to be even more so. I certainly expecting a lot of battles, both with and without swords. I’m so excited to continue following Deka’s journey and I just know this book is going to be truly epic!
#4. Jade Fire Gold by June C.L. Tan
Here’s another YA fantasy that promises some fancy swordplay. At least if the cover is to be believed! I’ve been wanting to read this dual perspective, East Asian inspired novel since the cover was released. It sounds absolutely incredible and like it will be a thrilling journey. I mean, with a tagline like “Her destiny, his revenge”, you know I’m hooked! I haven’t heard many reviews for this one, so I’m interested to see how I get along with it. Here’s hoping it’s one that I love.
#5. Bloodmarked by Tracy Deonn
I saved the best (or at least most anticipated) for last! I have been dying for this sequel since I finished the first book, Legendborn! And, when the book is centered around a secret society of the descendants of King Arthur, you know there’s gonna be swords involved. And magic and angst. I’m so looking forward to seeing how Bree’s journey continues, especially after how the first book ended. I need more of this world in my life!
What are some books featuring daggers, swords, and duels that are on your TBR? Have you read any of the books on mine? Let me know in the comments!
And, as always, happy reading!