Top 5 Saturday is a weekly meme created by Mandy @ Devouring Books. Each week you follow the topic and list the top five books (they can be books on your TBR, favorite books, books you loved/hated, or anything others). You can see the upcoming schedule at the end of my post.
This Week’s Topic: Fire on the Cover
(*I gave myself an additional guideline as all the titles also have the word “fire” in it.)
**Books on this list are all on my TBR and in no particular order. You can click on their covers to access their Goodreads entries.**
- Home Fires
From the bestselling Australian author of Daughter of Mine and Birthright. When a lethal bushfire tore through Myrtle, nestled in Victoria’s breathtaking Otway Ranges, the town’s buildings – and the lives of its residents – were left as smouldering ash. For three women in particular, the fire fractured their lives and their relationships.
Eighteen months later, with the flurry of national attention long past, Myrtle stands restored, shiny and new. But is the outside polish just a veneer? Community stalwart Julie thinks tourism could bring back some financial stability to their little corner of the world and soon prods Claire, Bec and Sophie into joining her group. But the scar tissue of trauma runs deep, and as each woman exposes her secrets and faces the damage that day wrought, a shocking truth will emerge that will shake the town to its newly rebuilt foundations…
2. Fire & Blood (Targaryen History #1) – TBR
With all the fire and fury fans have come to expect from internationally bestselling author George R. R. Martin, this is the first volume of the definitive two-part history of the Targaryens in Westeros.
Centuries before the events of A Game of Thrones, House Targaryen—the only family of dragonlords to survive the Doom of Valyria—took up residence on Dragonstone. Fire and Blood begins their tale with the legendary Aegon the Conqueror, creator of the Iron Throne, and goes on to recount the generations of Targaryens who fought to hold that iconic seat, all the way up to the civil war that nearly tore their dynasty apart.
What really happened during the Dance of the Dragons? Why did it become so deadly to visit Valyria after the Doom? What is the origin of Daenerys’s three dragon eggs? These are but a few of the questions answered in this essential chronicle, as related by a learned maester of the Citadel and featuring more than eighty all-new black-and-white illustrations by artist Doug Wheatley. Readers have glimpsed small parts of this narrative in such volumes as The World of Ice & Fire, but now, for the first time, the full tapestry of Targaryen history is revealed.
With all the scope and grandeur of Gibbon’s The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Fire and Blood is the ultimate game of thrones, giving readers a whole new appreciation for the dynamic, often bloody, and always fascinating history of Westeros.
3. Fear of Fire and Shadow
As one of the few remaining mage in the world, Rogan was stolen as a child and placed within the palace as handmaiden to Haydyn, the last of the royal family. Now, as adults, the two young women are as close as sisters and when Haydyn falls victim to a sleeping disease only Rogan can save her.
Haydyn’s magic keeps peace across their land and if she dies, their whole world will fall to the darkness of human nature. Setting off on a journey to retrieve the plant that will cure her friend, Rogan is stuck in close quarters with a protector she distrusts above all others:
Wolfe Stovia. The son of the man who kidnapped Rogan and destroyed her family.
At a constant battle of wills with Wolfe, Rogan knows their expedition will be fraught with tension. However, she never imagined that the quest would be so dangerous, that her beliefs would be so shaken, or that she’d find herself falling for her greatest enemy.
4. Bringer of Fire
Sometimes the truths we choose to ignore cast the longest shadows …
In the distant Caucasus Mountains, an ancient demon is chained to a rock. People say the gods put him there as punishment for an unspeakable crime, for which the penalty is perennial damnation.
When Zid, an explorer with a faulty leg and an inquisitive mind, learns the legend of the demon, he sets out to find the truth. But after a heartbreaking discovery on a bleak mountainside, the tale begins to crumble. Zid is left questioning the truth behind the origins of humankind and the biggest threat to human liberty.
Will Zid risk his own life to fight the gods’ treachery? He must choose between friendship and freedom as his actions set him against the most powerful of the Olympian gods: Zeus himself.
5. Fire (Graceling Realm #2)
It is not a peaceful time in the Dells. The young King Nash clings to his throne while rebel lords in the north and south build armies to unseat him. The mountains and forests are filled with spies and thieves and lawless men.
This is where Fire lives. With a wild, irresistible appearance and hair the color of flame, Fire is the last remaining human monster. Equally hated and adored, she had the unique ability to control minds, but she guards her power, unwilling to steal the secrets of innocent people. Especially when she has so many of her own.
Then Prince Brigan comes to bring her to King City, The royal family needs her help to uncover the plot against the king. Far away from home, Fire begins to realize there’s more to her power than she ever dreamed. Her power could save the kingdom.
If only she weren’t afraid of becoming the monster her father was.
- March 6th, 2021 —
Gift Books (Books you got as a gift, would give as a gift or have given as a gift.)
- March 13th, 2021 —
Fire on the Cover
- March 20th, 2021 — Love Triangle
For this week’s topic, I went with novels that had both fire on the cover and fire in their titles. This week was fun as almost all of these novels are ones that I forgot were on my TBR. As this topic, like all of others, can go in so many directions, I cannot wait to see what others will put on their lists. Happy reading!