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thick-as-thieves-ahhhhhhhhhhI was going to write an actual review of a book for the first time in a month, but Greenwillow had been releasing the new covers of the Queen’s Thief books this week. (I have feelings about them.) AND THEN YESTERDAY, at 5:30 pm, which why? THEY ANNOUNCED BOOK FIVE!

My friend Ally texted me to tell me, and I was SITTING IN A CULVER’S AND COULDN’T SCREAM. It was terrible and wonderful.

So, in case you have not already heard, and/or seen me yelling about this in basically every corner of my virtual life, here’s what we know.


Release date (obvs subject to change): MAY 16, 2017!! (My sister’s birthday!)

SUMMARY (from Amazon):

Kamet, a secretary and slave to his Mede master, has the ambition and the means to become one of the most powerful people in the Empire. But with a whispered warning the future he envisioned is wrenched away, and he is forced onto a very different path. Set in the world of the Queen’s Thief, this epic adventure sees an ordinary hero take on an extraordinary mission.

AAAAAAAAAHHHHHHH. There will be extras, including A MAP.

I am having some FEELINGS (because of course I am; this is me, after all) not just about THE NEW BOOK FINALLY AT LAST, but about the role this fandom has played in my online life. So many of my oldest & best book people friends are from the LJ community, and so many of the people I’ve connected with later also love these books. It’s a kind of bittersweet feeling, because things have changed so much over the past six years, but we’re also finally, finally getting the reward for all our patient & loyal waiting.

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What I’m reading: 4-13

goblin emperorI’m considering changing things up a bit here, and one of my ideas was to start semi-regularly doing a snapshot of what I’m reading right now, rather than what I’ve finished. We’ll see how it goes–let me know what you think!

The Queen of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner: I am allllmost done with my reread of QoA. Having now reached the point where most of the “ow-my-feelings” moments are over, it’s mostly the happy ending, yay!

The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison (Sarah Monette): I don’t remember exactly where I am with this one–a little less than halfway through, I think. I’ve been reading it before bed, because it doesn’t matter that I’m tired and not in the best state for reading comprehension.

Dark North by Gillian Bradshaw: An Ethiopian auxiliary in Roman Britain. I think I started this one before and didn’t finish it, but I can’t remember why. It’s certainly not gripping me with the same excitement as my favorites of her books, but I am enjoying it and it’s a relatively quick read.

I don’t often read this many books all at the same time, but I’m kind of enjoying having different kinds of books for different situations–Queen of Attolia is perfect for lunchtime reading, for example, because I know it so well that it doesn’t matter where I stop or start.



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Monica Edinger posted on her blog:

…. a little bird told me the next two are in the home stretch of being finished and coming out in the near future*.  First the publisher will reissue the original four to bring a new generation of readers to them and then….numbers five and six…Of course “near future” may be another year or so, but they ARE coming!

I am a BIT nervous about the reissueing part because the Vince Natale covers are my favorite and my best, but–but–BOOKS FIVE AND SIX WITHIN (HOPEFULLY) THE NEXT YEAR OR SO AAAHHHHH.

Personal digression: The Queen’s Thief fandom is–I don’t even know. The only fandom I feel totally a part of. The place I made so many of my internet friends. The place I found so many of my favorite books & authors [Lois McMaster Bujold, Frances Hardinge, R.J Anderson, Elizabeth Wein, etc etc etc]. While Sounis-the-LJ-community is less active these days, the fandom as a whole is still so important to me that I can’t imagine how my life would have gone without it.