Merlin Readathon

Happy 1st of August friends!

So I’m very late to the party on this one considering it starts today and runs from the 1st August to the 15th August but when I saw a readathon based on one of my all time favourite tv shows… well I simply had to participate!

There’s a few lovely hosts for this and everything is explained in the announcement video which I’ll link here:

Looks super fun right?! I’m very excited to get stuck in so without further ado, this is the prompt list below and I’ll run through the path I’ll be taking on my quest to become a Mage 😆

There’s a goblin in the castle! Protect yourself against their foul stench. Read a book with green on the cover.

Goodreads Synopsis:

Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a disgraced rabbi who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic, created to be the wife of a man who dies at sea on the voyage from Poland. Chava is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York harbor in 1899. 

Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire born in the ancient Syrian desert, trapped in an old copper flask, and released in New York City, though still not entirely free. 

Ahmad and Chava become unlikely friends and soul mates with a mystical connection. Marvelous and compulsively readable, Helene Wecker’s debut novel The Golem and the Jinni weaves strands of Yiddish and Middle Eastern literature, historical fiction and magical fable, into a wondrously inventive and unforgettable tale.

So this book is on my 21 for 2021 list and I thought it would be a fun one to include for this prompt with it centring around two creatures from mythology as well as being in a historical setting. I’ve had my eye on this for so long and I’m glad to finally get the opportunity to read it, especially since the sequel is now out!

Merlin has been poisoned. Help Arthur on a quest to find a healing flower. Read a book with a map.

Goodreads Synopsis:

Lesson One of the Scholomance: Learning has never been this deadly.

A Deadly Education is set at Scholomance, a school for the magically gifted where failure means certain death (for real) — until one girl, El, begins to unlock its many secrets. 

There are no teachers, no holidays, and no friendships, save strategic ones. Survival is more important than any letter grade, for the school won’t allow its students to leave until they graduate… or die! The rules are deceptively simple: Don’t walk the halls alone. And beware of the monsters who lurk everywhere.

El is uniquely prepared for the school’s dangers. She may be without allies, but she possesses a dark power strong enough to level mountains and wipe out millions. It would be easy enough for El to defeat the monsters that prowl the school. The problem? Her powerful dark magic might also kill all the other students.

So this is another one on my 21 for 2021 list (can you tell I’m doing some housekeeping here?) and it’s going to be the first book I’ve read from Novik outside of her Temeraire series which I absolutely love so I have high hopes for this! There is a lovely map of the school of Scholomance itself inside the cover of my copy so it’s the perfect book for this prompt.

Gwaine is in trouble at the local tavern. Be a good friend and help him out. Read a book featuring friendship.

Goodreads synopsis for book 1 The Lightning-Struck Heart:

Once upon a time, in an alleyway in the slums of the City of Lockes, a young and somewhat lonely boy named Sam Haversford turns a group of teenage douchebags into stone completely by accident.

Of course, this catches the attention of a higher power, and Sam’s pulled from the only world he knows to become an apprentice to the King’s Wizard, Morgan of Shadows.

When Sam is fourteen, he enters the Dark Woods and returns with Gary, the hornless gay unicorn, and a half-giant named Tiggy, earning the moniker Sam of Wilds.

At fifteen, Sam learns what love truly is when a new knight arrives at the castle. Sir Ryan Foxheart, the dreamiest dream to have ever been dreamed.

Naturally, it all goes to hell through the years when Ryan dates the reprehensible Prince Justin, Sam can’t control his magic, a sexually aggressive dragon kidnaps the prince, and the King sends them on an epic quest to save Ryan’s boyfriend, all while Sam falls more in love with someone he can never have.

Or so he thinks.

This is the second book in Klune’s Tales from Verania series, the first book of which The Lightning-struck Heart was a runaway 5 star read for me and easily the most entertaining book I’ve read so far this year. I cannot wait to dive into this! There is a lovely friendship between the main character Sam and his buddies Gary and Tiggy and the interactions between the three of them honestly make this book.

You have found the sword in the stone! To claim it and finish your quest, read a five star prediction.

Goodreads Synopsis:

He was supposed to be a myth. But from the moment I crossed the River Styx and fell under his dark spell… he was, quite simply, mine.

Society darling Persephone Dimitriou plans to flee the ultra-modern city of Olympus and start over far from the backstabbing politics of the Thirteen Houses. But all that’s ripped away when her mother ambushes her with an engagement to Zeus, the dangerous power behind their glittering city’s dark facade.

With no options left, Persephone flees to the forbidden undercity and makes a devil’s bargain with a man she once believed a myth… a man who awakens her to a world she never knew existed.

Hades has spent his life in the shadows, and he has no intention of stepping into the light. But when he finds that Persephone can offer a little slice of the revenge he’s spent years craving, it’s all the excuse he needs to help her—for a price. Yet every breathless night spent tangled together has given Hades a taste for Persephone, and he’ll go to war with Olympus itself to keep her close…

A modern retelling of Hades and Persephone that’s as sinful as it is sweet.

I am so freaking excited for this one! I have actually never read a Hades and Persephone retelling before and I have heard such good things about this that it was definitely the top option for this five star prediction prompt! I’ll be reading it over the full two weeks as part of the reading schedule for the Tropeful Romantics book club over on instagram which this is the first ever book pick for. Trying to stick the the schedule will the be the difficult thing for me though, I’m a very impatient reader!

Well, this is shaping up to be a good month so far with book club picks and this readathon so I’m excited to get stuck in. Time for a brew and my first few chapters of Neon God’s I think!

Let me know what you’re reading this month or if you’re attempting this readathon let me know so I can see your posts, I love to see what books people pick for prompts!

Happy reading folks, see you in the next one,

Jen x

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