On the Night Table [12]: Shadows and Magic


I’m still struggling with the time zone change, so every night, I find myself either tossing and turning or reading. Unfortunately, both are becoming such a bother to my husband. I started reading Sea of Shadows on Friday night. By the time 5 am rolled around, I was more than halfway through. On Saturday, I woke up at 9 am and cleaned the house and kept on working until night time. I’m exhausted, but I refused to take a nap. The last time I took a nap, I slept for 5 hours and was up until 5 in the morning. So, no. I’m not doing that again. Needless to say, I have been spending some late nights reading. This would be nice, but I still need some sleep. Sigh.

This week, I’d planned on reading one book for review and a couple that’d been on my shelf for quite some time. Age of Legends by Kelley Armstrong is a fantasy series. Though I was intimidated to start it, I didn’t have a choice as I needed to read the first book in order to read Empire of Night. Since I’m halfway done, I have to say that this world and the plot is interesting, at least.

A Darker Shade of Magic is one book that I’ve coveted since I got wind of it last year. Unfortunately, I’ve yet to pick it up. Well, this is one book that I’m really excited to read, so here’s hoping it will be everything that I’d expected from Ms. Schwab.

18209344Sea of Shadows [Age of Legends, #1] by Kelley Armstrong
Publication Date: April 8th, 2014

In the Forest of the Dead, where the empire’s worst criminals are exiled, twin sisters Moria and Ashyn are charged with a dangerous task. For they are the Keeper and the Seeker, and each year they must quiet the enraged souls of the damned.

Only this year, the souls will not be quieted.

Ambushed and separated by an ancient evil, the sisters’ journey to find each other sends them far from the only home they’ve ever known. Accompanied by a stubborn imperial guard and a dashing condemned thief, the girls cross a once-empty wasteland, now filled with reawakened monsters of legend, as they travel to warn the emperor. But a terrible secret awaits them at court–one that will alter the balance of their world forever.

21480854 Empire of Night [Age of Legends, #2] by Kelley Armstrong
Publication Date: April 7th, 2015

Sisters Moria and Ashyn are the Keeper and Seeker of Edgewood. Or at least, they were.
Their village is gone. Their friends have betrayed them. And now, they are all but prisoners in court, forced to watch and wait while the Emperor decides whether to help the children of Edgewood, who remain hostages of the treacherous Alvar Kitsune.
But when the emperor finally sends the girls on a mission to rescue the children–accompanied by Prince Tyrus and a small band of men–the journey proves more perilous than any of them could have imagined. With lies and unrest mounting in the empire, Moria and Ashyn will have to draw on every bit of influence and power they possess to unite their people and avert an all-out war.

A Darker Shade final for Irene A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
Publication Date: February 24th, 2015

Kell is one of the last Travelers—rare magicians who choose a parallel universe to visit.

Grey London is dirty, boring, lacks magic, ruled by mad King George. Red London is where life and magic are revered, and the Maresh Dynasty presides over a flourishing empire. White London is ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne. People fight to control magic, and the magic fights back, draining the city to its very bones. Once there was Black London – but no one speaks of that now.

Officially, Kell is the Red Traveler, personal ambassador and adopted Prince of Red London, carrying the monthly correspondences between royals of each London. Unofficially, Kell smuggles for those willing to pay for even a glimpse of a world they’ll never see. This dangerous hobby sets him up for accidental treason. Fleeing into Grey London, Kell runs afoul of Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She robs him, saves him from a dangerous enemy, then forces him to another world for her ‘proper adventure’.

But perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, Kell and Lila will first need to stay alive — trickier than they hoped.


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Reviews for these books will be up this week.

What are you reading this week?
  • Eek, the time zone change stinks! I hope it’s gotten better for you since, Joy! I’ve wanted to read Sea of Shadows since it came out, and maybe the sequel being around will help… ADSOM of magic looks SO GOOD, so I’m hoping you loved it! 😀

  • I really enjoyed Sea of Shadows and I’m really excited to get Empire of Night. I love Kelley Armstrong. I read everything she publishers.

  • I want to read those books of Kelley’s too. I hope you get to them!

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

  • I really enjoyed a darker shade of magic so I hope you can get to it soon. I still need to reed Sea of Shadows argh. I love Kelley Armstrong tho I find her first book in each series is always a three for me usually, except Omens that one started off strong for me.

    I’m not getting any sleep either with the newborn!

    • Oh girl. Take naps when he’s down. Your body will thank you for it. 😀

  • Oh Joy, you poor poppet. I’d ask the hubby to give you a nice massage, a lovely soak in the bath or even grab some herbal relaxants to help you sleep and get back into a routine, you’re going to make yourself sick you poor dear. I end up the same when my routine is broken for a few days, and end up reading all night as well. You certainly feel it after a few nights and I end up in a heap, crying. Drink until you pass out if need be (don’t try that at home kiddies), you really need rest hun 🙁

    • Ha. That was my plan, Kelly. A couple of sips of wine and I’m sure I’ll be off my head. I’m lightweight when it comes to drinking, so yeah. Red wine, it is. 😀

  • I’ve been having such a problem with going to bed late. Even when I take my night time meds (that purposely make me sleepy) I’m up to at least 1 am. I do not function in a friendly way when I’ve been up so late lmao. I’m a moody tired person! It’s nice that you’ve got some reading done, though. It would suck if you couldn’t sleep AND couldn’t read. My friend Tika has been pushing me to get a darkershade of magic. She REALLY liked it! I hope you do too 😀 Enjoy your books and good luck with adjusting to the time zone!

    • I had a total of 1 hr of sleep last night. Tonight, I planned on taking a few sips of wine to help me sleep. I’m a lightweight. A few sips should do the trick!

  • I´m a fan of Kelley Armstrong books, so I cant wait to read Empire of Night.

    • Just started it. I’m really anxious to see what will happen with the gang all broken up.

  • A Darker Shade was simply splendid, I enjoyed every word! It’s a complicated story but Victoria kept it firmly under control which I appreciated. I hope you get a chance to read it soon. I think you’ll really like it.

    • So excited for this book! Ever since I read Vicious, I simply can’t get enough of her writing!

  • I am so sorry you are having a hard time adjusting to being back in your time zone, I think that is the hardest part about traveling. Yay for getting books read but boo for lack of sleep.
    I hope you adjust soon!!

    • Oh I know. It’s getting so frustrating, though. Last night, I’m so exhausted I wanted to weep. ;'(

  • I can’t wait to see what you think of A Darker Shade of Magic. It’s really good book and I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. I haven’t read any of the Kelley Armstrong books, so I’m looking forward to hearing your thoughts about them.
    I’m glad to hear you’re back. It takes some time to be back to the normal sleeping schedule, but the key is to try and tire yourself out before your typical bed time.
    Happy reading, Joy!

    • Thanks, Nick. At this point, I think I’m going to need help. I really need some sleep.

  • Yay for gorgeous books to read 😀 I’m planning on reading all three sometime soon too. SO EXCITED for A Darker Shade of Magic 😀 I really hope you’ll love it Joy. <3 And aw. I hope you'll be able to sleep more normally soon 🙁 sounds bothersome. But yay for reading awesome books ;p Happy reading sweetie. <3

  • I saw different reviews about the first one so I would be curious to see what you think of it. I’m curious about the others too. Enjoy!

  • Enjoy 😀

  • A Darker Shade of Magic, I’ve been wanting to read that one for a while, I need to order it online! I haven’t been able to find her books on our shelves here. I’m glad you’re enjoying the Sea of Shadows series, I actually haven’t heard many reviews about it.

    • I haven’t read too many reviews for that series either. The first book was awesome, anyway. 😀