Today sees the start of both NaNoWriMo and SciFiMonth in which I have set myself the task of not only writing 50k words between November 1 – 30, but also reading as many speculative fiction titles as I can while writing a number of SF-related posts.

Part of SciFiMonth are a set of prompts to aid in writing speculative-related posts, and today’s is what will be in our SF TBR pile. I narrowed mine down to five books, given everything else I’ll be doing and even then, I’m not sure I’ll finish reading all five novels.

First up from the reading pile is Beth Cato’s fantasy novel, ROAR OF SKY, which I’m also reviewing for the Science Fiction Foundation (as you can see, I have committed myself to an insane month!)


Author: Beth Cato
Publisher: Harper Voyager
ISBN: 9780062692252
Genre: Fantasy
Release date: 23 October, 2018

Thanks to her geomantic magic, Ingrid has successfully eluded Ambassador Blum, the power-hungry kitsune who seeks to achieve world domination for the United Pacific. But using her abilities has taken its toll: Ingrid’s body has been left severely weakened, and she must remain on the run with her friends Cy and Fenris.

Hoping to learn more about her magical roots and the strength her bloodline carries, Ingrid makes her way across the Pacific to Hawaii, home to the ancient earth goddess Madame Pele. What she discovers in this paradise is not at all what she expects—and perhaps exactly what she needs.

But Ambassador Blum comes from the same world of old magic and mythic power. And if Ingrid cannot defeat her once and for all, she knows Blum will use that power to take the lives of everyone she holds dear before beginning a war that will rip the world to pieces.

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  1. November 6, 2018

    Never heard of this book before. It does sound interesting. Looking forward to your review this month. I am participating in scifi month too.

    • November 6, 2018

      Oh, what a great name you have. lol Yeah, you either know this person or that person, or you don’t. There are so many new and upcoming authors in spec fictions it’s difficult to keep up. Beth write mostly in the fantasy genre. Which this trilogy falls under.

      I hope you look her up.

  2. November 4, 2018

    Ooh the description of Roar of Sky is really intriguing – I don’t know Beth Cato’s work, but geomancy and kitsune are always going to grab my attention. Is this an ongoing series?

    • Alexandra
      November 4, 2018

      I’m as intrigued as you are, imyril, as I haven’t read the first two books in this series. But couldn’t resist saying yes, I would read and review Roar after reading the PR blurb. It does sound intriguing to say the least. I have read Beth before, so know I like her writing style. So I’m sure she’ll deliver.

    • November 11, 2018

      Hallo, Hallo Imyril,

      As soon as I saw the premise for ROAR I wanted to immediately read it – I even requested to review it for the publisher at one point. IN the end, I am borrowing it this NOV from one of my local libraries as it is befitting one of the categories for #Mythothon which is now my compliment to #RRSciFiMonth! 🙂 I loved the Mythos but the world w/in this new series just felt EPIC to me. I’ll be letting everyone know how I get on with ROAR as the stories I don’t finish will be broken into #25PagePreview posts throughout NOV and the ones I do read will have their own reviews, etc. Let me know if you picked up a copy – either this month or down the road!

      PS: I almost thought it was too intense for me but I decided to curb that fear and request it!

  3. November 1, 2018

    Whoohoo, 50k words seems like a great challenge. Crossing my fingers for you.

    I must admit sci-fi is something I still need to fall in love with. I haven’t read that many sci-fi books yet but I do want to start exploring this genre a bit more. All those cool possibilities and adventures… Looking forward to reading your reviews and finding some inspiration for my own reads. 🙂 xx

    • November 1, 2018

      First of all, it’s great to see you back blogging, Vera! I for one have missed you. 😀

      50k is achievable, though I’m not sure I’ll get there this year given everything I’ve sign up to do this month. But that’s all part of the challenge and the fun.

      I do hope you dip your toes into the speculative fiction genre(s) too. As there are so many really good reads out there. Spec-fic covers a galaxy spanning number of genre from out right horror, the supernatural and paranormal, different kinds of fantasy, right through to space opera, military sf, and so much more in between.

      • November 2, 2018

        Thanks Alex, I have missed you too!

        Great challenges are the ones that may or may not get achieved. If it’s doable without breaking sweat, it’s not a challenge (well that’s only my opinion but that’s how I feel about challenges ). Crossing my fingers for you, you’ve got this.

        • November 2, 2018

          I’m already slightly behind on the writing, but that’s how it always goes, and then, the weekend comes along and I can catch up (usually!) Some days can be prolific, others not so much. 😉

          And you’re right, a challenge should be just beyond your comfort zone, achievable, but with extra effort, otherwise it’s not pushing yourself.

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