Welcome to the forty-second episode of the Tea in the Treetops podcast hosted by Philippa and Angelya.
In this episode, we discuss all the books we have been reading and listening to over the last few weeks. We also do a pre-launch for our new book club (stay tuned for more information!). Ang also has a new fandom (spoiler: it’s Merlin). This episode was recorded on May 17th, 2016.
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Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
Tor, February 2016
In a continent on the edge of war, two witches hold its fate in their hands.
Young witches Safiya and Iseult have a habit of finding trouble. After clashing with a powerful Guildmaster and his ruthless Bloodwitch bodyguard, the friends are forced to flee their home.
Safi must avoid capture at all costs as she’s a rare Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lies. Many would kill for her magic, so Safi must keep it hidden – lest she be used in the struggle between empires. And Iseult’s true powers are hidden even from herself.
In a chance encounter at Court, Safi meets Prince Merik and makes him a reluctant ally. However, his help may not slow down the Bloodwitch now hot on the girls’ heels. All Safi and Iseult want is their freedom, but danger lies ahead. With war coming, treaties breaking and a magical contagion sweeping the land, the friends will have to fight emperors and mercenaries alike. For some will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch.
Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
HarperCollins, January 2016
In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Pulled back through time to 1776 in the midst of a fierce sea battle, she has travelled not only miles, but years from home.
With the arrival of this unusual passenger on his ship, privateer Nicholas Carter has to confront a past that he can’t escape and the powerful Ironwood family who won’t let him go without a fight. Now the Ironwoods are searching for a stolen object of untold value; one they believe only Etta can find.
Together, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by an enigmatic traveller. But as they get closer to the truth of their search, and the deadly game the Ironwoods are playing, treacherous forces threaten to separate Etta from Nicholas, and her way home, forever.
Other things mentioned
- We are starting a book club! Our official book for June will be The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye. Watch out for the book club launch very soon!
- The Sydney Writers Festival is on this week! YA things are on Sunday May 22!
- Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them will be a trilogy of films! Source.
- Warcraft movie – June 10
- The Episode That Must Not Be Named (involving a lot of tentacles) (aka Ep 39: Pride & Prejudice & Zombies)
Big Finish Doctor Who audio plays – David Tennant and Catherine Tate are back as the 10th Doctor and Donna Noble!