Read or Roast: February 2022

Hi Everyone! 

Welcome back to Read or Roast: a monthly post to forcehelp me to reach my goal of having a maximum of one hundred books in my Goodreads TBR by the end of 2022.

Every month I’ll go through my TBR and pick at least one book I want to actually read, and one book to roast in Dragon Fire!* Which will work great assuming I don’t add anything more to my already massive hoard, right?

… Well, I’ll give it a try anyway. Let’s have a look at this month’s contestants!

*Important Disclaimer: absolutely no books will be burned in making of this meme. I’m a book dragon not a monster.

Read or Roast…?

Bloody Rose by Nicolas Eames

Live fast, die young.

Tam Hashford is tired of working at her local pub, slinging drinks for world-famous mercenaries and listening to the bards sing of adventure and glory in the world beyond her sleepy hometown.

When the biggest mercenary band of all rolls into town, led by the infamous Bloody Rose, Tam jumps at the chance to sign on as their bard. It’s adventure she wants – and adventure she gets as the crew embark on a quest that will end in one of two ways: glory or death.

It’s time to take a walk on the wyld side.


This one has been on my list for quite a while, but there’s no way I could roast it. I had so much fun with the previous book in this series, Kings of the Wyld, and I can’t wait to dive right back into this world where mercenary bands tour the kingdoms like rockstars… when they aren’t fighting back monsters of course.

Read or Roast…?

House of Dragons by Jessica Cluess

Five royal houses will hear the call to compete in the Trial for the dragon throne. A liar, a soldier, a servant, a thief, and a murderer will answer it. Who will win?

When the Emperor dies, the five royal houses of Etrusia attend the Call, where one of their own will be selected to compete for the throne. It is always the oldest child, the one who has been preparing for years to compete in the Trial. But this year is different. This year, these five outcasts will answer the call….

THE LIAR: Emilia must hide her dark magic or be put to death.

THE SOLDIER: Lucian is a warrior who has sworn to never lift a sword again.

THE SERVANT: Vespir is a dragon trainer whose skills alone will keep her in the game.

THE THIEF: Ajax knows that nothing is free–he must take what he wants.

THE MURDERER: Hyperia was born to rule and will stop at nothing to take her throne.


Unfortunately, this book just hasn’t kept my interest since I added it. To be fair, that was about two years ago, and that’s absolutely on me. I think I’m just a little tired of this kind of set up, with five protagonists all competing for the same goal. Nothing wrong with it in theory, but it just keeps giving me Daughters of the Storm vibes and I do not want to revisit that.

Sorry House of Dragons, you’ve been Roasted.

Current Number of Books in my TBR: 265

Only a hundred and change more than my maximum. Such progress!

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