I love the Shadowhunter Universe. I just love reading many books set in the same world because it gives me a chance to get invested into it completely and enhances my reading experience. The characters start to feel like friends and it’s awesome getting to know more about what’s happening in their lives across multiple books. That’s why when I saw this tag @ Functionally Fictional blog, I just had to do it. Just head on over to their blog for more amazing bookish content. They are also doing an year long readalong of all the Shadowhunter books, so make sure to click here if you want more details.
Now, let’s get started with the tag! First, the rules:
- Copy and paste these rules.
- Choose a rune and explain your choice before moving on to the rest of the tag.
- Tag whomever you want.
- Link back to Stephanie’s original post.
- Link back to this post so I can see your answers! I love reading them!
Choose Your Rune
I just love this rune a lot and even have a picture of it up on my wall next to my bookshelf. And it encompasses the life and purpose of the Shadowhunters.
Quod in te est, prome
“Bring forth what is in you”
A book where the hero realizes their own strength
The Priory of the Orange Tree – Samantha Shannon
All three main female characters in this book realize their strength through the course of the story. Ead understands where her true loyalty lies, Sabran comes to realize she is more than an heir producing womb, and Tani finds that she will always be a dragon rider even if she has been banished. It’s really such a wonderful book about different kinds of strengths.
Nee spe, nec metu
“Without hope or fear”
A book where nothing seemed like it was going to work out
Six of Crows – Leigh Bardugo
After the story enters the second half, and obstacle upon obstacle are thrown in the way of our amazing characters, I kept having doubts if Kaz’s plans would ever work out. And even after that terrifying cliffhanger, I should have just trusted him. He is clever and cunning and always finds a way.
Quis contra nos?
“Who is against us?”
A book with the best villain
The Grisha Trilogy – Leigh Bardugo
The Darkling is one of the best villains I have ever encountered till date and I don’t think I can ever forget his story.
Lex malla lex nulla
“A bad law is no law”
A book with the best rebellion
We Set the Dark on Fire – Tehlor Kay Mejia
This book has a great representation of a rebellion – the cause is just, the fight for the oppressed is meaningful, but their methods do tend to get out of hand sometimes. The book shows that sometimes, even rebellions can lose their way and it’s the people involved who need to work to keep it on the right track.
“Victory is the boundary”
A book with the best battle scene
City of Blades – Robert Jackson Bennett
I read a lot of fantasy novels which tend to have some amazing action sequences, but it’s hard to refer to most of them as battles. LOTR will always remain the one with the iconic ones, but one battle I distinctly remember as very memorable occurs at the climax of this book. The odds are really grave and the way it plays out is really cool.
Ingenium superat vires
“Genius overcomes strength”
A book where the character relies on their brain
The Prince’s Gambit – C. S. Pacat
Laurent is such a fascinating character and the way his brain works is like a chess game. He outmanuevers all his opponents in such a way that no one ever sees it coming. This trilogy is a wonderful read and one I love revisiting over and over again.
“Though struck I am raised”
A book that emotionally messed with you
Girls of Paper and Fire – Natasha Ngan
The atrocities that the Paper girls have to go through in this book, it will make an emotional mess out of anybody. But their strength and resilience is also the best part of this story and all this amazing display of girl power and friendship and love profoundly affected me.
“When pressed down, it raises itself again”
A series where the sequel was better
A Court of Mist and Fury – Sarah J. Maas
There have been many series where the sequels have been good and bad, but this is one series where the distinction between the first and second books is exceptional. ACOMAF is a most memorable gem of a book and I had one of the most horrible book hangovers after I finished this one.
I’m tagging my dear friends here who are also huge Shadowhunter fans. If anyone else wants to do this tag, please do go ahead and link back to me so I can see all your amazing answers…
Charvi @ Not Just Fiction
Tanvi @ A Reader to Whatever End
Shalini @ Book Rambler