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Fantasy Book Recommendation Corner 

Read the latest novel recommendations from Symphony Chakma, a book lover and member of the WSU Book Club! Find out why these stories mean so much…...

For as long as I can remember since childhood, I’ve been what you may call an avid reader: I’ve always loved to read and would voraciously read any book I could get my hands on, willing to open new portals to worlds beyond the fabric of reality through fiction and empower myself with knowledge in nonfiction.  

But, somewhere in my transition from my late teens to my early twenties, combined with moving to a new country, I’ve unfortunately lost my joy and love for reading.   

Last year, however, I once again fell in love with reading and finally achieved my Goodreads goal of successfully reading up to thirty books, surpassing it even with an extra five!  

And from it, alongside my reignited spark for reading, it’s my pleasure to present to you, dear reader, some book recommendations I’m sure you’ll love! (Especially if you feel like exploring many illustriously beautiful worlds of fantasy to immerse yourself within, these are surely the books for you!) 

1. First up, Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo:

The novel, Six of Crows, is the first book of a duology series written by author Leigh Bardugo.  

It’s part of an overarching universe dubbed the Grishaverse, that was kickstarted by Bardugo’s creation of the Shadow and Bone trilogy.  

In Six of Crows, Bardugo has done an excellent job at portraying disability and queer representation in the story, that I think would be greatly appreciated by many. Additionally, the twists and turns will have you hooked, and you indubitably will fall in love with the characters within.  

Shadow and Bone was adapted into a Netflix TV series, but – with Netflix being Netflix – the series was unfortunately cancelled after 2 seasons. Also, to keep in mind, you may be familiar with some of the characters in this book if you have watched the show prior.  

Regardless of whether you have watched the show or not, I highly recommend reading this absolute wonder of a book and hope you have as much of a joy reading it as I have.  

2. The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon:

This is a standalone fantasy book I highly recommend! It has everything – dragons, women in power, and forbidden love.  

Samantha Shannon managed to effectively weave a beautiful story for the readers’ pleasure.  

However, a warning to first-time readers of fantasy: the book is quite lengthy. If you aren’t used to reading 800+ pages, you might have to take your time reading this book.  

Personally, it took quite a while to finish as well, as I was reading it in between my commute time from placement and home (fun fact and pro-tip for you, dear reader: as a social work student, self-care is always emphasized during student placements, and reading was mine).

3. Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo!  

Another Leigh Bardugo mention! This book was Bardugo’s first foray into writing adult novels.  

Ninth House follows the story of Alex Stern, who attends Yale, and alongside Alex, we discover Yale’s secret societies, ones that have access to the occult, that regular humans don’t have.  

This book deals with heavy topics such as drug addiction, power, and corruption. Within the urban fantasy setting, the story is woven into a complex tapestry. It makes you question the idea of privilege itself.  

Additionally, if you’re a big fan of classics, you might spot some nods to the Divine Comedy within the pages of his book.  

That is all for my fantasy book recommendations. I hope you all find some new favourites! Happy reading!  

Author: Symphony Chakma (Edited by Luci Kugathsan)

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Poem: Far-away lands, sugar-cane and coconut palms

The suffering of my ancestors is etched in my skin. ...

Far-away lands, sugar-cane and coconut palms

A poem by Navishkar Ram

Photo by Nur Andi Ravsanjani Gusma from Pexels

The suffering of my ancestors is etched in my skin

It follows me no matter how hard I run

It wants to break through

And bloody my body

Red

I’m drenched in blood

Their screams and pain are mine

The remnants of Empire

Islands that are all-green

Ploughed with coarse hands

Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, Christian hands

Scarred with the remnants of a once warm embrace

Sugar-cane and coconut palms

Wafts of tortured souls

Swaying in the breeze

The breath of empty lives moving them seaward

Looking forever towards home

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Poem: The Little Voice

The Little Voice A poem by Navishkar Ram Photo by Vijay Sadasivuni from Pexels   Every breath is like swallowing razors. Each gulp tears, Rips...

The Little Voice

A poem by Navishkar Ram

Photo by Vijay Sadasivuni from Pexels

 

Every breath is like swallowing razors.

Each gulp tears,

Rips and gashes.

Each word winds its way down

Deep into the pit of your stomach.

Makes a home there and rests.

Walking out your door,

You tremble, nervous as you observe

The eyes of the world

Of your neighbours,

Your friends and strangers

Unclothe you from head to toe.

Scratches begin forming.

Your throat tightens

The razor speaks

He is an evil –

Insidious creature.

He doubts you

You listen.

You believe.

Until nothing in this world is ever true anymore

To you

Your wishes

They are lost.

Your truth becomes a drop in the ocean of tears-

That you, yourself have created.