August 11: Freedom’s Gate by Naomi Kritzer. Set in fantasy ancient Greece (with a side of Ruritania). It’s the first in a trilogy and the other two aren’t as easy to get (the webshop where I bought #1 has #3 but not #2, just like a public library) but I’ll definitely try to acquire them because I’m hooked. (Especially as there’s no Inevitable Romantic Subplot; Goodreads reviewers mention that mostly in terms of “for a fantasy book without romance, this is really good”. And thank you, Goodreads reviewers, for warning me of the rape scene.)
August 9: A Conspiracy of Truths by Alexandra Rowland. Someone invited me to come to Alexandra Rowland’s kaffeeklatsch; I read a preview of the book beforehand, and I was so impressed by both that and Alexandra themself that I ordered the book immediately after. Heady, slow, dense, and I want to read the sequel as well but I don’t think it’s wise to do that right away.