You may, perhaps, recall my exuberant review of April Daniels’ Dreadnought from back in February. I bought that book early and was kind of taken by surprise by it when it showed up in my mailbox, and then I was taken by surprise a second time when I enjoyed it as much as I did. And it’s not only still on my shortlist for the best books of 2017, right now it’s still easily the best book I’ve read all year.
The sequel, Sovereign, showed up in my mailbox on Wednesday. I preordered this motherfucker the second I found out it was available. Thursday night, despite having slept all day and being generally exhausted, I made the terrible mistake of starting the book before bed, and as a result did not get nearly as much sleep as I wanted to. Friday I woke up, took the boy to day care, came home, made myself breakfast, sat down in my recliner, and didn’t move again until I’d finished the book. Partway through all that, I sent the following Tweet:
Dammit @1aprildaniels I messed up and picked SOVEREIGN up last night. I had stuff to do today!
— Luther M. Siler (@nfinitefreetime) July 28, 2017
And I was telling the truth! I did, indeed, have shit I wanted to do yesterday! Shit involving my own books! And I did absolutely none of it, because once I picked up Sovereign there was absolutely nothing else in my life that I needed to do other than finish that gatdamb book as quickly as I could. April Daniels is the real deal, Goddammit, and now she’s written both of my two favorite books of the year. I love this world, I love Danielle Tozer, I love the way this book does everything Book 2 in a series needs to do while setting up the third book quite nicely, and every single damn one of you needs to go pick up both of these books and read them right now because they are fantastic. I wish I was half as good as Daniels is at this stuff. Half. I don’t know when the third book is coming out, but I plan to literally be the first person to preorder it when it does.
Why are you still here? Go buy books, dammit.