Top Ten Tuesdays is a meme hosted by the Broke and the Bookish.
seven of My most recent five-star reads
Cymbeline by William Shakespeare: An exiled noble makes a wager with another man, one Iachimo, that he cannot seduce his wife, the princess Imogen (because…why wouldn’t you make a wager granting leave for some guy to harass your wife?).
The Maid’s Tragedy by Beaumont and Fletcher: A young nobleman forsakes his betrothed and marries another woman, only to discover that she refuses to perform her marital duty as she is mistress to the king. But can a man revenge himself upon his monarch?
The Revenger’s Tragedy by Thomas Middleton (probably): Vindice, a wronged nobleman, takes on the disguise of a pander in an attempt to avenge the deaths of his father and his betrothed Gloriana. He walks about talking to Gloriana’s skull to make sure his desire for revenge stays sharp.
The Changeling by Middleton and Rowley: Beatrice has her betrothed Alonso murdered so she marry another, but then the murderer demands she sleep with him if she wants to maintain her secret. Very weird, very disturbing. Such is Renaissance tragedy.
The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson: People can make chalk drawings almost come to life! Or at least they battle with them, using artistry and geometry!
Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson: An enthralling fantasy set in a vivid and detailed world.
The Emperor’s Soul by Brandon Sanderson: A Forger must create her greatest masterpiece yet–a new soul, a new identity for the emperor.