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This week’s Top 5 Tuesday topic is Top 5 Books with Shields! This was a difficult scavenger hunt theme. I thought it would be easy because there were so many books with swords on them, but apparently not. Apparently, everyone wants to carry around a sword, but no one wants to bring a shield with them. Most of the books I’m talking about this week are books that I haven’t read and, in some cases, likely won’t ever read, but they fit the theme, so they get to be included this week!
Well Matched by Jen DeLuca – This is the only book I’m talking about this week that I actually own. So far, the little illustrations on the covers in this series have been wonderful for the scavenger hunts this month and I’m glad that they didn’t let me down this week. I haven’t read this book yet, but I met both Mitch and April in Well Met and I’m looking forward to reading this one once I get to it.
Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas – As someone who generally struggles with fantasy, I’m not much of a Sarah J. Maas fan. I read A Court of Thorns and Roses, and while I can appreciate the appeal, it’s not really for me. I also read The Assassin’s Blade and Throne of Glass, and while I can see why the Throne of Glass series is so popular, it’s not my cup of tea. That being said, I knew that the Throne of Glass books featured weapons on the cover, and I was happy when I saw the shield on the cover of Tower of Dawn.
A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin – I know that Game of Thrones is very popular but it’s something that I’m just not interested in reading or watching. That being said, I’m glad everyone is talking about the new Game of Thrones show because it reminded me to take a peek at the covers of this series, which led me to a shield.
Warriors in Winter by Mary Pope Osborne – In an act of desperation, I searched Knight on Goodreads because my brain told me that knights carry shields. This brought me to The Knight at Dawn by Mary Pope Osborne which was a total blast from the past because I used to love the Magic Tree House books. I’m disappointed to report that the knight on the cover of The Knight at Dawn does not carry a shield, but much later on in the series, Warriors in Winter has a shield on it.
Heroes by Stephen Fry – Sometimes the universe knows that you’re desperately looking for books with shields on the cover. I saw an advertisement for Book Riot’s deals of the day which featured Heroes by Stephen Fry. The cover in the advertisement didn’t have a shield on it, but it gave me the idea to look up Stephen Fry’s mythology books and I was surprised and relieved to find out that an alternate edition of this book features a shield.