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Books on my Nightstand – #12

So just did a review of my last list, and I only managed to get through The City of Brass which I did really like. Because this year has been so tight with the relaunching of my series, I have had a hard time keeping up with my reading, but looking back I did give it a 4 star rating. It is a pretty big book, but full of wonderful imagery for a culture I haven’t read too much about.

If you want to see what I’ve been reading, you can always check out my page at Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14986235.D_A_Henneman, or follow me on Book Bub here: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/d-a-henneman.

Nahri has never believed in magic. Certainly, she has power; on the streets of eighteenth-century Cairo, she’s a con woman of unsurpassed talent. But she knows better than anyone that the trades she uses to get by—palm readings, zars, and a mysterious gift for healing—are all tricks, both the means to the delightful end of swindling Ottoman nobles and a reliable way to survive. 

But when Nahri accidentally summons Dara, an equally sly, darkly mysterious djinn warrior, to her side during one of her cons, she’s forced to reconsider her beliefs. For Dara tells Nahri an extraordinary tale: across hot, windswept sands teeming with creatures of fire and rivers where the mythical marid sleep, past ruins of once-magnificent human metropolises and mountains where the circling birds of prey are more than what they seem, lies Daevabad, the legendary city of brass—a city to which Nahri is irrevocably bound.

In Daevabad, within gilded brass walls laced with enchantments and behind the six gates of the six djinn tribes, old resentments run deep. And when Nahri decides to enter this world, her arrival threatens to ignite a war that has been simmering for centuries. 

Spurning Dara’s warning of the treachery surrounding her, she embarks on a hesitant friendship with Alizayd, an idealistic prince who dreams of revolutionizing his father’s corrupt regime. All too soon, Nahri learns that true power is fierce and brutal. That magic cannot shield her from the dangerous web of court politics. That even the cleverest of schemes can have deadly consequences. 

After all, there is a reason they say to be careful what you wish for . . .


So my book stack will pretty much remain the same, although I have added a few more to the list if I can fit them in. Most of what I will be reading will be for research purposes, so will revolve around Witches, Witchcraft, and just for giggles, Ghosts. Now that I have the Power of Four series behind me, I will be diving into my next series, so have a lot of reading to do because of it.

I have been posting what I learn along the way, and if you are interested in all things “witchy” then you might want to check out my Origins of Witchcraft series in my Mythical Creature Monday posts here. I have been having a lot of fun with the Origins of Witchcraft, so if the Goddesses of Witchcraft from around the world intrigues you, be sure to check it out.

Part of my stack includes, The Penguin Book of Witches, edited by Katherine Howe. She is the direct descendant of three accused Salem witches, an author, and a Professor at Cornell University. I figured this was a really good place to start with my research, but some of the language is pulled from historical archives and is a bit tough to get through.

So Black Cats & Evil Eyes is something that I have referenced before, but I haven’t done a full read-through. The superstitions are broken down into easy to read segments, and gives you just enough to do further digging on the topics that interest you. I have a post planned on several superstitions that I find interesting, so stay tuned!

I may have mentioned this one before as well, and while I mainly use it as a reference tool, I am doing a full read-through as I can fit it in. It is a beautiful and well-researched book, that I am really glad I got in a hard cover so I can sticky note the heck out of it. Doing that on your kindle just isn’t the same.


This is a book I picked up to start my ghost research and so far I really like the way it is broken down. It is meant to be used as a referenece, and so far is a pretty quick read.


What books do you have on your TBR pile right now? I would love to know! Especially if you have just read something that knocked your socks off! I am especially looking for suggestions on anything Witch, Witchcraft and the like. Drop me a line anytime at da@dahenneman.com or comment on any of my social media links which you can find here.

In the meantime, happy reading and all my love and wishes that you stay happy and healthy! XO

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