After a short break where I was reading a couple traditionally published novels I’m right into the swing of things with a self-published offering. If you read my recent goals post you know I’m hoping to even out my traditionally published reads with self-published reads to be about 50/50 this year. The book I’m about to start is one I’ve been looking forward to and dreading. I’ll explain why below.
So What am I reading? Well…it’s Oh That Shotgun Sky by Sarah Chorn.
Days after the Boundary falls, six strangers converge in a one-horse town, all of them on the run. Some from the past, some avoiding the future.
When men from Shine Company arrive to reclaim their own, these desperate travelers have to decide if they stand with the law, or against it.
Men pull the trigger and blood spills.
Fate pulls the strings and everybody dances.Goodreads Blurb
Back in September I read and reviewed Sarah Chorn’s Of Honey And Wildfires for Self-Published Fantasy Month. It was the first story of Chorn’s I’d ever read and it gutted me. Like I only got a few chapters in and had to set the book down for the night, pour myself a drink, and just sit with it a while. The rest of the book was just as good. It ended up being one of my fav reads of the year. Sarah’s voice in that book was so raw and real…I really can’t describe it. It was atmospheric, and heartfelt, filled with pain and anger and emotional tension. On top of that was some really great world building and characters. I noted it didn’t just tell you a story or take you on a journey, it also made you feel. I put Sarah Chorn on my automatic buy list after that one book.
Then she goes and writes a novella set in the same world. Oh That Shotgun Sky is book 1.5 in the Songs of Sefate series and takes place right after the events of Of Honey And Wildfires. I’ve already seen a few early reviews and they have all agreed this book is just fantastic. They all basically say it’s a great story that is sure to gut me once again. Which is why I’m so excited to read it and also dreading it at the same time. But really I just can’t wait to read it because I have a feeling I’m in good hands with Chorn. If previous experience is anything to go by though I may be a mess after finishing it, but it will have been well worth it. I’ll let you all know once I’m done.
Have you read any of Chorn’s other books? Of Honey And Wildfires in particular? What did you think? Are you hoping to pick this one up too? Let me know in the comments.