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What Moves the Dead By T. Kingfisher Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250830753
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Published: Tor Nightfire - July 12th, 2022

"What Moves the Dead" is an eerie, off-kilter story that wastes no time with its main plot. Alex Easton arrives at the house of Usher after receiving a distress call from a childhood friend. What follows is an atmospheric, unsettling tale of fungi, dead-eyed hares & a House in rapid decline. Kingfisher expertly adapts and expands the classic short story. Poe would be proud. 5 stars. 

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The Neverending Story By Michael Ende, Ralph Manheim (Translated by) Cover Image
By Michael Ende, Ralph Manheim (Translated by)
ISBN: 9780140386332
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Published: Puffin Books - January 1st, 1993

The Neverending Story is a book that will go down as one of the most impactful stories I've been privy to. I read it as a teen in middle school and was instantly captivated. It did what most of the books I'd been reading at the time hadn't: blurred the line between reader and story. This story breaks the fourth wall in a way not seen before at the time of its publication, using Bastian (our protagonist) as a glaring stand in for us, the reader. 

When Bastian begins reading "the Neverending Story" he finds that he himself is the titular hero of the story that must save Fantastica from destruction. Soon he is sucked into the book itself, able to enjoy all the wonders of this awe-inspiring world, but also vulnerable to all its myriad perils.

It's been a while since I've read this book, but it has had a lasting impact on me and the way I think about stories, characters and how we, the readers interact with them. This is a captivating story that will linger in your mind long after you've read the last page.

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House of X/Powers of X By Jonathan Hickman (Text by), Pepe Larraz (Illustrator), R.B. Silva (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jonathan Hickman (Text by), Pepe Larraz (Illustrator), R.B. Silva (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781302915711
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Published: Marvel - September 8th, 2020

House of X and Powers of X (used interchangeably as the letter and the roman numeral, that's an important detail) is a 12 issue miniseries that is tasked with rebooting the modern X-Men line up. Charles Xavier claims the island of Krakoa as a sovereign nation and a safe haven for ALL mutants. No matter their past. The political and moral implications of this decision will bring new friends to the mutants plight, create new enemies and obstacles for the them to fend off, and branch off into countless potential futures. 

Jonathan Hickman is the writer of this collected edition and his methodical plot and practical character writing shines in this book. Everything you've come to expect from Hickman is front and center. Charts, timelines, paragraphs of lore in between panels, and of course world breaking plot twists. R.B. Silva's art is on spectacular display as well. This book will take what you know of the X-Men mythos and flip it on its head. Even if this doesn't persuade you to read the countless spinoff titles in the subsequent Dawn of X lineup, it is a satisfying read all on its own.10/10!!

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Thor: The Saga of Gorr the God Butcher By Jason Aaron, Esad Ribic (By (artist)) Cover Image
By Jason Aaron, Esad Ribic (By (artist))
ISBN: 9781302947460
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Published: Marvel - June 28th, 2022

The Saga of Gorr the God Butcher marks the beginning of Jason Aaron's Thor run. It is one of the best comics I have ever read (keep in mind I haven't read an awful lot of comics). The story spans centuries and portrays many different versions of the Odinsson; from the golden age of Asgard to the present day all the way to the far future where King Thor rules a barren lifeless earth. Aaron also brings us one of the best comic villains with Gorr; a formidable, relentless being hellbent on the extermination of all gods. It sounds very cliche on paper but Jason really nails the execution of this trope and makes the most of it. The art of Esad Ribic and Butch Guice is stunning. the paintings and pastels beautifully portraying the Norse lands and Asgard. This is a great Thor story (arguably the best). 10/10 would recommend.

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Septimus Heap, Book One: Magyk By Angie Sage, Mark Zug (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Angie Sage, Mark Zug (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780060577339
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - March 14th, 2006

'Magyk' is the first book in a kids fantasy series (Septimus Heap) by Angie Sage. The story opens with a kingdom in turmoil. The queen has been assassinated, leaving her newborn daughter an orphan. On the other side of the city, the Heaps mourn the death of their seventh child, passed in childbirth. Making a snap decision, Marcia Overstrand, the ExtraOrdinary Wizard, brings Silas and Sarah Heap the princess and they raise her as their own. The series proper starts 11 years later. 

I read this book for the first time in middle school. And while it is the beginning of a seven book series (each book is pretty good), this is the one I come back to the most. Angie Sage's way of writing internal monologue was unlike anything I'd read at the time, and her third-person narration reads like an omniscient observer that sometimes has thoughts and opinions of their own. These two things (among others) makes for an immensely entertaining and stimulating prose that never gets dull. Sage often switches perspectives to seemingly inconsequential characters at turning points in the story, and while at first glance the switch is disappointing, Sage manages to bring in the reader with that wholesome but mischievous narration. One of my favorite examples of this is a chapter set entirely in the perspective of Max, the Heaps family dog, it's absolutely delightful.

The plot is nothing to write home about. If you've read any kids fantasy book you could probably spot the developments from a few chapters away. The real MVP (aside from the delightful narration) is the character interactions. These characters love each other, mildly dislike each other, couldn't care less about each other, vehemently hate each other, and yet not one interaction feels unnatural. The dialogue is (within the confines of being a kids fantasy novel) realistic. The conflict is not forced or contrived, you very quickly come to love these characters and want everything to turn out ok for them.

Now to be crystal clear, a lot of this assessment has been written while wearing my childhood nostalgia glasses. I LOVE this book more than I would if I'd read it now. So I would not recommend it to an adult. But I WOULD recommend it as a gift for a young reader. It's a great time.

5 out of 5 stars.

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Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass #4) By Sarah J. Maas Cover Image
ISBN: 9781619636064
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Published: Bloomsbury USA Childrens - September 6th, 2016

The fourth installment of the Throne of Glass series sees Aelin Ashryver Galathynius return to the city of Rifthold. Not as an assassin, but as a vengeful queen of a fallen kingdom. Queen of Shadows takes what I loved about the first two books(assassins, espionage, cloak & dagger, etc.) and combines it with the more overtly fantastical aspects of the third book (monsters, fae, magic, etc.) that results in arguably the best book in the series. 

This book is filled with thrilling escapes, kinetic fight scenes and (of course) edge-of-your-seat romance. Concluding in an AMAZING set piece of a third act. This book is a thrill ride from beginning to end. Not a moment that drags or slogs. Just good action and the occasional exposition dump to keep you well informed.  This book is a 10 out of 10. Five stars. 

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The Seep By Chana Porter Cover Image
ISBN: 9781641292153
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Published: Soho Press - December 8th, 2020

The Seep is one of the most unique books I have ever read. Alien invasions are usually loud and bombastic. Rife with violence and desperation, explosions and big spaceships with vaporizing lasers. You know, the works. This isn't that kind of book. This isn't that kind of invasion. This invasion is quiet, slow and... benevolent? When The Seep arrived, life changed for the better almost instantaneously. I'll save most of these changes for the actual reading experience as they range from obvious to bizarre and work best with no prior knowledge.

Trina FastHorse Goldberg-Oneka is functionally immortal, as is most of humanity. She and her wife Deeba are content to throw dinner parties and live comfortably for an indefinite amount of time; until Deeba decides she wants to reincarnate, leaving Trina alone to face a frustratingly perfect world with no one to make fun of it with. 

The Seep takes a seemingly utopian world and dissects it, asking interesting questions. What are we without our struggles? Our choices (good or bad)? When we have everything we need, where do we go from there? 

A short, interesting & heartfelt read. 5 out of 5 stars. 

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The Way of Kings: Book One of the Stormlight Archive By Brandon Sanderson Cover Image
ISBN: 9780765376671
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Published: Tor Books - March 4th, 2014

Sanderson's mastery of worldbuilding and character development is on spectacular display in this sprawling epic. Enter the world of Roshar, a vast supercontinent that is home to an abundance of different races, cultures, religions and dialects that makes for a gripping narrative. This amazing first intallment in The Stormlight Archive marries classic fantastical imagery with expertly written characters all while managing paragraphs of exposition that keep you engaged and yearning for more.

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Empire of the Vampire By Jay Kristoff, Bon Orthwick (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jay Kristoff, Bon Orthwick (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781250245281
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Published: St. Martin's Press - September 14th, 2021

"Empire of the Vampire" takes a post-apocalyptic approach to the classic vampire narrative, plunging humanity into an endless night, known to the world as Daysdeath, where the creatures of darkness reign supreme. The armies of man fight a brutal, futile battle against the undying vampire ranks that seek to annihilate them. In this desolate setting that marries Netflix's Castlevania and Justin Cronin's "The Passage", we find our protagonist: Gabriel de Leon.

Gabriel,16 years old is an initiate filled with blind faith and an itching to prove himself in the Ordo Argent, an organization of celibate warriors dedicated to the killing of vampires and other unholy creatures. There he works himself to the bone in pursuit of fame and glory, subject to the bullying of his peers and the abuse of his betters. With the help of his friends he uncovers a diabolical plan to obliterate humanity in one fell swoop, but with the majority of the Ordo Argent against him, it falls to he and the worthy few to save humanity from being snuffed out with naught but a whimper.

Gabriel, 32 years old, is a faithless, world weary addict traveling ever north in pursuit of righteous vengeance. The days grow colder as Wintersdeep draws near. In his travels he comes across a familiar face from his past who supposedly possesses the secret to bringing back the sun and ending Daysdeath at last. His personal priorities clash with his swiftly decaying morals as he is urged to put aside his personal vendetta for the good of mankind. 

It is a dire, cynical world of death and decay and our protagonist reflects that world to a 'T'. "Empire of the Vampire" is quite funny despite its dire setting. Gabriel's biting sarcasm and cynicism serves as a welcome reprieve from the sea of despair and loss that saturates the story. This has been argued as Jay Kristoff's best work to date, and I am eagerly awaiting the next installment. Veris!

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Words of Radiance: Book Two of the Stormlight Archive By Brandon Sanderson Cover Image
ISBN: 9780765365286
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Published: Tor Fantasy - March 3rd, 2015

Brandon Sanderson returns to the world of Roshar (after releasing "The Way of Kings" four years prior) in the second installment of the Stormlight Archive: Words of Radiance.

Dalinar Kholin has narrowly escaped with his life after being left for dead on a field of battle by his supposed ally, Highprince Torol Sadeas. He takes the man who saved his life and that of his army, Kaladin, under his own command, making him head of his security detail. Amidst all of this, Dalinar continues on his task to bring the Highprinces of Alethkar together and avoid the fall of their country. "Unite Them" the voice of unkown origin thunders in his head, threatening to drive him to madness, "Unite Them". He is trying hard as he can, but he senses he is running out of time. For an unnamed cataclysm draws near and it seems Dalinar is the only one who feels it approaching. 

Kaladin and his Bridge Four crew no longer have to risk their lives running bridges for Sadeas' army, acting as live bait for enemy arrows. Under Highprince Dalinar, they are given all the amenities that come with a high ranking position in the Kholin army. Kaladin begins to explore the abilities granted to him by his honorspren, Syl, but continues to struggle with both his prejudice against the Lighteyes and his personal vendetta with Highlord Amaram. All this makes it very difficult to trust the words of Highprince Dalinar, despite the honor and nobility he exudes with seemingly no effort.  

Shallan travels with Jasnah Kholin on a voyage bound for the Shattered Plains in pursuit of knowldege regarding the mysterious city of Urithuru and the truth around the Voidbringers. But the voyage is soon attacked by a group of unkown assailants, and Shallan must continue the journey on land. Shallan is also the focus of this books flashback chapters, which I will not divulge the details of here. 

Like its predecessor, "Words of Radiance" is a daunting behemoth of a book with a total of 1303 pages! And it makes use of every single one. The worldbuilding and character work are as good as the first book, the story is arguably superior. this is a worthy follow-up to the Way of Kings and one of the rare sequels that surpasses its forbear. 6 out of 5 stars!!!

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A Court of Thorns and Roses By Sarah J. Maas Cover Image
ISBN: 9781635575552
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - June 2nd, 2020

Sarah J. Maas tells a slow burn romance against the backdrop of the vast Faerie lands of Prythian. While I prefer her Throne of Glass series to this particular book, the characters and mythology of Prythian really stand out. What starts as a high fantasy re-telling of Beauty and the Beast quickly transforms into an expoloration of found family & rising above ones trauma. Definitely gets better with the following books in the trilogy.

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The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth #1) By N. K. Jemisin Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316229296
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Published: Orbit - August 4th, 2015

N.K. Jemisin introduces a world so far removed from our own yet juxtaposes it with many of the same issues dealt with today; prejudice, exploitation & hypocrisy. "The Fifth Season" transports you to a distant, unrecognizable Earth ravaged by an ever shifting lithosphere and a humanity rough and callused by the constant upheaval of the earths crust. Jemisin grapples with the value of a life, the nature of love & how far one can go in pursuit of righteous vengeance.

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Scythe (Arc of a Scythe #1) By Neal Shusterman Cover Image
ISBN: 9781442472433
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - November 28th, 2017

I will sing Neal Shusterman's praises all the livelong day. He writes people so well, they're thoughts and emotions are portrayed so realistically and relatably. He uses this to anchor even the most outlandish scenarios in realism. Scythe is a prime example of that. We are dropped into a Quasi-Utopia where death, hunger, war, crime and other staples of the human condition have been eradicated in one way or another by a benevolent AI known as the Thunderhead (like the cloud, get it?). The only potential problem remaining: Overpopulation. Humans are functionally immortal now and no one wants to give that up willingly. That's where the scythes come in. These agents of death wear the garbs of an archetype long forgotten in the age of immortality and the irony goes unappreciated. Against the backdrop of this society do we find our protagonists, Citra and Rowan. I've already said too much already so I'll leave you with this: If you're looking for high octane action, this might not be your jam. If you're looking for a story rife with philosophical questions and moral quandaries, this'll be right up your alley.

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Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass #5) By Sarah J. Maas Cover Image
ISBN: 9781619636095
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Published: Bloomsbury USA Childrens - September 5th, 2017

Empire of Storms is the fifth installment in Sarah J. Maas' Throne of Glass series. It expertly takes all the elements of the story from the previous four books and interlaces them in a very satisfying way. Everything I loved about Heir of Fire and Queen of Shadows is back in full force here: the action/spectacle, the ever expanding mythology of Adarlan and its surrounding territories and, of course, the romance. As always, the emotional beats hit very strong in this one. I teared up a little on many occasions throughout my initial read. In conclusion this is an amazing addition to the series, its as good as (if not better than) Queen of Shadows. 5 out of 5 stars.

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Axiom's End: A Novel (Noumena #1) By Lindsay Ellis Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250256737
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Published: St. Martin's Press - July 21st, 2020

Axiom's End is a natural evolution of the x-files conspiracy genre. Instead of following a federal agent as they uncover the dark secrets kept from the public by those in power, we are introduced to a relatable, civilian protagonist who is as clueless as we are. The year is 2007 and a media leak has revealed that the US government may have made first contact with extra-terrestrial life. Shortly after, our protagonist is swept up in a whirlwind of conspiracy, discovery and moral quandaries too complex to solve easily. Lindsay Ellis' sarcastic relatability shines in her debut novel. I look forward to further installments in this series. 5/5 stars.

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Mistborn: The Final Empire (The Mistborn Saga #1) By Brandon Sanderson Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250318541
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Published: Tor Fantasy - September 24th, 2019

Brandon Sanderson crafts a world plagued by ash showers and devoid of color or radiance. grey clouds dominate the skies and a massive red sun provides the bare minimum in a sad excuse for daylight. It has been like this for a thousand years, ever since the immortal Lord Ruler took and maintained control with an iron fist. In the seat of his power and the capital of his empire, the city of Luthadel, two individuals find each other in the most unlikely of circumstances.

The street urchin turned member of a theiving crew; Vin is caught using an ability outlawed by the Final Empire and is being hunted by an Inquisitor.

A master thief that makes an artwork of his trade turned revolutionary leader; Kelsier works to topple the established order of Luthadel, hoping the rest of the Final Empire will follow in its stead.

Ocean's 11 unfolds in a vast fantasy world with an imaginative magic system filled with lovable characters and witty banter. Will definitely be reading the second installment.

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Bubble By Jordan Morris, Sarah Morgan, Tony Cliff (Illustrator), Natalie Riess (Contributions by) Cover Image
By Jordan Morris, Sarah Morgan, Tony Cliff (Illustrator), Natalie Riess (Contributions by)
ISBN: 9781250245564
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Published: First Second - July 13th, 2021

Bubble is a graphic novel that you will swallow up in under a day (as i did) because of how funny, cool, beautifully drawn, and FUNNY it is. Did I mention it's hilarious? Well it is. So its set in a dome world owned and sustained by a company aptly named "The Company" (yeah this isnt a subtle metaphor). Outside the dome is The Brush, a cruel wilderness filled with mutant horrors that can and will kill you if given the opportunity. For Morgan, life is in the Dome, but it began in the Brush. She hunted and survived for the majority of her childhood and appreciates the slow safe monotony of her adult life. But sometimes she'll go hunt the occasional mutant tiger (ya know, for the rush). Along for the ride is Morgan's roomate Annie and the wholesomely awkward Mitch. Together they uncover a conspiracy that could endanger the citizens of Bubble and beyond. 

Bubble hilariously critiques gig economy, hipster lifestyle, and closed off communities in this colorful, quick witted, ADULT comic that promises belly laughs for every panel. 5 stars.

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Pathfinder (Pathfinder Trilogy) By Orson Scott Card Cover Image
ISBN: 9781416991793
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - October 4th, 2011

Pathfinder consists of a dual storyline; Rigg can see the paths taken by every living being, like the afterimage of staring at a bright light for too long. He lives a nomadic life with his father who teaches him all he knows of the world and its peoples. When his fathers life is brought to an abrupt end, Rigg is forced to brave the world on his own, utilizing the knowledge passed down to him & his extraordinary gift to survive. 

Ram Odin is the captain of an interstellar ship holding thousands of passengers in cryo. Their destination is a planet in the habitable zone of a solar system thousands of lightyears way. When the ship jumps to lightspeed, the trip goes terribly wrong and Ram finds himself stranded in deep space with only his morally ambiguous android assistant for company and a life threatening conundrum.

Orson Scott Card weaves intricate world-building with cutting edge scientific theory in this first installment of a trilogy. He ponders the true nature of time, theories of determinism & the muddy morals of colonialism through the lense of this sci-fi spectacle. 10/10 would reccomend. Insert several thumbs up emojis. 

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Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy By Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson, Robin Wasserman Cover Image
ISBN: 9781481443265
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - August 1st, 2017

Cassandra Clare's 'Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy' is a collection of short stories set in various time frames of the shadowhunter world. The setting of all these stories is the aforementioned Academy. In these tales we are introduced to new characters soon to feature in their own shadowhunter novels as well as familiar favorites like Clary Morgentsern, Jace Herondale, Jem Carstairs, Magnus Bane, Tessa Gray and the protagonist of this particular anthology: Simon Lewis. In the aftermath of 'City of Heavenly Fire', (spoilers, i guess) Simon is attending the Academy in hopes of drinking from the cup of Raziel and becoming a fully fledged Shadowhunter. On his year long stint in the school he encounters friends, monsters, dead rats (lots of them) and stories. SO MANY STORIES. But there are no complaints from this reader. This book mostly serves as a back door pilot to Cassandra Clare's 'The Last Hours'  and 'The Dark Artifices' series as most of the characters of those series' are introduced in this tome. But it also serves as a check in for our familiar favorites with short stories centering around characters like Magnus Bane or Will Herondale. Simon's journey to becoming a child of Raziel is merely the framework in which these stories are told. That does not however detract from the emotional impact of Simon's arc. These stories were previously released separately online over the course of a year, and i must say reading them all in one go (more or less) is a much more fullfilling experience than months apart from each other. If you like the Shadowhunter novels thus far and have not read this collection yet. I highly reccomend it. It enriches stories that have already been told, providing background and context for characters and events that may have been previously passed over by the narrative, all while telling a beautiful story about finding ones self in the face of external expectations. Its a beautiful piece of the Shadowhunter collection.

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Dawnshard: From The Stormlight Archive By Brandon Sanderson Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250850553
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Published: Tor Books - February 15th, 2022

Sanderson returns to the world of Roshar in the form of a short but dense novella. Set between two gargantuan volumes (Oathbringer and Rhythm of War), Dawnshard serves as an interim piece and a refreshing return to the Stormlight archive after years of going without.

Rysn Ftori has spent years apprenticed under her Babsk, Vstim, learning the ways of trade and commerce. But now she is a professional tradesman, commisioned by Queen Navani herself to uncover the secrets of Aimia, an island shrouded in mystery and virtually inaccessible since the Day of Recreance. Not only do the queens Navani of Urithuru and Fen of Thaylenah have a great interest in the island and its secrets, but so does Rysn herself. 

Dawnshard is a great primer before diving back into the Stormlight Archive in full and a worthy story of its own. Very good, l would read again, insert thumbs up emojis.


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House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City) By Sarah J. Maas Cover Image
ISBN: 9781635577020
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - March 2nd, 2021

Sarah J. Maas writes a murder mystery/romance set in a world rife with magic and fantastical creatures yet not too dissimilar from our own Earth. We are transported to Crescent City, a sprawling metropolis where the immortal fae hoard their wealth like dragons, werewolf cops patrol the streets and angels walk among us as gods.

Bryce Quinlan is a half-human/half fae content to party the night away in the various clubs Crescent City has to offer, but her world is abruptly snatched from under her after the violent murder of her best friend. Two years later, her friends murderer resurfaces and Bryce is called to help investigate and possibly bring them to justice. As she works (and becomes dangerously close) with Hunt Athalar, a disgraced Fallen Angel, she slowly uncovers a dark conspiracy among the warring political elite of the city.  

Crescent City is a dense tome that's both dark crime thriller & steamy romance. It is overflowing with character, worldbuilding and all the clever banter often found in Maas' fantasy worlds, but with a modern twist. If you are a fan of Sherrilyn Kenyon's "Dark Hunters" series, this just might be your next fantasy favorite.

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A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2) By Sarah J. Maas Cover Image
ISBN: 9781635575583
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - June 2nd, 2020

A Court of Mist and Fury is a big improvement on the previous installment of the series, A Court of Thorns and Roses, in almost every way. The pacing and character writing are on point. The clever banter that was lacking in Thorns and Roses is on spectacular display and a much welcome addition to the experience.

Feyre has survived the trials Under The Mountain and defeated the Hybern General Amarantha. As Mist and Fury begins we find Feyre back in the Spring Court with her lover Tamlin. The two are soon to be married and yet both are scarred and traumatized by their time Under the Mountain. As Feyre prepares for her vows, she is called upon by Rhysand, the Highlord of the Night Court, to fulfill her part of their bargain. She is promptly whisked away to the Night Court and enlisted in Rhysand's Inner Circle. 

I can't really say more without spoiling the story. Suffice it to say this book is a return to form for Maas, delivering heart-pounding action, elaborate worldbuilding, shocking twists and (as always) a lot of sizzling romance. One of her best works to date. Insert several thumbs up emojis.

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Oathbringer: Book Three of the Stormlight Archive By Brandon Sanderson Cover Image
ISBN: 9780765365293
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Published: Tor Fantasy - August 27th, 2019

Sanderson continues the streak of top tier fantasy with Oathbringer, the third installment of the Stormlight Archive. Like the previous two books, this volume focuses a portion of its pages to flashback chapters focused on a single character. The Way of Kings tells of Kaladin, Words of Radiance showed us Shallan's background, and Oathbringer finally tells us the story of the Blackthorn himself, Dalinar Kholin. Let me tell you this book DELIVERS on the backstory front.

In the present, Dalinar and the other Highprinces move into the lost city of Urithuru, but a dark presence is preying on the city's new residents. Adolin heads the investigation for Torol Sadeas' murder (ironic, I know); Shallan continues to fall deeper into her false persona, Veil, and Kaladin is tasked with finding and training more Knights Radiant to fill the ranks. 

Like in the previous installments, this book switches between past & present with seamless precision. The characters are at their best, and the stakes continue to rise. 5 out of 5 stars.

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The Well of Ascension: A Mistborn Novel (The Mistborn Saga #2) By Brandon Sanderson Cover Image
ISBN: 9780765377142
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Published: Tor Teen - August 5th, 2014

The Well of Ascension picks up about a year after The Final Empire. The Lord Ruler is dead and his empire is fallen, and while the previously enslaved are free from oppression, they are now faced with a growing uncertainty. How long will this freedom last? Who will be their leader now? And what of the Heir of the Survivor, she who slayed the Lord Ruler?

Vin spends her nights patrolling the city and foiling any would be assassins after the life of her love Elend. But one of them is like her, and much more experienced than she. Elend has become the interim ruler of Luthadel and tries his best to govern with a fair hand. But the council he has instated works to usurp him at every opportunity. Kelsiers crew, who previously only ever worked large heists and other criminal endeavors, now find themselves trying to keep a city running. The city that Kelsier gave them with his sacrfiice. This sequel expands on the themes of The Final Empire and introduces other pressing questons: Can idealism alone prove to be enough? Can you be a good ruler and remain a good person? Where does blind faith end and doubt begin?? 

The Well of Ascension drags a bit in the first half (not gonna lie), but somewhere in the second act things pick up and get very interesting. The characters are a little more enjoyable than in the Final Empire, most notable is the Terrisman, Sazed. If you enjoyed his character in the previous book then you will absolutely love him in this one. 

4 out of 5 Stars! Would recommend.

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Everlost (The Skinjacker Trilogy #1) By Neal Shusterman Cover Image
ISBN: 9781534483286
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - September 15th, 2020

Allie and Nick died. The accident left no survivors, but the afterlife is still a ways off for these two lost children. Their souls are stranded in a limbo-esque realm between life and death where thought and meaning rule their reality. Nick and Allie must navigate their way through a strange, frightening land of spectres, dead kids and long destroyed monuments. Shusterman's story is often broken by philosophical asides that serve the larger narrative and pose great moral quandaries (as is Shusterman's style). 

I love this book and its sequels. It's been a while since I read them but they had a lasting impact on the way I think and behave. I regard it as one of the best trilogies I have ever had the pleasure of reading.

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The Hero of Ages: Book Three of Mistborn (The Mistborn Saga #3) By Brandon Sanderson Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250318626
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Published: Tor Books - November 26th, 2019

Ok first off, The Hero of Ages has one of the coolest, action-packed opening scenes I've ever had the pleasure of reading. It's an energetic battle setpiece that picks up several months after the events of The Well of Ascension. It expertly keeps us in the present events while seamlessly catching us up on the important events we've missed. 

After this the book slows down a bit and the actual story begins (or picks up where it ended). In the aftermath of such a bombastic opening, it can seem a little droll in comparison but Sanderson quickly reminds me of the other reason I love this book, the characters. In particular I feel a  connection to the Terrisman, Sazed. His crisis of faith after the Seige of Luthadel, while melodramatic at times, is grippingly relatable. 

Early in my read I preferred certain characters and plots over others (as one does), but they are weaved around each other so expertly and come together in such a memorable climax that I cannot say I regret the chore of reading a POV that I previously deemed uninteresting. 

The stakes are higher, the action is upped to the max, and alot of mysteries are solved in a satisfying way, but in true Sanderson fashion those mysteries are replaced with other, bigger questions.

This was easily the best of the Mistborn Trilogy. 5 out of 5 stars. 

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These Prisoning Hills By Christopher Rowe Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250804488
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Published: Tordotcom - May 31st, 2022

"These Prisoning Hills" is a slow, ponderous sci-fi tale with a prose that is both meandering and terse, harkening to that of scripture. Set in a world still healing from a long past human vs. A.I. war, the novella follows Marcia, a war veteran from good 'ol Kentucky. The story jumps back and forth between past and present, during and after the war, highlighting specific events of her life. The setting strangely fused the pastoral with the subtly futuristic. An intriguing read.

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Rhythm of War: Book Four of The Stormlight Archive By Brandon Sanderson Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250757302
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Published: Tor Books - October 26th, 2021

Rhythm of War had a daunting task ahead of itself. Oathbringer was one of the best fantasy books I've read; following up to that was going to be a tall order. While I am generally very delighted with this 4th installment, there are things that were executed better than in previous volumes and others that left some things to be desired. 

So the cons first: This books flashback chapters (focusing on the singers Venli and Eshonai) are the weakest of the four. Mainly because of the fact that I was already very familiar with these characters and their background (and the Singer culture in general). Another con is the pacing; the momentum seemingly lags for me a number of times in the first 2 acts. These are minor issues that do not ruin the book for me. 

Now the pros!: The interludes were a big improvement over the other books. In Way of Kings or Oathbringer, the interludes would halt the progress of the main story, frequently taking you to the far reaches of Roshar and focusing on characters that (seemingly) had little to do with narrative. The interludes in this book however, show us the plot developments from the perspectives of peripheral characters while keeping us in the action. NEXT PRO: I LOVED the character arcs in this book. Kaladin and Navani especially showed the most emotional progression and they both had moments that brought me to tears. 

Rhythm of War is a worthy successor to Oathbringer and a phenominal book on its own.

10 out of 10!

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Delilah Green Doesn't Care By Ashley Herring Blake Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593336403
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Published: Berkley - February 22nd, 2022

Delilah Green Doesn't Care was my first foray into the romance genre and I quite enjoyed it. The romance itself was predictably adorable and adequately angsty, and the supporting characters were all equally enjoyable and effective in their narrative purposes. This is Ashley Herring Blake's debut novel and if this book is any indication, their career will be a delight to follow. 5 out of 5 stars.

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