What is obvious, though, is that Castle Glower helps Celie, along with her sister Lilah, brother Rolf, and friend Pogue, when the king, queen, and eldest son go missing. The castle helps them sneak around and spy on guests to see if they are friends or foes. The book was a fast read for me, but I enjoyed every bit of it. Celie is the main star of the show and readers will be drawn to her kind heart and loyalty to her family and Castle Glower. The sequel, Wednesdays in the Tower , is set to be released May 7, I had the privilege to read a digital ARC.
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In the second book, the king, queen, and eldest son Bran have returned to Castle Glower. This time the castle shows Celie a tower with no roof and a rather mysterious occupant — an egg. Griffins were thought to be mythical creatures, but Celie knows that it is not so.
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Bran, Pogue, and Rolf all help Celie gather information about griffins, from books in the castle library to old tapestries hanging on the wall depicting humans riding griffins in battle. A Dance with Dragons by George R. It took 11 years for Martin to publish the pair of books that span a single timeline. Book Two avoids the sophomore slump, prioritizing character development and increasingly insane stakes to keep your adrenaline pumping.
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And Tahir continues to tackle serious topics like slavery and government corruption with strength, proving that compelling fantasy stories exploring real-world issues are not only entertaining but essential when done right. The harrowing climax is frustratingly predictable, but the beautiful, strange journey here is what matters. The Obelisk Gate by N. Jemisin The Hugo Award-winning second book in N. The Obelisk Gate boasts everything that made The Fifth Season phenomenal—a brilliant magic system, three-dimensional female characters, world-ending stakes—and ratchets it up to Jemisin consistently pairs fascinating character development with intense action, continuing a fantasy epic that demands your undivided attention.
Jonathan Strange serves as apprentice to Mr. The page novel includes copious footnotes following one rabbit hole after the next. Though Rosie grows up in the shadow of a curse, she proves to be a fierce, courageous and spirited woman who seeks to save herself and her kingdom. This captivating tale delivers a refreshing adventure, revealing that female friendships and high-stakes action belong together in fantasy. Drawing heavily from Middle Eastern mythology, Throne of the Crescent Moon follows Doctor Adoulla Makhslood, a paunchy, past-his-prime ghul hunter drawn away from his impending retirement by a wicked plot brewing in the royal palace.
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This modern day Alice In Wonderland starts out quite charming, with the precocious Coraline Jones and her parents moving into a mansion full of quirky flat-mates and a talking cat. And somehow all three books were published between October and December of —just a little factoid to depress fans of Patrick Rothfuss and George R. It is kind of an epistolary story, except most of the story is written in prose.
A Memory of Light gave us a satisfying ending to the epic high fantasy saga. Our heroes from the quiet village of Two Rivers and their motley cast of allies all get their moments to shine. Set in a post-nuclear-holocaust Africa, the novel follows a child of rape destined to become a powerful sorcerer. Trust us, Who Fears Death is necessary reading for the fantasy canon.
The novel takes you back to her fantasy realm of Ketterdam, featuring a ragtag crew of outcasts who must pull off a major heist. The result is a fast-paced story that will keep you turning the beautifully designed pages for hours. Six of Crows stands on its own. Rowling In the s, the Harry Potter novels became the rare series read by fantasy fans and non-fantasy fans, book lovers and non-book lovers, basically everyone on planet Earth.
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Harry, Hermione and Ron captured our collective hearts even as they bickered and lost trust in each other. Harry comes to believe his dual nemeses at Hogwarts—Draco Malfoy and Severus Snape—are in direct league with Lord Voldemort, something he gets only partly right. The books grew up along with their characters and their readers, raising the stakes and emotions in the best-selling book series in history. A Storm of Swords by George R. Martin No author does Machiavellian political intrigue quite like George R.
When one of our favorite characters dies, we fear for the next one. Jon Snow, Arya Stark, Tyrion Lannister, Daenerys Targaryen: These names will remain iconic figures in fantasy literature long after many books on this list go out of print. One simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself. Now she must learn how to navigate the world In a nameless city, two ruthless rival criminal gangs, one Albanian, the other Ukrainian, are competing for control.
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As the White King springs his great trap, and the Chromeria itself is threatened by treason and siege, Kip Guile and his companions will scramble to return for one impossible final stand. In the darkest hour, will the Lightbringer come? The Last Kingdom series goes from strength to strength with Uhtred becoming ever more interesting - in so many ways a modern hero, facing a new world, with changing allegiances, but still held by traditional loyalties. England, late s, and Alice Wright - restless, stifled - makes an impulsive decision to marry wealthy American Bennett Van Cleve and leave her home and family behind.
But stuffy, disapproving Baileyville, Kentucky, where her husband favours work over his wife and is dominated by his overbearing father, is not the adventure - or the escape - that she hoped for. That is, until she meets Margery O'Hare, a troublesome woman - and daughter of a notorious felon - the town wishes to forget. In Me Elton writes powerfully about getting clean and changing his life, about finding love with David Furnish and becoming a father.
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Nat, a year-old veteran of Britain's Secret Intelligence Service, believes his years as an agent runner are over. He is back in London with his wife, the long-suffering Prue. But with the growing threat from Moscow Centre, the office has one more job for him. Nat is to take over The Haven, a defunct substation of London General with a rag-tag band of spies. The only bright light on the team is young Florence, who has her eye on Russia Department and a Ukrainian oligarch with a finger in the Russia pie.
Having represented his country as a player and team captain at all junior levels, he propelled himself to international attention in when named as the youngest ever captain of Wales for the Rugby World Cup. Despite his tender age, Sam's immense displays for club and country were recognised still further in April , when, at just 24, he was named the Lions' captain for the extraordinary tour to Australia.
All Robbie Fontaine ever wanted was a place to belong. After the death of his mother, he bounces around from pack to pack, forming temporary bonds to keep from turning feral. It's enough - until he receives a summons from the wolf stronghold in Caswell, Maine. Life as the trusted second to Michelle Hughes - the Alpha of all - and the cherished friend of a gentle old witch teaches Robbie what it means to be pack, to have a home.
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