Fantasy

The Darkest Minds

Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Alexandra Bracken

Amy W., Circulation is reading...The Darkest Minds

The Black Prism

Tuesday, September 4, 2018
Brent Weeks
The Black Prism

Brandi T., Reference is listening (via Overdrive) to...The Black Prism

 

 

Nyxia Unleashed: The Nyxia Triad, Book 2

Monday, August 20, 2018
Scott Reintgen
Nyxia Unleashed: The Nyxia Triad, Book 2

The Shadow of What Was Lost

Thursday, June 21, 2018
James Islington
The Shadow of What Was Lost

Craig E., Circulation is reading...The Shadow of What Was Lost

The Invisible Library

Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Genevieve Cogman
The Invisible Library

Heather K., Circulation is reading...The Invisible Library

The Red Queen

Thursday, December 21, 2017
Victoria Aveyard

The story of The Red Queen takes place in a dystopian society where the under-class are governed by the aristocrats. This is the first book in the series, and I listened to the audio-book version offered through our digital catalog and Overdrive. Having not read a summary of the book beforehand, I had expected something more along the line of books by Philippa Gregory, however, this book reminded me more of Divergent by Veronica Roth. It took a little while to visualize the type of world the author had built, but I found it entertaining.

This is a world divided by blood - red or silver. The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change. That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power. Fearful of Mare's potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime. But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance - Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart.

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Kushiel's Dart

Saturday, November 11, 2017
Jacqueline Carey
Kushiel's Dart by Jacqueline Carey

Kushiel's Dart kicks off Michigan native Jacqueline Carey's epic historical fantasy series which spans three trilogies and has become beloved to fantasy readers.

In the land of Terre d'Ange, a place of unsurpassing beauty and grace (and not wholy unlike France in our world), where angels had walked and beget a race guided by the principle "Love as thou wilt," Phèdre, "a whore's unwanted get," is born with a scarlet mote in her left eye. Thus marked as the Chosen of the angel Kushiel, God's punisher, Phèdre has the dubious honor of experiencing pleasure in pain. Raised in the Court of Night Blooming Flowers, she is trained as a highly-skilled courtesan and spy and uses her myriad talents and skills to save her beloved, Elua-blessed land of Terre d'Ange.

I have both read this book and, several years later, listened to the audiobook--I enjoy it that much.

The wordbuilding of this novel, and its subsequent sequels, is fabulous, intricate though not confusing. Phèdre's tale takes her and her companion protector Joscelin on a journey from her home in Terre d'Ange's capital Elua City to the snow-encrusted mountains of the barbaric Skaldi (think Vikings and Germans), across the seas magically controlled by the mythic Master of the Straits to another barbaric land, that of the England-like Alba, and back to her native Terre d'Ange. This book is epic in scope and page count--but so very much worth it.

Political machinations, treason, love, danger, desire, enslavement, sacrifice, redemption--this book and series has it all, and more.

Ready to start your journey in Phèdre's world? Check out this first book as an ebook using your library card number and PIN on Overdrive to read on your computer or using the Libby app to read on your tablet or smart device.

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Brandi T., Reference

The Republic of Thieves

Saturday, October 7, 2017
Scott Lynch
The Republic of Thieves

In my last blog post, I reviewed Scott Lynch's second book in the Gentlemen Bastards sequence, Red Seas Under Red Skies. Just as I said then, once I finished that book, I ran to the shelves and picked up the third book in the series, The Republic of Thieves--and boy, was I NOT disappointed!

The Republic of Thieves is fabulous. While Red Seas Under Red Skies felt long and slow at times, this third book flew by and ended before I was ready for it to--a sign of a great book!

Just like the second book, The Republic of Thieves opens with Locke Lamora and Jean Tannen dealing with the brutal, near-fatal fallout from their grandiose schemes in the previous book. Miraculous workings set them up with their next job: win an election in the famed city of Karthain, home of the world's only magic-wielding people, the Bondsmagi, against an old, terribly familiar, and equally matched, opponent.

Interspersed with the fast-paced scheming and tricks to influence the election is the compelling backstory of Locke and Jean's former gang of conmen savants.

With stunning revelations about Locke's origins and a twist ending with dangerous implications for further stories, The Republic of Thieves both satisfies and leaves one hungering for more. I know it sure as the dickens did for me.

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Brandi T., Reference

Red Seas Under Red Skies

Saturday, September 2, 2017
Scott Lynch
Red Seas Under Red Skies

If you love fantasy, then you should know the name Scott Lynch. His 2006 debut, The Lies of Locke Lamora, is a rollicking great read. Think Ocean's 11 set in a fantasy world with a dash of Robin Hood thrown in and you've nailed it.

Red Seas Under Red Skies, the second in the Gentleman Bastard series, finds con artist extraordinaire Locke Lamora and his trusty bruiser sidekick Jean recovering from the explosive fallout of the first volume by targeting the grandest, most exclusive gambling house in the world. In the midst of playing the long game to get their big score, the cunning, wise-cracking pair finds themselves on the high seas, living the lives of pirates and desperately trying to keep all the myriad lies and games going. Because the consequences of failure could be a fate worse than death.

Though long and a bit slow in the middle, the start of this adventure will get you hooked and the payoff in the end is well worth the time spent to get there. Once you've finished, you'll be racing to the shelves to get the next promisingly-titled book in the series, The Republic of Thieves.

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Brandi T., Reference

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