Fantasy

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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Marybeth – Youth Services

 

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

A Murder in Time

Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Julie McElwain
A Murder in Time

A time traveling mystery

 

If you love mysteries I think you’ll love this book! A superstar FBI agent from modern times accidentally time travels to the 19th century and stumbles across a serial killer’s work. The two biggest twists to your regular mystery story are: how Kendra tries to disguise the fact that she’s from the future while profiling a serial killer in the 1800s and how she has to explain which class she’s in and learn the duties of household staff during this time period. This book was selected as the Big Library Read this summer.

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Janice H., Youth Services

The Yearbook

Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Carol Masciola
The Yearbook

When misfit Lola finds work cleaning out the library basement, she becomes intrigued with a 1924 yearbook for the local high school. When she falls asleep, she is transported to the high school dance where she meets a nice boy. She then time travels back and forth, confusing everyone including Peter. So is it all a hallucination or is she really mentally ill like her mother was?

This is a fascinating fantasy with lots of twists and turns that really hold the reader's interest.

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Sue N., Youth Services

Carrie (Audiobook)

Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Stephen King
Carrie (Audiobook)

Read by Sissy Spacek

In Stephen King’s classic supernatural horror story, sixteen-year-old Carrie, terminally unpopular and sheltered by her religious fanatic mother, develops telekinetic powers with the onset of puberty. Bullied one too many times, she uses her terrifying new abilities to take revenge on her tormentors.

The novel feels very dated; it was written in 1974 and sure shows it. I am glad I finally listened to the story, however, since it is such an iconic tale of supernatural vengeance and lasting fixture in our pop culture history.

The version available through Overdrive includes an introduction by King himself about the story’s origins and background on his life at the time of the writing, which I found interesting and enriched my experience with the book.

 

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Prefer to download a digital copy onto your smartphone and listen on the Overdrive app, or simply stream through your computer? Find the title on the MCLS site.

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Brandi T., Reference

Ocean At the End of the Lane

Friday, January 2, 2015
Neil Gaiman
Ocean at the End of the Lane

 A fantasy about a man who returns to the site of his childhood home where many years earlier Lettie Hempstock, an unusual 11 year old neighbor, had introduced him at the age of 7 to a magical world that was both fascinating and dangerous. Much has changed, but some things are amazingly the same. He learned in this visit as an adult that nothing is quite the same as he remembered. Check our Catalog

Kathleen Z., Administration

 

Leviathan

Friday, May 23, 2014
James Byron Huggins
Leviathan

Could be a familiar formula - scientists gone mad, creating a creature made from a Komodo Dragon which escapes and terrorizes the people hoping to contain it on an island – but it transcends that.  It was really a good book which ultimately is about courage, friendship and even love.   Check our Catalog

Margaret B., Reference

Liesl and Po

Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Lauren Oliver
Liesl and Po

This fun and timeless story has great characters, some who are likeable and some who are not.  Liesl is locked in an attic by her stepmother after her

father has died.   Po comes from the Other Side quite unexpectedly to befriend her.  Will, an alchemist’s apprentice, comes into the story and the

three are brought together after Will accidently delivers a box with the most powerful magic in the world to the wrong place.   The adventure they

experience is full of magic, fantasy and human emotion.   This is written for children ages 8-12, but adults will enjoy this.  Check our catalog.

Kathleen Z., Administration

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