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The Gift: A Christmas Novella

Outlander: A Novel by Diana Gabaldon (Author)

Outlander: A Novel 

Winter Moon: A Christmas Novella by Dannika Dark (Author)

Winter Moon: A Christmas Novella

The Castrofax by Jenna Van Vleet (Author)

The Castrofax 

 The Ripple Trilogy: Books 1-3 of The Ripple Series by Cidney Swanson (Author)

The Ripple Trilogy: Books 1-3 of The Ripple Series

 The Thief's Daughter by Jeff Wheeler (Author)

The Thief’s Daughter

The Twenty-Sided Sorceress Series, Books 1-3

The Twenty-Sided Sorceress Series, Books 1-3: Justice Calling, Murder of Crows, Pack of Lies

 The Palace Job by Patrick Weekes (Author)

The Palace Job 

Undermajordomo Minor: A Novel by Patrick deWitt (Author)

Undermajordomo Minor: A Novel

 The Very Best of Tad Williams by Tad Williams (Author)

The Very Best of Tad Williams

Edged Blade by J.C. Daniels (Author)

Edged Blade

 The Queen's Poisoner by Jeff Wheeler (Author)

The Queen’s Poisoner

The Soul Summoner by Elicia Hyder (Author)

The Soul Summoner

 Mythology 101 by Jody Lynn Nye (Author)

Mythology 101

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The Black Room: Door One

 Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies by J.K. Rowling (Author)

Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies

The King's Traitor by Jeff Wheeler (Author)

The King’s Traitor

The Children of Húrin by J.R.R. Tolkien (Author), Alan Lee (Illustrator), Christopher Tolkien (Editor)

The Children of Húrin

The Children of Húrin is the first complete book by J.R.R.Tolkien since the 1977 publication of The Silmarillion. Six thousand years before the One Ring is destroyed, Middle-earth lies under the shadow of the Dark Lord Morgoth. The greatest warriors among elves and men have perished, and all is in darkness and despair. But a deadly new leader rises, Túrin, son of Húrin, and with his grim band of outlaws begins to turn the tide in the war for Middle-earth — awaiting the day he confronts his destiny and the deadly curse laid upon him.

The paperback edition of The Children of Húrin includes eight color paintings by Alan Lee and a black-and-white map.

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The first complete book by J.R.R. Tolkien in three decades–since the publication of The Silmarillion in 1977–The Children of Húrin reunites fans of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings with Elves and Men, dragons and Dwarves, Eagles and Orcs. Presented for the first time as a complete, standalone story, this stirring narrative will appeal to casual fans and expert readers alike, returning them to the rich landscape and characters unique to Tolkien.

Adam Tolkien on The Children of Húrin

How did a lifetime of stories become The Children of Húrin? In an essay on the making of the book, Adam Tolkien, grandson of J.R.R. Tolkien (and French translator of his History of Middle-earth), explains that the Húrin legends made up the third “Great Tale” of his grandfather’s Middle-earth writing, and he describes how his father, Christopher Tolkien, painstakingly collected the pieces of the legend into a complete story told only in the words of J.R.R. Tolkien. “For anyone who has read The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings,” he writes, The Children of Húrin “allows them to take a step back into a larger world, an ancient land of heroes and vagabonds, honour and jeopardy, hope and tragedy.”

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Magic and Mayhem: A Collection of 21 Fantasy Novels

The ULTIMATE Fantasy Boxed Set!

22 NY Times, USA Today and International Bestselling Authors

21 full-length novels of magic, mayhem, mystery, adventure and romance.

Yours for an insanely low price.

Get ready to be swept off into lands filled with magic, mystery, action, adventure and even romance with these 21 full-length fantasy novels! With over one-million words packed with witches, dragons, pirates, shape shifters, mercenaries, gods and more, these stories will introduce you to some of the most memorable characters and exotic worlds that exist in fantasy today. No cliffhangers here — each book is either a standalone or first in series and all have satisfying endings.

22 of the hottest fantasy authors have banded together to bring you this incredible boxed set, but it’s only available for a limited time! At this incredibly low price, you’re paying a penny per sixty minutes of spellbinding fiction — a bargain that can’t be beat. Grab this collection today before it’s gone for good!

Check out these amazing fantasy authors!

Jasmine Walt – Internationally Bestselling Author of the Baine Chronicles Series

Dima Zales & Anna Zaires – New York Times Bestselling Authors of the Mind Dimensions Series

Rebecca Hamilton – USA Today Bestselling Author of the Forever Girl Series

Emily Goodwin – Internationally Bestselling Author of the Contagium Series

Margo Bond Collins – Internationally Bestselling Author of the Legally Undead Series

J.A. Cipriano – Internationally Bestselling Author of the Lillim Callina Chronicles
 
D.K. Holmberg – Internationally Bestselling Author of the Cloud Warrior Saga

Thea Atkinson – Internationally Bestselling Author of the Witches of Elantium Series
 
Emma L. Adams – Internationally Bestselling Author of the Alliance Series

S.C. Green – Internationally Bestselling Author of the Engine Ward Series

Laxmi Hariharan –  USA Today Bestselling Author of the Many Lives Series

Jack Conner – Internationally Bestselling Author of the Atomic Sea Series

Gwynn White – Internationally Bestselling Author of the Crown of Blood Series

Lindsey Fairleigh – Internationally Bestselling Author of the Echo Trilogy

Susan Stec – USA Today Bestselling Author of the Grateful Undead Series
 
K. De Long – USA Today Bestselling Author of the Inkubus Series

Tom Shutt – Internationally Bestselling Author of the Brooding City Series

Erin Hayes – Internationally Bestselling Author of the Harker Trilogy

Calinda B – Internationally Bestselling Author of the Blurred Lines Series

Natasha Larry – Internationally Bestselling Author of the Darwin’s Children Series

K.N. Lee – Internationally Bestselling Author of the Chronicles of Koa

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Fall into Magic: A Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy Collection

 Prepare to be swept away by 20 paranormal romance and urban fantasy tales from today’s NY Times, USA Today, and international bestselling authors! In this limited edition collection, you will find everything from witches to mages, shifters to vampires, demons, faeries, and much more!

Check out this epic line up and secure your copy today!

NY Times bestselling author Rebecca Hamilton & USA Today bestelling author Conner Kressley
International bestselling author Lia Davis
USA Today bestselling author JC Andrijeski
USA Today bestselling author Rainy Kaye
NY Times bestselling author Laxmi Hariharan
USA Today bestselling author Joanne Wadsworth
USA Today bestselling author J.E. Taylor
NY Times bestselling author SC Green writing as Steffanie Holmes
USA Today bestselling author April Aasheim
NY Times bestselling author K. de Long
USA Today bestselling author L.B. Gilbert
NY Times bestselling author Susan Stec
USA Today bestselling author Noree Cosper
USA Today bestselling author Angela Fristoe
International bestselling author AR DeClerck
International bestselling authors Gina Kincade & Kiki Howell
USA Today bestselling author LJ Swallow
NY Times bestselling author Calinda B
Award Winning author Kristin D. Van Risseghem
USA Today bestselling author Angel Lawson

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Wild Things: Shifters Unbound

A USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestseller!

Wolf Shifter Mason McNaughton is tired of the crazy feral living in his house, endangering him, his brothers, and his sweet auntie Cora. Ferals are Shifters who’ve reverted to the wild stage, forgetting all about the joys of pizza and satellite TV. Not to mention, Mason is sick of waking up to the feral’s rampages, one of which nearly killed him. The feral has been given sanctuary, so Mason can’t throw him out—the only thing to do is to find a way to cure him.

The problem is, Shifter healers—elusive, Goddess-touched Shifters who have the healing gift—are few and far between. Mason volunteers to go in search of one, and is sent to a psychic in New Orleans who might have an idea of where to start looking.

Mason doesn’t believe in psychics, but Jasmine, the psychic in question, seems to at least put on a good show. Jasmine believes in Shifters all right, but she vowed to never have anything to do with them.

The easiest way to get rid of the growly Lupine, Mason, is to help him, but Jasmine never dreams what that help will drag her into.

A short novel of the Shifters Unbound series.

This author writes some of the best paranormal romance out there. This book, as with the rest of her work, has depth and is really well written. There are so many novels out there that feel almost “throwaway” – same old stories, shallow plots and characters, that sort of thing. It’s as though a quirky writing style is enough to get by on. This book is thankfully different. Mason is such a great character, a younger hero with depth who is genuinely likable and charming. The whole witchcraft/magic rituals that Jazz performs aren’t really my thing, but they didn’t detract from the story for me. The characters were just great and fit each other perfectly. I especially liked the bad tempered house! Looking forward to the next installment, which should be a little longer so I can really get into it.

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Four and Twenty Blackbirds 

Although she was orphaned at birth, Eden Moore is never alone. Three dead women watch from the shadows, bound to protect her from harm. But in the woods a gunman waits, convinced that Eden is destined to follow her wicked great-grandfather–an African magician with the power to curse the living and raise the dead.

Now Eden must decipher the secret of the ghostly trio before a new enemy more dangerous than the fanatical assassin destroys what is left of her family. She will sift through lies in a Georgian ante-bellum mansion and climb through the haunted ruins of a 19th century hospital, desperately seeking the truth that will save her beloved aunt from the curse that threatens her life.

From Publishers Weekly

The classic Southern gothic gets an edgy modern makeover in Priest’s debut novel about a young woman’s investigation into the truth of her origins. What Eden Moore digs up in the roots of her diseased family tree takes her across the South, from the ruins of the Pine Breeze sanitarium in Tennessee to a corpse-filled swamp in Florida, and back in time to the Civil War, when the taint in her family bloodline sets in motion events building only now to a supernatural crescendo. Priest adds little new to the gothic canon, but makes neo-goth chick Eden spunky enough to deal with a variety of cliché menaces—a scheming family matriarch, a brooding Poe-esque mansion and a genealogy greatly confused with inbreeding—that would have sent the genre’s traditional wilting violets into hysterics. Eden is a heroine for the aging Buffy crowd, and her adventures will play best to postadolescent horror fans.
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From Booklist

In this new edition of a novel that was 100 pages shorter in its original, regional-publisher printing in 2003, Priest sinks deep into the tale of a Tennessee orphan who draws upon grit worthy of Scarlett O’Hara to extract an evil canker from her Spanish moss-hung family tree. Visitations by spirits spur Eden, who has grown up seeing ghosts, to pursue dangerous genealogical research. Also fueling her investigations are attempts on her life by a maniacal cousin, whose plots have the blessing of a crusty old matriarch resentful of Eden’s slave–descended branch of the family. This southern-gothic closet is fairly overflowing with skeletons, from a polygamist wife murderer to a coven of voodoo priests. It all screeches to a somewhat unsatisfying halt after a cinematic climax, but there’s mystical, sultry appeal in the thick Chattanooga atmosphere and strong characterizations (Eden’s tongue is as sharp as the heels of her signature black boots), and a mixed-race heroine lends welcome diversity to a genre well populated with porcelain-complected heroines. Jennifer Mattson

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Once Upon a Time: A Short History of Fairy Tale

From wicked queens, beautiful princesses, elves, monsters, and goblins to giants, glass slippers, poisoned apples, magic keys, and mirrors, the characters and images of fairy tales have cast a spell over readers and audiences, both adults and children, for centuries. These fantastic stories have travelled across cultural borders, and been passed on from generation to generation, ever-changing, renewed with each re-telling. Few forms of literature have greater power
to enchant us and rekindle our imagination than a fairy tale.

But what is a fairy tale? Where do they come from and what do they mean? What do they try and communicate to us about morality, sexuality, and society? The range of fairy tales stretches across great distances and time; their history is entangled with folklore and myth, and their inspiration draws on ideas about nature and the supernatural, imagination and fantasy, psychoanalysis, and feminism.

Marina Warner has loved fairy tales over a long writing life, and she explores here a multitude of tales through the ages, their different manifestations on the page, the stage, and the screen. From the phenomenal rise of Victorian and Edwardian literature to contemporary children’s stories, Warner unfolds a glittering array of examples, from classics such as Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, and The Sleeping Beauty, the Grimm Brothers’ Hansel and Gretel, and Hans
Andersen’s The Little Mermaid, to modern-day realizations including Walt Disney’s Snow White and gothic interpretations such as Pan’s Labyrinth.

In ten succinct chapters, Marina Warner digs into a rich hoard of fairy tales in their brilliant and fantastical variations, in order to define a genre and evaluate a literary form that keeps shifting through time and history. Her book makes a persuasive case for fairy tale as a crucial repository of human understanding and culture.

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The Red Sea

When Dante Galand was just a boy, his father Larsin sailed away to make his fortune. And never returned. Since then, Dante has become a great sorcerer. A ruler. A destroyer of kings. And he’s just learned that his father is living on a forbidden island at the edge of the known world.

Where he’s dying of a mysterious plague.

In the company of his friend, the swordsman Blays, Dante travels to the island. There, his magic can do nothing for his father. As Dante and Blays quest for a cure—beset by strange beasts, angry spirits, and violent coastal raiders known as the Tauren—Dante falls sick, too.

To save his father and himself, he’ll have to rediscover the island’s long-lost magic. But the hunt for its secrets leads Dante on a crash course with the Tauren—and island-wide civil war.

And as he’s away, an old threat begins to move against his homeland.

Set in a USA Today-bestselling world, THE RED SEA is the first in a trilogy of warfare, sorcery, and friendship through the darkest times.

When a Trilogy is just not enough, and readers are demanding or (in my case) begging , for more, then you are probably reading Edward W Robertson! The Red Sea is a continuation of The Cycle of Arawn, featuring Dante and Blays. The story is fast and introduces a myriad of places, events. people, and magic that will not fail to capture you. The most enjoyable part for me when reading EWR books is getting to ‘know’ his characters. He has the talent to develop and become who he is writing about, and this translates into his writing such diverse and complex characters that the reader gets to know them, almost intimately I would say. I have read all of his books (that I know of) and they are as different and as interesting as his characters are. Waiting for more…

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A Crucible of Souls

 

An imaginative new talent makes his debut with the acclaimed first installment in the epic Sorcery Ascendant Sequence, a mesmerizing tale of high fantasy that combines magic, malevolence, and mystery

After young Caldan’s parents are brutally slain, the boy is raised by monks who initiate him into the arcane mysteries of sorcery.

Growing up plagued by questions about his past, Caldan vows to discover who his parents were, and why they were killed. The search will take him beyond the walls of the monastery, into the unfamiliar and dangerous chaos of city life. With nothing to his name but a pair of mysterious heirlooms and a handful of coins, he must prove his talent to become apprenticed to a guild of sorcerers.

But the world outside the monastery is a darker place than he ever imagined, and his treasured sorcery has disturbing depths he does not fully understand. As a shadowy evil manipulates the unwary and forbidden powers are unleashed, Caldan is plunged into an age-old conflict that will bring the world to the edge of destruction. Soon, he must choose a side—and face the true cost of uncovering his past.

From School Library Journal

Caldan, a young man raised in a monastery, accidentally injures a nobleman’s son with a wooden sword and is expelled to survive on his own. His parents were murdered violently years ago, but he doesn’t know why or how. Luckily Caldan received a well-rounded education from the monks, and his background in sorcery, tactical gaming, and craftsmanship enable him to snare an apprenticeship with the Sorcerers’ Guild. When his city is attacked, Caldan and his friends must try to defend themselves from evil. Originally self-published, this fantasy novel won the Australian 2013 Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy Novel. It’s a perfect crossover adult fantasy title for teens—a coming-of-age story about a teenager with unknown powers and great friends. Caldan is a likable main character, and readers will root for him and hope that he finds love and happiness. Give this to teenagers who are patiently waiting for the sequel to Patrick Rothfuss’s The Name of the Wind (Penguin, 2007). Caldan’s world is shady and violent but not as menacing as that of Lev Grossman’s The Magicians (Viking, 2009). This novel does end in a cliff-hanger—the second installment, Blood of Innocents, will be published in February 2016. VERDICT Highly recommended for fantasy fans.—Sarah Hill, Lake Land College, Mattoon, IL

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The Palace Job

Loch is seeking revenge.

It would help if she wasn’t in jail.

The plan: to steal a priceless elven manuscript that once belonged to her family, but now is in the hands of the most powerful man in the Republic. To do so Loch—former soldier, former prisoner, current fugitive—must assemble a crack team of magical misfits that includes a cynical illusionist, a shapeshifting unicorn, a repentant death priestess, a talking magical warhammer, and a lad with seemingly no skills to help her break into the floating fortress of Heaven’s Spire and the vault that holds her family’s treasure—all while eluding the unrelenting pursuit of Justicar Pyvic, whose only mission is to see the law upheld.

What could possibly go wrong?

The Palace Job is a funny, action-packed, high-fantasy heist caper in the tradition of Scott Lynch’s Gentleman Bastards series, from debut author Patrick Weekes.

“This is, simply, a terrific novel. Fun and funny, witty without condescension, laugh out loud dialogue and deft, delicate characterization, driven by dangerous twists and an inexorable pace, Patrick Weekes’ writing evokes the best of the best. If Donald Westlake had given Dortmunder a sword, if Douglas Adams had hitchhiked with a unicorn, Weekes has crafted that rare fantasy novel that both embraces and challenges the genre. I’ll say it again in case you missed it the first time: this is, simply, a terrific damn novel.” —Greg Rucka, New York Times bestselling author of Alpha, The Punisher, and Batman

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Dragon Mystics

 Book Two In Bestselling New Adult trilogy. #1 in Paranormal Romance and #1 in Sword and Sorcery Fantasy. (This is not standalone and ends in a cliffhanger. The story will conclude in Dragon Mated – due for release early 2016).

When the formidable power of Jessa Lebron’s mark was unleashed, during her impulsive foray into Vanguard, the American supernatural prison, she learned the truth. She’s a dual shifter: wolf, and as an added bonus, dragon – of the fluffy persuasion. Yep, she’s one special cupcake.

Now, pursued by the Four, powerful hunters of the dragon marked, she has no choice but to run. At least she has her impossibly gorgeous and infuriating best friends by her side, the Compass quads. Not only are they powerful and hella useful in a fight, but most of the time they’re also semi-entertaining too.

With only one month left until the supposed resurrection of the dragon king, this pack will find out soon enough what happens in the world of the dragon mystics.

(Recommended 17+ due to use of language and sexual situations. These supernaturals like to curse, please be aware before purchasing)

I don’t even know where to begin. Jaymin Eve might be my new favorite paranormal/urban fantasy author yet. In the last three days I’ve read eight of her books and I’m anxiously awaiting whatever she has next. I’m a huge reader, but I don’t write many reviews. This time I couldn’t help myself. I literally just finished this book and needed to share my absolute love with someone else.

Jaymin’s world building, her character development, and her storytelling is absolutely superb. She has fully developed characters that are complex, real, and extremely likeable. She hasn’t fallen into the trap of repeatedly telling her readers that her heroine is strong only to have some weak willed woman that we’re supposed to believe is strong because tithe author says so. She’s not some damsel waiting for a hero to save her from the monsters; she is the monster. Jessa is incredibly strong, she demands respect and can back up those demands. She is a fighter, but she also cares very deeply. She has no problem risking herself for the people that she cares about. And she has a ton of people to care about.

Seeing how fierce Jessa is, she could have been surrounded by weak individuals to make her seem stronger, but she’s not. She is surrounded by the strongest, most protective alpha men, but her strength is never diminished. They love her and would lay down their lives for her, but they allow her to make her own decisions. Yes, it’s difficult for them to release the reigns, but they do it. The pack that they’ve formed is complete and it adds depth to the story.

There is more than enough action packed into this novel, but it never feels overwhelming. The transition from one scene/adventure to the next is seamless; nothing ever feels forced. The dialogue is realistic and the descriptions of the world are amazing. You can definitely see the atmosphere that she has created. The chemistry between the characters, both of the romantic and platonic nature, is palpable. Jaymin has created a world that I would love to visit and characters that I would love to hangout with.

Jaymin has hit the mark with this series. I cannot wait until the next book is finished!

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The Banished of Muirwood 

In a world full of magic and mystery, eighteen-year-old Maia is the exiled princess of Comoros and rightful heir to the throne. Forced to live as a servant in her enemy’s home, Maia flees her captors and begins a perilous quest to save her people. To survive, she must use magic she has learned in secret—despite the fact that women are forbidden to control it. Hunted by enemies at every turn, Maia realizes that danger lurks within her, too. Her powers threaten to steal not only her consciousness but also her sense of right and wrong. Can she set herself free and save the realm she loves—even if her people have forgotten her? In bestselling author Jeff Wheeler’s fantasy epic, the answer may be only the beginning to Maia’s journey throughout the mystical land of Muirwood.

I’ve read and greatly enjoyed the author’s other Muirwood books, so of course on beginning this series my mind was making comparisons and sizing up the new offering against the old. Banished passed that test without me realising it, because I very quickly forgot to compare as the story swallowed me whole and all I wanted to do was to find out what was going to happen next.

From time to time I felt that there was less description of surroundings and the intricacies of daily life than in the earlier series; I didn’t have the taste of crisp apples on my lips or quite feel that I had grown up with Maia the way I was attached to Lia, but this did not detract from the reading experience. It soon became plain that many of the details were there, just presented in a different way to what I was initially expecting.
I surprised myself by wanting to read this book again as soon as I finished it the first time: can’t say I remember the last time I did that so quickly. Second time around (I’m about a third of the way through) I am really enjoying picking up details and connections that I missed in my hurry to initially unfold the plot.

Flashbacks were an interesting way of gaining background information. It was easy to follow and felt like putting a jigsaw puzzle together. Very clever actually, and a large part of the reason I started reading the book again.
The symbolism is wonderful, so very thought provoking and deep on many levels. I absolutely love the way the female protagonist faces her struggles, and the way she copes with what happens to her I found personally inspiring. She is very human, certainly not a perfect heroine, and this makes her easy to relate to. Trite sounding or not, reading this book gave me a sense of hope regarding my own challenges.

My review would not be complete without mentioning the language and morals, and I’m happy to say there is good news (for people with standards similar to my own) on both counts.

Why is it that so few authors represent bad language in a descriptive yet non-specific way? In this book Jeff Wheeler shows a dignified restraint that loses none of the impact expected from tense scenes. One example: “he swore at her, the words laced with anger and pain”. Well done. So much better than including the curse words, while still making it clear that they were used.

It is such a pleasure to find books where the author chooses not to present immorality either as acceptable, or in detail. Thank you to Mr Wheeler for a clean story. There was no sense of prudery, certainly plenty of realism, but also none of what some authors seem to think is an obligatory sex scene. The moral behaviour of the main characters was believable, and in every sense true to the story.

All in all this was an excellent read. I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series, and seeing just how the intriguing relationships and plot lines unfold.

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Ship of Magic

Bingtown is a hub of exotic trade and home to a merchant nobility famed for its liveships—rare vessels carved from wizardwood, which ripens magically into sentient awareness. Now the fortunes of one of Bingtown’s oldest families rest on the newly awakened liveship Vivacia.

For Althea Vestrit, the ship is her rightful legacy. For Althea’s young nephew, wrenched from his religious studies and forced to serve aboard the ship, the Vivacia is a life sentence. But the fate of the ship—and the Vestrits—may ultimately lie in the hands of an outsider: the ruthless buccaneer captain Kennit, who plans to seize power over the Pirate Isles by capturing a liveship and bending it to his will.

BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from Robin Hobb’s Mad Ship.
 
Praise for Robin Hobb and the Liveship Traders Trilogy
 
“Fantasy as it ought to be written . . . Robin Hobb’s books are diamonds in a sea of zircons.”—George R. R. Martin

“A truly extraordinary saga . . . The characterizations are consistently superb, and [Hobb] animates everything with love for and knowledge of the sea.”Booklist

“A major work of high fantasy, reading like a cross between Tolkien and Patrick O’Brian . . . one of the finest fantasy sagas to bridge the millennium.”Publishers Weekly

“Rich, complex . . . [Hobb’s] plotting is complex but tightly controlled, and her descriptive powers match her excellent visual imagination. But her chief virtue is that she delineates character extremely well.”Interzone

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The Dragon’s Roar

The dragons are thought to be extinct, their fearsome fire extinguished forever, their deafening roars just a mere memory, yet the Cursed Ones, humans with dragon blood in their veins, still tread the land.

Men, women, sometimes even children, are accused of being related to the beasts of old and often, if not always, executed for such a vile crime.

And it is in the cold lands of Endrand that the young Alexander Hailstone discovers how unjust these accusations are and finds himself wandering beyond Aenir’s walls after witnessing the death of his mother.

He will realise that, perhaps, he was not wrongly accused after all.

Alexander didn’t like the executions that were done by the church. Being cursed meant death. Cursed was anyone who was a decedent of dragons. On his way home, he saw that guards had confiscated his home, but, there was no sign of his mother. When he learned that executions were going on in the square. As he saw his mother killed, she yelled for him to find his father. After having help escaping, he finds others like him-halfbloods. Where had his blood taken him and what was going to happen next?

I love stories about dragons and this one was really well written and good. A lot of mystery to keep you in suspense and guessing the ending. I thought I purchased all three books but if so, then the other two weren’t there. I really look forward to reading the others.

Fascinating blend of good and bad. The story shows the many disguises of evil. A surprising ending, leaving me wanting to read more.

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The Queen’s Poisoner

From Wall Street Journal bestselling author Jeff Wheeler.

King Severn Argentine’s fearsome reputation precedes him: usurper of the throne, killer of rightful heirs, ruthless punisher of traitors. Attempting to depose him, the Duke of Kiskaddon gambles…and loses. Now the duke must atone by handing over his young son, Owen, as the king’s hostage. And should his loyalty falter again, the boy will pay with his life.

Seeking allies and eluding Severn’s spies, Owen learns to survive in the court of Kingfountain. But when new evidence of his father’s betrayal threatens to seal his fate, Owen must win the vengeful king’s favor by proving his worth—through extraordinary means. And only one person can aid his desperate cause: a mysterious woman, dwelling in secrecy, who truly wields power over life, death, and destiny.

From Publishers Weekly

Richard III is near-obligatory context for reading about King Severn Argentine; readers less fond of the Bard can refer to Kylo Ren instead. Argentine is the black-garbed, duplicitous, enraged, self-absorbed usurper of the throne of Ceredigion in Wheeler’s well-wrought fantasy setting. He has taken hostage eight-year-old Owen, youngest child of the Duke of Kiskaddon, as surety for the duke’s good conduct. None doubt that the boy is marked for death, but Owen has well-wishers in the labyrinthine palace of Kingfountain, as well as preternatural gifts of focus and analysis. His allies include Ankarette Tryneowy, the titular poisoner in the service of the dowager queen. Wheeler (the Covenant of Muirwood series) develops Owen slowly, taking a long, deep look into a young character and his circumscribed world—an unusual move for a first book in a series. Though Wheeler works very much according to the typical blueprint for high fantasy, the emotional range and insight he convincingly portrays in his child hero make for a political drama that can entice adult and teen audiences alike.

From Booklist

This is the first title in Wheeler’s projected Kingfountain series, about Owen Kiskaddon, initially the eight-year-old son of a traitorous duke being held hostage at the royal court of Ceredigion. Wheeler’s Ceredigion is a close analogue of War of the Roses-era England, with the central differences being that this universe’s Richard III, Severn Argentine, did not fail at his own version of Bosworth and that a mystical fountain is the central religious fixture as well as the source of magical powers for people known as the Fountainblessed. Owen tries to learn the truth about Severn as well as survive at court, relying heavily on the help of a mysterious Fountainblessed woman, the poisoner of the title. While the similar historical sources may make some readers think of Kingfountain as a kinder and gentler Game of Thrones, the novel handles moral ambiguity fairly well and creates a fairly nuanced and sympathetic character in its Richard III analogue. Overall, an enjoyable—if conventional—entry in its genre.

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Telemachus

Told through the medium of a colony of migrating birds, this is essentially a love story which explores the meaning of the word ‘love’ to different individuals.

It’s about pain and joy, illusion and reality. It’s also about the fragility of love and the way it can be destroyed so easily for some, while for others, it’s the immutable spine of their very existence.

Tom John-Mary has two contradictory anticipations in his early days, both about females who will have a future influence on his life. Daisy, an unwelcome intruder, and Sally, the love of his life.

Daisy inserts herself into his respected family and Tom’s belief that Sally is to be his gift from Aves, God of Birds, is shattered. Meantime, Sally becomes paired with Jacob who, at an early stage, mistreats her and absconds.

Telemachus is the big red eagle at the end of the northern valley and from whose talons none return. Tom doesn’t know if he’s real or an illusion, as none ever return to say they’ve seen him. He’s the threat that’s there in the face of all life, the danger that’s met around any corner. In some ways, he’s the existential response to illogical teaching and distorted reasoning.

Follow this incredible story and discover the storms, twists, turns, tragedies and migrations that Tom and Sally have to endure before love can really start to soar.

Though less than 200 pages, this beautiful yet complex anthropomorphic tale of migratory birds covered thousands of miles taking us readers on life’s journey of struggles and tribulations mixed with the triumphant moments of parental love and blissful courtships. It is fascinating because of the uncanny gritty reflections of human lives including mine.

As I follow our human-like avian characters Tom, Sally, Daisy and Simon in their growing up pains, courtship, and taking on adult responsibilities like fatherhood and struggles to survive, it was amusing to see the not infallible higher avian powers, Father Aves and Petraus pulling puppet strings that decided the fates of our birdy friends. Even more amusing was that as Tom’s life was crumbling because Sally loved him no more, he recognized that it was the higher power Father Aves wreaking havoc in his life.

Multi-faceted themes to say the least, like for example the sexist aspects of the male versus female bird roles in the bird community. Sally may be a top notch, practical & doting mother bird, but she was not sympathetic enough to an overworked career minded Tom, who grew up as a singleton, had assumed a very busy community job as the top bird in the community and wanted nothing more than a clean and uncrowded nest to sleep in at night with his sweet Sally. Another profound theme that reminded me of human failings was the right for the unborn in the egg to be given warmth till it hatches and experience life to the fullest seems a natural strong mother instincts programmed into these mother birds. I was horrified with Sally when she defied my faith in the animal or avian kingdom when she abandoned her love egg with Simon after failing to peck a hole in the egg to end its life. Even though humans are at the top of the food chain, we are horrendously wicked to readily deprive the unborn their right to life when life becomes inconvenient.

In any case, we have much to learn from these birds as they go about their lives doing what is expected of them. Even when they are served lemons or when Aves gives them a Daisy, doggedly they carry on working, migrating, courting, making nests, laying eggs, hatching them and raising their chicks. Storms may destroy their nests, cats may eat their babies, the Telemachus may snatch them from mid-air while they least expect it, yet they carry on fearlessly bearing whatever would come their way courtesy of Father Aves. So it is also, I believe, with our own lives. Just as it was in Job’s, the necessary sufferings we go through in life are mostly beyond our control but necessary to take us to where we are meant to be today. We are all subjects to mother Destiny and our fates are sealed long before our existence

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Hex on the Beach

Welcome to The Isle…

Lily Locke has never believed in witches and wizards, ghosts and magic, shifters and vampires—especially cute blonde vamps with blood-intolerance issues. A rising star at a hotshot marketing agency in Minneapolis, Minnesota, all Lily knows is that she’s a PowerPoint guru, an Excel ninja, and a coffee-maker extraordinaire. Not to mention she’s next in line for a huge promotion.

All that changes when Lily’s assistant delivers a strange quiz to her, one titled A Magical Assessment for Normal Folks. With it comes the promise of a land she’s never known existed. A land where Lily not only discovers her biological family for the first time, but a place where she can make a difference, change lives, and step into the role she’s destined to fulfill.

But first, Lily must admit she’s a witch. Then, she has to acknowledge that the tall, dark, and mysterious man who offers his help is strictly focused on business…at least, for now. When a body turns up dead and the next target is Lily, she must trust her powers and accept the help of her newfound friends. Otherwise, she’ll never survive the trials of the magical island tucked far, far away in the frigid waters of Lake Superior.

Welcome to The Isle.

Being a paranormal, yet still a cozy book, this one is different than the authors usual work. I’m not a huge paranormal fan, but there are a few authors whose books I enjoy, and this is one of them. 🙂 There are some crazy characters and of course some humor, and Gina didn’t leave us women without our eye candy. 😉 This is the first in a new series, and so much of the book is learning all the background and just getting to know the characters while the protagonist works her way through the mystery. It definitely leaves you with that “Can’t wait for the next book” feeling.

Today I was finally able to sit down, relax and read Hex on the Beach.. Wow loved it!! I usually don’t read that type of book but I found myself drawn into it and unable to put it down.

In this book we meet Lily Locke, a young girl who has never believed in witches and wizards, ghosts and magic, shifters and vampires. She works at a marketing agency in Minneapolis and is in line for a huge promotion. Things do not go the way she had planned, her presentation with roaring lions and all gets her fired. She heads to the Bar and from there on she is on a journey to a land she never knew existed and her biological family (that she never knew existed either). In this book you will get mystery, suspense, surprises and a little romance in the form of a tall, dark and mysterious man.

This is a great book in series that I will now follow – Gina, you rock! Can’t wait for Witchy Sour!

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Compendium: Artifacts of Lumin Book One

WINNER OF THE 2015 NATIONAL INDIE EXCELLENCE AWARD IN FANTASY!

On the heavily forested planet of Lumin, the Network has slept, dormant, for over six hundred cycles. Only a select few remember that it resides beneath the crust of the planet, waiting, and for those who remember, the battle for Lumin’s future has raged in the shadows.

When Mia Jayne’s path crosses with an ancient volume in the Archives of the Order of Vis Firmitas, this ancient battle moves from the shadows into the light. Compendium opens up a world of knowledge, and, for the first time since arriving at the Order, Mia has the key to reclaim the freedom she has lost. To do so, she must choose between her conscience and her heart. Conceived against an ailing world of fantastical beauty where long-lost technology tips the balance between extinction and survival, Mia must remember that there is always a choice, and that makes all the difference.

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Winner of the 2015 National Indie Excellence Award in Fantasy, silver medal in the 2015 Readers’ Book Awards in Fantasy, and a finalist for the Independent Author Network’s Book of the Year in the Science Fiction, Fantasy and First Novel categories.

Compendium (Artifacts of Lumin, Book 1) by Alia Luria is a one of a kind captivating story that combines incredible science fiction, adventure, drama, intrigue and suspense….It combines a one of a kind plot, a fascinating setting, fresh and memorable characters and a flawless and gripping descriptive writing style capable of pulling you from this world into a new world… – Faridah Nassozi, Readers’ Favorite, 5 stars

[D]o not start unless you are willing to read for hours on end, gripped by the racing story line and breathtaking intrigue that fills the pages. I cannot wait for the next book to come out and I hope the series continues for many more books after that. I’m bookmarking this author because I know I will fall in love with every word she writes. Wow. – Samantha Coville, Readers’ Favorite, 5 stars

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Heirs of Grace

 

Recent art school graduate Bekah thought she’d hit the jackpot: an unknown relative died, and she inherited a small fortune and a huge house in the mountains of North Carolina.

Trey Howard, the lawyer who handled the estate, is a handsome man in his twenties and they hit it off right away—and soon become more than friends. Bekah expected a pleasant year to get her head together and have a romantic fling. Problem is, the house is full of junk…and siblings she didn’t know she had are willing to kill her for it.

More important, the junk in her new house is magical, she’s surrounded by monsters, and her life seems to be in mortal peril every time she ventures into a new room. As Bekah discovers more about her mysterious benefactor and the magical world he inhabited, she’s realizes that as tough and resourceful as she is, she might just be in over her head…

Heirs of Grace is a tale of family and magic, action and wonder, blending the strong heroine, cheeky humor, and dark fantasy that have become the hallmarks of Tim Pratt’s writing.

This book was initially released in episodes as a Kindle Serial. All episodes are now available for immediate download as a complete book.

This book immediately grabbed me and off on an adventure we went! I loved it!! I really enjoyed the way the book was written and my vocabulary has grown exponentially, thanks to Mr. Pratt!! lol I love it when a book challenges me in some way, and this one proved to me that my vocabulary could definitely use some updating, no matter how well read I thought I was! Thank you, Mr. Pratt, for a wonderful journey… of life, love, and the proper pursuit and utilization of magic!!.

I found this book captivating from the first page to the last! The characters in the story were both interesting and frightening at times. Each of the characters had issues to try and work out, which kept the story interesting, and exciting. I wonder if there is a sequel? I will have to look and see…

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A Shade of Vampire

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On the evening of Sofia Claremont’s seventeenth birthday, she is sucked into a nightmare from which she cannot wake. A quiet evening walk along a beach brings her face to face with a dangerous pale creature that craves much more than her blood.She is kidnapped to The Shade, an enchanted island where the sun is eternally forbidden to shine. An island uncharted by any map and ruled by the most powerful vampire coven on the planet. She wakes here as a slave, a captive in chains.

Sofia’s life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn when she is selected out of hundreds of girls to take up residence in the tree-top harem of Derek Novak, the dark royal prince.

Despite his addiction to power and obsessive thirst for her blood, Sofia soon realizes that the safest place on the island is within his quarters, and she must do all within her power to win him over if she is to survive even one more night.

Will she succeed? Or is she destined to the same fate that all other girls have met at the hands of the Novaks?

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“I challenge you to read this book and not love it.” – Get Lost In Fiction ★★★★★

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