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Reading Ideas: Beneath the Twisted Trees, by Bradley P. Beaulieu (2019).

This is the fourth book in the Song of Shattered Sands series. Looks interesting ๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ“–๐Ÿ‘โญ๏ธ๐Ÿ’ก

Book Synopsis

ร‡eda was an elite warrior in service to the kings of Sharakhai. She has been an assassin in dark places. A weapon poised to strike from the shadows. A voice from the darkness, striving to free her people.

No longer.

Now she’s going to lead.

The age of the Kings is coming to an end . . .

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Reading Ideas: Jade War, by Fonda Lee (2019).

Jade War is the second book of the Green Bone Saga, an epic trilogy about family, honour and those who live and die by the ancient laws of blood and jade.

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On the island of Kekon, the Kaul family is locked in a violent feud for control of the capital city and the supply of magical jade that endows trained Green Bone warriors with supernatural powers they alone have possessed for hundreds of years. 

Beyond Kekon’s borders, war is brewing. Powerful foreign governments and mercenary criminal kingpins alike turn their eyes on the island nation. Jade, Kekon’s most prized resource, could make them rich – or give them the edge they’d need to topple their rivals. 

Faced with threats on all sides, the Kaul family is forced to form new and dangerous alliances, confront enemies in the darkest streets and the tallest office towers, and put honor aside in order to do whatever it takes to ensure their own survival – and that of all the Green Bones of Kekon.

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Book Ideas: Crowfall, by Ed McDonald (2019).

There has been a lot of talk about this book on social media. Something to take a closer look at and add to my unending #mustread list!

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Book Synopsis

A sorcerous cataclysm has hit the Range, the final defensive line between the Republic and the immortal Deep Kings. 

Tormenting red rains sweep the land, new monstrosities feed on fear in the darkness, and the power of the Nameless, the gods who protect the Republic, lies broken. The Blackwing captains who serve them are being picked off one by one, and even immortals have learned what it means to die. Meanwhile the Deep Kings have only grown stronger, and are poised to deliver a blow that will finally end the war. 

Ryhalt Galharrow stands apart from it all.

He has been deeper into the wasteland known as the Misery than ever before. It has grown within him – changed him – but all power comes with a price, and now the ghosts of his past, formerly confined to the Misery, walk with him everywhere.

They will even follow him, and the few surviving Blackwing captains, on one final mission into the darkness.

You think you know Misery? You’ve not seen anything yet . 

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Reading for Fun: Howling Dark, Christopher Ruocchio (2019).

Another great cover. This book looks as though it could be quite interesting with both a space and fantasy feel to it. From what I can tell this book would be worth checking out.

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Hadrian Marlowe is lost. 

For half a century, he has searched the farther suns for the lost planet of Vorgossos, hoping to find a way to contact the elusive alien Cielcin. He has not succeeded, and for years has wandered among the barbarian Normans as captain of a band of mercenaries.

Determined to make peace and bring an end to nearly four hundred years of war, Hadrian must venture beyond the security of the Sollan Empire and among the Extrasolarians who dwell between the stars. There, he will face not only the aliens he has come to offer peace, but contend with creatures that once were human, with traitors in his midst, and with a meeting that will bring him face to face with no less than the oldest enemy of mankind.

If he succeeds, he will usher in a peace unlike any in recorded history. If he fails…the galaxy will burn.

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Book Reccomendations: Dragon Slayer, by Duncan M. Hamilton (2019).

Sure to be an excellent read from a terrific fantasy novelist. Described as a fun adventure in a fantastic fantasy setting.

Book Synopsis

With the dragons believed dead, the kingdom had no more need for dragonslayers. 

Drunk, disgraced, and all but forgotten, Guillot has long since left his days of heroism behind him.

As forgotten places are disturbed in the quest for power, and things long dormant awaken, the kingdom finds itself in need of a dragonslayer once again, and Guillot is the only one left…

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Reading Ideas: Wanderers, Wendig Chuck (2019).

This is a great cover. Combined with the intrigueing description could be worth checking out ๐Ÿ“–๐Ÿ‘€๐Ÿ‘โค๏ธ๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ’ก

Book Synopsis

Shana wakes up one morning to discover her little sister in the grip of a strange malady. She appears to be sleepwalking. She cannot talk and cannot be woken up. And she is heading with inexorable determination to a destination that only she knows. But Shana and are sister are not alone. Soon they are joined by a flock of sleepwalkers from across America, on the same mysterious journey. And like Shana, there are other “shepherds” who follow the flock to protect their friends and family on the long dark road ahead.

For on their journey, they will discover an America convulsed with terror and violence, where this apocalyptic epidemic proves less dangerous than the fear of it. As the rest of society collapses all around them-and an ultraviolent militia threatens to exterminate them-the fate of the sleepwalkers depends on unraveling the mystery behind the epidemic. The terrifying secret will either tear the nation apart-or bring the survivors together to remake a shattered world.

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Book Suggestions: The Tigerโ€™s Daughter, by K. Arsenal to Rivera (2017).

Praised by many, this book is set to be a page turner ๐Ÿ“šโญ๏ธ๐Ÿ“–โค๏ธ๐Ÿ‘€๐Ÿ’ก

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Even gods can be slain

The Hokkaran empire has conquered every land within their bold reachโ€”but failed to notice a lurking darkness festering within the people. Now, their border walls begin to crumble, and villages fall to demons swarming out of the forests.

Away on the silver steppes, the remaining tribes of nomadic Qorin retreat and protect their own, having bartered a treaty with the empire, exchanging inheritance through the dynasties. It is up to two young warriors, raised together across borders since their prophesied birth, to save the world from the encroaching demons.

This is the story of an infamous Qorin warrior, Barsalayaa Shefali, a spoiled divine warrior empress, O Shizuka, and a power that can reach through time and space to save a land from a truly insidious evil.

A crack in the wall heralds the endโ€ฆtwo goddesses arm themselvesโ€ฆK Arsenault Rivera’s The Tigerโ€™s Daughter is an adventure for the ages.

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Reading Suggestions – The Girl Who Could Move Sh*t With Her Mind, by Jackson Ford (2019).

She’s got 24 hours to clear her name, and it’s not just her life at stake ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ‘Œ๐ŸŒŸ๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ‘€๐Ÿ”ฅ

Most definitely worth a second glance. I think the title really got me at first glance.

Book Synopsis

FOR TEAGAN FROST, SH*T JUST GOT REAL.

Teagan Frost is having a hard time keeping it together. Sure, she’s got telekinetic powers – a skill that the government is all too happy to make use of, sending her on secret break-in missions that no ordinary human could carry out. But all she really wants to do is kick back, have a beer, and pretend she’s normal for once.

But then a body turns up at the site of her last job – murdered in a way that only someone like Teagan could have pulled off. She’s got 24 hours to clear her name – and it’s not just her life at stake. If she can’t unravel the conspiracy in time, her hometown of Los Angeles will be in the crosshairs of an underground battle that’s on the brink of exploding . . . 

Full of imagination, wit and random sh*t flying through the air, this insane adventure from an irreverent new voice will blow your tiny mind.

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Book Recommendations – The Affair of the Mysterious Letters, by Alexis Hall (2019).

This book has been described as both witty and weird! Lovers of Sherlock Holmes are said to find a great new twist on some beloved characters.

Book Synopsis

Upon returning to the city of Khelathra-Ven after five years fighting a war in another universe, Captain John Wyndham finds himself looking for somewhere to live, and expediency forces him to take lodgings at 221b Martyrs Walk. His new housemate is Ms. Shaharazad Haas, a consulting sorceress of mercurial temperament and dark reputation.

When Ms. Haas is enlisted to solve a case of blackmail against one of her former lovers, Miss Eirene Viola, Captain Wyndham is drawn into a mystery that leads him from the salons of the literary set to the drowned back-alleys of Ven and even to a prison cell in lost Carcosa. Along the way he is beset by criminals, menaced by pirates, molested by vampires, almost devoured by mad gods, and called upon to punch a shark.

But the further the companions go in pursuit of the elusive blackmailer, the more impossible the case appears. Then again, in Khelathra-Ven reality is flexible, and the impossible is Ms. Haas’ stock-in-trade.

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Book Recommendations – The Chosen, by Tarzan Matharu (2019).

Cade must prepare for battle, because hiding is not an option. This sounds like it will be amazingly full of adventure.

Book Synopsis

n a world far from our own, where enemies come in many forms, the ultimate battle for survival is about to begin … An epic new trilogy from the bestselling author of the Summoner series.

CADE CARTER IS LOST

Convicted of a crime he didn’t commit, Cade is facing a year in reform school when he finds himself suddenly transported to another realm.

BUT THIS NEW WORLD IS NO ESCAPE

Populated by bloodthirsty prehistoric creatures and fierce warriors, Cade’s surroundings are full of danger. Along with his fellow students, Cade is forced to become a contender in a deadly game of the highest stakes, controlled by invisible overlords.

Who are these brutal rulers, and why did they choose Cade? Before he can find answers, Cade must get ready to fight …

BECAUSE IN THIS GAME, FAILURE IS NOT AN OPTION

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