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Why You Need to Read: “The Bear and the Nightingale”

Winternight Trilogy, #1: The Bear and the Nightingale By: Katherine Arden Published: January 10, 2017 Genre: Fantasy/Historical Fiction/Folklore/Magic Realism/Coming-of-Age             Vasya’s head hurt with thinking. If the domovoi wasn’t real, then what about the others? The vodyanoy in the river, the twig-man in the trees? The rusalka, the polevik, the dvorovoi? Had she imagined them all? Was… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “The Bear and the Nightingale”

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Why You Need to Read: “The Name of All Things”

A Chorus of Dragons #2: The Name of All Things By: Jenn Lyons                                                                       Audiobook: 25 hours 46 minutes Published: October 29, 2019                                        Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld, Dan Genre: Fantasy                                                                                   Bittner, Lauren Fortgang                                                                    In the twentieth year of the hawk and the lion, beneath the silver sword, the sleeping beast’s prison shatters. The dragon of swords devours demon falls as… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “The Name of All Things”

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Why You Need to Read: “The Stone Sky”

The Broken Earth 3: The Stone Sky By: N.K. Jemisin Published: August 15, 2017 Genre: Science Fiction/Dystopian/Fantasy *Winner of the Hugo Award for Best Novel 2018, Winner of the Nebula Award for Best Novel 2017, Winner of the Locus Award for Best Novel 2018*             The job you “have” to do is the easier of the… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “The Stone Sky”

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Why You Need to Read: “The Shadow Saint”

The Black Iron Legacy: Book 2: The Shadow Saint By: Gareth Hanrahan Published: January 7, 2020 Genre: Fantasy, Grimdark             Ten months ago, at the height of what some call the Crisis and others the Gutter Miracle, a new city exploded into being within Guerdon, (Chapter 2).             When you read a book that becomes one of your favorite… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “The Shadow Saint”

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Why You Need to Read: “Velocity Weapon”

The Protectorate: Book 1: Velocity Weapon                           By: Megan E. O’Keefe                                        Audiobook: 18 hours 22 minutes Published: June 11, 2019                                  Narrated by: Joe Jameson Genre: Science Fiction/Space Opera I am called “The Light of Berossus,” the voice said, (Chapter 1, The Aftermath of the Battle of Dralee).  For every individual in a fandom, there is the moment, in which they were… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “Velocity Weapon”

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Why You Need to Read: “The Ruin of Kings”

A Chorus of Dragons #1: The Ruin of Kings By: Jenn Lyons                                                    Audiobook: 27 hours 22 minutes Published: February 5, 2019                          Narrated by: Feodor Chin, Vikas  Genre: Fantasy                                                               Adam, Soneela Nankani             There’s a prophecy. Actually no, it’s more like a thousand prophecies. It’s the collected rantings of a thousand people…the prophecies refer to an end time, a great cataclysm, when… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “The Ruin of Kings”

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Why You Need to Read: “Middlegame”

Middlegame By: Seanan McGuire Published: May 7, 2019 Genre: Fantasy/Science Fiction/Metaphysical             Dodger was never going to be a linguist, any more than Roger was going to be a mathematician, but they could cope, which was more than some of their fellows ever learned. They balance each other, (Variation).              Seanan McGuire is an author whose books you’ve… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “Middlegame”

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Why You Need to Read: “The Bone Ships”

The Tide Child #1: The Bone Ships By: R.J. Barker Published: September 24, 2019 Genre: Fantasy             Joron sat opposite the man who had made sure he was condemned to a ship of the dead, and, in so doing, he heard of the miracle that would make him part of a legend, (12: To All Who Serve, Comes A-Calling).             The… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “The Bone Ships”

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Why You Need to Read: "A Broken Queen"

The Nine Realms #3: A Broken Queen By: Sarah Kozloff Published: March 24, 2020 Genre: Fantasy NOTE: There are minor spoilers for the previous books in the series. You have been warned.              …sure that she was dying with her task unfulfilled, her people condemned to suffering, and the line of Nargis Queens judging her harshly, (Chapter Nine, “Aboard Island… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: "A Broken Queen"

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Why You Need to Read: “The Sword of Kaigen”

The Sword of Kaigen: A Theonite War Story By: M.L. Wang Published: February 19, 2019 Genre: Fantasy/Asian Literature/Standalone/Self-Published             When Misaki hid her sword, she nailed the floorboards down over it. It was a promise to herself. She might never be able to destroy the part of her that was aggressive and willful, but she could… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “The Sword of Kaigen”