King of Thorns by Mark Lawrence

King of Thorns Mark Lawrence

Rating: 3 Stars ★★★☆☆

I found these pages scattered, teased across the rocks by a fitful wind.



Plot

A six nation army marches toward Jorg’s gates, led by a shining hero determined to unite the empire and heal its wounds. Every omen says he will. Every good king knows to bend the knee in the face of overwhelming odds, if only to save their people and their lands. But King Jorg is not a good king.

Faced by an enemy many times his strength, Jorg knows that he cannot win a fair fight. But playing fair was never part of Jorg’s game plan…


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The Drowning Eyes by Emily Foster

The Drowning Eyes by Emily Foster

Rating 3.5 Stars ★★★☆☆

“Not in this lifetime.” Tazir snatched two of the pebbles off of the pile for the equipment budget. “Or at least not after what you pulled coming into Hanshi.”



Plot

When the Dragon Ships began to tear through the trade lanes and ravage coastal towns, the hopes of the arichipelago turned to the Windspeakers on Tash. The solemn weather-shapers with their eyes of stone can steal the breeze from raiders’ sails and save the islands from their wrath. But the Windspeakers’ magic has been stolen, and only their young apprentice Shina can bring their power back and save her people.

Tazir has seen more than her share of storms and pirates in her many years as captain, and she’s not much interested in getting involved in the affairs of Windspeakers and Dragon Ships. Shina’s caught her eye, but that might not be enough to convince the grizzled sailor to risk her ship, her crew, and her neck.


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The Young Elites by Marie Lu

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Rating: 4 Stars ★★★★☆

I’m going to die tomorrow morning.

Plot

Adalina Amouteru survived the blood fever as a child, but she has been marked ever since. Her father calls her an abomination, a malfetto, but he still hopes he might be able to use her to his advantage. Because some of the marked ones have developed strange powers. These are the Young Elites.

Enzo Valenciano is one of these Young Elites. He is also a member of the Dagger Society, a secret group determined to fight back against the Inquisition Axis and the throne.

When the two meet, Adalina hopes desperately that she can trust him, that she finally found a place where people like her for who she is and not for what she can do for them. There is a blackness in her heart she is fighting against, a thirst for vengeance and power.

If the Dagger Socienty is not who she thinks they are, she does not know what she will do then.

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Mister Monday by Garth Nix

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Rating: 4 Stars ★★★★☆

They had tried to destroy the Will, but that proved to be beyond their power.

Plot

Arthur Penhaligon is not supposed to be a hero. He is, in fact, supposed to die an early death. But then his life is saved by a key shaped like the minute hand of a clock.

Arthur is safe – but his world is not. Along with the key comes a plague brought by bizarre creatures from another realm. A stranger named Mister Monday, his avenging messengers with bloodstained wings, and an army of dog-faced Fetchers will stop at nothing to get the key back – even if it means destroying Arthur and everything around him.

Desperate, Arthur ventures into a mysterious house – a house that only he can see. It is in this house that Arthur must unravel the secrets of the key – and discover his true fate.

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The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

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Rating: 3 Stars ★★★☆☆

I like to imagine there were more of us in the beginning. Not many, I suppose. But more than there are now.



Plot

The year is 2059. Nineteen-year-old Paige Mahoney is working in the criminal underworld of Scion London, based at Seven Dials, employed by a man named Jaxon Hall. Her job: to scout for information by breaking into people’s minds. For Paige is a dreamwalker, a clairvoyant and, in the world of Scion, she commits treason simply by breathing.

It is raining the day her life changes for ever. Attacked, drugged and kidnapped, Paige is transported to Oxford – a city kept secret for two hundred years, controlled by a powerful, otherworldly race. Paige is assigned to Warden, a Rephaite with mysterious motives. He is her master. Her trainer. Her natural enemy. But if Paige wants to regain her freedom she must allow herself to be nurtured in this prison where she is meant to die.


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The Glass Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg

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Rating: 3 Stars★★★☆☆

A late summer breeze wafted through the open kitchen window, making the twenty tiny flames upon Ceony’s cake dance back and forth on their candlewicks.



Plot

It’s been only a few months since the events in The Paper Magician. Ceony is continuing her education as a paper mage and neither she nor Emery talk about her confessing her love for him while in his heart.

But then the Excisioners attack again. One of them believes Ceony holds the key to the secret of Lira’s freezing, magic never seen before. Everyone she knows and cares about is in danger. Ceony is determined to find her enemy and protect those she loves.


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Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

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Rating: 4.5 Stars ★★★★☆

How does one describe Artemis Fowl? Various psychiatrists have tried and failed.



Plot

Artemis Fowl is twelve years old and a criminal genius. His father has vanished on sea, his mother barely gets out of her room and Artemis is left to fend for himself. Determined to restore the family fortune, he has an unconventional idea: He will steal gold from faeries.

To that end, he kidnaps Holly Short and holds her for ransom. What he doesn’t count on is that she is a member of the elite LEPrecon force and her friends, including genius centaur Foaly and Commander Root, are determined to get her out of Artemis’ hands.

The whole force of the faeries is coming down on him and all Artemis has is his sharp mind and his bodyguard Butler.


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