Fantasy

Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

In the thrilling conclusion to the Grisha trilogy, Leigh Bardugo has outdone herself again. We left Alina, the Sun Summoner, in a dark underworld ruled by the Apparats where there is no way she can summon the sun to give herself and those around her the sun’s power.  Yet her people still worship her in her weakened state as a Saint, renowned for her ability to capture the sun’s energy as a holy force. Her best friend Mal concocts a plan to free Alina from her dark prison and strategizes how to free Ravka from the grip of the Darkling.

Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd

“Home isn’t just a house or a city or a place.”  After being constantly on the move for the last five years, Felicity has finally made a friend and wishes more than anything that her wandering mother will let them stay in Midnight Gulch, a town that was once considered magical.  When she participates in the town Duel (a talent contest), everyone’s luck changes and perhaps the magic has returned after all.

The Emperor’s Blades by Brian Staveley

This gritty and excellently written fantasy novel follows three siblings of the recently slain emperor of Annur. His daughter and two sons, scattered across the world, do what they must to stay alive and unmask the assassins. This is fantasy at its best, with great character development, plot, and world building. After the twist at the end of this book, I can't wait for the next one!

 

SF/F STAVELEY, B.  

Maleficent by Elizabeth Runick

And her name was Maleficent…   This is actually the thinly-veiled story of Sleeping Beauty told from Maleficent’s point of view.  Beginning with her idyllic childhood in the Moors, this story continues with her crush on Stefan and how he becomes king by betraying her, and then the curse she puts on his child, Aurora.

Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

The second book in the Grisha trilogy, Siege and Storm finds Alina and Mal on a ship and on the run from the Darkling. It’s hard to keep her identity secret as they attempt to hide in a foreign land, but it’s not long before the Darkling reappears with a frightening new power. With help from an untrustworthy pioneer, Alina decides to return to Ravka and fight for her country. She struggles to be true to who she is as her power grows. Will she be truly alone with her power or will she sacrifice everything to save her country and those she loves?

Sea of Shadows by Kelley Armstrong

In the first book in the Age of Legends fantasy trilogy, Armstrong introduces twin sisters Ashyn and Moria, who are the Seeker and Keeper of the town of Edgewood. Living next to the Forest of the Dead, a place where no living thing should be able to survive, they are tasked with protecting the town and putting angry spirits in the forest to rest. When an annual ritual is interrupted by murderous, legendary creatures, everyone in their entire town is slaughtered except for the children, and Ashyn and Moria become separated.

The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas

In a mad attempt to save a batch of light elixir, novice mage Iolanthe Seabourne calls down a bolt of lightning and is thrown headfirst into fulfilling a prophecy that will pit her against some of the most powerful figures in the country. Helping her is Prince Titus of Elberon, who has sworn to protect her and his country. ~Debra Wischmeyer

Call Number: Teen Fiction THOMAS, S.

Wild Born by Brandon Mull

The children of Erdas are required to drink Nectar when they turn eleven to see if they will become one of the few to have a spirit animal.  Four children are about to discover that they each have spirit animal bonds which are rare links between human and animal that give great powers to both.  Conor, an indentured servant, calls Briggan the wolf.  Abeke, the young warrior, calls Uraza the leopard.  Jhi the panda comes to Meilin, the daughter of a general, and Rollan, an orphan from the streets, calls Essix the falcon.

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

Since she was young, Nyx has always known she was destined to marry the Dark Lord who has enslaved her kingdom. Her father has been preparing her for this match for many years, and while her destiny is marriage, the prophecy states that she will be the one to kill him, if he doesn’t kill her first. Nyx rails against the unfairness of the prophecy, as it was her father who bonded her and not her angelic twin sister to the Dark Lord, and yet her fierce determination will be what is needed to defeat him in the end. Or is the Dark Lord not what he seems?

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