May 6, 2021

Shadowed Steel - Heirs of Chicagoland #3

Chloe Neill
fantasy, urban fantasy

Shadowed Steel

Elisa Sullivan is the only vampire ever born, and she bears a heavy legacy. After a sojourn with the North American Central Pack of shifters in the wilderness - where she turned a young woman into a vampire to save her life - Elisa returns to Chicago.

But no good deed goes unpunished. The ruling body of vampires, the Assembly of American Masters, is furious that Elisa turned someone without their permission, and they're out for her blood. When an AAM vampire is found dead, Elisa is the prime suspect. Someone else is stalking Chicago - and Elisa. She'll need to keep a clear head, and a sharp blade, to survive all the supernatural strife.

May 6, 2021

Master Artificer - The Silent Gods #2

Justin Call
fantasy, high fantasy

Master Artificer

Annev and his friends have survived the destruction of Chaenbalu, but greater threats await them in the capital city of Luqura.

As Annev navigates the city's perilous streets, he must also evade those who seek to possess and destroy him while seeking answers to the questions that continue to haunt him: Who orchestrated the attack on his village... and why? Who is Reeve, and why did Sodar want Annev to find him? Can Annev trust him?

Most importantly, can Annev learn to control his nascent magic, and will he find a way to remove the cursed artifact now fused to his body? If so, what will it ultimately cost him?

May 5, 2021

The Wipe

Nik Abnett
science fiction

The Wipe

Nik Abnett started writing this, her second novel, on the first day the UK went into lockdown. Unfolding events sparked her imagination, causing her to wonder how drastically different society might be in the aftermath were the pandemic to really take hold...

Dharma Tuke inhabits a near future which has been skilfully reshaped by social engineering in the wake of the Deluge – a worldwide pandemic that shattered the old order. What emerged was a society where people are accustomed to walking through chemical Wipes when entering a building or even a different room, and where the role of family has been deliberately marginalised, under the ‘new normal’.

But Dharma is curious, and sets about quietly researching her past, tracing her recent ancestry in hope of finding living relatives, and discovering what life was like both before and during the Deluge. What she unwittingly uncovers will have far reaching repercussions both for herself and for the whole of society.

The story develops in two timelines as we follow Dharma’s search for her roots and also see how her recent ancestor Blythe Dole and her family cope with loving and loss in an ever-shrinking world as the Deluge takes hold and personal liberties are curtailed.

In The Wipe, Nik Abnett has produced a narrative that is sometimes touching, sometimes harrowing, but always fascinating; a tale of determination and perseverance against the odds and, ultimately, a story about the importance of family, friendship, and love.

May 4, 2021

Thrive - The Overthrow #3

Kenneth Oppel
science fiction, thriller, young adult

Thrive

The. Aliens. Are. Here. This heart-pounding conclusion to The Overthrow will leave readers gasping!

The alien invasion of Earth is imminent. But maybe not all the aliens are united. A rebel faction has reached out to Anaya, saying there's a way to stop the larger invastion - a way for humand and hybrids and cryptogens to work together. Can they be trusted? Or is this a trap?

It's not even clear if Anaya, Petra, and Seth are united - some of the hybrids think they'd be better off if the aliens won...

With everything on the line, these three teens will have to decide who they are at their core - alien or human, enemy or friend.

Kenneth Oppel gives us the page-turning, action-packed, heartbreaking conclusion to The Overthrow, the series that began with Bloom.

May 4, 2021

Ariadne

Jennifer Saint
fantasy, historical fantasy

Ariadne

A mesmerizing debut novel for fans of Madeline Miller's Circe.

Ariadne, Princess of Crete, grows up greeting the dawn from her beautiful dancing floor and listening to her nursemaid’s stories of gods and heroes. But beneath her golden palace echo the ever-present hoofbeats of her brother, the Minotaur, a monster who demands blood sacrifice every year.

When Theseus, Prince of Athens, arrives to vanquish the beast, Ariadne sees in his green eyes not a threat but an escape. Defying the gods, betraying her family and country, and risking everything for love, Ariadne helps Theseus kill the Minotaur. But will Ariadne’s decision ensure her happy ending? And what of Phaedra, the beloved little sister she leaves behind?

Hypnotic, propulsive, and utterly transporting, Jennifer Saint's Ariadne forges a new epic, outside the traditional narratives of heroism and glory that leave no room for women.

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