Fantasy

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The Way of Kings

Brandon Sanderson
5
Rated by
Megan K.
Wednesday, Mar 4, 2020

Elantris

Elantris

Brandon Sanderson
4
Rated by
Anne G
Friday, Feb 21, 2020

I was a little worried when I started this fantasy fiction that I would not like it. I did have a hard time getting into this, especially when it came to the bad religion. Elantris has several reviews out there that say it is Sanderson's worst work or that it is slow and rough and less polished than his other books, but I did not find that to be the case at all with this dramatic tone. It is very slow and the main character is more of a politician than I am usually used to, although when court intrigue is so imp

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The Gravity of Us

Phil Stamper
5
Tuesday, Feb 4, 2020

If you like romance, space, and getting back at greedy T.V. companies while saving NASA- this story is for you. The protagonist is witty, sarcastic, and likable, the side characters complex, and the plot is compelling. What more could you want? Stamper creates a story that revolves around very human experiences: the compulsion to fix what you love (even if it’s not your job), the rush of young love, sticking up for yourself and others in the face of opposition, and a love of space travel. Hard to imagine a better book.

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Crown of Coral and Pearl

Mara Rutherford
4
Monday, Jan 13, 2020

Once a generation in the aquatic village of Varenia, when the prince of Ilara-a nearby kindgom-comes of age, the most beautiful girl of age is chosen to marry the prince. Nor and Zadie, two twins, and the most beautiful girls in Varenia, have been hounded by their mother for their entire lives to maintain their beauty, as she does not want to pass up the chance to have a princess as a daughter. Due to an accident years prior to this "choosing," Nor saves Zadie's life in an accident and receives a small scar, and her hopes of setting foot on land are destroyed... Until Zadie is injured,...

Hand of Glory

Middlegame

Seanan McGuire
4
Rated by
Heather C
Wednesday, Dec 18, 2019

I am not one that is normally drawn to the fantasy genre. I mean, sure, I read all of the Harry Potter books (because they were fantastic!). I am a huge fan of the Xanth series and don't even get me started with the Incarnations of Immortality series (if you haven't read that series, I highly highly recommend it) but I find myself drawn more to thrillers or mysteries or anythi

The Secret Hour (Midnighters Book #1)

The Secret Hour

Scott Westerfeld
4
Rated by
Anne G
Friday, Feb 21, 2020

The Secret Hour has a very imaginative paranormal premise, and it was enjoyable to read; I finished this book for reluctant readers in two sittings. I love the idea of a hidden hour after midnight where only a select few can visit, and the continuing threads of mystery and “what’s going on?” kept me reading this urban fantasy. The characters are not all best buddies, but are unique individuals with their own motivations which are shown in the fast pace.

Trickster's Choice

Trickster's Choice

Tamora Pierce
5
Rated by
Anne G
Wednesday, Dec 11, 2019

I previously read Trickster's Choice with courageous teenage girls a little over a decade ago, and I wanted to revisit it. I had forgotten just how easy it is to get drawn into Aly’s adventures which cause her to become a slave as a girl, and I am so glad to have revisited because it was similar to visiting with an old friend. This is the story of Alianne Cooper, who wants to be a girl spy, and is the daughter of Spymaster Cooper and the famous Lioness of Tortall and champion of the throne. Certainly Tamora Pier

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Stormrise

Jillian Boehme
4
Monday, Dec 9, 2019

Not unlike Disney's "Mulan", Rain, daughter of a Neshu grandmaster and a Neshu fighter herself, is unwilling to let her twin brother and father leave to fight in the war. Especially because when she'd been little, she and her brother had fallen sick, and Rain was accidentally given the medicine reserved for the family's only son- leaving her brother with slight cognitive scars. Certain that her brother won't return from the battlefield, Rain disguises herself as a man and goes in his place, making every move to remain undiscovered including taking a powder to hide her monthly bleed. Many...

A young woman dressed in all black sneaking around a high story of a palace

The Assassins of Tamurin

S. D. Tower
4
Rated by
Anne G
Friday, Nov 1, 2019

The Assassins of Tamurin is on my top ten favorite adult books for young adults list. I read this Asian-influenced fantasy for the first time nearly 15 years ago, and I have probably read it at least that many times since. The Canadian author made me fall in love with the characters, even the characters I think I hate. Everyone in this fantasy fiction is detailed, alive, and real.

Three Hands for Scorpio

Three Hands for Scorpio

Andre Norton
4
Rated by
Anne G
Friday, Feb 21, 2020

Three Hands for Scorpio is the last adult book for young adults of Lifetime Grand Master of Fantasy, Andre Norton, who passed away on March 17, 2005 after a long and extremely fruitful career. Her magically detailed world-building skills, upright, against-all-odds characters, and fast pace will be sorely missed. Tor rushed a copy of this book of women-of-steel into print, so that the 93-year-old author could see it before she died. It is the last manuscript she penned alone, and has an action-packed storyline.

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