Kingdom of Souls – African Fantasy with flawed gods and a righteous girl

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Series: Kingdom of Souls #1

Publication date :  September 3rd 2019

Publisher : HarperTeen

Genre : Young Adult | Fantasy

Page Count: 496

Synopsis : THERE’S MAGIC IN HER BLOOD.
Arrah is a young woman from a long line of the most powerful witch doctors in the land. But she fails at magic, fails to call upon the ancestors and can’t even cast the simplest curse.
Shame and disappointment dog her.
When strange premonitions befall her family and children in the kingdom begin to disappear, Arrah undergoes the dangerous and scorned process of selling years of her life for magic. This borrowed power reveals a nightmarish betrayal and a danger beyond what she could have imagined. Now Arrah must find a way to master magic, or at least buy it, in order to save herself and everything she holds dear.
An explosive fantasy set in a world of magic and legend with a twist you will never see coming.
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Gideon the Ninth – Necromancers solve a murder mystery…in space?

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Series: The Locked Tomb #1

Publication date :  September 10th 2019

Publisher : Tor. com

Genre : Adult |Fantasy

Page Count: 448

Synopsis : She answered the Emperor’s call.
She arrived with her arts, her wits, and her only friend.
In victory, her world has turned to ash.
After rocking the cosmos with her deathly debut, Tamsyn Muir continues the story of the penumbral Ninth House in Harrow the Ninth, a mind-twisting puzzle box of mystery, murder, magic, and mayhem. Nothing is as it seems in the halls of the Emperor, and the fate of the galaxy rests on one woman’s shoulders. Continue reading

Guest Post: Rena Barron’s Road to Publication

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Today I’m so very excited to have on the blog the author of one of my most anticipated releases of 2019 and that’s none other than Rena Barron, the author of African fantasy KINGDOM OF SOULS. And she’s here today with a post opening up about her journey towards being a published author. And let me tell you, I loved how candid and real this post is, and I’m honored to be sharing it with the rest of you. So enough from me, because that’s NOT what you’re here for and let’s get on with the actual post. Continue reading

Middlegame – A brilliantly crafted story of love, rage and power

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Publication date :  May 7th, 2019

Publisher : Tor.com Publishing

Genre : Adult | Fantasy

Page Count: 528

Synopsis : Meet Roger. Skilled with words, languages come easily to him. He instinctively understands how the world works through the power of story.
Meet Dodger, his twin. Numbers are her world, her obsession, her everything. All she understands, she does so through the power of math.
Roger and Dodger aren’t exactly human, though they don’t realise it. They aren’t exactly gods, either. Not entirely. Not yet.
Meet Reed, skilled in the alchemical arts like his progenitor before him. Reed created Dodger and her brother. He’s not their father. Not quite. But he has a plan: to raise the twins to the highest power, to ascend with them and claim their authority as his own.

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We hunt the Flame – Characters to die for in an ancient Arabia inspired world

We Hunt the Flame

Series: Sands of Arawiya #1

Publication date :  May 14th, 2019

Publisher : Farrar Straus & Girroux| Macmillan

Genre : Young Adult | Fantasy

Page Count: 480

Synopsis : People lived because she killed.
People died because he lived.

Zafira is the Hunter, disguising herself as a man when she braves the cursed forest of the Arz to feed her people. Nasir is the Prince of Death, assassinating those foolish enough to defy his autocratic father, the king. If Zafira was exposed as a girl, all of her achievements would be rejected; if Nasir displayed his compassion, his father would punish him in the most brutal of ways.
Both are legends in the kingdom of Arawiya—but neither wants to be.
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The Fever King – Identity, Trauma & Moral ambiguity in a thrilling story

The Fever King

Series: Feverwake #1

Publication date : March 1st, 2019

Publisher : Skyscape | Amazon Publishing

Genre : Young Adult | Fantasy

Page Count: 375

Synopsis : In the former United States, sixteen-year-old Noam Álvaro wakes up in a hospital bed, the sole survivor of the viral magic that killed his family and made him a technopath. His ability to control technology attracts the attention of the minister of defense and thrusts him into the magical elite of the nation of Carolinia.

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Girls of Paper and Fire – Sapphics taking down a corrupt system

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Series: Girls of Paper and Fire #1

Publication date : November 6th, 2018

Publisher : Jimmy Patterson Books

Genre : Young Adult | Fantasy

Page Count: 400

Synopsis : Each year, eight beautiful girls are chosen as Paper Girls to serve the king. It’s the highest honor they could hope for…and the most cruel.
But this year, there’s a ninth girl. And instead of paper, she’s made of fire.

In this lush fantasy, Lei is a member of the Paper caste, the lowest and most oppressed class in Ikhara. She lives in a remote village with her father, where the decade-old trauma of watching her mother snatched by royal guards still haunts her. Now, the guards are back, and this time it’s Lei they’re after–the girl whose golden eyes have piqued the king’s interest. Continue reading

Descendant of the Crane – The ending. The twists. My deep denial.

Descendant of the Crane

Series: Descendant of the Crane #1

Publication date : March 19th, 2019

Publisher : Albert Whitman & Co

Genre : Young Adult | Fantasy

Page Count: 416

Synopsis : Princess Hesina of Yan has always been eager to shirk the responsibilities of the crown, dreaming of an unremarkable life. But when her beloved father is found dead, she’s thrust into power, suddenly the queen of a surprisingly unstable kingdom. What’s more, Hesina believes that her father was murdered—and that the killer is someone close to her.
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Shadow and Bone – Enjoyable but lacking in a lot of ways

Shadow and Bone

Series: The Shadow and Bone trilogy #1

Publication date : June 5th, 2012

Publisher : Henry Holt & Co | Macmillan

Genre : Young Adult | Fantasy

Page Count: 369

Synopsis : Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.
Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.
Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha . . . and the secrets of her heart. (From Goodreads)

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The Kingdom of Copper – How do I move on with my life?

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Series : The Daevabad Trilogy #2

Publication date : January 22nd, 2018goodreads

Publisher : Harper Voyager

Genre : Adult | Fantasy

Page Count: 608

Synopsis :  Nahri’s life changed forever the moment she accidentally summoned Dara, a formidable, mysterious djinn, during one of her schemes. Whisked from her home in Cairo, she was thrust into the dazzling royal court of Daevabad—and quickly discovered she would need all her grifter instincts to survive there.
Now, with Daevabad entrenched in the dark aftermath of a devastating battle, Nahri must forge a new path for herself. But even as she embraces her heritage and the power it holds, she knows she’s been trapped in a gilded cage, watched by a king who rules from the throne that once belonged to her family—and one misstep will doom her tribe.. Continue reading