Synopsis: Sharakhai, the great city of the desert, center of commerce and culture, has been ruled from time immemorial by twelve kings—cruel, ruthless, powerful, and immortal. With their army of Silver Spears, their elite company of Blade Maidens, and their holy defenders, the terrifying Asirim, the Kings uphold their positions as undisputed, invincible lords of the desert. There is no hope of freedom for any under their rule.
Or so it seems, until Çeda, a brave young woman from the west end slums, defies the Kings’ laws by going outside on the holy night of Beht Zha’ir. What she learns that night sets her on a path that winds through both the terrible truths of the Kings’ mysterious history and the hidden riddles of her own heritage. Together, these secrets could finally break the iron grip of the Kings’ power…if the nigh-omnipotent Kings don’t find her first.
I don’t know how I found this book. It was on my to-read list and the library happened to have a copy.
Continue reading “Twelve Kings in Sharakai by Bradley Beaulieu”
Spoilers for anyone who hasn’t seen the movie. Though really that’s kind of ridiculous if you watch movies, seriously hands up if you’ve seen this movie, see, all of you, thank you.
Continue reading “The Nightmare Before Christmas Written and Illustrated by Tim Burton”
Cover Illustration by Kerby Rosanes.
Synopsis: Be advised the pages in your hands speak of a girl who was to murder as maestros are to music. A girl some called Pale Daughter. Or Kingmaker. Or Crow. A killer of killers, whose tally of endings only the goddess and I truly know.
Destined to destroy empires, Mia Corvere is only ten years old when she is given her first lesson in death. Six years later, the child raised in shadows takes her first steps towards keeping the promise she made on the day that she lost everything. But the chance to strike against such powerful enemies will be fleeting, so if she is to have her revenge, Mia must become a weapon without equal. She must prove herself against the deadliest of friends and enemies, and survive the tutelage of murderers, liars and daemons at the heart of a murderous cult. The Red Church is no ordinary school, but Mia is no ordinary student. The shadows love her. And they drink her fear.
Another random pick from the library.
Continue reading “Nevernight by Jay Kristoff”
Synopsis: Using a revolutionary technology, small collectives can merge their minds to become permanent “joins,” groups of human beings who share one mind and multiple bodies. Join expands human awareness and enriches life experience – but at what cost? Two Joins, Chance and Leap – a join of five individuals and of four, respectively – encounter a terrifying malfunction in the Join technology and find that the light of this miraculous discovery may be blinding them to its horrors. Their search for answers leads them to the heart of North America, where joins who can effectively live forever have long neglected their home’s rampant environmental poisoning and devastation. As Chance and Leap come face to face with the new technology’s architects, their trust in each other becomes their only guide through the moral hazards of a society in which individual identity has come undone.
Yes, it’s sci-fi. In my defence it was mislabelled as a fantasy book.
Continue reading “Join by Steve Toutonghi”
Synopsis: Ashok Vadal has been chosen by a powerful ancient weapon to be its bearer. He is a Protector, the elite militant order of roving law enforcers. No one is more merciless in rooting out those who secretly practice the old ways. Everything is black or white, good or evil, until he discovers his entire life is a fraud. Ashok isn’t who he thinks he is, and when he finds himself on the wrong side of the law, the consequences lead to rebellion, war – and destruction.
Another random pick.
Continue reading “Son of the Black Sword by Larry Correia”
Synopsis: Sparhawk, Pandion Knight and Queen’s Champion, returns to Elenia from a long spell of exile to find his young Queen grievously ill and his native land overrun with evil and intrigue. Queen Ehlana can be kept alive, magically encased within a block of crystal for one year. But the cost is tragically high. Unless Sparhawk and his allies can find a cure, the Pandion Knights must one by one enter the House of the Dead in order to preserve the Queen on her Diamond Throne.
Continue reading “The Diamond Throne by David Eddings (and Leigh Eddings)”
Synopsis: Audrey’s father taught her that to stay human in the modern world, she had to build a moat around herself; a moat of books and music, philosophy and dreams. A moat that makes Audrey different from the echoes: sophisticated, emotionless machines, built to resemble humans and to work for human masters. Daniel is an echo – but he’s not like the others. He feels a connection with Audrey; a feeling Daniel knows he was never designed to have, and cannot explain. And when Audrey is placed in terrible danger, he’s determined to save her.
I picked this up on the recommendation of one of the librarians. Continue reading “Echo Boy by Matt Haig”