Sisterhood is survival. Enter a world of rollicking seas and bloody conflict, where Caledonia Styx and her brave crew sail on the Mors Navis in search of freedom. The Net is controlled by a brutal warlord who captures young men and women, forcing them into his service, and after having her family stolen from her by his army of Bullets, Caledonia not only wants peace - she wants revenge. When a boy from Aric Athair's fleet ends up on her ship, she is faced with a choice: protect her sisters, her crew, and throw him overboard, or use the knowledge he offers her to take the warlord down. Natalie C. Parker's Seafire is captivating from page one. It takes you from invigorating battles, filled with fire and fury, to tender and poignant scenes between Caledonia and her crew, all of it painted upon a backdrop of vivid worldbuilding. If you enjoy tales of pirates, high-stakes adventures on the high seas, and girl gangs, then you'll love Seafire!
Buttercup and Westley have an epic love, one that will go down in history. That's what they think, of course, until Westley sails off to seek his fortune and his ship is attacked by the Dread Pirate Roberts, who notoriously leaves no survivors. Buttercup is forced to accept the marriage proposal of Prince Humperdinck, who ruthlessly plots her murder in order to start a war between the kingdom of Florin and its longtime-enemy Guilder. This book is a swashbuckling, riotous, and hilarious ride from beginning to end. If you liked the movie, you'll love the book! Written by the screenwriter of the film, The Princess Bride brings you into the minds of all your favorite characters and gives you even more reasons to love them. Pick it up for a good laugh or even for a not-so-serious examination of the definition of true love and all that comes with it.
Alanna of Trebond only wants one thing: to become a knight. But in the kingdom of Tortall, only boys can become knights, while girls are expected to become fine, well-mannered ladies. So when she gets the chance, Alanna switches places with her twin brother, disguises herself as a boy, and rides to the capital to become a squire. The Song of the Lionesss follows Alanna on her quest for knighthood as she navigates the dangers of court politics, the comlexities of growing up, and the difficulties of proving herself worthy of becoming a knight of the realm. Filled with colorful characters and plenty of twists and turns, this is a heroine's journey that you will want to visit again and again.
How would you live if your destiny was determined by the stars that hung in the sky on the night of your birth? In this stunning retelling of King Lear, Tessa Gratton pulls you headlong into a world of stars and roots, where magic is found in the whispers of the trees and the prophecies hurled down from the distant stars above. Follow the daughters of King Lear as they fight, plot, and vie for the throne as their father begins to lose his mind and the island they love is thrown into chaos. Will their sisterhood be enough to keep the island from collapsing beneath them, or will old secrets, old loves, and old enemies make peace impossible? This book was filled with breathtaking magic and heartrending relationships, and I didn't want to put it down! If you're a fan of epic fantasy, or perhaps Shakespeare, this absolutely is the book for you.
It starts with a small group of smugglers getting caught in the Unknown Regions, and ends with a battle to preserve the fringes of a galaxy that doesn't even know that it's in deadly danger, and it all centers on one, iconic character: Thrawn. Have you ever wondered where Thrawn came from, or if he was always a mastermind in the employ of the Empire? This book introduces new characters from the Star Wars universe that you're bound to love, while also giving you a glimpse into the time before the Clone Wars and before Thrawn even knew of the Galactic Republic. If you've never delved into the extended Star Wars universe, I recommend you give Outbound Flight a shot!
V.E. Schwab's Shades of Magic Trilogy is a must-read for lovers of the magical and mysterious! Get pulled into the world of Kell - a world of magic, woven with wonder and horror and beauty and intrigue - and then get pulled into another, and another! Kell lives in London, but it isn't the London we're familiar with. It's an alternate world, one of four, and Kell is one of the few who are able to hop between them all. When he's drawn into a plot that might destroy not only his world, but all the others, he'll have to use all of his magic, as well as the help of a dagger-wielding pickpocket named Lila Bard, to survive and save all he loves. Reading this trilogy was like jumping through one of Kell's portals - I couldn't help but get lost in the rich worldbuilding and incredible cast of characters.
What if you were able to gain extraordinary abilities? Would that turn you into a hero - or a villain? Vicious might seem like a familiar story about great power and great responsibility, but its twists and turns take you to a far darker place. Victor and Eli begin as friends, roommates, and partners in a science experiment that will change both of their lives forever. As bonds fracture and grudges form, who will survive? With characters that are sure to spook you, enthrall you, and make you question where evil ends and good begins, Vicious keeps you hooked from the very beginning.
Taking place in Kuala Lumpur during the deadly race riots of May 1969, The Weight of Our Sky is the harrowing tale of a young girl who is trying desperately to be reuinted with her mother. Mel is an ordinary sixteen-year-old - she loves The Beatles, going to the movies with her best friend, and is chiefly concerned with helping her mother and doing well in school. But Mel also has a secret: she is being haunted by a djinn who plagues her with images of death and destruction and who can only be placated if she performs an elaborate counting ritual. When violence breaks out and separates her from her family, Mel must survive long enough to make it back home. This book tackles some intense subject matter: racism, OCD, family, bravery, and sacrifice. Hanna Alkaf does a masteful job in writin gwith compassion, from the visceral, heart-pounding action to her beautiful and haunting prose thatwill move you to tears. Pick up this book and join Mel as she discovers her own bravery on her journey home!
Join Joan of Arc in her final hours as she contemplates the events that brought her to such an untimely and unjust end through the spellbinding poetry of David Elliot! Joan weaves her story through rhyme and meter, captivating you and pulling you into her mind and the minds of those she came across and touched on her quest to save France. This book is absolutely perfect for those fascinated by Joan of Arc's legacy, and those who love inventive re-imaginings of classic figures. Pick it up and let Joan speak to you from across the centuries!
Hesina never wanted to be queen. But when her father, the king, is murdered, she is thrust into power, forced to lead an unstable kingdom that is on the brink of war with its neighbor. As she tries to find justice for her father, she must confront forbidden magic, devastating secrets, and lies that are centuries old. Will she be able to save the people she loves as well as the kingdom? Or must she sacrifice one for the other? With entrancing prose, surprising twists, and memorable characters, this book will capture your imagination as it pulls you deep into the realms of court politics and scheming officials, family secrets and budding love. Even after you read the final page, the beginning of Hesina's journey and her indomitable spirit will stay with you long after.
The time of the Emirate of Granada - the last Muslim kingdom on the Iberian Peninsula - is running short. The forces of Ferdinand and Isabella of Christian Spain are closing in, and agents of the Spanish Inquisition aren't far behind. For Fatima, the sultan's favorite concubine, life outside the palace grounds is unfathomable. But for her best friend, Hassan, the palace mapmaker, who has an uncanny ability to create detailed maps of places he's never been, staying put could be lethal. For love, they will brave the oustide world and all its dangers, and with the help of some magic, jinn, and unexpected allies, they will fight for a place too cal their own. From the author of celebrated Ms. Marvel comics, this is a beautiful tale of faith, love, and sacrifice!