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Whether it's a galaxy far, far away, or a sprawling kingdom that's a little bit closer to home, Kylie loves stories from any genre with memorable characters, high stakes, and prose that keeps you reading late into the night. 

 

 


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The Bird King Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780802129031
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Grove Press - March 12th, 2019

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!


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Spin the Dawn (The Blood of Stars #1) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780525646990
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - July 9th, 2019

Maia Tamarin has only one dream - to become the Imperial Tailor. She is skilled enough, and determined enough, but only men can be chosen. So instead she spends her days makin gsure that her father's shop stays afloat, even after her brothers leave to fight in the Emperor's war. When the war is over and a summons for a tailor comes from the Imperial Palace, Maia must answer the call, disguised as her brother, to save her family. Maia must navigate the pitfalls of palace politics, all while discover the magic she holds within and coming under the watchful eye of the Emperor's mysterious Lord Enchanter. When she is given an impossible task, one that will make or break the fragile, newfound peace of her country, will she find the strength she needs to see it through? Or will she lose the people and the work she has grown to love? Enchanting and heartbreaking, this is the beginning fo a fantasy tale that will leave you breathless and sweep you into a magical world, with an inspiring heroine that you're sure to root for. 


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Descendant of the Crane Cover Image
By Joan He
$17.99
ISBN: 9780807515518
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Published: AW Teen - April 9th, 2019

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. 


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Alanna: The First Adventure (Song of the Lioness #1) Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9781442426412
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - December 7th, 2010

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. 


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The Queens of Innis Lear Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780765392466
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Published: Tor Books - March 27th, 2018

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. 


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We Hunt the Flame (Sands of Arawiya #1) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780374311544
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - May 14th, 2019

There is a curse on the land - magic has dwindled to little more than a vague memory and the Arz, a ravenous forest, is devouring Arawiya. Zafira is the only person capable of hunting in the Arz without being killed or driven mad, and soon she is swept away on a quest to find a magical artifact that will save Arawiya from being destroyed. But to do so, she must team up with a motley crew with conflicting loyalties. In her spellbinding debut, Hafsah Faizal waves the beginning of an epic fantasy inspired by ancient Arabia, filled with magic, romance, adventure, and twists and turns that will keep you guessin gon each turn of the page! 


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Outbound Flight: Star Wars Legends (Star Wars - Legends) Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780345456847
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Published: Del Rey - January 30th, 2007

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! 


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The Princess Bride: An Illustrated Edition of S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780544173767
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - November 5th, 2013

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.


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A Darker Shade of Magic: A Novel (Shades of Magic #1) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780765376466
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Published: Tor Books - January 19th, 2016

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. 


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Vicious (Villains #1) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250183507
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Published: Tor Books - May 29th, 2018

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.


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The Weight of Our Sky Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781534426085
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Published: Salaam Reads / Simon & Schuster Books for You - February 5th, 2019

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! 


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Voices: The Final Hours of Joan of Arc Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781328987594
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - March 26th, 2019

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! 


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Seafire Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780451478825
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Razorbill - June 11th, 2019

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! 


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The City of Brass: A Novel (The Daevabad Trilogy) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062678119
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Published: Harper Voyager - July 3rd, 2018

For Nahri, a con artist on the streets of Cairo, life is far from magical - most of what she earns (or steals) goes towards survival and her seeming impossible dream of journeying to Istanbul to train and become a doctor. When she accidentally summons Dara, a centuries-old djinn warrior, during one of her cons, life gets ... complicated. Journey with Nahri to the distant city of Daevabad, the locus of djinn politics, culture, and magic. Intrigue and betrayal, secrets and usurped dynasties all await in its streets. The City of Brass is the first chapter in an epic adventure, effortlessly weaving a spellbinding tale of a young woman discovering who she was born to be.  - Kylie


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The Poppy War: A Novel Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062662583
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Published: Harper Voyager - April 23rd, 2019

With brutal warriors and mystical shamans, vengeful gods and misfit allies, The Poppy War captivates from page one. Follow Rin, our fierce and gifted protagonist, as she strives to find a place for herself and discovers the steep price of power in a world that is tearing itself apart. - Kylie


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The Candle and the Flame Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781338306040
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Published: Scholastic Press - May 14th, 2019

Noor, a city of diverse peoples, beliefs, and ways of life, is recovering from an attack by chaotic djinn that wiped out all but three of its inhabitants. The city rebuilt itself, and with the partnership of the Ifrit, djinn of order and reason, it has begun to thrive once more. Fatima, one of the three human survivors, has grown up with the knowledge that she was spared. But why? When she is witness to a strange and mystical murder, she is launched upon a path that will lead either to Noor’s salvation or its utter destruction once again. This colorful debut is filled to the brim with life and heart — bursting with fascinating characters and a beautiful romance, you’ll be hard-pressed to put it down! Join Fatima on her journey to save the people and the home that she loves, as she is given a new destiny and learns just how powerful a name can be. – Kylie


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The Afterward Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780735231894
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Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - February 19th, 2019

Kalanthe is about to become a knight, but in order to pay for her training, she must marry. Olsa was a thief before the Quest, and she continues to thieve now that it's done, not knowing what else she should fill her time with. Though they shared a deep and powerful bond during their time on the road, they must now decide if the bond will be able to survive in their new, less dangerous lives. And even though the kingdom is peaceful once again, perhaps there are still some things - and some people - worth saving. What happens when the epic Quest is all finished and the valiant heroes who saved the kingdom need to come home and get back to business as usual? In The Afterward, E.K. Johnston weaves a touching love story into the pastoral conclusion of an epic tale with finesse and feeling, bringing us into the relatable complexities and concerns of every day life in a magic-filled kingdom. Pick it up and get swept away!  - Kylie