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Breanna, Business and Education Sales Coordinator

Favorite Genres: Middle grade, anything fantasy (especially epic, the larger the better), YA (but mostly fantasy), stories based in mythology or fairy tales, witchy books
Favorite Authors: Robert Jordan, Samantha Shannon, Brandon Sanderson, Rick Riordan, Margaret Owen, Natalie Goldberg

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To Shape a Dragon's Breath: The First Book of Nampeshiweisit By Moniquill Blackgoose Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780593498286
Availability: On Our Shelves Now. Click on the title to see details.
Published: Del Rey - May 9th, 2023

Dragon riders done differently. After bonding with a dragon hatchling, Anequs is forced to attend a colonizer-run school, where the Anglish make no secret of their disapproval—if Anequs can’t assimilate and pass her exams, her dragon will be killed. Written by an Indigenous author, this is an inventive fantasy with captivating magic, a fascinating steampunk era world, and a humbling perspective on colonization.


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Woman of Light: A Novel By Kali Fajardo-Anstine Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780525511335
Availability: On Our Shelves Now. Click on the title to see details.
Published: One World - April 18th, 2023

After Luz’s brother is run out of Denver by a white mob, she receives visions of her ancestors’ origins. As she struggles to navigate life in 1930s Denver, she understands how her Indigenous Chicano family flourished and how they were threatened. Fajardo-Anstine crafts an incredible generational saga—poignant in its realism, tragic in its circumstance, and absolutely beautiful in its resiliency.


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The Adventures of Amina al-Sirafi: A new fantasy series set a thousand years before The City of Brass By Shannon Chakraborty Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9780062963505
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Published: Harper Voyager - February 28th, 2023

Now into her middle age, the infamous pirate Amina al-Sirafi came out of retirement only for a simple job. She didn’t want to fight demons, murderous sorcerers, sea monsters, and especially not her hell of an ex-husband. This swashbuckling tale, full of heart and snark, is a fantastic blend of adventure, history, and fantasy. Escape into this book and let Amina tell you, in her own irreverent words, how she became a legend.


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Before the Coffee Gets Cold By Toshikazu Kawaguchi Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781335430991
Availability: On Our Shelves Now. Click on the title to see details.
Published: Hanover Square Press - November 17th, 2020

Would you go back in time, even if you knew the present wouldn’t change? In this novelization of a Japanese play, a particular seat in this cafe lets you do just that. But you can’t change the present, you can’t leave the cafe seat, and above all—you must return before the coffee gets cold. I was captivated by this beautiful story, a simple yet touching look at how we choose to live the life we are given.


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Circe By Madeline Miller Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316556323
Availability: On Our Shelves Now. Click on the title to see details.
Published: Back Bay Books - April 14th, 2020

I loved this book so much, it made me want to get up and dance with happiness. Miller does a beautiful job of turning Circe, an immortal and mythical figure, into a character with struggles as keen as any of us mortals. I was so steeped in the story that I felt as if I was there on Aiaia with Circe, sharing her exile and watching the myths unfold over the centuries.  


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The Witch's Heart By Genevieve Gornichec Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780593101193
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Published: Ace - November 30th, 2021

This book utterly consumed me. When I wasn't reading it, I couldn't stop thinking about it. In Norse myth, Angrboda is only mentioned briefly as the giantess who births Loki’s three monstrous children. In The Witch’s Heart, she becomes a powerful tragic figure: a witch who has altered the course of the world, a mother devoted to her children, a woman betrayed by her lover. I can’t put this in your hands fast enough.


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Kaikeyi: A Novel By Vaishnavi Patel Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780759557307
Availability: On Our Shelves Now. Click on the title to see details.
Published: Redhook - March 7th, 2023

Whether or not you’re familiar with Kaikeyi from the Indian epic the Ramayana, this is a powerful and captivating story of a woman forging her destiny in a world where the gods have forsaken her. Not only does Patel’s reimagining shine nuance and compassion on the oft-vilified queen, it brings forth a lovely emphasis on bonds of sisterhood and empowering women everywhere. Fans of Circe need to read this one. 


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Daughter of the Moon Goddess: A Fantasy Romance Novel (Celestial Kingdom #1) By Sue Lynn Tan Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780063031302
Availability: NOT on our shelves - Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Harper Voyager - January 11th, 2022

Inspired by Chinese myth, Xingyin is the secret daughter of the imprisoned moon goddess, Chang'e. Determined to free her mother, our bold and driven heroine sets off on epic quests through a full and beautiful fantasy world, finding a gentle prince and a badass, magic bow along the way. If you're like me and want more epic fantasy written by women, you must absolutely be swept up in this dazzling, gorgeous adventure.


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Legends & Lattes: A Novel of High Fantasy and Low Stakes By Travis Baldree Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250886088
Availability: On Our Shelves Now. Click on the title to see details.
Published: Tor Books - November 8th, 2022

Love fantasy? Want something light and comforting that won’t stress you out? You need Legends and Lattes, the coziest of cozy fantasies. Orc and retired mercenary Viv decides to hang up her sword and start the first coffee shop in the quiet village of Thune—despite the fact that no one’s ever heard of this thing called coffee. This delightful read will leave you content and craving a hot beverage and cinnamon roll.  


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The Stardust Thief (The Sandsea Trilogy #1) By Chelsea Abdullah Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780316368766
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Published: Orbit - May 17th, 2022

The Stardust Thief is simultaneously a thrilling and dangerous quest for a magic relic and a beautiful, lyrical story about found family and inner demons. While reading, I was transported to the desert land filled with jinn magic and could not read fast enough. Inspired by One Thousand and One Nights, this is the kind of storytelling you’ll want to luxuriate in.


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The Quarantine Princess Diaries: A Novel By Meg Cabot Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780063291935
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Published: Avon Impulse - March 28th, 2023

If you, like me, are thinking “it’s too soon for a pandemic novel”, I promise you that it’s not too soon for diary entries from Princess Mia Thermopolis as she leads Genovia during the pandemic. Rather than relive a traumatic experience, Mia’s diary offers a safe harbor in which she perfectly captures the surreal, the bizarre, and the frustrating of COVID 19. This book is a dear hug from an old friend.


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The Shadow of the Gods (The Bloodsworn Trilogy #1) By John Gwynne Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780316539883
Availability: On Our Shelves Now. Click on the title to see details.
Published: Orbit - May 4th, 2021

In this Norse-inspired world, three Viking warriors set out on quests for vengeance and battle fame that will collide at the graveyard of the gods and change the course of the world. With thrilling battles and brilliantly rendered historical details, it’s an addicting saga to lose yourself in. It’s great for anyone who likes spending hours in Skyrim, wants Game of Thrones with less politics, or just appreciates some good axe throwing!


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The Witch and the Tsar By Olesya Salnikova Gilmore Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780593546970
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Published: Ace - September 20th, 2022

When Ivan the Terrible threatens all of Russia, half-mortal healer and witch Yaga must leave her secluded home in order to protect the humans she holds dear. But Ivan is not the only threat, and Yaga must learn to embrace her divinity as well as her mortality. This is a grand epic battle of gods and men, and at the same time a moving story of love and motherhood. This mix of Russian history and Slavic folklore is a must read.


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