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Stone Blind: A Novel By Natalie Haynes Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780063258396
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Published: Harper - February 7th, 2023

A fresh take on Medusa’s story, full of exquisite feminine rage. Stone Blind offers a strong rebuttal to the narrative of heroic Persues, killing the monstrous Medusa who can turn any living being to stone with just a glance. Weaving together various pieces of Greek mythology that lead to this inevitable end, Natalie Haynes creates a riveting tale of injustice endured again and again.

-Reviewed by Jess


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Lagoon By Nnedi Okorafor Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481440882
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Published: S&S/Saga Press - February 2nd, 2016

As international governments scramble to respond to the internet livestreams of an alien spacecraft landing in Lagos, Nigeria, an unlikely set of people—a scientist, a rapper, and a soldier, among others—become entangled in world-altering events. Okorafor blends distinct, engrossing character voices, an eye for scene-setting detail, and genuinely alien aliens for an exciting, thought-provoking first contact story.

-Reviewed by Lauren


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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.

-Reviewed by Breanna


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The Art of Prophecy: A Novel (The War Arts Saga #1) By Wesley Chu Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780593237656
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Published: Del Rey - May 9th, 2023

If you are looking for your next epic fantasy adventure, pick up The Art of Prophecy. Extraordinary martial arts back-dropped by breathtaking scenery in a world inspired by ancient Asia. It's got just the right mix of action, drama and humor and is completely unique in a well-loved genre.

-Reviewed by Barrie


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Nettle & Bone By T. Kingfisher Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250244000
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Published: Tor Books - February 28th, 2023

Kingfisher’s haunting fantasy follows Mara, not quite a princess and not quite a nun, as she attempts the impossible to free her older sister from marriage to an abusive prince. Accompanied by witches, fairy godmothers, and a very good dog made of bones, Mara must find the courage to save her sister and free her kingdom.

-Reviewed by Bailyn


The Stardust Thief (The Sandsea Trilogy #1) By Chelsea Abdullah Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780316368865
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Published: Orbit - December 27th, 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.

-Reviewed by Breanna


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To Shape a Dragon's Breath: The First Book of Nampeshiweisit By Moniquill Blackgoose Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780593498286
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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.

-Reviewed by Breanna


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The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue By V. E. Schwab Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780765387578
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Published: Tor Books - April 11th, 2023

Sometimes books come along and hit all the right notes at just the right time. I read this while socially isolating, and I was swept away by Addie's story and Schwab's gorgeous writing. Addie is a young girl aching to be free in 1700s France, who makes a deal with a mysterious figure. She is free to do and be who she likes — but she is forgotten by everyone she meets. Epic, romantic, tragic, and moving, this book is a treasure.

-Reviewed by Julia


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Red Rising (Red Rising Series #1) By Pierce Brown Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780345539809
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Published: Del Rey - July 15th, 2014

In this sci-fi dystopia, the solar system has been colonized by humans, but is ruled as a caste of colors—gold on top, red on bottom. When his wife is executed for performing a forbidden song, Darrow, a red, must infiltrate the gold society to overthrow the corrupt society. It’s got a hunger-games like plot with a lyrical style, high-octane action, suspenseful intrigue, and a lead who is not just rage but also heart.

-Reviewed by Travis


Daughter of the Moon Goddess: A Fantasy Romance Novel (Celestial Kingdom #1) By Sue Lynn Tan Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780063031319
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Published: Harper Voyager - October 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.

-Reviewed by Breanna


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Mexican Gothic By Silvia Moreno-Garcia Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780525620808
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Published: Del Rey - June 15th, 2021

Silvia Moreno Garcia's take on the classic genre introduces a whole new understanding of what gothic literature can be. Her characters are brand new in a world that is old and unforgiving. The anti-colonizing message in the story adds a social context to a fantastical world. This tale is dark and moody but if you stick with the gloom, the story gives you a twisted pay off in the end.

-Reviewed by Acy


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A Marvellous Light (The Last Binding #1) By Freya Marske Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250831798
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Published: Tordotcom - October 18th, 2022

Young nobleman Robin Blythe is shocked to find his new government job is that of a liaison to the secret magical society of England. Now Robin and his magical counterpart, Edwin Courcey, must race against time to uncover a conspiracy that places the whole of English magical society in danger. It’s a truly enjoyable historical fantasy adventure with a dash of queer history and a compelling ensemble cast.

-Reviewed by Bailyn


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Legends & Lattes: A Novel of High Fantasy and Low Stakes By Travis Baldree Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250886088
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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.

-Reviewed by Breanna


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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.

-Reviewed by Breanna


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