From the tapering, beautiful head stare two slanting eyes, crimson and moody. Range of Ghosts. All around lie the fallen armies of his cousin and his brother who made war to rule the Khaganate. Going into exile is the only way to survive his ruthless cousin. She was heir to the Rasan Empire until her father got a son on a new wife.
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Then she was sent to be the wife of a Prince in Song, but that marriage ended in battle and blood. Now she has renounced her worldly power to seek the magical power of the wizards. These two will come together to stand against the hidden cult that has so carefully brought all the empires of the Celadon Highway to strife and civil war through guile and deceit and sorcerous power. He is treated as an outcast by all the royalty except the devious King Shrewd, who has him secretly tutored in the arts of the assassin. As barbarous raiders ravage the coasts, Fitz is growing to manhood.
Soon he will face his first dangerous, soul-shattering mission.
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And though some regard him as a threat to the throne, he may just be the key to the survival of the kingdom. The Blade Itself. Nobleman, dashing officer, and paragon of selfishness, Captain Jezal dan Luthar has nothing more dangerous in mind than fleecing his friends at cards and dreaming of glory in the fencing circle.
But war is brewing, and on the battlefields of the frozen North they fight by altogether bloodier rules. Inquisitor Glokta, cripple turned torturer, would like nothing better than to see Jezal come home in a box. But then Glokta hates everyone: cutting treason out of the Union one confession at a time leaves little room for friendship. His latest trail of corpses may lead him right to the rotten heart of government, if he can stay alive long enough to follow it. Enter the wizard, Bayaz.
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Murderous conspiracies rise to the surface, old scores are ready to be settled, and the line between hero and villain is sharp enough to draw blood. The Lies of Locke Lamora. They say he steals from the rich and gives to the poor. And they are wrong on every count. Only averagely tall, slender, and god-awful with a sword, Locke Lamora is the fabled Thorn, and the greatest weapons at his disposal are his wit and cunning.
What Locke cons, wheedles and tricks into his possession is strictly for him and his band of fellow con-artists and thieves: the Gentleman Bastards. Together their domain is the city of Camorr. Home to Dons, merchants, soldiers, beggars, cripples, and feral children. And to Capa Barsavi, the criminal mastermind who runs the city. A challenge from a man no one has ever seen, a man no blade can touch. The Grey King is coming. Even such a master of the sword as the Thorn of Camorr.
Titus Groan , or The Gormenghast Novels , the complete trilogy. Within its vast halls and serpentine corridors, the members of the Groan dynasty and their master Lord Sepulchrave grow increasingly out of touch with a changing world as they pass their days in unending devotion to meaningless rituals and arcane traditions. Meanwhile, an ambitious kitchen boy named Steerpike rises by devious means to the post of Master of the Ritual while he maneuvers to bring down the Groans. Breathtaking in its power and drenched in dark atmosphere, humor and intrigue, The Gormenghast Novels is a classic, one of the great works of 20th century British literature.
Lots of entry points. Chronological: Arrows of the Queen. If you want a stand-alone in this series to see if you want to continue, read By the Sword.
For Talia has certain awakening talents of the mind that only a Companion like Rolan can truly sense. But as Talia struggles to master her unique abilities, time is running out. For conspiracy is brewing in Valdemar, a deadly treason that could destroy Queen and kingdom. The Briar King. Fleeing an imaginary attacker, the girls—one of whom is the reckless young daughter of the king—discover the unknown crypt of the legendary, ancestral queen, Virgenya Dare.
Meanwhile, traveling the same road, a scholarly young priest begins an education in the nature of evil, found festering just beneath the surface of the seemingly peaceful land. The royal family itself comes under siege, facing betrayal that only sorcery could accomplish. Now—for three beautiful sisters, for a young man made suddenly into a knight, and for a woman in love with a roguish adventurer—a rising darkness appears, shattering what was once certain, familiar, and good.
These destinies and more will be linked when malevolent forces walk the land. For Crotheny, the most powerful nation in the world, is shaken at its core. And the Briar King, harbinger of death, has awakened from his slumber. The Name of the Wind. I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in.
I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep. So begins a tale unequaled in fantasy literature—the story of a hero told in his own voice. Sold to the Court of Night Blooming Flowers, her fate as a beautiful but anonymous courtesan was sealed. As her nation is besieged by invading hordes from the north, the most unthinkable threat to her beloved home comes from traitors within.
Betrayed and blindsided by her own longings, only Phedre and her trusted bodyguard Josselin are left to cross borders and warring armies in a race to stop the final blow from falling. A Shadow in Summer. Its economy depends on the power of the captive spirit, Seedless, an andat bound to the poet-sorcerer Heshai for life. Enter the Galts, a juggernaut of an empire committed to laying waste to all lands with their ferocious army. Saraykeht, though, has always been too strong for the Galts to attack, but now they see an opportunity. With secret forces inside the city, the Galts prepare to enact their terrible plan.
In the middle is Otah, a simple laborer with a complex past.
Otah finds himself as the sole hope of Saraykeht, either he stops the Galts, or the whole city and everyone in it perishes forever. Since its original British publication in , the saga has entranced readers of all ages. It is at once a classic myth and a modern fairy tale. Barr compared it to Beowulf, C.
Lewis to Orlando Furioso, W. Auden to The Thirty-nine Steps. In fact the saga is sui generis — a triumph of imagination which springs to life within its own framework and on its own terms. Before he redeems his birthright, he must pass the breadth of Hybras Isle as prisoner, vagabond, and slave, an acquaintance of faeries, wizards, and errant knights, and lover to a sad and beautiful girl whose fate sets his undying hatred for her tyrannical father—Casmir, King of Lyonesse.
Once a young sorcerer-bookbinder, Vella was transformed into a useful tool by one of the greatest sorcerers of history. But not everything is as Tyen and Rielle have been raised to believe. Not the nature of magic, nor the laws of their lands… and not even the people they trust. Perdido Street Station though I actually read these completely out of order the first time and had no problem.
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The air and rivers are thick with factory pollutants and the strange effluents of alchemy, and the ghettos contain a vast mix of workers, artists, spies, junkies, and whores. In New Crobuzon, the unsavory deal is stranger to none—not even to Isaac, a brilliant scientist with a penchant for Crisis Theory.
Servant of the Underworld there are several prequels, but this is book 1. Human sacrifice and the magic of the living blood are the only things keeping the sun in the sky and the earth fertile. A Priestess disappears from an empty room drenched in blood. A Stranger in Olondria. A Stranger in Olondria was written while the author taught in South Sudan. It is a rich and heady brew which pulls the reader in deeper and still deeper with twists and turns that hearken back to the Gormenghast novels while being as immersive as George R.
And so her adventure begins—the adventure that transforms her into a hero remembered in songs, chosen by the gods to restore a lost ruler to his throne. No one should be able to control that much magic and Xandra was never meant to be born at all but her mother has managed to keep her hidden away until now. The Witches want her dead and the Fairies want her blood, for only her blood will reopen the gateway to the Fae realm and allow them back into this realm to take revenge on humans and Witches alike for having banished them hundreds of years ago.
Xandra has very little time to learn how to use her powerful Witch and Fairy magic that has been bound since her birth while running from the Fairies who managed to jump realms and want to take her blood to set the others free. She needs someone to teach her and her parents enlist the help of one powerful Fairy who claims to want to keep the realms closed to each other. He will help keep her safe and alive as she learns, at least that's what he says The Fairy mercenaries may be back in their own realm, but the Witches still want Xandra dead.
Fearing an ancient prophecy, the Witches are determined to keep Xandra from destroying the world. Still new to her magical powers, she must learn to use her Witch magic in order to protect herself and those she loves. Now, if only she can get her magic to cooperate. Once again, Xandra is tasked with determining who is friend and who is foe as she faces this new threat.
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Given an impossible task by the Angels, Xandra takes the first step in completing it when she travels to the Fae realm to protect the one man she would like to kill herself. After years of trying, Xandra's aunt has finally figured out astral projection. Unfortunately, she astral projects her and Zac's souls out of their realm and into the Shadow realm. Or, as some like to call it - Hell. Xandra has no choice but to go in after them; otherwise, their souls will be trapped there forever. But first, she has to convince the Angel of Death to let her in, and they don't exactly hit it off when they first meet.
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Jules was once a servant at the Gerling estate, Everless, before her exile following a long-ago accident. Soon she finds herself wrapped up in intrigues with roots more ancient roots and stakes more personal than she ever imagined. Meanwhile, Elli plays the role of queen within the castle walls, despite knowing she has none of the magic required to hold it.
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The kingdom is threatened by forces within and without, and only by working together might Elli and Ansa find a way to preserve it. Beneath the Haunting Sea , by Joanna Meyer January 9 Talia is an empress-to-be in exile, whose mother died just after their banishment, sacrificing herself to the sea she believes is hunting them in order to save Talia.
The Hazel Wood , by Melissa Albert January 30 Alice has never met her grandmother Althea, the cult author of an out of print collection of dark fairy tales, but the woman and her book cast a long shadow. Reign the Earth , by A. Gaughen January 30 To end the war between their kingdoms, desert girl Shalia enters into a political marriage with the magic-despising ruler of the Bone Lands. By a Charm and a Curse , by Jamie Questell February 6 The Carnival Fantastic is both a dream and a nightmare, a traveling circus whose members are immune to aging or injury…but at a dark cost.
Small-town girl Emmaline is drawn to its dark enchantments, and to the icy-cold boy who transfers his own curse to her through a kiss. Instead she falls for another circus traveler longing for escape, which can only come at a price that threatens to be too high to pay. Shadowsong , by S. She enters and ultimately escapes an enchanted underground kingdom animated by art and obsession. Brienna lands on knowledge as her passion, but faces humiliation and defeat when she ends up without the patron she needs to progress.
And when she finally does get an offer, it comes from an unlikely quarter: a disgraced lord. And accepting his shady patronage comes with a price that may prove too high: involvement in a plot to depose the king, a net that stretches further than Brienna could guess. The Wren Hunt , by Mary Watson February 8 This debut set against the backdrop of an altered contemporary world follows Wren, a member of the formerly powerful Augurs, a magical people being hunted to extinction by the Judges.