Book 1: Throne of Glass
Caleana Sardothien, young female assassin, is betrayed and sentenced to the salt mines of Endovier. After a year, however, she is given an opportunity by the prince: If she wins a contest to become the king’s champion, she will be granted a four-year contract, working as an assassin for the empire she hates, at the end of which time she will be freed. Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king’s council. Then one of the other contestants turns up dead … quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.
Each book in the series changes Celaena and all of the other characters – in unforseen ways with intrigue, magic and death surrounding them all. Full of action, strong characters and many twists, it’s a fast-paced engaging series.
Crown of Midnight – Book 2
Heir of Fire – Book 3
Queen of Shadows – Book 4
Empire of Storms – Book 5
Book 6 – out in September 2017
“One to be a murderer. One to be a Martyr. One to be a Monarch. One to go Mad.”
What a creative prequel to Alice in Wonderland! While I’m not a huge Alice fan, I loved this!
Catherine wants to open a bakery — but her station in life AND her parents won’t allow it. Instead, as Lady Catherine, she is to be engaged to the King of Hearts, which is not what she wants at all. She meets Jest, the King’s new joker, and her world begins to change – subtly at first, then radically. More and more magical things begin to occur, more terrifying things also happen in the land of Hearts. Will Catherine open her bakery? Will she truly fall in love with Jest? Will her parents ever allow it? Will Hatter ever fully trust Lady Catherine? Can Catherine determine her own destiny?
“It is 1928, & the glitz & glam of show business in pre-Depression era NYC is in full swing. The lights are bright for the financiers & those who entertain them, & life seems good in the big city. But in one house, a little girl named Samantha is sent away by her cold, ruthless stepmother, & she does not return until it’s too late. the market has crashed, her father is gone, & her stepmother is more desperate for wealth & attention than ever.”
Matt Phelan has created a graphic novel retelling of Snow White with a creative twist – one that is moody & dark, like the heart of the Snow’s stepmother, the Zigfield Follies star. Phelan spoke in depth about this book at the WWU Children’s Literature Conference in February. It’s pretty amazing to watch the thought process of a work in progress – even if it is after the fact. His work clearly evokes a strong sense of the bleakness of Snow White as a story, & of the Depression Era life. It is a visually rich retelling! Book Trailer
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