Silver Stars by Michael Grant

The Blurb On The Back:

I hear civilians saying we’re all heroes. 

Here’s one of the nasty little twists that come in war: if you don’t manage to get wounded or dead, they’ll promote you. Right when you start to get good at following, they want you to lead.

If everyone is a hero, then no one is.

No longer raw recruits, Rio, Frangie and Rainy have all faced combat and know that it has changed them. They may have fought on the front lines, but the personal battles rage on …

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Beyond The Wall by Tanya Landman

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Can one slave destroy an empire?

Britannia.  A conquered land.

Running.  Weeping.  Blood on her lips.

Blood in her mouth.

Blood that is not her own.

After maiming her master, Cassia has no choice but to run.  Beyond the river, far to the north, stands Hadrian’s Wall – the furthest limit of the mighty Roman Empire.  And beyond the wall?  Freedom.  With dogs on her trail and a bounty on her head, the journey seems impossible.  But then Cassia meets Marcus – slick, slippery, silver-tongued – a true and perfect son of Rome.  And her only hope.  

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Goodly And Grave In A Bad Case Of Kidnap by Justine Windsor

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Lucy Goodly is the new boot girl at Grave Hall, working for the cold, aloof Lord Grave.  The other staff – Vonk the butler, Mrs Crawley the cook and Violet the scullery maid – all seem friendly but Lucy soon notices that strange things are afoot in her new home – and not just Mrs Crawley’s experimental anchovy omelettes.  The statues move, the books are magic and Lord Grave has a secret.  Meanwhile, all over the country, children are vanishing.

Could the mystery of the missing children by linked to the strange goings-on at Grave Hall?  Lucy is determined to find out …  

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Seven For A Secret by Lyndsay Faye

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One for sorrow,

Two for joy,

Three for a girl,

Four for a boy.

Five for silver,

Six for gold,

Seven for a secret, never to be told.

New York, 1846: The beautiful Mrs Lucy Adams hurtles through the gathering storm on a freezing St Valentine’s evening.  She stumbles, terrified, into the headquarters of the newly formed NYPD, and copper star Timothy Wilde finds himself drawn into a thorny maze when she reports a horrifying robbery: her family, she says, has been stolen.

Timothy is hardened to the injustices of life in the unforgiving city he’s grown up in, but that doesn’t mean he accepts them.  With immigrants flooding into the docks every day, communities are battling for their place in the new world, and many fall victim to the clash.  But the worst danger on the streets are the blackbirders; slave-catchers whose inhuman trade is not merely legal – it’s law enforcement.  Now Timothy, along with his wayward brother Valentine, is about to bring the fight right to the heart of the corrupt political machine he was hired to defend …

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