Dancing Jax by Robin Jarvis

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Some books should be banned or destroyed.  This is the story of one of them …

In a coastal town, a strange, out-of-print children’s book is found, full of colourful stories of castles, knights and unicorns.  But the book is no fairytale.  Written by Austerly Fellows, a mysterious turn-of-the-century occultist, it is no mere entertainment.  In fact, those who start it find that they just can’t put it down, no matter how much they may want to. 

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Kingdom Of Souls by Rena Barron

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Grandmother said I will be a powerful witch doctor one day.

But I cannot wait that long.

Arrah’s fate was foretold in the bones.

Descended from a long line of powerful witch doctors, she is desperate for a taste of magic.  No matter what the cost.

As strange premonitions and spirits descend upon the Kingdom, Arrah discovers she will do anything to save her people – even if it means sacrificing years of her own life.

Arrah must find a way to master this borrowed power.  But how much time does she have left? 

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The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli

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Once there was a girl who was drawn to wicked things …

Asha is a dragon-slayer.  Reviled by the very people she’s sworn to protect, she kills to atone for the terrible deed she committed as a child.

One that almost destroyed her city, and left her with a terrible scar.

She wears her scar with pride, but to others, her skin tells a story of devastation, of fiery deaths, of Asha’s irredeemable wickedness.

Only the death of Kozu, the First Dragon, will bring Asha true redemption and unite her father’s fractured kingdom.  But no one battles Kozu and lives, so to defeat him she will have to do some very wicked things … 

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The Dark Days Deceit by Alison Goodman

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Bath, December 1812.

Lady Helen Wrexhall is finalising the preparations for her wedding, but her focus is on the Dark Days Club.  Time is running out to find the vital answers needed to defeat their unknown foe, the Grand Deceiver.

Lady Helen and Lord Carlston are also struggling to control their new dyad bond, and their illicit feelings for one another. As Helen tries desperately to juggle the demands of her double life, an old enemy arrives in Bath, bringing death and deceit. 

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Under The Pendulum Sun by Jeanette Ng

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Catherine Helstone’s missionary brother, Laon, has disappeared while bringing the Gospels to the Dark Continent – not Africa, but Arcadia, legendary land of the magical fae.

Desperate for news of him, she makes the perilous journey to that extraordinary land, but once there, she finds herself alone and isolated in the sinister house of Gethsemane.  At last there comes news: her beloved brother is riding to be reunited with her – but the Queen of the Fae and her insane court are hard on his heels.  

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The Court Of Broken Knives by Anna Smith Spark

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Shadows.  Sorrow. Death.

Something’s coming.

 

We need to be read.

And yes.  That does mean blood.

 

We’re too weak.  The way we are.  Sitting on our piles of gold pretending nothing exists beyond our walls.

We’re too far gone for anything else. 

In the richest empire the world has ever known, the capital city of Sorlost stands eternal, or so it believes …

Decadence has become the true ruler, blinding its inhabitants to their decay.  The empire is weak and, haunted by dreams of its demise, Lord Orhan Emmereth has decided to act.

On his orders, a company of mercenaries will cross the desert to reach the city of Sorlost.  Once inside, they have one mission: assassinate the Emperor and all who serve him.

The mission is suicide but Marith is ready to die. He is running away from a shame and grief, which only the weight of a knife in his hand can banish.

Little does Marith know that his destiny awaits in the Golden City of Sorlost.  A destiny beautiful, bloody, and more terrible than anyone could have foreseen. 

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The Ninth Rain by Jen Williams

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The city of Ebora once glittered with gold. Now its streets are stalked by wolves. Tormalin the Oathless has no taste for waiting to die while the realm of his ancestors falls to pieces – talk about a guilt trip.

When eccentric explorer, Lady Vincenza ‘Vintage’ de Grazon, offers him employment, he sees a way out.  Even when they are joined by a fugitive witch with a tendency to set things on fire, the prospect of facing down monsters and retrieving artefacts is preferable to the abomination left behind.

But not everyone is willing to let the empire collapse, and the adventurers are soon drawn into a tangled conspiracy of magic and war.

The Jure’lia are coming, and the Ninth Rain must fall …  

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Age Of Assassins by R J Barker

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It’s a game of assassin versus assassin.

Girton Club-Foot, apprentice to the land’s best assassin, still has much to learn about the art of taking lives.  But his latest mission tasks Girton with a far more difficult challenge: to save a life.  Someone is trying to kill the heir to the throne, and it is up to Girton and his master to uncover the traitor.  In a kingdom on the brink of civil war and a castle thick with lies, Girton will find enemies he never expected, friends he never wanted and a conspiracy that could destroy an entire land.  

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In Bloom by C. J. Skuse

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Rhiannon Lewis should be happy.

Her cheating fiancé is in jail – framed for the depraved killing spree she committed.

Her ex lover has been chopped up and is buried in the garden.

But there’s one small problem. She’s pregnant.

And much as Rhiannon wants to continue working her way through her kill lists, a small voice inside is trying to make her stop.

Now she has to choose between motherhood or murder.

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Sweet Pea by C. J. Skuse

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Rhiannon Lewis might seem like the average girl next door, but she’s got a killer secret.

Although her childhood was haunted by a famous crime, Rhiannon’s celebrity has dwindled.  By day her job at a newspaper is demeaning and unsatisfying.  By evening she dutifully listens to her friend’s wedding plans whilst secretly making a list.

A kill list.

From the man at the supermarket who mishandles her apples, to the people who have got it coming, Rhiannon’s ready to get her revenge.

Because the girl everyone overlooks might be able to get away with murder …

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The Joneses & The Pirateers: Search For The Phantom Lady by S. L. Westgate

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Nine-year-old James and his sisters come from a family with a proud history of never having done anything exciting or adventurous, much to James’s annoyance.

He longs for adventure but gets more than he bargained for when a ruthless pirate captures his father.  James, Elizabeth and Emily find themselves stranded on the enchanted island of Tortuga – where the children of pirates live while their parents are off roaming the high seas.

The siblings must band together with a motley crew of orphan pirates-in-training to plan a dangerous rescue mission that takes them from shark-infested waters to explosive ocean battles to the brink of Davy Jones’s Locker … not to mention a sneaky search for the most legendary pirate treasure of all time.

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Purple Hearts by Michael Grant

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Could women fight?

Stupid question.  Women don’t stop being women, and men don’t stop being men.  We become an entirely new creature: the combat soldier. And we are none of us, men or women, the people we started out as.

War is hell.

1944.  It feels like the war will never end.Rio, Frangie and Rainy have all received accolades, been “heroes”, earned promotion. They’ve all done “enough” to allow them to leave this nightmare and go home.  But the war hasn’t finished with them yet …  

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The Whitby Witches by Robin Jarvis

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”The most dreadful monster ever created came ashore at Whitby …”

When orphans Ben and Jennet arrive in their new seaside home, they soon discover that it is a very extraordinary place. And with mysterious creatures on the shore and a deadly beast prowling the streets, it becomes clear that Aunt Alice and her friends are also not quite what they seem.  

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Scythe by Neal Shusterman

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Thou shalt kill.

What if death was the only thing left to control?

In a perfect world, the only way to die is to be gleaned by a professional scythe.  When Citra and Rowan are chosen to be apprentice scythes, they know they have no option but to learn the art of killing.  However, the terrifying responsibility of choosing their victims is just the start.

Corruption is the order of the day and Citra and Rowan need to stick together to fight it.

Then they are told that one of them will have to glean the other …

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Amelia Fang And The Unicorn Lords by Laura Ellen Anderson

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Meet Amelia Fang

A sparky little vampire in a dark and gloomy world … 

Amelia and her friends must venture beyond Nocturnia to the Kingdom of the Light, to rescue Queen Fairyweather.

But with terrifying angel-kittens and unicorns lurking behind every rainbow, who can they trust?  And will they uncover the true villain plotting to take over their world? 

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The City Of Brass by S. A. Chakraborty

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Among the swirling sands of the desert and behind gilded brass walls, lies an enchanted city of golden domes, jade roofs and marble palaces. A place where magic pours down every street, hanging in the sir like dust.

Welcome to Daevabad the legendary City of Brass

But remember, there is a reason that they say to be careful what you wish for …

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The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

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Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever. And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.

One terrible morning, Jude and her sisters see their parents murdered in front of them. The terrifying assassins abduct all three girls to the world of Faerie, where Jude is installed in the royal court but mocked and tormented for being mortal, Jude realises that she will need to take part in the dangerous deceptions of the fey to ever truly belong.

But the stairway to power is fraught with shadows and betrayal. And looking over all is the infuriating, arrogant and charismatic Prince Cardan. 

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The Huntress: Sea by Sarah Driver

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In the sky, the fire spirits dance and ripple.  Grandma says they showed our Tribe that I’d be a captain, before I was even born. 

Ever since Ma died, Mouse has looked after her little brother, Sparrow, dreaming of her destiny as captain of THE HUNTRESS.

But now Da’s missing, Sparrow is in danger, and a deathly cold is creeping across the world … 

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Last Argument Of Kings by Joe Abercrombie

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Logen Ninefingers might only have one more fight in him, but it’s going to be a big one.  Battle rages across the North, the King of the Northmen still stands firm, and there’s only one man who can stop him.  His oldest friend, and his oldest enemy.  It’s past time for the Bloody Nine to come home.

With too many masters and too little time, Superior Glokta is fighting a different kind of war.  A secret struggle in which no-one is safe, and no-one can be trusted.  And as his days with a sword are far behind him, it’s a good thing blackmail, threats and torture never go out of fashion.

Jezal dan Luthar has decided that winning glory is far too painful a process, and turned his back on soldiering for a simple life with the woman he loves.  But love can be painful too – and glory has a nasty habit of creeping up on a man when he least expects it.

While the King of the Union lies on his deathbed, the peasants revolt and the nobles scramble to steal his crown.  Yet no-one believes that the shadow of war is about to fall across the very heart of the Union.  Only the First of the Magi has a plan to save the world, but there are risks.  There is no risk more terrible, after all, than the breaking of the First Law …  

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I Am Behind You by John Ajvide Lindqvist

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You thought you had put your worst mistake behind you.

It’s still there. 

Molly wakes her mother to go to the toilet. The campsite is strangely blank. The toilet block has gone. Everything else has gone too. This is a place with no sun. No god.

Just four families remain. Each has done something to bring them here – each denies they deserve it. Until they see what’s coming over the horizon, moving irrevocably towards them. Their worst mistake. Their darkest fear.

And for just one of them, their homecoming. 

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The Waking Land by Callie Bates

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Magic.  Romance.  Revolution. 

It’s been fourteen years, since King Antoine took Elanna hostage.  Fourteen years since her father’s rebellion failed.  Fourteen years spent being raised by the man who condemned her people to misery.

Now twenty, Elanna is about to be taken prisoner once again … but this time by her father.

He wants to reignite his rebellion, this time using Elanna as a figurehead.  He will tell his followers she is the legendary Wildegarde reborn, a sorceress who could make the very earth tremble.

But what no one knows is that magic really does flow through Elanna’s veins.  Now she must decide which side she’s on, and whether she’ll use her powers for mercy … or revenge.  

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Before They Are Hanged by Joe Abercrombie

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How do you defend a city surrounded by enemies and riddled with traitors, when your allies can by no means be trusted, and your predecessor vanished without trace?  It’s enough to make a torturer want to run – if he could even walk without a stick – and Inquisitor Glotka needs answers before the Gurkish army comes knocking at the gates.

Northmen have spilled over the Angland border and are spreading fire and death across the frozen country.  Crown Prince Ladisla is poised to drive them back and win undying glory.  There is only one problem: he commands the worst armed, worst-trained and worst-led army in the world.

And Bayaz, the First of the Magi, is leading a party of bold adventurers on a mission through the ruins of the past.  The most hated woman in the South, the most feared man in the North, and most selfish boy in the Union make strange companions, but, if only they didn’t hate each other so much, potentially deadly ones.

Ancient secrets will be uncovered.  Bloody battles will be won and lost.  Bitter enemies will be forgiven – but not before they are hanged. 

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Blackwing by Ed McDonald

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The Misery is a wasteland: a dangerous, corrupted frontier between the Republic and The Deep Kings.

When traitors, thieves and spies try to flee they run for The Misery, and often as not it’s Captain Ryhalt Galharrow’s job to bring them to heel beneath the fractured skies – provided they haven’t already fallen prey to the twisted creatures that inhabit the shifting polluted sands.  It’s a deadly place, even for a man of Galharrow’s experience.

But it’s a necessary place.  Because the Republic’s only other defence against The Deep Kings is Nall’s Engine, a weapon of incomparable power that protects the wasteland’s border.  As long as it doesn’t start to falter … 

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The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie

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Logen Ninefingers, infamous barbarian, has finally run out of luck.  Caught up in one feud too many he’s about to become a dead barbarian, leaving nothing behind but bad songs and dead friends.

Jezal dan Luthar, paragon of selfishness, has nothing more dangerous in mind than winning glory in the fencing circle.  But war is brewing, and on the battlefields of the frozen North they fight by altogether bloodier rules.

Inquisitor Glotka, cripple turned torturer, would like nothing better than to see Jezal come home in a box.. But then he hates everyone.  Cutting treason out of the heart of the Union one confession at a time leaves little room for friendships – and his latest trail of corpses could lead straight to the rotten heart of government … if he can just stay alive long enough to follow it …  

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