Zen Cho – Sorcerer to the Crown

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Sorcerer to the Crown
Author: Zen Cho
Series: Sorcerer Royal #1
Publishing date: 1 September 2015
Publisher: Ace
Status: to-read

Magic and mayhem collide with the British elite in this whimsical and sparkling debut.

At his wit’s end, Zacharias Wythe, freed slave, eminently proficient magician, and Sorcerer Royal of the Unnatural Philosophers — one of the most respected organizations throughout all of Britain — ventures to the border of Fairyland to discover why England’s magical stocks are drying up.

But when his adventure brings him in contact with a most unusual comrade, a woman with immense power and an unfathomable gift, he sets on a path which will alter the nature of sorcery in all of Britain — and the world at large…

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Mary Lawrence – Death of an Alchemist

Death of an Alchemist
Death of an Alchemist
Author: Mary Lawrence
Series: Bianca Goddard Mysteries #2
Publishing date: 26 January 2016
Publisher: Kensington
Status: to-read

In the mid sixteenth century, Henry VIII sits on the throne, and Bianca Goddard tends to the sick and suffering in London’s slums, where disease can take a life as quickly as murder…

For years, alchemist Ferris Stannum has devoted himself to developing the Elixir of Life, the reputed serum of immortality. Having tested his remedy successfully on an animal, Stannum intends to send his alchemy journal to a colleague in Cairo for confirmation. Instead he is strangled in his bed and his journal is stolen.

As the daughter of an alchemist herself, Bianca is well acquainted with the mystical healing arts. As her husband, John, falls ill with the sweating sickness, she dares to hope Stannum’s journal could contain the secret to his recovery. But first she must solve the alchemist’s murder. As she ventures into a world of treachery and deceit, Stannum’s death proves to be only the first in a series of murders – and Bianca’s quest becomes a matter of life and death, not only for her husband, but for herself…

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Sophie Perinot – Médicis Daughter: A Novel of Marguerite de Valois

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Médicis Daughter: A Novel of Marguerite de Valois
Author: Sophie Perinot
Publishing date: 1 December 2015
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
Status: to-read

Winter, 1564. Beautiful young Princess Margot is summoned to the court of France, where nothing is what it seems and a wrong word can lead to ruin. Known across Europe as Madame la Serpente, Margot’s intimidating mother, Queen Catherine de Médicis, is a powerful force in a country devastated by religious war. Among the crafty nobility of the royal court, Margot learns the intriguing and unspoken rules she must live by to please her poisonous family.

Eager to be an obedient daughter, Margot accepts her role as a marriage pawn, even as she is charmed by the powerful, charismatic Duc de Guise. Though Margot’s heart belongs to Guise, her hand will be offered to Henri of Navarre, a Huguenot leader and a notorious heretic looking to seal a tenuous truce. But the promised peace is a mirage: her mother’s schemes are endless, and her brothers plot vengeance in the streets of Paris. When Margot’s wedding devolves into the bloodshed of the St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre, she will be forced to choose between her family and her soul.

Médicis Daughter is historical fiction at its finest, weaving a unique coming-of-age story and a forbidden love with one of the most dramatic and violent events in French history.

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Daniel Polansky – Those Below

Those Below

Those Below
Author: Daniel Polansky
Series: The Empty Throne #2
Publishing date: 25 February 2016
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Status: to-read

For centuries humanity has served Those Above, god-like Eternals who rule from their cloud-capped mountain-city.

They built a civilization of unimagined beauty and unchecked viciousness.

They thought themselves invincible.

They were wrong.

The story that began in Those Above comes to an explosive conclusion in this unforgettable battle for the hearts and minds of the human race.

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J.R. Ward – The Beast

The Beast
The Beast
Author: J.R. Ward
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood #14
Publishing date: 5 April 2016
Publisher: NAL
Status: to-read

His name is Rhage — the deadliest fighter and most voracious lover of all the Brotherhood, whose inner beast could never be tamed. But Rhage found his eternal love in Mary Luce, a woman who once bore a life-threatening curse, while dreaming of eternity with her vampire warrior and protector.

They’ve made it to hell and back. Now their story continues in a new novel sure to draw fans back into the “frighteningly addictive” (Publishers Weekly) world of the Black Dagger Brotherhood.

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Colleen Hoover – November 9

November 9
November 9
Author: Colleen Hoover
Publishing date: 10 November 2015
Publisher: Atria Books
Status: to-read

Fallon meets Ben, an aspiring novelist, the day of her scheduled cross-country move. Their untimely attraction leads them to spend Fallon’s last day in L.A. together, and her eventful life becomes the creative inspiration Ben has always sought for his novel. Over time and amidst the various relationships and tribulations of their own separate lives, they continue to meet on the same date every year. Until one day Fallon becomes unsure if Ben has been telling her the truth or fabricating a perfect reality for the sake of the ultimate plot twist.

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Chloe Neill – The Veil

The Veil
The Veil
Author: Chloe Neill
Series: Devil’s Isle #1
Publishing date: 4 August 2015
Publisher: NAL Trade
Status: to-read

Seven years ago, the Veil that separates humanity from what lies beyond was torn apart, and New Orleans was engulfed in a supernatural war. Now, those with paranormal powers have been confined in a walled community that humans call the District. Those who live there call it Devil’s Isle.

Claire Connolly is a good girl with a dangerous secret: she’s a Sensitive, a human endowed with magic that seeped through the Veil. Claire knows that revealing her skills would mean being confined to Devil’s Isle. Unfortunately, hiding her power has left her untrained and unfocused.

Liam Quinn knows from experience that magic makes monsters of the weak, and he has no time for a Sensitive with no control of her own strength. But when he sees Claire using her powers to save a human under attack — in full view of the French Quarter — Liam decides to bring her to Devil’s Isle and the teacher she needs, even though getting her out of his way isn’t the same as keeping her out of his head.

But when the Veil threatens to shatter completely, Claire and Liam must work together to stop it, or else New Orleans will burn…

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