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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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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Barb Hendee – To Kill a Kettle Witch

To Kill a Kettle Witch
To Kill a Kettle Witch
Author: Barb Hendee
Series: The Mist-Torn Witches #4
Publishing date: May 2016
Publisher: Roc
Status: to-read

National bestselling author Barb Hendee returns to the world of the Mist-Torn witches, as two sisters who can see the secrets of the past and the mysteries of the future begin a quest to save the family they never knew existed…

Powerful prince Malcolm is facing ruin in the wake of a curse that has destroyed his harvest. He blames the band nomadic Móndyalítko who summer in the meadow below his castle — and he is determined to root out the people who caused the blight by any means necessary.

When Céline and Amelie Fawe, descended from the Móndyalítko, learn that their mother’s people are under suspicion of sabotage and treason, they set out to use their magical gifts to save their estranged relatives and learn about their own origins.

Now it’s up to the sisters — along with their motley escort, including a prince’s lieutenant, a shape-shifter, and an old woman with a murky past — to discover the source of the curse to restore life to the ravaged land and protect the innocent from unfair vengeance.

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Barb Hendee – Witches With the Enemy

Witches With the Enemy
Witches With the Enemy
Author: Barb Hendee
Series: The Mist-Torn Witches #3
Publishing date: 5 May 2015
Publisher: Roc
Status: to-read

The national bestselling author of The Mist-Torn Witches returns to a world of princes and power, magic and mystery, where two women have the ability to reveal the future and uncover the past…

When seers Céline and Amelie Fawe fled Shetâna under threat of death, they vowed never to return. Yet, less than a year later, they are summoned back — to aid the man who once tried to kill them.…

The cruel prince Damek is on the verge of closing marriage negotiations with the powerful family of a young noblewoman when his intended’s sister is murdered. To keep the engagement from falling through, Damek must expose the killer quickly — and he needs the seers’ powers to do so. Though the Fawes’ patron, Prince Anton, fears that bringing Céline and Amelie to Shetâna places them in grave danger, he is honor-bound to help his brother Damek.

Only none of them is prepared for the peril that awaits them at Castle Kimovesk — for someone in the court is determined to prevent the marriage from happening, no matter how deadly the cost…

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Barb Hendee – Witches in Red

Witches in Red
Witches in Red
Author: Barb Hendee
Series: The Mist-Torn Witches #2
Publishing date: 6 May 2014
Publisher: Roc
Status: to-read

Céline and Amelie Fawe can see into anyone’s past and future simply by touching them. They have used their powers to secure sanctuary — and a fine apothecary’s shop — in the village around Castle Sèone. But their continued safety has a price…

Far to the north, the men of an isolated silver mining community are turning into vicious “beasts” that slaughter anyone in sight. The mines belong to the noble family of Prince Anton — ruler of Castle Sèone and Céline and Amelie’s patron — and Anton’s tyrannical father has ordered his son to solve the mystery as a test of his leadership. He has no choice but to send the witches into the perilous north, to use their abilities to discover the cause of the transformations. Given how much they owe the prince, the sisters have no choice but to accept.

Together with the over-protective Lieutenant Jaromir, Célene and Amelie enter the dark world of a far off mining camp tainted by fear, mistrust, and enslavement — and haunted by men turning into massive, mad wolves without warning. Now, the two must draw upon strength and cunning they never thought they possessed not only to solve the mystery, but to survive…

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Barb Hendee – The Mist-Torn Witches

The Mist-Torn Witches
The Mist-Torn Witches
Author: Barb Hendee
Series: The Mist-Torn Witches #1
Publishing date: 7 May 2013
Publisher: Roc
Status: to-read

In a small village in the nation of Droevinka, orphaned sisters Céline and Amelie Fawe scrape out a living selling herbal medicines in their apothecary shop. Céline earns additional money by posing as a seer and pretending to read people’s futures.

But they exist in a land of great noble houses, all vying for power, and when the sisters refuse the orders of a warlord prince, they must flee and are forced to depend on the warlord prince’s brother, Anton, for a temporary haven.

A series of bizarre deaths of pretty young girls are plaguing the village surrounding Prince Anton’s castle. He offers Céline and Amelie permanent protection if they can use their “skills” to find the killer.

With little choice, the sisters enter a world unknown to them — of fine gowns and banquets and advances from powerful men. Their survival depends on catching a murderer who appears to walk through walls and vanish without a trace — and the danger around them seems to grow with each passing night.

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Rachel Caine – Paper and Fire

Paper and Fire
Paper and Fire
Author: Rachel Caine
Series: The Great Library #2
Publishing date: 5 July 2016
Publisher: NAL
Status: to-read

In Ink and Bone, New York Times bestselling author Rachel Caine introduced a world where knowledge is power, and power corrupts absolutely. Now, she continues the story of those who dare to defy the Great Library — and rewrite history…

With an iron fist, The Great Library controls the knowledge of the world, ruthlessly stamping out all rebellion, forbidding the personal ownership of books in the name of the greater good.

Jess Brightwell has survived his introduction to the sinister, seductive world of the Library, but serving in its army is nothing like he envisioned. His life and the lives of those he cares for have been altered forever. His best friend is lost, and Morgan, the girl he loves, is locked away in the Iron Tower and doomed to a life apart.

Embarking on a mission to save one of their own, Jess and his band of allies make one wrong move and suddenly find themselves hunted by the Library’s deadly automata and forced to flee Alexandria, all the way to London.

But Jess’s home isn’t safe anymore. The Welsh army is coming, London is burning, and soon, Jess must choose between his friends, his family, or the Library willing to sacrifice anything and anyone in the search for ultimate control…

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