This week's New York Times Bestsellers (June 16th)

In hardcover:

Stephen King's You Like It Darker is donw one spot, finishing the week at number 2. For more info about this title, follow this Amazon Associate link.

Rebecca Yarros' Fourth Wing is up two positions, ending the week at number 5. For more info about this title, follow this Amazon Associate link.

Rebecca Yarros' Iron Flame is up two positions, ending the week at number 6. For more info about this title, follow this Amazon Associate link.

Sara Wolf's Heavenbreaker is down four spots, finishing the week at number 8. For more info about this title, follow this Amazon Associate link.

In paperback:

Sarah J. Maas' A Court of Thorns and Roses is up two positions, ending the week at number 1. For more info about this title, follow this Amazon Associate link.

Sarah J. Maas' A Court of Mist and Fury is up two positions, ending the week at number 6. For more info about this title, follow this Amazon Associate link.

Sarah J. Maas' A Court of Wings and Ruin is up three positions, ending the week at number 9. For more info about this title, follow this Amazon Associate link.

Sarah J. Maas' A Court of Silver Flames returns at number 13. For more info about this title, follow this Amazon Associate link.

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You can now get your hands on the digital edition of Stephen Blackmoore's Dead Things for only 1.99$ by following this Amazon Associate link. This OneLink will take you to the nearest Amazon site serving your country and you'll see if you can take advantage of this sale.

Here's the blurb:

Stephen Blackmoore's dark urban fantasy series follows necromancer Eric Carter through a world of vengeful gods and goddesses, mysterious murders, and restless ghosts.

Necromancer is such an ugly word, but it's a title Eric Carter is stuck with.

He sees ghosts, talks to the dead. He's turned it into a lucrative career putting troublesome spirits to rest, sometimes taking on even more dangerous things. For a fee, of course.

When he left LA fifteen years ago, he thought he'd never go back. Too many bad memories. Too many people trying to kill him.

But now his sister's been brutally murdered and Carter wants to find out why.

Was it the gangster looking to settle a score? The ghost of a mage he killed the night he left town? Maybe it's the patron saint of violent death herself, Santa Muerte, who's taken an unusually keen interest in him.

Carter's going to find out who did it, and he's going to make them pay.

As long as they don't kill him first.


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You can now download Sherwood Smith's A Sword Named Truth for only 0.99$ by following this Amazon Associate link. This OneLink will take you to the nearest Amazon site serving your country and you'll see if you can take advantage of this sale.

Here's the blurb:

Untested young rulers must join forces to defeat a dark-powered kingdom in this epic fantasy trilogy set in the wildly popular Inda universe!

Set in the beloved world of the Inda series, Sherwood Smith returns readers to the enthralling saga of Sartorias-deles, bringing together deadly high politics, engaging worldbuilding, and nuanced examinations of power, love, and betrayal.

Long-dormant magical forces are moving once again in Sartorias-deles. Agents of Norsunder, a mysterious bastion of incredible dark power, have reappeared in the world, amassing resources, and sowing instability.

But with numerous nations led by young rulers brought too early to their thrones, the world is hardly ready to defend itself. These leaders soon realize that any significant victory against Norsunder will require an alliance between their nations. Yet good intentions may fracture in the face of personal grudges, secrets, and inexperience. As the Norsundrian attacks become bolder, the members of this tenuous alliance must find ways to trust one another and bind themselves together—lest they fail to defend against a host that has crushed entire worlds.


Kitchen Confidential


First of all, let me just say that I'm no foodie. Not by any stretch of the imagination.

What little I know about line cooking, I learned watching the early seasons of Gordon Ramsey's Hell's Kitchen. Do I apply anything I've learned on TV in my own kitchen? Hell no! I'm just a simple guy. I love to eat, but I hate to cook. Due to the fact that I have no interest in starred chefs and haute cuisine, I actually discovered Anthony Bourdain quite late in his career. Indeed, it's through his No Reservation TV show that I came to like the guy. He's quite a character, no doubt about it.

I bought the digital edition of Kitchen Confidential a few years back and I should have read it before his death. Returning from my hiking trip in New Hampshire, I decided that it was high time to finally give it a shot. I'm glad I did because the book is an absolute riot! I had no idea Anthony Bourdain wrote so well. His narrative voice is great and he really knows how to grab your attention. This was a fantastic change of pace for me and I reckon that many of you would enjoy this one as well.

Here's my favorite quote:

Vegetarians, and their Hezbollah-like splinter-faction, the vegans, are a persistent irritant to any chef worth a damn. To me, life without veal stock, pork fat, sausage, organ meat, demi-glace, or even stinky cheese is a life not worth living. Vegetarians are the enemy of everything good and decent in the human spirit, an affront to all I stand for, the pure enjoyment of food. The body, these waterheads imagine, is a temple that should not be polluted by animal protein. It's healthier, they insist, though every vegetarian waiter I've worked with is brought down by any rumor of a cold. Oh, I'll accomodate them, I'll rummage around for something to feed them, for a 'vegetarian plate', if called on to do so. Fourteen dollars for a few slices of grilled eggplant and zucchini suits my food cost fine.

Here's the blurb:

A deluxe, annotated edition of Kitchen Confidential to celebrate the life of Anthony Bourdain, featuring new photo inserts.

Over two decades ago, the New Yorker published a now infamous article, “Don’t Eat Before Reading This,” by then little-known chef Anthony Bourdain. Bourdain spared no one’s appetite as he revealed what happens behind the kitchen door. The article was a sensation, and the book it spawned, the now iconic Kitchen Confidential, became an even bigger sensation and megabestseller. Frankly confessional, addictively acerbic, and utterly unsparing, Bourdain pulls no punches in this memoir of his years in the restaurant business.

Fans will love to return to this deliciously funny, delectably shocking banquet of wild-but-true tales of life in the culinary trade, laying out Bourdain’s more than a quarter-century of drugs, sex, and haute cuisine. Including a handwritten introduction and annotations done by Bourdain about a decade after the book was originally published, this edition also features previously unpublished photos to accompany the now-classic text.


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The Acolyte


Just watched the latest episode of Star Wars: The Acolyte and the series certainly isn't getting any better. =(

If anything, it's definitely one of the worse, if not the worst, Disney Star Wars series thus far, and that's saying something!

The writing is fanfic-level bad. The play of the actors is mediocre, but it's hard to say just how bad they are given the awful scripts they had to work with.

The showrunners had such a great sandbox to play in and the potential was immense. Alas, what they came up with is just plain crap. . .

What are your thoughts?

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You can now download Django Wexler's Ashes of the Sun for only 2.99$ by following this Amazon Associate link. This OneLink will take you to the nearest Amazon site serving your country and you'll see if you can take advantage of this sale.

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Long ago, a magical war destroyed an empire, and a new one was built in its ashes. But still the old grudges simmer, and two siblings will fight on opposite sides to save their world in the start of Django Wexler's new epic fantasy trilogy.

Gyre hasn't seen his beloved sister since their parents sold her to the mysterious Twilight Order. Now, twelve years after her disappearance, Gyre's sole focus is revenge, and he's willing to risk anything and anyone to claim enough power to destroy the Order.

Chasing rumors of a fabled city protecting a powerful artifact, Gyre comes face-to-face with his lost sister. But she isn't who she once was. Trained to be a warrior, Maya wields magic for the Twilight Order's cause. Standing on opposite sides of a looming civil war, the two siblings will learn that not even the ties of blood will keep them from splitting the world in two.

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You can now download Silvia Moreno-Garcia's Gods of Jade and Shadow for only 1.99$ by following this Amazon Associate link. This OneLink will take you to the nearest Amazon site serving your country and you'll see if you can take advantage of this sale.

Here's the blurb:

The Jazz Age is in full swing, but Casiopea Tun is too busy cleaning the floors of her wealthy grandfather’s house to listen to any fast tunes. Nevertheless, she dreams of a life far from her dusty small town in southern Mexico. A life she can call her own.

Yet this new life seems as distant as the stars, until the day she finds a curious wooden box in her grandfather’s room. She opens it—and accidentally frees the spirit of the Mayan god of death, who requests her help in recovering his throne from his treacherous brother. Failure will mean Casiopea’s demise, but success could make her dreams come true.

In the company of the strangely alluring god and armed with her wits, Casiopea begins an adventure that will take her on a cross-country odyssey from the jungles of Yucatán to the bright lights of Mexico City—and deep into the darkness of the Mayan underworld.

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You can now get your hands on the digital edition of Kazuo Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go for 1.99$ by following this Amazon Associate link. This OneLink will take you to the nearest Amazon site serving your country and you'll see if you can take advantage of this sale.

Here's the blurb:

From the Booker Prize-winning author of The Remains of the Day and When We Were Orphans, comes an unforgettable edge-of-your-seat mystery that is at once heartbreakingly tender and morally courageous about what it means to be human.

Hailsham seems like a pleasant English boarding school, far from the influences of the city. Its students are well tended and supported, trained in art and literature, and become just the sort of people the world wants them to be. But, curiously, they are taught nothing of the outside world and are allowed little contact with it.

Within the grounds of Hailsham, Kathy grows from schoolgirl to young woman, but it’s only when she and her friends Ruth and Tommy leave the safe grounds of the school (as they always knew they would) that they realize the full truth of what Hailsham is.

Never Let Me Go breaks through the boundaries of the literary novel. It is a gripping mystery, a beautiful love story, and also a scathing critique of human arrogance and a moral examination of how we treat the vulnerable and different in our society. In exploring the themes of memory and the impact of the past, Ishiguro takes on the idea of a possible future to create his most moving and powerful book to date.


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You can now download Jay Kristoff's Empire of the Vampires for only 2.99$ by following this Amazon Associate link. This OneLink will take you to the nearest Amazon site serving your country and you'll see if you can take advantage of this sale.

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From New York Times bestselling author Jay Kristoff comes Empire of the Vampire, the first illustrated volume of an astonishing new dark fantasy saga.

From holy cup comes holy light;
The faithful hand sets world aright.
And in the Seven Martyrs’ sight,
Mere man shall end this endless night.

It has been twenty-seven long years since the last sunrise. For nearly three decades, vampires have waged war against humanity; building their eternal empire even as they tear down our own. Now, only a few tiny sparks of light endure in a sea of darkness.

Gabriel de León is a silversaint: a member of a holy brotherhood dedicated to defending realm and church from the creatures of the night. But even the Silver Order could not stem the tide once daylight failed us, and now, only Gabriel remains.

Imprisoned by the very monsters he vowed to destroy, the last silversaint is forced to tell his story. A story of legendary battles and forbidden love, of faith lost and friendships won, of the Wars of the Blood and the Forever King and the quest for humanity’s last remaining hope:

The Holy Grail.


This week's New York Times Bestsellers (June 9th)

In hardcover:

Stephen King's You Like It Darker debuts at number 1. For more info about this title, follow this Amazon Associate link.

Sara Wolf's Heavenbreaker debuts at number 4. For more info about this title, follow this Amazon Associate link.

Rebecca Yarros' Fourth Wing is down three positions, ending the week at number 7. For more info about this title, follow this Amazon Associate link.

Rebecca Yarros' Iron Flame is down one position, ending the week at number 8. For more info about this title, follow this Amazon Associate link.

Mai Corland's Five Broken Blades is down three spots, finishing the week at number 12. For more info about this title, follow this Amazon Associate link.

In paperback:

Sarah J. Maas' A Court of Thorns and Roses is down two positions, ending the week at number 3. For more info about this title, follow this Amazon Associate link.

Sarah J. Maas' A Court of Mist and Fury is down one position, ending the week at number 8. For more info about this title, follow this Amazon Associate link.

Sarah J. Maas' A Court of Wings and Ruin is down one position, ending the week at number 12. For more info about this title, follow this Amazon Associate link.

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You can get your hands on the digital edition of Neal Stephenson's Fall, or Dodge in Hell for only 1.99$ by following this Amazon Associate link. This OneLink will take you to the nearest Amazon site serving your country and you'll see if you can take advantage of this sale.

Here's the blurb:

A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK

The #1 New York Times bestselling author of Seveneves, Anathem, Reamde, and Cryptonomicon returns with a wildly inventive and entertaining science fiction thriller—Paradise Lost by way of Philip K. Dick—that unfolds in the near future, in parallel worlds.

In his youth, Richard “Dodge” Forthrast founded Corporation 9592, a gaming company that made him a multibillionaire. Now in his middle years, Dodge appreciates his comfortable, unencumbered life, managing his myriad business interests, and spending time with his beloved niece Zula and her young daughter, Sophia.

One beautiful autumn day, while he undergoes a routine medical procedure, something goes irrevocably wrong. Dodge is pronounced brain dead and put on life support, leaving his stunned family and close friends with difficult decisions. Long ago, when a much younger Dodge drew up his will, he directed that his body be given to a cryonics company now owned by enigmatic tech entrepreneur Elmo Shepherd. Legally bound to follow the directive despite their misgivings, Dodge’s family has his brain scanned and its data structures uploaded and stored in the cloud, until it can eventually be revived.

In the coming years, technology allows Dodge’s brain to be turned back on. It is an achievement that is nothing less than the disruption of death itself. An eternal afterlife—the Bitworld—is created, in which humans continue to exist as digital souls.

But this brave new immortal world is not the Utopia it might first seem . . .

Fall, or Dodge in Hell is pure, unadulterated fun: a grand drama of analog and digital, man and machine, angels and demons, gods and followers, the finite and the eternal. In this exhilarating epic, Neal Stephenson raises profound existential questions and touches on the revolutionary breakthroughs that are transforming our future. Combining the technological, philosophical, and spiritual in one grand myth, he delivers a mind-blowing speculative literary saga for the modern age.

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You can now download Glen Cook's The Black Company: The First novel of "The Chronicles of the Black Company" for only 2.99$ by following this Amazon Associate link. This OneLink will take you to the nearest Amazon site serving your country and you'll see if you can take advantage of this sale.

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Some feel the Lady, newly risen from centuries in thrall, stands between humankind and evil. Some feel she is evil itself. The hard-bitten men of the Black Company take their pay and do what they must, burying their doubts with their dead.

Until the prophesy: The White Rose has been reborn, somewhere, to embody good once more. There must be a way for the Black Company to find her...

So begins one of the greatest fantasy epics of our age—Glen Cook's Chronicles of the Black Company.

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You can now get your hands on the digital edition of Christopher Ruocchio's Empire of Silence for only 1.99$ by following this Amazon Associate link. This OneLink will take you to the nearest Amazon site serving your country and you'll see if you can take advantage of this sale.

Here's the blurb:

Hadrian Marlowe, a man revered as a hero and despised as a murderer, chronicles his tale in the galaxy-spanning debut of the Sun Eater series, merging the best of space opera and epic fantasy.

It was not his war.

The galaxy remembers him as a hero: the man who burned every last alien Cielcin from the sky. They remember him as a monster: the devil who destroyed a sun, casually annihilating four billion human lives—even the Emperor himself—against Imperial orders.

But Hadrian was not a hero. He was not a monster. He was not even a soldier.

On the wrong planet, at the right time, for the best reasons, Hadrian Marlowe starts down a path that can only end in fire. He flees his father and a future as a torturer only to be left stranded on a strange, backwater world.

Forced to fight as a gladiator and navigate the intrigues of a foreign planetary court, Hadrian must fight a war he did not start, for an Empire he does not love, against an enemy he will never understand.


This week's New York Times Bestsellers (June 2nd)

In hardcover:

Rebecca Yarros' Fourth Wing is up three positions, ending the week at number 4. For more info about this title, follow this Amazon Associate link.

Rebecca Yarros' Iron Flame is up one position, ending the week at number 7. For more info about this title, follow this Amazon Associate link.

Mai Corland's Five Broken Blades is down six spots, finishing the week at number 9. For more info about this title, follow this Amazon Associate link.

In paperback:

Sarah J. Maas' A Court of Thorns and Roses is up one position, ending the week at number 1. For more info about this title, follow this Amazon Associate link.

Sarah J. Maas' A Court of Mist and Fury is down three positions, ending the week at number 7. For more info about this title, follow this Amazon Associate link.

Sarah J. Maas' A Court of Wings and Ruin maintains its position at number 11. For more info about this title, follow this Amazon Associate link.

Sarah J. Maas' Throne of Glass debuts at number 12. For more info about this title, follow this Amazon Associate link.

Sarah J. Maas' A Court of Frost and Starlight is down one spot, finishing the week at number 14. For more info about this title, follow this Amazon Associate link.

You Like It Darker


Stephen King has been a prolific short fiction writer over the years and I was eager to sink my teeth into this new collection as soon as it came out. Speculative fiction novels have been hit or miss for me these last few months, so delving into shorter pieces seemed to be just what the doctor ordered.

I'm glad I did give You Like It Darker a shot, for it was exactly what I needed to get back on track. Sure, it's not perfect and there's a bit of filler material here and there (there always is in anthologies and collections of short stories). But overall, most of the short fiction it contains made for a compelling reading experience.

Here's the blurb:

“You like it darker? Fine, so do I,” writes Stephen King in the afterword to this magnificent new collection of twelve stories that delve into the darker part of life—both metaphorical and literal. King has, for half a century, been a master of the form, and these stories, about fate, mortality, luck, and the folds in reality where anything can happen, are as rich and riveting as his novels, both weighty in theme and a huge pleasure to read. King writes to feel “the exhilaration of leaving ordinary day-to-day life behind,” and in You Like It Darker, readers will feel that exhilaration too, again and again.

“Two Talented Bastids” explores the long-hidden secret of how the eponymous gentlemen got their skills. In “Danny Coughlin’s Bad Dream,” a brief and unprecedented psychic flash upends dozens of lives, Danny’s most catastrophically. In “Rattlesnakes,” a sequel to Cujo, a grieving widower travels to Florida for respite and instead receives an unexpected inheritance—with major strings attached. In “The Dreamers,” a taciturn Vietnam vet answers a job ad and learns that there are some corners of the universe best left unexplored. “The Answer Man” asks if prescience is good luck or bad and reminds us that a life marked by unbearable tragedy can still be meaningful.

King’s ability to surprise, amaze, and bring us both terror and solace remains unsurpassed. Each of these stories holds its own thrills, joys, and mysteries; each feels iconic. You like it darker? You got it.


Given that two novellas, Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption and The Body, rank among my favorite Stephen King reads of all time, I had high expections for You Like It Darker. Understandably, I figure that I'm not the only one for whom the main draw was Rattlesnakes, a sequel to Cujo. And given that I've read that book recently, its story and its characters were still fresh in my mind and I couldn't wait to see what was going to happen to them.

The book opens up with "Two Talented Bastids," a story that explores how two old friends from the same small town ended up achieving great success in their middle years, one as a novelist and the other as an artist. How could two men, talented to a certain degree but not talented enough to really make it, suddenly strike gold and reach stardom in their respective fields? It all began during a hunting trip that took an unexpected turn. "The Fifth Step" recounts the tale of a retired man enjoying his morning paper in Central Park who encounters a recovering alcoholic who's going through the AA steps and who needs a favor. "Willie the Weirdo" is a weird little tale definitely not on par with most of the stories comprising this collection, but it's a quick read so no worries.

The novella Danny Coughlin's Bad Dream is likely the best of the bunch. King explores the notion of belief and how difficult/impossible it is for most people to believe in the supernatural. When Danny Coughlin has a vivid dream that shows him the location of a murdered young woman, something about the nightmare compels him to do some research about the location. Haunted by the visions he saw, on his day off he drives to the abandoned gas station to see if his dream was indeed true. When he finds the half-buried body exactly where he saw it in his nightmare, he calls it in because he wants the killer to be arrested. But no good deed goes unpunished and he soon finds himself the prime suspect in a murder investigation. "Finn" is another odd tale that makes little sense and whose ending offers little in terms of resolution. Feels like an unfinished draft, to be honest. Too bad, because you can't help but feel for the poor guy and would like to know more about his kidnappers. "On Slide Inn Road" recounts the misfortunes of a family getting lost trying to take a shortcut on a little-known country road and features a badass grandpa. Nothing special, but a fun read nonetheless. The same goes for "Red Screen," in which a man tells a detective that he killed his wife because she was possessed by an alien. "The Turbulence Expert" is a Twilight Zone-esque story about people whose duty it is to make sure that planes don't crash. "Laurie" is a nice tale about an old man who gets a puppie after his wife dies and the bond they forge together. Though they're not connected in any ways, this one reminded me of the dog Radar in King's Fairy Tale.

The novella Rattlesnakes is another banger. As a sequel to Cujo, it will help if you're already familiar with the book. Otherwise, you'll miss out on a lot of nuances. I really enjoyed seeing Vic Trenton again and discovering what happened to him and his wife following the events of the novel. It's the first Covid summer and Vic is in Florida to reflect on everything that turned his life upside down recently. Unfortunately, the death of a crazy old lady will lead to his being haunted by ghosts. Vic knows that he's losing his mind and must do something before it's too late. Poignant and creepy, this one was a great read! In "The Dreamers," a Vietnam vet answers an ad to become the assistant of a man who can be nothing but a mad scientist bent on unveiling what lies on the other side of reality. They'll both experience far more than they bargained for. The last piece, "The Answer Man," was first written over forty years ago. King's nephew found the unfinished draft and told him it was too good not to finish. It's interesting that this short story was first written when the author was in his thirties and he completed it when he was seventy-five. King explores the theme of prescience and how it can impact someone's entire life, but not always in the way one had initially believed.

Regardless of the few filler pieces, You Like It Darker demonstrates yet again just how gifted a writer Stephen King truly is.

The final verdict: 8/10

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You can now download Danielle L. Jensen's A Fate Inked in Blood for only 2.99$ by following this Amazon Associate link. This OneLink will take you to the nearest Amazon site serving your country and you'll see if you can take advantage of this sale.

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A shield maiden blessed by the gods battles to unite a nation under a power-hungry king—while also fighting her growing desire for his fiery son—in the first book of a Norse-inspired fantasy romance series from the bestselling author of The Bridge Kingdom series.

Bound in an unwanted marriage, Freya spends her days gutting fish, but dreams of becoming a warrior. And of putting an axe in her boorish husband’s back.

Freya’s dreams abruptly become reality when her husband betrays her to the region’s jarl, landing her in a fight to the death against his son, Bjorn. To survive, Freya is forced to reveal her deepest secret: She possesses a drop of a goddess’s blood, which makes her a shield maiden with magic capable of repelling any attack. It was foretold such a magic would unite the fractured nation of Skaland beneath the one who controls the shield maiden’s fate.

Believing he’s destined to rule Skaland as king, the fanatical jarl binds Freya with a blood oath and orders Bjorn to protect her from their enemies. Desperate to prove her strength, Freya must train to fight and learn to control her magic, all while facing perilous tests set by the gods. The greatest test of all, however, may be resisting her forbidden attraction to Bjorn. If Freya succumbs to her lust for the charming and fierce warrior, she risks not only her own destiny but the fate of all the people she swore to protect.


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You can get your hands on the digital edition of Scott Hawkins' The Library at Mount Char for only 1.99$ by following this Amazon Associate link. This OneLink will take you to the nearest Amazon site serving your country and you'll see if you can take advantage of this sale.

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A missing God.
A library with the secrets to the universe.
A woman too busy to notice her heart slipping away.

Carolyn's not so different from the other people around her. She likes guacamole and cigarettes and steak. She knows how to use a phone. Clothes are a bit tricky, but everyone says nice things about her outfit with the Christmas sweater over the gold bicycle shorts.

After all, she was a normal American herself once.

That was a long time ago, of course. Before her parents died. Before she and the others were taken in by the man they called Father.

In the years since then, Carolyn hasn't had a chance to get out much. Instead, she and her adopted siblings have been raised according to Father's ancient customs. They've studied the books in his Library and learned some of the secrets of his power. And sometimes, they've wondered if their cruel tutor might secretly be God.

Now, Father is missing—perhaps even dead—and the Library that holds his secrets stands unguarded. And with it, control over all of creation.

As Carolyn gathers the tools she needs for the battle to come, fierce competitors for this prize align against her, all of them with powers that far exceed her own.

But Carolyn has accounted for this.

And Carolyn has a plan.

The only trouble is that in the war to make a new God, she's forgotten to protect the things that make her human.

Populated by an unforgettable cast of characters and propelled by a plot that will shock you again and again, The Library at Mount Char is at once horrifying and hilarious, mind-blowingly alien and heartbreakingly human, sweepingly visionary and nail-bitingly thrilling—and signals the arrival of a major new voice in fantasy.

Quote of the Day

Dreams are like cotton candy: they just melt away.

- STEPHEN KING, You Like It Darker

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You can now download Robert Jackson Bennett's The Tainted Cup for only 2.99$ by following this Amazon Associate link. This OneLink will take you to the nearest Amazon site serving your country and you'll see if you can take advantage of this sale.

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In Daretana’s greatest mansion, a high imperial officer lies dead—killed, to all appearances, when a tree erupted from his body. Even here at the Empire’s borders, where contagions abound and the blood of the leviathans works strange magical changes, it’s a death both terrifying and impossible.

Assigned to investigate is Ana Dolabra, a detective whose reputation for brilliance is matched only by her eccentricities. Rumor has it that she wears a blindfold at all times, and that she can solve impossible cases without even stepping outside the walls of her home.

At her side is her new assistant, Dinios Kol, magically altered in ways that make him the perfect aide to Ana’s brilliance. Din is at turns scandalized, perplexed, and utterly infuriated by his new superior—but as the case unfolds and he watches Ana’s mind leap from one startling deduction to the next, he must admit that she is, indeed, the Empire’s greatest detective.

As the two close in on a mastermind and uncover a scheme that threatens the Empire itself, Din realizes he’s barely begun to assemble the puzzle that is Ana Dolabra—and wonders how long he’ll be able to keep his own secrets safe from her piercing intellect.

By an “endlessly inventive” (Vulture) author with a “wicked sense of humor” (NPR), The Tainted Cup mixes the charms of detective fiction with brilliant world-building to deliver a fiendishly clever mystery that’s at once instantly recognizable and thrillingly new.


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You can now get your hands on the digital edition of Naomi Novik's Uprooted for only 1.99$ by following this Amazon Associate link. This OneLink will take you to the nearest Amazon site serving your country and you'll see if you can take advantage of this sale.

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“Our Dragon doesn’t eat the girls he takes, no matter what stories they tell outside our valley. We hear them sometimes, from travelers passing through. They talk as though we were doing human sacrifice, and he were a real dragon. Of course that’s not true: he may be a wizard and immortal, but he’s still a man, and our fathers would band together and kill him if he wanted to eat one of us every ten years. He protects us against the Wood, and we’re grateful, but not that grateful.”

Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted Wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life.

Her people rely on the cold, driven wizard known only as the Dragon to keep its powers at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman handed over to serve him for ten years, a fate almost as terrible as falling to the Wood.

The next choosing is fast approaching, and Agnieszka is afraid. She knows—everyone knows—that the Dragon will take Kasia: beautiful, graceful, brave Kasia, all the things Agnieszka isn’t, and her dearest friend in the world. And there is no way to save her.

But Agnieszka fears the wrong things. For when the Dragon comes, it is not Kasia he will choose.

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You can now download Raymond E. Feist's Magician: Apprentice for only 1.99$ by following this Amazon Associate link. This OneLink will take you to the nearest Amazon site serving your country and you'll see if you can take advantage of this sale.

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A worthy pupil . . . A dangerous quest

To the forest on the shore of the Kingdom of the Isles, the orphan Pug came to study with the master magician Kulgan. But though his courage won him a place at court and the heart of a lovely Princess, he was ill at ease with the normal ways of wizardry.

Yet Pug's strange sort of magic would one day change forever the fates of two worlds. For dark beings from another world had opened a rift in the fabric of spacetime to being again the age-old battle between the forces of Order and Chaos.


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As the Holy War approaches its climax, emperors will fall, and terrifying revelations will come to light, in the final novel of the acclaimed fantasy epic.

All opposition to the man once derided as the Prince of Nothing has vanished or been vanquished. Their leaders slain, the heathen Fanim have fled in disarray. One final march will bring the Holy War to the fabled city of Shimeh. But so very much has changed.

Anasurimbor Kellhus, the Warrior-Prophet, now leads the Men of the Tusk. The cuckolded sorcerer Achamian serves as his tutor, betraying his school to protect the man he believes can prevent the Second Apocalypse. The Scylvendi barbarian, Cnaiur, succumbs finally to madness. The Consult, sensing the endgame near, work frantically to prepare for the coming of the No-God.

The final reckoning is at hand. Faceless assassins will strike in the dead of night. The sorcerous Schools will be unleashed. And Anasurimbor Kellhus will at last confront his father and the dread revelation of the Thousandfold Thought.


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