After a particularly rough start, I was afraid that, like Skirmish and Battle, this new House War installment would be another book that failed to recapture the epicness and the awesomeness of The Sun Sword series. But I was pleasantly surprised that Oracle moves the story forward in unexpected ways and is chock-full of revelations the way Sea of Sorrows turned out to be. As such, it's the best work focused on the aftermath of the Sun Sword thus far.

The main problem continues to be Jewel and the pivotal role she plays in the House War series. Three volumes in, it's obvious that Jewel alone cannot carry such a complex tale on her shoulders. Regardless of how fascinating some of the plot twists involving her continue to be, when it's great it's usually in spite of Jewel, not because of her. She remains the same insufferable and annoying young woman we've known for a long time, with very little character growth to speak of. It doesn't help that two other major protagonists, namely Teller and Finch, are bland and often boring. As mentioned before, The Sun Sword benefited from its diverse cast, all of whom having important roles to play in the outcome of the series. I opined that the downsizing of the House War books was definitely detrimental to the series as a whole. The good news is that Michelle West upped her game in Oracle, with two new important POV characters whose perspectives bring new energy and originality to a cast that sorely needed both.

Here's the blurb:

In this epic fantasy series for fans of George R. R. Martin and Robin Hobb, Jewel Markess must contend with deadly court politics, and visions of looming magical threats.

Beneath the streets of Averalaan, capital city of the Essalieyan Empire, lie the three Princes of the firstborn, doomed to sleep until the end of days. When gods walked the world, they feared the Sleepers—and the Sleepers are waking.

House Terafin has already felt the consequences of their stirring.

To save the city and the House over which she rules, Jewel Markess ATerafin must face the Oracle. She leaves a divided House and a city haunted by demons in human guise. At no time in Terafin’s history has it faced the dangers it now faces, and it will face them bereft of its leader.

But the path of the Oracle was old when the gods ceased to walk the world. Ancient creatures stalk winter skies at the behest of the demons, who mean to ensure that she will never reach the Oracle’s side.

Secrets, long hidden from all but the firstborn, will finally be brought to light. Choices will be made, and paths chosen, from which there will be no return....

It will come as no surprise that the worldbuilding remains the most amazing facet of these novels. As mentioned in my previous review, in many ways it's what is holding the story together at the moment. It's evident that there is a depth to Michelle West's universe that rivals those of Tolkien, Erikson, and Bakker. Morever, it's a depth that keeps growing with each new installment. That's truly saying something, especially since Oracle raises the bar in a way we haven't seen since Sea of Sorrows. New revelations about the firstborn, the Ariani, the Sleepers, the gods and goddesses, the cats, Meralonne, the Oracle, the Winter Court, the Sen, the Cities of Man, and more add yet new layers to what is already one of the most convoluted fantasy series of all time. The author continues to shine in that regard and that's no easy feat.

In both Skirmish and Battle, the characterization left something to be desired. As mentioned in my review of both books, I believe that your mileage will vary regarding this. Readers who love Jewel will likely enjoy them as much as the others. Perhaps more, if truth be told. For those for whom, like me, Jewel is just one of the protagonists and not their favorite, it remains very tricky. I claimed that I doubted that Jewel could carry this series on her own, ever. And I stand by those words until proven wrong. I bemoaned the absence of thoughtful perspectives of such flawed protagonists as Diora, Teresa, Kallandras, Margret, Valedan, Alina, Ser Anton, and others. With each new installment, West continues to give more importance to Finch and Teller, yet both den members can't seem to come into their own. House business and commercial ventures and unending conversations meant for the younger ATerafin to be brought up to speed by more experienced people got so boring that I considered skipping whatever had to do with them. I didn't, but it was close. What differentiates Oracle from its two predecessors is the addition of new important POVS, those of the botanist/spy Birgide Viranyi and of den member Jester, and to a lesser extent, that of Andrei, which brought new life to the House War series. Even better, as Jewel walks the path of the Oracle, we see events unfold through the eyes of her companions nearly as much as her own, which helps a lot if you're not rooting for team Jewel. This novel is the one in which there is the best balance between points of view, and it makes for a better overall reading experience.

Once more, the pace throughout Oracle can be quite uneven. As was the case with both Skirmish and Battle, everything that has to do with the greater scheme of things is interesting and the implications for the future quite engrossing. Not since Sea of Sorrows has West revealed so many secrets and I for one can't wait for what comes next. I always believed that Jewel was meant to replace the seer Evayne when all was said and done, yet what the author has in store for her is way more awesome than that! However, dealing with the minutiae of House business continues to make for long and boring chapters. Case in point the first 200 pages or so if this book. Once Jewel and her companion set out on their quest, the next 160 pages follow Jester delivering three messages for Finch and an incident at the Merchants' Guild. Trouble is, if not for the Finch/Teller/House business chapters, Oracle would have been as good as the Sun Sword books. The rationale behind spending so many pages (in both series) elaborating on House Terafin business/members/what not is that Jewel will need something she loves and cannot stand to lose to stand up against the forces of evil that will try to destroy the capital and the rest of the world. We've known this since forever, so I'm wondering why West feels the need to "waste" hundreds and hundreds of pages over the course of numerous books just to hammer this into readers' minds. We get it. Seriously, we do. Thankfully, after that horribly slow beginning, such sequences are fewer and far between. But they still bring the tale's momentum to a standstill every time they occur.

As is usually her wont, West brings this novel to its conclusion with another captivating endgame. The finale, a little overlong and overdone, sets the stage for what should be something special. But since Firstborn is essentially the first half of War, which grew too big to be published as a single novel (this is a recurring problem for West, it seems), I'm concerned as to how well it will stand on its own.

Still, building on past plotlines and unveiling new ones, Oracle elevates the House War series to new heights.

The final verdict: 8.5/10

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In a city that runs on industrialized magic, a secret war will be fought to overwrite reality itself–the first in a dazzling new fantasy series from City of Stairs author Robert Jackson Bennett.

Sancia Grado is a thief, and a damn good one. And her latest target, a heavily guarded warehouse on Tevanne’s docks, is nothing her unique abilities can’t handle.

But unbeknownst to her, Sancia’s been sent to steal an artifact of unimaginable power, an object that could revolutionize the magical technology known as scriving. The Merchant Houses who control this magic–the art of using coded commands to imbue everyday objects with sentience–have already used it to transform Tevanne into a vast, remorseless capitalist machine. But if they can unlock the artifact’s secrets, they will rewrite the world itself to suit their aims.

Now someone in those Houses wants Sancia dead, and the artifact for themselves. And in the city of Tevanne, there’s nobody with the power to stop them.

To have a chance at surviving—and at stopping the deadly transformation that’s under way—Sancia will have to marshal unlikely allies, learn to harness the artifact’s power for herself, and undergo her own transformation, one that will turn her into something she could never have imagined.

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One of the best books I've read in a long time!

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An Alabama boy’s innocence is shaken by murder and madness in the 1960s South in this novel by the New York Times–bestselling author of Swan Song.

It’s 1964 in idyllic Zephyr, Alabama. People either work for the paper mill up the Tecumseh River, or for the local dairy. It’s a simple life, but it stirs the impressionable imagination of twelve-year-old aspiring writer Cory Mackenson. He’s certain he’s sensed spirits whispering in the churchyard. He’s heard of the weird bootleggers who lurk in the dark outside of town. He’s seen a flood leave Main Street crawling with snakes. Cory thrills to all of it as only a young boy can.

Then one morning, while accompanying his father on his milk route, he sees a car careen off the road and slowly sink into fathomless Saxon’s Lake. His father dives into the icy water to rescue the driver, and finds a beaten corpse, naked and handcuffed to the steering wheel—a copper wire tightened around the stranger’s neck. In time, the townsfolk seem to forget all about the unsolved murder. But Cory and his father can’t.

Their search for the truth is a journey into a world where innocence and evil collide. What lies before them is the stuff of fear and awe, magic and madness, fantasy and reality. As Cory wades into the deep end of Zephyr and all its mysteries, he’ll discover that while the pleasures of childish things fade away, growing up can be a strange and beautiful ride.

The Aeronaut's Windlass

As a big Dresden Files fan, I'm a bit shocked that it took me so long to give Jim Butcher's The Cinder Spires series a shot. And yet, given the fact that it took the author eight years to release the sequel, perhaps it was for the best. But when the folks at Ace sent me an ARC of the second volume, I knew the time had come to finally read The Aeronaut's Windlass.

Given the steampunk setting and the Victorian era dialogue, this series is a totally different beast than the Dresden books. Hence, if you weren't able to get into the Dresden Files, perhaps The Cinder Spires will be more to your liking. The Aeronaut's Windlass is more a swashbuckling fantasy adventure than steampunk science fiction, and it also features talking cats. Just saying!

Here's the blurb:

Jim Butcher, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Dresden Files and the Codex Alera novels, conjures up a new series set in a fantastic world of noble families, steam-powered technology, and magic-wielding warriors…

Since time immemorial, the Spires have sheltered humanity, towering for miles over the mist-shrouded surface of the world. Within their halls, aristocratic houses have ruled for generations, developing scientific marvels, fostering trade alliances, and building fleets of airships to keep the peace.

Captain Grimm commands the merchant ship, Predator. Fiercely loyal to Spire Albion, he has taken their side in the cold war with Spire Aurora, disrupting the enemy’s shipping lines by attacking their cargo vessels. But when the Predator is severely damaged in combat, leaving captain and crew grounded, Grimm is offered a proposition from the Spirearch of Albion—to join a team of agents on a vital mission in exchange for fully restoring Predator to its fighting glory.

And even as Grimm undertakes this dangerous task, he will learn that the conflict between the Spires is merely a premonition of things to come. Humanity’s ancient enemy, silent for more than ten thousand years, has begun to stir once more. And death will follow in its wake…

À la Mark Lawrence, Jim Butcher keeps his cards rather close to his chest as far as the worldbuilding is concerned. Though the author provides a ton of information regarding the ships that fly through the etherical currents and the technology that powers them, very little is disclosed about the Spires and their history. All we know is that ten thousand years before, the Merciful Builders created them to shelter mankind from the dangers of the surface and then disappeared. There are mentions of a God in Heaven, Archangels, and an ancient enemy, but that's about it. It's unclear whether or not this is an alien world or a post-apocalyptic Earth. The second installment provides more information in that regard, but The Aeronaut's Windlass is more of a self-contained adventure that deliver very little details about the greater scheme of things.

Unlike the Dresden Files, two of the lead protagonists are female characters. Indeed, the bulk of the tale unfolds through the eyes of Gwendolyn Lancaster, heir to one of the most powerful Houses of Spire Albion, and Bridget Tagwynn, a young woman forced to fulfill her family obligation and join the Spirearch's Guard. The other main character is Francis Madison Grimm, captain of Predator. The three of them are thrown together when agents of Spire Aurora attempt to cripple Spire Albion. The supporting cast is made up of a bunch of colorful men and women, chief among them Journeyman, Kettle, and the rest of Grimm's crew, as well as the etherealists Master Ferus and his apprentice Folly. Once again, Butcher sure came up with a great cast. Add to that talking cats and making them an important part of the plot and you're in for a fun and entertaining read.

The best and worse aspects of The Aeronaut's Windlass just might be the fact that it's too self-contained for its own good. Although it's evidently the first chapter in a much larger tale, the book does provide a few tidbits that promise bigger and better things to come, and its ending leaves the door open for a major conflict between Spires Albion and Aurora. Still, I would have loved to discover more about the world's more ancient history, the Spires themselves, the dangers lurking on the surface, and the etherealists, these mad wizard-like figures, and their powers. To fully enjoy this first volume, you simply need to buckle up, enjoy the show, and not ask too many questions. If you can do that, chances are you'll love this novel. If you can't, then your mileage may vary.

Butcher keeps the plot moving at a good clip and there's never a dull moment from start to finish. The Aeronaut's Windlass is definitely a fun romp. Even if I would have preferred more depth up front, there's no denying that this is a fun-filled adventure that will keep you turning those pages. With a thrilling endgame and a rousing finale, this novel sets the stage for what could be another exciting series. Time will tell if Jim Butcher can up his game and deliver more ambitious sequels and not just rely on the same recipe for what comes next.

The Aeronaut's Windlass is a swashbuckling steampunk fantasy adventure featuring a cast of memorable characters. If you haven't read it yet, with the second volume coming out this fall, the timing is perfect for you to give it a go!

The final verdict: 7.75/10

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Dan Frey's The Future Is Yours turned out to be one of my favorite reads of 2021. So when the folks at Del Rey got in touch with me to inquire about whether or not I wanted to get an early read of his forthcoming Dreambound, I immediately said yes.

Unfortunately, Frey's latest is nothing compared to its predecessor. If anything, it reads like something akin to a second draft, lacking polish and with lots of half-assed plot details. Given how much I enjoyed The Future Is Yours, this was a major disappointment for me.

Here's the blurb:

When Byron Kidd’s twelve-year-old daughter vanishes, the only clue is a note claiming that she’s taken off to explore the Hidden World, a magical land from a series of popular novels. She is not the only child to seek out this imaginary realm in recent years, and Byron—a cynical and hard-nosed reporter—is determined to discover the whereabouts of dozens of missing kids.

Byron secures a high-profile interview with Annabelle Tobin, the eccentric author of the books, and heads off to her palatial home in the Hollywood Hills. But the truth Byron discovers is more fantastic than he ever could have dreamed.

As he unearths locations from the books that seem to be bleeding into the real world, he must shed his doubts and dive headfirst into the mystical secrets of Los Angeles if he hopes to reunite with his child. Soon Byron finds himself on his own epic journey—but if he’s not careful, he could be the next one to disappear.

Told through journal entries, transcripts, emails, and excerpts from Tobin’s novels, Dreambound is a spellbinding homage to Los Angeles and an immersive and fast-paced story of how far a father will go—even delving into impossible worlds—to save his daughter.

As was the case with The Future Is Yours, Frey's new work is another epistolary novel. Which means that it is written as a series of documents such as emails, text messages, various transcripts, newspaper articles, journal entries, etc. Once more, I was a bit worried about such an unusual structure. But in the end, at least for The Future Is Yours, it worked superbly and made for quick and compulsive reading. Frey's modern take on the epistolary novel showed that you can write thought-provoking science fiction that's big on concepts and ideas with this sort of unorthodox narrative structure. In many ways, it was this particular framework that made the book such a page-turning experience. Alas, this same format made Dreambound a failure to launch. Though it does work rather well early on, it soon becomes evident that an epistolary novel didn't work to recount this story. Or more exactly, it didn't work for me. I found it hard for the tale to gather an sort of traction or momentum, and I found myself quickly losing interest the more I read. The more esoteric the story became, the less engaged I was with the plot. In my humble opinion, this format prevented the author from conveying the tale the way it was meant to be told.

The worldbuilding is probably the most half-assed aspect of this novel. I found it original how the Hidden World mirrors certain Los Angeles landmarks. Beyond that, however, everything that has to do with the Green Man and his world was bland and uninspired. It looks as though very little effort went into its creation and the execution of every scene taking place over there is decidedly subpar. Hard to believe that Rowling-esque Annabelle Tobin could have sold millions of books with such a lackluster universe. I felt that too little time was spent fleshing out Ciara's adventures in the Fairy Tale series, which probably explains why the Hidden World sequences felt so stale and derivative.

I know that epistolary novels appear to be Dan Frey's thing. Relying on brief extracts from various documents makes it easy to hide the fact that he is a screenwriter and not a novelist. Longer excerpts from fictional books show that his prose isn't always up to par and could use some work. This is particularly obvious in the Fairy Tale installments' extracts, which often read a bit like fanfic. Another problem was the collection of folk tales published in 1899, yet reads like something compiled and written last year by a young college student. These are the reasons why it feels as though this is just a draft and not the final copy edit of a book.

Characterization is also an issue. It's impossible not to root for poor Byron Kidd at the beginning. You can't help but feel for the grieving father hell-bent on finding his daughter and bringing her back home. Trouble is, the more mystical and mysterious his investigation becomes, too often the main character becomes dense on purpose to draw everything out and keep the plot from moving forward too rapidly. Other than colorful Misha, whom was almost made a caricature featuring every single SJW facet one could cram into somebody, the rest of the supporting cast are made up of people that left me completely indifferent.

Still, regardless of the clumsy execution, I believed that the endgame and the ending could still save the novel. Sadly, the last third of Dreambound goes down the crapper in spectacular fashion, delivering a piss-poor ending that was so nonsensical I wanted to throw the book as far as I could. It's too bad, because the premise truly had potential and the blurb had my curiosity piqued in earnest.

Disappointing. . .

The final verdict: 5/10

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Taylor is the name, John Taylor. My card says I’m a detective, but what I really am is an expert on finding lost things. It’s part of the gift I was born with as a child of the Nightside.

I left there a long time ago, with my skin and sanity barely intact. Now I make my living in the sunlit streets of London. But business has been slow lately, so when Joanna Barrett showed up at my door, reeking of wealth, asking me to find her runaway teenage daughter, I didn’t say no.

Then I found out exactly where the girl had gone.

The Nightside. That square mile of Hell in the middle of the city, where it’s always three A.M. Where you can walk beside myths and drink with monsters. Where nothing is what it seems and everything is possible.

I swore I’d never return. But there’s a kid in danger and a woman depending on me. So I have no choice—I’m going home.

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Quote of the Day

Grimm supposed the he had very little to say to anyone when it came to matters of relationships. The last time he'd seen his wife had been after airship-to-airship combat, and he'd been preparing to accept her surrender after she'd commanded transport in the devastating raid upon the skyport of Habble Landing that completely destroyed it, along with a dozen airships--Predator very nearly one of them. But she'd managed to escape, which was no great testament to his strength as a captain--or as a husband, he supposed.

- JIM BUTCHER, The Olympian Affair

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Ryland Grace is the sole survivor on a desperate, last-chance mission—and if he fails, humanity and the earth itself will perish.

Except that right now, he doesn’t know that. He can’t even remember his own name, let alone the nature of his assignment or how to complete it.

All he knows is that he’s been asleep for a very, very long time. And he’s just been awakened to find himself millions of miles from home, with nothing but two corpses for company.

His crewmates dead, his memories fuzzily returning, Ryland realizes that an impossible task now confronts him. Hurtling through space on this tiny ship, it’s up to him to puzzle out an impossible scientific mystery—and conquer an extinction-level threat to our species.

And with the clock ticking down and the nearest human being light-years away, he’s got to do it all alone.

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An irresistible interstellar adventure as only Andy Weir could deliver, Project Hail Mary is a tale of discovery, speculation, and survival to rival The Martian—while taking us to places it never dreamed of going.

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In the near future, if Vegas games are ingeniously scam-proof, then the heists have to be too, in this imaginative and whip-smart story by the New York Times bestselling author of The Martian.

An IT whiz at the Babylon Casino is enlisted to upgrade security for the game of keno and its random-number generator. The new quantum computer system is foolproof. But someone on the inside is no fool. For once the odds may not favor the house—unless human ingenuity isn’t entirely a thing of the past.

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Reality is broken.

At first, it looks like a disease. An epidemic that spreads through no known means, driving its victims mad with memories of a life they never lived. But the force that’s sweeping the world is no pathogen. It’s just the first shock wave, unleashed by a stunning discovery—and what’s in jeopardy is not our minds but the very fabric of time itself.

In New York City, Detective Barry Sutton is closing in on the truth—and in a remote laboratory, neuroscientist Helena Smith is unaware that she alone holds the key to this mystery . . . and the tools for fighting back.

Together, Barry and Helena will have to confront their enemy—before they, and the world, are trapped in a loop of ever-growing chaos.

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It’s five years after the Rebel Alliance destroyed the Death Star, defeated Darth Vader and the Emperor, and drove the remnants of the old Imperial Starfleet to a distant corner of the galaxy. Princess Leia and Han Solo are married and expecting Jedi twins. And Luke Skywalker has become the first in a long-awaited line of Jedi Knights.

But thousands of light-years away, the last of the Emperor’s warlords, Grand Admiral Thrawn, has taken command of the shattered Imperial fleet, readied it for war, and pointed it at the fragile heart of the New Republic. For this dark warrior has made two vital discoveries that could destroy everything the courageous men and women of the Rebel Alliance fought so hard to build.

Features a bonus section following the novel that includes a primer on the Star Wars expanded universe, and over half a dozen excerpts from some of the most popular Star Wars books of the last thirty years!

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A gripping and atmospheric reimagining of Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Fall of the House of Usher” from Hugo, Locus, and Nebula award-winning author T. Kingfisher

When Alex Easton, a retired soldier, receives word that their childhood friend Madeline Usher is dying, they race to the ancestral home of the Ushers in the remote countryside of Ruritania.

What they find there is a nightmare of fungal growths and possessed wildlife, surrounding a dark, pulsing lake. Madeline sleepwalks and speaks in strange voices at night, and her brother Roderick is consumed with a mysterious malady of the nerves.

Aided by a redoubtable British mycologist and a baffled American doctor, Alex must unravel the secret of the House of Usher before it consumes them all.

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This week's New York Times Bestsellers (August 13th)

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Rebecca Yarros' Fourth Wing maintains its position at number 1.

Pierce Brown's Light Bringer debuts at number 2.

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Stephen King's Fairy Tale is down one spot, finishing the week at number 14.

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From city streets where secrets are bartered for gold to forests teeming with fabled beasts, a sweeping epic of forgotten magic and violent conquests unfolds in this richly drawn fantasy inspired by the pre-colonial empires of West Africa.


In the ancient city of Bassa, Danso is a clever scholar on the cusp of achieving greatness—except he doesn’t want it. Instead, he prefers to chase forbidden stories about what lies outside the city walls. The Bassai elite claim there is nothing of interest. The city’s immigrants are sworn to secrecy.

But when Danso stumbles across a warrior wielding magic that shouldn’t exist, he’s put on a collision course with Bassa’s darkest secrets. Drawn into the city’s hidden history, he sets out on a journey beyond its borders. And the chaos left in the wake of his discovery threatens to destroy the empire.

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This “worthy, entertaining addition to fantasy literature” tells the epic saga of a righteous warrior/avenger who battles an evil wizard, dragons, and cyclopean armies to liberate an imperiled kingdom (Starlog).

The Sword of Bedwyr: Luthien Bedwyr vows to rescue the beleaguered land of Eriador from the evil reign of Wizard-King Greensparrow. But first Luthien must secure two weapons from a dragon’s lair: a legendary sword and a blood-red cape that renders its wearer invisible. Aided by a halfling thief, an ancient mage, and a beautiful elf slave, Luthien prepares for insurgence as the Crimson Shadow.

Luthien’s Gamble: With the rallying support of enslaved humans, defiant peasants, and Fairborn elves, Luthien has forged a path for the freedom of his kingdom as the avenging Crimson Shadow. But when his tyrannical adversary makes a bid for peace by calling back his army of cyclops, Luthien suspects the evil wizard is setting a trap.

The Dragon King: Luthien Bedwyr’s alter ego wields a magical sword and wears a scarlet cape that renders him invisible. But his greatest enemy, the evil Wizard-King, has a counterpart of his own: an unstoppable, bloodthirsty colossus of a dragon. Now the ultimate battle for a kingdom will reach its spellbinding endgame in the rousing finale to a trilogy “filled with memorable characters and compelling action” (Terry Brooks).

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Linus Baker is a by-the-book case worker in the Department in Charge of Magical Youth. He's tasked with determining whether six dangerous magical children are likely to bring about the end of the world.

Arthur Parnassus is the master of the orphanage. He would do anything to keep the children safe, even if it means the world will burn. And his secrets will come to light.

The House in the Cerulean Sea is an enchanting love story, masterfully told, about the profound experience of discovering an unlikely family in an unexpected place—and realizing that family is yours.

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A vampire turns Los Angeles into a city of the dead in this novel by the New York Times–bestselling and Bram Stoker Award–winning author of Swan Song.

The Kronsteen castle, a gothic monstrosity, looms over Los Angeles. Built during Hollywood’s golden age for a long-dead screen idol with a taste for the macabre, it stands as a decaying reminder of the past. Since the owner’s murder, no living thing has ever again taken up residence. But it isn’t abandoned. Prince Conrad Vulkan, Hungarian master of the vampires, as old as the centuries, calls it home. His plan is to replace all humankind with his kind. And he’s starting with the psychotic dregs of society in the City of Angels.

The number of victims is growing night after night, and so is Vulkan’s legion of the dead. As a glittering city bleeds into a necropolis, a band of vampire hunters takes action: an avenging young boy who saw his parents devoured; a television star whose lover has an affinity for the supernatural; a dying priest chosen by God to defend the world; a female reporter investigating a rash of cemetery desecrations; and LAPD homicide detective Andy Palatazin, an immigrant who survived a vampire attack in his native Hungary when he was child and has been hunting evil across the globe for decades.

Palatazin knows that to stop the Prince of Darkness, one must invade his nest. He knows it’s also a suicide mission. But it’s the only way to save the city—and the world—from vampire domination.

You can also download Robert R. McCammon's Baal for only 3.99$ here.

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A woman gives birth to a child whose evilness threatens all mankind.

Mary Kate is an ordinary woman: a waitress in a diner, stuck in a loveless marriage to an English-major-turned-cabbie. But whoever assaults her in a New York City alley is far from ordinary. As the man’s icy grip burns her skin, she couldn’t grasp the dark fate that awaits her. The rape leaves her carrying a child, who she and her husband name Jeffrey. As they try to live as a family, a mysterious force poisons them against each other. Finally overcome with hate for her husband, Mary Kate kills him, sending herself to jail and the child to an orphanage. There the boy takes a new name, Baal, and develops sinister powers that flourish as he approaches adulthood. When Baal becomes a man, the whole world will tremble before him.

Finally, you can also download Robert R. McCammon's Mister Slaughter for only 1.99$ here.

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In 1702, Matthew Corbett is an apprentice problem solver for the Herrald Agency, currently tasked with accompanying serial killer Tyranthus Slaughter on a journey from a Philadelphia asylum to the New York City waterfront. But during the trip, Mr. Slaughter tempts Matthew and his colleague Hudson Greathouse with an unexpected offer—leading to catastrophic outcomes. This darkly compelling novel delves into both the mind of a murderer and the process of a city and a nation moving into the future.

This week's New York Times Bestsellers (August 6th)

In hardcover:

Rebecca Yarros' Fourth Wing maintains its position at number 1.

Chloe Gong's Immortal Longings debuts at number 14.

In paperback:

Stephen King's Fairy Tale returns at number 13.

More inexpensive ebook goodies!

You can now download Mervyn Peake's The Illustrated Gormenghast Trilogy for only 3.99$ 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 young heir matures within a bleak, sprawling castle filled with intrigue in this epic gothic trilogy, featuring over 100 illustrations by the author.

Titus is expected to rule this extraordinary kingdom and his eccentric and wayward subjects. But with the arrival of an ambitious kitchen boy, Steerpike, the established order is thrown into disarray. Over the course of these three novels—Titus Groan, Gormenghast, and Titus Alone—Titus must contend with a kingdom about to implode beneath the weight of centuries of intrigue, treachery, manipulation, and murder.

Intoxicating, rich, and unique, The Gormenghast Trilogy is a tour de force that ranks as one of the twentieth century's most remarkable feats of imaginative writing. This special edition, published for the centenary of Mervyn Peake’s birth, is accompanied by over one hundred of Peake's dazzling drawings.