This week's New York Times Bestsellers (June 23rd)

In hardcover:

Stephen King's You Like It Darker is down two spots, finishing the week at number 4. For more info about this title, follow this Amazon Associate link.

Carissa Broadbent's The Ashes and the Star-Cursed King debuts at number 5. For more info about this title, follow this Amazon Associate link.

K.A. Linde's The Wren in the Holly Library debuts at number 6. For more info about this title, follow this Amazon Associate link.

Rebecca Yarros' Fourth Wing is down three positions, ending the week at number 8. For more info about this title, follow this Amazon Associate link.

Rebecca Yarros' Iron Flame is down three positions, ending the week at number 9. For more info about this title, follow this Amazon Associate link.

Sara Wolf's Heavenbreaker is down five spots, finishing the week at number 13. For more info about this title, follow this Amazon Associate link.

In paperback:

Sarah J. Maas' A Court of Thorns and Roses is down one position, ending the week at number 2. 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 7. 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 10. For more info about this title, follow this Amazon Associate link.

Sarah J. Maas' A Court of Silver Flames is down two spots, finishing the week at number 15. 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 L. E. Modesitt, jr.'s The Magic of Recluce 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.

And here's the blurb:

With The Magic of Recluce, L.E. Modesitt made his impressive hardcover debut, breaking out in wide scope and grand scale with a novel in the great tradition of the war between good and evil in a wonderful fantasy world. Modesitt had been producing fast-paced, slickly-written novels of SF adventure, often compared to the work of Keith Laumer and Gordon R. Dickson. Then, in his biggest and best book yet, he broadened his canvas and turned to fantasy and magic, stepping immediately into the front rank of contemporary fantasy writers.

The Magic of Recluce is a carefully-plotted fantasy novel of character about the growth and education of a young magician. In it, Modesitt confronts real moral issues with gripping force, builds atmosphere slowly and convincingly and gives his central character, Lerris, real intellectual challenges. This is the kind of highly-rationalized fantasy that Poul Anderson and Gordon R. Dickson write when they write fantasy, colorful and detailed.

He is given the standard two options: permanent exile from Recluce or the dangergeld, a complex, rule-laden wanderjahr in the lands beyond Recluce with the aim of learning how the world works and what his place in it might be. Many do not survive. He chooses dangergeld.

Though magic is rarely discussed openly in Recluce, it becomes clear, when Lerris is sent into intensive training for his quest, that he has a natural talent for it during his weapons lessons. And he will need magic in the lands beyond, where the power of the Chaos Wizards reigns unchecked. He must learn to use his powers in an orderly way or fall prey to Chaos.

Lerris may resent order, but he has no difficulty choosing good over evil. As he begins his lonely journey, he falls into the company of a gray magician, once of Recluce, who tutors him in the use of magic and shows him some of the devastation caused by the Chaos Wizards in the great wars between Chaos and Order of past times.

Lerris pursues a quest for knowledge and power that leads him across strange lands, through the ghostly ruins of the old capitol of Chaos, down the white roads of the Chaos Wizards to a final battle with the archenemy of Order, discovering in the end true control of magic, true love, and the beginning of true wisdom. An epic adventure, The Magic of Recluce0, is a triumph of fantasy.

The Magic of Recluce is the first book of the saga of Recluce.

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You can now get your hands on the digital edition of Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts' Daughter of the Empire, first installment in the excellent Empire trilogy, 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.

Here's the blurb:

An epic tale of adventure and intrigue, Daughter of the Empire is fantasy of the highest order by two of the most talented writers in the field today.

Magic and murder engulf the realm of Kelewan. Fierce warlords ignite a bitter blood feud to enslave the empire of Tsuranuanni. While in the opulent Imperial courts, assassins and spy-master plot cunning and devious intrigues against the rightful heir. Now Mara, a young, untested Ruling lady, is called upon to lead her people in a heroic struggle for survival. But first she must rally an army of rebel warriors, form a pact with the alien cho-ja, and marry the son of a hated enemy. Only then can Mara face her most dangerous foe of all—in his own impregnable stronghold.


You can also download Brent Weeks' Night Angel Nemesis 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.

Here's the blurb:

The incredible return to the New York Times bestselling world of the Night Angel, where master assassin Kylar Stern embarks on a new adventure as the High King Logan Gyre calls on him to save his kingdom and the hope of peace.

After the war that cost him so much, Kylar Stern is broken and alone. He's determined not to kill again, but an impending amnesty will pardon the one murderer he can't let walk free. He promises himself this is the last time. One last hit to tie up the loose ends of his old, lost life.

But Kylar's best — and maybe only — friend, the High King Logan Gyre, needs him. To protect a fragile peace, Logan’s new kingdom, and the king’s twin sons, he needs Kylar to secure a powerful magical artifact that was unearthed during the war.

With rumors that a ka'kari may be found, adversaries both old and new are on the hunt. And if Kylar has learned anything, it’s that ancient magics are better left in the hands of those he can trust.

If he does the job right, he won’t need to kill at all. This isn’t an assassination — it’s a heist.

But some jobs are too hard for an easy conscience, and some enemies are so powerful the only answer lies in the shadows.


Quote of the Day

What a thing, for a country to be brought to war, and a world to peril, over the fragile ego of one bitter man.

- ED McDONALD, Traitor of Redwinter

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You can now download Jay Kristoff's Nevernight 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.

Here's the blurb:

Nevernight is the first in an epic new fantasy series from the New York Times bestselling author, Jay Kristoff.

In a land where three suns almost never set, a fledgling killer joins a school of assassins, seeking vengeance against the powers who destroyed her family.

Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvere is barely able to escape her father’s failed rebellion with her life. Alone and friendless, she hides in a city built from the bones of a dead god, hunted by the Senate and her father’s former comrades. But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the door of a retired killer, and a future she never imagined.

Now, a sixteen year old Mia is apprenticed to the deadliest flock of assassins in the entire Republic — the Red Church. Treachery and trials await her with the Church’s halls, and to fail is to die. But if she survives to initiation, Mia will be inducted among the chosen of the Lady of Blessed Murder, and one step closer to the only thing she desires.

Revenge.


The Silverblood Promise


What initially made me want to read James Logan's debut was the fact that the press release claimed that it was a must-read for fans of Joe Abercrombie, Nicholas Eames, and Scott Lynch. Considering that both Abercrombie and Lynch figure among my favorite SFF writers, how could I not give this book a shot?

As a matter of course, press releases have a way of exaggerating and are seldom accurate. Much to my chagrin, though it is an entertaining read, The Silverblood Promise has nothing to do with the First Law and its sequels, nor is it even remotely similar to the Gentlemen Bastards series. Indeed, the novel lacks the depth that characterize both Abercrombie and Lynch. It is akin to Eames' works, though. Which means that it's a fast-paced and fun read, but it offers very little in terms of substance.

In the end, The Silverblood Promise is much like a summer blockbuster movie. Lots of action, lots of one-liners and pseudo-witty dialogue, plotlines that don't always make sense, over-the-top situations that the protagonists must somehow go through. All in all, it was a nice vacation read for me. Which is a good thing. Problem is, like most Hollywood blockbusters, it's also a totally forgettable tale.

Here's the blurb:

Lukan Gardova is a cardsharp, academy dropout, and—thanks to a duel that ended badly—the disgraced heir to an ancient noble house. His days consist of cheap wine, rigged card games, and wondering how he might win back the life he threw away.

When Lukan discovers that his estranged father has been murdered in strange circumstances, he finds fresh purpose. Deprived of his chance to make amends for his mistakes, he vows to unravel the mystery behind his father's death.

His search for answers leads him to Saphrona, fabled city of merchant princes, where anything can be bought if one has the coin. Lukan only seeks the truth, but instead he finds danger and secrets in every shadow.

For in Saphrona, everything has a price—and the price of truth is the deadliest of all.


What I liked the most about Logan's debut is the fact that it's an old school heroic fantasy story. As I mentioned, it has nothing to do with Abercrombie or Lynch's works other than its snarky and contemporary tone. The Silverblood Promise reads more like the fantasy books from the 80s and 90s. So for me, it was a welcome throwback to the SFF novels I enjoyed throughout my teenage years. Alas, I'm no longer that young chap and my older self couldn't get into this debut as much as I wanted to. Younger readers will likely get a bigger kick out of this one than more mature and discerning fans will. So your mileage may vary.

The premise is a trope that we've seen a thousand times before and I was hoping that James Logan had a few cards up his sleeve that would pull the rug from underneath his readers' feet. Unfortunately, though there are a few surprises here and there, The Silverblood Promise is a fairly generic fantasy offering.

If, like me, you enjoy wit and humor, then you'll get more than your share in this novel. Trouble is, Logan tries to outdo himself in every single paragraph, it seems, and at some point it just becomes unbearable. At times, it feels as though he's a comedian trying to hit a punchline with every sentence. Witty dialogue full of black humor is all well and good, but when it's overdone the way it is in The Silverblood Promise, it loses its efficacy.

The characterization is particularly well-done, even if Logan tries way too hard to be witty all the time. It makes it hard to root for Lukan, or feel for him for that matter. He's a likeable dumbass who has a knack to turn everything he touches to shit. It makes for some fun times, no doubt about it, yet it also makes it impossible to take him and his plight seriously. As a result, the scenes the author wanted to make emotional or poignant are failures to launch and that hurts the story at times when it should have elevated it. Flea could well be the most interesting and endearing sidekick we've seen in years and here's to hoping that James Logan will find a way to keep her that way. Ashra needed more fleshing out to fully come into her own, I felt, but she was a nice addition that worked well overall. The supporting cast could have used a bit of work, especially the bad guys at every juncture of the novel. One thing I found a bit jarring was the switch of perspectives quite late in the story. After reading Lukan's POV for so long, it felt weird to suddenly see events unfold through the eyes of someone else. A better balance of points of view might have made for a better reading experience.

Like most summer blockbusters, The Silverblood Promise is about as realistic as a flick from The Fast and the Furious franchise. Expect unbelievable and far-fetched situations to arise in basically every chapter. Out of the fire and into the frying pan is essentially what this debut is about for the poor fool Lukan. So if you're into beating impossible odds, gallows humor, and a good-for-nothing scoundrel with a sentimental streak who never quite learns from his mistakes, you might get a lot more out of this one than I did.

Though it's an action-packed novel, there are pacing issues throughout Logan's debut. It's a lot longer than it needs to be, that's for sure. And while some sequences are fast-paced, other scenes slow to a crawl and you wonder if they only exist for Lukan to mouth off again, or go into yet another supposedly witty inner monologue.

As I said, as a vacation read The Silverblood Promise ultimately worked for me. As with blockbusters, it's just a question of finding a way to turn off your brain, buckle up for the ride, and enjoy the show. If you can do that, chances are you'll end up enjoying this novel despite its flagrant flaws. If not, well. . .

I have a feeling that as a teenager I would have been all over this book. As an older guy who's been reviewing SFF works for nearly twenty years, heroic fantasy adventure tales are no longer my cup of tea. Still, if you are looking for a light and entertaining read to bring to the beach on vacation this summer, The Silverblood Promise might be exactly what you need.

The final verdict: 6.5/10

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You can get your hands on the digital edition of Robert Jackson Bennett's City of Stairs 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.

Here's the blurb:

An atmospheric and intrigue-filled novel of dead gods, buried histories, and a mysterious, protean city--from one of America's most acclaimed young fantasy writers.

The city of Bulikov once wielded the powers of the gods to conquer the world, enslaving and brutalizing millions—until its divine protectors were killed. Now Bulikov has become just another colonial outpost of the world's new geopolitical power, but the surreal landscape of the city itself—first shaped, now shattered, by the thousands of miracles its guardians once worked upon it—stands as a constant, haunting reminder of its former supremacy.

Into this broken city steps Shara Thivani. Officially, the unassuming young woman is just another junior diplomat sent by Bulikov's oppressors. Unofficially, she is one of her country's most accomplished spies, dispatched to catch a murderer. But as Shara pursues the killer, she starts to suspect that the beings who ruled this terrible place may not be as dead as they seem—and that Bulikov's cruel reign may not yet be over.


You can also download Robert A. Heinlein's The Moon is a Harsh Mistress for only 1.99$ here.

Here's the blurb:

Widely acknowledged as one of Robert A. Heinlein's greatest works, The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress rose from the golden age of science fiction to become an undisputed classic—and a touchstone for the philosophy of personal responsibility and political freedom. A revolution on a lunar penal colony—aided by a self-aware supercomputer—provides the framework for a story of a diverse group of men and women grappling with the ever-changing definitions of humanity, technology, and free will—themes that resonate just as strongly today as they did when the novel was first published.

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You can now get your hands on the digital edition of Stephen King's The Colorado Kid for only 4.99$ by follwing 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:

On an island off the coast of Maine, a man is found dead. There's no identification on the body. Only the dogged work of a pair of local newspapermen and a graduate student in forensics turns up any clues.

But that's just the beginning of the mystery. Because the more they learn about the man and the baffling circumstances of his death, the less they understand. Was it an impossible crime? Or something stranger still...?

No one but Stephen King could tell this story about the darkness at the heart of the unknown and our compulsion to investigate the unexplained. With echoes of Dashiell Hammett's The Maltese Falcon and the work of Graham Greene, one of the world's great storytellers presents a surprising tale that explores the nature of mystery itself...



You can also download Robert Jackson Bennett's Foundryside 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:

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.

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.

Here's the blurb:

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.

Here's the blurb:

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.

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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.

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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.