Fantasy

Fablehaven

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Fablehaven By Brandon Mull, Brandon Dorman (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Brandon Mull, Brandon Dorman (Illustrator)
$8.99
ISBN: 9781416947202
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Published: Aladdin - April 24th, 2007

Two middle-schoolers think they're doomed to a boring summer, stuck at their grandparents' house in rural Vermont ... until their grandparents turn out to be hiding a preserve for magical creatures! One of my all-time favorite books, and the start to an absolutely amazing series. Fablehaven is the perfect summer fantasy adventure in the style of Narnia.

Murphy


The Final Strife

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The Final Strife: A Novel By Saara El-Arifi Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780593356944
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Published: Del Rey - June 21st, 2022

Yes, it's a tome. But it's a marvelous tome. With The Final Strife, El-Arifi has created a brutal, heartbreaking world, but you never lose sight of that flicker of hope. The characters are so vivid and richly detailed, and some interactions had me absolutely cackling. On top of it all, the unapologetic and deliberate prevalence of trans/non-binary/queer characters is incredibly powerful.

Stacey


The Fifth Season

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The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth #1) By N. K. Jemisin Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316229296
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Published: Orbit - August 4th, 2015

"This is the way the world ends... for the last time." In a single day: Essun, a woman trying to live an ordinary life in a small village, comes home to find that her husband has brutally murdered their youngest child and disappeared with their oldest; across the continent known as The Stillness, a mighty empire collapses when most of its citizens are murdered by a man seeking vengeance; The Stillness has been cleaved in two, resulting in a massive rift that spews enough ash to cover the entire continent for years, or centuries. Masterfully told in first, second, and third person narratives, N.K. Jemisin's critically acclaimed and Hugo award winning (for all three books in the series!!!) is perfect not only for seasoned fantasy enthusiasts, but also those tentatively looking to dip their toes into genre fiction.

Engel


Juniper & Thorn

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Juniper & Thorn: A Novel By Ava Reid Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062973160
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Published: Harper Voyager - June 21st, 2022

With Juniper & Thorn Ava Reid has cut out the raw heart of a fairytale and served it up to her reader on a platter. And what a meal it is. We’ve returned again to the world of Wolf and the Woodsman, which is so heavily steeped in folklore it practically drips with it. Marlinchen is the youngest of three sisters, a witch, and the daughter of a wizard with terrible curses, so she has always been tangled in fairytales. With her first taste of freedom all that begins to unravel, and leaves us with a story you won’t be able to put down.

Katherine


Ordinary Monsters

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Ordinary Monsters: A Novel (The Talents #1) By J. M. Miro Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781250833662
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Published: Flatiron Books - June 7th, 2022

Ordinary Monsters will satisfy any cravings for a fantasy with a sweeping and complex voice, similar to that of Phillip Pullman, Deborah Harkness, and Susanna Clarke. Suitable for both young and older audiences, the story follows two children with magical abilties who are being hunted by a man made of smoke. It's 1882 in England, and when a detective is recruited to escort them to the mysterious Institute where they'll be safe, all three begin a journey that carries them from London, to Meiji-era Tokyo, and finally to the Institute's eerie estate in Edinburgh. As secrets within the Institute are revealed, the children begin to discover the truth of why they have the abilities that they do, what's really stalking them, and that the worst monsters sometimes bring the sweetest gifts.

Engel


The Girl Who Fell Beneath

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The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea By Axie Oh Cover Image
By Axie Oh
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250780867
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - February 22nd, 2022

 

A breathtakingly beautiful retelling of a classic Korean legend. Mina travels to the underworld to save her people and take charge of her own fate, resulting in a tale of love and mystery and adventure. Combine the quiet friendships and wonder of Spirited Away with the longing of Hadestown and you'll get this book.

Katherine


A Marvellous Light

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A Marvellous Light (The Last Binding #1) By Freya Marske Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250788870
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Published: Tordotcom - November 2nd, 2021

 

I was tempted to just write Gay! Historical! Magic! as a recommendation for this one because that would convince me, but if you want a little more—Robin is a civil servant who gets accidentally involved in the secret magical society of early 1900s London. Adventure, mystery, queer romance—it's all there!

April


The Ogress and the Orphans

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The Ogress and the Orphans By Kelly Barnhill Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781643750743
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Published: Algonquin Young Readers - March 8th, 2022

The town, Stone In Glen, has fallen on hard times when an eccentric, reclusive ogress moves in next door and quietly saves the day. Beautifully written by Newbery Medal winner, Kelly Barnhill, The Ogress… is a gentle but incisive allegory about what happens to a community when neighborliness disappears. 

Fantastic, fantastical read-aloud for the whole family!

Wendy


Abarat

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Abarat By Clive Barker, Clive Barker (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Clive Barker, Clive Barker (Illustrator)
$10.99
ISBN: 9780062094100
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Published: HarperCollins - August 30th, 2011

Abarat is Clive Barker's dark twin to Alice in Wonderland. The heroine, Candy, is no sweet British girl who trips down a rabbit hole, but a morbid teenager from Chickentown, Minnesota who jumps into a magical sea, rather than return home. Candy is swept off to the Abarat, an archipelago where each island is a different hour of the day. Christopher Carrion, the Prince of Midnight, literally lives and breathes his own nightmares, and he remains one of the most terrifying villains I've ever read! A great read for teens, brave kids, & adults too.

Murphy


Heroes' Feast

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Heroes' Feast (Dungeons & Dragons): The Official D&D Cookbook By Kyle Newman, Jon Peterson, Michael Witwer, Official Dungeons & Dragons Licensed Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781984858900
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Published: Ten Speed Press - October 27th, 2020

Full disclosure, I've never played Dungeons and Dragons, but that cinnamon bread was delicious, and my dad said the oatmeal cookies were better than Toll House cookies.

John


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