Fantasy

The Midnight Bargain

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The Midnight Bargain By C. L. Polk Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781645660293
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Published: Erewhon Books - December 7th, 2021

Bridgerton…but make it fantasy! Beatrice's family is on the brink of financial ruin, and the only way  to bring them back is to find a wealthy husband during this year's Bargaining Season. And while someone will surely agree to marry her, Beatrice isn't sure the payday is worth the price—her freedom to practice sorcery. Does she choose herself and her love of the magic within her? Or does she choose her family and their financial well-being? And what happens when she accidentally falls in love and gets a demon involved? For lovers of atmosphere, this one's got it in spades.
 

Meghan, Writer in Residence for Young Readers


Heaven Official's Blessing (Vol. 1)

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Heaven Official's Blessing: Tian Guan Ci Fu (Novel) Vol. 1 By Mo Xiang Tong Xiu, ZeldaCW (Illustrator), tai3_3 (Cover design or artwork by) Cover Image
By Mo Xiang Tong Xiu, ZeldaCW (Illustrator), tai3_3 (Cover design or artwork by)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781648279171
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Published: Seven Seas - December 14th, 2021

Gay ghostbusters, but in a Chinese fantasy genre called xianxia. Martial artists develop magic & immortality to become cultivators, who battle demonic spirits. Xie Lian, an immortal hot mess, keeps getting thrown out of heaven, because the bureacracy there is wild. He's back on earth again, this time to investigate a string of disappearances with the help of a mysterious (and handsome) young man. Action-packed, funny as hell, and very gay. (Hint: if this is your first xianxia novel, read the appendix first!)

Murphy


Dealing with Dragons

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Dealing with Dragons: The Enchanted Forest Chronicles, Book One By Patricia C. Wrede Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780544541221
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Published: Clarion Books - September 15th, 2015

A childhood classic, I had just as much fun reading this book at 25 as I did at 8. Princess Cimorene, the daughter of a very proper king, runs away to live with a very powerful dragon, Kazul and in doing so turns every fairytale rule you know on its head. Perfect for precocious elementary schoolers who love reading and to be right, or adults who were once precocious elementary schoolers who loved reading and to be right. Princess Cimorene belongs in the same category as middle grade heroines like Sophie Hatter from Howl's Moving Castle and Ella of Frell from Ella Enchanted.

Katherine


The Annotated American Gods

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The Annotated American Gods By Neil Gaiman Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062896261
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Published: William Morrow - April 14th, 2020

Gaiman's magnum opus, now with detailed annotations from the man himself. Step into Shadow and Mr. Wednesday's world, meet gods new and old, and travel across America on a mission to keep the old ways alive. For any mythology fan, Gaiman fan (to replace their old dog-eared copy), or fan of beautiful books.

Jen


Vita Nostra

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Vita Nostra: A Novel By Marina & Sergey Dyachenko Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780063054158
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Published: Harper Voyager - January 19th, 2021

I was influenced by a recent tweet from Alexis Henderson and various authors to check out this book. Vita Nostra is cut from the same cloth as Lev Grossman's The Magicians series. A slow unraveling of a story, reading this book echoes the sensation of giving someone your hand and trusting them to lead you somewhere magical.

Engel


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 (The Ending Fire Trilogy #1) 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
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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
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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
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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


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