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Fifty Beasts to Break Your Heart and Other Stories by GennaRose Nethercott: Thoughtful and Provocative

The stories in Fifty Beasts to Break Your Heart are about the abomination that resides within us all. That churning, clawing, ravenous yearning: the hunger to be held, and seen, and known. And the terror, too: to be loved too well, or not enough, or for long enough. To be laid bare before your sweetheart, […]

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“Infinity Alchemist” by Kacen Callender: Complex and Powerful

For Ash Woods, practicing alchemy is a crime. Only an elite few are legally permitted to study the science of magic―so when Ash is rejected by Lancaster College of Alchemic Science, he takes a job as the school’s groundskeeper instead, forced to learn alchemy in secret. When he’s discovered by the condescending and brilliant apprentice

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Cold Curses by Chloe Neill: Complex Characters

Elisa, the only vampire ever born, is hoping all can remain quiet in the City of Chicago in the wake of a destructive attack by an ancient demon who broke the city’s defensive magic. Still, she and her friends, including shifter Connor Keene, know they need to be ready for anything.   Everyone is working

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“The Olympian Affair” by Jim Butcher: Complex and Amazing

For centuries the Cinder Spires have safeguarded humanity, rising far above the deadly surface world. Within their halls, aristocratic houses rule, developing scientific marvels and building fleets of airships for defense and trade. Now, the Spires hover on the brink of open war. Everyone knows it’s coming. The guns of the great airship fleets that

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“An Inheritance of Magic” By Benedict Jacka: Compelling Worldbuilding

The super-rich control everything—including magic—in this thrilling and brilliant, contemporary fantasy from the author of the Alex Verus novels. The wealthy seem to exist in a different, glittering world from the rest of us. Almost as if by . . . magic. Stephen Oakwood is a young man on the edge of this hidden world.

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“The Bliss House” by Jim Bartley: Complex and Dark Love

Two young men bringing up a small child in the middle of nowhere. Everything could be fine, but strangers start to meddle. For near a century the reclusive Bliss clan farmed the same land. Now it’s 1963 and everyone’s gone except teenage Cam, his older cousin Wes, and little Dorie. They buried Gran over a

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In Charms Way by Lana Harper: Distinct and Complex

Six months after having been hit by a power surge that nearly obliterated her memory, Delilah Harlow is still picking up the pieces. Her once diamond-sharp mind has become shaky and unreliable, and bristly, self-sufficient Delilah is forced to rely on friends, family, and her raven familiar for help. In an effort to reclaim her

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Contrarian by L. E. Modesitt Jr.: Phenomenal Political Intrigue

In Contrarian, protests against unemployment and poor harvests have become armed riots as the people sink deeper into poverty. They look to a government struggling to emerge from corruption and conspiracy. Recently elected to the Council of Sixty-Six, Steffan Dekkard is the first Councilor who is an Isolate, a man invulnerable to the emotional manipulations

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The Weaver and the Witch Queen by Genevieve Gornichec: Stunning and Enthralling

The lives of two women—one desperate only to save her missing sister, the other a witch destined to become queen of Norway—intertwine in this spellbinding, powerful novel of Viking Age history and myth from the acclaimed author of The Witch’s Heart. Oddny and Gunnhild meet as children in tenth century Norway, and they could not

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Ebony Gate by Julia Vee, Ken Bebelle: Exhilarating Action

Emiko Soong belongs to one of the eight premier magical families of the world. But Emiko never needed any magic. Because she is the Blade of the Soong Clan. Or was. Until she’s drenched in blood in the middle of a market in China, surrounded by bodies and the scent of blood and human waste

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