Looking for something to fill that Name of the Wind or Game of Thrones void? Look no further! Don’t listen to the talk of swash-buckling on the back cover, this is a book about thieves. Not just any thieves, think Ocean’s 11 con men, wonderfully dastardly and incredibly clever. Set against a backdrop of a fantasy version of Venice, this is one you won’t be able to put down.
Emily is picked up off the street and trained at an elite school to manipulate her targets’ thoughts and actions through language. Wil is kidnapped in an airport by two strangers who want to know what destroyed Broken Hill, Australia. You know that Emily and Wil have got to be connected somehow, but I bet you won’t foresee the big twist in this smart, fast, fun thriller about the power of language.
I’m a sucker for books with intriguing characters and beautiful writing, and this one hits the spot. This book has courtly politics, epic scope, and a light touch of fantasy—everything one might want. The story keeps the personal interactions center stage and makes the reader feel deeply connected to the characters and their struggle, while presenting a lavishly reimagined China. If you like politics, incredible world building, and fantastic characters, this is an excellent read.
It’s so hard for me to talk about this book without giving anything away. A thoughtful poet moves to London, finds romance in an unexpected way, and has an excellent time being young and in love until he encounters an exclusive, mysterious club of ageless men who subsist on blood. Told in both compelling narratives and intriguing journal entries, Lauren Owen’s debut is a beautifully written love letter to the genre.
The only world that 10-year-old Melanie has ever known is her solitary cell and the armed guards who transport her from it for a few hours each day. When that world is shattered, Melanie begins to delve into her past, all the while hurtling into an uncertain future. It’s a zombie tale with lots of heart, plenty of gore, and an unforgettable heroine; a story about the undead that really examines what it means to be human.