The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Released on January 2, 2018, The Cruel Prince by Holly Black is the first book in a stunning new series about a mortal girl who finds herself caught in a web of royal faerie intrigue. The Cruel Prince has quickly skyrocketed to stardom, becoming an instant New York Times Bestseller – an accolade that is certainly deserved!

Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever. And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe. Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King. To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.
In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.

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Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas

Released on September 2, 2014, Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas is undoubtedly my favourite novel in the series thus far. It represents a turning point in this epic fantasy tale for Celaena, who must come to terms with her past to embrace her future. Packed with heart-pounding action, fierce new characters, and swoon-worthy romance, this third book is guaranteed to enthrall readers from start to finish.

Celaena has survived deadly contests and shattering heartbreak―but at an unspeakable cost. Now, she must travel to a new land to confront her darkest truth . . . a truth about her heritage that could change her life―and her future―forever. Meanwhile, brutal and monstrous forces are gathering on the horizon, intent on enslaving her world. Will Celaena find the strength to not only fight her inner demons, but to take on the evil that is about to be unleashed?

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Crown of Midnight by Sarah J Maas

Released on August 27, 2013, Crown of Midnight definitely suffered from “second book syndrome”. The story focuses on Celaena, who is settling into her new role as the King’s Champion, but faces ethical dilemmas, romantic woes, and truths she is not yet ready to accept. Unfortunately, while this all sounds quite promising Crown of Midnight just doesn’t live up to the action and intrigue of the first book – nor does it stand out among the rest of the series as anything more than ordinary.

From the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul as black as pitch. Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become his Champion. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She hides her secret vigilantly; she knows that the man she serves is bent on evil. Keeping up the deadly charade becomes increasingly difficult when Celaena realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. As she tries to untangle the mysteries buried deep within the glass castle, her closest relationships suffer. It seems no one is above questioning her allegiances—not the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captain of the Guard; not even her best friend, Nehemia, a foreign princess with a rebel heart. Then one terrible night, the secrets they have all been keeping lead to an unspeakable tragedy. As Celaena’s world shatters, she will be forced to give up the very thing most precious to her and decide once and for all where her true loyalties lie… and whom she is ultimately willing to fight for.

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Sightwitch by Susan Dennard

Released in North America on February 13, 2018, Sightwitch by Susan Dennard is an illustrated novella set in the Witchlands a year before the tales told in Truthwitch and Windwitch. The story is told through Ryber’s journal entries and sketches – a voice which will quickly capture the reader’s attention, and keep them hanging on until the very last page.

Before Safi and Iseult battled a Bloodwitch… Before Merik returned from the dead… Ryber Fortiza was a Sightwitch Sister at a secluded convent, waiting to be called by her goddess into the depths of the mountain. There she would receive the gift of foretelling. But when that call never comes, Ryber finds herself the only Sister without the Sight. Years pass and Ryber’s misfit pain becomes a dull ache, until one day, Sisters who already possess the Sight are summoned into the mountain, never to return. Soon enough, Ryber is the only Sister left. Now, it is up to her to save her Sisters, though she does not have the Sight-and though she does not know what might await her inside the mountain. On her journey underground, she encounters a young captain named Kullen Ikray, who has no memory of who he is or how he got there. Together, the two journey ever deeper in search of answers, their road filled with horrors, and what they find at the end of that road will alter the fate of the Witchlands forever.

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Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas

Since picking up Throne of Glass in 2013, YA Fantasy, and Fantasy in general, has become the central focus of my reading interests, and Celaena’s journey has become a part of my own journey into adulthood.

However, it has recently come to my attention that, despite the fact that the Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J Maas is undoubtedly one of my all-time favourite series, I have yet to review every single book in the series. Therefore, I have decided to rectify this issue by beginning to review the series now, followed by an individual review of The Assassin’s Blade, and a review of the sixth book following its release in September 2018.

In addition, for those interested, I do have individual book reviews of Tower of Dawn, and Empire of Storms (spoiler-free review here) available on my blog, and I will have reviews for both Crown of Midnight and Heir of Fire available later this week.

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Runebinder by Alex R Kahler

Runebinder by Alex R Kahler was released in North America on November 14, 2017, and it promised to be a “Dark, fascinating, and intense–Kahler has created a new hero and world you’ll want to lose yourself in.” Set is a post-apocalyptic world riddled with magic, monsters, and mysterious cults, Runebinder is certainly full of promise – the question is, will it deliver?

When magic returned to the world, it could have saved humanity, but greed and thirst for power caused mankind’s downfall instead. Now once-human monsters called Howls prowl abandoned streets, their hunger guided by corrupt necromancers and the all-powerful Kin. Only Hunters have the power to fight back in the unending war, using the same magic that ended civilization in the first place. But they are losing. Tenn is a Hunter, resigned to fight even though hope is nearly lost. When he is singled out by a seductive Kin named Tomás and the enigmatic Hunter Jarrett, Tenn realizes he’s become a pawn in a bigger game. One that could turn the tides of war. But if his mutinous magic and wayward heart get in the way, his power might not be used in favor of mankind. If Tenn fails to play his part, it could cost him his friends, his life…and the entire world.

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Ace of Shades (ARC) by Amanda Foody

Set to release in North America on April 10, 2018, Ace of Shades is Amanada Foody’s second book. Set in the devilishly wicked City of Sin, Amanda Foody’s newest novel explores a world where casino families reign, gangs infest the streets…and secrets hide in every shadow. Readers will be swept away by the story of Enne Salta, a lady-to-be who must brave rowdy casinos, street gangs, and Ponzi schemes gone wrong as she searches for her missing foster mother – and the truth about her own past.

Thank-you to Edelweiss for providing me with the opportunity to receive a Digital Review Copy of Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody, in exchange for an honest review.

Enne Salta was raised as a proper young lady, and no lady would willingly visit New Reynes, the so-called City of Sin. But when her mother goes missing, Enne must leave her finishing school—and her reputation—behind to follow her mother’s trail to the city where no one survives uncorrupted. Frightened and alone, Enne has only one lead: the name Levi Glaisyer. Unfortunately, Levi is not the gentleman she expected—he’s a street lord and con man. Levi is also only one payment away from cleaning up a rapidly unraveling investment scam, so he doesn’t have time to investigate a woman leading a dangerous double life. Enne’s offer of compensation, however, could be the solution to all his problems. Their search for clues leads them through glamorous casinos, illicit cabarets and into the clutches of a ruthless Mafia donna. As Enne unearths an impossible secret about her past, Levi’s enemies catch up to them, ensnaring him in a vicious execution game where the players always lose. To save him, Enne will need to surrender herself to the city… And she’ll need to play.

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