Book Review: Caraval (Caraval, #1) – Stephanie Garber

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By: Stephanie Garber
Published: January 31, 2017 by Hodder & Stoughton
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 402
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Rating: ★½

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Summary:
Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the far-away, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nevertheless becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever.

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Book Review: A Conjuring of Light (Shades of Magic, #3) – V.E. Schwab

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A Conjuring of Light

By: V.E. Schwab
Published: February 21, 2017 by Tor Books
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 624
Genres: Fantasy, Adult
Rating: ★★★★★

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Summary:

London’s fall and kingdoms rise while darkness sweeps the Maresh Empire—and the fraught balance of magic blossoms into dangerous territory while heroes and foes struggle alike. The direct sequel to A Gathering of Shadows, and the final book in the Shades of Magic epic fantasy series, A Conjuring of Light sees Schwab reach a thrilling culmination concerning the fate of beloved protagonists—and old enemies.

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Book Review: Blood of Dragons (The Rain Wild Chronicles, #4) – Robin Hobb

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By: Robin Hobb
Published: March 14, 2013 by Harper Voyager
Format: Paperback
Pages: 544
Genres: Fantasy, Adult
Rating: ★★★★★

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Summary:

Dragons will fly over Kelsingra once more

Attacked by hunters, Tintaglia is dying of her wounds. If she perishes, her ancestral memories will die with her and the dragons in the ancient city of Kelsingra will lose the secret knowledge they need to survive.

The dragon keepers immerse themselves in the dangerously addictive memory-stone records of the city in the hope of recovering the lost Elderling magic that once allowed humans and dragons to co-exist.

But war is coming: war between dragons and those who would destroy them.

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Book Review: City of Dragons (The Rain Wilds Chronicles, #3) – Robin Hobb

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City of Dragons

By: Robin Hobb
Published: February 7, 2012  by Harper Voyager
Format: Paperback
Pages: 432
Genres: Fantasy, Adult
Rating: ★★★★☆

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Summary:

The Tarman expedition has at last found Kelsingra, a city filled with ancient treasures. Rumours of the city have floated down the Rain Wild River. Adventurers, pirates and fortune hunters will soon be coming to pillage what they can. Among them, Hest Finbok, determined to claim back his errant wife, Alise.

Meanwhile, Selden Vestrit finds himself a prisoner of the ailing Duke of Chalced, who believes the ‘dragon man’s’ flesh and blood may cure him.

Where is Tintaglia, greatest of dragons, when there is need of her? She holds the memories that will unlock the mysteries of Kelsingra, and the power to defend it, and dragonkind. Without her, all may be lost.

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Book Review (ARC): The Alchemists of Loom (Loom Saga, #1) – Elise Kova

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By: Elise Kova
Expected Publication Date: January 10, 2017 by Keymaster Press
Format: eARC courtesy of NetGalley
Pages: 380
Genres: Fantasy, Adult, Young Adult, Steampunk
Rating: ★★★½

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Summary:
Her vengeance. His vision.

Ari lost everything she once loved when the Five Guilds’ resistance fell to the Dragon King. Now, she uses her unparalleled gift for clockwork machinery in tandem with notoriously unscrupulous morals to contribute to a thriving underground organ market. There isn’t a place on Loom that is secure from the engineer turned thief, and her magical talents are sold to the highest bidder as long as the job defies their Dragon oppressors.

Cvareh would do anything to see his sister usurp the Dragon King and sit on the throne. His family’s house has endured the shame of being the lowest rung in the Dragons’ society for far too long. The Alchemist Guild, down on Loom, may just hold the key to putting his kin in power, if Cvareh can get to them before the Dragon King’s assassins.

When Ari stumbles upon a wounded Cvareh, she sees an opportunity to slaughter an enemy and make a profit off his corpse. But the Dragon sees an opportunity to navigate Loom with the best person to get him where he wants to go.

He offers her the one thing Ari can’t refuse: A wish of her greatest desire, if she brings him to the Alchemists of Loom.

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