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Fantasy

Beyonders: Seeds of Rebellion

After Jason succeeds in finding a way back to Lyrian, he's immediately in more danger than ever. Meanwhile, Rachel and the others have made their own progress--as well as discovered new enemies. As the group ultimately rejoins, they strive to convince their most needed ally to join the war and form a rebellion strong enough to triumph against the emperor. 483 pages.

Carve the Mark

Living on a violent planet where everyone develops a unique power meant to shape the future, Akos and Cyra, youths from enemy nations, resent gifts that render them vulnerable to others' control before they become unlikely survival partners. 468 pages.,

The Fellowship of the Ring

Fellowship of the Right / by J.R.R. Tolkien ; 410 pages.
Preceded by The Hobbit and followed by The Two Towers and The Return of the King. 410 pages.

The Golden Compass

Accompanied by her daemon, Lyra Belacqua sets out to prevent her best friend and other kidnapped children from becoming the subject of gruesome experiments in the Far North. 399 pages. Followed by The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass.

The Hobbit

Bilbo Baggins is invited by the wizard Gandalf to join a company of dwarves on a journey. They have to raid the treasure hoard of Smaug the Magnificent, a large & very dangerous dragon... 305 pages.

American Gods

Days before his release from prison, Shadow's wife, Laura, dies in a mysterious car crash. Numbly, he makes his way back home. On the plane, he encounters the enigmatic Mr Wednesday, who claims to be a refugee from a distant war, a former god and king of America. Together they embark on a profoundly strange journey across the heart of the USA, whilst all around them a storm of preternatural and epic proportions threatens to break. 541 pages.

The Name of the Wind

1st of a 2 book series: A hero named Kvothe, now living under an assumed name as the humble proprietor of an inn, recounts his transformation from a magically gifted young man into the most notorious wizard, musician, thief, and assassin in his world. 722 pages

The Ocean at the End of the Lane

It began for our narrator forty years ago when the family lodger stole their car and committed suicide in it, stirring up ancient powers best left undisturbed. Dark creatures from beyond the world are on the loose, and it will take everything our narrator has just to stay alive 181 pages.

Anansi Boys

dropped dead on a Florida karaoke stage. Charlie didn’t know his dad was a god. And he never knew he had a brother. Now brother Spider is on his doorstep—about to make Fat Charlie’s life more interesting and a lot more dangerous. 336 pages.

Ghosts, Monsters, and more!

The Monsters of Templeton

Returning in disgrace to her mother's home after an affair with her professor, temperamental Willie arrives at the same time the remains of a prehistoric creature are discovered in the town's lake, a finding that leads to painful revelations about Willie's family. 364 pages.

Prodigal Son

He is Deucalion, a tattooed man of mysterious origin, a sleight-of-reality artist who has traveled the centuries with a secret worse than death. he arrives in New Orleans as a serial killer stalks the streets, a killer who carefully selects his victims for the humanity that is missing in himself. Decucalion's path will lead him to detectives Carson O'Connor and Michael Maddison, who are tracking the slayer but will soon discover signs of something far more terrifying: an entire race of killers who are much more--and less--than human and, deadliest of all, their deranged, near-immortal maker: Victor Helios--once known as Frankenstein. 469 pages.

Lagoon

A biologist, a famous rapper, and a rogue soldier become the honor guard and interpreter of humanity's first contact with an alien ambassador in this thriller that combines magician realism and seemingly end-of-the-world high tension - it all happens in Africa. 304 pages.

Kraken

One of the strangest, funniest, and flat-out scariest books you will read this--or any other--year. The London that comes to life in Kraken is a weird metropolis awash in secret currents of myth and magic, where criminals, police, cultists, and wizards are locked in a war to bring about--or prevent--the End of All Things. In the Darwin Centre at London's Natural History Museum, Billy Harrow, a cephalopod specialist, is conducting a tour whose climax is meant to be the Centre's prize specimen of a rare Architeuthis dux--better known as the Giant Squid. But Billy's tour takes an unexpected turn when the squid suddenly and impossibly vanishes into thin air. As Billy soon discovers, this is the precipitating act in a struggle to the death between mysterious but powerful forces in a London whose existence he has been blissfully ignorant of until now, a city whose denizens--human and otherwise--are adept in magic and murder. 

Witches, Vampires, Zombies, and more!

A Discovery of Witches

Diana does not want to be a witch but her power uncovers a book & 1500 year old vampire Matthew. Follow them as they try to save their kind in this book followed by "Shadow of Night" and "The Book of Life". 579 pages.

Rot and Ruin - YA

Zombies! Bennie has to work at 15 or not eat so he takes a job whacking zombies. The surprise is that he learns what being human means. Followed by "Dust & Decay", "Flesh & Bone" and "Fire and Ash" 458 pages.

Salem's Lot

A stranger with an evil secret harms the lives of many inhabitants of a small New England town. 653 pages.

A Hat Full of Sky

Tiffany Aching, a young witch-in-training, learns about magic and responsibility as she battles a disembodied monster with the assistance of the six-inch-high Wee Free Men and Mistress Weatherwax, the greatest witch in the world. 373 pages.

Mother Ocean, Daughter Sea

Young Brierly thinks she is the last Sh'ari witch in the world. She knows what it would mean to be discovered, yet she cannot deny her gifts as a healer. Time and again, she brings solace to the very people who killed most of her race, until she stumbles into a web of deceit and power struggles.

Through the Zombie Glass

Alice Bell has lost so much. Family. Friends. A home. She thought she had nothing else to give. She was wrong.   After a new zombie attack, strange things begin to happen to her. Mirrors come to life, and the whispers of the dead assault her ears. But the worst? A terrible darkness blooms inside her, urging her to do very wicked things.   She's never needed her team of zombie slayers more, but ultra bad-boy Cole Holland, the leader and her boyfriend, suddenly withdraws from her...from everyone. Now, with her best friend Kat at her side, Ali must kill the zombies, uncover Cole's secret and learn to fight the darkness. 

A Clash of Kings

The summer of peace and plenty, ten years long, is drawing to a close, and the harsh, chill winter approaches like an angry beast. Two great leaders--Lord Eddard Stark and Robert Baratheon--who held sway over an age of enforced peace are dead . . . victims of royal treachery. Now, from the ancient citadel of Dragonstone to the forbidding shores of Winterfell, chaos reigns, as pretenders to the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms prepare to stake their claims through tempest, turmoil, and war. As a prophecy of doom cuts across the sky--a comet the color of blood and flame--six factions struggle for control of a divided land. Eddard's son Robb has declared himself King in the North. In the south, Joffrey, the heir apparent, rules in name only, victim of the scheming courtiers who teem over King's Landing. Robert's two brothers each seek their own dominion, while a disfavored house turns once more to conquest. And a continent away, an exiled queen, the Mother of Dragons, risks everything to lead her precious brood across a hard hot desert to win back the crown that is rightfully hers.

Arabian Nights and Days

A renowned Nobel Prize-winning novelist refashions the classic tales of Scheherazade in his own imaginative, spellbinding style. Here are genies and flying carpets, Aladdin and Sinbad, Ali Baba, and many other familiar stories, made new by the magical pen of the acknowledged dean of Arabic letters.

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