‘Briar’s Book: Circle of Magic’ Book Review

Mount Readmore Book Review, 2018 68/200

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Briar’s Book by Tamora Pierce

Audiobook Edition

Finished on 5/12/2018

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Description: Part of the 8-book Tamora Pierce reissue for Fall 2006, this title in the Circle of Magic quartet features spellbinding new cover art. Coincides with the release of WILL OF THE EMPRESS in trade pb.
Four elements of power, four mages-in-training learning to control them. In Book 4 of the Circle of Magic Quartet, former “street rat” Briar leads a comfortable life at Winding Circle Temple, learning plant magic from his teacher Rosethorn. But street kids are still his friends, and when one of them gets sick, she turns to Briar for help. As the mysterious illness spreads, Sandry, Daja, and Tris join Briar and their teachers to fight the epidemic. But just as the situation improves, the unthinkable happens. Will Briar be able to save what he loves most?

Genres: Fantasy, YA, Magic School, Middle Grade, Ensemble

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‘Sandry’s Book: Circle of Magic’ Book Review

Mount Readmore Book Review, 2018 67/200

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Sandry’s Book by Tamora Pierce

Audiobook Edition

Finished on 5/10/2018

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Description: With her gift of weaving silk thread and creating light, Sandry is brought to the Winding Circle community. There she meets Briar, a former thief who has a way with plants; Daja, an outcast gifted at metalcraft; and Tris, whose connection with the weather unsettles everyone, including herself. At Winding Circle, the four misfits are taught how to use their magic–and to trust each other. But then disaster strikes their new home. Can Sandry weave together four kinds of magical power and save herself, her friends, and the one place they have ever been accepted?

Genres: Fantasy, YA, Magic School, Middle Grade, Ensemble

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‘Wrath of Empire’ Book Review

Mount Readmore Book Review, 2018 78/200

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Wrath of Empire by Brian McClellan

Audiobook Edition

Finished on 5/20/2018

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Description:

The country is in turmoil. With the capital city occupied, half a million refugees are on the march, looking for safety on the frontier, accompanied by Lady Flint’s soldiers. But escaping war is never easy, and soon the battle may find them, whether they are prepared or not.

Back in the capital, Michel Bravis smuggles even more refugees out of the city. But internal forces are working against him. With enemies on all sides, Michael may be forced to find help with the very occupiers he’s trying to undermine.

Meanwhile, Ben Styke is building his own army. He and his mad lancers are gathering every able body they can find and searching for an ancient artifact that may have the power to turn the tides of war in their favor. But what they find may not be what they’re looking for.

Genres: Fantasy, Epic Fantasy, Military Fantasy, Flintlock Fantasy, High Fantasy, Powder Mage, Gods of Blood and Powder

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‘Bookburners: Body Problems’ Book Review

Mount Readmore Book Review, 2018 76/200

Bookburners: Season Four, Episode 1, BODY PROBLEMS by Max Gladstone

eBook Edition

Finished on 5/19/2018

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Description:

This is the first episode in the fourth season of Bookburners, a 10-episode serial from Serial Box Publishing. This episode written by Max Gladstone.

Magic is real…and hungry.  

The Maitresse hasn’t exactly given the Bookburners good reason to trust her in the past, so when they all receive an invitation from her to attend a spontaneous Market Arcanum, they’re not sure they should go. Is this a peace offering? A sincere attempt to work together? Or could it all be a very elaborate trap?

Genres: Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller, Bookburner, Urban Fantasy

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‘Dance Hall of the Dead’ Book Review

Mount Readmore Book Review, 2018 64/200

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Dance Hall of the Dead by Tony Hillerman

Audiobook Edition

Finished on 5/5/2018

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Description:

Two Native-American boys have vanished into thin air, leaving a pool of blood behind them. Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn of the Navajo Tribal Police has no choice but to suspect the very worst, since the blood that stains the parched New Mexican ground once flowed through the veins of one of the missing, a young Zuñi. But his investigation into a terrible crime is being complicated by an important archaeological dig . . . and a steel hypodermic needle. And the unique laws and sacred religious rites of the Zuñi people are throwing impassable roadblocks in Leaphorn’s already twisted path, enabling a craven murderer to elude justice or, worse still, to kill again.

Genres: Mystery, Crime, Leaphorn & Chee, Navajo, Western, Police Procedural

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‘Heir of Sea and Fire’ Book Review

Mount Readmore Book Review, 2018 61/200

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Heir of Sea and Fire by Patricia A. McKillip

Audiobook Edition

Finished on 5/3/2018

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Description:

By the vow of her father and her own desire, Raederle was pledged to Morgon, Riddle-Master of Hed. But a year had passed since Morgon disappeared on his search for the High One at Erlenstar Mountain, and rumors claimed he was dead.
Raederle set out to learn the truth for herself, though her small gift of magic seemed too slight for the perils she must face. The quest led through strange lands and dangerous adventures. Only her growing powers enabled her at last to reach Erlenstar Mountain. And there she discovered what she could not bear to accept.
Accompanied by Deth, the High One’s Harper, she fled. And behind them came a pursuer whose name was Morgon, bent on executing a grim destiny upon Raederle and Deth.
Her only hope lay in summoning the Hosts of the Dead, led by the King whose skull she bore . . .

Genres: Fantasy, High Fantasy, Quest Fantasy

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