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Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao ARC {4.5 Stars}

Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao ARC {4.5 Stars}

Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao (Rise of the Empress)
Published by Philomel on Oct. 10th, 2017
Genres: Dark Fantasy, Fairytale Retelling, Fantasy, YA
Page Length: 384 pages
How I got my copy: Borrowed
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An East Asian fantasy reimagining of The Evil Queen legend about one peasant girl's quest to become Empress--and the darkness she must unleash to achieve her destiny.

Eighteen-year-old Xifeng is beautiful. The stars say she is destined for greatness, that she is meant to be Empress of Feng Lu. But only if she embraces the darkness within her. Growing up as a peasant in a forgotten village on the edge of the map, Xifeng longs to fulfill the destiny promised to her by her cruel aunt, the witch Guma, who has read the cards and seen glimmers of Xifeng's majestic future. But is the price of the throne too high?

Because in order to achieve greatness, she must spurn the young man who loves her and exploit the callous magic that runs through her veins--sorcery fueled by eating the hearts of the recently killed. For the god who has sent her on this journey will not be satisfied until his power is absolute.

4.5 Stars

Note: I received an advanced copy of Forest of a Thousand Lanterns from the publisher. Some things may have changed in the final version.

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The Skeleth by Matthew Jobin ARC {4.5 Stars}

The Skeleth by Matthew Jobin follows the adventures of three teens in a world of feudal battles, heroes, monsters, and magic.  Reminiscent of C.S. Lewis, in which evil does its worst deeds by partnering with greedy men, this book – and its predecessor Nethergrim – will keep pages turning as unlikely heroes learn that the myths they learned as children were real …. but the monsters were not truly defeated, and they are returning ……

Note: I received an advanced copy of THE SKELETH from the publisher. Some things may have changed in the final version.

The Skeleth by Matthew Jobin ARC {4.5 Stars}

The Skeleth by Matthew Jobin (The Nethergrim Trilogy #2)
Published by Philomel on May 10th 2016
Genres: Fantasy, YA
Page Length: 400 pages
How I got my copy: Publisher
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In a vast kingdom divided by power-hungry lords, land equals power. With the Nethergrim now awake, her limitless wellspring of evil means opportunity for those willing to do her bidding. One ambitious Lord, eager to overthrow his counterparts and rule the north, succumbs to temptation, helping to let loose the Skeleth, forces of energy that absorb whole anyone who attempts to kill them. In this way the slain end up as slayers, a vicious cycle that never ends.

Yet that will not stop young Edmund--an apprentice wizard--and his friends Katherine and Tom, from trying to stop the evil threatening to overtake their kingdom. Together, they team up with the legendary Tristan in a battle of courage, brains, determination, and sacrifice to stop the Skeleth and save the Barony of Elverain from being conquered.

4.5 Stars

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The Tournament at Gorlan by John Flanagan ARC {3 Stars}

The Tournament at Gorlan by John Flanagan is the first in a prequel series based before The Ranger’s Apprentice books and billed as a good place to start if you haven’t already read that previous series. Ranger’s Apprentice is one of those series that I’ve always meant to try out but never had the right confluence of factors to actually do it, so when this ARC showed up in my mailbox, I decided to give it a shot! What I found was a fun fantasy adventure that harkens back to traditional stories. If you’re looking for a meaty world-building tome, this isn’t that, but if you’re just looking for a fun read on a Sunday afternoon, The Tournament of Gorlan might be perfect for you.

Note: I received an advanced copy of The Tournament at Gorlan from the publisher. Some things may have changed in the final version.

The Tournament at Gorlan by John Flanagan ARC {3 Stars}

The Tournament at Gorlan by John Flanagan (Ranger's Apprentice: The Early Years #1)
Published by Philomel on Oct. 6th, 2015
Genres: Adult, Fantasy
Page Length: 384 pages
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When Halt and Crowley discover that the ambitious Morgarath has been infiltrating the Rangers in order to corrupt the Corps, the young Rangers travel north to find Prince Duncan, seeking a royal warrant to stop Morgarath before it is too late. By weakening the Rangers, the most powerful force in support of the King, Morgarath plans to steal the throne.

Yet when Halt and Crowley arrive in Gorlan, they discover just how close Morgarath’s scheme is to success. Morgarath has a plan to discredit the Prince and alienate him from his father. At the same time, the Baron of Gorlan has been conspiring to win the trust and admiration of the Council of Barons to further his plan. If the young Rangers are to prevent the coup from succeeding, they will have to tread a dangerous path, which leads them to a thrilling climax at the annual tournament at Gorlan, where a series of bitter duels must be fought and won.

This origin story brings readers to a time before Will was an apprentice, and lays the groundwork for the epic battles that will culminate with The Ruins of Gorlan and The Burning Bridge—Books 1 and 2 of the Ranger’s Apprentice series.

3 Stars

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