Staff Pick

With stunning world-building, RF Kuang creates a fantastical epic inspired by 20th Century China and its culture. Rin, a war orphan taken in by loathsome criminals, decides her only way out is to ace the Keju – an empire wide test. Spoiler alert (kidding) she does it and gets into the most prestigious academy, Sinegard. Here her southern roots, dark skin, racial class and gender do her no favors. Her well-heeled/wealthy peers, who have spent their lives studying and training to be the best, aren’t ready to accept a peasant girl into their ranks. She soon discovers powerfully terrifying gifts of her own and uses them to try and win an unwinnable war. This heart-stopping, breath-stealing first in what is soon to be a series, is a perfect summer read, though if you are anything like me, it may only take a few days.

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ISBN: 9780062662569
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Harper Voyager - May 1st, 2018

Staff Pick

Alright now, I could praise every book that makes up the Dark Tower series, because they are some of my most favorite Stephen King novels. Narrowing down one out of seven was difficult, but Drawing of the Three shows some of King's strongest characters at their most desperate points of need. The book picks up right after Gunslinger, progresses seamlessly as new characters are introduced, and the setting shifts from desert to New York City. The books are a mix of western and science fiction, and can be considered King's Lord of the Rings.

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ISBN: 9781501161810
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Pocket Books - December 27th, 2016

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Hark! If you yearn for fantastical stories set elsewhere besides the snowy peaks and lush green forests of medieval Europe, if elven kin and dragonkind no longer interest you, I implore you to read this book. The story begins by following the travails of Nahri, con artist extraordinaire living on the streets of 18th century Cairo. While executing a scam, Nahri briefly taps into a knowledge and power she thought didn’t exist. This catapults her into a magical journey filled with adventure and danger, with surprises at every turn. Journey into the City of Brass, if you dare.

The City of Brass: A Novel (The Daevabad Trilogy) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062678119
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Harper Voyager - July 3rd, 2018