Saturday, September 22, 2012

Sue's Saturday Suggestions #14

Interesting Books

(Descriptions from Goodreads)

Besieged by Rowena Cory Daniells, review at Mervi’s Book Review

Sorne, the estranged son of a King on the verge of madness, is being raised as a weapon to wield against the mystical Wyrds. Half a continent away, his father is planning to lay siege to the Celestial City, the home of the T En, whose wyrd blood the mundane population have come to despise. Within the City, Imoshen, the only mystic to be raised by men, is desperately trying to hold her people together. A generations long feud between the men of the Brotherhoods and the women of the sacred Sisterhoods is about to come to a head. With war without and war within, can an entire race survive the hatred of a nation? Rowena Cory Daniells, the creator of the bestselling Chronicles of King Rolen s Kin, brings you a stunning new fantasy epic, steeped in magic and forged in war.

Carnival of Souls by Melissa Marr, reviews at Gone with The Words & My Favorite Books

In a city of daimons, rigid class lines separate the powerful from the power-hungry. And at the heart of The City is the Carnival of Souls, where both murder and pleasure are offered up for sale. Once in a generation, the carnival hosts a deadly competition that allows every daimon a chance to join the ruling elite. Without the competition, Aya and Kaleb would both face bleak futures--if for different reasons. For each of them, fighting to the death is the only way to try to live.

All Mallory knows of The City is that her father--and every other witch there--fled it for a life in exile in the human world. Instead of a typical teenage life full of friends and maybe even a little romance, Mallory scans quiet streets for threats, hides herself away, and trains to be lethal. She knows it's only a matter of time until a daimon finds her and her father, so she readies herself for the inevitable. While Mallory possesses little knowledge of The City, every inhabitant of The City knows of her. There are plans for Mallory, and soon she, too, will be drawn into the decadence and danger that is the Carnival of Souls.

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller, review at Into the Hall of Books

Greece in the age of Heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the kingdom of Phthia. Here he is nobody, just another unwanted boy living in the shadow of King Peleus and his golden son, Achilles. Achilles, 'best of all the Greeks', is everything Patroclus is not — strong, beautiful, the child of a goddess — and by all rights their paths should never cross. Yet one day, Achilles takes the shamed prince under his wing and soon their tentative companionship gives way to a steadfast friendship. As they grow into young men skilled in the arts of war and medicine, their bond blossoms into something far deeper — despite the displeasure of Achilles's mother Thetis, a cruel and deathly pale sea goddess with a hatred of mortals.

I have listed these titles in earlier SSS posts: check out my SSS Books Page for links to more reviews

Breed by Chase Novak, review at Starmetal Oak Reviews

The Corpse-Rat King by Lee Battersby, review at A Fantastical Librarian

Forge of Darkness by Steven Erikson, reviews at Fantasy Literature & The Wertzone

Poison Princess by Kresley Cole, review at I Smell Sheep   

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater, review at The Midnight Garden & The Well-Read Wife

Throne of Glass by Sara J. Maas, review at Fantasy Book Critic

Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan, review at By Singing Light


The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater at Fiktshun & The Midnight Garden

Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff at My Bookish Ways

The Artwork of Jian Guo

Thanks to A Dribble of Ink, who posted a link to these amazing pieces: stained-glass images from The Lord of the Rings. They are stunning and anyone wanting to buy me massive versions for Christmas will be my best friend forever! :)

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