A fast-paced, compelling conclusion to this fantasy saga.

SIEGE OF RAGE AND RUIN

From the Wells of Sorcery Trilogy series , Vol. 3

With the ghost ship under her control, Isoka is finally on her way back home in this follow-up to City of Stone and Silence (2020).

Isoka, along with her female partner, Meroe, and mage-blood friends Jack and Zarun, is on her way back to her home city, Kahnzoka. By capturing the Soliton, she has fulfilled her end of Kuon Naga’s deal and is ready to save her 14-year-old sister, Tori. Their plan to sneak in and out undetected goes awry when they arrive to discover Kahnzoka under siege and Tori, with her mind-control magic, at the head of a rebellion. But neither sister is the same person as when Isoka left on the Soliton, creating misunderstandings and complicated feelings between them. Their reunion is cut short when Kuon Naga’s Immortals, a group of elite mage-bloods, kidnap Tori. Isoka and her crew get drawn into Tori and the rebels’ fight to free their home city. Alternating between the two sisters’ perspectives, this trilogy closer dives deeper into the responsibility for and inner workings of the rebellion and conflict with Kuon Naga. Even with many intense action scenes and a storyline that keeps the pages turning, there is a greater focus on the strategy and politics of the Empire that fleshes out the worldbuilding. As before, the characters are diverse in ethnicity and sexuality.

A fast-paced, compelling conclusion to this fantasy saga. (map) (Fantasy. 14-adult)

Pub Date: Jan. 5, 2021

ISBN: 978-0-7653-9731-7

Page Count: 304

Publisher: Tor Teen

Review Posted Online: Sept. 29, 2020

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15, 2020

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THE CRUEL PRINCE

From the Folk of the Air series , Vol. 1

Black is back with another dark tale of Faerie, this one set in Faerie and launching a new trilogy.

Jude—broken, rebuilt, fueled by anger and a sense of powerlessness—has never recovered from watching her adoptive Faerie father murder her parents. Human Jude (whose brown hair curls and whose skin color is never described) both hates and loves Madoc, whose murderous nature is true to his Faerie self and who in his way loves her. Brought up among the Gentry, Jude has never felt at ease, but after a decade, Faerie has become her home despite the constant peril. Black’s latest looks at nature and nurture and spins a tale of court intrigue, bloodshed, and a truly messed-up relationship that might be the saving of Jude and the titular prince, who, like Jude, has been shaped by the cruelties of others. Fierce and observant Jude is utterly unaware of the currents that swirl around her. She fights, plots, even murders enemies, but she must also navigate her relationship with her complex family (human, Faerie, and mixed). This is a heady blend of Faerie lore, high fantasy, and high school drama, dripping with description that brings the dangerous but tempting world of Faerie to life.

Black is building a complex mythology; now is a great time to tune in. (Fantasy. 14-adult)

Pub Date: Jan. 2, 2018

ISBN: 978-0-316-31027-7

Page Count: 384

Publisher: Little, Brown

Review Posted Online: Sept. 26, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15, 2017

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A charming entry fizzing with romance.

MYSTERIES OF THORN MANOR

Rogue magical wards trap Elisabeth Scrivener and her companions inside Thorn Manor in this novella that revisits the world of Sorcery of Thorns (2019).

A violent, magical gale surrounds Thorn Manor, separating the inhabitants from the rest of Hemlock Park. And for once, the calamity seems not to be the fault of Nathaniel Thorn himself. Something has triggered a modification to the wards, and Elisabeth and Nathaniel will have to figure out what it is, as they’re due to host the Midwinter Ball next week. Soon, Elisabeth realizes that the more romantically she and Nathaniel act toward one another, the angrier the house’s response. With the aid of Silas, Nathaniel’s demon, they begin to search areas of Thorn Manor long since closed off for clues. They discover a grimoire penned by Nathaniel’s ancestor Clothilde Thorn and, after a battle with a furious dressing gown, surmise that the manor is upset that Nathaniel hasn’t followed proper courtship protocols with Elisabeth. By completing three impossible tasks, Nathaniel may be able to free them from the magical cyclone in which they are trapped in time for the ball—if he’s really Elisabeth’s true love, that is. Though low on dramatic tension, this short tale will feel as cozy as a warm bath to fans of Elisabeth and Nathaniel’s romance, as it is replete with whimsical settings, sexy stolen moments, and Nathaniel’s signature witty banter. A deeper look into Silas’ inner workings adds depth to an otherwise frothy, fantastical romp.

A charming entry fizzing with romance. (Fantasy. 14-adult)

Pub Date: Jan. 17, 2023

ISBN: 978-1-66593-561-6

Page Count: 192

Publisher: McElderry

Review Posted Online: Oct. 26, 2022

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 15, 2022

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