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Mask of Shadows Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781492647492
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Published: Sourcebooks Fire - September 5th, 2017

AVAIL. 9/5/17

Sal is one of the only citizens of Nacea left alive after powerful and sinister magic wrecks their homeland. Raised on the streets by a former street fighter and thief lord, they become adept at thievery and dirty fighting. Still desperate for revenge against the lords and ladies who allowed her world to be destroyed, Sal takes the first opportunity they hear of to avenge their dead. This entails an audition: one where death or victory are their only options. Pitted against twenty two other people to fill the vacant position of the Queen’s assassin, no place is safe. Here, the contestants have to train to not only survive any attacks pitted against them, but be able to get away with their own executions. Mask of Shadows is exhilarating and exciting, and the best assassin story of the year.

- Jordan


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Queer, There, and Everywhere: 23 People Who Changed the World Cover Image
By Sarah Prager, Zoe More O'Ferrall (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780062474315
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Published: HarperCollins - May 23rd, 2017

AVAIL. 5/23/17

Although the term queer has not existed for very long, the idea of being queer has existed as long as humans have. Cultures around the world have had different levels of acceptance and approaches to this idea. Same-sex marriage was common and the idea of a third gender was embraced in South East Asia. Even though this is true, why haven't we heard much of this side of history? Prager brings to life the brief stories of queer people throughout history, spanning from Ancient Rome to today. From Holocaust survivors to soldiers to lawmakers, queer people have had an illustrious past, and with a more accepting world, will have an illustrious future as well.

- Jordan


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By Cixin Liu, Ken Liu (Translator)
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ISBN: 9780765382030
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Published: Tor Books - January 12th, 2016

The Cultural Revolution is at its peak in the People’s Republic of China. Unified against reactionary science, Ye Wenjie watches her father die because he taught Einstein’s theory of relativity. An astrophysicist herself, she escapes but gets involved in reactionary expression, which results in her imprisonment. However, China needs her expertise at their military base in the wilderness. More than forty years later, a Professor of nanotechnology is brought to this base to investigate the mass suicides among prominent scientists. From his investigation multiple questions arise. What is the Frontiers of Science involvement in this, how does the virtual reality of Three Body fit in, and what will happen when the 1097 hours are up? The Three-Body Problem is a masterwork of Chinese science fiction, and a must-read.

- Jordan


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Human Acts Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9781101906729
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Published: Hogarth Press - January 17th, 2017

Dong-ho is a boy of fifteen when the city of Gwangju rises up against a government becoming more and more totalitarian. He is only in middle school when he is shot and killed by the South Korean military, even though he had his hands up in surrender. Although he is only one boy, his death and the after effects of this gross atrocity echo for decades after. His companion, who was shot as well, tells the story of the corpses left behind. An editor has to watch as the truths behind the uprising are censored. A prisoner is still haunted by the torture he received a decade ago. A factory girl keeps what she witnessed hidden. And Dong-ho’s mother still feels the empty space he left behind. Human Acts tells a lesser known part of our history, but is an Uprising that needs to be known.

- Jordan


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ISBN: 9780316273435
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Published: Little Brown and Company - March 7th, 2017

AVAIL. 3/7/17

Jakub Prochazka was young when communism fell and the Czech Republic freed itself of its bonds; however, due to his father’s legacy as torturer in its name, he still remains haunted. And now he is the face of the Republic as its sole astronaut. All countries raced to send a man into space after the Chopra Cloud of cosmic dust appeared, but it was the Czechs who won. Sent up alone in the JanHus1 for the lonely eight months of this mission, he already feels its toll as his relationship with his wife Lenka decays. But this is not his only problem - a spider has appeared, and has the ability to talk and eat all of the Nutella on board. Spaceman of Bohemia is a truly wonderful debut with beautiful prose and alluring plot.

- Jordan


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The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062382801
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - June 27th, 2017

AVAIL. 6/20/17

On the verge of becoming the Lord of his household, Henry Montague first departs on his Grand Tour. Accompanied by his sister Felicity, and best friend Percy, he expects them to have the time of their lives as they travel through the beautiful cities of Europe. What is unexpected, however, is a chaperone hired by his father to watch over the three of them, ensuring that they don't get into any trouble. Their arrangement doesn't last long, especially due to the pirates, highwaymen, and alchemy they encounter along the way. That, and the fact that Henry is irrevocably and undeniably in love with his best friend. Both amusing and tragic, Lee has made this a favorite of the year, something that demanded to be finished in one sitting.

- Jordan


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A Constellation of Vital Phenomena Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780770436421
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Published: Hogarth Press - February 4th, 2014

When Dokka is abducted from his home in the dead of night, Akhmed watches as the soldiers search fruitlessly for the man’s daughter Havaa. Both have been accused of aiding Chechen rebels in the second war being waged with Russia. Upon finding Havaa in the woods with only a blue suitcase, Akhmed sees only one option: travel to the abandoned hospital where a lone doctor, Sonja, treats all wounded. Akhmed enlists himself to aid her in her efforts, despite being one of the worst physicians left in Chechnya. Sonja is battling her own demons, especially the guilt she feels after she abandoned her sister Natasha to face the horrors of two wars by herself. Anthony Marra masterfully tells of wars untold and ignored by history. A Constellation of Vital Phenomena is truly beautiful, painting the portrait of a war-torn country and its people, detailing how they survive and what pushes them to do so.

- Jordan


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Waking Gods: Book 2 of the Themis Files Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781101886724
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Published: Del Rey Books - April 4th, 2017

AVAIL. 4/417

Themis is not alone. Another robot has landed in London, allegedly posing no threat; however, the nation needs to be protected, and protected it will be. The alien robot is destroyed, along with its pilots. This is not the end. Twelve more appear, in major cities all around the world. This is no longer as simple as the parts of Themis were, or the defense missions previously carried out. These alien beings have power humans cannot protect themselves against. The question is no longer what do we do when the world knows of its existence. Now, it has become: what should be done when they pose a threat greater than any we have ever known? Waking Gods is tense and even stronger than its predecessor, Sleeping Giants, posing the complex question: what is the furthest we will go for the sake of international security?

- Jordan


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Strange the Dreamer Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316341684
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - March 28th, 2017

AVAIL 3/28

Lazlo Strange was an orphan being raised as a monk, until he ventured into the library. From then on, he became known as Strange the Dreamer due to his studies of the mythical Unseen City. No one believes the city exists, until the Tizerkane warriors come seeking scientists, and Lazlo. Accompanied by the Godslayer, demolition experts, pilots, and alchemists, he will soon become one of the first foreigners to step into the city. They are there to destroy the Citadel, the section of the city where the tyrannical gods used to reside. What they do not know, however, is that there are still survivors from the Carnage, the event where the gods and their children were slain. Taylor is back at it again with this beautifully crafted novel, containing a world unlike any other.

- Jordan


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Six of Crows Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781627792127
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Published: Henry Holt & Company - September 29th, 2015

Kaz Brekker, powerful and influential, is offered an opportunity that he cannot turn down, no matter how impossible it is to achieve. He is tasked to break into the highest security prison in Fjerda and steal a prisoner. Promised with all the money he could desire, he brings together a ragtag team to pull it off. Bardugo creates extremely unique characters with Inej, a spy unable to be heard; Nina, a Heartrender with tremendous power; Matthias, a convict with hatred for all of Nina’s kind; Jesper, a sharpshooter; Wylan, a once-privileged boy and now a runaway; and Kaz, the criminal mastermind with a past no one knows. Together, they must do the impossible, and not kill each other in the process. Six of Crows is exciting, filled with action, and will have you rooting for every character.

- Jordan


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Gemina Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780553499155
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Published: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - October 18th, 2016

Hanna Donnelly, daughter of the commander of Heimdall Station, only speaks with Niklas Malikov to buy drugs off of him. It remains that way until the station is invaded and conquered by a group of soldiers from BeiTech. With a ship about to dock that contains the only people who can recount the atrocities committed by BeiTech, the company is desperate to destroy the Station and all survivors upon the Hypatia. Hanna and Niklas are the only ones left to fight against the tyrants after all protestors are killed or imprisoned. Joining forces with Niklas’ pro-hacker little sister Ella, the three are nearly unstoppable. Now that the lives of everyone in the station are on the line, the three not only fight to save their lives, but to stop BeiTech’s reign of terror. Told in a variety of formats and points of view, Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff tell a story both exciting and unforgettable.

- Jordan


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Amberlough Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780765383815
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Published: Tor Books - February 7th, 2017

AVAIL. 2/7/17

Cyril DePaul was a master spy, working out of Amberlough; that was before a botched mission brought him back to fifth floor desk duty. However, as the fascist One State Party, or the Ospies, is rising to power, he’s sent to Neuskland in order to gather intelligence. Instead, he is forced to work for the very people he was investigating in order to sway the election in the Ospies’ favor. Only two allies remain: Aristides Mackricosta, a smuggler and his lover, and Cordelia Lehane, a streetwise dancer at the Bumble Bee Cabaret. Desperate to keep both of them out of his plans, Cyril ends up dragging them further into it. Pursued by the corrupt police forces and facing treachery at every turn, no one is safe. Donnelly pulls you in with a high stakes and tragic novel that feels like a bittersweet combination of Cabaret and the Weimar Era.

- Jordan


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Kids of Appetite Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780451470782
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - September 20th, 2016

The story begins when Victor runs away from home with his father’s ashes and ends with the murder of Madeline’s uncle. What happens in the eight days between those events is told by the unique voices of two teenagers united by circumstance. Vic is taken in by Mad’s group of friends, all misfits and loners in their own way. Together, they have a common goal: spread the ashes of Vic’s father across the town of Hackensack, finding locations based on the clues in his last letter. Eight days after their mission began, they turn themselves into the police to clear their friend Baz’s name, simultaneously spinning the story of how they came to be the "Kids of Appetite." As they live and laugh, David Arnold keeps readers enthralled and intrigued.

- Jordan


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ISBN: 9781623654009
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Published: Jo Fletcher - June 2nd, 2015

The Greatcoats of myth have returned! Under the rule of King Paelis, the 144 men and women spread his Law throughout the land; that is, until he is assassinated and the Greatcoats are disbanded. All are left with a mission to find what the king has left behind. Flacio, Brasti, and Kest are the few that remain who’re trying to complete the assignment; however, after their current employer is killed on their watch, staying alive is more important as they're pursued relentlessly. The trio arrive in Rijou, a city about to begin Blood Week - a nine-day stretch where assassinations and fear are all its citizens know. They found Aline in the ashes of her family’s home, a young girl sought by the townspeople so that they can end her family’s bloodline. Desperate to protect her, Falcio remains in the city, thwarting false Greatcoats and highly trained assassins along the way. Traitor’s Blade is an exciting work of fantasy, reminiscent of the Three Musketeers and their swashbuckling adventures.

- Jordan


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Radio Silence Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062335715
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Published: Harper Teen - March 28th, 2017

AVAIL. 3/28/17

Francis Janvier is a girl incredibly dedicated. Her focus is ironclad: stay at the top of her class and get into Cambridge. School is all she knows, but her true love is for a podcast called Universe City. Told by a genderless Radio Silence, it's about the feeling of being stuck - something she and its Creator know very well. By mere happenstance, she meets Aled Last, the boy behind the mystery of the City. Together they do not fall in love, but join forces to make the podcast better. As it grows in renown, both Aled and Francis face a threat of exposure that is larger than ever before. Expertly incorporating social media and modern pop culture, Alice Oseman tells a story that can resonate with all of its readers. Radio Silence is truly phenomenal, with an author who knows better than most what it is like to be young and lost.

- Jordan


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Sleeping Giants Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781101886694
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Published: Del Rey Books - April 26th, 2016

As Rose Franklin celebrates her birthday by riding her new bicycle, she does not expect the ground beneath her to crumble, and for a hand over four times her size to catch her. Unknowingly, she uncovers a piece of something alien, something unbelievably ancient. Years later, she also does not expect to be the lead researcher of the hand and the rest of the discovered parts. The United States government pools its resources to not only find the remaining pieces but also pilots for the machine itself. Once completed, only two essential questions remain: Why’s it here, and what’s to be done when the entire world knows that it exists? Sleeping Giants, told solely in interviews, is intense and will lead us to ask ourselves: What do we do when we are not the only intelligent species on this planet?

- Jordan


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Mistborn: The Final Empire Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780765350381
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Published: Tor Books - July 31st, 2007

In a world where ash rains from the sky, the Lord Ruler is the only thing that has remained consistent for the past thousand years. To most he is a god, but to Kelsier, he is one that needs to be deposed. Kelsier is a legendary figure himself - he is the only man to be sentenced to the Pits of Hathsin and survive. Vin, on the other hand, seems to be a mere street urchin until their paths cross. With his help, she will embrace the powers of a Mistborn: one that gains unnatural abilities from consuming metals. As the resistance progresses, she will not only learn what she is capable of but will also assist their efforts. Mistborn is unique and wonderful, a must-read for anyone who loves the fantasy genre.

- Jordan


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ISBN: 9780765376466
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Published: Tor Books - January 19th, 2016

Once Black London was entirely consumed by dark magic, the other Londons sealed themselves off. Only two known people, Kell and Holland, can travel between the three remaining Londons, keeping cordial relations with the others. When a black rock filled with unfamiliar and malevolent magic falls into Kell’s possession, he is no longer safe… even when a thief steals it from him. He meets Lila Bard, an extremely resourceful thief from Grey London. Together they must keep the magic from falling into the wrong hands, especially from those of the tyrants from White London. A Darker Shade of Magic is high stakes, magical, and creative, with characters and a storyline that pull you right in.

- Jordan


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Labyrinth Lost Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781492620945
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Published: Sourcebooks Fire - September 6th, 2016

Alex doesn't want to be a bruja - a witch - if she can help it. Before her Deathday ceremony, which would reign in her powers, she makes a decision: instead of controlling this magic, she will banish it. This decision, however, comes with extreme consequences. Her entire family is taken into another dimension, one that is godless and dominated by the terrifying Devourer, a bruja corrupted. With the help of a boy she doesn't know, or trust, she has to travel into this other world with a power she can't understand or control. Labyrinth Lost is enthralling, a book that demands to be read in one sitting.

- Jordan


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Iron Cast Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781419721922
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - October 11th, 2016

Ada Navarra and Corrine Wells are inseparable friends and hemopaths. Due to their “tainted” blood, they can create real and lifelike illusions through their art. By night, they perform at the Cast Iron Nightclub, and by day, they use their abilities to con the rich and powerful. However, after one con goes too far, Ada is imprisoned in the Haversham Asylum, one meant to imprison and torture any hemopaths. With Corrine’s help, she escapes, and betrayal and danger follow them everywhere. Combining both the circumstances of pre-prohibition Boston and the thrill of forbidden magic, Destiny Soria has crafted a story just as strong and enchanting as its characters.

- Jordan


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The Reader Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399176777
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - September 13th, 2016

In Traci Chee’s fast-paced debut, literacy is nearly nonexistent. Books have become something of the past, until Sefia discovers one in the depths of her family’s house the night her father is murdered. She is on the run with her aunt Nin who, ultimately, is taken as well. In order to understand the fate of her father and her aunt, she begins to read. With the help of a boy who cannot speak and a legendary seafaring captain, she is brought halfway across the world in pursuit of those who have taken her family from her. The Reader is utterly exciting, magical, and almost impossible to put down.

- Jordan


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Gemina Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780553499155
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Published: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - October 18th, 2016

Hanna Donnelly, daughter of the commander of Heimdall Station, only speaks with Niklas Malikov to buy drugs off of him. It remains that way until the station is invaded and conquered by a group of soldiers from BeiTech. With a ship about to dock that contains the only people who can recount the atrocities committed by BeiTech, the company is desperate to destroy the Station and all survivors upon the Hypatia. Hanna and Niklas are the only ones left to fight against the tyrants after all protestors are killed or imprisoned. Joining forces with Niklas’ pro-hacker little sister Ella, the three are nearly unstoppable. Now that the lives of everyone in the station are on the line, the three not only fight to save their lives, but to stop BeiTech’s reign of terror. Told in a variety of formats and points of view, Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff tell a story both exciting and unforgettable

- Jordan


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ISBN: 9781101998878
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Published: Razorbill - August 30th, 2016

In the thrilling sequel to An Ember in the Ashes, Elias and Laia are running for their lives against an unlikely foe. Relentlessly pursuing them so that her family doesn't suffer the consequences is Helene, once their friend, but now their enemy and the Empire’s Blood Shrike. With Elias gravely injured and the extremely disciplined soldiers of the Empire on their tail, time is running out. Darin, Laia’s brother, has to be rescued from Kauf if the revolution is meant to succeed. Sabaa Tahir has once again written a high octane novel that is unforgettable.

- Jordan


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ISBN: 9780670026197
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Published: Viking - September 6th, 2016

At the end of World War I, Count Alexander Rostov is placed under house, or hotel, arrest at the Hotel Metropol. Unable to leave, he fears monotony. Then he meets Nina, a young girl who knows all the secrets of the hotel and wants to know the ways of a princess. They become companions, but grow apart as the years pass and Nina becomes a young woman. However, once Nina’s husband is placed in gulag, they are briefly reunited so that Rostov can become the caretaker of Nina’s daughter. With his own brand of unique storytelling, Towles creates a beautiful novel that is engrossing until the very end.

- Jordan


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ISBN: 9780062351425
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Published: Harper Perennial - October 20th, 2015

Jackie, the local pawn-shop owner, has always been 19. Diane has a moody shape-shifting son who is desperate to know about his estranged father. A man in a tan jacket breaks their routines with the cryptic words “KING CITY." Their lives collide as they seek the unfamiliar city and work to find Diane’s son. Taking place in a friendly desert community where mysterious lights pass overhead while they sleep, Welcome to Night Vale is exciting, odd, and unforgettable.

- Jordan


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ISBN: 9780804172707
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Published: Anchor Books - January 26th, 2016

JB, Malcolm, Willem, and Jude have always been best friends. As the years pass they find success, fame, and love, as well as failure and discord. They remain close to the others through their devotion to Jude, a man ruined by a past none of them know. A Little Life gradually reveals the developments of Jude’s life through heartbreaking prose and beautiful storytelling.

- Jordan


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ISBN: 9780765376671
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Published: Tor Books - March 4th, 2014

Over 1000 years ago, the Knights Radiant left their posts as protectors of mankind. Now, the Radiants have returned. Dalinar, famed highprince and brother of the late king, receives messages from God during highstorms. Kaladin has been enslaved against his will to be bait on the front lines. Once Shallan’s father dies, she is tasked to become the ward of the extremely powerful and elusive Jasnah, famed heretic. The Way of Kings is the pinnacle of contemporary fantasy, complete with splendid worldbuilding and a story worth reading more than once.

- Jordan