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The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss (14 years and over)

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Title: The Name of the World.

Author: Patrick Rothfuss.

Year of Publication: 2007 (UK).

Publisher: Gollancz (UK)..

Website: http://www.patrickrothfuss.com

Format: Available in paperback, an ebook, and an audiobook.

Cost for Paperback (RRP): £9.99 (UK).

Age Range: I suggest from about 14 up, if you’re younger than this I suggest asking your parents first.

This is the first book in The Kingkiller Chronicle series.

 

This series is a must for anyone who loves magic! Kote is an innkeeper, and at first sight he looks unassuming and just like the patrons he serves. But that is about as far from the truth as you can get.

This first book in the series is a story of how a little boy who would otherwise gone forgotten by history rose to live a thousand lives. He has travelled everywhere there is to travel, and became the most notorious magician of the land. Getting expelled, slaying dragons, and hunting down the myths and legends of his world are just the tip of the ice-burg for Kote.

The next book in the series is called The Wise Man’s Fear.

 

“Why can’t I just eat my waffle?” Barrack Obama.

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Twelve Kings in Sharakhai by Bradley P. Beaulieu (12 years and over)

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Title: Twelve Kings in Sharakhai.

Author: Bradley P. Beaulieu.

Year of Publication: 2016 (UK).

Publisher: Daw Books (UK)..

Website: http://www.quillings.com

Format: Available in paperback, an ebook, and an audiobook.

Cost for Paperback (RRP): £7.99 (UK).

Age Range: I suggest from about 12 up, if you’re younger than this I suggest asking your parents first.

This is the first book in The Song of Shattered Sands series.

 

Sharakhai is the greatest city in the dessert, and is the heart of everything for it’s people; as long as they serve the twelve kings who rule the city. Immortal, powerful, and as cruel as is possible, they reign totally and completely over their people. That is until one night, a girl from the slums named Ceda dares to break the law and venture outside on the Holy night of Beht Zha’ir.

She discovers some very interesting things about the Twelve Kings, and about her ancestry, which could bring down the great city of Sharakhai crashing around her. That is, if the near God-like kings don’t discover what she is up to first.

This was the first book I have read from this author, and I am glad I picked it up. I have really enjoyed this book. The characters are realistic and well written, and the pages are soaked in magic and fantasy. It was well worth the read, and I am looking forward to starting book two.

The next book in the series is called Of Sand and Malice Made.

 

“There is only one happiness in life, to love and be loved.” George Sand.

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New Harry Potter Books

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To mark 20 years since Harry Potter was first published, four new editions of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone have been released; one for each Hogwarts House. Of course, I will be buying myself a Ravenclaw copy ASAP, because I am proud of my house. I know that many of you have a copy of all of the books already, so may not want to get another copy of the same book, but I just wanted to share the news with you all just in case you would want to get yourself a copy.

 

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Harry Potter turns 20

Today, I was going to post about my holiday to Canada, but after hearing a piece on the radio yesterday I changed my mind. It was a piece about Harry Potter to mark the 20th anniversary since Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone was first published.

On the 26th June 1997, the first Harry Potter book was published in the UK. It had an initial run of only 500 copies (many of which went to libraries), and Jo Rowling’s name was shortened to JK Rowling because the publishers thought that boys wouldn’t read a book written by a woman.

She was a new author that no one had heard of before, and her first book probably (I’m only guessing here) wasn’t expected to be hugely successful. But 20 years later, the BBC is asking people what the world would be like without Harry Potter.

JK Rowling’s creation has given us hope beyond words in a world that often seems dark. It made people like us realise that it’s ok to be different, and a little rebellious, because different doesn’t mean bad. It means we are individuals who can think for ourselves, and be the most important people in the world. Because when you look at the story, it’s not the ‘normal’ people like the Dursleys who make a difference, or stand up to evil, it is people like us.

What started off as a small-scale book, became a global phenomenon that has transcended all of the differences of it’s readers and movie fans to bring them together in a community that I am proud to be a part of.

I was 15 when the first book came out, and Harry Potter has been a huge influence on my life. I will always be thankful for the gift that JK Rowling gave to us 20 years ago, and continues to give us to this day. It taught me about what it takes to be the good person that I always try to be, and have courage when things are hard, to use my brain to think problems through, the need of friends and family, and to hope in love.

 

“The toilet’s never had anything as horrible as your head down it— it might be sick.” Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone.

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Red Sister by Mark Lawrence

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Title: Red Sister.

Author: Mark Lawrence.

Year of Publication: 2017 (UK).

Publishers: Harper Voyager (UK).

Website: http://www.marklawrence.buzz/

Cost for Paperback (RRP): £7.99 (UK).

Format: Available in paperback, audiobook, and as an ebook.

Age Range: 12 and over. If you are younger than this then I suggest asking your parents first.

This is the 1st book in a series called Book of the Ancestor.

 

The Red Sisters are trained to be killers from childhood. Some are specially gifted with gifts not seen for centuries, and Nona is one of them. But not even The Covenant of Sweet Mercy truly knows what they have on their hands when Nona is brought them. She stands accused of murder, and that’s not even the beginning of what she has done.

We start on a journey, one which will change everything for Nona and the world that she lives in.

 

“Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters.” Albert Einstein.

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The Tower of the Swallow by Andrzej Sapkowski (14 years and over) SPOILER ALERT! DO NOT READ UNTIL YOU HAVE READ THE PRECEADING BOOKS IN THE SERIES!

 

Title: The Tower of the Swallow.

Author: Andrzej Sapkowski.

Year of Publication: 2016 (UK).

Publishers: Gollancz (UK).

Website: http://www.andrzejsapkowski.pl/ (This website is in Polish, so you will need get your computer to translate it for you.)

Cost for Paperback (RRP): £16.99 (UK).

Format: Available in paperback, and audiobook, and as an ebook.

Age Range: 14 and over. If you are younger than this then I suggest asking your parents first.

This is the fourth book in a series called The Witcher.

 

For the first time in her life, Ciri is free, but with so many people after her how long can she remain so? She is living under the disguise of a criminal, in the middle of a war where all sides want to have her. So she must run, but where to?

There is only one place she can go if she wishes to stay alive; The Tower of the Swallow. It is waiting for her, and she has little choice but to seek refuge within it’s walls. What will happen there might just change everything.

 

“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” Lao Tzu.

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Baptism of Fire by Andrzej Sapkowski

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Title: Baptism of Fire.

Author: Andrzej Sapkowski.

Year of Publication: 2014 (UK).

Publishers: Gollancz (UK).

Website: http://www.andrzejsapkowski.pl/ (This website is in Polish, so you will need get your computer to translate it for you.)

Cost for Paperback (RRP): £8.99 (UK).

Format: Available in paperback, and audiobook, and as an ebook.

Age Range: 14 and over. If you are younger than this then I suggest asking your parents first.

This is the third book in a series called The Witcher.

 

The Witchers Guild has always stood for the innocent and defensless, but it is in turmoil. It’s leadership has been overrun in a coup, and the darkness of the world is tightening it’s grip. And Geralt is powerless to do anything about it.

If that wasn’t enough, his ward Ciri, the one who could either save or condem the world is missing, with only rumours to suggest where she is and the trouble she has found herself in. Geralt  must find her, and do all he can to save the world from burning.

 

“I always wanted to be somebody, but now I realize I should have been more specific.” Lily Tomlin.

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