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Spinning Silver

Spinning Silver

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “One of the year’s strongest fantasy novels” (NPR), an imaginative retelling of the Rumpelstiltskin fairy tale from the bestselling author of Uprooted.NEBULA AND HUGO AWARD FINALIST • NAMED ONE OF PASTE’S BEST FANTASY BOOKS OF THE DECADE • NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY AND ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New York Times Book Review • NPR • Time • Tordotcom • Popsugar • Vox • Vulture • Paste • Bustle • Library JournalWith the Nebula Award–winning Uprooted, Naomi Novik opened a brilliant new chapter in an already acclaimed career, delving into the magic of fairy tales to craft a love story that was both timeless and utterly of the now. Spinning Silver draws readers deeper into this glittering realm of fantasy, where the boundary between wonder and terror is thinner than a breath, and safety can be stolen as quickly as a kiss.Miryem is the daughter and granddaughter of moneylenders, but her father’s inability to collect his debts has left his family on the edge of poverty—until Miryem takes matters into her own hands. Hardening her heart, the young woman sets out to claim what is owed and soon gains a reputation for being able to turn silver into gold. When an ill-advised boast draws the attention of the king of the Staryk—grim fey creatures who seem more ice than flesh—Miryem’s fate, and that of two kingdoms, will be forever altered. She will face an impossible challenge and, along with two unlikely allies, uncover a secret that threatens to consume the lands of humans and Staryk alike.Praise for Spinning Silver“A perfect tale . . . A big and meaty novel, rich in both ideas and people, with the vastness of Tolkien and the empathy and joy in daily life of Le Guin.”—The New York Times Book Review“Gorgeous, complex, and magical . . . This is the kind of book that one might wish to inhabit forever.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)“Cool and clever and . . . dire and wonderful.”—Laini Taylor, author of Strange the Dreamer“The Rumpelstiltskin fairy tale has never been as captivating. . . . Spinning Silver further cements [Novik’s] place as one of the genre greats.”—Paste

Hook

Hook

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A pirate fantasy & fairy tale retelling for readers who love adventure on the high seas.Neverland is a wondrous isle of adventure.Neverland is a cruel lie.Children follow Peter Pan believing their dreams will come true—to never grow up.Surprise, surprise… they never will. The children Peter Pan abducts are murdered or meet a grimmer fate.I’m the child who escaped Peter’s treachery. I’ve made it my life’s calling to rescue the Lost Boys, even those who don’t wish to be saved. Now Pan has a schooner he’s using to steal even more children. I’m the only one who can stop him.Call me Hook. I am the master and commander of a pirate ship, and I’ll have my revenge on Peter Pan if it’s the last thing I do.PRAISE FOR THE CAPTAIN HOOK SERIES:"What a great surprise this gem turned out to be…" Goodreads review"A pirate’s view of Neverland - it is unique, shedding light on Peter Pan’s escapades. Rescues filled with feats of derring-do show the audacity of Captain Hook. She’s bold, determined, and has a softer heart than you might imagine for a pirate. Her crew is a fascinating mix of odd characters that you’ll love getting to know. The author has a lyrical way of weaving words together that brings each scene to living color. I love it!" Goodreads review"...a great action-packed start to the series!" Goodreads reviewFans of the following books and series are known to enjoy this pirate fantasy, fairy tale retellings series:Catacombs by Avery Cross (Academy of Ancients)The Return of the Elves Collection by Bethany AdamsEdge of Magic by Jayne Faith (Tara Knightley)Dawnshard by Brandon Sanderson (From the Stormlight Archive)City of Masks by Ashley Capes (The Bone Mask Cycle)Someday My Count Will Come by C. Gockel (I Bring the Fire)Resurgence by S. Usher Evans (Demon Spring)Ragnarok Rising by Nora Ash (The Omega Prophecy)Project Destiny by Justin Sloan (Biotech Wars)Death in Paradise by J.E. Trent (Hawaii Adventure)Fairies: A Guide to the Celtic Fair Folk by Morgan DaimlerSoul Seeker by R. Rachel Medhurst (Viking Soul)Dragon's Dare by Ann Gimpel (Dragon Lore)Reborn in Fire by Kasey MacKenzie (Untamed Elements)The Bloodstone Quadrilogy by Calinda BThe Night Raven by Sarah Painter (Crow Investigations)The Morrigna by Rachel Rawlings (The Maurin Kincaide)Shadowed Flame by R.J. Blain (Witch & Wolf)The Heartstone Thief by Pippa DaCostaWitches & Vampires & Ghosts - Oh My! by Cate LawleyThe Benighted (The Benighted Saga, #1) by A. M. DunnewinWar Witch by Layla NashA Date With Death by S.C. Stokes (Conjuring a Coroner)Fate of the Dragons by K.N. Lee (Dragon Born Saga)The Promise by A.B. Michaels (The Golden City)Legal Rites by Odette C. BellPrince of Bears by Tasha BlackReturn of the Grail King by Theresa Crater (Power Places)Deanna Oscar Paranormal Mystery Series Box Set by CC DragonWhite Haven Witches by TJ GreenDragon Curse Malison by Jonathan MoellerThe Everlast by Juliana HaygertThe Dragonspire Chronicles Omnibus by James E. WisherGaslamp Gothic Box Set by Kat RossThe Confectioner Chronicles by Claire LuanaThe Fire Heart Chronicles by Juliana HaygertShifters of Ashwood Falls Collectors’ Bundle by Lia DavisImmortal Dragons Paranormal Romance Box Set by Ophelia BellThe Book of Never by Ashley CapesThe Immortal Series by Gene DoucetteThe Blood Dagger Trilogy Boxset (The Outcasts, The Watchers, Tree of Souls) by Misty HayesMagic Reclaimed (Calliope Jones novels) by Coralie MossStarburner (The Moonburner Cycle) by Claire LuanaSwipe Right For Love (Paranormal Mating Bundle) by DJ BryceBlack Ocean: Mercy for Hire by J.S. MorinLost Souls (Dark Souls Box Set) by E.J. KingParanormal Investigation Bureau Cosy Mystery Boxset Novels by Dionne ListerThe Last Oracle (The Ancient Realms Collection) by A.J. FlowersThe Kitchen Witch Cozy Mysteries by Morgana BestSevenfold Sword: Omnibus by Jonathan MoellerMy Dragon Bodyguard Broken Souls) by Alisa WoodsThe Melody of Three (Evercharm Trilogy) by S.D ReevesConspiracy of Ravens (Raven Crawford) by J. C. McKenzieMaster of Sorrows by Justin Travis Call (The Silent Gods Series)Southern Ghost Hunter Series by Angie FoxThe Necromancer (Modern Magick Collected) by Charlotte E. EnglishThe Lattice Trilogy by Erik HanbergAlchemy of Blood (The Harker Legacy) by Erin HayesGodfrid the Dane (Medieval Mysteries Boxed Set - The Viking Prince/The Irish Bride) by Sarah WoodburyAsperfell by Jamie ThomasThe Descent Series (The Descentverse Complete Collections) by SM ReineMeow by Skye MacKinnon (Catnip Assassins)Keywords related to this epic fantasy series:Female Captain Hook , Retold classic, Fantasy books, Dangerous, Tinkerbell, Gender swapped hero – heroine, Woman Pirate, Woman Captain, Unreliable Narrator, Mermaids, Merfolk, Badass, Gender bending, Villain, Female Pirate, Wonderful, Whimsical, Retelling of the epic Peter Pan, Classic Peter Pan, Enemy rewrite, Origin stories, Mythology and Folklore, Celtic gods, Deep world building, character backstories, Revenge, Lost Boys, Tinkerbell, Faerie, Fairies, Pixies, Sprites, fantasy adventure, fresh take, original classic, Paranormal Fantasy Books, Villain Protagonist, Anti-Villain, Anti-Hero, Anti-heroine, Loveable Rogue, Pirate books, Fairy Tale Retellings Romance, Urban fantasy books, Urban fantasy romance, Lesbian pirate romance, Bisexual pirate romance, Neverland, Ever After, Mermaids book YA, The heroine journey, Villain protagonist books, Magical realism, Strong heroine, Pirate queen.Rites & Ceremonies, History Europe, Occult & Paranormal, skeptic's dictionary, define paranormal, the occult books, books about the occult, Friendship, Sea Shanties, Irish imagination, History England, History Ireland, History Celts, History Norse, Ancient teachings & stories, Norse mythology, Legends of Norway, Legends of Sweden, Legends of Denmark, Legends of Iceland, Viking Age Greenland, Scandinavian Mythology, Mythic Time, Powerful Gods, Trolls, Ogres, Killing Giants, Strange Animals, Witch's familiar, Thor's hammer, Jotun, Gods and Heroes, Scandinavian myth, history, and culture, Enchanted World, Turbulent Rivers, Majestic Mountains, Stormy Seas, Eagles, Ravens, Enchanted woods/forests, Wild wood, Wyld wood, Birch, Oak, Yew, Pagan gods, Pagan goddesses, grimdark battle, naval battle, sailing ships, Seasonal celebrations, Rituals and Beliefs, Wicca, Egyptian magic, Druid mysteries, Pagan paths, Natural world, Innate creativity, Life-enhancing, Spiritual Path, Classical antiquity, Classical mythology, Library of Apollodorus, origins, History of Greek myth, Jason, Perseus, Heracles, Apollo, Zeus, Poseidon, Hades, Thanatos, Neptune, Aphrodite, Athena, Diana, Persephone, Mythology fantasy, Mythology fiction, Mythology for a magical life, Mythology monsters, Mythology novels, Mythology myths legends & fantasies, Mythology of work, Mythology of plants, Mythology of trees, Mythology retellings, Mythology tarot, Mythology stories, Mythology short stories.

A Deal with the Elf King

A Deal with the Elf King

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Perfect for fans of A Court of Thorns and Roses and Uprooted, this stand-alone, fantasy romance about a human girl and her marriage to the Elf King is impossible to put down The elves come for two things: war and wives. In both cases, they come for death.Three-thousand years ago, humans were hunted by powerful races with wild magic until the treaty was formed. Now, for centuries, the elves have taken a young woman from Luella's village to be their Human Queen.To be chosen is seen as a mark of death by the townsfolk. A mark nineteen-year-old Luella is grateful to have escaped as a girl. Instead, she's dedicated her life to studying herbology and becoming the town's only healer.That is, until the Elf King unexpectedly arrives... for her.Everything Luella had thought she'd known about her life, and herself, was a lie. Taken to a land filled with wild magic, Luella is forced to be the new queen to a cold yet blisteringly handsome Elf King. Once there, she learns about a dying world that only she can save.The magical land of Midscape pulls on one corner of her heart, her home and people tug on another... but what will truly break her is a passion she never wanted.A Deal with the Elf King is a complete, stand-alone novel, inspired by the tales of Hades and Persephone, as well as Beauty and the Beast, with a "happily ever after" ending. It's perfect for fantasy romance fans looking for just the right amount of steam and their next slow-burn and swoon-worthy couple.

Uprooted

Uprooted

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NEBULA AWARD WINNER • HUGO AWARD FINALIST • “If you want a fantasy with strong characters and brilliantly original variations on ancient stories, try Uprooted!”—Rick Riordan   “Breathtaking . . . a tale that is both elegantly grand and earthily humble, familiar as a Grimm fairy tale yet fresh, original, and totally irresistible.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review) NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY NPR • BuzzFeed • Tordotcom • BookPage • Library Journal • Publishers Weekly Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted Wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life. Her people rely on the cold, driven wizard known only as the Dragon to keep its powers at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman handed over to serve him for ten years, a fate almost as terrible as falling to the Wood. The next choosing is fast approaching, and Agnieszka is afraid. She knows—everyone knows—that the Dragon will take Kasia: beautiful, graceful, brave Kasia, all the things Agnieszka isn’t, and her dearest friend in the world. And there is no way to save her. But Agnieszka fears the wrong things. For when the Dragon comes, it is not Kasia he will choose.Praise for Uprooted“Uprooted has leapt forward to claim the title of Best Book I’ve Read Yet This Year. . . . Moving, heartbreaking, and thoroughly satisfying, Uprooted is the fantasy novel I feel I’ve been waiting a lifetime for. Clear your schedule before picking it up, because you won’t want to put it down.”—NPR

The Bear and the Nightingale

The Bear and the Nightingale

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Katherine Arden’s bestselling debut novel spins an irresistible spell as it announces the arrival of a singular talent with a gorgeous voice.   “A beautiful deep-winter story, full of magic and monsters and the sharp edges of growing up.”—Naomi Novik, bestselling author of UprootedWinter lasts most of the year at the edge of the Russian wilderness, and in the long nights, Vasilisa and her siblings love to gather by the fire to listen to their nurse’s fairy tales. Above all, Vasya loves the story of Frost, the blue-eyed winter demon. Wise Russians fear him, for he claims unwary souls, and they honor the spirits that protect their homes from evil. Then Vasya’s widowed father brings home a new wife from Moscow. Fiercely devout, Vasya’s stepmother forbids her family from honoring their household spirits, but Vasya fears what this may bring. And indeed, misfortune begins to stalk the village. But Vasya’s stepmother only grows harsher, determined to remake the village to her liking and to groom her rebellious stepdaughter for marriage or a convent. As the village’s defenses weaken and evil from the forest creeps nearer, Vasilisa must call upon dangerous gifts she has long concealed—to protect her family from a threat sprung to life from her nurse’s most frightening tales.Praise for The Bear and the Nightingale“Arden’s debut novel has the cadence of a beautiful fairy tale but is darker and more lyrical.”—The Washington Post“Vasya [is] a clever, stalwart girl determined to forge her own path in a time when women had few choices.”—The Christian Science Monitor“Stunning . . . will enchant readers from the first page. . . . with an irresistible heroine who wants only to be free of the bonds placed on her gender and claim her own fate.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)“Utterly bewitching . . . a lush narrative . . . an immersive, earthy story of folk magic, faith, and hubris, peopled with vivid, dynamic characters, particularly clever, brave Vasya, who outsmarts men and demons alike to save her family.”—Booklist (starred review) “An extraordinary retelling of a very old tale . . . The Bear and the Nightingale is a wonderfully layered novel of family and the harsh wonders of deep winter magic.”—Robin Hobb

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