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Book Thief's Magic

Thief's Magic by Trudi Canavan is available for very discounted pre-order at $2.99 right now. This book is 500+ pages and comes out May 12 2014. This is the first book in Canavan's Millennium's Rule series, and it already has a 4+ star average on GR from very happy fantasy fans, who loved the worldbuilding and the characters, particularly the women.

In a world where an industrial revolution is powered by magic, Tyen, a student of archaeology, discovers a sentient book in an ancient tomb. Vella was once a young sorcerer-maker, until she was transformed into a useful tool by one of the greatest sorcerers of history. Since then she has been gathering information, including a vital clue to the disaster Tyen’s world faces.

Elsewhere, in a land ruled by the priests since a terrible war depleted all but a little magic, Rielle the dyer’s daughter has been taught that to use magic is to steal from the Angels. Yet she knows from her ability to sense the stain it leaves behind that she has a talent for it, and that there are people willing to teach her how to use it, should she ever need to risks the Angels’ wrath.

Further away, a people called the Travelers live their entire lives on the move, trading goods from one world to another. They know that each world has its own store of magic, reducing or increasing a sorcerer’s abilities, so that if one entered a weak world they may be unable to leave it again. Each family maintains a safe trading route passed down through countless generations and modified whenever local strife makes visiting dangerous. But this is not the only knowledge the Travelers store within their stories and songs, collected over millennia spent roaming the universe. They know a great change is due, and that change brings both loss and opportunity.

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Book Going Vintage

Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt is $1.99 at Amazon right now. This is a YA book (labeled as for grades 7+) with a clever premise: after being dumped by her boyfriend, Mallory finds her grandmother's to-do list from when she was a teenager, and decides to follow it. This book has 3+ stars at GR, and I particularly liked this highlighted quote:

Adolescence is the same tragedy being performed again and again. The only things that change are the stage props.

When Mallory’s boyfriend, Jeremy, cheats on her with an online girlfriend, Mallory decides the best way to de-Jeremy her life is to de-modernize things too. Inspired by a list of goals her grandmother made in1962, Mallory swears off technology and returns to a simpler time (when boyfriends couldn’t cheat with computer avatars).

The List:
1. Run for pep club secretary
2. Host a fancy dinner party/soiree
3. Sew a dress for Homecoming
4. Find a steady
5. Do something dangerous

But simple proves to be crazy-complicated, and the details of the past begin to change Mallory’s present. Add in a too-busy grandmother, a sassy sister, and the cute pep-club president–who just happens to be her ex’s cousin–and soon Mallory begins to wonder if going vintage is going too far

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Book The Line

The Line, Witching Savannah Book One, by J.D. Horn, is $4.99 right now. This is a fantasy novel about a coven of witches in Savannah, GA (which, if you've ever been there, is exactly the place where a coven would hang out). Readers are very divided on this book. Some loved the setting, the worldbuilding and the characters, while other readers really disliked the heroine, calling her judgment into question due to the decisions she makes. Some question the genre, too: the book is labeled as paranormal urban fantasy, but a few readers say it reads like YA. Have you read this book? Do you recommend it? I confess, divided reviews always make me curious.

Mercy Taylor, the youngest member of Savannah’s preeminent witching family, was born without the gift of magic. She is accustomed to coming in a distant second to the minutes older, exquisite and gifted twin she adores. Hopelessly in love with her sister’s boyfriend, she goes to a Hoodoo root doctor for a love spell. A spell that will turn her heart to another man, the best friend who has loved her since childhood.

Aunt Ginny, the family’s matriarch, would not approve. But Mercy has more to worry about than a love triangle when Aunt Ginny is brutally murdered. Ginny was the Taylor family’s high commander in the defense of the bewitched line that separates humankind from the demons who once ruled our realm.

A demon invasion looms now that the line is compromised. Worse yet, some within the witching world stand to gain from a demon takeover. Mercy, entangled in the dark magic of her love spell, fighting for her sister’s trust, and hopelessly without magic, must tap the strength born from being an outcast to protect the line she doesn’t feel a part of…

In this riveting contemporary fantasy, Horn delivers the full betrayal, blood, and familial discord of the best of Southern gothic.

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  1. 1
    Algae says:

    I remember reading “The Line” but not being super impressed. It didn’t leave me with any desire to see what else is going to happen or anything.

    I gave it 3 stars at Goodreads, but didn’t review it, so I can’t remember all my thoughts.

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    Chris Z says:

    Fantasy In Death by JD Robb just dropped to 3.52 for the kindle edition at Amazon.  For those of us who would love to have the kindle editions so we don’t have to carry extra suitcases on vacation, I love to pick them up when they go on sale!

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    laj says:

    @Chris Z: Ooh Fantasy in Death is a good one!

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    Kristen says:

    The Line didn’t really impress me quality wise, but once I accepted that it was actually quite enjoyable, like watching reality television or something. Just expect a whole lot of bizarre plot twists and crotchety old hoodoo women who talk in third person.

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    Gry says:

    I’m quite looking forward to Trudi Canavan’s book – it’s on my Definitely Buy list. She writes very competent, if not brilliant, SF, and her books have some quite nice romantic elements, though they are not all that central to the plots. Sadly, the mentioned discount is not available to me.

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    Tam says:

    I bought Trudi Canavan’s ‘Black Magician Trilogy’ years ago, and I just realized that I can’t remember a thing about the books other than that I found the two protagonists rather dull, especially the girl – and oh yes, that ‘healing’ was the greatest of magical powers. Is her other stuff better..?

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    Ms. M says:

    Her grandmother in 1962. HER GRANDMOTHER.

    … I am 29, and my mother was born in 1951. What is even happening here.

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    Kelly S. says:

    To Ms. M – well assuming her grandmother was in high school in 1962 and was sewing a dress for homecoming, she was probably 16ish, so she’d have been born in 1946 which would make her 68 in 2014.  Definitely old enough to be a grandmother.  If she had her first kid when she was 22, the kid would have been born in 1968 and be turning 44 today.  If the heroine of the story is also 16, her parent would have been 28 when giving birth to the heroine.  So, feasible.

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    Bea says:

    Totally OT, but I found “The Windflower” on my Kindle this morning. Yeah! I’d preordered it months ago and it was released today. The audiobook format is also available so I guess I’ll spend my credit on that too. Just wanted to share.

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