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SDCC16: Fairytale Remix Book Panel- the Highlights!

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The first book panel we covered at this year’s San Diego Comic Con was an awesome panel titled Retellings & Remixes. Here’s the Official description (and author list!):

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From Cinderella to the Queen of Hearts, these authors know that “happily ever after” isn’t always the end of the story. Marissa Meyer (The Lunar Chronicles, Heartless), Renee Ahdieh (The Rose and the Dagger), Colleen Houck(Recreated), Anna Todd (Imagines), Jodi Meadows (My Lady Jane), and Colleen Oakes (Queen of Hearts) dish about how they put a fresh twist on the classic tales we love. Moderated by Sam Maggs (Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy, Wonder Women).

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Renee Ahdieh & Colleen Houck

There were so many good tidbits from this panel. Enjoy the highlights!

The first question asked the authors about what drew them to the tales they chose to tell. Here are the hot points (author names are abbreviated to initials):

  • RA: She’s mixed race, and she didn’t see herself in books she read.
  • CH: Referenced the movie ‘Ladyhawk”s theme of love almost getting together, almost touching, but never quite getting there.
  • MM: She grew up with Alice in Wonderland, thanks to her mom collecting all things Alice, so it was always a favorite. Plus, though character development is strong, the world leaves a ton up to imagination.
  • CO: Regarding Alice in Wonderland’s Queen of hearts: Why is she so pissed all of the time? Decided it was love, and knew that story should be written.
  • JA:  One of her co-authors was a fans of Lady Jane Grey, and they decided to tell her tale but make it funny.
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Marissa Meyer, Colleen Oakes, Jodi Meadows, and Anna Todd

After a few individual questions the panelists started talking about how celebrities are basically modern fairy tale characters. Anna Todd talked about her book telling a story of a girl trapped in a bathroom with Kylee Jenner, and she reflected on how celebs have this mystery about them like a character because we only really see what they show us. Marissa added on that they’re our modern day royalty, and that in the old tales so many problems were solved for the females by becoming a princess, which is a similar idea (we only see the happily ever after, not all the other, real parts)

The last big topic touched on was about how the authors are able to write in a way today’s teens can relate. Here are a few highlights of ideas they touch on in their books:

  • CO: Teens relate regardless. They all want acceptance and love.
  • JM: Teens just want to be understood, and that they get drawn in by an interesting story
  • AT: Referenced Little Women and how the ideas from that story are still the same as ones today, like girls being forced into roles they don’t want, and trying to find their identity as individuals.
  • RA: The old tales have a world of possibility. Though she did remind us that most origin stories are cautionary tales based in morality, and for today’s audience they need to be careful not to be preachy.
  • CH: Part of YA is discovery and self-discovery, which often becomes its own separate theme in addition to the story’s main theme.
  • MM: Teens want to wrestle back control from the restrictions they still have, to spread their wings and lead their own lives.

The panel then took questions from the audience, which ranged across the board from writing advice to how much input they have in their covers (collective reply: some, but often it doesn’t matter in the end)

The conversation flowed really well, and the answers were interesting. All in all it was a really fun, enjoyable panel that offered a little bit of insight into how some of today’s amazing YA fairytale retellings came to be.

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San Diego Comic Con 2016: Author Goodness

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San Diego Comic Con is upon us yet again, and Lytherus is excited to cover all aspects of the event for you. Each staff member has different areas of interest, and I cover many of the book events.

What can you expect this year?

  • Exclusive interviews with New York Times bestselling authors
  • Quick, fun summaries of the various book panels, featuring the highlights and interesting tidbits
  • Photos of the panels
  • And so much more!

Stay tuned for updates as we post them daily (as long as the internet cooperates!), and we hope you enjoy the panels as much as we will!

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Lytherus January Book Club: Traveler by Arwen Elys Dayton!

Hi guys! We’re so excited to be featuring the sequel of Arwen Elys Dayton’s Seeker this month: get ready for Traveler! We loved Seeker, and we couldn’t wait to dig into the second book in this amazing series!

Traveler is out tomorrow, Tuesday January 12th, so you can get started reading with us right away!

What’s the book about? Here’s the amazon summary  (don’t read if you don’t want any mild spoilers!)

51YGc3Kv0WL._SX330_BO1,204,203,200_For readers of Game of Thrones and Marie Lu:Traveler, the sequel to Seeker.
Quin Kincaid is a Seeker. Her legacy is an honor, an ancient role passed down for generations. But what she learned on her Oath night changed her world forever.
Quin pledged her life to deception. Her legacy as a Seeker is not noble but savage. Her father, a killer. Her uncle, a liar. Her mother, a casualty. And the boy she once loved is out for vengeance, with her family in his sights.
Yet Quin is not alone. Shinobu, her oldest companion, might now be the only person she can trust. The only one who wants answers as desperately as she does.
But the deeper they dig into the past, the darker things become. There are long-vanished Seeker families, shadowy alliances, and something else: a sinister plan begun generations ago, with the power to destroy them all.
The past is close. And it will destroy them all.

What are we doing this month? All sorts of fun things:

  • Giveaways of both books
  • Exclusive video feature on Arwen’s official blog tour
  • Summaries of book two
  • chances to ask the author questions!
  • Exclusive interview with Arwen!

Stay tuned as we tackle Traveler, and we want you to join us too! You’ll get a chance of a copy of Traveler with the best question asked!

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Final holiday giveaway! THREE sets of Kelley Armstrong’s OTHERWORLD main trilogy and Brisingr Bookplate (international!)

We’re down to our last day of the ten days of giveaways, and it’s definitely the biggest one. We are giving away three sets of Kelley Armstrong’s Otherworld books, Books 11, 12, and 13 (Waking the WitchSpell Bound, and Thirteen. You can read these three without having started earlier in the series). PLUS, our final Brisingr bookplate giveaway is international! So, lots and lots to celebrate today. Also, don’t forget our other remaining open giveaways, the day seven giveaway (ends tonight!), day eight giveaway, and day nine giveaway!

What’s the Otherworld series about? Here’s some info:

51qCrNJ3abL._SX281_BO1,204,203,200_Waking the Witch, by Kelley Armstrong

At twenty-one, Savannah Levine-orphaned daughter of a notorious dark witch and an equally notorious cutthroat sorcerer-considers herself a full-fledged member of the otherworld. The once rebellious teen has grown into a six-foot-tall, motorcycle-riding jaw-dropper, with an impressive knowledge of and ability to perform spells. The only problem is, she’s having a hard time convincing her adoptive parents, Paige and Lucas, to take her seriously as an adult. She’s working as the research assistant at the detective agency they founded, and when they take off on a romantic vacation alone, leaving her in charge, Savannah finds herself itching for a case to call her own. (She’s also itching for Adam, her longtime friend and colleague, to see her as more than just a little girl, but that’s another matter.)

Suddenly, Savannah gets the chance she’s been waiting for: Recruited by another supernatural detective, she travels to Columbus, Washington, a small, dying town. Two troubled young women have been found in an abandoned warehouse, murdered. Now a third woman’s dead, and on closer inspection small details point to darker forces at play. Savannah feels certain she can handle the case, but with signs of supernatural activity appearing at every turn, things quickly become more serious- and far more dangerous-than she realizes.

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Rules for the book pack:

This book pack is for US entry only.

This giveaway ends at 11:59 pm EST on Monday December 14th.

Rules for the Brisingr bookplate:

This giveaway is international.

This giveaway ends at 11:59 pm EST on Monday December 14th.
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Holiday giveaway day 9: Middle Grade book pack and Brisingr bookplate!

Only two giveaways left! We’re excited to bring you our awesome middle grade pack today, along with a Brisingr bookplate signed by Christopher Paolini. Plus, don’t forget to enter our other giveaways! Enter the day six giveaway (ends tonight!), day seven giveaway, and day eight giveaway!

Here’s a list of today’s books in the middle grade book pack:

51ojU15UhFL._SX338_BO1,204,203,200_The Emerald Atlas, by John Stephens

Called “A new Narnia for the tween set” by the New York Times and perfect for fans of the His Dark Materials series, The Emerald Atlas brims with humor and action as it charts Kate, Michael, and Emma’s extraordinary adventures through an unforgettable, enchanted world.

These three siblings have been in one orphanage after another for the last ten years, passed along like lost baggage.

Yet these unwanted children are more remarkable than they could possibly imagine. Ripped from their parents as babies, they are being protected from a horrible evil of devastating power, an evil they know nothing about.

Until now.

Before long, Kate, Michael, and Emma are on a journey through time to dangerous and secret corners of the world…a journey of allies and enemies, of magic and mayhem.  And—if an ancient prophesy is correct—what they do can change history, and it is up to them to set things right.

51ZYkCl19vL._SX325_BO1,204,203,200_The Dragon’s Tooth, by N.D. Wilson

N. D. Wilson, author of Leepike Ridge and 100 Cupboards, returns with an action-packed adventure that will captivate fans of both Percy Jackson and Indiana Jones with lost civilizations, ancient secrets, and buried treasure.

For two years, Cyrus and Antigone Smith have run a sagging roadside motel with their older brother, Daniel. Nothing ever seems to happen. Then a strange old man with bone tattoos arrives, demanding a specific room.

Less than 24 hours later, the old man is dead. The motel has burned, and Daniel is missing. And Cyrus and Antigone are kneeling in a crowded hall, swearing an oath to an order of explorers who have long served as caretakers of the world’s secrets, keepers of powerful relics from lost civilizations, and jailers to unkillable criminals who have terrorized the world for millennia.

51SYEgw8-kL._SX373_BO1,204,203,200_The Sword of Darrow, by Hal and Alex Malchow

In a magical realm filled with creatures of every possible shape and size, war is brought upon the peaceful kingdom of Sonnencrest by evil goblin King Malmut. Princess Babette, the only surviving member of the royal family, manages to escape and seeks refuge with Asterux, a powerful wizard who agrees to teach Babette magic, and who disguises her as an ugly gypsy girl to protect her from King Malmut’s thugs.

Ten years later, Babette must use the magic she has learned to help aid the kingdom’s only hope at defeating the goblins’ horrible reign: Darrow, a lame boy who can barely pick up a sword but has a great gift for inspiring others. With Babette’s unseen help, Darrow begins a journey to free his country once and for all and bring peace back to Sonnencrest.

Written by a father and his then eight- year-old son who struggled with a learning disability at the time, “The Sword of Darrow” is an enjoyable adventure that shows how even the unlikeliest of heroes can rise up against injustice.

51jCwfFHUIL._SX328_BO1,204,203,200_Thrones and Bones: Frostborn, by Lou Anders

Fantasy fans of Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson and John Flanagan’s Ranger’s Apprentice series will embrace this first novel in an adventure-filled, Viking-inspired series by a debut author.

Meet Karn. He is destined to take over the family farm in Norrøngard. His only problem? He’d rather be playing the board game Thrones and Bones.

Enter Thianna. Half human, half frost giantess. She’s too tall to blend in with other humans but too short to be taken seriously as a giant.

When family intrigues force Karn and Thianna to flee into the wilderness, they have to keep their sense of humor and their wits about them. But survival can be challenging when you’re being chased by a 1,500-year-old dragon, Helltoppr the undead warrior and his undead minions, an evil uncle, wyverns, and an assortment of trolls and giants.

Readers will embark on a sweeping epic fantasy as they join Karn and Thianna on a voyage of discovery. Antics and hair-raising escapades abound in this fantasy adventure as the two forge a friendship and journey to unknown territory. Their plan: to save their families from harm.

Debut novelist Lou Anders has created a rich world of over twenty-five countries inhabited by Karn, Thianna, and an array of fantastical creatures, as well as the Thrones and Bones board game.

Plus, don’t forget the Brisingr bookplate, included with the book pack!

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Rules for the book pack:

This book pack is for US entry only.

This giveaway ends at 11:59 pm EST on Sunday December 13th.

 

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Holiday Giveaway day 8: Mixed Bag and signed BRISINGR Bookplate!

We have so many books that, even though most seem to fit well into other themed packs, the overflow sometimes requires us to make a mish-mashed book pack. But don’t be fooled; today’s books are just as awesome as the others! And, to top it off, we’re throwing in a Brisingr bookplate signed by Christopher Paolini! Also, don’t forget to enter our other active giveaways while there’s still time! Enter the day five giveaway (expires tonight!), day six giveaway, and day seven giveaway!

Here are the books in today’s pack:

51XGwYDLCKL._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_Variant, by Robison Wells

Benson Fisher thought that a scholarship to Maxfield Academy would be the ticket out of his dead-end life.

He was wrong.

Now he’s trapped in a school that’s surrounded by a razor-wire fence. A school where video cameras monitor his every move. Where there are no adults. Where the kids have split into groups in order to survive.

Where breaking the rules equals death.

But when Benson stumbles upon the school’s real secret, he realizes that playing by the rules could spell a fate worse than death, and that escape—his only real hope for survival—may be impossible.

51q8QjhODqL._SX338_BO1,204,203,200_Fibble: The Forth Circle of Heck, by Dale E. Basye

With more dark humor and zany silliness, Dale E. Basye returns to Heck for his most over-the-top (the Big Top, that is) adventure yet.

When Marlo Fauster claims she has switched souls with her brother, she gets sent straight to Fibble, the circle of Heck reserved for liars. But it’s true—Milton and Marlo have switched places, and Marlo finds herself trapped in Milton’s gross, gangly body. She also finds herself trapped in Fibble, a three-ring media circus run by none other than P. T. Barnum, an insane ringmaster with grandiose plans and giant, flaming pants. Meanwhile Milton, as Marlo, is working at the devil’s new television network, T.H.E.E.N.D. But there’s something strange about these new shows. Why do they all air at the same? And are they really broadcasting to the Surface? Soon Milton and Marlo realize that they need each other to sort through the lies and possibly prevent the end of the world—if Bea “Elsa” Bubb doesn’t catch them first.

51gVtjyZScL._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_The World Between, by Belva Rae Staples

Dad asked, ‘Where are you this evening, George?’When he spoke to me directly, I jumped back to reality. I answered, ‘Sorry, Dad. I was just thinking about the story Miss MacAlpin was telling me today. She didn’t have time to finish it and wants me to come back tomorrow. The suspense is killing me.’Georgie O’Dell has spent enough time with his old neighbor. Just when he is ready to give up and hang out with friends his own age, Miss MacAlpin begins telling a story that will change Georgie’s life forever.The story of Alex Edgecomb, an evil little boy with a hatred of his sister and all other living things, intrigues Georgie into hearing the rest, and he spends every possible minute at Miss MacAlpin’s house from then on. Upon learning about the boy with blackness in his heart and soul, Georgie is shocked at how different—and better—his life is compared to Alex’s. Georgie travels to the magical realm of Kriterion through Miss MacAlpin’s story to hear the tales of Alex’s entry into Kriterion and attempt to overthrow the kingdom.When Alex’s plan is found out, he is destined for judgment and must learn his punishment for the wicked life he’s lived and the cruel things he’s done. Georgie makes another startling discovery about Miss MacAlpin, and the story changes his life even further. Join in on Georgie’s exciting adventure to The World Between and find out if he’ll change his ways or end up just like Alex.

51yTZylEwwL._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_The Scorpion’s Sting, by J.D. Masterson

With all my degrees and knowledge, how could I have lived with my head in the sand for so long? I’m thinking of nicknaming myself ‘Ostrich’… head in the sand, backside flopping around in the air, going around in circles, tripping over my own long legs and awkward feet, never getting anywhere at all. It certainly seems an appropriate label, especially given the latest mess I’m now working my way through.Dr. Magdalena LaSige, a thirty-three-year-old criminal archepsychologist, throws herself headfirst into finding a kidnapped Carmelite nun—the sister of her former professor, the handsome and wealthy Dr. Peter Janus. She is given ancient pictures and symbols sent from the kidnappers, clues in an archetypal trail of deceit. The Pyramids of Giza, DNA codes, constellations, medicine, money—these symbols, stories, and legends all combine to challenge everything Magdalena has taken for granted as truth. And the truth seems to be the last thing Dr. Janus wants to discuss. What is his connection with the pharmaceutical companies he consults for, and how does that play into the kidnapping? Is the ‘scorpion’s sting’ a medical project or something much more sinister? Painfully aware of her limitations, Magdalena uncovers religious, medical, and governmental lies while racing against time. Will she solve the mystery, or will the truth behind the deceptions leave Magdalena paralyzed by the scorpion’s sting?

517zKSPiUiL._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_Thirteen, by Richard K. Morgan

The future isn’t what it used to be since Richard K. Morgan arrived on the scene. He unleashed Takeshi Kovacs–private eye, soldier of fortune, and all-purpose antihero–into the body-swapping, hard-boiled, urban jungle of tomorrow in Altered Carbon, Broken Angels, and Woken Furies, winning the Philip K. Dick Award in the process. In Market Forces, he launched corporate gladiator Chris Faulkner into the brave new business of war-for-profit. Now, in Thirteen, Morgan radically reshapes and recharges science fiction yet again, with a new and unforgettable hero in Carl Marsalis: hybrid, hired gun, and a man without a country . . . or a planet.

Marsalis is one of a new breed. Literally. Genetically engineered by the U.S. government to embody the naked aggression and primal survival skills that centuries of civilization have erased from humankind, Thirteens were intended to be the ultimate military fighting force. The project was scuttled, however, when a fearful public branded the supersoldiers dangerous mutants, dooming the Thirteens to forced exile on Earth’s distant, desolate Mars colony. But Marsalis found a way to slip back–and into a lucrative living as a bounty hunter and hit man before a police sting landed him in prison–a fate worse than Mars, and much more dangerous.

Luckily, his “enhanced” life also seems to be a charmed one. A new chance at freedom beckons, courtesy of the government. All Marsalis has to do is use his superior skills to bring in another fugitive. But this one is no common criminal. He’s another Thirteen–one who’s already shanghaied a space shuttle, butchered its crew, and left a trail of bodies in his wake on a bloody cross-country spree. And like his pursuer, he was bred to fight to the death. Still, there’s no question Marsalis will take the job. Though it will draw him deep into violence, treachery, corruption, and painful confrontation with himself, anything is better than remaining a prisoner. The real question is: can he remain sane–and alive–long enough to succeed?

Plus, don’t forget the Brisingr bookplate, included with the book pack!

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Rules for the book pack:

This book pack is for US entry only.

This giveaway ends at 11:59 pm EST on Saturday December 12th.
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Holiday Giveaway day 7: Dark romance YA book pack and Brisingr Bookplate signed by Christopher Paolini!

Today’s giveaway book pack is our second YA pack with lots of good romance happening. There are so many awesome books, don’t miss your chance to check out these series. We’re also giving away a Brisingr bookplate signed by Christopher Paolini, so be sure to enter for your chance at this awesome prize! Also, don’t miss out on our earlier giveaways, including one that closes tonight! Enter the day four giveaway (ends tonight!), day five giveaway, and day six giveaway!

Here’s the list of today’s book prizes:

51ovPeS4D0L._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_Dark Eden, by Patrick Carmen

When Will Besting approaches Fort Eden for the first time, he knows something isn’t right. With more terrifying secrets at every turn, he discovers a hidden fear deep inside himself, a dark mystery a thousand years in the making, and the unexpected girl of his dreams. But can he save everyone from the dangers of Fort Eden before it’s too late?

Patrick Carman’s Dark Eden is a provocative exploration of fear, betrayal, the power of memory, and the mystery of love.

516-EHBZLIL._SX319_BO1,204,203,200_Redemption, by Veronique Launier

Aude Vanier is a sixteen-year-old rock star with a problem—stone monsters keep attacking her. And when they do, she finds herself chanting in a language she doesn’t understand.

Guillaume de Rouen has been stuck as a gargoyle on a church for the last seventy years, until Aude’s chanting releases him back to his seventeen-year-old human form.

An ancient Iroquois prophecy about the destruction of Montreal is coming true. Together, Aude and Guillaume can stop it. But Aude is the descendant of a centuries-old coven of witches—a coven that Guillaume failed to protect seventy years ago. This time, if they fail, the world will never be the same.

515HBEFqthL._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_After Midnight, by Lynn Viehl

Ever since the death of their parents, Catlyn Youngblood and her two older brothers have shared a nomadic existence, always moving from place to place. When they at last settle for good in the sleepy backwoods town of Lost Lake, Florida, Cat thinks she might finally have a normal life.

While riding her horse late one night, Cat meets an enigmatic boy named Jesse Raven. Even more strange than her overpowering attraction to him is Jesse’s apparent aversion to daylight. Only under the cover of darkness can they meet. As Cat and Jesse’s bond grows stronger, Cat discovers an incredible secret about the Ravens’ and her own family’s pasts—a secret that could destroy their love. Their families, knowing the truth, conspire to keep them apart. But Cat and Jesse will risk everything to be together . . . including death.

41Ssd8N9muL._SX332_BO1,204,203,200_Copper Girl, by Jennifer Allis Provost

Sara had always been careful.
She never spoke of magic, never associated with those suspected of handling magic, never thought of magic, and never, ever, let anyone see her mark. After all, the last thing she wanted was to end up missing, like her father and brother.

Then, a silver elf pushed his way into Sara’s dream, and her life became anything but ordinary.

Plus, don’t forget the Brisingr bookplate, included with the book pack!

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This book pack is for US entry only.

This giveaway ends at 11:59 pm EST on Friday December 11th.

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Holiday Giveaway day 6: Eldon Thompson signed fantasy pack and signed Paolini photo (international giveaway)!

Today’s awesome giveaway is one of the best ones: A signed hardback set of The Legend of Asahiel series by Eldon Thompson (The Crimson Sword, The Obsidian Key, The Divine Talisman). These are gorgeous books and a great series for the high fantasy lover. PLUS, we are doing a separate international giveaway of a signed photo of Christopher Paolini! Also, don’t forget to enter the other giveaways: Day three giveawayy(closes tonight!), day four giveaway, day five giveaway. 

Here’s the summary of book 1, The Crimson Sword: 

51RUakmqZSL._SX307_BO1,204,203,200_The Age of Man has begun. The “undesirable” creatures of legend have been driven from their lands, magic has been forsaken, the old gods reduced to myth.Now humans will rule the kingdoms of the island continent of Pentania. But they are not alone.

Alson’s king has been assassinated, its capital besieged by a malevolent wizard. The chaos and terror now sweeping the land have come to the remote village of Diln — sending young Jarom far from his home to seek aid against the nefarious usurper. But a mysterious council has decreed Jarom must find one of the mythical Swords of Asahiel — the divine talismans the elven avatars used to forge the earth — in order to save a quarrelsome, fledgling humanity. For a Demon Queen has awakened from the abyss — and humankind is about to discover its powerlessness in the face of the ancient terrors of the world.

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Don’t forget to scroll down to enter the international giveaway for the signed Christopher Paolini photo!

Rules for the book pack:

This book pack is for US entry only.

This giveaway ends at 11:59 pm EST on Thursday December 10th.

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Holiday Giveaway day 5: Catherine Fisher full hardback sets (two of them!) and international Paolini giveaway!

We are already half-way through our ten days of giveaways, and we wanted to celebrate with an especially awesome giveaway. Today we are giving away not one, but TWO sets of Catherine Fisher’s Relic Master quartet (The Dark City, The Lost Heiress, The Hidden Coronet, The Margrave)! This is an amazing series, and both sets are matching hardbacks, so they are extra nice sets! We are also doing another,separate, international giveaway, this time of a signed Christopher Paolini photo! So, lots and lots of great things today. Also, don’t forget to enter the other giveaways. The first two expire today, so don’t miss out! Day one giveaway, day two giveaway, day three giveaway, day four giveaway.

Here’s a summary of book one of the Relic Master quartet, The Dark City: 

51XUlY+cX9L._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_Welcome to Anara, a world mysteriously crumbling to devastation, where nothing is what it seems: Ancient relics emit technologically advanced powers, members of the old Order are hunted by the governing Watch yet revered by the people, and the great energy that connects all seems to also be destroying all. The only hope for the world lies in Galen, a man of the old Order and a Keeper of relics, and his sixteen-year-old apprentice, Raffi. They know of a secret relic with great power that has been hidden for centuries. As they search for it, they will be tested beyond their limits. For there are monsters-some human, some not-that also want the relic’s power and will stop at nothing to get it.

Plus, a separate international giveaway for a signed Christopher Paolini photo! Be sure to scroll down to enter!

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This book pack is for US entry only.

This giveaway ends at 11:59 pm EST on Wednesday November 9th.

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This giveaway ends at 11:59 pm EST on Wednesday November 9th.

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Holiday Giveaway Day 4: Sequel Pack plus signed Brisingr Bookplate!

Here at Lytherus we’re sent all sorts of books, and some of those books are sequels. Sadly, we don’t always have the previous books to give away with them, so today we’ve rounded up an awesome set of sequels for you to add to your collection or give as gifts. They’re all amazing series, so be sure to check them out if you haven’t! And don’t forget to enter the giveaways on day one (expires at midnight tonight!), day two, and day three!

I don’t really want to give the descriptions of the second books, in case there are spoilers for those who haven’t read the series, so I’m going to list the book we’re giving away and then put the description of the first book, so you know what the story’s about!

51OrXJO0WuL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_Seeing Redd by Frank Beddor: book 2 in The Looking Glass Wars

Here’s the description of book 1, The Looking Glass Wars: 

The Myth: Alice was an ordinary girl who stepped through the looking glass and entered a fairy-tale world invented by Lewis Carroll in his famous storybook. The Truth: Wonderland is real. Alyss Heart is the heir to the throne, until her murderous aunt Redd steals the crown and kills Alyss? parents. To escape Redd, Alyss and her bodyguard, Hatter Madigan, must flee to our world through the Pool of Tears. But in the pool Alyss and Hatter are separated. Lost and alone in Victorian London, Alyss is befriended by an aspiring author to whom she tells the violent, heartbreaking story of her young life. Yet he gets the story all wrong. Hatter Madigan knows the truth only too well, and he is searching every corner of our world to find the lost princess and return her to Wonderland so she may battle Redd for her rightful place as the Queen of Hearts.

51BWzUJHSwL._SX308_BO1,204,203,200_The Obsidian Key by Eldon Thompson (this is a signed hardback!): book 2 in The Legend of Asahiel series

Here’s the description for book 1, The Crimson Sword: 

The Age of Man has begun. The “undesirable” creatures of legend have been driven from their lands, magic has been forsaken, the old gods reduced to myth.Now humans will rule the kingdoms of the island continent of Pentania. But they are not alone.

Alson’s king has been assassinated, its capital besieged by a malevolent wizard. The chaos and terror now sweeping the land have come to the remote village of Diln — sending young Jarom far from his home to seek aid against the nefarious usurper. But a mysterious council has decreed Jarom must find one of the mythical Swords of Asahiel — the divine talismans the elven avatars used to forge the earth — in order to save a quarrelsome, fledgling humanity. For a Demon Queen has awakened from the abyss — and humankind is about to discover its powerlessness in the face of the ancient terrors of the world.

51egryxit2L._SX332_BO1,204,203,200_Reflected by Rhiannon Held: Book 3 in The Silver Series

Here’s the description of book 1, Silver: 

Urban fantasy takes a walk on the wild side in Silver, the remarkable debut novel from Rhiannon Held.
Andrew Dare is a werewolf. He’s the enforcer for the Roanoke pack, and responsible for capturing or killing any Were intruders in Roanoke’s territory. But the lone Were he’s tracking doesn’t smell or act like anyone he’s ever encountered. And when he catches her, it doesn’t get any better. She’s beautiful, she’s crazy, and someone has tortured her by injecting silver into her veins. She says her name is Silver, and that she’s lost her wild self and can’t shift any more.

The packs in North America have a live-and-let-live attitude, and try not to overlap with each other. But Silver represents a terrible threat to every Were on the continent.

Andrew and Silver will join forces to track down this menace while discovering their own power and their passion for each other.

41kniNbmTpL._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_Skyship Academy: Crimson Rising by Nick James: Book 2 in the Skyship Academy series

Here’s the description of book 1, Skyship Academy: The Pearl Wars:

“A definite must-read!”—JAMES DASHNER, New York Times bestselling author of The Maze Runner

A devastated Earth’s last hope is found in Pearls: small, mysterious orbs that fall from space and are capable of supplying enough energy to power entire cities. Battling to control the Pearls are the Skyship dwellers—political dissidents who live in massive ships in the Earth’s stratosphere—and the corrupt Surface government.

Jesse Fisher, a Skyship slacker, and Cassius Stevenson, a young Surface operative, cross paths when they both venture into forbidden territory in pursuit of Pearls. Their chance encounter triggers an unexpected reaction, endowing each boy with remarkable—and dangerous—abilities that their respective governments would stop at nothing to possess.

Enemies thrust together with a common goal, Jesse and Cassius make their way to the ruins of Seattle to uncover the truth about their new powers, the past they didn’t know they shared, and a shocking secret about the Pearls.

LMZ8514Plus, since we wanted to keep the awesomeness going, we will be including with this book pack a Brisingr bookplate signed by Christopher Paolini!

Rules:

This book pack is for US entry only.

This giveaway ends at 11:59 pm EST on Tuesday November 8th.

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