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Need some new reads? Here are our upcoming review books

We here at Lytherus are always getting advanced copies of books sent our way, and we love having the chance to read and review those stories for our readers. Well, there’s been a bit of an influx of books the past few months, so we’re going to be staggering the reviews a bit, but we thought we’d share what books we have coming up in case you want to add them to your TBR pile. And bonus, there may be some extra goodies like exclusive giveaways and interviews!

Dragonwatch: A Fablehaven Adventure, by Brandon Mull, published March 14, 2017

In the long-awaited sequel to Fablehaven, the dragons who have been kept at the dragon sanctuaries no longer consider them safe havens, but prisons and they want their freedom. The dragons are no longer our allies….

In the hidden dragon sanctuary of Wyrmroost, Celebrant the Just, King of the Dragons, plots his revenge. He has long seen the sanctuaries as prisons, and he wants nothing more than to overthrow his captors and return the world to the Age of Dragons, when he and his kind ruled and reigned without borders. The time has come to break free and reclaim his power.

No one person is capable of stopping Celebrant and his dragon horde. It will take the ancient order of Dragonwatch to gather again if there is any chance of saving the world from destruction. In ancient times, Dragonwatch was a group of wizards, enchantresses, dragon slayers, and others who originally confined the majority of dragons into sanctuaries. But nearly all of the original Dragonwatch members are gone, and so the wizard Agad reaches out to Grandpa Sorenson for help.

As Kendra and Seth confront this new danger, they must draw upon all their skills, talents, and knowledge as only they have the ability to function together as a powerful dragon tamer. Together they must battle against forces with superior supernatural powers and breathtaking magical abilities.

How will the epic dragon showdown end? Will dragons overthrow humans and change the world as we know it?

Blood Rose Rebellion, by Rosalyn Eves, published March 28, 2017

“A magical tale unlike anything you’ve read before.” —Bustle.com

“[A] richly imagined 19th-century historical fantasy.” —EW.com, A-

The thrilling first book in a YA fantasy trilogy for fans of Red Queen. In a world where social prestige derives from a trifecta of blood, money, and magic, one girl has the ability to break the spell that holds the social order in place.

Sixteen-year-old Anna Arden is barred from society by a defect of blood. Though her family is part of the Luminate, powerful users of magic, she is Barren, unable to perform the simplest spells. Anna would do anything to belong. But her fate takes another course when, after inadvertently breaking her sister’s debutante spell—an important chance for a highborn young woman to show her prowess with magic—Anna finds herself exiled to her family’s once powerful but now crumbling native Hungary.

Her life might well be over.

In Hungary, Anna discovers that nothing is quite as it seems. Not the people around her, from her aloof cousin Noémi to the fierce and handsome Romani Gábor. Not the society she’s known all her life, for discontent with the Luminate is sweeping the land. And not her lack of magic. Isolated from the only world she cares about, Anna still can’t seem to stop herself from breaking spells.

As rebellion spreads across the region, Anna’s unique ability becomes the catalyst everyone is seeking. In the company of nobles, revolutionaries, and Romani, Anna must choose: deny her unique power and cling to the life she’s always wanted, or embrace her ability and change that world forever.

“A fast-paced historical fantasy full of magic, romance, and adventure!”—JESSICA DAY GEORGE, New York Times bestselling author of Silver in the Blood

Royal Bastards, by Andrew Shvarts, published May 30, 2017

Being a bastard blows. Tilla would know. Her father, Lord Kent of the Western Province, loved her as a child, but cast her aside as soon as he had trueborn children. At sixteen, Tilla spends her days exploring long-forgotten tunnels beneath the castle with her stablehand half brother, Jax, and her nights drinking with the servants, passing out on Jax’s floor while her castle bedroom collects dust. Tilla secretly longs to sit by her father’s side, resplendent in a sparkling gown, enjoying feasts with the rest of the family. Instead, she sits with the other bastards, like Miles of House Hampstedt, an awkward scholar who’s been in love with Tilla since they were children. Then, at a feast honoring the visiting princess Lyriana, the royal shocks everyone by choosing to sit at the Bastards’ Table. Before she knows it, Tilla is leading the sheltered princess on a late-night escapade. Along with Jax, Miles, and fellow bastard Zell, a Zitochi warrior from the north, they stumble upon a crime they were never meant to witness. Rebellion is brewing in the west, and a brutal coup leaves Lyriana’s uncle, the Royal Archmagus, dead–with Lyriana next on the list. The group flees for their lives, relentlessly pursued by murderous mercenaries; their own parents have put a price on their heads to prevent the king and his powerful Royal Mages from discovering their treachery. The bastards band together, realizing they alone have the power to prevent a civil war that will tear their kingdom apart–if they can warn the king in time. And if they can survive the journey . . .

 

Julia Defiant, by Catherine Egan, published June 13th, 2017

Fans of The Rose Society, Graceling, and Six of Crows will thrill to the masterful world-building and fiercely flawed heroine in this heart-pounding follow-up to Julia Vanishes, book two in the Witch’s Child trilogy.
 
“Adventure, murder, romance, intrigue, and betrayal with a 16-year-old heroine that is both fierce and flawed at the same time.” —Hypable.com
 
Julia and a mismatched band of revolutionaries, scholars, and thieves have crossed the world searching for a witch. But for all the miles traveled, they are no closer to finding Ko Dan. No closer to undoing the terrible spell he cast that bound an ancient magic to the life of a small child. Casimir wants that magic—will happily kill Theo to extract it—and every moment they hunt for Ko Dan, Casimir’s assassins are hunting them.
Julia can deal with danger. The thing that truly scares her lies within. Her strange ability to vanish to a place just out of sight has grown: she can now disappear so completely that it’s like stepping into another world. It’s a fiery, hellish world, filled with creatures who seem to recognize her—and count her as one of their own.
So . . . is Julia a girl with a monster lurking inside her? Or a monster wearing the disguise of a girl?
If she can use her monstrous power to save Theo, does it matter?
In this riveting second book in the Witch’s Child trilogy, Catherine Egan goes deep within the heart of a fierce, defiant girl trying to discover not just who but what she truly is.

Praise for Julia Vanishes:

“Egan’s debut novel sparkles. A beautifully rendered world and exquisite sense of timing ensure a page-turning experience.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Readers will find themselves immediately immersed in the narrative and invested in the fate of Julia, who is both feisty and flawed.” —Booklist, starred review

“Julia’s a wonderful, fully realized heroine. . . . For those readers waiting for the sequel to Marie Lu’s The Rose Society, a well-realized page-turner in the same vein.” —Kirkus
 

Spoonbenders, by Daryl Gregory, published June 27, 2017

“Hilarious, heartfelt and brimming with humanity.” —Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney, author of The Nest

Teddy Telemachus is a charming con man with a gift for sleight of hand and some shady underground associates. In need of cash, he tricks his way into a classified government study about telekinesis and its possible role in intelligence gathering. There he meets Maureen McKinnon, and it’s not just her piercing blue eyes that leave Teddy forever charmed, but her mind—Maureen is a genuine psychic of immense and mysterious power. After a whirlwind courtship, they marry, have three gifted children, and become the Amazing Telemachus Family, performing astounding feats across the country. Irene is a human lie detector. Frankie can move objects with his mind. And Buddy, the youngest, can see the future. Then one night tragedy leaves the family shattered.

Decades later, the Telemachuses are not so amazing. Irene is a single mom whose ear for truth makes it hard to hold down a job, much less hold together a relationship. Frankie’s in serious debt to his dad’s old mob associates. Buddy has completely withdrawn into himself and inexplicably begun digging a hole in the backyard. To make matters worse, the CIA has come knocking, looking to see if there’s any magic left in the Telemachus clan. And there is: Irene’s son Matty has just had his first out-of-body experience. But he hasn’t told anyone, even though his newfound talent might just be what his family needs to save themselves—if it doesn’t tear them apart in the process.

Harnessing the imaginative powers that have made him a master storyteller, Daryl Gregory delivers a stunning, laugh-out-loud new novel about a family of gifted dreamers and the invisible forces that bind us all.

Gork the Teenage Dragon, by Gabe Hudson, published July 11, 2017

A wacky, exuberant, heartfelt debut novel: the unholy child of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Harry Potter, and Sixteen Candles—and this time with dragons.

“No good human won’t love this dragon named Gork.” —Dave Eggers

“A one-of-a-kind coming-of-age story.” —Tracy K. Smith, U.S. Poet Laureate

Gork isn’t like the other dragons at WarWings Military Academy. He has a gigantic heart, two-inch horns, and an occasional problem with fainting. His nickname is Weak Sauce and his Will to Power ranking is Snacklicious—the lowest in his class. But he is determined not to let any of this hold him back as he embarks on the most important mission of his life: tonight, on the eve of his high school graduation, he must ask a female dragon to be his queen. If she says yes, they’ll go off to conquer a foreign planet together. If she says no, Gork becomes a slave.

Vying with Jocks, Nerds, Mutants, and Multi-Dimensioners to find his mate, Gork encounters an unforgettable cast of friends and foes, including Dr. Terrible, the mad scientist; Fribby, a robot dragon obsessed with death; and Metheldra, a healer specializing in acupuncture with swords. But finally it is Gork’s biggest perceived weakness, his huge heart, that will guide him through his epic quest and help him reach his ultimate destination: planet Earth.

A love story, a fantasy, and a coming-of-age story, Gork the Teenage Dragon is a wildly comic, beautifully imagined, and deeply heartfelt debut novel that shows us just how human a dragon can be.

Wonder Woman: Warbringer, by Leigh Bardugo, published August 29, 2017

The highly anticipated, entirely new coming-of-age story for the world’s greatest super hero: WONDER WOMAN by the # 1 New York Times bestselling author LEIGH BARDUGO.

She will become one of the world’s greatest heroes: WONDER WOMAN. But first she is Diana, Princess of the Amazons. And her fight is just beginning. . . .

Diana longs to prove herself to her legendary warrior sisters. But when the opportunity finally comes, she throws away her chance at glory and breaks Amazon law—risking exile—to save a mere mortal. Even worse, Alia Keralis is no ordinary girl and with this single brave act, Diana may have doomed the world.

Alia just wanted to escape her overprotective brother with a semester at sea. She doesn’t know she is being hunted. When a bomb detonates aboard her ship, Alia is rescued by a mysterious girl of extraordinary strength and forced to confront a horrible truth: Alia is a Warbringer—a direct descendant of the infamous Helen of Troy, fated to bring about an age of bloodshed and misery.

Together, Diana and Alia will face an army of enemies—mortal and divine—determined to either destroy or possess the Warbringer. If they have any hope of saving both their worlds, they will have to stand side by side against the tide of war.

Act fast! The first printing includes a poster of Diana! Each first printing in the DC Icons series will have a limited-edition poster—collect them all to create the full image!

Warbringer is straight-up dazzling, every sentence waking up your senses with a ‘Yeah, that’s right, this is BRAND-NEW, SUCKAS!’ punch.”
—LIBBA BRAY, New York Times bestselling author of The Diviners

“Will absolutely satisfy pre-existing fans of Wonder Woman, but it also readily stands alone for non-superhero fans.”
Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW

“Wonder Woman is the epitome of a kick-butt heroine, and Bardugo does her justice with aplomb.”
The Bulletin

“Bardugo breathes zippy new life into the story with a twisty plot, whip-smart characters, and her trademark masterful writing.”
—Booklist

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Check out this AMAZING book trailer for TEEN FRANKENSTEIN!

25663529You need to watch this book trailer. Right now.

Why? Because, in an advertising media that so often these days underwhelms, or comes across as lower quality, the book trailer for Teen Frankenstein by Chandler Baker views like a movie. It’s incredibly well shot, and is a treat to watch. It basically blew us away with its awesomeness.

We here at Lytherus are already a fan of Chandler’s book, as we did the book cover reveal this time last year. So we’re really excited to share this really amazing trailer with you below. And stay tuned over the next few months, as we bring you more news of upcoming books by Chandler Baker!

Find out how to contact Chandler here!

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Check out an audio sample of THE MIME ORDER, Samantha Shannon’s second book in THE BONE SEASON series!

I’ve been pounding through audio books this year; most of the books I’ve read actually have been on audio (I think something like 20 of the 25 books I’ve read). There’s something about a fantastic narration that adds to the storytelling, and if you’re not an audio book person, I’d encourage you to try.

One series I’m absolutely gaga over, for both the story itself and the audio versions, is THE BONE SEASON series by Samantha Shannon (THE BONE SEASON and THE MIME ORDER are currently out). What’s it about? Here’s the official blurb for book 1:

The-Bone-Season-by-Samantha-Shannon_thumb1The first pick of NBC’s Today Book Club

Featured in New York, USA Today, and Forbes, and on CNN.com.

Enter the world of Paige Mahoney, a gifted clairvoyant, a “dreamwalker,” in the year 2059. Her natural talents are considered treasonous under the current regime. Snatched away to a secret prison, she encounters another race, the Rephaim, creatures who wish to control the powers of Paige and those like her. One in particular will be assigned as her keeper, her trainer. But his motives are mysterious. To regain her freedom, Paige must learn to trust, in the prison where she is meant to die.

I was a bit late to the game for the first book in the season, but I devoured it earlier this year, and have had the pleasure of listening to the second book, THE MIME ORDER, as well. Thanks to audible.com we have an excerpt of the second book for you to check out below. THE MIME ORDER released earlier this year, but we wanted to make sure word kept spreading about this addicting series. And stay tuned, we’ll be bringing you the review of this amazing book in the near future! But for now, enjoy the audio, which is narrated by the awesome Alana Kerr (she also did THE BONE SEASON). Here’s the summary, but beware of spoilers if you haven’t read the first one!

M_O_BlackIn the internationally best-selling The Bone Season, Paige Mahoney escaped the brutal penal colony of Sheol I, but now her problems have only just begun: many of the fugitives are still missing and she is the most wanted person in London. As Scion turns its all-seeing eye on Paige, the mime-lords and mime-queens of the city’s gangs are invited to a rare meeting of the Unnatural Assembly. Jaxon Hall and his Seven Seals prepare to take center stage, but there are bitter fault lines running through the clairvoyant community and dark secrets around every corner. Then the Rephaim begin crawling out from the shadows. But where is Warden? Paige must keep moving, from Seven Dials to Grub Street to the secret catacombs of Camden, until the fate of the underworld can be decided. Will Paige know who to trust? The hunt for the dreamwalker is on.

 

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The Mime Order (The Bone Season) by Samantha Shannon out today!

The Mime Order, the sequel to the bestsellfing The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon, is out today! The first book was hugely popular, being called the next Harry Potter and Hunger Games, and it hit a bunch of the bestseller lists. Book two in this seven-book series stands to follow in the footsteps of its already famous predecessor.

What’s it about? Here’s the official blurb:

the mimie orderPaige Mahoney has escaped the brutal penal colony of Sheol I, but her problems have only just begun: many of the fugitives are still missing and she is the most wanted person in London.
As Scion turns its all-seeing eye on Paige, the mime-lords and mime-queens of the city’s gangs are invited to a rare meeting of the Unnatural Assembly. Jaxon Hall and his Seven Seals prepare to take center stage, but there are bitter fault lines running through the clairvoyant community and dark secrets around every corner.
Then the Rephaim begin crawling out from the shadows. But where is Warden? Paige must keep moving, from Seven Dials to Grub Street to the secret catacombs of Camden, until the fate of the underworld can be decided. Will Paige know who to trust? The hunt for the dreamwalker is on.

We’ve teamed up with Audible.com to bring you an awesome excerpt of this fab sequel on audiobook. The Mime Order is narrated by Alana Kerr, who also narrated The Bone Season. Click below to listen to an excerpt, and stay tuned in the near future as we bring you a full review of this fantastic audiobook!

 

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New Philip Pullman His Dark Materials audiobook exclusive to Audible!

61NOblVCzcL._SL300_We here at Lytherus are big fans of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials series, so when we heard that there was a new story set in this world we had to share. Pullman wrote The Collectors exclusively for Audible.com, and it was released into the world yesterday, so it’s available for all!

This short story gives us a glimpse into the early life of the infamous villain of the series Mrs. Coulter, and will not be available anywhere in print. The audiobook is narrated by Bill Nighy (of Pirates of the Caribbean and Love Actually fame) and should be a real treat for the fans.

We’ve posted a clip of The Collectors below for your listening enjoyment. Don’t forget to hop over to Audible.com to get your copy!

 

 

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SDCC 2013: ‘The Legend of Korra’ panel!

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For bender fans the San Diego Comic Con Korra panel is one of the highlights of the convention. Last year team members of Lytherus (specifically me and Mike) waited in line for four hours for Korra and still didn’t get in. Refusing to let that happen again I hit the lines at 5 am for the 11:15 Korra panel, and my early hours paid off.

The panel featured creators Michael Dimartino and Bryan Konietzko and producer Joaquim Dos Santos, along with the main voice actors for Korra (Janet Varney), Mako (David Faustino), and Bolin (P.J. Byrne). The main focus of the whole panel was Book Two, titled ‘Spirits’, which is set to release this September. There was general discussion about the journey the creators needed to go on to take Korra into a battle in the spirit world. Then they surprised the audience by showing the entire first episode of season two!

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The first episode shows life in Republic City now that the Equalists have been qualled. Mako works for the police now, and Korra is hard at work mastering airbending. Poor Bolin is all alone from the original three of the Fire Ferrets, but in typical Bolin fashion he’s working hard not to let him down. Then Korra and her friends (and yes, Mako is still her boyfriend, though it’s a bit rocky) have the opportunity to head back to her home town for a festival. Not long after they arrive they are attacked by an unhappy, aggressive spirit. Everyone tries and fails to stop it, including Korra, her father, and Tenzin, but in the end it was Korra’s uncle who managed to save the day by doing something that looked eerily like spirit bending. Earlier in the episode he was trying to convince Korra to come and learn about the spirit world from him, but Tenzin and Korra’s father adamantly refused. But after the attack Korra’s stubborn streak emerged, and she cut her ties with Tenzin (wounding him deeply in the process) and proceeded to accept the guidance of a new teacher.

To have so much happen in one episode bodes well for the rest of the season. And after the lovely treat the creators gave the audience a hint at what is to come. Most exciting about this was the revelation of the Avatar origin story.Fans are going to get to see how the first Avatar came to be. This news was accompanied by images of his animal companion, a cat-deer, and a few other cool spirit creatures. The panel wrapped up by the creators asking the voice actors general questions about how they got into this line of work and their thoughts on their characters.

All in all it was a most excellent panel. Be sure to check out the attached photo gallery to see a more detailed list of the team working on Book Two, and some image examples of new characters. And FYI, disregard the seemingly odd colors in some of the images, the photos were shot off of a screen and it registered funny on the camera.

September can’t come fast enough!

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Featured Author Week: Leigh Bardugo (‘Siege and Storm’) visits Lytherus!

 

Leigh Bardugo, New York Times bestselling author of Shadow and Bone and the upcoming Siege and Storm, will be joining us this week for reviews, a two-part audio interview, and an awesome giveaway!

Leigh sat down for an amazing audio interview that in total was around ninety minutes!  We’re also doing a great giveaway with a few chances to win both books.

Siege and Storm is out this week. What’s it about? Check out below:

Darkness never dies.

Hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land, all while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. But she can’t outrun her past or her destiny for long.

The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and a dangerous plan that will test the very boundaries of the natural world. With the help of a notorious privateer, Alina returns to the country she abandoned, determined to fight the forces gathering against Ravka. But as her power grows, Alina slips deeper into the Darkling’s game of forbidden magic, and farther away from Mal. Somehow, she will have to choose between her country, her power, and the love she always thought would guide her–or risk losing everything to the oncoming storm.

Here’s a breakdown of this week’s featured author articles:

  • Monday (June 3rd): Introduction to the Leigh Bardugo Featured Author Week
  • Tuesday (June 4th): Review of both Shadow and Bone and Siege and Storm
  • Wednesday (June 5th): Giveaway: one paperback of Shadow and Bone, two hardbacks of Siege and Storm, and one hardback set of both books up for grabs!
  • Thursday (June 6th): part one of our exclusive audio interview with Leigh Bardugo
  • Friday (June 7th): Part two of our exclusive audio interview with Leigh Bardugo

We’re also incredibly excited to announce that the following authors will be joining us for featured author weeks in the near future:

  • Elizabeth Moon, author of LIMITS OF POWER, will join us the week of June 9th
  • Tessa Gratton, author of the THE LOST SUN, will join us the week of June 23rd

Looking for more to read? View our past archive of featured authors, with a stellar lineup including Lev Grossman, Stefan Bachmann, Colleen Houck, and more!