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NEWSFLASH: Sarah J Maas announces new series

Clear out some shelf space! Sarah J. Maas, bestselling author of the Throne of Glass and Court of Thorns and Roses series, has announced a new series is headed our way!
EW shared the news of Maas' upcoming series, Crescent City, marking the author’s first foray into adult fiction.

Set in a universe where humans struggle with survival and hierarchies of the magical creatures they live among, Crescent City will follow half-human, half-Sidhe Bryce Quinlan as she seeks to avenge the death of her best friend, who was brutally murdered.

What starts as a personal quest for revenge soon becomes a duty to protect the world and the people she loves from a sinister enemy. The action-packed series will take readers on a journey full of adventure, mythology, and Mass’ signature touch for romance.

Maas also released a statement about the new series, in which she said, “Crescent City has been a passion project from the start, and I’ve been working on it for several years now whenever I get the chance. I can’t wait to introduce readers to Bryce, its heroine, who I think would be very good friends with Aelin and Feyre. The world of Crescent City is more modern than those in my previous series (basically, if the Court of Thorns and Roses and Throne of Glass worlds had modern-day technology), but it’s still chock full of magic, brooding warrior-types, and mysterious and deadly creatures.”

Crescent City is due to begin publishing in late 2019. Until then, there's plenty more Sarah J Maas titles on the horizon: The DC Comics novelization Catwoman: Soulstealer publishes in August 2018 and Kingdom of Ash, the final Throne of Glass novel, is releasing in October 2018. Plus earlier this month, A Court of Frost and Starlight was released!

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Reviewsday: A Court of Wings and Ruin

Sarah J Maas is back with the amazing third instalment in the Court of Thorns and Roses series, A Court of Wings and Ruin. War looms as Feyre Cursebreaker must decide who is friend and who is foe in a race to stop the destruction of not only Prythian, but the human world as well.

In my not-very-humble opinion, Maas is one of the best fantasy writers out there right now. The world of Prythian is richly imagined and full of complex, evolving, well-drawn characters. Feyre, Rhysand and friends burst into life the moment you open the book, and the world around them teems with magic and wonder. What I enjoy most about Maas’s writing is the way her characters grow, both over the course of each novel and the entire series as well. Feyre began as a frail human girl, starved both of food and of affection; by this book, she’s grown into the commanding High Lady of the Night Court, full of confidence in herself and her abilities, both magic and otherwise. The story itself moves at a cracking pace; even though it’s quite hefty at 400+ pages, it never feels too slow or too wordy.

Three things I loved about ACOWAR:
1. Feyre.
She’s complex, clever, and fearless. Kicks an inordinate amount of ass.
2. The revelation of the Bone Carver’s history.
And by extension the shared history between him and a few other characters (no spoilers!). I’ve always been intrigued by the Bone Carver, and ACOWAR briefly shines a light on the mysterious character.
3. Rhysand.
Just… a total babe.

Three things that drove me crazy:
1. Feyre.
Yes, she was also on the above “things I loved” list. But she made a couple of seriously questionable decisions early on that had me rolling my eyes.
2. Tamlin.
He’s just so different from the Tamlin we met in A Court of Thorns and Roses. His development makes sense story-wise, but I found the whiplash-inducing shift in his character a bit jarring.
3. The Mirror of Ouroboros.
Not the Mirror itself, but the fact that it’s part in the story felt a little glossed-over. I want to know exactly what Feyre saw in the mirror!

All in all, A Court of Wings and Ruin is a really satisfying conclusion to a fantastic series. And Maas has very skilfully managed to resolve the storyline, but also left room to return to Prythian for more adventures – so hopefully we’ll get to see Feyre, Rhysand and their friends again very soon!

Reviewsday: Empire of Storms by Sarah J Maas

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This book seriously shows how far Sarah J Maas has come as an author. Seeing the development of her plot, her characters and her writing style has been extraordinary. She has come so far, dragging us along with her, waiting impatiently for each new book and amazing us every time. This is not a disappointment.

Empire of Storms takes you on an emotional rollercoaster of a ride, leaving you hanging and wanting more. While her cast of characters is huge, each one is unique and a real person in their own right, wonderfully written with flaws and imperfections, attitude and sass. You get to know everyone, and feel for all of them. The differing points of view link the story together fantastically while allowing the reader a wider view of each characters personality and story.

Every chapter has a point and purpose within the story. Every conversation, every sentence, every character is written with a reason and you better pay attention - No skimming through this book! You can not afford to miss bits. The short stories from the Assassins Blade collection come into play as well, if you haven't read those yet perhaps you should.

This book definitely gets more adult than her last few in this series - the romance levels have risen, and the reading age really has gone up!

I'm saddened that I've finished this one already, and am probably going to read it again immediately.

Then, the horrible year long wait for her next one...

 ~ Shoshana, QBD Hornsby

Reviewsday: A Court of Mist and Fury

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This book happens to be the best I have read this year.

A Court of Mist and Fury is the long awaited sequel to A Court of Thorns and Roses.
Sarah J Maas has used attention to detail, emotional twists and epic romance in this amazing new novel to keep you reading until the very end.
I lived this as I read it. I actually paused my life for an hour to moan about how long I have to wait until the next one!

Feyre takes us back into the Spring Court after she has sacrificed everything to save Tamlin, High Lord of the Spring Court.
Even though she's physically flawless due to the magic all seven of the High Lords used to save her life, the emotional and mental scars remain.
Will she be able to put that behind her to live the life she deserves?
But really that isn't the only thing she has to worry about. The High Lord of the Night Court owns a week of every month of her life and he hasn't yet
claimed it. Will Feyre be able to resist his alluring charm and dangerous darkness? Be prepared for new romances, new political games and new powers!

Now I won't give out spoilers but I will say, each character has hidden gems in their personalities and also hidden darkness. Nothing is as it seems, nothing is certain!
You honestly will not regret reading this, I'm still in the world two weeks later!

- Hayley, QBD Hornsby

Book-A-Like: A Court of Thorns and Roses & Cinder

Fantasy fairytale retelling with a twist feature in this week's QBD Book-A-Like

BALMar17A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas:
Feyre's survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill - the forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. But to do so, she must kill the predator and killing something so precious comes at a price ...
Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jewelled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre's presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever.

Cinder by Marissa Meyer:
A forbidden romance. A deadly plague. Earth's fate hinges on one girl ...
CINDER, a gifted mechanic in New Beijing, is also a cyborg. She's reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister's sudden illness. But when her life becomes entwined with the handsome Prince Kai's, she finds herself at the centre of a violent struggle between the desires of an evil queen - and a dangerous temptation. Cinder is caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal. Now she must uncover secrets about her mysterious past in order to protect Earth's future.
This is not the fairytale you remember. But it's one you won't forget.