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The Way of Kings

Swordsman standing on sandy cliffReviewed by Tom Han, Teen Advisory Council

The Way of Kings by experienced fantasy author Brandon Sanderson is the first book of the epic, ten novel Stormlight Archives series. It’s set in the unique, magical world of Roshar with its own vibrant culture, people, and history. The novel follows three main characters and their individual, seemingly separate stories. Kaladin was a gallant soldier who was betrayed by his comrades and sold into slavery; Shallan is a noble scholar who must steal a magical relic to save her family; and Dalinar is a renowned “Highprince” who begins to receive disturbing visions and prophecies. Each character is related to and impacted by the main conflict in the novel: The War of Reckoning. After the former king of Alethkar, Gavilar, was assassinated by the Parshendi people, the ten princedoms of Alethkar unite to wage a war of vengeance and punishment against the Parshendi on the Shattered Plains. The war shapes the stories of all three main characters and slowly ties their lives together as the story progresses.

They Both Die at the End

By Adam Silveira

Review by Isabelle Zheng, Teen Advisory Council

 Two people walking with NYC skyline in the background On behalf of everyone here at Death-Cast, we are so sorry to lose you. Live this day to the fullest, okay? They Both Die at the End beautifully portrays the sheer vulnerability and power of human beings, along with how a single friendship can change one’s entire life in a short day. They Both Die at the End, published 2017, is one Adam Silvera’s best known books along with More Happy Than Not, published in 2015, and What if It’s Us, published in 2018. It takes place in a dystopia where a company called Death-Cast calls people to warn them of their death 24 hours before it happens.

A Court of Thorns and Roses

A Court of Thorns and Roses By: Sarah J. Maas

Reviewed by Minhal Farrukh, Teen Advisory Council 

A woman in lace and maribou against a red sky and a forest backgroundThis novel tells a story of a 19-year-old Feyre, who finds herself in a world of faeries after unknowingly killing one. When she kills a faerie in the woods to feed her family, a beast comes to take her away to the spring court where she has to live forever as her punishment. Feyre than discovers that her captor is not a beast but a man whose named Tamlin. He is one of the high lord who once ruled their world but was taken over by a queen who is evil. Feyre must find a way to stop it or doom Tamlin and his world forever. 

A little fantasy in your romance?

book coverDo you like a little fantasy in your romance?  Katie MacAllister's light-hearted books may be just your style.

A Discovery of Witches

Book Cover ImageDiana Bishop comes from a long line of witches. Deep in Oxford's Bodleian Library, Diana requests a manuscript during the course of her research. Wary of the power she feels from the book, she opens it and releases a chain of events affecting witches, vampires and daemons alike.

A Tale of Two Countries

book cover imageImagine two countries - polar opposites in every way.

Ixia, a military nation with one leader, one commander, where your job is identified by the clothing you wear. Everything from marriage to travel needs a permit - but everyone has a job.