Bitterblue, Fever Moon, and Over Sea, Under Stone

NEW: BITTERBLUE by Kristin Cashore Book Three in the Graceling Realm (Crown, March 2012)

The three books in the Graceling series are connected by the same Fantastic world, but each focus on different and mostly unrelated characters and, in the case of Bitterblue, a different time period:

Eight years after Graceling, Bitterblue is now queen of Monsea. But the influence of her father, a violent psychopath with mind-altering abilities, lives on. Her advisors, who have run things since Leck died, believe in a forward-thinking plan: Pardon all who committed terrible acts under Leck’s reign, and forget anything bad ever happened. But when Bitterblue begins sneaking outside the castle—disguised and alone—to walk the streets of her own city, she starts realizing that the kingdom has been under the thirty-five-year spell of a madman, and the only way to move forward is to revisit the past.

Two thieves, who only steal what has already been stolen, change her life forever. They hold a key to the truth of Leck’s reign. And one of them, with an extreme skill called a Grace that he hasn’t yet identified, holds a key to her heart.

A community reviewer on Goodreads named Melissa said, “I’ve been waiting for this book to be published for three years and it was worth every moment of that wait. There are ciphers and creepy journals and a hidden resistance movement to teach people to read and a snarky librarian and a lot of well-done insight into the best bad guy ever.” Victoria, another community reviewer on Goodreads, said, “Graceling was really good. Fire was magical and still my favorite. But BitterblueBitterblue is practically transcendant. I wish I could find the words to accurately describe how it really made me feel.”

An excerpt of Bitterblue is available on the Graceling Realm website. Order it from these popular booksellers:

 

SOON: FEVER MOON: THE FEAR DORCHA originally by Karen Marie Moning, adapted to graphic novel by David Lawrence, and illustrated by Al Rio and Cliff Richards (Del Ray, July 2012)

The Fever series revolves around MacKayla Lane, a twenty-something Southern woman who always considered herself very normal—until her sister is murdered and Mac’s efforts to track down the killer take her to Ireland and into the world of the dangerous and powerful Fae. The first five stories are traditional novels, but next week Moning releases what fans should consider Book 5.5: Fever Moon, a graphic novel adventure in between Book Five, Shadowfeaver, and a so-far untitled Book Six expected to release in 2015.

In Fever Moon, we meet the most ancient and deadly Unseelie ever created, the Fear Dorcha. For eons, he’s traveled worlds with the Unseelie king, leaving behind him a path of mutilation and destruction. Now he’s hunting Dublin, and no one Mac loves is safe.

Dublin is a war zone. The walls between humans and Fae are down. A third of the world’s population is dead and chaos reigns. Imprisoned over half a million years ago, the Unseelie are free and each one Mac meets is worse than the last. Human weapons don’t stand a chance against them.

With a blood moon hanging low over the city, something dark and sinister begins to hunt the streets of Temple Bar, choosing its victims by targeting those closest to Mac. Armed only with the Spear of Destiny and Jericho Barrons, she must face her most terrifying enemy yet.

Of Book One in the Fever series, Darkfever, community reviewer on Goodreads Kelly said, “Have you ever lost track of time? Literally forgot the world around you? Been so drawn into a book, its world, its characters, where you felt like you were a part of the story? The action? Even found yourself yelling aloud at the characters, pretty much talking to yourself? Ignored phone calls? Snuck in reading time while at work? Yeah, me too. This is in a nut shell is what Darkfever did to me over the past 24 hours.” All of the books released so far average a rating of at least 4.30, so you can expect consistent quality as you work your way through this series. Fever Moon doesn’t have any reviews from people on Goodreads who’ve actually gotten their hands on it to read it, but it is appealing to both faithful followers of the series and fans of the graphic novel. Community reviewer Ren said, “Al Rio’s comic skills + the famous Fever series? Oh yeah!”

A one-page sneak peek of the graphic novel, showing the illustration process from pencil, to ink, to color, is available on Karen Moning’s website. Look for this book on July 10 or preorder:

 

CLASSIC: OVER SEA, UNDER STONE, Book One of The Dark is Rising series by Susan Cooper (Aladdin, 1965)

On holiday in Cornwall, the three Drew children discover an ancient map in the attic of the house that they are staying in. They know immediately that it is special. It is even more than that — the key to finding a grail, a source of power to fight the forces of evil known as the Dark. And in searching for it themselves, the Drews put their very lives in peril.

The Dark is Rising series brings together Arthurian legend, Celtic mythology, and Norse mythology in the stories of children looking for magical artifacts which will help them fight for the Light in the battle of good and evil… that might sound like a story you’ve heard before, but published between 1965 and 1977, this was one of the first, and it does it incredibly well.

Nicole, a community reviewer on Goodreads said, “What this book does… is unleash the possibility. If you give it the chance, if you give it the time, that wonder and awe and belief you had as a child—that anything is possible—can come back to light: right here, right within these pages, in this book.” Ian, another community reviewer on Goodreads said, “This novel is an exciting and interesting book for all people with a love for adventure and mystery reads. It’s one of my personal favorites. Over Sea, Under Stone is a keep-you-on-the-edge-of-your-seat kind of book that will make you tell yourself, ‘You are going to finish this series, whether you like it or not!'”

An excerpt of Over Sea, Under Stone is available on the publisher website. Order the book from these popular booksellers:

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