"After eight years, Evadne will finally be reunited with her older sister, Halcyon, who has been serving in the queen’s army. But when Halcyon unexpectedly appears a day early, Eva knows something is wrong. Halcyon has been charged with a heinous crime, and though her life is spared, she is sentenced to fifteen years. Suspicious of the charges brought forth by Halcyon’s army commander, as well as the details of the crime, Eva volunteers to take part of her sister’s sentence.
After surviving a revolution that will finally put the rightful queen on the Maevan throne, Brienna struggles to find her place as the adopted daughter of a Maevan lord. Aodhan Morgane, meanwhile, loved by Brienna as Cartier, is fighting to rebuild his own House from the ashes of tyranny and oppression. When a remnant of the old regime stirs in Maevana's shadows, Brienna and Cartier must put their doubts and desires aside in order to face a new threat—one that will target any
"Do not allow fear to lead you. It will never take you where you need to go." H.A. Pruitt's Anelthalien brims with wisdom for all walks of life, but it is these words more than anything that, for me, made this incredible story sing. Anelthalien is classic yet fresh, familiar yet different, young yet old. As the story of four teens called to a faraway world by a purpose they don't understand, it calls us to take up the purpose our Creator gives us, and to do it with courage. I
"Brienna desires only two things: to master her passion and to be chosen by a patron. Growing up in Valenia at the renowned Magnalia House should have prepared her. While some are born with a talent for one of the five passions—art, music, dramatics, wit, and knowledge—Brienna struggled to find hers until she chose knowledge. However, Brienna’s greatest fear comes true: she is left without a patron. Months later, her life takes an unexpected turn when a disgraced lord offers
Kindle is sick of being unexceptional—that is, until a mysterious necklace transports her to the world of Anelthalien, where suddenly, she is anything but. One of four necklace-bearers torn from their lives by the same strange call, Kindle just wants to return to her life. But Anelthalien needs something different. When Kindle and the others uncover the truth of Anelthalien's dark history, returning home becomes secondary to a higher purpose. Along with thoughtful Andrew, unp
Eliyana is used to the shadows. With a birthmark covering half her face, she just hopes to graduate high school unscathed. That is, until Joshua hops a fence and changes her perspective. No one, aside from her mother, has ever treated her like he does: normal. Maybe even beautiful. Because of Joshua, Eliyana finally begins to believe she could be loved. But one night her mother doesn’t come home, and that’s when everything gets weird. Now Joshua is her new, and rather relucta
Blue de la Cour, alchemist's daughter, sees life in absolutes. From conducting dangerous alchemy experiments for street urchins in need to thwarting the reckless escapades of her childhood nemesis, Prince Kellan, she's never been afraid to act on her convictions. Even if it risks exposing the forbidden magic in her veins. Kellan, crown prince of Balavata, is being crushed by responsibility and the guilt of a troubled past. But when Blue, long-time thorn-in-his-side, finds her
Laterre is a planet on the brink of explosion. Unrest is mounting in the impoverished Third Estate, the Patriarche's attempts to smother it growing increasingly brutal. From this toxic atmosphere, a new threat is rising that may prove more deadly than any rebel force yet. Caught up in the brewing storm are three unlikely moving pieces. Chatine—a prisoner entangled in the rebellion by an unlikely rescue mission. Marcellus—a traitor who knows better than anyone how ruthless the
On the planet of Laterre, the oppressed Third Estate lives to provide for the privileged higher classes beneath a sky that never clears. Unrest is kept in check by the ruling Second Estate and their propaganda: "honest work for an honest chance." All Chatine wants is a ticket off this planet to a better life somewhere in the galaxy. Her opportunity arrives in the form of Marcellus Bonnefaçon—a young officer who is beginning to question everything the Second Estate stands for.
As someone who is constantly on the hunt for clean fantasy, there's nothing quite like those "Eureka!" moments when I stumble on a gem. 2020 has been a fantastic year for reading, not only because I've had more time, but because I've been more deliberate in narrowing my search. In the past, my strategy has been to pick up popular fantasy titles, start reading, then abort when they failed to meet any kind of clean standard. A flawed system—not only because I was expecting a tr