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The Iron Wyrm Affair (Bannon and Clare #1) by Lilith Saintcrow
The Iron Wyrm Affair (Bannon and Clare #1)

Rosalind Reading, June 10, 2013

Take steampunk Victorian London, throw together a Sherlock Holmes-esque genius and a tightly strung and stubborn sorceress, then put them to work preventing a plot to raise ancient beings from their slumber and destroy the world as we know it. What do you get? A dashed good time. While the prose at times can be a little clunky, the imaginative world-building and delightful characters compensate the reader in full. If Saintcrow picks up steam as she goes, she'll be one to watch.
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Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke
Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell

Rosalind Reading, June 10, 2013

If Jane Austen and Gabriel Garcia Marquez had a strange, charismatic, and loquacious child, it would be Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell. This novel has Austen's dry wit, Marquez's wild imagination and magic realism, and something else entirely its own. Here is a Britain at war with Napoleon's empire aided by two magicians: the ornery, traditional Mr. Norrell, and the lanky, charming, and rather dangerously daring Jonathan Strange. Packed with hilarious footnotes, fairy lore that conjures up barrows of ancient Britain, and killer one-liners, this novel earns every one of its (many, many) pages.
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Poison Study by Maria V Snyder
Poison Study

Rosalind Reading, June 10, 2013

Yelena is condemned to die in the military state of Ixia because she has committed a murder. But she receives a reprieve: instead, she is to become the Commander's poison taster, a job for which she is trained by the mysterious assassin, Valek. So begins a tale of murder, magic, and mystery in a world richly imagined. A great start to a great trilogy, a sort of Tamora Pierce for grown-ups. The series is exciting and addictive.
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Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
Howl's Moving Castle

Rosalind Reading, June 10, 2013

My middle school favorite remains one of my favorites as an adult. Don't let the befuddling movie discourage you: caught in these pages is a delightful combination of fairy tale, love story, mystery, and adventure novel. As the eldest of three, Sophie Hatter knows she has no hope in seeking her fortune. But her fortune is coming to her: a witch turns her into an old woman, and so she decides to go and work for the ever-so-wicked wizard Howl. Who turns out to be less wicked and more... well, you'll see. But the book is full of delightful characters, hilarious moments, and every clue comes together at the end like the pieces of a puzzle.
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The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicles #1) by Patrick Rothfuss
The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicles #1)

Rosalind Reading, June 10, 2013

Epic fantasy at its finest: hundreds of pages, and each one feels more exciting than the last. This is the story of Kvothe, killer of kings- but not yet. First he must struggle through childhood, the streets, and the Arcanum: the mysterious academy where magicians are trained. The characters are vitally real, the prose rich, and the plot action-packed.
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