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The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

9780575081406The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss is about a fantasy world where an anarchist called Kvothe the Kingslayer lived.  The story begins with Kvothe as an innkeeper on the outskirts of a town.  Kvothe has renamed himself to Kote, so not to be recognised as the almighty Kvothe because Kvothe faked his death.  However, one person called Chronicler recognised Kvothe because of his fiery red hair.  Chronicler is a scribe and wants to know the truth about Kvothe because while some people called him a hero, other people called him an assassin.  Kvothe agrees to tell his life story to this young man.  Throughout the novel, you learn about Kvothe’s frightening past and how he becomes the man he is today.

The Name of the Wind is part of a trilogy of books called the Kingkiller Chronicle.  The second book is called The Wise Man’s Fear and the third book, yet to be released, is called Doors of Stone.  The Name of the Wind is written from a third person perspective, except it is in first person when Kvothe is retelling his life story.  The writing is dense and full of details, and explains the world and characters brilliantly.  The writing helps the story become believable in this fantasy world.  The characters are very well explained and realistic, because the characters aren’t perfect – they have flaws and make mistakes, especially Kvothe.  Kvothe is also a character you can relate to, you can understand what is going through his head and why he made those decisions.  The story is amazing, you are never bored reading it.  There is always an interesting event taking place.  Even the blurb tells you what Kvothe has done and you want to understand how this happens.  You always have unanswered questions throughout the novel and that is one of the things that compels you to keep on reading.

The only problem in this novel is very minor, and it is that it starts quite slow and takes about 50 pages for Kvothe to start telling his story.  The 50 pages are vital for the story to explain the setting and characters.  This book is not for someone looking for a short read.  I recommend this book to everybody that loves fantasy and a great story.  I give this book 5 stars out of 5.

Reviewed by Eleni

Only Ever Always – Penni Russon

only ever wasWho dreams the dreamer? Claire lives in an ordinary world where everything is whole. But inside Claire is broken. The silvery notes of her music box allow her an escape from her grief into a dream-world, into Clara’s world. Clara’s world has always been broken. She finds broken things to swap at the markets; she walks the treacherous route past the brown river where lone dogs prowl; she avoids the seamy side when she can, but with powerful people pulling the strings, it’s not always possible. Which world is real? Claire’s and Clara’s paths are set to collide, and each has much to lose – or gain. Original and poetic, this captivating novel explores dreams, grief, friendship and love through a brilliantly constructed dystopian fantasy world.

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The Wishing Spell – by Chris Colfer

Alex and Conner Bailey’s world is about to change. When the twins’ grandmother gives them a treasured fairy-tale book, they have no idea they’re about to enter a land beyond all imagining: the Land of Stories, where fairy tales are real. But as Alex and Conner soon discover, the stories they know so well haven’t ended in this magical land – Goldilocks is now a wanted fugitive, Red Riding Hood has her own kingdom, and Queen Cinderella is about to become a mother! The twins know they must get back home somehow. But with the legendary Evil Queen hot on their trail, will they ever find the way? The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell brings readers on a thrilling quest filled with magic spells, laugh-out-loud humour and page-turning adventure.

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The Terrible Thing That Happened to Barnaby Brocket – John Boyne

There’s nothing unusual about the Brockets. Normal, respectable and proud of it, they turn up their noses at anyone different. But from the moment Barnaby Brocket comes into the world, it’s clear he’s anything but ordinary. To his parents’ horror, Barnaby defies the laws of gravity – and floats. Barnaby tries to keep both feet on the ground, but he just can’t do it. One fateful day, the Brockets decide enough is enough. They never asked for a weird, abnormal, floating child. Barnaby has to go…Betrayed, frightened and alone, Barnaby floats into the path of a very special hot air balloon – and so begins a magical journey around the world, with a cast of extraordinary new friends.

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The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern

In 1886 a mysterious travelling circus becomes an international sensation. Open only at night, constructed entirely in black and white, the Cirque des Rêves delights all who wander its circular paths and warm themselves at its bonfire. There are contortionists, performing cats, carousels and illusionists – all the trappings of an ordinary circus. But this is no conventional spectacle. Some tents contain clouds, some ice. The circus seems almost to cast a spell over its aficionados, who call themselves the rêveurs – the dreamers. And who is the sinister man in the grey suit who watches over it all? Behind the scenes a dangerous game is being played out by two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who, at the behest of their masters, are forced to test the very limits of the imagination – and of love.

A feast for the senses, a fin-de-siècle fantasia of magic and mischief, and the most original love story since The Time Traveler’s Wife, The Night Circus is an extraordinary blend of fantasy and reality. It will dazzle readers young and old with its virtuoso performance, and who knows, they might not want to leave the world it creates.

 

 

 

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New Books Just In!!

Here in the Library we are always excited to get new books for our readers and here is a small collection of what we have recently purchased.  Click on the link to see a review of the book courtesy of Goodreads.

 

Ingenue by Jillian Larkin

 

The Convent by Maureen McCarthy 

 

Endless by Jessica Shirvington 

 

Quintana of Charyn by Melina Marchetta

 

Every Day by David Levithan

 

 

Glass House by Rachel Caine

Welcome to Morganville. Just don`t stay out after dark.

Morganville is a small town filled with unusual characters – when the sun goes down, the bad come out. In Morganville, there is an evil that lurks in the darkest shadows – one that will spill out into the bright light of day.

For Claire Danvers, high school was hell, but college may be murder. It was bad enough that she got on the wrong side of Monica, the meanest of the school’s mean girls, but now she’s got three new roomates, who all have secrets of their own. And the biggest secret of all isn’t really a secret, except from Claire: Moranville is run by vampires and they are hungry for fresh blood . . .

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Ascend by Amanda Hocking

The third book in Amanda Hocking’s Trylle Trilogy.

Wendy Everly can barely remember what it was like to feel like a normal girl. She’d wished for her life to be different but everything is so much more complicated than she’d expected. And she certainly hadn’t dreamt she’d be getting married at eighteen to man she didn’t love – all for the sake of duty.

As the big day approaches, Wendy can’t stop thinking about two different men – and neither of them are her husband-to-be. Finn, quiet, strong and determined to do what’s right and Loki, dark and seductive – a sworn enemy who once saved her life…

With an all-out war just days away, Wendy needs to act quickly if she is to save her friends and family. But while her loyalties and duties are to her people – deeper passions are leading her elsewhere. And as her worlds collide Wendy must sacrifice everything she loves to save them. But will it be enough?

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Clockwork Angel – Cassandra Clare

Magic is dangerous but love is more dangerous still

Clockwork AngelThe Infernal Devices trilogy, a prequel to bestselling The Mortal Instruments trilogy, follows 16-year-old orphan Tessa Fell, whose quiet life is thrown into turmoil when her older brother Nathaniel suddenly vanishes, leaving her alone. Tessa’s search for him leads her to England during the reign of Queen Victoria, into London’s dangerous underworld, where warlocks throw masked balls for half-demon Downworlders and vampires and supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. When the friendless and hunted Tessa discovers that she herself is a Downworlder, she must learn to trust her natural enemies, the demon-killing Shadowhunters, if she ever wants to learn to control her powers and find her brother. Drawn ever deeper into their world, she finds herself fascinated by – and torn between – two best friends; beautiful Will, a Shadowhunter hiding a deadly secret, and the devoted Jem, whose addiction to a demon drug is slowly destroying him. Tessa quickly realises that love may be the most dangerous magic of all and must draw on all her strength to save her brother and keep herself alive in this deadly new world

Behemoth – Scott Westerfeld (Leviathan bk. 2)

BehemothBehemoth follows the adventures of His Majesty’s Airship Leviathan to Istanbul, capital of the Ottoman Empire and home to countless secret societies and revolutionaries. Deryn and Alek find themselves at odds with their mentors and with each other, as their duties collide with the politics of war and peace. Will the Ottomans join the Clanker allies in the Great War? Or will Dr Barlow’s diplomatic mission succeed? Will Deryn’s secret be revealed?

 

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