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Author: Sarah J. Maas

3rd book in the Throne of glass series

The Throne Of Glass Series all together is an amazing series. The content itself is more amazing. In this series, Celeana Sardothien is a reknowned assassin, and is placed in Endovier to work as a slave. One day, the Captain of the Guard shows up and requests for her. She is sent to him, and they cast off to a journey towards the Glass Castle, where the royal family resigns. Confused, she assumes that the royal family wants to punish her more, but rather than being met with the king she expected, she is met with his son, Dorian, who asks her to be his champion.

Yes, a champion. The one to fight under his sponsorship to become the kings right hand killer. To do his dirty work. Dorian does not ask this for pure evil, cause he's actually quite nice and gentle. He just wishes to prove his father wrong, and so does Celeana. And so then begins the epic story of Celeana, her survival and her past. In this post, we will be focusing more on the third book, Heir of Fire.

Heir of Fire:

Celeana has now travelled to Wendlyn and resides there to do a mission she does not go through. She is depressed, constantly drunk, picking fights at a bar, and sleeps on the streets. Her health declines as she only eats bread and drinks wine. Chaol remains back in Ardalan, trying to find a way to bring Celeana back safely without the king doing harm to her. Dorian struggles with his magic, but is relaxed by a new found love. Aedion, a fae follower of the King, secretly dwells with the rebells, and helps them concoct a plan to overthrow the king.

Celeana is then met with an old fae warrior by the name of Rowan Whitethorn. He is a direct follower of Queen Maeve, and has come to see her to the queen. After this, comes a bickering, argumentative situation. Celeana is then faced with a choice: Learn to embrace her old self as Aelin Galathynius, heir of Terresan, and to control her power in order to find out more information about the Wyrdkeys, or to not do either and to abort the mission along with not keeping her blood promise to Nehemia.

Fan Girl Time:

AHHH! As I stated in the title, you cannot miss these books! The series is well written, and is well edited. You always will be on the edge of your seat, and the books are the perfect size to read! They seem to be lengthy, but are in truth a fast read if you do it in one sitting (I know I did). The books are so well written that I have cried in multiple scenes. The character dynamics in the series flow so well, almost as well as Harry Potter! It is like Harry Potter, but with a new twist. Rather than having traditional wand magic, it is the more traditional fae born fantasy. It is not a fantasy with flowers and peace, but depicts a time of great despair for the majortiy of the people in the continent of Erilea!

One the scale of one to five for this book, it is a million. The books not only attracts girls, but guys as well! It has so much action, and yet it has just the right amount of romance where you cannot stop squealing. Celeana finds herself in this book, and you will find yourself wanting to be more like her. With her tactics, and skills, and let's not mention her beauty even with a scarred up body! The scars are her trophies, and she wear's them proudly. Read this book, I suggest it to anyone and EVERYONE because it is a book that no one should miss.

It may possibley even surpass J.K Rowling's Harry Potter series.

A book will be added to this series and will be released on September 1st, of 2015, so keep your eyes out for Queen Of Shadows.

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Title: Impossible
Author: Nancy Werlin

What do you get when you cross a curse, a teen,  an elven knight, a crazy mother, and a haunting family song? Impossib

le by Nancy Werlin,that's what.

scarbourough fair

(miranda's version)

Are you going to scarberough fair

parsley, sage, rosmary and thyme

remember me to one who lives there

or else she be a true love of mine

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Author: Jennifer Nielsen

I was swept away by the current this book provided.  The characters have a dynamic feel that keeps you involved from the beginning to the end of the book.  We are swept into a story where orphan boys are being collected and groomed to replace a long lost prince.  Who will be the replacement prince and what will happen to those that are not selected as the new prince all becomes evident as the story proceeds.  The author successfully leaves you satisfied with the book, and craving the release of the next book in the trilogy.

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Title: Death
Author: Jill Thompson

Death: At Death's Door is a comic about a goddess named Death. In the book Death's brother Dream goes after his lost love and to fight Lucifer. When that all happens, all the dead people come to Death's house. Plus Death and her two sisters catch strageleres. Then after a while the dead all go back to where they came from. The book was really good.

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Title: Dragonfly
Author: Julia Golding

I loved the far-away land setting and the romance in the book was very convincing. The plot was interesting and infuriating at times. This book had a good, final ending that was happy.

WISH
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Title: Wish
Author: CLAMP (Mangaka group)

This has the right mix of fantasy and action that makes me go back and re-read the story all over again. :)

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Author: Vera Brosgol

I thought this was a great story about trust and betrayal.

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Title: Legacy
Author: Cayla Kluver

Set in the mythical country of Hytanica, this fantasy story centers around the princess of a kingdom that was once at war with a ruthless country, Cokyri. As Alera is the crown princess and nearing her 18th birthday, she is being pressured to chose a man to marry with all the traits that will suit the next ruler of the country. While Alera attempts to find any suitor to her liking that her father will approve of more than his choice for succession, the arrogant Lord Steldor, a young man, Narian, who was stolen from his home country of Hytanica as a baby to be raised in Cokyi returns to his birth place to find his family and captures Alera's attention. With an impending war ensuing over Narian's return the choices that Alera make became even more important as heir to the throne. Struggling to deal with growing up while balancing her wishes, her father's wishes and what is best for the kingdom, this is also a coming of age story for a young girl. While the writing style is a somewhat unrefined in the first novel of this series, the story is captivating to the point that I couldn't stop reading and the writing definitely improves in the second book of the series.

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Author: J.K. Rowling

Most people have heard of Harry Potter. The majority of people have seen the movies. Quite a few people have read the books. Yet, because of certain "dark" content, Christians began to degrade the well written book series. Yes, some parts of the books are "dark". Yes, there are some things in there that, from a Christian worldview, may not be entirely agreeable. But you need darkness to see the light more clearly. The light at the end of the tunnel for J.K. Rowling's beloved series is book seven, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. After I finished the book for the first time this last September, I sighed with content. As a Christian, I couldn't have asked for a better or more clear allegory of what I believe to be Truth. I feel that Christians should read the entire series before making any judgement on content; Ms. Rowling knew what she was doing when she put the elements of a story into her fabulous, well rounded characters. I have not yet seen the movies, but am going to soon. My hope is that they capture the kind of values and core elements that are so preciously captured throughout the Harry Potter series. Really, I think everybody should read these books with an open mind and learn what they can. Even if you don't agree with everything, the experience will be worth your time.

The Ruins of Gorlan

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Author: John Flanagan

Book 1 of the Ranger’s Apprentice series

The first book of the ten book series follows the adventures of Will, an orphan who becomes an apprentice Ranger under the famous Ranger Halt. The story takes place in a fictional world based on European, medieval times. It deals with the training and education of Will in the skills needed to be a protector of the Kingdom. Will learns from Halt the many skills needed to become a Ranger, including how to become invisible and an expert in the use of weapons, especially the short knife and the bow and arrow. At the Gathering, a Ranger meeting where Will’s skills are tested, the Rangers receive a message that a band of creatures called the Kalkara have killed some important Arluen people. The Kalkara, led by Morgarath, Lord of the Mountains of Rain and Night, are bound to take revenge on the kingdom of Araluen. Halt, Will, and Will’s friend, Horace from Battleschool, join together to defeat the Kalkara.

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