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Among Thieves by M.J. Kuhn

This is a pretty good YA Fantasy that promises to turn into a fun, exciting series.

Ryia is known as “The Butcher” of Carrowick, a dockside city run by various gangs. Ryia is on the run from the powerful Guildmaster, the ruler of 5 kingdoms of Thamorr. Certain people are born with a gift for strength, speed, mind reading, sensing and other gifts and are called Adepts. They are taken by the Guildmaster as a baby and trained on an island. When they reach adulthood they are stripped of all identity and are sold to rich people as obedient servants who have no mind or will of their own.

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Lady’s Ransom (The First Argetines, #3) by Jeff Wheeler

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is another great book in this fun YA Fantasy series that finds Ransom’s loyalties tested at home and with his king. Newly married, the couple arrive in Legault to reclaim the title that was Claire’s birth-right, but before the couple can make much progress on the dilapidated castle, Ransom is called away to serve King Benedict. Claire is upset and doesn’t want him to go, but Ransom’s duty is to answer his King’s call.

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Requiem of Silence (Earthsinger Chronicles #4) by L. Penelope

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is a satisfying last book in a great fantasy series. Jasminda and Kyara face their final showdown with the True Father, who remains determined to conquer Elsira. Recently escaped from the palace dungeons, and potentially getting help from his twin sister The Goddess Awoken, the True Father has a new army of wraiths that can’t be killed and can only be stopped by Nethersong and the help of Earthsingers.

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Paper & Blood (Ink & Sigil #2) by Kevin Hearne

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Another great book in Hearne’s new spinoff of the Iron Druid Chronicles series. This book has Al, Buck, Nadia, an Australian apprentice sigil agent and the Iron Druid tracking down the apprentice’s missing mentor and another sigil agent in the Australian Outback. Once they track the general location where the sigil agents went missing, they quickly run into some very strange monsters that are determined to eat and kill their way through everyone they face.

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Beyond (The Founding of Valdemar #1) by Mercedes Lackey

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is a great fantasy book that has magic, court intrigue, and a quest to escape a cruel Emperors.

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Curse of the Specter Queen (Samantha Knox #1) by Jenny Elder Moke

Rating: 3 out of 5.

This was a pretty good YA Fantasy book. There is also a mix of Historical Fiction and Mystery/Thriller in the book, so it’s a bit hard to categorize. There is plenty of action, elements of mythology and magic, with a touch of romance thrown in. It’s quite a mish mash.

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Girl One by Sara Flannery Murphy

Rating: 3 out of 5.

This was a good SciFi Mystery/Thriller about one of nine girls born without male DNA. The first girl, Josephine, has eschewed all contact and publicity regarding her life at the experimental commune called the “Homestead”. When her mother goes missing under mysterious circumstances, Josie finds herself tracking down her “sisters” in an effort to find her mother. As Josie follows the clues left by her mother, she and her sisters uncover dark secrets about their origin and abilities they possess.

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The Promised Queen (Forgotten Empires #3) by Jeffe Kennedy

Rating: 3 out of 5.

This is a satisfying ending to a good YA Fantasy trilogy. Conrí, former Crown Prince of Oriel, married Queen Euthalia of Calanthe to fulfill the prophecy that would end Emperor Anure’s cruel hold over the empire. But they failed. Con gave it all he had and Lia gave her life – temporarily- but nothing worked.

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Warrior’s Ransom (The First Argentine’s #2) by Jeff Wheeler

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is another great book in this YA Fantasy series. If you haven’t read the first book yet, you have time to pick it up and read, and then read this one before the third book comes out in September 2021.

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