The Last Lumenian offers a huge story, a story that spans Seven Galaxies and includes many heroes and gods. And despite the huge number of characters here, none of it felt forced: it all slotted perfectly into Lilla's life.
Morgenstern has created a tale out of tales, a fable out of the human need to seek and explain, to dream and understand. Zachary's story is closely connected to an array of beautiful stories/myths that focus on the unique ability to make the impossible possible. Each door leads to another step (but is it really a step forward...?), each character is a puzzle piece that can acquire multiple places on the board.
In Tale of Bronco & The Wizard, Don Sedei wrote an engaging sports story blended with some spine chilling wizardry. He combines real sports trivia (about the Steelers '81 season) with an engaging life lessons.
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon is not just romance, though romance is a big part of it and it's one of the best things about it. This book is about seeing the gap of generations, seeing how in 200 hundred years so many things have changed, not only epochal, but also people.. People have changed, their ways of mind and heart are completely different and Claire is forced to adapt or die.
Myths of Old is the final installment to Krishnarjun Bhattacharya's Tantric Trilogy. If you haven’t read Tantrics of Old and Horsemen of Old, I would advise you not to read this installment until you have. Myths of Old's world is constantly evolving and author Krishnarjun doesn’t waste his time catching readers up to what they should already know, which I have to admit, is part of what I love about his writing.
The Guardians of Erum is a Middle East inspired fantasy novel about djinns, occultists, metaphor, faith, and political uprising. And for a fantasy novel, it is more firmly rooted in reality than most. However, one of the many reasons that I love to read is to experience new places and new cultures. On that score, this book is utterly fascinating. And much to his credit, author Ali Hasan Ali really succeeds in rendering this world – a great city of Erum in the Middle East – with the perfect description of places.
I would describe Music Men: Badoga as a graphic novel without pictures. From the breathtaking prologue through the final page, it is action, action, action. This makes for a pretty quick read, although I personally found that trying to visualize all the choreography of the scenes occasionally got a little exhausting.
In Circe by Madeline Miller, author weaves her characters into the situations we've all come across a time or two in the canon or through various pop culture references, but her integration is so seamless that it only enhances the original works.
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