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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Backlist Love (10): Stolen Songbird, StarCrossed, The Witch Hunter!

SO... I was so worried about Virginia Boecker's last name that I got her first name wrong... ­čĄú Oops. SORRY VIRGINIA! (Also, I was right, it's "Baker")

It's time for another in my BACKLIST LOVE series, and omggg, I just fell right into these books. So good!

If you've read any of them, or have recommendations of similar books, definitely let me know in the comments! And if you have some backlist love titles of your own, I'd love to hear 'em!

Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen

For five centuries, a witch’s curse has bound the trolls to their city beneath the ruins of Forsaken Mountain. Time enough for their dark and nefarious magic to fade from human memory and into myth. But a prophesy has been spoken of a union with the power to set the trolls free, and when C├ęcile de Troyes is kidnapped and taken beneath the mountain, she learns there is far more to the myth of the trolls than she could have imagined.

C├ęcile has only one thing on her mind after she is brought to Trollus: escape. Only the trolls are clever, fast, and inhumanly strong. She will have to bide her time, wait for the perfect opportunity.

But something unexpected happens while she’s waiting – she begins to fall for the enigmatic troll prince to whom she has been bonded and married. She begins to make friends. And she begins to see that she may be the only hope for the half-bloods – part troll, part human creatures who are slaves to the full-blooded trolls. There is a rebellion brewing. And her prince, Tristan, the future king, is its secret leader.

As C├ęcile becomes involved in the intricate political games of Trollus, she becomes more than a farmer’s daughter. She becomes a princess, the hope of a people, and a witch with magic powerful enough to change Trollus forever.

StarCrossed by Elizabeth C. Bunce

16-year-old Digger thrives as a spy and sneak-thief among the feuding religious factions of Gerse. But when a routine job goes horribly wrong and her partner and lover Tegen is killed, she disguises herself in a group of young nobles and sneaks out of the city. Accepted as a lady-in-waiting at the stronghold of the powerful Nemair, she finds new peace and friendship (and some new targets). But when an old client from the city comes to the castle, she realizes her hosts may be planning the ultimate uprising against the king - and rather than true peace, she may be at the heart of the rebellion.

The Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker

The magic and suspense of Graceling meet the political intrigue and unrest of Game of Thrones in this riveting fantasy debut.

Your greatest enemy isn't what you fight, but what you fear.

Elizabeth Grey is one of the king's best witch hunters, devoted to rooting out witchcraft and doling out justice. But when she's accused of being a witch herself, Elizabeth is arrested and sentenced to burn at the stake.

Salvation comes from a man she thought was her enemy. Nicholas Perevil, the most powerful and dangerous wizard in the kingdom, offers her a deal: he will save her from execution if she can break the deadly curse that's been laid upon him.

But Nicholas and his followers know nothing of Elizabeth's witch hunting past--if they find out, burning at the stake will be the least of her worries. And as she's thrust into the magical world of witches, ghosts, pirates, and one all-too-handsome healer, Elizabeth is forced to redefine her ideas of right and wrong, of friends and enemies, and of love and hate.

Virginia Boecker weaves a riveting tale of magic, betrayal, and sacrifice in this unforgettable fantasy debut.

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  1. You cruel beast pushing a fabulous book in a series that might not be finished. It does sound good when I read up on it. Oh, yes, Stolen Songbird. I've meant to read that one and there it sits on the wish list. Hmm, yeah, Witch Hunter does entice me. Thanks for sharing on it.

    I was just thinking the other day that Cecy Robson's Weird Girls, urban fantasy series, about four magic-cursed sisters is a fun one for me, but doesn't get as much recognition. I will say that the romance side can get angsty, but its only one of the elements.

  2. Oh yay! Witch Hunter if on my shelves (and Stolen Songbird and StarCrossed are both on my library list). StarCrossed sounds great, though a lack of closure to the series makes me wary.

    My backlist rec this time around is: North Pole Reform School by Jaimie Admans, which is a silly, fun YA set in the North Pole and is perfect for that Christmas vibe without sappiness (there's also a fun crush/romance that happens, and zombies, because why not?).

    Yes to more Backlist Love (always) AND to group read of any of these three! :D


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