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THE WAY OF SHADOWS
Azoth would give anything to escape his life in the slums of Cenaria, or so he thinks. When given the opportunity to become an apprentice to the city’s deadliest assassin, Durzo Blint, he finds murder is much easier said than done. Azoth must decide just how far he’s willing to go, and if the risks are worth the chance of a better life. The Way of Shadows is a dark, brutal fantasy tale which will keep you on the edge of your seat with a fast-paced plot, immersive world building, and characters that are so well crafted they feel like they could step off the page. This has easily become one of my favorite books second only to its sequels.
When a stray werewolf shows up at mechan ic and coyote shifter Mercy Thompson’s shop, Mercy finds herself dragged back into the world she already tried desperately to escape. She must find who, or what, is hunting the rogue before it’s too late for the both of them. Mercy is sassy, stubborn, independent, clever, and the perfect person to follow through a world filled with living myths and legends. With fun and believable characters and relationships, and a strong romantic sub-plot, this is the perfect series for a character-focused reader who yearns for our world to have a little more magic.
Yadriel, a young trans man, is determined to prove himself a brujo – and a man – to his traditional family. The ritual to unlock his ancestral powers seems the ideal time to do so. When his family insists on his participation in the ceremony for women or nothing at all, Yadriel and his cousin perform the brujo ceremony in secret. To complete the ritual, he must summon a ghost and help them move on; however, while attempting to summon his dead cousin, Yadriel accidentally calls his school’s resident bad boy, Julian. Determined to find out who killed him Julian refuses to move on until Yadriel solves his murder. Despite his desire to prove himself to his family, Yadriel discovers the more time they spend together the less he wants Julian to move on. Cemetery Boys is an adorable and heart-warming romance wrapped in a fantastical mystery. This is a great choice for those looking for a light-hearted read.