The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom \\ spoiler-free book review

The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom (The League of Princes, #1)

Title: The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom (#1)

Author: Christopher Healy

Genre & Themes: Fantasy, Middle grade

Publisher: Walden Pond Press

Format: Hardcover


Synopsis

Prince Liam. Prince Frederic. Prince Duncan. Prince Gustav. You’ve never heard of them, have you? These are the princes who saved Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Snow White, and Rapunzel, respectively, and yet, thanks to those lousy bards who wrote the tales, you likely know them only as Prince Charming. But all of this is about to change.

Rejected by their princesses and cast out of their castles, the princes stumble upon an evil plot that could endanger each of their kingdoms. Now it’s up to them to triumph over their various shortcomings, take on trolls, bandits, dragons, witches, and other assorted terrors, and become the heroes no one ever thought they could be.

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Grave Mercy \\ spoiler-free book review

Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin, #1)

Title: Grave Mercy (#1)

Author: Robin LaFevers

Genre & Themes: Fantasy

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Format: hardcover


Synopsis

Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where the sisters still serve the gods of old. Here she learns that the god of Death Himself has blessed her with dangerous gifts—and a violent destiny. If she chooses to stay at the convent, she will be trained as an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death. To claim her new life, she must destroy the lives of others.

Ismae’s most important assignment takes her straight into the high court of Brittany—where she finds herself woefully under prepared—not only for the deadly games of intrigue and treason, but for the impossible choices she must make. For how can she deliver Death’s vengeance upon a target who, against her will, has stolen her heart?

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King of Scars \\ spoiler-free book review

King of Scars (Nikolai Duology, #1)

Title: King of Scars

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Genre & Themes: Fantasy

Publisher: Imprint

Format: Hardcover (B&N edition)


Synopsis

Nikolai Lantsov has always had a gift for the impossible. No one knows what he endured in his country’s bloody civil war—and he intends to keep it that way. Now, as enemies gather at his weakened borders, the young king must find a way to refill Ravka’s coffers, forge new alliances, and stop a rising threat to the once-great Grisha Army.

Yet with every day a dark magic within him grows stronger, threatening to destroy all he has built. With the help of a young monk and a legendary Grisha Squaller, Nikolai will journey to the places in Ravka where the deepest magic survives to vanquish the terrible legacy inside him. He will risk everything to save his country and himself. But some secrets aren’t meant to stay buried—and some wounds aren’t meant to heal. 

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