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The Cradle of Ice

Recommended where the first book was popular.
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The Adventures of Amina al-Sirafi

An energetic start to a pirate fantasy trilogy, filled with magic, mayhem, and self-reflection. Fans of Jenn Lyons’s storytelling will want to pick up Chakraborty’s (“Daevabad Trilogy”) new series.

Some Desperate Glory

The first novel from Tesh (“Greenhollow” novellas) is an intriguing space opera and study of radicalization, indoctrination, and what happens when one breaks free in the most absolute way.
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VAMPS: Fresh Blood

Arend creates an exciting world of civilized vampires that hold power and weight even inside the human hierarchy. It’s an alluring and fast-paced read for fans of The Atlas Six, A Deadly Education, and True Blood.

The Scourge Between Stars

Brown’s debut novella is highly recommended for readers who like their science-fictional thrills to be both real and out of this world at the same time.
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World Running Down

Engaging prose and compelling dialogue make this novel an easy read that will appeal to teen and adult readers who enjoy sci-fi that addresses social justice issues. This is the traditionally published debut novel from Hess, who has previously written the self-published “Travelers” and “Hep Cats of Boise” series.
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Karma of the Sun

For readers of post-apocalyptic cli-fi who enjoy magic-infused stories that don’t center Western cultures.
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Critical Mass

This is a fantastic tech-minded sci-fi in the vein of Kim Stanley Robinson.

The Lies of the Ajungo

This short but deeply affecting parable will unveil new perspectives to readers long after it’s done. Highly recommended.
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Threadneedle

Already a bestseller in the UK, Thomas launches an engrossing, magic-filled series that follows the coming-of-age of a witch against the backdrop of modern London.
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The Scarlet Circus

This fourth volume in a series of short fictions and poetry from multiple award-winning Yolen (The Midnight Circus) showcases her enchanting storytelling and lyrical voice.
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The Curator

King’s (Double Feature) latest is a masterpiece of storytelling to be enjoyed by readers who love language and the fantastical.

The Ferryman

The velvety prose, the creepy heart-clenching suspense, and the meaning and emotion layered into every word all give rise to an incredibly thought-provoking sci-fi thriller from Cronin (The City of Mirrors).

Furious Heaven

The second “Sun Chronicles” book (after Unconquerable Sun) continues the complex action and intrigue from the first volume. Expansive space opera at its finest.
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The Last Tale of the Flower Bride

Chokshi’s (Aru Shah and the Nectar of Immortality) adult debut is recommended for lovers of gothic romance, magical realism, and stories where fairy tales come true, especially when they shouldn’t.

Hell Bent

Fans of the series will be thrilled to reenter the world of Lethe house, and the current popularity of dark academia will send it to the top of TBR piles.

The Last Unicorn

This enchanting book is perfect for readers who love The Princess Bride, Ella Enchanted, and other whimsical fantasy stories. Filled with heroes, noble quests, magical creatures, curses, and unforgettable characters, it is an unforgettable listen for all ages.
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The Book Eaters

This is the type of dark fantasy that breaks out of the genre and into popular culture. Beautiful and intense, it is a must-listen.
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The Witch and the Tsar

Kapustin’s deft narration combined with Gilmore’s intriguing rendition of the often maligned Baba Yaga makes for an enchanting listen.
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Drunk on All Your Strange New Words

Recommend to Robson’s fans and anyone who delights in bizarre but thoughtful sci-fi.
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Thistlefoot

Outstanding narration and an enchanting story line make this book a must-buy for all audio collections. Recommend to listeners who enjoy fiction with a fairy tale twist, such as that found in Rena Rossner’s The Sisters of the Winter Wood or Olesya Salnikova Gilmore’s The Witch and the Tsar.
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The Awoken

This audiobook is a disappointment to sci-fi fans but may interest some patrons hoping to dip their toes into a new genre.
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Her Majesty’s Royal Coven

Readers looking to start an engaging fantasy series filled with magic, friendship, and feminism should start here. Dawson’s following among YA readers promises strong crossover appeal.
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A Strange and Stubborn Endurance

Recommended for readers looking for an absorbing queer fantasy, complete with intricate world-building, tantalizing mystery, and a slow-burn, tender romance.
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House of Hunger

Recommend to fans of gothic horror and paranormal LGBTQIA+ romance.
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High Times in the Low Parliament

Recommended for fans of fantasy, quirky characters, and political satire.
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Intergalactic Exterminators, Inc

This largely misses the mark. Libraries may want to take a pass.
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The Art of Prophecy

Clocking in at almost 19 hours, this is a hefty book, but listeners will be captivated by the intricate worldbuilding and satisfying character development. An engrossing series starter that is highly recommended for fans of Ken Liu, Yong Jin, and Nghi Vo.
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Bindle Punk Bruja

Recommend to Jazz Age aficionados, as well as readers of historical fantasy.
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Babel: Or the Necessity of Violence: An Arcane History of The Oxford Translators’ Revolution

Sure to please fantasy readers. Order this unique and absorbing book in all formats.
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Ten Thousand Stitches

Atwater’s second book in the “Regency Faerie Tale” series (after Half a Soul) is a fanciful and funny romp, with plenty of twists and turns to keep listeners guessing. Perfect for fans of The Midnight Bargain by C.L. Polk.
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The Mountain in the Sea

This slow-burning novel strikes a balance between hard- and soft-speculative fiction without being too heady or obtuse and would be a sound addition to any library’s collection.

Assassin of Reality

As with the previous book, inventive storytelling delves into philosophical concepts such as time, meaning, and language. This is a novel that transcends genre and will astound readers looking for serious, contemporary fiction.

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Queen of Dust

Dare, who also writes contemporary romance as Hanna Earnest, here pens a science-fiction romance that leans heavily into its tropes and brings forth a successful story. Fans of enemies-to-lovers will be thrilled with this book.
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The Extraordinary Part, Book One: Orsay’s Hands

A fast-paced, unpredictable, and utterly original story rendered in delicate linework and vibrant color.
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Bitter Medicine

Urban fantasy readers will appreciate the well-crafted hidden world, and lovers of bad boy or Mafia romances will see Luc as their darkly delicious type, all while Elle’s long sacrifice will break readers’ hearts. Fans of Sarah J. Maas’s epic paranormal fantasies will also find much to savor in Tsai’s debut.

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Untethered Sky

This slim novella packs a punch as it explores the emotional journey of one woman’s feelings of vengeance and devotion, as wild as the creatures that she must face.
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Frontier

This western-inspired, post-apocalyptic tale is an adventurous science-fiction story, filled with a high-action quest and intimate looks at what people will do to survive.
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Hopeland

An eccentric and adventurous love story mixed with a rich and picturesque family saga. The popping action sequences reinforce McDonald’s (The Menace from Farside) swift and distinctive writing style. Perfect for fans of Stephen Baxter.
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A Fire Endless

Ross (A River Enchanted) creates a magical story with lyrical prose that draws the reader into the tale and its setting. Recommend this series to fans of Jeffe Kennedy, Susanna Clarke, and Terry Brooks.
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Feed Them Silence

Supported by Mandelo’s (Summer Sons) characteristic, melancholic prose, this novella may not be for every reader, but it will appeal to those who appreciate delving into thorny ethical dilemmas and will make readers consider their own beliefs regarding ethics, research, technology, and relationships.
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The Mimicking of Known Successes

Recommended for readers who enjoy a bit of mystery mixed with their SF (like Mary Robinette Kowal’s recent The Spare Man and Eddie Robson’s Drunk on All Your Strange New Words) and anyone who cannot resist a Sherlock Holmes pastiche.
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The Strange

Ballingrud, whose story collection North American Lake Monsters was adapted as the Hulu TV series Monsterland, makes his full-length novel debut with this Wild West frontier story on Mars that edges into horror.
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The Daughters of Izdihar

Elsbai’s debut feminist fantasy, inspired by modern Egyptian history, provides an in-depth exploration of a society on the edge of revolution and war. The fight for women’s rights is centered here, but it is clear that more is yet to come in book two of this projected duology.
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A Brief History of Living Forever

The post-apocalyptic setting makes Kalfar’s (Spaceman of Bohemia) latest an excellent addition to SF collections, but it’s also an interesting story of an adopted adult reuniting with her birth family.
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The Basilisk Throne

Keyes’s (Realms of the Deathless) high seas, epic fantasy is fast-paced, contains exceptional worldbuilding, and offers multiple intricate plots woven together to create a marvelous adventure that will appeal to Game of Thrones fans. Readers will eagerly await future volumes.
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Wild Massive

The latest from Moore (Battle of the Linguist Mages) is perfect for those who enjoy offbeat sci-fi where the weak stand up to the strong.

The Shamshine Blind

This science-fictional noir will appeal to readers who have fallen hard for the upswing in blended SF/mysteries such as John Scalzi’s “Lock In” and “Dispatcher” series. The blend brings a new twist to both parts of its equation, with the mystery and all its delicious red herrings set in a world not quite like the present. Curtida fits right into the mold of the noir detective while giving Sam Spade and company an entirely different perspective as a neuro-atypical Latinx protagonist. Highly recommended.
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Summer’s End

Van Stry’s nuts-and-bolts approach to spaceships, mixed with a fascinating and complex portrait of future-Earth politics and society, will appeal to fans of James Corey’s “Expanse” series.
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VenCo

Dimaline’s latest adult work (after Empire of Wild) will appeal to readers looking for feminist tales of women hexing the patriarchy.

The Wall

Haushofer’s thought-provoking masterpiece stands as a touchstone for popular literary post-apocalypses by such authors as Emily St. John Mandel and Ling Ma and is certain to be a life-changing read for many.
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The Book of Gothel

McMyne’s interweaving of Hildegarde, Snow White, Little Red Riding Hood, and Rapunzel is unique and well done. Fans of Spinning Silver, The Wolf and the Woodsman, Malice, and other fairy tale retellings will enjoy this.

The Magician’s Daughter

Highly recommended for fans of heroine’s journeys, steampunk alternate worlds, and stories about what happens after the magic goes away.

The Faithless

The sequel to The Unbroken extends the deliberate journey towards independence from an empire and the past, and the love in two women’s hearts.
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Into the West

Lackey combines an epic journey with political adventures, deadly misadventures, encounters with old friends and new enemies, along with a touch of a coming-of-age story in this marvelous read that will please long-time Valdemar fans with its tale of the creation of this beloved place and its world.

The Blighted Stars

O’Keefe’s (Catalyst Gate) latest has the intrigue, surprises, and high stakes of her previous novels.
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Rubicon

Many recent novels are also grappling with the ethics of AI, and Dewes’s novel shines in the field. Witty and readable, it features an endearing cast of characters and fast-paced action and will have broad appeal to fans of sci-fi beyond its MilSF genre.
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Arch-Conspirator

Roth uses the familiar tale of Antigone as a vehicle to tell a story about desperation, hubris, tyranny, and revolution. Combined with the dystopian setting of the dying planet and the tyrannical rule of the surviving city state, the story gives readers a heroine to root for, a despot to revile, and a thought-provoking ending.

Heart of the Sun Warrior

Tan’s sequel to Daughter of the Moon Goddess is a beautiful story inspired by Chinese mythology, serving up both exquisite worldbuilding and emotional characters.
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The Keeper’s Six

The latest from Elliott (Servant Mage) is a rollicking magical adventure with a beating heart. Recommended for readers who like their portal fantasies to step through actual portals and especially for those who fell in love with the hidden linked worlds of Ilona Andrews’s “Innkeepers Chronicles” series.
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The Crane Husband

Beyond retelling a folktale, Barnhill (When Women Were Dragons) constructs nuanced characters with conflicting motivations and loyalties. The plot is sometimes slow-moving as readers wait for the narrator to catch up, but it arrives at a thought-provoking conclusion.

Lost in the Moment and Found

The eighth book (after Where the Drowned Girls Go) of McGuire’s “Wayward Children” series is a haunting adventure about the loss of childhood innocence and ultimately, about finding strength and belonging.
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The God of Endings

Holland’s well-crafted debut features atmospheric prose and excellent character development. Great for fans of Anne Rice’s Interview with a Vampire and V. E. Schwab’s The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue.
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Mr. Breakfast

At its heart, this is an arresting and imaginative meditation on life. Perfect for fans of magical realism with a free-flowing style like that of David Mitchell and Toshikazu Kawaguchi.
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Nocturne

This adult debut from YA author Weeks (The Waking Forest) is perfect for fans of Erin Morgenstern and fairy tale retellings, with great character development and a mystery that will keep readers on the edge of their seats.

The Terraformers

An incredibly emotional and action-packed novel deftly taking on personhood, corporate ownership, and terraforming.
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Vampire Weekend

Chen’s latest (after Light Years from Home) is an ode to a love for vampires, music, and family, where darker memories can be revealed in the light of the present day.
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The Children of Gods and Fighting Men

Lawless’s absorbing debut sets the stage for an enticing new historical fantasy series. Perfect for readers who enjoy mythological retellings that are cunning, brutal, and full of feeling.
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The Ivory Tomb

Ryx’s arc is satisfying, and her strengths come alive as she navigates the world and her values. Caruso completes a solid epic fantasy series that will appeal to fans of Sarah J. Maas and Rowenna Miller’s complex schemes.

The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches

Mandanna’s enchanting fantasy will have wide appeal and is a must-buy for all public library collections.
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Haunted by the Past

The 11th book in Green’s fantastical mystery series (following Buried Memories) pokes fun at the genre, with fun and plenty of cathartic resolution for readers who like rueful chuckles with their chills. Recommended for those who like antiheroes with more than a bit of snark.

To Each This World

This stand-alone from Aurora Award–winning Czerneda (Spectrum) is highly recommended for SF readers looking for hopepunk in the midst of both alien and human conspiracies.
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Nightwatch Over Windscar

Eason successfully melds a multiverse full of technology, arithmancy, and alchemy in this engaging military space opera that should be read in series order.

The World We Make

Highly recommended for readers who loved the deep dive into myth and roots of American Gods by Neil Gaiman, those fascinated with conspiracy theories about politics and corruption, and anyone who loves a good adventure where plucky underdogs rise up and triumph in spite of themselves.

Geometries of Belonging

Lemberg once again presents their complex, beautiful Birdverse world in a collection of mostly previously published short works. Fans will enjoy having them all in one volume, while new readers will be introduced to a delightful fantasy anthology.
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Africa Risen: A New Era of Speculative Fiction

These stories are entrancing and provide a welcome introduction to speculative writers from the African continent and the African diaspora.

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Silver Under Nightfall

Readers who love sinking their teeth into an absorbing story of vampire politics along with the perils of romancing the undead will find much to savor in this adult debut from YA novelist Chupeco (An Unreliable Magic). The epic saga will hold appeal for both horror and fantasy readers.

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The Memory Librarian: And Other Stories of Dirty Computer

This is no mere, dark reflection of the world. This audiobook offers the listener stories with the timely and timeless message that appears repeatedly in great science fiction: the world may seem dark now, but everyone can strive to make the future better.
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Cold as Hell

Recommend for listeners who enjoy Western tropes and supernatural horror. Perfect for fans of Jim Butcher, Jonathan Maberry, and Mike Resnick.

Baltimore; or, The Steadfast Tin Soldier and the Vampire

Hellboy fans will love this story, which also provides a great introduction to the tragic hero Lord Baltimore, whose only purpose in life is to battle what lurks in the dark.
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Juniper & Thorn

Suggest to fans of horror and dark fantasy.
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The Lost Witch

Those who like Irish folklore may enjoy.
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Uncanny Times

Fans of Supernatural, Sherlock Holmes, and smart canine companions will find Gilman’s (The Cold Eye) new series to be an entertaining read.
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Neom

Old and new fans alike will adore this fascinating new addition to Tidhar’s future Earth universe, and science fiction buffs would do well to put Tidhar on their radar of must-read authors.

Ocean’s Echo

This stand-alone set in the same universe as Winter’s Orbit is an exciting, fast-paced sci-fi adventure with great worldbuilding and complex characters. Fans of Jessie Mihalik and J. S. Dewes will enjoy.
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HellSans

A smart and unique dystopian thriller that is especially fun for fans of graphic design and fonts. Give this one to readers who like their heroes morally ambiguous.
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Kaikeyi

Patel’s reimagining takes listeners on a fantastical journey and introduces them to gods.
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Child Zero

Despite the slight letdown of the exciting beginning evolving into a procedural style story, the latest from Holm (Red Right Hand) will be popular with fans of the Bourne adventures.
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When Women Were Dragons

Listeners will be exhilarated as they see Alex growing from a naïve girl into a woman who abandons the prejudices of her parents and embraces female empowerment.
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External Forces

Fay has written a thoroughly enjoyable magical thriller set in 1950s Britain. Readers can dip their toes into this installment without having read the first in the series, while “Marrowbone” fans will appreciate Paul’s new adventures.
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A Fractured Infinity

Multiverse stories are popular right now, and Tavares’s first novel will appeal to fans of the concept, along with readers who enjoy science fiction that digs into characters’ relationships in a setting that spans worlds. Recommended.
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The Atlas Paradox

Recommend Blake’s gripping series to fans of Naomi Novik, Erin Morgenstern, and Katherine Arden.
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Wormhole

Brown (Murder Most Vile) and Brooke (Harmony) offer a compelling genre blend of hard science fiction and murder mystery that will appeal to fans of Jeff VanderMeer and Peter F. Hamilton.
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The Stars Undying

In Robin’s debut, fans of immersive space opera will find all the wide interstellar and on-planet action they desire, along with intimate emotional journeys for the characters.
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Night of Demons and Saints

Fans of the first “Sisters Grimm” book will enjoy returning to Everwhere and the poetic prose van Praag weaves. This series will appeal to anyone who enjoys finding magic in everyday life and wants to get lost in beautiful language.
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Tread of Angels

Fans of “Weird West” tales and angel–demon conflicts will find Celeste’s world fascinating in Roanhorse’s stand-alone novella.

A Restless Truth

Highly recommended for lovers of urban fantasy that’s mixed with wit, danger, and romance.
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