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Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Strange Lands: Dare To Be More Than Human

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What does it mean to be not quite human? To be shunned, feared and ostracized? Or to be singularly unique and powerful? This month's Strange Lands features heroines who dare to be more than what they seem -- even though doing so will thrust them into heady political intrigue with dragons, wars with Sirens, or force them to confront their pasts.

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"Some of the most interesting dragons I've read." --Christopher Paolini, bestselling author of Eragon

Four decades of peace have done little to ease the mistrust between humans and dragons in the kingdom of Goredd. Folding themselves into human shape, dragons attend court as ambassadors, and lend their rational, mathematical minds to universities as scholars and teachers. As the treaty's anniversary draws near, however, tensions are high.

Seraphina Dombegh has reason to fear both sides. An unusually gifted musician, she joins the court just as a member of the royal family is murdered--in suspiciously draconian fashion. Seraphina is drawn into the investigation, partnering with the captain of the Queen's Guard, the dangerously perceptive Prince Lucian Kiggs. While they begin to uncover hints of a sinister plot to destroy the peace, Seraphina struggles to protect her own secret, the secret behind her musical gift, one so terrible that its discovery could mean her very life.

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"With every book [Amelia Atwater-Rhodes] surprises me with the intricate details of her world." -- Jeanne

The rich stew of the author's creations --SingleEarth, vampires, shapeshifters, Tristes, the Bruja Guilds --are at full boil here in the story of two 20-ish young women trying to out run their very different pasts, and figure out where they fit in and who they might become. Each has landed in a more 'normal' place, and each wonders if, like a tattoo that can't be covered up, they can ever really fit into 'normal.'

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"This is a face-paced, fresh look at the mysteries of the sea and the creatures that inhabit it." -- Reving

At the end of Siren's Storm, the Sirens were defeated, and now the town of Walfang is once again a peaceful beach community.

Or is it? Gretchen and Will are still haunted by the memories of the night the Sirens were destroyed--Gretchen because she can't remember what happened and Will because he doesn't know how to tell Gretchen what he saw. He doesn't even understand what he saw, but he does know now that Gretchen is more than what she seems, more than a human girl. And at the same time, he is more in love with her than ever.

Gretchen knows there's something wrong, too. She feels like an alien in her own body, but she doesn't know why. And she feels a presence stalking her at every turn. Have the Sirens returned to Walfang? Or has some other force come to claim her?

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