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Witch of Wild Things

By Raquel Vasquez Gilliland 

19 Apr, 2024

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Raquel Vasquez Gilliland’s 2023 Witch of Wild Things is a modern fantasy romance novel.

Temple University budget cuts provide one department head with the opportunity to shed himself of a lover whose services he no longer requires. Thus, silversmith/adjunct Sage finds herself unemployed and forced to return to Cranberry, Virginia, and a family she has been avoiding for years.

But first! The tragic backstory!

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Side by Side

Bones & Runes

By Stephen Embleton 

18 Apr, 2024

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Stephen Embleton’s 2020 Bones & Runes is a stand-alone modern fantasy novel.

Mlilo, an isangoma, is ambushed and mugged. The attackers do not seek mere money. They steal Mlilo’s sacred amathambo (bones used in sacred rites).

Mlilo has a good idea where his relics were taken. It’s not somewhere prudent living mortals venture alone. Or really, at all. Mlilo’s relics are in Abaphansi, the world of the heavens. 

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The Present Curriculum

Magus of the Library, volume 4

By Mitsu Izumi 

17 Apr, 2024


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2021’s Magus of the Library, Volume 4 is the fourth tankōbon in Mitsu Izumi’s secondary-universe fantasy manga series (Toshokan no Daimajutsushi in the original Japanese). Magus has been serialized in Good! Afternoon since November 2017. The English translation appeared in 2021.

Having squeaked through his entrance exam, Theo begins his academic career in Aftzaak, City of Books.

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Tea for Two

Can’t Spell Treason Without Tea  (Tomes & Tea, volume 1)

By Rebecca Thorne 

16 Apr, 2024

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2024’s Can’t Spell Treason Without Tea is the first volume in Rebecca Thorne’s Tomes & Tea cozy fantasy series.

When cruel Queen Tilane off-handedly puts Reyna’s life at risk, the bodyguard decides she has had enough of Tilane’s ways. Reyna packs her meagre belongings and flees the castle. No more guarding an evil, vindictive tyrant. Instead, Reyna and her powerful magical girlfriend Kianthe will open a combination book and tea shop.

As far as the queen is concerned, leaving her employ is treason. The penalty for treason is death.

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Couldn’t Stay Away

The Dead Cat Tail Assassins

By P. Djèlí Clark 

12 Apr, 2024

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P. Djèlí Clark’s The Dead Cat Tail Assassins is an upcoming secondary-universe fantasy novella1.

Death proved a passing malady for Eveen. Reanimated by Aeril, goddess of assassins2, Eveen is a holy assassin, one of Baseema’s posse of Dead Cat Tail Assassins. The price of resurrection is two-fold: comprehensive amnesia concerning her life before resurrection and a century of service to Aeril. Thanks to certain well-intended transgressions, Eveen owes Aeril two centuries.

As Eveen will discover, there are much worse punishments than an extended service contract.

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Can’t Stay Away

The Feast Makers  (Scapegracers, volume 3)

By H. A. Clarke 

11 Apr, 2024

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The Feast Makers is the third and final volume in the Scapegracers modern fantasy trilogy. The Scapegracers trilogy is by August Clarke, writing as H. A. Clarke.

Sideways Pike and the rest of West High’s Scapegracer coven have successfully vanquished their enemies and retrieved Sideways’ soul. Now the soon-to-graduate high schoolers need to consider what they are going to do with the rest of their lives… which, thanks to the consequences of their actions in the previous two books, might be very short.

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Makin’ Me Better

Returners  (The Deer King, volume 2)

By Nahoko Uehashi 

10 Apr, 2024



2014’s Returners is the second and final volume of Nahoko Uehashi’s The Deer King secondary-universe fantasy duology. The 2024 English translation is by Cathy Hirano.

Desperate to rescue his adopted daughter Yuna, Van (a former soldier and ex-slave turned fugitive) catches up with Yuna’s Ahfal Oma kidnappers. The plot pauses as readers are treated to some extended infodumping.

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Stand My Ground

The Warden  (The Warden, volume 1)

By Daniel M. Ford 

9 Apr, 2024

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2023’s The Warden is the first volume in Daniel M. Ford’s The Warden secondary universe fantasy series.

Aelis de Lenti un Tirraval is a high-achieving academic who is confident that she will receive a high-status first assignment as Warden. To her great vexation, she is assigned to serve in Lone Pine, a rural community barely large enough to warrant a name. She will serve as law enforcement and general problem solver.

She could turn down the post, but this would mean abandoning the career towards which she had worked so hard. Aelis accepts her assignment.

At least Lone Pine is small and isolated, unlikely to attract magical threats. Right?

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