Book Lovers Book Club: August 2013 Selections

Filed in Book Lovers Book Club , The Winged Lover Posted on July 8, 2013 @ 12:00 pm 9 comments

Hello all!

It is now time to reveal the August titles for you to vote on. In honour of Cass’s Dragon day feature August’s theme will be…

DRAGONS!!

(I got you there didn’t I…you thought I was going to say Glitter Pixies, didn’t you)

Daggerspell by Katherine Kevy  (Goodreads Link)

Even as a young girl, Jill was a favorite of the magical, mysterious Wildfolk, who appeared to her from their invisible realm. Little did she know her extraordinary friends represented but a glimpse of a forgotten past and a fateful future. Four hundred years-and many lifetimes-ago, one selfish young lord caused the death of two innocent lovers. Then and there he vowed never to rest until he’d rightened that wrong-and laid the foundation for the lives of Jill and all those whom she would hold dear: her  father, the mercenary soldier Cullyn; the exiled  berserker Rhodry Maelwaedd; and the ancient and  powerful herbman Nevyn, all bound in a struggle against darkness. . . and a quest to fulfill the  destinies determined centuries ago. Here in this newly  revised edition comes the incredible novel that  began one of the best-loved fantasy seers in recent years–a tale of bold adventure and timeless  love, perilous battle and pure magic. For long-standing fans of Deverry and those who have yet to experience this exciting series, Daggerspell is a rare and special treat.

 

 

 

The Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan  (Goodreads Link)

You, dear reader, continue at your own risk. It is not for the faint of heart—no more so than the study of dragons itself. But such study offers rewards beyond compare: to stand in a dragon’s presence, even for the briefest of moments—even at the risk of one’s life—is a delight that, once experienced, can never be forgotten. . . .

All the world, from Scirland to the farthest reaches of Eriga, know Isabella, Lady Trent, to be the world’s preeminent dragon naturalist. She is the remarkable woman who brought the study of dragons out of the misty shadows of myth and misunderstanding into the clear light of modern science. But before she became the illustrious figure we know today, there was a bookish young woman whose passion for learning, natural history, and, yes, dragons defied the stifling conventions of her day.

Here at last, in her own words, is the true story of a pioneering spirit who risked her reputation, her prospects, and her fragile flesh and bone to satisfy her scientific curiosity; of how she sought true love and happiness despite her lamentable eccentricities; and of her thrilling expedition to the perilous mountains of Vystrana, where she made the first of many historic discoveries that would change the world forever.

Marie Brennan introduces an enchanting new world in A Natural History of Dragons.

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman  (Goodreads Link)

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.

In her exquisitely written fantasy debut, Rachel Hartman creates a rich, complex, and utterly original world. Seraphina’s tortuous journey to self-acceptance is one readers will remember long after they’ve turned the final page.

Eon by Allison Goodman  (Goodreads Link)

Also Known As: Two Pearls of Wisdom, Eon: Rise of the Dragoneye, and Eon (All the same book just published with different publishers)
Eon has been studying the ancient art of Dragon Magic for four years, hoping he’ll be able to apprentice to one of the twelve energy dragons of good fortune. But he also has a dark secret. He is actually Eona, a sixteen-year-old girl who has been living a dangerous lie for the chance to become a Dragon-eye, the human link to an energy dragon’s power. It is forbidden for females to practice the Dragon Magic and, if discovered, Eon faces a terrible death. After a dazzling sword ceremony, Eon’s affinity with the twelve dragons catapults him into the treacherous world of the Imperial court, where he makes a powerful enemy, Lord Ido. As tension builds and Eon’s desperate lie comes to light, readers won’t be able to stop turning the pages…

The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley  (Goodreads Link)

For over a decade, Robin McKinley’s richly woven saga has gripped the imagination of readers and caused critics to hail her as a master of fantasy. It is the story of Aerin, haunted since childhood by the legend of her mother-a “witchwoman” who enspelled the king and then died of disappointment after giving birth to a daughter, rather than the heroic son the kingdom needed. But little did the young princess know the long-dormant powers of her mother would wield their own destiny. For though she was a woman, Aerin was destined to be the true hero who would one day wield the power of the Blue Sword….

So there are the selections for August.

What genre would you like to read next month?

Graphic Novels – Any graphic novel suggestions we have so far received

Dark Contemporary – Gritty, gut wrenching material

Erotic Romance – The hot and heavy stuff is here!

Urban Fantasy – Witches

Sci-Fi – Everything weird, wacky and galactical on offer

 


Don’t forget to enter your reviews this month to go in the running to win Top Reviewer and a $10 Book Depo, entry page goes live next week.

Happy Monday! (Mine definitely is…because it’s over :D)

About Amanda


Amanda-Lee is a proudly addicted reader and writer from Sydney. She lives with her wonderful husband and their more like a baby than a kitten Hamish. Amanda-Lee has been blogging for 4 years now and is a lover of all genres, though she does have a tendancy to stray towards the weird and wonderful concotions in the paranormal and fantasy genres. In addition to being the Winged Lover on BLI she also runs the book blog StoryWings.

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  • draconismoi July 8, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    TORTURE. This is PURE ABSOLUTE TORTURE. How can I choose?!?!?!?

    • draconismoi July 8, 2013 at 12:43 pm

      Also, I am now composing a very brief story in my head. In which the dragons roast the glitter pixies. Mmm. Crunchy.

      • Amanda July 8, 2013 at 7:57 pm

        ooohhh yes yes. I wish I could draw because I would love to animate half the stories in my head that crop up like that…perhaps stop motion?

    • Amanda July 8, 2013 at 7:56 pm

      I know…that’s why I make you guys choose so I don’t have to muahahahahaha

      This month is an awesome selection in my opinion…we can’t go too wrong 😀

  • blodeuedd July 8, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    Ohhh I must save my review for August then

    • Amanda July 8, 2013 at 7:58 pm

      ooh which review?

      Soulless review submission goes up next week and it needs to be in by 31st July to be in the running to win 🙂

  • Ren July 10, 2013 at 11:39 pm

    When the voting start?

    • Amanda July 14, 2013 at 11:10 pm

      It has already begun. The voting will close 31st July

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