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Each of us a Desert

Each of Us a Desert

Synopsis Xochital is destined to wander the desert alone, speaking her troubled village’s stories into its arid winds. Her only companions are the blessed stars above and enimagic lines of poetry magically strewn across dusty dunes. Her one desire: to share her heart with a kindred spirit. One night, Xo’s …

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The Seventh Perfection

Synopsis When a woman with perfect memory sets out to solve a riddle, the threads she tugs on could bring a whole city crashing down. The God-King who made her is at risk, and his other servants will do anything to stop her. To become the God-King’s Amanuensis, Manet had …

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The Dragon of Ynys

The Dragon of Ynys

Synopsis Every time something goes missing from the village, Sir Violet makes his way to the dragon’s cave and negotiates the item’s return. It’s annoying, but at least the dragon is polite. But when the dragon hoards a person, that’s a step too far. Sir Violet storms off to the …

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Fullmetal Alchemist

Fullmetal Alchemist

Synopsis Alchemy: the mystical power to alter the natural world, somewhere between magic art, and science. When two brothers, Edward and Alphonse Elric, dabbled in these powers to grant their dearest wish, one of them lost an arm and leg…and the other became nothing but a soul locked into a …

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the poppy war

The Poppy War 01: The Poppy War

Synopsis When Rin aced the Keju—the Empire-wide test to find the most talented youth to learn at the Academies—it was a shock to everyone: to the test officials, who couldn’t believe a war orphan from Rooster Province could pass without cheating; to Rin’s guardians, who believed they’d finally be able …

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the traitor baru cormorant

The Masquerade 01: The Traitor Baru Cormorant

Synopsis Tomorrow, on the beach, Baru Cormorant will look up from the sand of her home and see red sails on the horizon. The Empire of Masks is coming, armed with coin and ink, doctrine and compass, soap and lies. They’ll conquer Baru’s island, rewrite her culture, criminalize her customs, …

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The Burning Land

The Last Kingdom 05: The Burning Land

The enemy is massing on the borders, a united force for once. The king, a man of many victories, is in failing health, and his heir is an untested youth. Uthred, the king’s champion, leads his country’s forces to war, but his victory is soured by personal tragedy and by …

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The Beast Player 02: The Beast Warrior

Synopsis Ten years after the fateful clash between two opposing sides of the Divine Kingdom of Lyoza, Elin lives a peaceful life with her family. She tries to stay as far away from her past as possible—the girl who communicated with creatures and befriended a Royal Beast wants no part …

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