Dare

Book title: Dare (The Blades of Acktar, Book One)

Author: Tricia Mingerink

Starting age: Thirteen

Summary:

Courage could cost him everything.

Third Blade Leith Torren never questions his orders or his loyalty to King Respen until an arrow wound and a prairie blizzard drive him to the doorstep of the girls whose family he once destroyed.

Their forbidden faith and ties to the Resistance could devastate their family a second time. Survival depends on obedience, but freedom beckons.

How far does he dare go to resist the king and his Blades? No matter what Leith chooses, one thing is certain. Someone will die.

 

Language: None

Violence: Some, but not descriptive

Sexuality: None

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Half Blood

Book Title: Half Blood (Ilyon Chronicles, Prequel Novella)

Author: Jaye L. Knight

Genre: Fantasy

Starting age:  Thirteen

Summary:

The gasps and murmuring grew. Though some were hardly more than whispers, clear words reached Jace’s ears–dangerous, monster, animal, soulless. He tried to back away from their accusing eyes, but the collar pulled hard against his throat and held him in place.

For all his years as a slave, Jace has known nothing but the hatred people hold for his mixed blood–one half human, the other half the blood of a race considered monsters. Always, he is the outsider and quickly learns it is better to keep to himself. Yet, when his Half Bloodvolatile ryrik blood leads him to do the unthinkable, he is thrown into a world of violence and bloodshed.

Forced to become a gladiator, Jace finds more and more of his heart dying as his master works to break down his will not to become the monster everyone believes he is. When a stranger interferes with his master’s harsh punishment, Jace’s world is upended yet again. But with it comes the possibility of hope that has long since died. Could the man possibly hold the key to escaping the hopeless darkness that is Jace’s life? Is there such a thing as life beyond the cruelty of slavery?

See where Jace’s story all began . .

Other:

Language: None

Violence: Some, as the main character is a gladiator, but there is no in-depth description.

Sexuality: None

 

 

Prophet

Book title: Prophet (Books of the Infinite Series, Book One)

Author: R. J. Larson

Summary:

Ela Roeh is a simple girl from Parne. Nothing special, no one spectacular. But when ash rains from the sky and a vision sweeps over her, her life is suddenly changed.

Ambassador Kien Lantec had no intent of being imprisoned when he went to confront the king of Istgard. But that’s what has happened, and his future is not looking any brighter. How can he possibly change the king’s mind and not get killed in the process?Prophet

Traveling with her crippled sister, Ela, following the Infinite’s instructions, makes her way to Istgard. But will she fail Continue reading “Prophet”

Eragon

Book title: Eragon (The Inheritance Cycle, Book One)

Author: Christopher Paolini

Summary:

Eragon is hunting when a blue stone of unmatched beauty appears. Mystified by its appearance, he takes it home to his uncle. But no one – not even the traders – know what this stone is, nor what it is made of.

And then it happens. The stone that was unbreakable cracks, revealing a dragon. As the Eragondays pass and the dragon grows, Eragon fears the attention it will draw. But is the attention of simple townspeople all he should fear? Continue reading “Eragon”

Son of Truth

Book title: Son of Truth (Followers of the Word, Book 2)

Author: Morgan Busse

Starting age: 14

Summary:

Assassin Caleb Tala has always done his cousin’s bidding without question, even when he is sent to survey the war. But nothing goes as Caleb planned. And then there was that woman with the glowing hand.

His sins bared and the darkest depths of Caleb are brought to light – all his sins, all his murders – everything. Shaken and disconcerted, Caleb finds himself in a place he’s never Son of Truthbeen before. What happened, and where is he?

All Nierne wanted was to escape to the White City with Father Reth in search of the last Eldaran.That was her goal. But things didn’t go as planned. Continue reading “Son of Truth”

Daystar: The Days are Numbered

Title: Daystar: The Days are Numbered

Author: Anne Hamilton

Summary:

Prince Ancelin Bedwyr Cai, better known as Ansey, keeps his ability of the Flair secret. After all, who cares if he can converse with animals? For Ansey, his one goal is to become a knight – but his father stands in his way.

Fern McDey prides herself with her ability of invisibility. In fact, she is so practiced at being invisible, that her own father seems to forget she’s alive. To Fern, no one knows she daystarexists, nor do they care.

Ansey’s life is turned upside down when his dream is crushed. But after a run in with a strange girl from another world, the White Three of the White Tree, two secretive children, and being victim of a kidnapping, Ansey’s life is set on a path he never imagined.

When she is tricked by her stepsister, Fern is drawn into a world on the brink of destruction.  Continue reading “Daystar: The Days are Numbered”

The Gifted

Book title: The Gifted

Author: Matthew Dickerson

Starting age: 14

Summary:

Elynna watched her village be attacked by the dreaded Daegmon Lord. Few survived. Heading to Citadel in hopes of securing help, Elynna is disappointed by the outcome.

Joining a band of survivors, she leads the group in hunting down the Daegmon Lord. Their The Giftedgoal? To put an end to the horrific murders and terror their enemy is carrying out. After a deadly battle, the Daegmon is finally slayed. But at a great cost, for there are few among Elynna’s comrades that are not severally injured.

Returning back to the battle site, horror spreads when Continue reading “The Gifted”