A Deal with the Elf King by Elise Kova.
The elves have two goals: to fight and to find spouses. They are seeking death in both cases.Humans were chased by great species using wild magic three thousand years ago, until the pact was made. The elves have been choosing a young lady from Luella’s hamlet as their Human Queen for ages.The villagers consider being picked to be a sign of death. Luella feels fortunate to have fled as a girl at the age of nineteen. Instead, she’s devoted her life to learning about herbs and becoming the town’s lone healer.That is, until the Elf King appears out of nowhere… just for her.Everything Luella believed she knew about herself and her life turned out to be a falsehood. Luella is forced to become the new queen of a frigid but scorchingly attractive Elf King after being transported to a world filled with untamed magic. She discovers a dying world that only she can save once she arrives.The mystical country of Midscape tugs at one corner of her heart, while her home and people tug at another… yet it is a desire she never wanted that will finally shatter her.
For the Wolf by Hannah Whitten.
The first daughter will be the heir to the throne.
The Wolf gets the second daughter.A grim fantasy storey about a young lady who must be sacrificed to the fabled Wolf of the Wood to rescue her country, for fans of Uprooted and The Bear and the Nightingale. But tales aren’t always accurate, and the Wolf isn’t the only threat in the Wilderwood.Red, as the world’s lone Second Daughter, has just one goal: to be sacrificed to the Wolf in the Wood in the hopes that he would return the world’s kidnapped gods.Red is almost relieved to be able to go. She’s plagued by a deadly power she can’t control, but at least she knows she can’t damage people she cares about in the Wilderwood. Again.The legends, however, are false. The Wolf is not a monster, but a man. Her power is a gift, not a curse for her. And if she doesn’t learn how to utilise it, the gods’ monsters will consume the Wilderwood—and her entire world—as a whole.
The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon.
It is the year 2059. Paige Mahoney, 19, is employed by a guy named Jaxon Hall in the criminal underworld of Scion London, which is centred in Seven Dials. Her mission was to scout for information by infiltrating people’s heads. Paige is a dreamwalker and clairvoyant, and in Scion’s universe, even breathing is enough to commit treason.It’s pouring on the day her life is forever changed. Paige is abducted, drugged, and transferred to Oxford, a city hidden for two centuries and ruled by a strong, otherworldly species. Paige is paired with Warden, a Rephaite with enigmatic motivations. He is her lord. Her personal coach. Her natural adversary.Paige, on the other hand, must allow herself to be nourished in this cage where she is destined to die if she is to reclaim her freedom.The Bone Season features an intriguing heroine as well as an amazing young writer with a burgeoning imagination and a lot of ambition. In her gripping debut, Samantha Shannon has built a brave new reality.
The Wolf and the Woodsman by Ava Reid.
Évike is the lone woman without power in her forest-veiled pagan town, making her an outcast plainly abandoned by the gods. The locals blame her tainted bloodline—her father was a Yehuli man, one of the fanatical king’s most despised slaves. Évike is betrayed by her fellow villagers and surrendered when warriors from the Holy Order of Woodsmen approach to claim a heathen girl for the king’s blood sacrifice.However, when monsters attack the Woodsmen and their hostage en route, killing everyone save Évike and the icy, one-eyed commander, they have no option but to rely on one another.But he’s no average Woodsman—Gáspár he’s Bárány, a disgraced prince whose father relies on pagan magic to secure his control. Gáspár is worried that his terribly zealous brother is plotting to capture the kingdom and usher in a bloody reign that would condemn both pagans and Yehuli. Gáspár understands what it’s like to be an outcast as the son of a despised foreign queen, and he and Évike form a shaky partnership to stop his brother. Their mutual hatred gradually transforms to fondness as their quest progresses. However, when Évike reconnects with her estranged father and uncovers her own secret magic, she and Gáspár must determine whose side they’re on and what they’re willing to risk.
This is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mothar.
An operative of the Commandant discovers a note among the ashes of a dying planet. The message reads, “Burn before reading.” Thus starts an unexpected connection between two hostile agents determined to ensure the best possible future for their warring groups. What started as a taunt, a battlefield brag, has evolved into something more. Something massive. Something a little more romantic. Something that has the potential to alter both the past and the future.Except that finding out about their connection would be death for both of them. After all, there is still a battle going on. That conflict needs to be won by someone.
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