Have You Heard About... Nimona

… the supervillain Ballister Blackheart? His new sidekick is the shapeshifter Nimona. She’s a huge fan of his villainy, but she’s actually far more bloodthirsty and amoral than he is. Lord Blackheart is an old-school anti-hero, with style and cunning plans where almost no one actually gets hurt. Ambrosius Goldenloin has been his nemesis since they were in training together at the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics.

Have You Heard About... From a High Tower

… the long-haired woman living in an isolated tower in a German forest? Mercedes Lackey adapts another folktale for her Elemental Masters series* with From a High Tower. Giselle is very different from Rapunzel, however!

Have You Heard About... Shadowshaper

… the amazing people who can give strength to spirits through their artwork? In Daniel Jose Older’s Shadowshaper, Sierra Santiago is a high school student looking forward to a relaxing summer with her friends and her art.

Have You Heard About... The Clockwork Dagger

… the Lady’s Tree, source of great healing power? Decades of war and mismanagement have given Caskentia a ruined economy, a population riddled with disease and injury, and a desperate need for medicians. Octavia Leander is a young medician with strong ties to the Lady and great healing abilities. She wants to do what she can to help the sick and injured of her homeland, but word has spread of her power. More than one group would like to control Octavia’s abilities, and someone has decided that if they can’t have her, no one will.

Have You Heard About... Harriet the Invincible

… the beautiful princess who suffers under a dreadful curse? At her christening, the princess is cursed to prick her finger and fall into a deep sleep on her twelfth birthday. You may think this story sounds familiar, but this version was written by Ursula Vernon, who looks at things … differently.

Have You Heard About... The Magpie Lord

… the lord who loved a magician? KJ Charles starts off the excellent Charm of Magpies series* with The Magpie Lord. Lucien Vaudrey is the new Lord Crane, now that his (completely unlamented) father and brother are dead.

Have You Heard About... Dead Ice

… the horrors that humans inflict on zombies? The latest of Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake* books, Dead Ice, takes a bit of a twist by making zombies the victims.

Have You Heard About... Prudence

… the woman who could become a vampire or werewolf with a touch of her hand? Gail Carriger starts the new Custard Protocol series* with Prudence.

Have You Heard About... Wickedly Dangerous

… Baba Yagas? They may have their roots in Russian folklore, but these witches are perfectly comfortable in the present-day United States. More than a name, “Baba Yaga” is now a title shared by several women around the world, including Barbara Yager, the heroine of Deborah Blake’s Wickedly Dangerous*.

Have You Heard About... The House of the Four Winds

… the twelve princesses of Swansgaarde? Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory begin a new series with The House of the Four Winds. The Duke and Duchess of Swansgaarde have only daughters until their thirteenth child is born.

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