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Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah Cover Image
ISBN: 9780440204886
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Published: Dell - October 10th, 1989

"There is no such thing as a problem without a gift for you in its hands. You seek problems because you need their gifts."
                           The Messiah's Handbook

Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Crystal, Gem & Metal Magic Cover Image
ISBN: 9780875421261
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Published: Llewellyn Publications - September 8th, 2002

I'm passionate about geology and gemology as well as crystals and their applications as a supplement to our lives. I will never not recommend Scott Cunningham for this purpose. Practically any crystal, showing how it's used or vice versa, taking what you need and showing what is used. No fluff, no nonsense, just exactly what you need, when you need it.

Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs (Llewellyn's Sourcebook Series) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780875421223
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Published: Llewellyn Publications - April 8th, 2000

I'll come right back around to Scott Cunningham. I'm not much for herbs and plants myself (definitely did not inherit my mom's green thumb) but I have learned much and more from this installment about plant origins, their uses, and their histories. It also just happens to be a fantastic writing resource as well.

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The Last Wish: Introducing the Witcher Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316029186
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Published: Orbit - May 1st, 2008

Loved the new Witcher series? Did you play the games? Take it a step further with The Last Wish. Learn the detailed origins of Geralt, Yennefer, Triss, and others before Nilfgaard invades Cintra or as you're chased by the Wild Hunt. The series and games do the books justice which are noteworthy all on their own. Get more of The Witcher and toss him a coin while you're at it.

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Nevernight: Book One of the Nevernight Chronicle Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250132130
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Published: A Thomas Dunne Book for St. Martin's Griffin - June 20th, 2017

Not your typical assassin-fantasy-romance. I had Nevernight recommended to me by a very good friend and I was excited by her account of it, so if you don't take my word for it, at least take hers. Follow Mia in her extremely self-aware, borderline meta/fourth-wall breaking adventures in a land of eternal sun as she tries and fails and tries to make it in a world that is out to get her and everything she loves: the shadows.

Wicked Saints: A Novel (Something Dark and Holy #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250195661
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Published: Wednesday Books - April 2nd, 2019

A blood-soaked, Slavic-inspired fairytale where magic and the divine are locked in an endless war. Nadya, the only cleric in living memory able to commune with all of her country's deities, embarks on a mission to end that war once and for all. The paths she crosses will test everything she's been taught about good, evil, light and dark. Duncan is a freshman author who knows her way around altermative fantasy who isn't afraid to drive the knife just a bit deeper right before she twists it.

The Bone Houses Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316418416
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 24th, 2019

Lloyd-Jones has a number of successful titles under her belt and she shows that she can write some extremely compelling fantasy. Inspired by Welsh folklore, The Bone Houses follows Ryn, a gravedigger, and Ellis, a wayward mapmaker and cartographer, into unexplored mountains near Ryn's village of Colbren. They seek to find a means to stop the dead from rising and leaving the forests they've long haunted. Also starring: The Best Goat.

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Sorcery of Thorns Cover Image
ISBN: 9781481497619
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - June 4th, 2019

The sorcerous grimoires in Austemere's library are a mysterious lot, and are tomes that Elisabeth has long counted as some of her only friends for as long as she can remember. But when one of the grimoires is freed, taking on a life of its own as a dark, rampaging fiend, stopping it just isn't enough to keep her from being framed for its release; the path of destruction it caused too great to save her from persecution. Now, after being forced to ally with one of the very sorcerers she was long taught to avoid, Elisabeth stumbles into a conspiracy that threatens far more than the stacks she holds so dearly.