Raven’s Shadow by Anthony Ryan: hero’s journey with a compelling bit of world-building and enough action and adventure to keep you completely hooked. Follow the adventures of Vaelin al Sorna as he weaves his way from his apprentice training in the harsh military “Sixth Order” to worldwide renown as the fearsome “Hope Killer.”
For as long as she can remember, Gwendolyn Allister has never had a place to call home—all because her mother believes that monsters are hunting them. Now these delusions have brought them to London, far from the life Gwen had finally started to build for herself. The only saving grace is her best friend, Olivia, who’s coming with them for the summer.
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The Mouse with the Question Mark Tail by Richard Peck, illustrated by Kelly Murphy (ages 8-12) This is a simple but charming story about a mouse grows up at Buckingham Palace longing for an identity. Not only does he not know his parents, he doesn’t even know his name! Happily, his adventures lead him to a very satisfactory conclusion.
.The Pillars of the Earth is a departure from author Ken Follett's typical suspense thriller. However, like his spy novels and fast-paced adventure tales, The Pillars of the Earth is meticulously researched and offers an insider's glimpse at the richly detailed world that his characters inhabit. The world he presents in this saga-length novel is England during the twelfth century. Don't be put off by the book's length of it's subject matter. It is fascinating, and the pages fly by.