Set in 1491 during
the reign of the last sultanate in the Iberian Peninsula, The Bird King is the story of
Fatima, the only remaining Circassian concubine to the sultan, and her dearest
friend Hassan, the palace mapmaker.
Hassan has a secret–he can draw maps of places
he’s never seen and bend the shape of reality. When representatives of the
newly formed Spanish monarchy arrive to negotiate the sultan’s surrender,
Fatima befriends one of the women, not realizing that she will see Hassan’s
gift as sorcery and a threat to Christian Spanish rule. With their freedoms at
stake, what will Fatima risk to save Hassan and escape the palace walls?
As Fatima and Hassan traverse Spain with the
help of a clever jinn to find safety, The Bird King by G.
Willow Wilson asks us to consider what love is and the price of freedom at a
time when the West and the Muslim world were not yet separate.
In a post-apocalyptic world, where there are virtually no human beings left, mutated monsters roam free. The new world is now inhabited by merciless, furless Apoc-wolves, abominable, giant crab-scorpion hybrids, and many more nameless predators.
One of such monsters is the screecher, a massive beast evolved to kill and survive. One screecher, after losing its family, decides to get out of the abandoned city and explore the areas beyond. Its surviving nephew also opts to tag along with it, albeit at a distance.
other hand, a trio of human survivors flees their burnt-down community in
search of greener pastures. These two stories collide in a surprisingly tender
manner in Screechers, a post-apocalyptic novella by Kevin Kennedy and
year 2161, the rise of the chimera precipitated a catastrophic event (called
the Reckoning) that wiped away the human population from the Earth, barring a
few people. Generations later, descendants of those survivors are leading a
rustic life within walled villages, afraid to go beyond the boundaries due to
the fear of the chimeras. Further, they honor traditions and have a deep
mistrust for technology.
Root, however, is different. Blind daughter of the village guardian, her
endless curiosity and impertinence test her fellow villagers’ patience. A
tragic event leads her to the wild country beyond the village walls where she
learns the truth about her ancestors, and how the world she inhabits has come
to this state.
Set among the vineyards in Southern France and Central California, Crush: A Tale of Two Vineyards by Joye Emmens is an enchanting novel that celebrates the resilience of human spirit and the blossoming of love.
Olivia found her calling in winemaking after spending summers in her grandparents’ vineyard in California, Clos de Harmonie. She eventually pursues a degree in Viticulture and Enology and decides to complete her Master’s degree project at a Frenchman’s biodynamic vineyard in France that has been tended to by his family for the last five generations. It’s love at first sight for Olivia and Luke, the Frenchman. As she spends her time in Luke’s family vineyard, she is constantly racked by the guilt that she is neglecting Clos de Harmonie.
A tragic turn of events leads Olivia to return to California. She decides to get Clos de Harmonie certified as a biodynamic vineyard. No one thinks she can do it. Can Olivia prove herself? Can she turn around a decrepit vineyard and not lose Luke in the process?
An eight-year-old girl, Chelsea Compton, is missing in Pine Valley, California. For newly minted Detective Katie Scott, it’s a grim reminder of the disappearance of a childhood friend. Due to the lack of any leads, Chelsea’s case has been declared cold by the police. However, Katie’s military training and her sixth sense tell her otherwise.
She starts investigating on her own and to her horror, unearths a row of graves in a remote location deep in the mountainous forests. Each of these graves contains a brightly colored teddy bear and …. some more bodies. Amidst all these, another little girl goes missing. Suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder due to her military experiences and still haunted by her childhood friend’s disappearance, Katie vows to protect the abducted girl.
But can she? Read Little Girls Sleeping by Jennifer Chase to find out.
New York City, 1919. Lillie Mead is a husk of her former self as she mourns the loss of her beloved in the war. She stays with her married sister and struggles to carry on with her life. A proposal, from a wealthy British friend, to investigate and report the possible murder of a British aristocrat gives her a glimmer of hope – of rebuilding her life.
What initially transpires as an open-and-shut case soon spirals into something more sinister. Can Lillie expose the truth before she follows the deceased aristocrat’s way? Read An Unfortunate End by Lisa Zumpano to find out.