April Staff Reading Recommendations

This month's recommendations were chosen by Adrienne Gilbert, Program Assistant and Circulation Clerk here at TCPL. Be sure to add these fantasy/dystopian picks to your reading list!

The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson

This is the first book in an epic fantasy series. The world of Way of Kings centers around recurring highstorms, which come from a mysterious origin and sweep across the land. The story is presented from 3 main viewpoints: a highprince at war with his brothers murderers, a scheming young lady trying to save her familys fortune, and a once-great soldier who became a slave.
Sanderson does a beautiful job of bringing together the different aspects of this story. He gives us rich detail without being boring, making it easy to picture each scene. The book begins with a snapshot of the past, leaving us asking questions, it continues with a mysterious murder, opening up more questions, and near the end, even more questions are raised as a young man discovers he has powers linked to the highstorms. I highly recommend this book!

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

The Throne of Glass series follows the life of the young, once-great assassin Celaena Sardothien, who is enslaved in a mine. One day, she is chosen to compete for her freedom by becoming the kings Champion. During the competition, Celaena finds herself between the crown prince and the captain of the guard, while also trying to keep the king from discovering the secrets of her past. Celaena is drawn into the dark corners of the castle, where she finds out that her quest to become Champion is about much more than just her freedom.

This series is one of my absolute favorites, with depth, interesting characters, and a fascinating world where magic once existed. Unlike a lot of current YA fiction, Celaena is a believable female protagonist who is both tough and flawed. The story progresses in such a beautiful way, with each chapter and each book revealing the vastness of the world and Celaenas place in it. Plus, she loves her dog and is able to take down demon-like creatures, who doesnt love that?

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