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The Olympian Affair: A Novel by Jim Butcher

The fate of the Cinder Spires may be decided by crossed swords in the next exhilarating fantasy adventure from the author of the Dresden Files, in this New York Times bestselling series of noble families, swordplay, and airships.

For centuries the Cinder Spires have safeguarded humanity. Now, the Spires hover on the brink of open war. Everyone knows it’s coming. The guns of the great airship fleets that control the skies between the last bastions of humanity will soon speak in anger, and Spire Albion stands alone against the overwhelming might of Spire Aurora’s Armada and its new secret weapon—one capable of destroying the populations of entire Spires.

A trading summit at Spire Olympia provides an opportunity for the Spirearch, Lord Albion, to secure alliances that will shape the outcomes of the war, and to that end he dispatches privateer Captain Francis Madison Grimm and the crew of the AMS Predator to bolster the Spirearch’s diplomatic agents. It will take daring, skill, and no small amount of showmanship to convince the world to stand with Spire Albion—assuming that it is not already too late.

Available November 7th in Hardcover, eBook, and Audio Editions.

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Sword Catcher: A Novel by Cassandra Clare

Two outcasts find themselves caught in a web of forbidden love, dangerous magic, and dark secrets that could change the world forever in the start of a riveting epic fantasy series from the author of The Shadowhunter Chronicles.

“Expert worldbuilding, swordplay, and politics, a colorful cast of characters, and a story that kept me reading from the first page to the last.”—#1 New York Times bestselling author George R. R. Martin

“A gorgeously built world of decadence, betrayal, and grand adventure . . . This is Cassandra Clare at her cleverest, twistiest and most heart-stopping—a triumph of a book.”—Holly Black, New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Night

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The Kingdom of Sweets: A Novel by Erika Johansen

*A LibraryReads Hall of Fame Pick*

This gloriously transportive reimagining of The Nutcracker tells the tale of twin sisters, divided by envy and magic, set against each another one fateful Christmas Eve.

The Kingdom of Sweets is a deliciously dark fairy tale that transports one to a world of magic, fantasy and family intrigue. Erika Johansen has written one of the most wonderfully original novels I’ve ever read, a story so imaginative, so filled with dangerous beauty, that you will never forget it.”—Danielle Trussoni, New York Times bestselling author of The Puzzle Master

Available November 28th in Hardcover, eBook, and Audio Editions.

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An Inheritance of Magic: A Novel by Benedict Jacka

The super-rich control everything—including magic—in this thrilling and brilliant, contemporary fantasy from the author of the Alex Verus novels.

“One of the most satisfying contemporary fantasies I have read in a long time; cozy and human, with some good fight scenes to boot . . . an enchanting journey into a world where sorcery may be for sale, but agency is beyond price.”—Wall Street Journal

Available in Trade Paperback, eBook, and Audio Editions.

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Valdemar: The Founding of Valdemar: Book Three by Mercedes Lackey

The long-awaited story of the founding of Valdemar comes to life in this 3rd book of a trilogy from a New York Times bestselling author and beloved fantasist.

The refugees from the Empire have established a thriving city called Haven with the help of the Tayledras and their allies. But the Tayledras have begun a slow withdrawal to the dangerous lands known as the Pelagirs, leaving the humans of Haven to find their own way.

But even with Haven settled, the lands around Haven are not without danger. Most of the danger comes in the form of magicians. Kordas, his family, and his people will need all the help they can get. But when a prayer to every god he has ever heard of brings Kordas a very specific and unexpected form of help, the new kingdom of Valdemar is set on a path like nothing else the world has ever seen.

Available December 26th in Hardcover and eBook Editions.

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Sci-Fi Reads:

Voyaging, Volume One: The Plague Star by George R. R. Martin; Illustrated by Raya Golden; Adapted by Raya Golden

Journey across the cosmos in George R. R. Martin’s beloved sci-fi universe, the Thousand Worlds, as a ragtag group of conspirators embark on a mysterious mission to gain unfathomable fame and fortune—if only they can survive.

Voyaging is an absolute delight as Raya Golden brings Martin’s space opera to life.”—Neil Gaiman, author of The Sandman

Voyaging is an overly accomplished piece of science fiction that’s as visually stunning a graphic novel as anything I’ve seen in my 52 years on Earth . . . With her clean, vibrant style, Golden is instantly in a class with elder statesmen like Frank Quietly. An absolute must-read!”—Kevin Smith, aka Silent Bob, comics connoisseur

Available in Trade Paperback and eBook Editions.

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Chaos Terminal: A Novel by Mur Lafferty

Mallory Viridian would rather not be an amateur detective, and fled to outer space to avoid it . . . but when one of the new human arrivals on a space shuttle is murdered, she’s back in the game.

“The follow-up to Station Eternity is just as complex and engaging as its predecessor. Lafferty’s skill with dialogue and emotional arcs make the story equally character—and action—driven.”—Library Journal, starred review

Available November 7th in Trade Paperback, eBook, and Audio Editions.

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The Marvel Universe:

The Avengers by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Roy Thomas, Don Heck, John Buscema, and Sal Buscema

Illustrated throughout, The Penguin Classics Marvel Collection presents specially curated comic book anthologies of the origin stories, seminal tales, and characters of the Marvel Universe to explore Marvel’s transformative and timeless influence on an entire genre of fantasy.

Collects The Avengers #1-4, 9, 16, 26, 28, 44, 57, 58, 71, 74, and 83. Starting in 1961, Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, and their collaborators transformed the Super Hero genre with a series of new creations, including the Incredible Hulk, the Mighty Thor, and the Invincible Iron Man. In 1963, Lee and Kirby brought these characters together for the first time in a new magazine called The Avengers—adding a resurrected Captain America shortly after. Over time the Avengers’ roster would frequently change, mirroring transformations in the Marvel Universe and the society that it reflected. This unique collection gathers key issues from the first few years of the series.

Available in Hardcover and Trade Paperback Editions.

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Doctor Strange by Jed Mackay Vol. 1: The Life of Doctor Strange by Jed Mackay and Marvel Various; Illustrated by Pasqual Ferry and Marvel Various; Cover Design or Artwork by Alex Ross

Doctor Strange returns at last in this all-new, back-to-basics era for the Sorceror Supreme!

Stephen Strange is alive! Reunited with Clea and Wong, it’s back to business for the Sorcerer Supreme when an unending sleeping sickness strikes the children of Bleecker Street! There can only be one culprit behind this attack—and now it’s up to Doctor Strange and Clea to travel into the Dream Dimension to confront their old foe, Nightmare. But all is not what it seems, and what they discover will shock them! Then, when a cult summons the Dread Dormammu to New York, Stephen must risk everything in order to defeat his most dangerous foe! Plus: Wong takes on a new role—as an Agent of W.A.N.D.! Dark wedding bells are ringing for Clea’s mother, Umar the Unrelenting—but who is she marrying?! And Doctor Strange shares a magical adventure with Sister Grimm of the Runaways! Collecting DOCTOR STRANGE (2023) #1-5.

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Real-Life Fandom:

Look Out for the Little Guy! by Scott Lang

Look Out for the Little Guy is the in-movie memoir by Scott Lang, also known as Ant-Man, that he’s written and shared with the world, as seen onscreen in the new Marvel Studios film Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania.

This is the incredible story of an ex-con turned world-saving Super Hero. In Look Out for the Little Guy, Scott Lang shares with the world a bracingly honest account of his struggles and triumphs, from serving time to being a divorced dad to becoming Ant-Man and joining The Avengers. These are stories of epic battles won and lost, as this everyman turned Super Hero finally tells all—from the official account of what really happened between The Avengers and Thanos to how shrinking down to ant-size really feels to the challenges of balancing the roles of hero and dad.

Available in Hardcover.

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The Spice Must Flow: The Story of Dune, from Cult Novels to Visionary Sci-Fi Movies by Ryan Britt

Geek-culture expert Ryan Britt takes us behind the pages and scenes of the science-fiction phenomenon Dune, charting the series’ life from cult sci-fi novels to some of the most visionary movies of all time.

“A gripping guide to the past, present, and future of Frank Herbert’s science fiction epic . . . Exhaustively researched and entertainingly told.”—Esquire

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The Complete Persepolis: 20th Anniversary Edition by Marjane Satrapi; Translated by Anjali Singh

Persepolis is a classroom staple, a feminist manifesto, and one of the most beloved graphic novels of all time. For the first time in hardcover, this stunning edition examines the Iranian political landscape in the context of global politics today.

“A stunning graphic memoir . . . a wholly original achievement in the form.”—The New York Times

“Persepolisstands in defiant resistance alongside other classics of its kind, from A Vindication of the Rights of Womanto ‘Letter from a Birmingham Jail’ and Memoirs of a Revolutionist. Twenty years on, it remains urgent, necessary reading.”—Kirkus Reviews

Available in Hardcover and Trade Paperback Editions.

Also Available in Spanish: Persépolis

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For Kids:

Minecraft: The Village by Max Brooks

The final book in Max Brooks’s official Minecraft trilogy! The New York Times bestselling author of Minecraft: The Island details the story of two stranded heroes whose block-breaking expedition lands them squarely in the middle of a conflict that only they can resolve.

As Guy and Summer cross the Overworld, the pair makes an exciting discovery: a community populated by villagers!

Guy and Summer settle in to learn more about their new friends—but with monstrous mobs and perilous pitfalls around every corner, they soon find that they might be needed here more than they’d thought. When a villager disappears, their investigation uncovers new foes—ones so powerful that this might spell the end of their adventure. Drawing on the lessons they’ve learned along the way, Guy and Summer must work together to protect the village.

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