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A Game of Thrones
George R. R. Martin - 2002-05-28 (first published in 1996)
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Here is the first volume in George R. R. Martin’s magnificent cycle of novels that includes A Clash of Kings and A Storm of Swords. As a whole, this series comprises a genuine masterpiece of modern fantasy, bringing together the best the genre has to offer. Magic, mystery, intrigue, romance, and adventure fill these pages and transport us to a worl...
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Elon Musk
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The Name of the Wind
Patrick Rothfuss - 2009-04-07 (first published in 2007)
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This is the riveting first-person narrative of Kvothe, a young man who grows to be one of the most notorious magicians his world has ever seen. From his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, to years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime-riddled city, to his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter a legendary school of magic, The Name o...
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Anna AkanaChris Albon
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American Gods
A Novel
Neil Gaiman - 2017-03-28 (first published in 2001)
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Locked behind bars for three years, Shadow did his time, quietly waiting for the day when he could return to Eagle Point, Indiana. A man no longer scared of what tomorrow might bring, all he wanted was to be with Laura, the wife he deeply loved, and start a new life.But just days before his release, Laura and Shadow’s best friend are killed in an a...
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Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone
J. K. Rowling - 1998-10-01 (first published in 1997)
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Harry Potter has never been the star of a Quidditch team, scoring points while riding a broom far above the ground. He knows no spells, has never helped to hatch a dragon, and has never worn a cloak of invisibility.All he knows is a miserable life with the Dursleys, his horrible aunt and uncle, and their abominable son, Dudley - a great big swollen...
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Arvind Subramanian
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His Dark Materials
Philip Pullman - 2011-10-01 (first published in 2000)
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Northern Lights introduces Lyra, an orphan, who lives in a parallel universe in which science, theology and magic are entwined. Lyra's search for a kidnapped friend uncovers a sinister plot involving stolen children and turns into a quest to understand a mysterious phenomenon called Dust. In The Subtle Knife she is joined on her journey by Will, a ...
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The Lord of the Rings
50th Anniversary, One Vol. Edition
J. R. R. Tolkien - 2005-10-12 (first published in 1955)
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One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind themIn ancient times the Rings of Power were crafted by the Elven-smiths, and Sauron, the Dark Lord, forged the One Ring, filling it with his own power so that he could rule all others. But the One Ring was taken from him, and though he sought it t...
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Assassin's Apprentice
Robin Hobb - 1996-03-01 (first published in 1995)
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In a faraway land where members of the royal family are named for the virtues they embody, one young boy will become a walking enigma.Born on the wrong side of the sheets, Fitz, son of Chivalry Farseer, is a royal bastard, cast out into the world, friendless and lonely. Only his magical link with animals - the old art known as the Wit - gives him s...
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Tom Critchlow
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A Wizard of Earthsea
Ursula K. le Guin - 2012-09-11 (first published in 1968)
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Ged, the greatest sorcerer in all Earthsea, was called Sparrowhawk in his reckless youth. Hungry for power and knowledge, Sparrowhawk tampered with long-held secrets and loosed a terrible shadow upon the world. This is the tale of his testing, how he mastered the mighty words of power, tamed an ancient dragon, and crossed death's threshold to resto...
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Clara Jeffery
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The Way of Kings
Book One of the Stormlight Archive
Brandon Sanderson - 2014-03-04
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According to mythology mankind used to live in The Tranquiline Halls. Heaven. But then the Voidbringers assaulted and captured heaven, casting out God and men. Men took root on Roshar, the world of storms. And the Voidbringers followed...They came against man ten thousand times. To help them cope, the Almighty gave men powerful suits of armor and m...
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Sahil Lavingia
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The Lies of Locke Lamora
Scott Lynch - 2007-02-01 (first published in 2006)
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An orphan’s life is harsh—and often short—in the mysterious island city of Camorr. But young Locke Lamora dodges death and slavery, becoming a thief under the tutelage of a gifted con artist. As leader of the band of light-fingered brothers known as the Gentleman Bastards, Locke is soon infamous, fooling even the underworld’s most feared ruler. But...
The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis
Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay
The Color of Magic by Terry Pratchett
Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling
Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson
Good Omens by Neil Gaiman
The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle
Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey
Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Storm Front by Jim Butcher
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan
The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
Circe by Madeline Miller
Mort by Terry Pratchett
Sabriel by Garth Nix
The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan
The City of Brass by S. A Chakraborty
The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
Uprooted by Naomi Novik
A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab
Watership Down by Richard Adams
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor
Perdido Street Station by China Miéville
Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
The Green Ember The Green Ember Series by S. D. Smith
Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
The Dark Tower 8-Book Boxed Set by Stephen King
Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir
The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie
Wizard's First Rule by Terry Goodkind
Pawn of Prophecy by David Eddings
Vampire Academy 10th Anniversary Edition by Richelle Mead
Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo
The Golem and the Djinni by Helene Wecker
Graceling by Kristin Cashore
Coraline by Neil Gaiman
The Once and Future King by T. H. White
Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor
Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi
The Changeling by Victor Lavalle
Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho
The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu