Team Reads: Imogen

What book are you reading right now?
I’m reading The Usborne Illustrated Odyssey (9781409598930) at the moment, a slightly easier version of the classic that I can understand before I venture into reading the actual Odyssey.

I’m also reading Spellslinger (9781785761317), by Sebastien de Castell, which, while I’m only a few chapters in, looks to be an awesome story about magic.

MAGIC IS A CON GAME. Kellen is moments away from facing his first mage's duel and the start of four trials that will make him a spellcaster. There's just one problem: his magic is gone.

As his sixteenth birthday approaches, Kellen falls back on his cunning in a bid to avoid total disgrace. But when a daring stranger arrives in town, she challenges Kellen to take a different path. Ferius Parfax is one of the mysterious Argosi - a traveller who lives by her wits and the three decks of cards she carries.

She's difficult and unpredictable, but she may be Kellen's only hope... The first in a rich and compelling fantasy series bursting with tricks, traps and a devious talking squirrel cat.

It’s out in hardback at the moment, but comes out in paperback in two weeks time!

What are you enjoying about the book?
Currently, I’m enjoying the authors take on magic – and the characters own take on it as well. In the very first chapter, we get introduced to how he twists things around so he looks like a powerful spell caster, when the opposite is the actual truth.

What book(s) that have arrived into the shop this week are you looking forward to reading and why?
Warcross by Marie Lu (9780241321423) was unpacked from a delivery as I stood writing this, and I may have squealed slightly. Lu is the author of two previous series, Legend, and The Young Elites, and both are brilliant. 

Bloomsbury also brought out a series of Modern Classics this week, with beautiful matching covers, one of which being The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller (9781408891384). While I have read this book before, I am now looking forward to a reread of it!

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