Myths and Legends

Amongst Our Weapons

Amongst Our Weapons

Author: Ben Aaronovitch Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/04/2022

PRE-ORDER THE HIGHLY-ANTICIPATED BRAND NEW NOVEL IN THE #1 BESTSELLING RIVERS OF LONDON SERIES NOW There is a world hidden underneath this great city... The London Silver Vaults - for well over a century, the largest collection of silver for sale in the world. It has more locks than the Bank of England and more cameras than a celebrity punch-up. Not somewhere you can murder someone and vanish without a trace - only that's what happened. The disappearing act, the reports of a blinding flash of light and memory loss amongst the witnesses all make this a case for Detective Constable Peter Grant and the Special Assessment Unit. Alongside their boss DCI Thomas Nightingale, the SAU find themselves embroiled in a mystery that encompasses London's tangled history, foreign lands and, most terrifying of all, the North! And Peter must solve this case soon because back home his partner Beverley is expecting twins any day now. But what he doesn't know is that he's about to encounter something - and somebody - that nobody ever expects... Effortlessly original, endlessly inventive and hugely entertaining - step into the world of the much-loved, Number One bestselling Rivers of London series. 

When We Were Birds

When We Were Birds

Author: Ayanna Lloyd Banwo Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/02/2022

Ayanna Lloyd Banwa’s When We Were Birds casts a soulful spell as it tells the interlocked stories of a young man, Darwin, who’s newly arrived in a Trinidadian city to work as a gravedigger, and Yejide, a young woman with ancestral gifts. At once gritty and soaringly mythic, it explores estrangement, death, grief, and the unbreakable bonds of lineage with haunting power. The mythic mood is set by Yejide’s Granny Catherine telling her a magical story of “talking animals and a Great War” followed by the coming of a fierce storm. With the world ripped asunder by death, corbeaux carrion birds restore order through devouring the dead, performing “a sacred duty to stand at the border between the living and the dead”. This tale, told to her in childhood, remains with Yejide through her life. In the present day, when she dies in the family home outside the city of Port Angeles, Yejide’s mother leaves her daughter the ability to talk to the dead, positioning her between the living and the dead, like the corbeaux. Their strained relationship is poignantly portrayed, and framed in the raw truth of the cycle of life, motherhood and death: “Is the daughter who makes the mother an ancestor when she die”. Meanwhile, Darwin arrives in Port Angeles to work as a gravedigger, against his mother’s wishes, against the Rastafarian code he was raised to follow, vaguely hopeful he might happen upon the father he’s never met. When he and Yejide encounter each other in the ancient graveyard, elemental forces are unleashed — storms of emotion and need, with luminous light and calm coming in its wake. “The air soft and clear and all the living and the dead settle themselves like an old lady in a rocker on her front porch settling her skirts” — this novel is blessed with writing that sears the soul. It’s a tale that unsettles before gathering you in, releasing, and healing. Magic.

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Daughter of the Moon Goddess

Daughter of the Moon Goddess

Author: Sue Lynn Tan Format: Audiobook Release Date: 20/01/2022

A captivating debut fantasy inspired by the legend of the Chinese moon goddess. A young woman's quest to free her mother pits her against the most powerful immortal in the realm, setting her on a dangerous path where those she loves are not the only ones at risk... Growing up on the moon, Xingyin is accustomed to solitude, unaware that she is being hidden from the powerful Celestial Emperor who exiled her mother for stealing his elixir of immortality. But when her magic flares and her existence is discovered, Xingyin is forced to flee her home, leaving her mother behind. Alone, powerless, and afraid, she makes her way to the Celestial Kingdom, a land of wonder and secrets. Disguising her identity, she seizes an opportunity to train in the Crown Prince's service, learning to master archery and magic, despite the passion which flames between her and the emperor's son. To save her mother, Xingyin embarks on a perilous quest, confronting legendary creatures and vicious enemies, across the earth and skies. But when treachery looms and forbidden magic threatens the kingdom, she must challenge the ruthless Celestial Emperor for her dream -striking a dangerous bargain, where she is torn between losing all she loves or plunging the realm into chaos. Daughter of the Moon Goddess begins an enchanting, romantic duology which weaves ancient Chinese mythology into a sweeping adventure of immortals and magic, of loss and sacrifice - where love vies with honour, dreams are fraught with betrayal, and hope emerges triumphant.

Audiobooks of the Month
Red Tigress

Red Tigress

Author: Amélie Wen Zhao Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/03/2021

Fans of Children of Blood and Bone will love the sequel to Blood Heir. The second book in an epic fantasy series about a princess hiding a dark secret and the con man she must trust to liberate her empire from a dark reign. Ana Mikhailov is the only surviving member of the royal family of Cyrilia. She has no army, no title, and no allies, and now she must find a way to take back the throne or risk the brutal retribution of the empress. Morganya is determined to establish a new world order on the spilled blood of non-Affinites. Ana is certain that Morganya won't stop until she kills them all. Ana's only chance at navigating the dangerous world of her homeland means partnering with Ramson Quicktongue again. But the cunning crime lord has schemes of his own. For Ana to find an army, they must cross the Whitewaves to the impenetrable stone forts of Bregon. Only, no one can be certain what they will find there. A dark power has risen. Will revolution bring peace - or will it only paint the streets in more blood?