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Fiction and Excerpts [4]

Fiction and Excerpts [4]

Siege and Storm (Excerpt)

, || Hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land, all while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. But she can't outrun her past or her destiny for long.

Read an Excerpt From Leigh Bardugo’s The Lives of Saints

Dive into the epic world of Leigh Bardugo’s Grishaverse series with a beautifully illustrated replica of The Lives of Saints—the Istorii Sankt’ya—featuring tales of saints drawn from the beloved novels and beyond. These tales include miracles and martyrdoms from familiar saints like Sankta Lizabeta of the Roses and Sankt Ilya in Chains, to the strange and obscure stories of Sankta Ursula, Sankta Maradi, and the Starless Saint.

We’re excited to share an excerpt below, along with stunning illustrations by Daniel J. Zollinger. The Lives of Saints publishes October 6th with Imprint.

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The Best Crooks, Thugs, and Hard Cases

When I wrote Six of Crows, I wanted to step away from the “chosen one” narrative I’d followed in the Grisha Trilogy. I also didn’t want to write a “merry band of thieves.” The members of Kaz’s crew don’t have grand destinies. They aren’t secret kings or queens, and they aren’t looking to start a revolution. They’re just six kids who are tough enough and desperate enough to attempt what may well be a suicide mission.

So, in honor of the morally flexible and the downright despicable, I present my six favorite thugs, crooks, and hard cases.

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Siege and Storm (Excerpt)

Have a peek at Siege and Storm, the sequel to Leigh Bardugo’s Shadow and Bone, out on June 4!:

Darkness never dies.

Hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land, all while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. But she can’t outrun her past or her destiny for long.

The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and a dangerous plan that will test the very boundaries of the natural world. With the help of a notorious privateer, Alina returns to the country she abandoned, determined to fight the forces gathering against Ravka. But as her power grows, Alina slips deeper into the Darkling’s game of forbidden magic, and farther away from Mal. Somehow, she will have to choose between her country, her power, and the love she always thought would guide her—or risk losing everything to the oncoming storm.

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Shadow and Bone (Excerpt)

In preparation for the Fierce Reads Tour, we’re showcasing four of the authors and their books this week! Next up we’ve got an excerpt for Leigh Bardugo’s Shadow and Bone out on June 5:

Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of onelonely refugee.

Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.

Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha…and the secrets of her heart.

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My Version of Siri and Zooey… and Blade Runner

The new AT&T iPhone ads show celebs using Siri to plan their days. Here’s my version. All Zooey Deschanel’s dialogue is lifted straight from the commercial until after the director calls cut.

Zooey: Is that rain?

Siri: Look out a window.

Zooey (looking out window): Oh! Let’s get tomato soup delivered.

Siri: I found… wait, really? Tomato soup? You want to order the world’s easiest to prepare food? I know you sup on dewdrops, but you don’t have a can of soup in the house?

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Snow White Trailer v. Snow White Trailer: A Sorta Fairy Tale

DISCLAIMER: I have seen neither Mirror, Mirror nor Snow White and the Huntsman. Mirror, Mirror may turn out to be a delightful romp, a fresh take on an old tale that will leave you laughing! (Unbloodylikely.)

The trailer for Mirror, Mirror sends me into a tizzy of rage. Admittedly, lots of things send me into a tizzy of rage. It’s kind of my thing. But the Snow White and the Huntsman trailer is all I have ever wanted in this world. In fact, they don’t even have to release a movie–I would watch that trailer for three hours straight. Why? Let’s break it down.

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