Imagine Greece in the age of heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the court of King Peleus and his perfect son Achilles. By all rights their paths should never cross, but Achilles takes the shamed prince as his friend, and as they grow into young men, improving their skills in the arts of war and medicine, their bond blossoms into something deeper – despite the displeasure of Achilles’ mother Thetis, a cruel sea goddess. But then word comes that Helen of Sparta has been kidnapped.
Prince Rhen, the heir to Emberfall, is cursed. Forced to repeat the autumn of his eighteenth year over and over, he can only be freed by love. But at the end of each autumn, he is transformed into a beast hell-bent on destruction, and after so many failed attempts, his kingdom and its people are barely holding on. Harper’s life has never been easy, but she’s learned to be tough enough to survive. She won’t let anything hold her back. But when she is sucked into Rhen’s world, nothing is as it seems. Powerful forces are standing against Emberfall … and it will take more than a broken curse to save it from utter ruin.
You say it first is not your typical romance novel. It follows two teens, Meg and Colby, who could not be more different. Meg has got her whole life in order: she’s got the cute boyfriend, the supportive bestfriend, the good grades and an extremely busy political agenda. Colby, on the other hand, has already graduated highschool and doesn’t really know what he wants in life. Nothing feels the same, himself included, ever since his dad died. So when Colby one night accepts a phonecall from the phonebanking initiative WeCount, asking him if his -dead- dad is already registered to vote, Colby is utterly baffled. Neither Colby nor Meg, the unlucky volunteer at WeCount that night, could have foretold what that phonecall would set in motion.
In this story, we follow Cerys, the daughter of a gardener. Cerys carries magic with her – with this she can grow beautiful flowers. Unfortunately, this magic was created by a curse, a reminder of the day her mother died in the woods. When her best friend Anwen is getting crowned, the kingdom is under attack by scary creatures from the magical forest. For Cerys is this the beginning to find the Lady of the Forest in order to save the kingdom. But the forest is even more dangerous than she thought, and when many secrets emerge, the only option is to survive.
El Higgins is a girl who, just like her schoolmates, has the powers to extract ‘mana’, a kind of energy, that you collect from living creatures and objects. This ‘mana’ is then used for magic spells. You can only leave school if you pass the graduation ceremony. There is a lot of mana needed for this ceremony. You aren’t safe – monsters are everywhere. Yet there are still people at the school who keep people safe, like Orion Lake, who beats the terrible monsters almost every day.
Meet Addie. Invisible Addie. Addie, the girl who made a deal with the devil to escape a life she never viewed as her own. Ever since she was little, Addie wanted to wander the world, the WHOLE world. But there wasn’t any time, and there weren’t any possibilities. Until that one night, when she prayed, desperately, for someone to save her. And then he appeared, maybe the night itself, wearing a perfect face. The stranger promises Addie everything she ever wanted and Addie eagerly agrees. He may take her soul once …
Laura is terminally ill. Her only hope is to be frozen until she can get a cure. When she wakes up 40 years later, Laura can’t remember anything and the world around her has changed a lot. Her family probably doesn’t exist anymore and her old best friend is unreachable. The more Laura searches for her past, the more she is helped by the people and new technical developments around her.
We return, once again, to the enchanting world of Elfhame, but this time Cardan gets to lead the way. We finally learn how Cardan perceives the world around him, and more importantly, we learn how he perceives himself. Through eleven enchanting stories, we get to know him as a little boy and see him and his demeanor towards his surroundings change throughout the years …