Blood Red Road (Dustlands: 1) – Moira Young

The dustlands beyond remote Silverlake are ruined and lawless. Saba, born and raised there has hardly ever seen a traveller pass. Until the day the black-robed horseman arrive in search of her brother. They have been waiting to take him all his life. Lugh is gone, and with him half of Saba’s soul. Accompanied by a clever crow Saba embarks on a dangerous journey to rescue her twin. She must be brave, ruthless and fight to survive. Along the road come enemies and allies – and a mysterious young man with eyes the colour of moonlight…

This adventure story set in a violent future world has a unique writing style, action and a love story.


Malice – Chris Wooding

Everyone’s heard of Malice, but hardly anyone has actually seen it: a comic about a horrifying world of tricks and traps, overseen by the sinister master of ceremonies, Tall Jake. Rumour has it that kids who go through Tall Jake’s deadly trials are real kids, who’ve disappeared from the real world and turned up in the comic. But it’s just an urban legend, right?

Seth and Kady think so. Until their friend Luke tells them that he’s found a copy of Malice, and the next day he disappears without trace. Seth and Kady investigate and discover the awful truth. The legends are true. Malice is real.

A combination of book and graphic novel this fast-paced story is followed by Havoc.

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Lord of the silver bow (Troy: 1) – David Gemmell

Three lives will change the destiny of nations. Helikaon, the young prince of Dardania, haunted by a scarred and traumatic childhood. The priestess Andromache, whose fiery spirit and fierce independence threatens the might of kings. And the legendary warrior Argurios, cloaked in loneliness and driven only by thoughts of revenge. In Troy, they find a city torn apart by destructive rivalries – a maelstrom of jealousy, deceit and murderous treachery. And beyond its fabled walls blood-hungry enemies eye its riches and plot its downfall. It is a time of bravery and betrayal; a time of love won and lost; a time of bloodshed and fear. A time for heroes.

This compelling historical fantasy is the first in an epic trilogy encompassing the Trojan War.

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Magyk (Septimus Heap:1) – Angie Sage

The seventh son of the seventh son, Septimus Heap is stolen the night he is born by a midwife who pronounces him dead. That same night, the baby’s father, Silas Heap, finds a bundle in the snow containing a new born girl with violet eyes. The Heaps name her Jenna and raise her as their own. But who is this mysterious baby girl, and what really happened to Septimus?
This first book in an enthralling series filled with quirky characters and magic is a story of lost and rediscovered identities, rich with humour and heart.


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Recipe for rebellion (Zodiac Girls) – Cathy Hopkins

Sagittarian Danu is unhappy about being sent to live with her aunt while her father is away. Bored and lonely she rebels at school, changing from a straight-A student into every teacher’s worst nightmare. When she discovers she’s a Zodiac Girl Danu is sceptical, but her zodiac guardians keep her busy and point her back in the right direction.

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