“The Wrath and the Dawn” by Renee Ahdieh

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh is a young adult retelling of One Thousand and One Nights.  Each night, Khalid, the mad Caliph of Khorasan, takes a new bride, who he has killed the next morning.  Becoming Khalid’s bride is a death sentence, but a young woman named Shazi volunteers for the role.  Her best friend had beenRead more

“The Waterborne Blade” by Susan Murray

The Waterborne Blade by Susan Murray is a story of adventure and betrayal set in a medieval/fantasy world.  The story begins with a capital city that’s about to be attacked.  The king asks his best friend, a low-class man named Weaver, to help get his (secretly pregnant) wife Alwenna out of the city, because heRead more

“The Assassin’s Curse” by Cassandra Rose Clarke

  There are three ways of bettering yourself in the Pirates’ Confederation, Mama told me once: murder, mutiny, and marriage. Ananna of the Tanarau grew up on a pirate ship.  She’s about to be married off to a member of the Hariri clan, a rival pirate family, but she doesn’t like her fiance and runsRead more