Hail Mighty Readers,
World Book Night is upon us and as a Knight of the Word, I wanted to take some time to suggest a cracking title to get into for this most auspicious of days.
As you may have guessed from the image on the left, I'm part of the Great Grisha Army, and rather than lend support to just one book, we wanted to send our support for the series.
Its absolutely cracking and consists of the following titles:
Originally published as The Gathering Dark. The Shadow Fold, a swathe of impenetrable darkness, crawling with monsters that feast on human flesh, is slowly destroying the once-great nation of Ravka. Alina, a pale, lonely orphan, discovers a unique power that thrusts her into the lavish world of the kingdom's magical elite - the Grisha. Could she be the key to unravelling the dark fabric of the Shadow Fold and setting Ravka free? The Darkling, a creature of seductive charm and terrifying power, leader of the Grisha. If Alina is to fulfil her destiny, she must discover how to unlock her gift and face up to her dangerous attraction to him. But what of Mal, Alina's childhood best friend? As Alina contemplates her dazzling new future, why can't she ever quite forget him? Glorious. Epic. Irresistible. Romance.
Darkness never dies. Alina and Mal are on the run. Hunted and haunted, but together at last, they can't outrun Alina's past or her destiny forever. The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and he needs Alina to realise his dangerous plan. There are others who would like to use Alina's gift too. And as her power grows, somehow, she must choose between her country, her power, and her love - or risk losing everything to the oncoming storm. Glorious. Epic. Irresistible. Romance. Perfect for fans of Kristin Cashore and Laini Taylor.
SHADOW AND BONE. SIEGE AND STORM. Now Alina's story reaches its incredible conclusion in RUIN AND RISING.
The capital has fallen. The Darkling rules Ravka from his shadow throne. Alina will have to forge new alliances and put aside old rivalries as she and Mal race to find the last of Morozova's amplifiers. But as Alina begins to unravel the Darkling's secrets, she reveals a past that will forever alter her understanding of the bond they share and the power she wields. The firebird is the one thing that stands between Ravka and destruction - but claiming it could cost Alina the very future she is fighting for.
This series is not only magical and for young readers but is imaginative as well as fascinating for older readers as well. Use this world book night to get into a new author or a chance to return to an old favourite, we know we will.
In addition to this, there will not only be others letting you know why to read this series, but also the chance to win some cracking goodies. (On Tumblr.)
Finally our friends at Maximum Pop, will be running a Q&A with Leigh so please visit. We'll be glued to see what happens.
All the best,
Gareth and Lady Eleanor