The first in a seven series storyline written by a debut author some have heralded the next J.K. Rowling, The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon introduces readers to Paige Mahoney, a young clairvoyant known as a dreamwalker, who is living in an alternative and future version of London, England. In this future, several major cities are under the control of a security force known as Scion, which is meant to protect the regular population from clairvoyants like Paige, who are considered to be un-human and dangerous. When Paige is captured, arrested, and taken to what she discovers is Oxford, her view of Scion and the very world around her comes to change. For at Oxford, she, along with fellow clairvoyants are being held by a powerful, otherworldly race with sinister beliefs and a dark purpose. Unique characters, effective dialogue, an intriguing premise, and an intricate and believable setting make The Bone Season a fast-paced and thrilling read, which can be reserved from the Haliburton County Public Library.
Set against the rugged landscape of Northern England, Blackmoore is a regency romance following Kate Worthington, a young woman struggling to free herself from the confines of her caged life. Kate knows that she will never marry, for if she were to do so, she would be ruled by a man’s whims and desires. Instead, she plans to travel to India, where at last she will find escape from her horrid and vindictive family. But before she can leave, Kate must appease her mother and secure, then reject three marriage proposals. Enlisting the help of her dearest friend Henry Delafield, Kate is determined to meet her mother’s demands and earn her freedom. But will the proposal she is determined to reject, in fact be the one thing that will set her heart free? Blackmoore by Julianne Donaldson, a thrillingly romantic read is available to reserve at the Haliburton County Public Library today.
*originally aired on 100.9 Canoe FM from September 23rd-October 1st