Each week there are dozens of scifi, fantasy, and other speculative fiction audiobooks released. I highlight the most talked about and/or interesting looking ones from that week. The first person to correctly identify which 4 books below I took the key words in the title from will get a virtual shout-out in next week's post & tweet. (I'm doing this to try and make it more fun for me to improve my titles.)
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A huge week with a whole lot to choose from.
The Girl at Midnight, Book #2: The Shadow Hour
By: Melissa Grey / Narrator: Julia Whelan / Pub: Listening Library / Length: 11:53
"Everything in Echo's life changed in a blinding flash when she learned the startling truth: she is the firebird, the creature of light that is said to bring peace. The firebird has come into the world, but it has not come alone. Every action has an equal and opposite reaction, and Echo can feel a great and terrible darkness rising in the distance. Cosmic forces threaten to tear the world apart.
Echo has already lost her home, her family, and her boyfriend. Now, as the firebird, her path is filled with even greater dangers than the ones she's already overcome.She knows the Dragon Prince will not fall without a fight."
The Land of Stories, Book #5: An Author’s Odyssey
By: Chris Colfer / Narrator: the author / Pub: Hachette Audiob / Length: 9:40
"In the highly anticipated continuation of the Land of Stories series, Conner learns that the only place to fight the Masked Man's literary army is inside his own short stories.
When the twins and their friends enter worlds crafted from Conner's imagination, the race begins to put an end to the Masked Man's reign of terror. Can the twins finally restore peace in the fairy tale world? "
The Mapmaker’s Trilogy, Book #3: The Crimson Skew
By: SE Grove / Narrator: Cassandra Campbell / Pub: Listening Library / Length: 13:15
"It is late August 1892, and Sophia Tims is coming home from a foreign Age, having risked her life in search of her missing parents. Now she is aboard a ship, with a hard-earned, cryptic map that may help her find them at long last.
But her homecoming is anything but peaceful. Threatening clouds hang over the New Orleans harbor. Sinkholes have been opening in Boston, swallowing parts of the city whole. Rogue weirwinds tear up the Baldlands. Worst of all, New Occident is at war, led by a prime minister who will do anything to expand the country westward. He has blackmailed Sophia's beloved uncle Shadrack into drawing the battle maps that will lead countless men and boys - including Sophia's best friend, Theo - to their deaths.
As Sophia puzzles out her next move, Shadrack is peeling back layers of government intrigue, and Theo is bracing himself to fight. A red fog of war is rising, and New Occident's future hangs in the balance.... "
Serafina And The Twisted Staff (#2)
By: Robert Beatty / Narrator: Cassandra Campbell / Pub: Listening Library / Length: 10:28
It's About Time
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Chronicles…Legionary Officer, Book #2: The Tiger
By: Marc Alan Edelheit / Narrator: Steven Brand / Pub: Podium Publishing / Length: 8:27
Dragon Kings, Book #1: Obsidian
By: Kimberly Loth / Narrator: Hollie Jackson / Pub: Tantor Audio / Length: 6:02
"Seventeen-year-old Aspen is a skydiving, rock climbing adrenaline junkie. All her life she's been fascinated by the dragons who roam near her home in Yellowstone Park. Yes, dragons. Though no human has ever gotten close enough to touch one. Except Aspen.
She'd rather track dragons in the wild and through the lens of her camera than talk to real people. But then Aspen meets a hot new guy at school, Sid King. He's the one person she's ever met who shares her obsession with all things dragon. But even as she feels strangely drawn to the mysterious boy, she senses he's hiding his own set of dark and powerful secrets.
When hikers start turning up dead in the park, everyone suspects the formidable predators. Unless Aspen can prove their innocence, every one of her beloved dragons is in danger of eradication."
The Fire Sermon, Book #2 The Map of Bones
By: Francesca Haig / Narrator: Lauren Fortgang / Pub: Audible Studios / Length: 13:18
"Four hundred years in the future, the Earth has turned primitive following a nuclear fire that has laid waste to civilization and nature. Though the radiation fallout has ended, for some unknowable reason every person is born with a twin. Of each pair, one is an Alpha—physically perfect in every way; and the other an Omega—burdened with deformity, small or large. With the Council ruling an apartheid-like society, Omegas are branded and ostracized while the Alphas have gathered the world’s sparse resources for themselves. Though proclaiming their superiority, for all their effort, Alphas cannot escape one harsh fact: whenever one twin dies, so does the other.
Cass is a rare Omega, one burdened with psychic foresight. While her twin, Zach, gains power on the Alpha Council, she dares to dream the most dangerous dream of all: equality. For daring to envision a world in which Alphas and Omegas live side-by-side as equals, both the Council and the Resistance have her in their sights."
Nocturne Falls, Book #6 The Shifter Romances the Writer
By: Kristen Painter / Narrator: BJ Harrison / Length: 8:21
Omega Force, Book #8: The Human Factor
By: Joshua Dalzelle / Narrator: Paul Heitsch / Pub: Audible Studios / Length: 8:51
"Captain Jason Burke is a man apart, and not just because he's the only of his kind for thousands of light-years in any direction. The changes to his body and to his genetic code have made him faster, stronger, more able to survive in his dangerous occupation...but they've also ensured that he'll never truly fit in with others of his species. He always assumed he would live and die with his crew and never lay eyes on another human again. He was wrong.
The mercenary captain learns through back-channel information that Earth may be in danger and, worse, that he may have been a contributing factor. He now faces the choice of ignoring the problem and allowing his own species to fight their own battles or returning to help and risk making the situation worse. Can he just sit idly by while his species faces such a dire threat?"
Super Powereds: Year 2
By: Drew Hayes / Narrator: Kyle McCarley / Pub: Tantor Audio / Length: 32:11
"Despite having their secret revealed, the residents of Melbrook Hall return to Lander University for another year in the Hero Certification Program. Good thing the focus of this year is teamwork, because with their origins known, they'll have to lean on each other more than ever.
Now finally sophomores, their curriculum expands, allowing them to train in the majors that Heroes specialize in. The new classes will test their minds, bodies, and determination in ways never anticipated. In a year filled with the unveiling of secrets, unexpected entanglements, and, of course, super-powered battles, who will be left standing is anyone's guess. Because if all that weren't enough, more light is being shed on last year's kidnapping attempt, and the results point at something far bigger than mere rogue educators.
Something that isn't even close to being over with."
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