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The Familiar
The Familiar: A richly imagined, spellbinding new novel from the number one bestselling author of Ninth House | Leigh Bardugo
In a shabby house, on a shabby street, in the new capital of Madrid, Luzia Cotado uses scraps of magic to get through her days of endless toil as a scullion. But when her scheming mistress discovers the lump of a servant cowering in the kitchen is actually hiding a talent for little miracles, she demands Luzia use those gifts to better the family's social position. What begins as simple amusement for the bored nobility takes a perilous turn when Luzia garners the notice of Antonio Prez, the disgraced secretary to Spain's king. Still reeling from the defeat of his armada, the king is desperate for any advantage in the war against England's heretic queenand Prez will stop at nothing to regain the king's favor. Determined to seize this one chance to better her fortunes, Luzia plunges into a world of seers and alchemists, holy men and hucksters, where the lines between magic, science, and fraud are never certain. But as her notoriety grows, so does the danger that her Jewish blood will doom her to the Inquisition's wrath. She will have to use every bit of her wit and will to surviveeven if that means enlisting the help of Guilln Santangel, an embittered immortal familiar whose own secrets could prove deadly for them both. From the Sunday Times bestselling author of Ninth House, Hell Bent and creator of the Grishaverse comes a bewitching historical novel set in the Spanish Golden Age, brimming with peril and dark deeds. PRAISE FOR LEIGH BARDUGO 'Impossible to put down' - Stephen King A pacey read with electric prose Independent Crackling dialogue and sumptuous description. Bardugo dives deep into this world... if youre not careful, itll steal all your time New York Times Bardugo crafts a first-rate adventure, a poignant romance and an intriguing mystery Rick Riordan A master of fantasy The Huffington Post Sultry, sweeping, picturesque USA Today
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Mdion1993
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Luzia Cotado‘s magical abilities are discovered, and she is forced to compete in a tournament for the king during the Spanish Inquisition.

Gothic ✨ Fortune ✨ Hope

I love Leigh Bardugo‘s fanatsy - Main characters that are complex, love stories that aren‘t cringey, and world building that feels inspired.

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amma-keep-reading
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Another fascinating story by Leigh Bardugo.

Definitely a slow start but well worth the read. It felt very similar to The Night Circus, a love story in disguise.

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Areader2
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This is a historical fantasy set in 1600 Madrid,I loved everything about this book the characters were well written the prose and style of writing were wonderful and it was all wrapped around a history that was riveting.
#readAway2024 book 17

Karisimo Just started it today! 1w
DieAReader 🥳Great! 1w
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451Degrees
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I liked this read and if people have been eyeing it I would certainly give it a read! However I felt a lack of depth in both characters and storyline. There‘s a lot of hints to a broader backstory to a lot of the characters that I felt maybe wasn‘t fully explored that left me a bit wanting.

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Texreader
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I wanted to love this book but it reminded me so much of The Hunger Games, I ended up feeling like it lacked originality and missed many opportunities. I liked the story: girls and one boy compete in a magical competition to become the king of Spain‘s magician, at a time when the Inquisition was still quite a threat to witches. The Familiar, as in the title, is the main character‘s “coach” through the games. I was sad the Inquisition played ⬇️

Texreader such a minor role in the book. I‘ve read books about the inquisition in #Spain and its Jews. It‘s a sad history that is worth reminding the world about now. So it‘s an entertaining read but if I gave a title to my review it would be: Missed Opportunities. #foodandlit @Catsandbooks 2w
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Areader2

“But let it be my ambition and not my fear that seals my fate”

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Crazeedi
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So I don't read many paranormal books, but I got this at the local library at the lake. Luzia sings phrases of magic to help her through the drudgery of a scullion in a home in Madrid. When her mistress catches her turning burnt bread into a golden loaf, she thinks she can use Luzia to open the doors to the rich and influential people of the city. When she commands Luzia to break a glass and assemble again, Santangel is there , a stranger⬇️

Crazeedi Who carries the information to his master. They plot to use Luzia to regain a place in King Phillip's palace. The king wants someone who can help him in regaining his ships and fortunes. I definitely recommend! Lots of intrigue! 2w
DieAReader 🥳Great! 2w
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suvata
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4 Stars • The Familiar by Leigh Bardugo is a historical fantasy novel set in the Spanish Golden Age. It revolves around Luzia Cotado, a scullery maid with Jewish ancestry. Luzia is discovered to possess magical abilities by her employer, Valentina, who forces her to perform publicly. This leads to Luzia being approached by a patron, Víctor de Paredes, to compete in a competition to produce a holy magic user to serve the king.

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heyitsMacall
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This book tried to kill me!! I loved it so much I wish I had started it on a vacation or something so I could have finished it in one day. Leigh Bardugo is an always buy for me. And the hardcover is beautiful!

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Laughterhp
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I loved this book! I‘m not surprised because I love Leigh Bardugo, but I am surprised I enjoyed this story. Set in Spain, a servant has “magical powers” and draws attention to herself. She‘s also Jewish and has to hide that, so she doesn‘t attract the inquisition. You follow a few people‘s points of view but the storytelling unfolded beautifully.

dabbe Daffies! 🌼 3w
5feet.of.fury Yessss, I really enjoyed this one too 3w
5feet.of.fury So unique! 3w
ShelleyBooksie Daffodils!!! 3w
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Texreader
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I‘m very excited for my next audiobook. For #Spain #foodandlit @Catsandbooks

Catsandbooks I really want to read this one! 4w
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Sace
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I‘ve narrowed it down to three options for #foodandlit (both for books and food).

My food options are:
1. Spanish lentils
2. Patatas bravas
3. Ensaladilla rusa

It‘s already hot in my neck of the woods so The ensaladilla rusa is a heavy favorite. It‘s not to everyone‘s taste but it‘s right up my alley.

https://youtu.be/YtpfNmfTQPA?si=_RkSjDYjgGHK7Xmh

Amor4Libros Love ensaladilla rusa! 🤤 4w
Sace @Amor4Libros you can‘t go wrong with any potato salad variation. 4w
Sace @Amor4Libros I also thought about tortilla española but I‘d never make it was well as my grandmother so I‘m not even going to try. ? (plus I always make a mess when I try to flip it ?) 4w
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Amor4Libros @Sace ?? I hear you on the tortilla española. My Mom used to make it too and I tried a couple of times and I couldn‘t get the flip right jajaja! 4w
Sace @Amor4Libros and I just watched a YouTube video and the women cooking it made it look so easy! 4w
Amor4Libros @Sace They‘re pros! 4w
Texreader I‘m about to start the same book for #Spain #foodandlit 4w
Sace @Texreader I‘m ashamed to admit I‘ve never read any of Bardugo‘s books. I have this one and Ninth House, but I have year to actually read her. (edited) 4w
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Pruzy
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Just wow! Even better than Ninth House and Hell Bent.

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Beachesnbooks
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My #botm picks for May!

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Meshell1313
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My #2024readingbracket is filling up fast! The Familiar was definitely my favorite book of the month, but hard to beat Bone Season as my favorite of the year so far. So many books, so little time! #readingbracket2024

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ i absolutely love this book and give it all the stars!
“Did it matter who held the power? Whether it was Perez or the king or Victor de Paredes or a man with a funnel in your mouth? What difference did it make if the person with the power wasn‘t you?”

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Nessavamusic
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I really enjoyed this new release. It is not what you might expect, this is more historical fiction than anything else, with a romance, some magical realism and a mystery. Taking place in the Spanish Golden age, which is not a time period I read before. I don‘t like giving many details, as going in mostly blind to books always is the best experience for me. Just note this is not “Romantasy”, so don‘t go in expecting that. 4.5⭐️

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Laughterhp
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So I‘m not sure if I‘ve just never read a new book with painted edges or what, but ALL the pages are sticking together. The struggle is real to just turn to the next page. 🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️🤪🤪

#readerproblems

Booksblanketsandahotbeverage 😱🤷‍♀️ I haven‘t read one either yet.. 1mo
5feet.of.fury It‘s such a trend right now, but some I have found are just not well done, sticky & smudgy 1mo
Suzze I haven‘t either! Is this the regular edition? I may get it for Kindle instead. 1mo
Laughterhp @Suzze I think so! I bought it at my local indie, so I don‘t think it‘s a special edition or anything. 1mo
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5feet.of.fury
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Historical fantasy taking place during the Spanish Inquisition, Luzia‘s heritage makes her as much of a target as her Magic. When she is discovered some find an opportunity to exploit her, while others support her. Religious persecution, classism &sexism influence their responses as they dream of a change of fortune.

I liked this a lot! It is a bit of a slow pace at the start, but very good.

Laughterhp I just started this one today! 1mo
Pruzy I‘m about 180 pages in! 1mo
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TracyReadsBooks
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While the Six of crows duology remains my favorite of Bardugo‘s books—more Kaz please & thank you—this one is probably my second favorite…I think. Bardugo is a fantastic world builder & this story, set in medieval Madrid, about a young woman, working as a servant, with a secret to hide & an unyielding desire to be MORE makes for a quiet but entertaining read that I enjoyed. If you‘re a fan of Bardugo, you‘ll likely like it.

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julesG
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#BuddyRead with @DuckOfDoom

I am immersing myself in ebook and audiobook.

vlwelser 😍😍😍 1mo
TrishB I have this one ready eventually! 1mo
DuckOfDoom Let's go! 1mo
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DuckOfDoom
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Starting today!

Sace That edition! 🥰 1mo
julesG 😍😍😍 1mo
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Palimpsest
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When a scullion in a home is discovered to have magical abilities, the family pushes her to use her magic to rise higher in society. Set during the time of Elizabeth I & the Spanish inquisition, Luzia must decide who she can trust, if anyone. The king‘s former secretary has heard of Luzia‘s little miracles and wants to use her to regain favor, but he already has his own secrets in Santángel. This was entertaining, but not a love for me 3 1/2⭐️

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Ddzmini
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As always Ms. Bardugo has done it again just when you think okay this is different… it becomes the best kind of different.. I can‘t wait to see what is next on this authors expressive, writing, works of art … I will always pick up Ms. Bardugo‘s books 📚

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nitalibrarian
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"Fear men, Luzia," he said." Fear their ambition and the crimes they commit in its service. But don't fear magic or what you may do with it."

Ddzmini I loved that part 1mo
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underground_bks
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This richly imagined and cleverly-plotted historical fantasy follows a young servant forced to keep her Jewish heritage a secret during the Spanish Inquisition whose mistress discovers her magical powers and demands she use them to advance their fortunes in a high-stakes contest to become the King‘s miracle-worker. I did struggle to get into it due to the slow pace…and I felt the characters and romance weren‘t fully fleshed out. Still worthwhile!

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nitalibrarian
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Starting the new Leigh Bardugo today.😍

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Pruzy
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“There was nothing more dangerous than a woman with a pen in her hand” - Ch. 12, page 76

I love quotes about reading and writing like this in books!

Becker Me too.🫶 1mo
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TracyReadsBooks
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Starting my weekend reading with this one…

Meshell1313 Ooh I just finished! Can‘t wait to see what you think! It wasn‘t what I expected at all! 1mo
Pruzy Same! 1mo
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Meshell1313
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What a beautiful and sophisticated novel about magic, miracles and something similar to the Spanish inquisition. I fell in love with Luiza and her perseverance while everyone uses her for their own agenda and benefit. I loved the religious theme throughout and the warning about the dangers of a society ruled through fear and oppression. I‘ll be thinking about this one for a long time. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

KateReadsYA Did you borrow this one from the library?? 1mo
Aims42 I haven‘t read her other books, but this one sounds soooo interesting. It‘s on my Mt. TBR lol 1mo
Meshell1313 @KateReadsYA yup! I always request them before they are released so I‘m usually the 1st up as soon as my library gets them. 1mo
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Meshell1313 @Aims42 it‘s very different from her usual stuff! Not what I expected at all! Def check it out! 1mo
KateReadsYA @Meshell1313 I need to start doing that! There are so many people in line 🤦🏼‍♀️ 1mo
Aims42 @Meshell1313 Yay 🙌 1mo
5feet.of.fury I‘m so excited for this one! I‘m starting the audio this weekend 1mo
Mshookquilts I‘ve been wondering about this. 1mo
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Clare-Dragonfly
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What a gorgeous book, rich with historical detail of Spain under the Inquisition in what I would usually call the Elizabethan era. The characters are equally rich and complex. I adored Luzia, Hualit, and Santángel, came to love Valentina, and feared all the villains. The plot took numerous turns I did not expect. Despite an irritating pet peeve toward the end, Leigh Bardugo remains an autobuy author.

Sace I just bought this book recently. I also have Ninth House sitting on my shelf. I have yet to read this author but I always hear good things. I just couldn‘t resist this one. Set in Spain? Magic? Yes please! Plus it‘s just a gorgeous cover! 1mo
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Clare-Dragonfly
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Augh! Why?! Such lazy writing. Just tell us the demands.

And then it never comes up? It isn‘t relevant to the ending? Why bother with the secrets?

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marleed
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I was caught up in this story and found it sophisticated storytelling. Fantastical as it might be, there‘s a cautionary tale here when all citizens of one country are beholden to the beliefs of a single faith and when there is no freedom from those beliefs.

Suet624 That right there is what scares me. 1mo
marleed @Suet624 Me too. It is my strongest fear. 1mo
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jackilynn
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Question of the day....should I ignore my massive pile of work to do today (patron purge time) and pull this off the shelves for a read or should I actually do my work? It's a tough call 🤔😜 #librarylife #libraryclerk #oregonpubliclibrary

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Bookbuyingaddict
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#specialedition #saturdaybookshopping

At an author ✍️ event in London at the end of this month to see Leigh Bardugo I think the ladies a genius , isn‘t it great 😌 we can have evenings with our favourite 🤩 authors, it sold out instantly so lucky 🍀 lucky 🍀😀

TrishB Enjoy 👍🏻 went to see her last year and enjoyed it. 2mo
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KristiAhlers
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🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Stars. I'm totally in love with this book and I have such a book hangover. I'm sad it's finished. It was the perfect blending of history, magic and sensual romance. Fear not the romance is not the focus and its not explicit so don't let that keep you from reading this one. #bookspin @thearomaofbooks

behudd I can‘t wait to read this! Bardugo has such range! 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2mo
Meshell1313 Oooh awesome!!! 2mo
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nitalibrarian
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Today's #bookmail included Leigh Bardugo's new release and my April #aardvarkbookclub pick, Expiration Dates.😁

Meshell1313 Yes! Just got my copy of Familiar from the library! Hoping it‘s great! 2mo
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Branwen
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Happy Leigh Bardugo Day to all who celebrate! 🤭💕📚 My copy just arrived in the mail and I can't wait to start it tonight!

Meshell1313 Yes! Same!!!! 2mo
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Pruzy
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#Bookhaul for April 9th, 2024

Just one book today, The Familiar by Leigh Bardugo. I‘m a huge fan of her Alex Stern series (Ninth House, Hell Bent) so of course I will buy any other novel aimed towards adults she writes!

Has anyone else picked this one up today?

TrishB Yes 😁 Waterstones special edition. 2mo
Pruzy @TrishB Ooh what does it have that makes it a special edition? 2mo
EKonrad I just finished an arc. It was SO good!!! 2mo
Pruzy @EKonrad I‘m glad to hear that! Also congrats on getting an arc too 😆 2mo
AlaMich Mine arrived two days ago. I love the black sprayed edges. I haven‘t read any of her books before, but this one is waaayyy in my wheelhouse! (edited) 2mo
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TracyReadsBooks
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Everything about this book is pretty…😍

Also, a new Leigh Bardugo book is always cause for a celebration. Excited about this one!

KristiAhlers I have been waiting oh so not so patiently for this one lol. I volunteered to open (I work at B&N) so I could buy it before the store officially opened today and I'm already 70 pages in! So good. 2mo
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It's April and Tuesday! Hope they are both good to you! Here are the #Two4Tuesday questions for today. Everyone is welcome to play.

1️⃣&2️⃣ My answer is the same for both questions. I am excited about The Familiar by Leigh Bardugo. Can't wait to dig into this new series!

Want to play? @Eggs @dabbe @julesG @The_Penniless_Author @WildAlaskaBibliophile @Decalino @Kshakal @Susanita @AmyG @BethM @TheLudicReader

dabbe Will do; thanks for the tag! 😘 2mo
julesG You only have one week to wait for The Familiar to be published. 😁 2mo
TheSpineView @julesG It seems like I have had to wait forever! 2mo
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Traci1
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My #botm box selections. I have a small wait since I wanted The Familiar, but I can live with that. I'm super excited for both of these. What's in your box this month?

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mdemanatee
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Happy April! No fools just anticipated reads. https://youtu.be/ZPnbaaBl2ms

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TheSpineView
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#SundayFunday @BookmarkTavern

Love Leigh Bardugo's books. Definitely looking forward to this one.

BookmarkTavern I forgot about this one! Thanks for posting! 4mo
TheSpineView @BookmarkTavern 👍😊🌞 4mo
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BekaReid
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Leigh Bardugo's newest book is a standalone novel inspired by her own family history. I was pulled in immediately and absolutely loved it! With brilliant writing, wit, and the use of languages in the magic system, this historical fantasy gets all the stars! And the cover!! 😍
Release date 4/9/24
(Framed picture has nothing to do with the story. It was a gift from my partner. I find it hilarious and just love the juxtaposition of it to the cover.)

RaeLovesToRead That picture is amazing and looks great with the cover! 5mo
Karisa Perfect match! Adding it to my tbr. Sounds fantastic! 5mo
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BekaReid
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Excited to start Leigh Bardugo's newest! I love her Ninth House series, and the premise of this one sounds intriguing.