Brigid Kemmerer: A Curse So Dark and Lonely

Published by Bloomsbury 19th January 2019

811oFALL IN LOVE, BREAK THE CURSE. BREAK THE CURSE, SAVE THE KINGDOM. Prince Rhen, the heir to Emberfall, is cursed. Forced to repeat the autumn of his eighteenth year over and over, he can only be freed by love. But at the end of each autumn he is transformed into a beast hell-bent on destruction, and after so many failed attempts, his kingdom and its people are barely holding on. Harper’s life has never been easy, but she’s learned to be tough enough to survive. She won’t let anything hold her back, not her cerebral palsy or her mother’s deteriorating health. But when she is sucked into Rhen’s world, nothing is as it seems. Powerful forces are standing against Emberfalll … and it will take more than a broken curse to save it from utter ruin.

This is published in the new year, but it came my way in the summer, and I have to say that it is the very finest work of young adult fantasy I have ever read… If you miss it, you’re mad!

Amy S Foster: The Rift Coda

Published by Harper Collins 18th November 2018

811rThe exciting, action-packed finale to The Rift Uprising trilogy that rivals the thrills and action of The Hunger Games and Red Rising. Ryn Whittaker started an uprising. Now she has to end it. Not long ago, Ryn knew what her future would be – as a Citadel, it was her job to protect her version of Earth among an infinite number of other versions in the vast Multiverse at any cost. But when Ezra Massad arrived on Ryn’s Earth, her life changed in an instant, and he pushed her to start asking why she was turned into a Citadel in the first place. What began as merely an investigation into her origins ended up hurling Ryn, Ezra, and Ryn’s teammate Levi through the Multiverse and headlong into a conspiracy so vast and complex that Ryn can no longer merely be a soldier…she must now be a general. And in becoming a true leader, she must forge alliances with unpredictable species, make impossible decisions, and face deep sacrifices. She must lead not thousands, but hundreds of thousands of troops under her command and in doing so, leave any trace of her childhood behind.

The Rift Uprising Trilogy, whilst primarily aimed at young adults, is absolutely thrilling for adults too. Amy Foster’s narrative is tight, taut and tense, and the overall impression that this is make or break time for Ryn comes across perfectly. This is truly exciting science fiction on a grand scale, a true rival for the Hunger Games, and this extraordinary end to the trilogy is on an epic scale. Superb.