The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012. Print Length: 322 p. Amazon customer rating: 4 1/2 stars (2047 reviews). Kindle edition $7.59. Text-to-Speech: Enabled. Please note that if you read Kindle books on an iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch, an enhanced edition with audio/video content is also available for those devices.
"First published in the United States more than sixty years ago, J. R. R. Tolkien's The Hobbit has become one of the best-loved books of all time. Bilbo Baggins, the hobbit, is a peaceful sort of cozy hole in the Shire, a place where adventures are uncommon and rather unwanted. So when the wizard Gandalf whisks him away on a treasure hunting expedition with a troop of rowdy dwarves, he's not entirely thrilled. Encountering ruthless trolls, beastly orcs, gigantic spiders, and hungry wolves, Bilbo discovers within himself astonishing strength and courage. And at the ultimate confrontation with the fearsome dragon Smaug, the hobbit will brave the dangers of dark and dragon fire alone and unaided." - Publisher.
Crucible of Gold by Naomi Novik. Del Rey, 2012. Print Length: 337 p. Amazon customer rating: 4 stars (36 reviews). Kindle edition $12.99. Text-to-Speech: Enabled. This is volume seven in the author's Temeraire series. All books in the series are available in Kindle editions, starting with His Majesty's Dragon.
"Naomi Novik’s beloved series returns, with Captain Will Laurence and his fighting dragon Temeraire once again taking to the air against the broadsides of Napoleon’s forces and the friendly - and sometimes not-so-friendly - fire of British soldiers and politicians who continue to suspect them of divided loyalties, if not outright treason. For Laurence and Temeraire, put out to pasture in Australia, it seems their part in the war has come to an end just when they are needed most. But perhaps they are no longer alone in this opinion. Newly allied with the powerful African empire of the Tswana, the French have occupied Spain and brought revolution and bloodshed to Brazil, threatening Britain’s last desperate hope to defeat Napoleon. And now the government that sidelined them has decided they have the best chance at negotiating a peace with the angry Tswana, who have besieged the Portuguese royal family in Rio - and thus offer to reinstate Laurence to his former rank and seniority as a captain in the Aerial Corps. ...even in the midst of disaster, opportunity may lurk - for one bold enough to grasp it.
" - from the hardcover edition.
A Perfect Blood by Kim Harrison. Harper Voyager, 2012. Print Length: 438 p. Amazon customer rating: 4 stars (116 reviews). Kindle edition $12.99. Text-to-Speech: Enabled. This is book ten in Harrison's Hollows series - all available in Kindle editions, beginning with Dead Witch Walking.
"Ritually murdered corpses are appearing across Cincinnati, terrifying amalgams of human and other. Pulled in to help investigate by the I.S. and the FIB, former witch turned day-walking demon Rachel Morgan soon realizes a horrifying truth: a human hate group is trying to create its own demons to destroy all Inderlanders, and to do so, it needs her blood. She’s faced vampires, witches, werewolves, demons, and more, but humanity itself might be her toughest challenge yet." - Publisher.
Heir of Novron by Michael J. Sullivan. Orbit, 2012. Print Length: 896 p. Amazon customer rating: 5 stars (37 reviews). Kindle edition $9.99. Text-to-Speech: Enabled. This is book three in the Orbit edition of the author's Riyria Revelations series. The first two volumes are Theft of Swords and Rise of Empire.
"The New Empire intends to mark its victory over the Nationalists with a bloody celebration. On the high holiday of Wintertide, the Witch of Melengar will be burned and the Heir of Novron executed. On that same day the Empress faces a forced marriage, with a fatal accident soon to follow. The New Empire is confident in the totality of its triumph but there's just one problem - Royce and Hadrian have finally found the Heir of Novron and they have their own holiday plans." - Publisher.
Fair Game by Patricia Briggs. Ace, 2012. Print Length: 293 p. Amazon customer rating: 4 1/2 stars (65 reviews). Kindle edition $12.99. Text-to-Speech: Enabled. This is book four of Briggs' urban fantasy series Alpha and Omega. The first three volumes - all available in Kindle editions - are On the Prowl (this collection of novellas contains the first story in the series, Alpha and Omega), Cry Wolf, and Hunting Ground.
"They say opposites attract. And in the case of werewolves Anna Latham and Charles Cornick, they mate. The son - and enforcer - of the leader of the North American werewolves, Charles is a dominant alpha. While Anna, an omega, has the rare ability to calm others of her kind. Now that the werewolves have revealed themselves to humans, they can't afford any bad publicity. Infractions that could have been overlooked in the past must now be punished, and the strain of doing his father's dirty work is taking a toll on Charles. Nevertheless, Charles and Anna are sent to Boston, when the FBI requests the pack's help on a local serial killer case. They quickly realize that not only the last two victims were werewolves - all of them were. Someone is targeting their kind..." - Publisher.
Echoes of Betrayal: Paladin's Legacy by Elizabeth Moon. Del Rey, 2012. Print Length: 466 p. Amazon customer rating: 4 stars (19 reviews). Kindle edition $12.99. Text-to-Speech: Enabled.
"All is not well in the Eight Kingdoms. In Lyonya, King Kieri is about to celebrate marriage to his beloved, the half-elf Arian. But uncanny whispers from the spirits of his ancestors continue to warn of treachery and murder. A finger of suspicion has been pointed toward his grandmother, the queen of the Ladysforest elves, and that suspicion has only intensified with time and the Lady’s inexplicable behavior. Clearly, she is hiding something. But what? And why? Meanwhile, in Tsaia, the young king Mikeli must grapple with unrest among his own nobility over his controversial decision to grant the title and estates of a traitorous magelord to a Verrakaien who not only possesses the forbidden magic but is a woman besides: Dorrin, once one of Kieri’s most trusted captains. When renegade Verrakaien attack two of Dorrin’s squires, suspicion and prejudice combine to place Dorrin’s life at risk - and the king’s claim to the throne in peril. But even greater danger is looming..." - Publisher.
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