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Action Packed Sci-Fi: Golden Son

5 Aug

Second books in a trilogy can be a tricky thing. They have to follow the build up from the first book and still maintain the attention of the reader while continuing the story from where it last left off. Such is the case of Golden Son, the second book of the Red Rising Trilogy

The opening starts off with quite a literal bang and leads us right into a thrilling story with a conclusion that will leave the reader dying for book three. While there are some slower moments throughout Golden Son, they are moments that help to weave the tapestry of the narrative, Pierce Brown has written. The pacing over all is well done and the character work is just as excellent as ever before, even introducing us to new characters, readers are sure to love as much as the original cast.

Of course it wouldn’t be much of a sci-fi book without space battles and for those looking for quality action, you need look no further. Brown delivers on all these fronts from exciting ship battles to one on one fights; every fight leaves the reader satisfied.

This is excellent second for the trilogy and one fans of Red Rising will love.

If you enjoy Speculative Fiction then you should join us for our monthly virtual Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Discussion Group. Our next meeting is on August 24 at 6 PM EST; we will discuss The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu, a “silkpunk” sci-fi fantasy adventure! Besides ebook copies available to HPL patrons from eLibraryNJ, you can request a print copy for curbside or locker pickup. For more information and to get the zoom invite email

Written by:
Lauren Lapinski
Circulation Assistance

Subtle Horror: House of Salt and Sorrows

22 Jul

Whenever anything horror related is connected to fantasy, it often falls under the genre of grim-dark, things like The Witcher, A Song of Ice and Fire, The First Law series, and The Broken Empire trilogy just to name a few. All of these have elements of violence and some semblance of horror to them. But for all of the ones that have these elements out on full display, how many fantasy ones use it in a more subtle way? Horror can be a utterly shocking, but it can also be used to build up a quite atmosphere of dread and fear throughout the story it’s telling.

This is where House of Salt and Sorrows comes into play. Written by Erin A. Craig, it tells the story of the Thaumas sisters, once known as the Thaumas Dozen, four of them having died a tragic death prior to the book’s beginning. Our protagonist, Annaleigh, one of the remaining sisters is attending the funeral of the fourth latest dead sister when the book starts. When she starts to receive hints that the death of her sisters maybe no accident, she starts to investigate who could be behind the possible murders.

Part retelling of Grimm’s The Twelve Dancing Princesses and part horror suspense novel, Craig weaves a fantastical tale that will satisfy those looking for a story with strong fairy tale horror vibes.

Written By:
Lauren Lapinski
Circulation Assistant

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