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The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater

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The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater

What is the difference between a dream and reality? Does our subconscious mind have the ability to alter the physical world around us? If so, then how do your thoughts affect dreams, and what affect does that have on your physical reality? When I read fiction, these are the types of questions I want the author to evoke from my mind, and Maggie Stiefvater has done just that with her four-part series, The Raven Cycle.

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Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan

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Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan

Wicked Saints was a buddy read with my wife, Shannon. Somehow, she ended up with two copies of this book, so we both read them at pretty much the same time. Shannon has since received an e-arc from Netgalley and St. Martin’s Press for the sequel, Ruthless Gods, which she posted a review for earlier today.

This was Emily A. Duncan’s first book, and to be brutally honest, it started off reading like one. I absolutely couldn’t stand the foreign names that we difficult to pronounce even in my head (like why could Tranavia have not simply been Travania? — which would have made much more sense from a reader’s perspective). It took me a long time to get into this book (nearly halfway-through), but once it started getting good, it got good quick. The magic started flowing, and it turned out to be a really solid read.

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John Dee and the Empire of Angels: Enochian Magick and the Occult Roots of The Modern World by Jason Louv

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John Dee and the Empire of Angels: Enochian Magick and the Occult Roots of The Modern World by Jason Louv

Just to be clear from the start — John Dee and the Empire of Angels is not a book for everyone. It provides an excellent and remarkably granular history of John Dee and Edward Kelly, and for that reason alone I would recommend it. However, this book (unlike any other historical record of John Dee), goes balls deep into Dee’s angelic scrying sessions with Kelly, and then goes even further to relate how those scrying sessions went on to influence the realms of science, as well as the Western Esoteric Tradition in its entirety. If you are interested in occult studies, it is extremely interesting to follow the thread of Dr. John Dee and see how his impact inspired countless esoteric teachings and philosophies of the modern era.

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The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

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The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

I’m not going to lie, I was skeptical about starting The Folk of the Air series. Shannon had made a really big deal about it and was adamant that I read it. I know she loves faeries, and I love magic, and we both really enjoyed Holly Black’s previous book, The Darkest Part of the Forest, so I decided to give it a go.

I was not disappointed. This book was full of very detailed descriptions of magic and how things worked, which is something that I appreciate in a magical book — how they don’t just say something magic happened and then don’t describe how it happened. This book gives all of the hows in epic detail, which I really loved. This is one of those books that has the ability to really transport the reader to an altogether different place from mortal reality, and you really get sucked in.

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Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

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Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

Ninth House absolutely blew me away. I have read Leigh Bardugo before (The Grisha Trilogy) — Six of Crows is still on my TBR — but this book was entirely different from “The Grishaverse.” When comparing The Grisha Series against this first book in The Alex Stern Series, I would compare the Grisha series to a child perceiving the fantasy of what magic might be, which developed over time into Galaxy Stern, a real world, hardened survivor, whose very being and situation pulled her into a world she never expected to be in; a world where she eventually blossomed into a darkly-enlightened real-world practitioner of the occult — but not to meet her own ends — to act as one of the shepherds who oversees the other practitioners and holds them accountable in order to keep the magic in order and to keep the ritualists in check.

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