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Tremontaine: What the River Wants

As the weather improves, the River is still running high. Up on the Hill, Diane is finding her latest affair unexpectedly satisfying; but in the City, Rafe is given cause for concern by his new lover. In Riverside, Kaab and Tess make peace, former lovers finally able to be just good friends.

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Tremontaine: What Light in the Houses Beneath the Earth?

The weather is finally showing signs of improving, but feelings are running as high as the river. As we reach the middle of the season, the waters are poised to rearrange everything we know…

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Tremontaine: The Turning of the Tide

The University is mourning the loss of an esteemed Doctor. Rafe is mourning the death of a friend – and of his dream of being published. But up on the Hill, there’s hope for the future as Diane and Esha bring fresh perspectives to their challenges. And down in Riverside, Everly has the most unlikely of visitors…

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Bite-size Books: In the Vanishers’ Palace

Book cover: In the Vanishers Palace - Aliette de Bodard (a woman in peach clothing running down stairs - or are they coils - under a dragons watchful eye)The Vanishers left the world in tatters. The waters are poisoned, disease is rampant, lives are balanced against value and need. The elders give Yên to a dragon as payment for a healing; but what value can a failed scholar have to an immortal spirit? What need can an unwanted peasant girl fulfil?

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Tremontaine: A World of Change

The rain may have stopped, but there’s nothing but bad news and ominous developments in the City. As the final season takes shape, it’s set to threaten everything we hold dear.

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Tremontaine: Building Bridges

While Esha, Diane and Kaab make the case for change and new ways of thinking, they face opposition from the Hill right down to Riverside from those with a vested interest in keeping things the way they are. The stakes may vary, but the game is getting very, very personal…

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Tremontaine: What Goes Up…

It’s all celebrations and disasters this week. Diane and Kaab are tempted to question just how secure they are in their recent successes. Rafe is left questioning how well he knows a dear friend – and Tess must confront the murky underside of progress…

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Tremontaine: Potential

Welcome back to a City in the grip of progress. Driven by the vision of the Duchess Tremontaine. Enriched by the commercial success of the Kinwiinik led by Ixkaab Balam. Enlightened by the intellectual patronage of Far-Reza. Made – day by day, page by page – more equal by the open door policy of Rafe Fenton’s City Academy. Rain-soaked and miserable after a wet season. What new challenges lie ahead in this final season of my beloved serial?

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Revenant Gun: the final battle for the Hexarchate’s soul

Book cover: Revenant Gun - Yoon Ha Lee (space ship flying away from explosion and asteroids)The Hexarchate is no more. Only two Hexarchs survive: slippery Shuos Mikodez, backing Cheris’s nascent democracy; and immortal Nirai Kujen, determined to resurrect the high calendar to maintain his grip on life. And even Protector-General Kel Inesser and her fleet don’t back him. Kujen isn’t worried: he has another incarnation of Shuos Jedao at his command…

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Bite-size Books: Passing Strange

Book cover: Passing Strange - Ellen Klages (two people dancing in a ballroom at night)San Francisco, 1939. Treasure Island glows in the Bay, a beacon for Man’s perseverance and ingenuity. The vibrant City itself is full of immigrants and free spirits, shielded from the shadows of war. Anything can happen in San Francisco: forbidden love, illegal shifts in gender, and maybe – when you really need it – some actual magic.

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Bite-sized Books: The Red Threads of Fortune

Book cover: The Red Threads of Fortune - J Y YangIn the wake of tragedy, Mokoya the former seeress has abandoned her family and joined a mercenary group who hunt naga. Stalked by grief, she struggles to care about Akeha’s concerns or the slow-burning rebellion. But even in the outer marches of the Protectorate, there are causes worth dying for.

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Bite-sized Books: The Black Tides of Heaven

Book cover: The Black Tides of Heaven - J Y YangAkeha and Mokoya are the twin children of the Protector, sold to the Grand Monastery in exchange for military support. But Mokoya is a prophet, a resource too valuable for their mother to let go, while Akeha has the heart of a rebel. In a country ruled by fear, can they find peace for themselves – let alone for the rest of their people?

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