The sun has completed its journey around the sun, and once more we are celebrating the children of summer, Leos, in all their proud, loyal, and independent greatness. Here are a few books to stay inspired and entertained this month, Leo, that might look a bit familiar.
The Runaway King by Jennifer Nielsen
Sage, now reveled to be the long-lost Prince Jaron, has returned to the throne of Carthya as king. But the danger that took his family from him is still out there and threatens not only Jaron’s life and his friends’ and allies’ lives, but also his entire country. Facing mounting pressure from the captain of the guard and his regents, Jaron must take drastic and dangerous action to protect everything he has so recently gained from being destroyed. The second book in Neilson’s Ascendance trilogy will delight fans of the first book who may have been waiting since a certain reading astrologer recommended it last year.
Necromancing the Stone by Lish McBride
Another sequel to another recommended reading horoscope pick, Necromancing the Stone picks up a few weeks after the events of Hold Me Closer, Necromancer. Sam is acclimating to his newly discovered necromancer skills and his new home, the former residence of his nemesis, Douglas. Besides a lingering evil presence, Douglas has also left behind an enchanted abode with warring gnomes and a still-loyal, shape-shifting butler. And don’t forget the lingering tensions with the local werewolf pack, aka Sam’s girlfriend Brid and her family. If all that weren’t enough, someone begins threatening Sam’s sister and it is on, as they say. Sam must find out who is behind the threats and what danger they pose to those he loves most and lay to rest the biggest mystery of all: is Douglas really dead?
I hope you enjoy these sequels this month, Leo, and hope the upcoming year is even better than the previous one!
— Amanda Margis, currently reading Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger and listening to Reckless by Cornelia Funke