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Monstress, Volume 1: Awakening Cover Image
By Marjorie Liu, Sana Takeda (Artist)
ISBN: 9781632157096
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Image Comics - July 19th, 2016

Monstress is a graphic novel with a visual style that bridges Eastern and Western artistic styles and the result is staggeringly beautiful. Sana Takeda’s work is perfection both in style, color and movement and the art deco and steampunk influences of the art give Monstress a distinct and impactful visual style. The writing is an equal to the art. Liu has worked in the comic book industry for a long time and has written extensively for Marvel. Her experience shows in Monstress which reads like a thick fantasy novel it imparts so much character development, worldbuilding and plot on each and every page.

The Obelisk Gate Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316229265
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Published: Orbit - August 16th, 2016

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The Fifth Season Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316229296
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Published: Orbit - August 4th, 2015

Cole says: In an unstable, apocalyptic world, Essun searches for her lost daughter, her secrets surfacing as her journey unfolds. With The Fifth Season, Jemisin once again proves herself a master world-builder and storyteller. The world of the book is simultaneously beautiful and unflinchingly brutal, and the pages seem to simply turn themselves!


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Uprooted Cover Image
ISBN: 9780804179034
Availability: Special Order
Published: Del Rey Books - May 19th, 2015

Cole says: The Wood is a force of death and corruption in the world and Agnieszka has grown up in its shadow. Every ten years, the Dragon, the sorcerer who keeps the Wood at bay, chooses a girl from the nearby villages to be his servant. No one thinks Agnieszka will be chosen: her skirt is always torn, her hem muddy and she is anything but graceful. But the Dragon's choice surprises everyone and leads Agnieszka on a journey filled with magic, danger and discovery. In Uprooted, Naomi Novik packs in more - more plot, more character development, more magic and more fantastical twists and turns - than most authors manage in an entire trilogy. The pacing is non-stop and, just when you think you know where the book is heading, it manages to surprise you in the best way possible.

Clariel: The Lost Abhorsen Cover Image
ISBN: 9780061561559
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Published: HarperCollins - October 14th, 2014

Introducing The Learned Owl's Wise Readers Club

One of the things we at The Learned Owl Book Shop enjoy most is recommending books to our customers and talking with them about books they have enjoyed. We are always happy to direct them to bestsellers and highly-anticipated new releases, as well as the classics and much-loved children's books. In keeping with this favorite activity and just in time for the start of your holiday shopping, The Learned Owl Book Shop proudly introduces our Wise Readers Clubs!

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