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    Ruin & Rising – Leigh Bardugo

    “The monster’s name was Izumrud, the great worm, and there were those who claimed he had made the tunnels that ran beneath Ravka. Sick with appetite, he ate up silt and gravel, burrowing deeper and deeper into the earth, searching for something to satisfy his hunger, until he’d gone too far and lost himself in the dark.” Alina and Mal must find the firebird, kill the Darkling and save Ravka. That is what pushes Alina to build her strength after a confrontation that nearly killed her. Hiding underground she must get stronger and survive the clutches of the Apparat who has built her into a saint for the people of…

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    The Gathering Dark (Grisha #1) – Leigh Bardugo

    “The servants called them malenchki, little ghosts, because they were the smallest and the youngest, and because they haunted the Duke’s house like giggling phantoms, darting in and out of rooms, hiding in cupboards to eavesdrop, sneaking into the kitchen to steal the last of the summer peaches.” Alina has spent her live in Ravka, growing up in an orphanage then becoming part of the kings army she has always been close to Mal, another orphan boy. But one day the army are crossing The Fold, a swathe of darkness full of monsters – Volcra – that feed on human flesh and is slowly destroying the land. On their trip…