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Robert Jordan — A Crown of Swords (1996)

Baring teeth in what could pass for a smile, Valda straightened. Asunawa had a love of truth, a strange love; he could tie it into knots, or hang it up and flay it while it screamed, but so far as Valda knew, he never actually lied.

Fantasy, Fiction

McKinley, Robin: The Hero and the Crown

1984

“Aerin could not remember a time when she had not known the story; she had grown up knowing it. … But there was more of the story yet to be told; Aerin’s destiny was greater than even she had dreamed–for she was to be the true hero who would wield the power of the Blue Sword…”

(see @ goodreads)
Fantasy, Fiction

Jacques, Brian: Redwall

1986

“Redwall Abbey, tranquil home to a community of peace-loving mice, is threatened by Cluny the Scourge savage bilge rat warlord and his battle-hardened horde. But the Redwall mice and their loyal woodland friends combine their courage and strength.”

(see @ goodreads)
Fantasy, Fiction

Tolkien, J.R.R.: Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

1954

This volume has one book split among the viewpoints of the hobbits and the hunters, and the other is wholly Frodo and Sam’s storyline. Runs from Legolas, Gimli, and Aragorn’s orc-hunt to the (start of the) race to Gondor after Helm’s Deep, and from the mazelike Emyn Muil through the encounter with Shelob.

(see @ wikipedia)
Fantasy, Fiction, Satire

Pratchett, Terry: Wyrd Sisters

1988

A Shakespeare-ish mashup wherein Granny learns that drama is all pretend; Nanny is not impressed; Magrat and a Fool flirt awkwardly; and though destiny must be fulfilled, it’s not so particular that it can’t be tricked a little.

(see @ wikipedia)