What staff at Old Firehouse Books suggests for your next great read


Each week, as part of SunLit – The Sun’s literary division – we feature employee recommendations from bookstores across Colorado. This week, staff at Old Firehouse Books in Fort Collins are recommending Kalyna the Soothsayer, Nettle & Bone and Harrow the Ninth.


Kalyna the fortune teller

By Elijah Kinch Spector
Erewhon
$29.95
October 2022

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From the publisher: Kalyna’s family has the gift: the ability to see into the future. For generations they traveled the four kingdoms of the Tetrarchia, offering their services as diviners. Every child in her family is born with this gift – all except Kalyna. So far, Kalyna has used whistleblowers and tricks to falsify prophecies for money, lacing up a living for her deteriorating father and cruel grandmother. But Kalyna’s reputation as a prophetess precedes her, and poverty turns to danger when she is pushed into Redrock’s service by the spymaster.

From Nicole, Marketing and Events: Kalyna is an absolute delight from start to finish. Tricky, not dense, but full – full of plots and twists and reversals, full of dry humor and wit, full of intrigues that make you guess, until it all comes together in the end. Kalyna herself might be one of my favorite characters of all: a manipulative git with a heart of pure gold who thinks she’s a bad person even when she’s trying to save the world. She’s smart and I love her for it. This whole book is intelligent and a pleasure to read.

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Nettle & Bone

By T. Eisvogel
gate books
$25.99
April 2022

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From the publisher: Marra never wanted to be a heroine. A shy, convent-raised third-born daughter, she escaped the traditional fate of princesses to be married off for the sake of a loveless throne. But her sister wasn’t so lucky – and after years of silence, Marra is sick of seeing her suffer at the hands of a powerful and abusive prince. While searching for help on her rescue mission, Marra will get the tools she needs, but only if she can complete three seemingly impossible tasks.

From Elliot, Bookseller: A pure fairy tale with a touch of modernity. There is darkness in this story, but it is the kind you would expect in true fairy tales. The funny thing about this story is that the heroes of this story aren’t the usual suspects – they’re discarded and would be villains if the story were told from a different perspective. After all, they are looking for the prince. The mix of fairy tales, feminism, and a diverse and interesting cast of characters made this book a pleasure to pick up.


Harrow the ninth

By Tamsyn Muir
Tordotcom Publishers
$19.99
Sep 2021

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From the publisher: She answered the Emperor’s call. She came with her skills, her wits and her only friend. With victory, their world has turned to ashes. After shaking the cosmos with her deadly debut, Tamsyn Muir continues the tale of the penumbral 9th ​​house in Harrow the Ninth, a startling puzzle box filled with mystery, murder, magic and mayhem. All is not as it seems in the Halls of the Emperor, and the fate of the galaxy rests on the shoulders of a woman.

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From Zane, Bookseller: If you thought Harrow was an endearing little ball of wit and scorn in Gideon the Ninth then you won’t be disappointed to get your head around in this book. But be warned: this book is not the first. Muir isn’t afraid to pull a complete literary gear shift here, and if you’re looking for more of the same after Gideon, this isn’t the case. But somehow it’s still so damn good.

Muir is so good at lifting the curtain to answer your burning questions about what the heck is going on, only to reveal that behind the curtains are heavier, dusty, macabre, beautiful curtains. Now on a spaceship. She’s still a master of characters and dialogue here, so get ready to cry from your scream holes. Oh, and the sequel, Nona the Ninth, came out last week, so you’ve got to read that soon. Gosh, these books are amazing.

THIS WEEK’S BOOK RECORDINGS COME FROM:

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