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Cloak of Dragons

Cloak of Dragons by Jonathan Moeller

Nadia is back, in a new series. Spoilers ahead for the first.

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Hail the day that sees him rise

Hail the day that sees him rise, Alleluia!
to his throne beyond the skies. Alleluia!
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raising the army

Hmmm. . . .

Certain characters were going to be returning to their kingdoms only after the main villains were disposed of.

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Yiddish Folktales

Yiddish Folktales by Beatrice Weinreich

A collection of nonsense tales, parables, fairy tales, tales about crafty tricksters and plain old fools, and legends -- particularly legends. A wide variety.

I was particularly interested in the fairy tales. There's a Kind and Unkind Girls variety that plays out normally; a Love Like Salt tale where Sorele finds herself at a rabbi's house, not a royal court; an East of the Sun, West of the Moon variant where it's the son who sets out to find his father, not the bride her bridegroom; a Master and Pupil where he marries the sorcerer's daughter, and a number more.

plotting problems

When you lock up one character in a tower, and two down in the dungeon, and have a fourth who sometimes talk to either set, but never both at once -- 

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Fade

Fade by Daniel Humphreys

First book, but while it has obvious sequel hooks, it stands alone.

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In the forest

Battle Hymn of the Republic

Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord;
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the metaorigin

Is it possible to write an original superhero universe novel without a metaorigin?

DC and Marvel don't have 'em, of course.  Then, both have grown up over decades accumulating aliens from other planets, magicians hanging out in NYC,  supertrained women from all-female utopia with gifts from gods, victims of radioactive spiders or explosions, etc.  And even they have a concentration of origins between mutants and the "metagene".  The lack's a bit much to handwave in a single novel.

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Alleluia! Alleluia!
Let the holy anthem rise,
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