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The Demon King (Seven Realms Book 1)

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cover imageThe Demon King, the first book in the Seven Realms series by Cinda Williams Chima,  is a fantasy novel in the world of wizards and magic. Set in the northern nation of the Fells, one of the seven realms, the book centers on three different groups forced to live in one nation. The northern wizards, wealthy and powerful in the social hierarchy,  invaded the Fells thousands of years ago but require amulets to use their power. The spirit clans, the natives that had their land stolen from them, are close to nature and control the wizards by being the only ones that can make and sell amulets. Finally, the Valefolk are the people in between the wizards and clan, trying to make a living in the poverty of the capital city of Fellsmarch.

At the peak of their power, wizards ruled the entirety of the Fells. That was, until one nearly destroyed the world. That one wizard, now called the Demon King, caused a cataclysm of epic proportions, and no one had any idea what to do about it. Desperate, the wizards finally crawled to the clans for help, and they agreed, for a cost. The clans ended up putting wizards on short leashes, with an agreement called the Naeming which greatly restricted their power. A thousand years later, the country of the Fells became what it is today, in serious poverty, with all three groups constantly bickering, and still living under the laws mad a thousand years ago.

The Demon King focuses on two people living opposite lives in the Fells. Hanson Alister, a 16 year old ragpicker and gang lord in the capital city of Fellsmarch who happened to foster with the clans, lives with his life in constant threat. Whether it being fighting starvation, trying to feed his sister and mother or dodging other gangs, Han lives with every day as a battle of life and death. On the other hand, Raisa ‘ana Marianna  lives the easy life as princess heir of the fells. Feasts, dances and fancy clothes, the hardest choice she’s ever had to make is which boy she liked best. Now, when Han finds an amulet that used to belong to the Demon King, and Raisa finds multiple plots against her life, their lives get turned upside down. Follow both of them on the beginning of their epic journey to stay one step ahead of their enemies, with death around every corner.

Although The Demon King doesn’t have the best writing, it really makes up for it in storytelling. Not only is the plot and work construction superb, but the multiple perspective system really makes the book much more interesting. It’s especially interesting when Han and Raisa finally meet (which I won’t spoil), seeing both the perspective of a street rusher and that of someone raised in royalty. The entire story is quite immersive with great character construction. Overall, I would definitely recommend this novel, even if it does have a little romantic tension in the later books.

Volunteers?

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Hey guys,

Sooo, a little bird told me that the Maple Library has a few openings for teens to volunteer in the Tech Savvy (aka. Beyond the Basics) program.  How this program works is that you – the teen – would be matched with an adult learner to meet with one-on-one and teach them how to use various types of social networking and other ‘new’ online activities (such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube).

techLooks good on a resume and is a fun experience – kinda nice having the tables turned and being the teacher instead of the student! =)

Anywho, if you’re interested, please fill out the application and hand it in at Maple Library.

If this program sounds like something you’d be keen on but you don’t live in or near Maple, this program is also run at Dufferin Clark, Bathurst Clark, Pierre Berton, and Woodbridge Library – so go ahead and talk to your your librarian at one of those other locations.

TOMORROW!!!!!!!

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That’s right – TOMORROW!!!!!  

Teens of Vaughan, you have ONE more day to give us a shout and pre-register for the FREE after-hours movie night at the library!!!

On Friday, May 1st, starting at 6:30pm, both Bathurst Clark and Maple Library will be hosting a private, after-hours showing of Mockingjay pt. 1.
The movie will be projected on our theatre-style screen, and we’ll even provide some (FREE) snacks and drinks – and feel free to bring your own munchies, too!

Space is limited, so you HAVE TO PRE-REGISTER!!!!

To pre-register, you can either come in person to the Information Desk next time you’re at Maple or Bathurst Clark Resource Library
Or Call us at 905-653-7323 (and tell the operator you want to talk to Maple or Bathurst Clark – Information)
Or Email myself or Alexandra with your name, age, and phone number (so we can give you a reminder call)

Mockingjay pt 1

Movie Night!!!

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Heya folks!  For those of you that missed my first post a few days ago, I just wanted to give you a shout out that there is a special, FREE, after-hours movie night that is just for teens coming up!

Let’s use those key words again, shall we?

FREE

MOVIE

TEENS ONLY!!

On Friday, May 1st, starting at 6:30pm, both Bathurst Clark and Maple Library will be hosting a private, after-hours showing of Mockingjay pt. 1.
The movie will be projected on our theatre-style screen, and we’ll even provide some (FREE) snacks and drinks – and feel free to bring your own munchies, too!

As space is limited, you do HAVE TO PRE-REGISTER!!!!

To pre-register, you can either come in person to the Information Desk next time you’re at Maple or Bathurst Clark Resource Library
Or Call us at 905-653-7323 (and tell the operator you want to talk to Maple or Bathurst Clark – Information)
Or Email myself or Alexandra with your name, age, and phone number (so we can give you a reminder call)

Mockingjay pt 1

Sooo, what’s up next?? Jobs?

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Hey guys, how goes the illustrious March Break??  You all having a good time sleeping in?  (and of course, by ‘sleeping in’ I mean staying in bed well into the afternoon….ahhhh, those were the days!!  Le sigh, last time I got to do that I had mono and that was decidedly less than enjoyable.)

Annnywho, yeah!  March Break!!  Huazzah!  And then the bad news – it’s Thursday…meaning it’s almost Friday….meaning it’s almost the weekend – and of course – that means, it’s almost Monday and you got back to school again.  So sad.

Well, chins up!  All that really means is it’s that much closer to summer!!! =D

Annnd, speaking of summer, what are your plans?  Anyone thinking of getting ready for a job?  Either a summer job or something of a more permanent/non-seasonal nature?    I just got a lovely little note in my email today from a friend that there is going to be a student job fair next week Wednesday (March 25) from 3:30-5:30pm.

COSTI, in partnership with Employment Ontario and United Way are hosting the event…instructions are to dress for an interview as they will be done on-site.
Address: 7800 Jane St.
Tel: 905-669-5627 

job fair 2015

Sooooo, yeah.  Want a job?  Seems like a good place to start!! =D

And in the meantime, enjoy the last few days of your lovely break….