Happy New Year, monsters and book fiends... We are finally in Capricorn. The persistent goat is in place from December 22nd to January 20th, marking the last Earth sign in the order of the Zodiac. Along with Taurus and Virgo, Capricorn is an Earth sign, marking the birth periods of those who rule with their heads, the soil beneath their toes and a yearning for truth and justice in their lungs.
Those born under the sign of the goat are self-reliant, determined, and practical to the core. The first sign of Winter, they wield a strong desire to do right by others and are fastidious in nature. They tend to be driven by work, research, or hobby in a sense that they're driven by the urge to always be doing something productive. If only us other signs had this, right? Not surprisingly, Capricorns are ruled by the planet Saturn, aka the "Task Master."
In 2020, Capricorns will start off with their "inner" work. There will be less time and energy spent on serving others, as they'll sense this year is the time to seek new beginnings for their personal goals, be it career, financial, inter-personal. Sweet Capricorn, YOU are on the front burner this year! Take charge, little goat.
Here are three Parliament Press book recommendations for the ambitious Capricorns out there...
Published September 17th, 2019
"You are unbroken."
Princess Isabelle of The New Kingdom has lived her entire life in the confines of her palace. She spends her time hunting for the poverty-stricken Voiceless-people of the Old Kingdom who warred with her kingdom and ultimately lost-and dreaming of a world beyond the walls of her home. As the only remaining child of the king and queen, she is to be married off by her eighteenth birthday.
"My father said that magic died long ago. It was evil, cursed, and wicked. My father is a liar."
When Izzy witnesses the use of forbidden magic in the woods outside the palace, she is attacked, and saved by an unknown man. Soon after she discovers her rescuer is a Voiceless servant in the castle named Fray, she befriends him to seek out the magic users who tried to kill her. Fray agrees to help, but not before Isabelle discovers the servant boy harbors a secret the king has tried to bury-that he is a Gwylis, people of the old Kingdom who made a pact with the demons of the underworld for the power to transform into giant ferocious wolves. But to shift into a beast, Fray must be able to speak the words to do so. If he is to thwart the attackers from killing her entire family, Izzy needs to cure the ailment that took away his voice.
"Sometimes one action-one death-can spur a movement, sway the cosmos, and move the stars."
But curing Fray holds more danger than she ever thought possible. The lies of her parents and the risk of putting her own life on the line deems as destructive as falling for the servant boy. If Isabelle is to save herself and Fray, she’ll need to face enemy Gwylis, cross paths with usurper kings and princes, and decide what side she is on-human or wolf-or lose her kingdom forever.
"I am fearless."
Published October 22nd, 2019
She’s an assassin with a gift her parents died for. He’s a reluctant prince content to drink himself into oblivion. And hiding in plain sight amongst them both, a monster is searching for redemption.
In a kingdom where magick is forbidden and spoken of only in whispers, they must each face their own demons, walking the line between loyalty and betrayal.
Enter a dark new world full of forbidden love, painful loss, and a growing war between those with power and those who crave it. An Unholy Magick is a bloody and spell-binding fantasy debut, the first from Kali Rose Schmidt’s shadowy series, Vile Sacraments.
Published January 23, 2018
Cayda has spent her entire life training to slay a Fire Scale. Now the time has come to leave her dragon-ravaged village behind, march into the Summer Alps, and reap the rewards of a Champion. But the road between poverty and prosperity is rife with beasts, betrayals, and baser temptations. Sensible Cayda soon discovers she’s not the only Champion with her eye on the prize, or the only one wearing a disguise.
A Wild and Unremarkable Thing pits girl against dragon in a stunning blend of Greek mythology and medieval lore. Don’t miss the thrilling novella that readers are calling poetic, enchanting, and a must-read for fans of fantasy!