The New Books Roundup, Dec. 6: The 100 Continues


In this week’s group of new books, the young adult series The 100 continues with a new book, a legendary romance author returns with another book, and more.

With the holidays fast approaching, you might find it more and more difficult to find time for reading. However, books can make for a really great gift, and the newer the book, the less likely your intended recipient already has a copy. Perhaps with the same idea in mind, the release of new books has slowed somewhat this week.

At the same time, though, there’s plenty to find and enjoy here. Links in each book title will take you to Amazon, and we’re sure we don’t need to extol the virtues of two-day shipping here. For some extra reassurances, we also include links to Goodreads.


The 100 has long since become a TV show. Author Kass Morgan has thus picked the series back up again, and today brings the fourth book in the series. Things for the titular group should have improved with the arrival of the rest of the Colonists. However, not everyone on the planet is particularly friendly, including a cult with the intention of wiping out everyone else on the surface. When the cult attacks the settlement, Wells, Octavia, and Glass are all taken captive. Bellamy, Clarke, and the rest now have quite a few problems on their hands: saving their friends, stopping the cult, and also working together with the Earthborns. Goodreads gives it a 4.38 rating as of this writing. Consider it as a gift for someone who has a regular appointment with The CW. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; hardcover and paperback, 304 pages; list price: $18.99 / $12.99.

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Island of Glass

Nora Roberts shows no signs of slowing down. Island of Glass will wrap up her Guardians Trilogy and finally pair off the last two remaining characters: the immortal Doyle and archaeologist (also a werewolf) Riley. Those who have read the previous two books knew this was coming, since that’s just how things operate. However, amidst all of the falling in love, the two of them must also find and secure the Star of Ice, the last of three extraordinarily powerful gemstones, with the help of their already-paired-off-in-the-last-books friends. Goodreads calls the ending to this trilogy quite satisfying. A romance novel enthusiast likely would be happy with this as a gift. Berkley; paperback, 350 pages; list price: $17.00.

The Immortal Throne

Stella Gemmell has followed up her novel The City with this novel, The Immortal Throne. As Goodreads reviews suggest, the book partially takes place during the events of The City, then moves more into regular sequel territory. Though this book has been out for quite sometime across the pond, this edition is the first published here in the States. As war comes to the gates of The City, a darker, more political one rages within its walls as well. The City needs a hero before it’s too late. Additionally, Goodreads reviews praise this book (and the first in the series) as being well-crafted and excellent fantasy, which mean this might help a Game of Thrones fan make it through the rest of the off-season. Ace; hardcover, 560 pages; list price: $27.00.

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Additional books out today include The Lunar Chronicles Coloring Book, based on the series of the same name by Marissa Meyer; A Season of Spells, from the Noctis Magicae series by Sylvia Izzo Hunter; and Babylon’s Ashes, the next novel in James S.A. Corey’s The Expanse.

Which books are first on your to-read list this week?