Athena’s Must-Read Books


Athena Muhammad, Copy Editor


The Lies of Locke Lamora, written by Scott Lynch


The first book of the Gentlemen Bastard series is set in the city of Camorr, based on late medieval Venice. A gang of elite con artists are emerging as rulers of the criminal underworld, and at night, when the three moons of Camorr shine down on the city, they ruin the lives of the wealthy. The close-knit group of thieves, led by the cunning Locke Lamora, is somewhat of a family, and together they prepare elaborate schemes to steal elaborate sums of money. When new forces in the underworld threaten to overthrow their entire operation, the “Gentlemen Bastards” have to defeat the mobsters that want them dead. The Lies of Locke Lamora has insane world-building, including mythical creatures, magical objects, and intricate mysteries. Its characters are never safe from the secrets hidden within the deep, wretched history of Camorr. This first installment is a tale of love, friendship, courage, magic, hope, tragedy, and good-old mischief. If you love epic fantasy, or if you find yourself guessing the endings of books by the second chapter, read this. The Lies of Locke Lamora is a truly amazing book that holds a special place in my heart.

And the sequels are even better. 


A Thousand Splendid Suns, written by Khaled Hosseini. 

Set in war-torn Kabul, Afghanistan, two women are confined in an abusive marriage to the same man. Over time, the spite and fear they harbored for one another turns into something resembling friendship. However, nothing was ever that simple. Their husband’s growing rage, past lovers, and a worsening war threaten to unhinge the world as they know it. A Thousand Splendid Suns is a story of many things, but most of all, it is a story of true love, tragedy, and bravery. How far will we go to save those we love? What if it is too late? Forgive me for being dramatic, books like this make me believe in magic. 


The Young Elites, written by Marie Lu. 

The first of a trilogy, this book follows a young girl, Adelina Amouteru. Ten years after the blood fever killed almost half the kingdom, only a few survived. Those who did wish they didn’t. Survivors gained strange markings on their bodies and even stranger magical powers– and out of fear and disgust they were shunned by society. Their powers were limitless: the power of illusions, where one can make you feel like you’re being stabbed until you die of pain– even with no one touching you– or the power of fire, where someone can summon infernos to their very fingertips. Adelina is one of these survivors, and finds herself among The Young Elites, a group of powerful survivors. Once she joins them, Adelina has to determine where her allegiance lies, forge friendships and defeat enemies within the circle, and learn to control her dark powers before they consume her– all while the Inquisition Axis vows to destroy powerful survivors. The Young Elites is yet another story of forbidden love, vengeance, tragedy, and magic. In a fantastic beginning to a remarkable trilogy, darkness consumes the innocent and heroes turn into villains.