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We are excited to announce that Hetalia Axis Powers Volume 6 will be available on May 13, 2014.

Thanks to a special arrangement with TOKYOPOP and Hetalia’s Japanese publisher Gentosha Comics,

The first print run of this book will include an six-page color insert. Once the initial print run sells out, the volume will be transitioned to Right Stuf’s print-on-demand program.

Hetalia Axis Powers, created by Hidekaz Himaruya, started as a Japanese web comic. It utilizes personification to represent countries and their participation in historical events, while poking fun at cultural stereotypes. It was later adapted into a manga (released by TOKYOPOP) and an anime series that is currently available to North American audiences on DVD and Blu-ray from FUNimation Entertainment.

The first five volumes of the Hetalia manga are available now. Volumes 1-6 can be ordered exclusively through rightstuf.com. For more information about Hetalia Axis Powers, visit hetalia.rightstuf.com.

fencer-x:

Every book in the Nightrunner series.

The Nightrunner Series is a multi-part fantasy series written by Lynn Flewelling. It currently contains seven novels and a collection of related short stories.

‘Nightrunner’ refers to the occupation of Seregil and Alec, the series’ two main protagonists. The word describes the assortment of jobs, including thief, spy, and whatever else the characters find they must become throughout the series. Though the books are fantasy, they may also be described as being adventure, mystery, and romance. They also contain LGBT themes.

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When young Alec of Kerry is taken prisoner for a crime he didn’t commit, he is certain that his life is at an end. But one thing he never expected was his cellmate. Spy, rogue, thief, and noble, Seregil of Rhiminee is many things—none of them predictable—and when he offers to take on Alec as his apprentice, things may never be the same for either of them. Soon Alec is traveling roads he never knew existed, toward a war he never suspected was brewing. Before long he and Seregil are embroiled in a sinister plot that runs deeper than either can imagine, and that may cost them far more than their lives if they fail. But fortune is as unpredictable as Alec’s new mentor, and this time there just might be…Luck in the Shadows.

If you haven’t read this series and you like really good, fun epic fantasy with war and intrigue and magic and romance (lots between our two MCs), with great female characters, then you really ought to give it a shot :3 The plots are fun and, IMHO, not overwrought, and while there are definitely scenes I’d change, I’d say 98% of the time this is a series I would recommend hands down.

There are seven books, as mentioned, and one collection of short stories. The collection should probably be read between books 2 and 3, as there’s a year-long gap between those two books, and the short story collection contains an important event that happens between those two books.

Cannot sing the praises of this series highly enough!

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