May, K.C.: Sole Sacrifice (The Kinshield Legacy – prequel) (2010)

Author’s note: This is the tragic story of how one character in my novel The Kinshield Legacy became who he is. We all know it. As he dreaded, Sithral Tyr certainly comes to understand that his choices have consequences. What he gained the greatest insight into during Sole Sacrifice was exactly how far he was … Continue reading May, K.C.: Sole Sacrifice (The Kinshield Legacy – prequel) (2010)

Bunn, Christopher: The Hawk and His Boy (Tormay I) (2010)

Christopher Bunn begins the Tormay Trilogy with the tale about Jute and his unknown protector. Just who/what this protector is becomes clear in the first chapter of The Hawk and His Boy. I usually compare myself with the characters of the books that I read. Are we very dissimilar? Is there anything in the story that … Continue reading Bunn, Christopher: The Hawk and His Boy (Tormay I) (2010)

Bradley, M; May, J and Norton, A: Black Trillium (1996)

“Black Trillium” is a collaboration between Marion Zimmer Bradley, Julian May and Andre Norton. These three women are oldies but goodies within the science fiction and fantasy genre. As such one might be tempted to think that this three-in-one package would create a work of wonder. However, three strong personalities can make for problems as … Continue reading Bradley, M; May, J and Norton, A: Black Trillium (1996)

Cross, K. (2014). Miss Mabel’s School for Girls. (Network I). Antebellum Publishing.

Without strings attached, K. Cross offers a free copy of Miss Mabel’s School for Girls to any and all on her website. I stared at the lavender flowers on the white china and willed my heart to stop pounding. Papa’s advice whispered through my head like the balm of a cool poultice, settling my nerves … Continue reading Cross, K. (2014). Miss Mabel’s School for Girls. (Network I). Antebellum Publishing.

Doctorow, Cory; someone comes to town, someone leaves town; New York, Tor Books, 2005

The clerks who’d tended Alan’s many stores—the used clothing store in the Beaches, the used book-store in the Annex, the collectible tin-toy store in Yorkville, the antique shop on Queen Street—had both benefited from and had their patience tried by Alan’s discursive nature. Alan had pretended never to notice the surreptitious rolling of eyes and … Continue reading Doctorow, Cory; someone comes to town, someone leaves town; New York, Tor Books, 2005

Charish, Kristi; Owl and the Japanese Circus (2015)

The world of Owl and the Japanese Circus, by Kristi Charish, is dominated by antique thief extraordinaire, Owl, previously known as Alix Hiboux. Alix’s transformation from archaeology grad student to thief is in part a result of one of the laws we get to know in this urban fantasy. The International Archaeological Association (IAA) operates … Continue reading Charish, Kristi; Owl and the Japanese Circus (2015)

Lackey, Mercedes & Edghill, Rosemary: Dead Reckoning (2012)

I have been looking for an updated website for Rosemary Edghill. This link is old (2013). I haven’t found one anywhere else, but she is still alive. She and Mercedes Lackey wrote Dead Reckoning together. The setting of Dead Reckoning is the Wild West a couple of years after the Civil War. Two of our … Continue reading Lackey, Mercedes & Edghill, Rosemary: Dead Reckoning (2012)

Gee, Emily: The Sentinel Mage (Cursed Kingdoms I) (2011)

Jáume was in his father’s barn when the curse broke free of its dormancy on the easternmost rim of the Seven Kingdoms. The story of the Sentinel Mage begins with Jáume, eight years old. Ancient magic turns his father into a monster and the boy has to flee to save his life. Reading up on … Continue reading Gee, Emily: The Sentinel Mage (Cursed Kingdoms I) (2011)

McDermott, J.M.: We Leave Together (Dogsland III) (2014)

We Leave Together marks the end of the story of Joni Lord Jona, Rachel, Djoss, Calipari and the Walkers. The Dogsland trilogy has been terribly painful yet wonderful to read. J.M. McDermott’s prose brought me through the terrors, pain and love expressed in this story about two extremely different yet similar couples. The Walkers are … Continue reading McDermott, J.M.: We Leave Together (Dogsland III) (2014)

Coughlan, Andy: The Elementalist (2013)

The Elementalist is very much an adventure story with earth, wind, fire and water elementals being summoned by trained elementalists. We also have pirates (or privateers as they prefer to be called themselves). I have never really understood the distinction, for what they do tends to be the same. But these pirates are good pirates, … Continue reading Coughlan, Andy: The Elementalist (2013)

Harrison, Kim: Ever After (The Hollows XI) (2013)

Ever since I read the first novel in this now 11 book long series about Rachel Morgan I have been hooked. How Ms. Harrison manages to keep up the quality of her writing is beyond me. In Ever After the story is mainly about Rachel, quite a bit about Trent and Jenks with some Quen … Continue reading Harrison, Kim: Ever After (The Hollows XI) (2013)

Lynch, Scott: The Republic of Thieves (Gentleman Bastard III) (2014)

The cover by Benjamin Carrè is amazing. It is definitely going onto my list of favorite covers and he is one of my favorite artists. Whew! I have been a fan of the Gentleman Bastard ever since Lynch launched The Lies of Locke Lamora. My attraction to a piece of writing is never really about … Continue reading Lynch, Scott: The Republic of Thieves (Gentleman Bastard III) (2014)

Halpin, Chantal: The Brinded Cat (Witch Hunter) (2013)

I like Sam’s (Samhain) character. Upon beginning this review I looked for further literature about our magically-challenged witch. There is a novel (Death’s Daughter) in the inning, but I do not know when it is going to be published. The Brinded Cat (striped cat) is even more fun than Foul is Fair. Witches and their … Continue reading Halpin, Chantal: The Brinded Cat (Witch Hunter) (2013)

Francis, Diana Pharaoh: Path of Blood (Path of Fate III) (2006)

Religion, faith, beliefs seem to control so much of the world’s humans. We allow ourselves to be steered by goddesses and gods who promise all kinds of things in return for our unfailing loyalty. Political systems seem to have the same kind of hold on people. I see how soldiers willingly put their lives on the … Continue reading Francis, Diana Pharaoh: Path of Blood (Path of Fate III) (2006)

Reine, S.M.: Paradise Damned (The Descent VII) (2013)

Paradise Damned is the last novel in The Descent serial. Like all the rest, Paradise Damned is dark. We get plenty of violence. Part of that violence involves abuse of Elise in the Garden of Araboth. “SEPTEMBER 1, 5509 BCE In the beginning, there was the earth, formless and empty. Darkness hung over the surface of … Continue reading Reine, S.M.: Paradise Damned (The Descent VII) (2013)