Wells, Martha: The Wizard Hunters (The Fall of Ile-Rien I) (2003)

A female protagonist looking to die in what seems to be an accidental manner is a relief to meet. Wanting to die is something I experience on a regular basis so I find it nice to know that there are people in literature who feel the same way. Her death-wish is why Tremaine joins the … Continue reading Wells, Martha: The Wizard Hunters (The Fall of Ile-Rien I) (2003)

Hunter, T.M.: Seeker (Aston West) (2011)

T.M. Hunter describes Aston West thus: “Aston is not what your first choice for a hero would be. He doesn’t fit the stereotype of the (as my favorite label from the “Firefly” series indicates) “big d*** hero” like most in the genre do. He’s the everyman who just happens to get into more than his … Continue reading Hunter, T.M.: Seeker (Aston West) (2011)

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)

Hunter, Elizabeth: A Hidden Fire (Elemental Mysteries I) (2011)

According to herself Elizabeth Hunter writes contemporary fantasy and paranormal romance. The Elemental Mysteries series is a four book paranormal romance/mystery series. The mystery part of A Hidden Fire is pretty good while I found the paranormal romance bit kind of “romance novellish”. Why the series is supposed to be for adults is beyond me. A … Continue reading Hunter, Elizabeth: A Hidden Fire (Elemental Mysteries I) (2011)

Hunter, S.A.: Scary Mary (2007)

For once I feel as though a novella has been reviewed by its target audience. Scary Mary is intended for a YA readership and most of the links below reflect that. I am definitely nowhere near that age but still enjoyed the tale of young Mary. Bullying sucks in a major way. There is something about … Continue reading Hunter, S.A.: Scary Mary (2007)

Halpin, Chantal: Foul is Fair (Witch Hunter) (2012)

I love the cover by Misa Buckley. She has managed to get that dark, gritty feeling of the short story that Chantal Halpin has created. Foul is Fair is a 10-page long short story about the witch Sam – not a very powerful witch. Although not powerful magically, Sam does happen to have the strength … Continue reading Halpin, Chantal: Foul is Fair (Witch Hunter) (2012)

Ronald, M. (2011). Soul Hunt. New York: Eos.

As the last installation of this trilogy, Soul Hunt completes our look into life Evie Scelan and the choices she makes to keep people away from the part of herself that she fears. How people see us and the way we view ourselves might not coincide. Evie’s inability to accept her odd talent as intrinsic … Continue reading Ronald, M. (2011). Soul Hunt. New York: Eos.

Wells, Martha; The Siren Depths; (2012); New York, Night Shade Books

As the last mentor hopped out of the chamber, Moon saw that the seed had sprouted new white tendrils. They snaked out and twined around the crumbling remnants of the dead tendrils to follow their path into the heart wood. The tension ran out of Moon’s body and he leaned back against the wall, letting … Continue reading Wells, Martha; The Siren Depths; (2012); New York, Night Shade Books

Davis, Milton & Ojetade, Balogun (ed); Steamfunk! (2013)

Steamfunk! is my first encounter with the genre. Like all anthologies I have ever read, some of the stories appealed to me while others did not. No wonder, given the span of genres. Steamfunk is a US-centric collection of stories that love their steam. I keep on wondering to what extent steam could be an … Continue reading Davis, Milton & Ojetade, Balogun (ed); Steamfunk! (2013)

Anderson, Blackthorn & al: A Forest of Dreams (Edited by Roy C. Booth) (2014)

I tried to find a link to all of the authors in A Forest of Dreams. As you see below, I couldn’t find them all. Allan B Anderson: The Trouble with Dragons: This is a funny and cute story all about perspective. In The Trouble With Dragons we find a dragon, a town and knights. … Continue reading Anderson, Blackthorn & al: A Forest of Dreams (Edited by Roy C. Booth) (2014)

Wells, Martha: The Ships of Air (The Fall of Ile-Rien II) (2004)

  Martha Wells brings back the three worlds caught up in the invasion of Ile-Rien. For some reason there are readers out there who have decided that The Fall of the Ile-Rien is a fantasy work. The first story, The Wizard Hunters, has plenty of elements of fantasy in it, so that would be a … Continue reading Wells, Martha: The Ships of Air (The Fall of Ile-Rien II) (2004)

Crook, Mackenzie: The Windvale Sprites (2011)

Mackenzie Crook has illustrated the story of The Windvale Sprites along with the cover illustration. His illustrations go perfectly with his story. I picked this copy of The Windvale Sprites up at my library. Ragnhild, the fantasy-buff librarian, makes certain she keeps the fantasy/science fiction section well-stocked with books for all age groups. She seems … Continue reading Crook, Mackenzie: The Windvale Sprites (2011)

Sadedin, Suzanne: How the Woman got her Period (Quora, 2014)

HOW THE WOMAN GOT HER PERIOD Contrary to popular belief, most mammals do not menstruate. In fact,it’s a feature exclusive to the higher primates and certain bats*. What’s more, modern women menstruate vastly more than any other animal. And it’s bloody stupid (sorry). A shameful waste of nutrients, disabling, and a dead giveaway to any … Continue reading Sadedin, Suzanne: How the Woman got her Period (Quora, 2014)

Canavan, Trudi: The Magician’s Guild (Black Magician I) (2001)

As far as I can tell, The Magician’s Guild has been published in 3 different English dialects and 15 other languages. That is impressive. My son and I read the UK version of the The Magician’s Guild. As the reader I worked a bit harder with The Magician’s Guild than I have on my last few … Continue reading Canavan, Trudi: The Magician’s Guild (Black Magician I) (2001)

Gimpel, Ann: Earth’s Requiem (Earth Reclaimed I) (2013)

Earth’s Requiem is the first installment of the serial Earth Reclaimed. Being a serial, it did what all proper installments of a serial should – ended on a cliff-hanger. I should probably tell you that there is explicit sex in Earth’s Requiem but no explicit violence. The sex was consensual and safe. Here in Norway … Continue reading Gimpel, Ann: Earth’s Requiem (Earth Reclaimed I) (2013)