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reviewed Equinox (Ethos). December 05, 2012
Equinox (Ethos)
Second in her Ethos series, Desiree Finkbeiner’s Equinox starts up just as Morning Star ends. The story is ramping up by now as Brianna and Kalen (newly raised from seeming death), strive to save …
reviewed Angelkiller. December 05, 2012
Angelkiller
First in the Angelkiller Triad, David Blalock’s Angelkiller stands alone on its own merits and draws readers quickly and enticingly into a near-future world of ecological risk, governmental control, …
reviewed Spook House. December 05, 2012
Spook House
Harmony Indiana is one of those places where the veil between worlds grows thin and mysteries seep in. Or they creep, crawl, drip or claw, depending on just which mysteries you’re thinking about. …
reviewed Dark Eclipse #16 - The Dark Moon Dige.... January 11, 2013
Dark Eclipse #16 - The Dark Moon Digest e-Monthly
If you’re looking for offbeat horror, short fiction, and a glorious mix of darkness and fun, Dark Moon Digest’s Dark Eclipse #16 is probably a good place to start. From Edgar Allan Poe’s …
reviewed Time Sniffers (Shadow World). January 29, 2013
Time Sniffers (Shadow World)
   Blending classics, science and a modern teen voice with the mystery of a poetry-quoting dog and a quest to save the world, C. S. Lakin has created a story that will refuse to let you go, …
reviewed Roots of Insight (Dusk Gate Chronicle.... January 29, 2013
Roots of Insight (Dusk Gate Chronicles -- Book Two)
Second in the Dusk Gate Chronicles, Roots of Insight takes teenager Quinn back through a mysterious gateway from modern life into the world of Eirentheos, where time moves faster but return is always …
reviewed Deception Peak. February 05, 2013
Deception Peak
Dianne Lynn Gardner just might be the next John White, and Ian’s Realm the new Anthropos. With pleasingly consistent writing, enjoyably flawed teen characters, and a world that blends real-world …
reviewed Silvio (The Tale of the Four Wizards). February 05, 2013
Silvio (The Tale of the Four Wizards)
A mother sends her son away, giving him only memories and magic to guide him. “Use the magic sparingly” she says, sparing him the destruction he would surely face from the dreaded Queen Hacatine. …
reviewed Meneka (The Tale of the Four Wizards). February 05, 2013
Meneka (The Tale of the Four Wizards)
Meneka, though part of a series, stands alone as the tale of two wizards adrift in world of water and temptation. One will fall and one rise, but which will be the stronger? Young Meneka, wounded in the …
reviewed The Deliverer (The Marenon Chronicles.... February 11, 2013
The Deliverer (The Marenon Chronicles Book 1 of 3)
The Marenon Chronicles begins with the tale of a young teen learning he has a serious destiny to fulfill. But first he has to survive the transition from fleeing armed enemies in trucks to battling scarily …
reviewed The Gatekeeper (The Marenon Chronicle.... February 11, 2013
The Gatekeeper (The Marenon Chronicles Book 2 of 3)
This middle book of the Marenon Chronicles sends Silas off on a classic quest to find the Gatekeeper. Meanwhile politics, war, and deviously devised misunderstandings test the humans of Merenon almost …
reviewed The Reckoning (The Marenon Chronicles.... February 11, 2013
The Reckoning (The Marenon Chronicles Book 3 of 3)
Classic quest, betrayal and redemption themes make the finale to Jason D. Morrow’s Marenon Chronicles truly enjoyable. Slow and occasionally repetitious writing, with occasional typos and missed …
reviewed Kaempie (The Tale of the Four Wizards). February 13, 2013
Kaempie (The Tale of the Four Wizards)
You don’t have to read the first two parts of the Tale of Four Wizards to enjoy this short story. Author Dianne Lynn Gardner has an enviable skill for recapping what’s passed while telling …
reviewed Reuben (The Tale of the Four Wizards). February 14, 2013
Reuben (The Tale of the Four Wizards)
Fourth in the Tale of Four Wizards is Reuben, the tale of the final teen wizard, who chooses his own secret mission as the party falls apart. Reuben’s mysterious goal soon becomes clear, but the …
reviewed Beginning of the Trail (Blood and Ste.... February 14, 2013
Beginning of the Trail (Blood and Steel: Legends of La Gaul)
Swords and sorcery in the style of Michael Moorcock, set in a time before the flood when rumors abound of the world’s imminent demise, Steven Shrewsbury’s Beginning of the Trail sees his ancient …
reviewed Dreamwatcher. February 20, 2013
Dreamwatcher
   A cleverly unsettling novel, Dreamwatcher by Sylvia Shults slips into the heads of siblings, Ryan and Stephanie, just as their world’s threatening to fall apart. Ryan seems too young …
reviewed Don't Fear the Reaper. March 05, 2013
Don't Fear the Reaper
Keely’s twin sister’s dead. Her parents are grieving. And reformed bad-girl Keely has had enough of being left to sorrow alone. Her moods have driven everyone away. Now she drives herself …
reviewed Mulogo's Treatise on Wizardry - A Wiz.... March 18, 2013
Occasionally wise in spite of himself, the self-absorbed wizard with the enormously long name offers clever aphorisms on life to the reader while his reluctantly obedient scribe provides a cynical commentary …
reviewed Trilogy: A Collection. April 14, 2013
   Smooth, confident, amiably detached prose characterizes Prudence MacGregor’s Trilogy, which perfectly complements the smoothly confident, amiably detached protagonists of these tales. …
reviewed THE RAPTURE OF WILLARD. April 19, 2013
Twisting zombie fiction into a curiously different direction, James Paul Caiden's The Rapture of Willard imagines a dysfunctional family, united in an isolated farmhouse while the zombie apocalypse …
reviewed The Chosen. April 25, 2013
The Chosen
Phantasma is in shock and grief after attacks by Prince Gastle. Queen Laurali of the Elves sends her valiant group, including the short, stout and beautiful Dwarf Halli. There’s a lot young Halli …
reviewed Alexander Drake's Extraordinary Pursu.... May 01, 2013
Alexander Drake's Extraordinary Pursuit (Azra's Pith)
Memories of Gulliver’s Travels and Narnia bubble up as I enjoy this fast-action middle-grade novel of a lonely young man discovering his heritage. An absent mother and a father who seems almost …
reviewed Fields of Elysium. May 06, 2013
Moving cross-country can feel a bit like moving between worlds, but the narrator of this novel finds herself accidentally transported through a haze of curious lights after the move, and she’s not …
reviewed Sword's Call (The King's Riders). May 06, 2013
The sword’s magical, the wolf is delightful, and the woman bravely pursues her valiant quest. When she meets a quiet half-elf her generous nature compels her to offer him help, but perhaps he’ll …
reviewed Mask of the Macabre. May 06, 2013
Historical London, where King Cholera kills while magicians entertain with imagined death, is the backdrop for these short stories. But there’s something stronger than imagination in the magic act …
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