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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 …
reviewed Trilogies: 18 sets of short fiction. May 14, 2013
The stories are short and fun, grouped into intriguing sets of three by location, time, topic and genre; all very organized, like licensing baby-strollers and charging them for parking (as in the story …
reviewed Between Dark and Light. May 14, 2013
Enter a world of dwarves, ogres and more, of dark powers and light hope, of tortured (sometimes literally) protagonists, politics, rebellion, friendship, loyalty and more—the world of the Brotherhood …
reviewed Search for the Fallen: Angels of the .... July 09, 2013
With an oddly different take on Heaven and Hell, J.E. Hudson’s Search for the Fallen is the first in a series—Angels of the Sword. A prank gone wrong results in Esca’s enslavement to …
reviewed Grace Through Blood (The Holy Damned). July 09, 2013
Ranging from secret chapels of ancient France to high-tech military establishments in the modern world, but centered firmly in Charleston, A. J. Lee’s Grace Through Blood combines multiple storylines …
reviewed Lone Wolf. July 09, 2013
Set in distant future, Dellani Oakes’ Lone Wolf combines space flight, mining guilds, treachery and romance into an exciting action adventure with sensual and mystical overtones. Backstories are …
reviewed Lagrange Point (The Progeny of Evolut.... July 09, 2013
Author Mike Arsuaga brings the subspecies series full circle in the novel Lagrange Point. The story’s set further in the future than its predecessors. Convincing future history has led to colonies …
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