Borderline by Mishell Baker

Posted July 1, 2016 By Jandy
 

Borderline by Mishell BakerFantasyMillie is living in a psychiatric center trying to adjust to her new infirmities. When she was embarrassed a year ago, she tried to commit suicide by jumping off a roof on her university campus. She lived; now she has prosthetics to replace her amputated legs and missing memories from a head injury. She was a film student; now she’s a ward of the state with no future.

Then Caryl Vallo visits the center; she’s with the Arcadia Project and wants to offer Millie a job. The Arcadia Project is a very unusual ambassador project. It is tasked with keeping two groups of people at peace and working well together. When relationships are formed between the groups, magic happens. This is evidenced by famous film producer David Berenbaum. He is one of the top secret ambassadors and has a name that equals Hollywood when anyone hears it.

One of the ambassadors from the other group, Viscount Rivenholt, is missing. It is Millie’s job, along with some other team members, to find him and bring him back to Hollywood, one of the connections between the groups. Rivenholt doesn’t want to be found, so they start digging. Millie is thrilled when that includes an introduction to Berebaum. When the great man takes an interest in her past work, Millie once again starts dreaming of a film making career. If they can find Rivenholt, of course.

Mishell Baker took her imagination on flight and created a magical tale in Borderline. The book is fast paced, features a very flawed protagonist, and characters that pull the reader right in. It’s based in Hollywood (Remember Pretty Woman? The stuff that dreams are made of?) so the reader is all ready for magic.

Borderline is full of magic, not only the film kind. Arcadia is a very special group and polices the hidden peoples in the world – people who make real magic.

It’s easy to get caught up in Baker’s story and behind the scenes in the power houses behind film making. Millie worked on small interesting documentaries. Now she’s friendly with the producer of the biggest movies in today’s Hollywood.

Magic is all around Tinseltown. Baker reminds us that it’s twisted all sorts of ways in Borderline.

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Dragon Coast by Greg van Eekhout

Posted June 19, 2016 By Jandy
 

FantasyDragon Coast by Greg van EekhoutDaniel Blackland is in the search of a dragon. In Pacific Fire, Otis Roth, Sister Tooth, and Gabriel Argent, all powerful magicians with their own specialties, were working together to bring the bones of a firedragon back to life using bits of magical bone, leather, organic bits, and other pieces. Daniel and his adopted son, Sam, went to stop the dragon and destroy it. Instead, Sam became part of the dragon and brought it to its magical life. Now Daniel wants to rescue Sam and still destroy the dragon.

Gabriel had worked with Otis and Sister Tooth hoping to destroy the firedragon before they could magically animate it. Now he agrees to help Daniel in a plan to wipe out the dragon. Daniel’s plan includes a method to pull Sam ‘s conscience out of the dragon first and put it in a new golem.

Sam was the golem of one of the most powerful osteomancer magicians of the time. Now he has merged with the dragon’s mind. Sam has that magic in himself, but he can’t use it to control the firedragon. He tries, but is unable to prevent the firedragon from ravaging Southern California neighborhoods. He is the dragon, yet can’t control it.

As Daniel finally reached the firedragon and is ready to try his spell when the creature is highjacked by military forces from Northern California. Now he devises a new plan that includes Gabriel and Daniel’s friends Moth and Cassandra. They sneak across the border and head north.

Daniel had to face down his golem brother Paul when trying to capture and destroy the firedragon before it was animated. Now he impersonates Paul to get close to the Hierarch of Northern California to get the magic he needs to revive Sam. The person who will be the most difficult to fool is his own mother. Cassandra and Gabriel invade through the water tunnels. Water is Gabriel’s specialty and his strength. The plan will have all of them meet at the dragon’s current lair.

Greg van Eekhout’s osteomancer series concludes with Dragon Coast. I found this to be the weakest of the three, yet the world is fascinating. (OK, it’s wasn’t quite so fascinating when I finally figured out osteomancers gain power through cannibalism – I kept reading it but not putting the thoughts together…)  van Eekhout created his believable world that imagines new uses and sources of magic.

Southern California is divided into territories governed by magicians who continue to want more power and more strength. For now, no one has proved stronger than everyone else like the Hierarch had been. Daniel or Sam could probably take his place, but Daniel doesn’t want to become like the old Hierarch or his parents. Sam learned from Daniel and is still learning his true strength.

van Eekhout pulls magic in a new, fascinating way. Dragon Coast is the finale of Daniel’s story. (Or is it? Northern California is still out there and could become a threat.)

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ChildrenThe Monstrous Memoirs of a Mighty McFearless by Ahmet ZappaFantasyReviewed by Molly

I first read Ahmet Zappa’s The Monstrous Memoirs of a Mighty McFearless while teaching 4th grade back in the mid 2000s.  It had great popularity among both girl and boy readers.  That is a good thing; the middle grades are a time when many kids do not want to read much of anything.  And, boys especially seem to lose much interest in reading.  Not so with books featuring action, gross and fun available.  Ahmet Zappa’s The Monstrous Memoirs of a Mighty McFearless never lay on the classroom library for more than a day before being checked out again.  The class rule was everyone had to have a turn to read it once…. And that soon became twice, or …. Before anyone could check it out again.

When I moved to First Grade the book continued to be popular among those who were no longer in my classroom.

I recently came upon a copy of The Monstrous Memoirs of a Mighty McFearless while strolling through the aisles of the local jumble shop; I picked it up immediately.  And find reading it again today; the book holds as much allure as ever it did.  Hence, I’ll review it now, despite it being published over a decade ago, in hopes that more middle grade readers will have the fun, quirky tale brought to their attention by another middle grade teacher who may not as yet have noticed it.

Zappa’s The Monstrous Memoirs of a Mighty McFearless narrative launches with eleven year old Minerva McFearless, her younger brother Max, and their battered and bleeding father locked in bird cages, dangling over a never-ending pit of molten lava.  Close by, a plump, dozing, Snargleflougasaurus polluted the air with his gaping, reeking, feted, razor-toothed mouth.  The trio are held deep within the demonic depths of Castle Doominstinkinfart where The Zarmaglorg – sovereign of evil, has been busy tormenting Mr. McFearless in a fruitless, to date, effort to wrest control of the wicked magic held within the Enotslived Diamond.

From that initial circumstance the reader is hurried along on an exhilarating trip jam-packed with a clarification of just how not normal the McFearless family actually is, as well as, arriving at the recognition that eight is the number of forever, as they are made aware that Minerva and Max can, will and do seem to locate misfortune whenever they are left alone, and will move into a mysterious chamber where the fireplace used to be with the kids.

Wandering along a clandestine passageway Minerva and Max arrive to a door leading into a museum like room.  It was a chamber precisely intended for and devoted to the systematic training of malicious monsters.   As soon as Minerva sees a cryptic tome, the Monstranomicon, she is in for a revelation.

And the anecdote continues; The Legend of Maximillius McFearless clarifying a bit of the family history, Father McFearless’ staggering admission, the kids sneaking into their father’s private den as often as they can where they study to be monsterminators, a Bewilder Box appearing on the doorstep without warning and a recipe for Lizard Lozenge Ten are included in the chronicle to keep the reader turning the page.

Before the conclusion of the tale is reached the reader will read a narrative regarding The Grumplemiser, will see a formula for preparing Fool’s golend Friend Chicken Surprise Attack as well as one for The Cat Hand of Doom, which guards the user from Krunkadillions for 300 days. Exhilaration, more escapades, more recipes and imageries fill the pages of The Monstrous Memoirs of a Mighty McFearless.

On the pages of his introductory book; Ahmet Zappa has created a refreshingly child friendly tome certain to tempt the middle grade target audience.  Characters and situations including Guide Mr. Devilstone, the egomaniac one-eyed coyote who wears a monster alarm, the Enotslived Diamond, around his neck, Ms. Monstranomicon a live monster manual who is more kindhearted than horrific, and the McFearless clan itself are appealing, engaging and likeable.

I especially appreciated viewing the numerous graphics, photo works, monster images and the monster deterring instructions formulas and recipes.  Writer Zappa has fashioned a book for kids who may not much enjoy reading, dyslectic Zappa; knows well the struggle many kids face trying to make sense of letters and words.  As the parent of a dyslectic child; I appreciate that writers are today presenting works with dyslectic, and others having reading problems, in mind.

Minerva and her love hate relationship with her sibling is something young readers will identify, appreciate and giggle over.  Zappa’s command of language is a pleasure, he presents terminology to tickle the tongue, lend joy to the eye and pull children into the reading.  Humor abounds, as it smooths out the monsterish bits of the work in a sui generis and delightful manner.

Mighty McFearless is a quirky book holding much appeal for the middle grade reading audience.  I expected much from the son of Frank Zappa, who is my generation while Ahmet is my children’s.  I was not at all dissatisfied during my reading for review of this carefree, keep ‘em turning the page work.  I tend to enjoy quirky too.  While Mighty McFearless is a book I read without hesitation to my 4th grade classes, it was a little beyond the scope for my First Grade students.

The Monstrous Memoirs of a Mighty McFearless works well as a read-to for parents to use for reading to their 8 – 10s, remember, even ‘older’ kids enjoy sitting and having parents read to them, it is as well, as a read for enjoyment for the grades 4, 5 and 6 and perhaps even older.

Some parental guidance will be necessary for younger listeners, parents will do well to read first to make themselves aware of the places in the narrative where younger, or especially sensitive kids may express actual concern as opposed to the anticipated shrieks of delight kids in the target audience can be expected to express at the unrefined, or sensational or unusual.

Text used may be challenging for the youngest readers, not a bad thing, but be ready to explain a word here and there as your 8 year old attempts to read Mighty McFearless alone.

Pleasing Read. Well Recommended especially for target audience.

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Chaos: Worlds Beyond by CW Holcomb

Posted April 18, 2016 By Jandy
 

Chaos: Worlds Beyond by CW HolcombFantasyReviewed by Molly

In the interior of the obsidian throne room of the imperial palace anticipation is tangible.  Primus Croatius, his Premerian obsidian armor clanked at the hinges, his body was a tad softened subsequent to palace living during the past few weeks; Crotias is being summoned. The Emperor is dead; the men chant Croatius’ name.

Within the core of the vast blue massive star awakenings have commenced; a diminutive girl attired in opaque layers of blue light sat up gradually coming awake. A luminous white locket shone around her neck as she sat up before setting off across space in search of someplace to play.

On planet Kalemia, Northern Continent, a slave lad, Pillus, frantic to evade a thrashing stumbles under the heavy water buckets his master sent him to fetch.  Weeping, Pillus was abruptly startled by a small trail of blue fire as a fireball thumped into the ground.  Tripping over a rock Pillus, his parents in the Realm of the Dead, caught sight of an orb of animated white light, before crashing onto the ground with a screech.  Overlooking his hurts; Pillus’  deep purple eyes fixated on a white locket lying on the ground.

From that establishment the reader is carried along on a whirl, Tikus, yellow eyes shaded from the sun, began pulling his bow as his green eyed son Piccus observed an orb of blue fire blasting past, a clearing filled with damage produced by the detonations as the ball of blue fire hit the ground. A little girl, Taisa, with eyes filled with an eddying blue light contemplates the loss of her locket; all form a foundation for the narrative filling the pages of the book.

Ice Marauders, Harogar who is able to glean thoughts of others, death of the slave master, freedom for Pillus and the slave masters family.  And the saga continues; Tikus befriends Taisa, a pint-size girl who seems to be alone, and not from the world as Tikus knows it; and learns something of her powers.

The entwined story centering on Pillus then Tika then Croatius, and back and forward is a little difficult to follow at times.  The text is broken into long and short chapters; a table of contents might be helpful.  Chapter titles Awakenings, Conquest and Glory, Into the Void, The Affairs of Mortals, Companions of the Gods and more.  Huge insects, a little girl with awe-inspiring powers, a stopover to the Realm of the Dead.  The tale is a bit Sci Fi and a bit fantasy; it is a good mix under the clever writing skill of author C.W. Holcomb.

Life and death, Monsters and Miracles, encounters, carnage and ooze; there is a little something for all readers of the genre in this churning tale.

If I were to make a suggestion, I would personally like to have a less unwieldy volume available; perhaps offering the account in 3 parts of 300 or pages each would make the reading less physically challenging for someone of this reviewers age and arthritic hand…. I found it to be somewhat difficult to hold a book having 808 pages.  Were I shopping the shelves of the bookstore; this is not a volume I would choose, simply due to its heft.

I did enjoy the read, the chronicle is jam-packed with riveting scenes, developments, characters and happenings.  The interchange of one set of characters and their doings with another always creates a good read.  Characters are convincing, fully fleshed, given their own idiosyncrasies and eccentricities, style and manners, that takes a fertile mind and real writing skill to accomplish.

Writer Holcomb has done a dandy job realizing the synthesis of the world(s) he has generated, developing realistic situations, developments, and moments while setting down a storyline sure to gratify those who like a little fantasy with their Sci Fi, or a bit of Sci Fi with their fantasy.

Vocabulary is gritty at times, grisly at times, all are a part of the genre and are presented well.  Not for everyone, but for the target audience of readers who do relish a good fantasy with a tad of Sci Fi thrown in; Chaos Worlds Beyond is certain to please. 

A fine book for a long summer afternoon reading on the porch, Chaos Worlds Beyond is a good fit for the mid high and high school library, home library and public lending library.  My Chaos Worlds Beyond ARC will be given to my son who not only enjoys the genre but is an supporter of these multi page works.   After my describing the volume to him, Son is looking forward to reading the book soon.

Advent of juvenile divinities from the worlds where they are born, as was Taisa in this storyline, seem to appear as if they may be comets rushing across the sky.  Perceived numinous relics or behaviors inspire humans as the ones they consider having mystic powers invoke images and promises of supremacy from worlds beyond. Taisa while presented as a very young little girl seems to be much more than that alone as the tale continues.

Chaos: World’s Beyond seems to be a very apropos title for this work; the narrative interweaves personages, behaviors, activities and worlds and may or may not be set in this world at all.  The narrative is sure to charm epic fantasy as well as sci-fi readers alike.

The reader is drawn into the narrative skillfully from opening lines as we meet first one then another of the characters and begin to realize his or her place in the world that is theirs, and, perhaps in the world where the action is taking place.  The plot is persuasive, writing is adroit, struggles are resolved, characters seem genuine and keep the reader turning the page.

Enjoyed the read, happy to recommend particularly for the target audience of well versed, strong middle grade readers who have well developed vocabulary and burgeoning understanding, high schoolers and adults of any age.

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I was sent a paper ARC for review via AuthorsDen.  For more information regarding this writer you are encouraged to check out this and his work listed on AuthorsDen.

 

 

Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs

Posted February 14, 2016 By Jandy
 

Paranormal RomanceRomantic SuspenseParanormal RomanceFrost Burned by Patricia BriggsAfter being dragged out on Thanksgiving night for Black Friday shopping by her step-daughter, Mercy Thompson has a panic attack and crashes the car into another. By the time they get the report made, she and Jesse were delayed home. The panic attack came through her bond with Adam. There werewolf pack has been subdued and kidnapped. If she and Jesse hadn’t crashed they would have been taken too.

It takes a lot for a human to overpower one werewolf, let alone an alpha like Adam, let alone a full pack. But someone has learned the secret. One werewolf escaped capture and has found Mercy. They takes Jesse to a (hopefully) safe house. Just in case, Mercy asks a half fae friend, Tad, to watch over home of the single mother and her children. Then Mercy and Ben head over to another home where they find Kyle, the partner of another werewolf, tied to a chair with two men beating him up. The men are trying to find out where Mercy and Jesse are.

What Mercy learns is worse. Some government renegades are behind the attack. They want Adam to kill an anti-werewolf senator. Mercy is supposed to be their leverage. They’re able to free Kyle. Mercy knows Adam is still alive through their mental bond. He is seriously hurt. But Mercy is a descendant of Coyote. She may be a shapeshifter; she also has access to unusual magic. She doesn’t always know what she can do until she tries.

Now Mercy, Ben, Kyle, and Tad have to prevent a war that would leave the human vulnerable to the magical creatures – the vampires, the fae, the witches, the werewolves, and more that hide in plain sight.

I’m really not sure how Patricia Briggs does it. Each Mercy Thompson novel is as powerful as the previous, if not more so. Frost Burned starts on a humorous note of dreaded Black Friday shopping. Within minutes, the action starts and the reader gets sucked into Mercy’s world again. Mercy’s dry humor prevents Frost Burned from turning too dark to read. Instead, each new obstacle takes the reader in deeper.

When Mercy first realizes she and Jesse have to dump all tracking devices and phones, she borrows the local vampire queen’s precious Mercedes. There is no GPS or any other sort of tracker on the car, plus it has bulletproof glass and tinted windows. It’s a beautiful. By the time she can return it to Marsilia, a werewolf has bled all over inside it, Mercy has been thrown against it, it gets crashed, carries a dead body in the trunk, and has a zombie fae smash out of it. The car return won’t be a pretty scene, and Mercy’s dread of that is one of the weaving threads that holds the lightness throughout Frost Burned despite the fantasy violence.

Briggs plots a mystery that changes every time Mercy learns a bit more. I was fairly sure I knew where the story was going. Ha!

Frost Burned has enough back story in it that it could be read alone. But I recommend going back to Moon Called and reading these all. You’ll like Brigg’s Frost Burned even more.

Notice: Graphic fantasy violence

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Bernie and the Putty by Steve LeBel

Posted January 30, 2016 By Jandy
 

Young AdultFantasyBernie and the Putty by Steve LeBelWho creates the universes? Gods called Builders do, out of putty and power. Bernie has just graduated from school and applies to become a Builder. He almost doesn’t get the job, but the Personnel manager’s assistant, Suzie, sees potential in Bernie and convinces her boss to hire him. Bernie gets placed under the strictest Builder Final Assembly manager, Shemal.

Bernie’s cubicle is next to his high school nemesis, Billy. Billy had already been working a year and he has always hated Bernie. It got worse after Bernie left a scar on Billy’s face. It wasn’t Bernie’s fault, exactly, but Billy still blames him. So when Bernie starts his first project, Billy gets meaner and starts sabotaging Bernie’s work.

With his friends Ezra and Suzie’s advice, Bernie gets a world started. But every time he gets it growing the way he wants, he comes in the next morning and discovers something wrong. He is on probation and Shemal is NOT impressed. Billy’s after hours treachery is well hidden, even from Bernie.

Steve LeBel uses a clever idea for Bernie and the Putty and the Universe Builders. It reminds me of Terry Pratchett’s Strata. Gods are people like everyone else. They just also have the power to build living worlds and universes. They have some handy gadget to help the work, such as a time telescope to view the world in it’s potential future to see how the last change the Builder made pans out over the next centuries and millennia of the new universe. LeBel has his world well conceived with many open spaces for expansion in future books.

Bernie, Suzie, and Billy are obvious stereotypes. Bernie is the nerd who happens to have a chaos cloud attached to him. Suzie is the girl who loved him in school and still does, but Bernie doesn’t see it. Billy is a manipulating bully. He is Shemal’s nephew and uses that relationship to terrorize all the low level Builders in the department.

Bernie and the Putty won or was a finalist for numerous awards in 2014-5, including winning the Writer’s Digest award and the Independent Author’s Network top awards. (Check out the Amazon page linked below for a full list.)

I find Bernie and the Putty to be an average read. It is predictable from the beginning although the details have to work out throughout the book. There’s an extra, hidden civilization on Bernie’s world that doesn’t play an important enough role to make it necessary. It’s a side story that doesn’t help the book. Bernie and the Putty is a fun young adult fantasy with a different twist. The only dragons are the ones Builders create to populate their worlds.

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Shadowshaper by Daniel Jose Older

Posted August 22, 2015 By Jandy
 

Young AdultFantasyShadowshaper by Daniel Jose OlderModern day New York City is pictured as glass and steel and science – not magic. But the neighborhoods are different. Sierra lives with her family in the ethnically mixed Bedford–Stuyvesant neighborhood in Brooklyn. It’s summer break.She’s hanging out with her friends or is working on a dragon mural on the outside of an ugly, half finished building.

She starts talking with Robbie at the first party of the summer. She has seen him in school, but never talked with him. He’s also an artist. Sierra invites Robbie to paint on her building as well. She has noticed that another mural on the building has been fading oddly and she swear she saw it cry. Robbie painted that mural. He starts to tell her more when a strange shuffling man crashed the party and heads towards Sierra. She finally is able to escape the scary zombie-type man. Read the remainder of this entry »

Circus Mirandus by Cassie Beasley

Posted August 2, 2015 By Jandy
 

FantasyChildrenCircus Mirandus by Cassie BeasleyEver since he went to live with his grandfather, Micah listened to Ephraim’s stories about the magical Circus Mirandus. While his father was off to the war, Ephraim was skipping school and going to the local beach. One day he headed home from the beach and saw a circus in front of him. He tried to enter but didn’t have a ticket. But he found a way in and spent a miraculous week at the circus.

Now Grandpa Ephraim is dying. His sister, Great-Aunt Gertrudis has come to take care of both of them. She is strict and doesn’t believe in magic or fun. Micah hid away his possessions when he realized her ideas of cleaning up meant throwing out his toys. After he does his homework, he spends his evenings doing chores cleaning the spotless house. He gets to spend some time with his grandfather, but Great-Aunt Getrudis keeps cutting his time shorter and shorter as Ephraim’s breathing gets worse. Read the remainder of this entry »

Shards of Hope by Nalini Singh

Posted August 1, 2015 By Jandy
 

Paranormal RomanceParanormal MysteryParanormalShards of Hope by Nalini SinghAlthough judged a mid level Psy talent as a child, Aden had the leadership qualities and loyalty to become the leader of the Arrows. He watched as Vasic, his second in command and best friend, found love and happiness. Aden would like that for himself, but knows only one woman is for him.

Zaira has a streak of rage and madness within her. Her parents locked her up as a child and tortured her to make her a better, stronger Psy. Instead, when she was seven, she escaped their cage and killed them. She was almost put in Rehabilitation, but her power and strength instead became an asset for the Arrows. She has always supported Aden. She looks at the this new world, especially the children, and wants to help. The insane rage she keeps bottled inside herself prevents her from joining, but she refuses to let any child suffer like she did.

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The Master Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg

Posted July 11, 2015 By Jandy
 

Paranormal RomanceFantasyThe Master Magician by Charlie N. HolmbergThe Master Magician by Charlie N. HolmbergHer magician apprenticeship with Magician Emery Thane is almost done. Soon Ceony Twill should be his equal – and they can allow their love to be realized. Ceony has a secret that evil magicians would love to have. For now, though, she has to study for her exam to become a paper magician. When Emery tells her who her examiner will be, she is surprised and unhappy. Normally the apprentice’s mentor is the examiner. Instead, the man who is Emery’s adversary. They don’t like each other. When Ceony protests, Emery reminds her that if Mg. Bailey passes her, he can’t be accused of favoritism like Emery could. Read the remainder of this entry »

Pirate’s Alley by Suzanne Johnson

Posted July 9, 2015 By Jandy
 

Paranormal RomanceParanormal MysteryParanormalPirate's Alley by Suzanne JohnsonThere are political upheavals in the supernatural world. D.J. Jaco, the wizard sentinel in New Orleans, is right in the middle of it. She is “married” to a powerful elf, Quince Randolph. The head of the Council of Elders’ son was turned into a vampire who still has his wizarding powers as well as the strength and abilities of a vampire. D.J. was forced to “kill” her ghost friend Jean Lafitte and send him back to the Never.

D.J.’s personal life isn’t much better. Her relationship ship with Alex Warin, an enforcer for the wizards, is on rocky ground, especially since Rand took a blood bond with her to prevent her from becoming a loup-garou. Her closest friend Eugenie has a big personal problem that could also affect the supernatural world. She’s caught between all her friends and bosses.

Now a new council formed by the heads of the different supernatural groups – the wizards, the vampires, the elves, and the fae. Their first meeting will be here in New Orleans. Alex has to attend as an enforcer. Rand is one of the elven leaders. Lafitte represents the Undead. Her merman friend Rene’s father is the shifter representative. D.J. has to attend the meeting because she is the local sentinel. This promises to be an explosive meeting – more so than D.J. would have guessed before it began.

If you haven’t read the earlier books in Suzanne Johnson’s Sentinels of New Orleans series, I don’t suggest you start with Pirate’s Alley. This is a bridge book. The story in Pirate’s Alley rests on the events in Elysian Fields.

Pirate’s Alley is fast moving and edge of the seat. It doesn’t have the charm of the earlier novels in the series, yet fits in well with the current events in supernatural New Orleans. It leaves the reader hanging for the next book in Johnson’s series. For supernatural fun, check out Pirate’s Alley.

Notice: Graphic fantasy violence, Suggestive dialogue or situations

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The Glass Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg

Posted July 5, 2015 By Jandy
 

MysteryRomanceFantasyThe Glass Magician by Charlie N. HolmbergAlthough she is a new apprentice magician, Ceony Twill has already done impressive magic. She is a Folder, a paper magician. She was able to create a paper heart that kept a man alive until his heart function could be restored. She defeated an Excisioner, a magician who illegally worked with blood. Excisioners usually kill the people they meet. She was also able to save Magician Emery Thane, the man who is her teacher and mentor. She came to know him extremely well.

Now she has returned to her apprenticeship with Mg. Thane has resumed. Unfortunately, two of the Excisioner Lira’s accomplices are still out in the world. Now one of them, Grath,  is hunting Ceony to discover her secret of defeating Lira despite the Excisioner’s exceptional skills. Read the remainder of this entry »