Fantasy Romance

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The Smoke Thief

A DIKlassic review originally published on April 23, 2007   Magical. In a word, that's my reaction to Shana Abe’s simply fabulous fantasy romance. Yes, the hero is manipulative, there’s no denying that. But - and this is a very important but - I never doubted for a moment that Chris ...

B+
Dawn Study

Once upon a time, I never left a book unfinished, no matter how unsatisfactory. It was a point of pride to me that I wouldn’t just stop halfway through a story. Unfortunately, those days are long gone, and now I’ll sometimes find myself stopping in the middle of a good book, just because I don ...

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How to Tame a Beast in Seven Days

Welcome to the world of Aerthlan, where, of the five kingdoms it comprises, only one exists  peaceably. This is the setting for Kerrelyn Spark’s new series The Embraced, following a group of young women, raised as orphans in a convent in that one peaceful kingdom, who take on the rest of the worl ...

C+
Half

I am loathe to call Eli Lang’s Half an urban fantasy as for me, this always conjures up scenes of gritty violence and dystopian futures, and Half could not be more different.  In fact, I might have enjoyed a little gritty violence. So I’m going to say that it’s a standalone novel set in the c ...

B-
The Mad, Bad Duke

The Mad, Bad Duke has a little more of the paranormal elements that Ms. Ashley is known for but these prototype Shifters are more feral and tribal than they are a subsect of a progressive kingdom.  The intriguing part of the story is how it recasts the former villain into a romantic hero by shatter ...

C
Penelope and Prince Charming

I’ll admit that I bought this and another in the series because I was really in the mood for a fantasy and Jennifer Ashley has been promoting the re-release of her Nvengaria series as being chock-full of magic and romance.  She’s a go-to author for me so I figured they would be a hit.  Unfort ...

B+
The Undying King

I recently read this, and as usual, Draven does not disappoint. The tale is a twist on the Beauty and the Beast trope, except in this case, both characters carry their own curses. The maiden Imogen has been cursed with the touch of death, and wants to be rid of it; the King Cededa’s enchanted immo ...

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Heartstone

The world is full of reworkings of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, from story continuations to the inclusion of zombies. Well, now we have one with dragons. I wasn’t sure going in how well it would work - I was hopeful, but I’ve been let down before. Somehow though, Elle Katharine White has ...

B+
Breath of Fire

The first book in The Kingmaker Chronicles, A Promise of Fire was an absolute gem. I was incredibly lucky to have a chance to review it for AAR, and when I saw the sequel was coming out soon, I jumped at the chance to read it. Breath of Fire picks up almost immediately after the first book leaves of ...

B-
The Edge of the Blade

AAR staffers Maggie Boyd and Caroline Russomanno discuss Jeffe Kennedy’s latest fantasy novel The Edge of the Blade, book two in her The Uncharted Realms series in our latest Pandora’s Box. In the Thirteen Kingdoms, a woman may sample the pleasures of a man with no strings attached. Jepp ...