Fantasy Romance

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A Heart of Blood and Ashes

This was a Best Book of 2020 for us. Have you read it? originally published in February 2020 A generation past, the western realms were embroiled in endless war. Then the Destroyer came. From the blood and ashes he left behind, a tenuous alliance rose between the barbarian riders of Pars ...

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A Marvellous Light

Freya Marske’s inventive and impressive début, A Marvellous Light, is an enchanting blend of magic, mystery and romance set in England in 1908, in which a newly-appointed civil servant finds himself suddenly part of a mysterious and fantastical world of deadly curses, spells and secrets.   It ...

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Once More Upon a Time

Once More Upon a Time is a completely captivating, charming and comedic fairy tale novella about what happens after you find what is supposed to be your happily ever after. Imelda is one of the twelve dancing princesses. Contrary to popular belief, she and her sisters had good cause to wear their ...

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A Spindle Splintered

A Spindle Splintered, Alix E. Harrow’s wonderful retelling of Sleeping Beauty, stands the fairytale’s premise on its head while managing to hit the right familiar notes to evoke emotions in its readers. Zinnia Gray suffered through a rare industrial accident that has given her a fatal disease ...

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Seducing the Sorcerer

Lee Welch’s original and inventive fantasy romance Salt Magic, Skin Magic was one of my favourite books of 2018.  Like most of those who read it, I was excited to read the work of such a gifted new author, and I’ve been eager for more of it ever since.  In Seducing the Sorcerer, Ms. Welch once ...

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Dark Wizard

Dark Wizard is a captivating love story which takes place in a world where some humans are powerful wizards and others are their shape-shifting familiars. Lady Nic (Veronica) Elal was raised to be her father’s heir and lead their powerful, wealthy magical House. That plan assumed her sorcery wo ...

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The Promised Queen

Alas for another series that loses steam. While I loved The Orchid Throne, book one in Jeffe Kennedy’s Forgotten Empires series, and I enjoyed (with some caveats), The Fiery Crown (book two), The Promised Queen disappointed. Because this is book three of a fantasy series, a LOT has happened bef ...

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The Priory of the Orange Tree

At 848 pages, Samatha Shannon’s fantasy epic The Priory of the Orange Tree is a beast of a book, and a beast of an achievement. The first half borders on perfection, and while the second half isn’t as strong, on the whole it’s a gripping read. Ead, a member of the religious order called the ...

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Winterkeep

Winterkeep is the fourth book in the Graceling Realm series, and I’d strongly suggest that if you like the sound of it, you start with the first book, Graceling. Like many fantasy series, the books build on each other, and there’s no way to write this review without spoilers. Fortunately, the th ...

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The Lady's Champion

I like big men. I wanted so badly for The Lady’s Champion to be the hefty-hero Iove story I’ve been waiting for. Instead, it was a huge disappointment. The Champions of Aldland were originally warrior heroes who saved the country from tyranny, but now they have become entertainers, albeit adm ...