Fantasy

B+
A Natural History of Dragons

I adore stories with dragons in them. I grew up with Anne MacCaffrey’s Pern books, and Naomi Novik’s Temeraire series of historical fantasies is among my favorites. So I jumped at the opportunity to review Marie Brennan’s A Natural History of Dragons: A Memoir by Lady Trent, the first installm ...

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Shadow and Bone

I love finding great new YA authors. Since the genre is currently saturated with paranormal novels, it is rare that the books offer anything new or different. The great news is that this tale of the Grisha magicians is new and different. It brings some variety to a market becoming glutted with simi ...

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The Golden Key

First published fifteen years ago, this original and captivating work of fantasy is now being made available to the public once more. If you like deep, historically rich novels this is a not to be missed gem of the genre. Saavedra has done all she can to keep her inquisitive, rule breaking cousin ...

B
Gwenhwyfar

It's hard to believe that a story first published in the 1400's - and told for possibly hundreds of years before - still has new incarnations coming out regularly. But the legend of Arthur, Merlin, his queen, and knights continues to capture the imagination of readers and authors alike. While origin ...

B-
First Rider’s Call

For its length, First Rider’s Call is a pretty fast read. All the characters are well-drawn, and I grew to be very interested in their experiences. Regardless of the many fantasy clichés peppered throughout the book, this is a pleasant read that kept me turning the pages. At the beginning of t ...

B
The Sword-Edged Blonde

Just to make it clear: Alex Bledsoe’s The Sword-Edged Blonde is not a romance. Instead it is a mixture between a hardboiled detective story and a sword-and-sorcery fantasy novel, with a lot of sword and very little sorcery. The hero, Eddie LaCrosse, gets a happy ending of sorts, or rather a happy ...

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The Blue Sword

It begins with a glass of orange juice at breakfast. Harry Crewe, orphan Homelander and newly come to the northernmost Homelander border patrol station, has nothing to do. Her new home is lovely, her guardians are everything that is kind, and the officers are friendly. But she has always been an ...

B
His Majesty's Dragon

His Majesty’s Dragon is straight fantasy, no romance whatsoever, but it does have, at its heart, a very lovely and emotionally rich relationship between a man and his newly hatched dragon. Captain Will Laurence and his naval crew capture a French frigate in what Laurence assumes to be a routine ...

C+
Never Look Back

Paranormal fans hungry for something other than the usual vampires and werewolves on the market will find it in Sheri WhiteFeather's Never Look Back. An intriguing blend of Native American mysticism, witchcraft and spirits both good and evil, it's not quite strong enough that I can recommend, but it ...

B+
A Caress of Twilight

There are three points I want to make up front about A Caress of Twilight. The first is that this book is a fast-paced, action-packed read that will keep you riveted to the story to find out what happens next. The second point is that this book is not a romance. It has a cast of really sexy "men" an ...