magic

B+
The Undertaking of Hart and Mercy

An undertaker and a zombie hunter in a steampunk/western fantasy realm is probably the least expected way to adapt The Shop Around The Corner (which is more famous in another adaptation, You’ve Got Mail). At times, the story forces itself to adhere too closely to the source material, and these str ...

B
Trailer Park Trickster

Narrated by Michael David Axtell David R. Slayton’s White Trash Warlock introduced us to Adam Binder, a likeable, complex and damaged young man with magical abilities – but rather than making him the strongest warlock who ever warlocked, the author gave him frustratingly mediocre powers, and ...

B+
A Curse of Queens

In A Curse of Queens, book four in Amanda Bouchet's Kingmaker Chronicles, series leads Cat and Griffin make way for Jo and Flynn’s romance to play out, and take on more of a supporting role - though their trials and tribulations make up a large part of this story. The three kingdoms of Thalyria ...

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Rust in the Root

Rust in the Root does not take place in the same universe as Justina Ireland’s paranormal historical duology Dread Nation/Deathless Divide, which both earned DIKs here. This book can’t possibly be as good as those, right? Surprise! It’s even better. In a magic-infused alternate history, the ...

B+
Sweetwater and the Witch

Jayne Castle brings fans back to the playful fantasy universe she created with her Ghost Hunters universe in Sweetwater and the Witch. The quirky home of living Dust Bunnies and unexpected magic, it’s a lot of fun to delve into, but this definitely isn’t the kind of series one picks up midstream ...

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The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches

The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches do not have a regular meeting place, nor a regular meeting time. They come together in summery gardens, in cozy tea rooms, and in far-flung lands. This is how young Mika Moon was raised. She’s the junior to the group’s flock of senior witches - Aga ...

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The Doctor

This third book in C.S. Poe’s Magic & Steam series is one of my most highly anticipated reads of 2022, and it absolutely did not disappoint. After the massive cliffhanger at the end of The Gangster, the author had some serious ground to cover in The Doctor in terms of furthering and pulling to ...

B+
The Reluctant Companion

The first book in a new series by H.L. Day, The Reluctant Companion is a light-hearted fantasy adventure featuring an opposites-attract romance between a snarky farm boy and a handsome charmer who team up – reluctantly, as the title suggests – to undertake a quest, and fall for each other along ...

B+
Boss Witch

Witch Please by Ann Aguirre was the introduction to the author's Fix-It Witches series, a fun romp into a paranormal world where cousins Danica and Clem run a repair shop using their witchy powers to fix equipment. While that story focused on Danica and mundane human baker Titus, there's a point in ...

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Renegade

You MUST NOT read this book review if you intend to read Raider and Gambler (books one and two in the Coalition Rebellion: Ziem series) because it has spoilers for those books, and they are best read in sequence. Iolana Davorin married Torstan Davorin and gave birth to four children, including Dr ...