Slavery

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The Bird and the Blade

Megan Bannen's début novel The Bird and the Blade is a surprising mix of fantasy and historical fiction that takes place in a fantastical version of 13th century Mongolia. It also happens to be a retelling of Puccini’s opera Turandot. Fortunately, you don't have to be familiar with that in order ...

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The Daredevil Snared

The Daredevil Snared is the third book in Stephanie Laurens’ The Adventurers Quartet. Going in, I knew I was starting the book mid series; but what I didn’t know is that the books are not self-contained. I was able to catch on pretty quickly; but interested readers may want to start with The Lad ...

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A Year Less Three Days

So. Romance and slavery don’t really go hand-in-hand, do they? Well, I decided to give this novella a chance regardless. I read a whole lot of off-the-wall stories, so this should fit in, right? Yeah, nope. At about 130 pages in total, A Year Less Three Days attempts to cram the romance into about ...

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The Gladiator

Sometimes when I read a book, I figure out right away that I'm in for something good. This was the exact feeling I had when I picked up The Gladiator by Carla Capshaw. I found this story of a former gladiator and his Christian slave very well-done; one would never guess it's a debut novel. I picked ...

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Sweet Release

Let me confess up front that I have a weakness for historical romances set in colonial Virginia. I've lived in Virginia most of my life, and for four of those years I lived in Williamsburg, the colonial capital. Not surprisingly, I've also long been fascinated with the history of colonial Virginia a ...

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Just Imagine

The latest Susan Elizabeth Phillips release, Just Imagine is a revision of her first solo effort, originally titled Risen Glory. And for anyone who is wondering whether Ms. Phillips is as adept at writing historicals as she is at her many contemporary successes, this book answers - with a resounding ...

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Lord of the Storm

Take Star Wars, add a little Romeo and Juliet, and turn up the thermostat almost to the boiling point, and you’ll begin to approach Lord of the Storm. I go back and re-read this one anytime I want to ward off the chill of winter. The story takes place in a futuristic world in which an intergala ...