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    Raise your hand if you would enjoy a vacation in a pit? Didn't think so. My hands are kind of tied since I don't want to reveal too much, but needless to say the hero to Sue-Ellen's heroine is a tad bit eccentric. He does like his existence in the bowels...

  • Review: Terran

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  • Review: Graveyard Shift

    This was an exciting and fun start to a new urban fantasy series. I was immediately intrigued when I saw one of the main characters was a pharaoh and mummy. I love seeing unusual paranormal creatures in books and this is one I've never read about before...

  • Review: Heartstone

    “Heartstone” by Elle Katharine White is a fun fantasy tale that pays homage to one of my favorite historical romances, “Pride and Prejudice.” I was fascinated to read this parallel story that features dragons and wyverns and other amazing creatures and...

  • Review: The City of Ice Gates of the World, #2

    I did not get an opportunity to read the first book in this series, but I enjoyed this sequel. The Kressind siblings all seem to be in the thick of things at all times. And generally it is because of the choices they make. Trassan has a great iron ship...

  • Review: Generation Decks The Unofficial History of Gaming Phenomenon Magic: The Gathering

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  • Review: Owl and the Japanese Circus Owl, #1

    "Owl and the Japanese Circus" is the first book in the Adventures of Owl series. The book starts off with us meeting Alix aka Owl, an ex-archaeologist student turned international antiquities thief, who is getting chased by powerful vampires who want...

  • Review: Trustworthy

    This was a super unique second chance story set in a futuristic type sci fi world. Ivo and Mack were lovers when they were young and then a tragic incident happens. It's years later and we find Ivo has no memory of his past. A series of events lead him...

  • Article: Bolder and Older: Interview With Elliott Baker

    I had it pointed out me that men can have their first book publish after fifty also. Note taken and I invited the multi-talented, Elliott Baker to share a bit about his and his Sun God’s Heir series. So without further ado, let’s get out guest...

  • Review: Paper and Fire The Great Library, #2

    “Paper and Fire” by Rachel Caine takes up where “Ink and Bone” left off, immersing the reader back in the complicated world ruled by the Library and those who oversee it. The surprising revelation on the first page was a welcome discovery and it intensifies...

  • Review: The Waking Fire The Draconis Memoria, #1

    “The Waking Fire” by Anthony Ryan was a delightful surprise to me, as I had not read any stories by this author before yet was intrigued by his blurb. I love stories that unfold gradually and keep me wondering about the world and the author did a great...

  • Review: The Shadowed Path

    “The Shadowed Path: A Jonmarc Vahanian Collection” by Gail Z. Martin is a collection of short stories that give vivid glimpses of the events that shaped Jonmarc Vahanian. To someone unfamiliar with this remarkably capable individual, this is a wonderful...

  • Review: Space Dog

    Never judge a book by its' cover. Good advice. Both Natalie and Rory have made assumptions based on appearance, and both are wrong. Natalie uses her expertise as a NASA employee, and a paranormal romance fan, to save the mission she and Rory have been...

  • Review: Game on Askole Coletti Warlords, #7

    I love the Coletti series and devour them immediately upon receipt. This was no exception but I must admit I struggled with the tentacle issue. I liked Tihar in "Vexing Voss" and there was some foreshadowing in that book. Once I kind of erased his less...

  • Review: A Kiss before Doomsday A Dru Jasper Novel, #2

    Another stellar novel by Laurence McNaughton featuring Dru's and Greyson's adventures into Doomsday! Great action and plot devices keep this novel rolling along as Dru and Greyson try to prevent Doomsday from happening. Sometimes good character development...

  • Review: The Last Days of Magic

    "The Last Days of Magic", by Mark Tompkins, is a very well written book. The author intermingles history, legends, and magic quite well. I found the characters fascinating and enjoyed following each one of them throughout the book. Anyone who loves magic,...

  • Review: Learning the Hard Way 1

    Mike is a mercenary for the law. He ends up in prison where he quickly learns he's a pawn in a bunch of games. He's won in a fight by Keelan and the two men begin working together to survive. It's more an alliance than friendship at the beginning. Over...

  • Review: The Reluctant Queen The Queens of Renthia, #2

    I didn't know what to except when I went into “The Reluctant Queen”. You guys know that for the most part I don't read book synopsis. I just dive right into the story. Especially when its books to series that I die hard loved. This one was one of those....

  • Review: Red Sister Book of the Ancestor, #1

    "Red Sister" is the first book in a new series by Mark Lawrence. I honestly don't have a lot to say about this book. The premise sounds very interesting and unique. However, in execution I find the book to be very slow. So slow in fact that I could not...

  • Review: The Man of Legends

    "The Man of Legends", by Kenneth Johnson, is nothing less than phenomenal. Will, who goes by many other names throughout time, is a fascinating character. It boggles the mind to think of everything he has and will see during his existence. I enjoyed the...

  • Review: Shattered Spear The Lost Stars

    “Shattered Spear” by Jack Campbell is another great addition to a long-running series spin-off. There have been times when I felt that no progress was being made—either with the society that Iceni and Drakon have taken it upon themselves to reform, or...

  • Review: Ursula K. Le Guin: The Complete Orsinia: Malafrena / Stories and Songs

    Orsinia: For most of us, we are born, we live, and we die. That’s the way it is and the way it always has been. But there are some others of us who are born with a very special fire that resides within the soul. We don’t recognize this fire exists until...

  • Review: Nebula Awards Showcase 2017

    This collection of Nebula Awards for 2017 is amazing. Readers of sci-fi or 'weird' tales that make you say, "Ahhh" will love every one of these stories. Usually with this many authors- Naomi Novik, Julie E. Czerneda, Nnedi Okorafor, Ann Leckie, Sarah...

  • Review: Dragon Unleashed Dragon Point Book 3

    I loved this fast paced story that had a narcissistic snob as a hero. And he's not your average hero, he's a dragon and that so makes everything alright. Tomas was an absolute delight in his dry wit and sarcasm ready to flay whoever got in his path. As...

  • Review: Shadowcaster Shattered Realms, #2

    “Shadowcaster” has a perfect blend of action, characters, battles and omg cliffhangers!!! So be warned! If you loved book one you WILL die hard love this story! It doesn't pick up where book one ends off. I won't tell you any more than that. Overall,...

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  • Review: Firebrand A Steeplejack novel, #2

    If you thought book one was good then you are going to die when you read “Firebrand”, book two!!! This book has it all. Get ready for phenomenal world building, wonderful characters, and great pacing! This is another great story that I couldn't put down....

  • Review: Breeder

    “Breeder” is the first in a new science fiction romance series. Its set in the future on the far flung planet of Parseon. Earthlings aka Terrans are in contact with the locals and have set-up a market to test the waters when it comes to commerce. This...

  • Review: Blood Kissed A Lizzie Grace Series, #1

    This was great start to this series. Lizzie is a witch with strong magical powers but she wants nothing to do with that side of herself. She comes from a powerful family and they have certain expectations from her that she does not want any part of. Lizzie...

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    Differences attract and are what make us who we are. So why do some people punish others for them? Isobel wins mother of the century for running from her husband who refused to accept their son's special circumstances and needs. But that doesn't make...

  • Review: Garden of Thorns

    "Garden of Thorns" is about Rose, a girl who spent seven years in the Garden, which is a burlesque group made up of slave girls. When she finally escapes, she brings along a hostage. A hostage that is the former heir to the throne, and now leading a rebellion...

  • Review: A Peace Divided Peacekeeper, #2

    “A Peace Divided” by Tanya Huff is another exciting story that features the inimitable Torin Kerr. I love the way I am instantly immersed in a world that is both familiar and disconcertingly alien when I open one of these books. It was like catching up...

  • Review: Elisha Mancer Dark Apostle, #4

    With Thomas back on the throne and Bridget thwarted for now, Elisha decides that he must go and stop the Mancers from around the world. They aren't just a problem in London but everywhere in the world. They are in control of some of the most powerful...

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  • Review: The Last Machine in the Solar System

    "The Last Machine in the Solar System" is a thin book with a long title. Between its pages it does have an interesting story. The story is the autobiography of an android that covers the span of human kind from the present until its demise. It looks hard...

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  • Interview: Night Owl Reviews Interviews Brett Armstrong

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The Edge of the Blade by Jeffe Kennedy


A HAWK’S PLEDGE

The Twelve Kingdoms rest uneasy under their new High Queen, reeling from civil war and unchecked magics. Few remember that other powers once tested their borders—until a troop of foreign warriors emerges with a challenge . . .

Jepp has been the heart of the queen’s elite guard, her Hawks, since long before war split her homeland. But the ease and grace that come to her naturally in fighting leathers disappears when battles turn to politics. When a scouting party arrives from far-away Dasnaria, bearing veiled threats and subtle bluffs, Jepp is happy to let her queen puzzle them out while she samples the pleasures of their prince’s bed.

But the cultural norms allow that a Dasnarian woman may be wife or bed-slave, never her own leader—and Jepp’s light use of Prince Kral has sparked a diplomatic crisis. Banished from court, she soon becomes the only envoy to Kral’s strange and dangerous country, with little to rely on but her wits, her knives—and the smolder of anger and attraction that burns between her and him . . .

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