• Review: Grave Queen of the Dead, #3

    “Grave” by Michelle Sagara finishes the trilogy in an enthralling and unsettling saga. The eerie concept of afterlife is creatively depicted even as the difficult topics of grief and mourning are explored through different characters. There are wonderful...

  • Review: Recruits Recruits, #1

    I really wanted to like “Recruits”. The premise was very interesting but the writing just didn't work for me. The teens are eighteen years old. So for me, I think this should have been written as a high young adult to even new adult, but the way the story...

  • Review: The Black Lily Book 1

    "The Black Lily" is one of those books that weeks later you are still thinking of the plot, characters and story line. It's seeped in fantasy and has a dash of fairy tale. Think vampires, Cinderella, and the crown. Our main characters are Arabelle, a...

  • Interview: Night Owl Reviews Interviews Rachel Rawlings

    Hi Rachel. Thanks for joining us on Night Owl Reviews. It's great to have you stop over and share with us. What is your book "Paid In Full" about? "Paid In Full" is the second part in the Jax Rhoades Duology. Caught somewhere between Heaven and Hell,...

  • Review: The Burning Page The Invisible Library Novel, #3

    “The Burning Page” by Genevieve Cogman is a wonderful whirlwind ride through alternate worlds and risky situations linked by a reverence for the printed word. I love the way elements of history and fictitious characters are tweaked and melded in these...

  • Review: The Holver Alley Crew Streets of Maradaine, #1

    "The Holver Alley Crew" is an Urban Fantasy about The Rynax brothers, who want to get on the straight and narrow and decide to open up a legitimate shop, but a great fire happens, ruining their hopes, dreams and future and they have to go back to their...

  • Review: Planet X

    The bad guy isn’t necessarily always so obvious. On a journey to her intended groom, sight unseen, Krisa has been bought and paid for since she was twelve years old. When a crash strands her on Planet X with a prisoner named Teague, an adventure Krisa...

  • Review: Black City Demon

    I love the roaring 20's so when “Black City Demon” popped up for review I just had to grab it. This is a fast-paced world with shapeshifters, dragons, paranormal detectives, and more all tied together with the realm of the Feirie. I have to say that this...

  • Review: The Invisible Library The Invisible Library Novel, #1

    What bibliophile could resist a story that features Librarians as intrepid explorers and protectors of unique printed works of fiction? I love that there is a special Language that is used for all kinds of remarkable functions and that there are multiple...

  • Review: The Masked City The Invisible Library Novel, #2

    “The Masked City” by Genevieve Cogman is another foray into a fantastical set of worlds that represent the ongoing struggle between order and chaos. I am fascinated by the visual representations of the extremes, as reflected in the Fae vs. dragon conflict,...

  • Interview: Night Owl Reviews Interviews Gabriele Russo

    Hi Gabriele! It's a pleasure to have you on Night Owl Reviews. Please share with us your story "Incompetent Gods". What's it about? It's about gods, of course, and people, and about taking another look at the myths abounding in our society. Goblin revels...

  • Review: Silence Fallen A Mercy Thompson Novel, #10

    Mercy is great and I love reading about her adventures. There is always something going on with her and her pack of wolves. When she goes out to get more supplies to make chocolate chip cookies she gets severely beaten and then kidnapped. When she wakes...

  • Interview: Night Owl Reviews Interviews Richard Paolinelli

    Hi Richard. Thanks for joining us on Night Owl Reviews. Please tell us a bit about your book "Escaping Infinity". It is about a traveler who gets lost on the way to Phoenix and comes across the Infinity Hotel just as night begins to fall and the car is...

  • Interview: Night Owl Reviews Interviews M Black

    Hi M. Black. Thanks for joining us today. Please tell us about "EXOTIQA". What's it about? In a future where humans have robot parts and robots are becoming more humanlike, Fione meets Maci, a Flexbot escaping ImaTech in Canada. When Fione learns the...

  • Interview: Night Owl Reviews Interviews Cindy A. Matthews

    Today we have Cindy A. and Adrian J. Matthews with us. Hi Cindy. Hi Adrian. Thanks for coming and visiting with us and the readers. Please tell us about your book "Olivia's Return". Olivia's Return is book two in a three book series set on the alien world...

  • Interview: Night Owl Reviews Interviews Adrian J. Matthews

    Today we have Cindy A. and Adrian J. Matthews with us. Hi Cindy. Hi Adrian. Thanks for coming and visiting with us and the readers. Please tell us about your book "Olivia's Return". Olivia's Return is book two in a three book series set on the alien world...

  • Review: Gardenia

    For me the cover to this one says it all. I was so excited to read this story about a girl who knew how long everyone had to live. It sounded exciting and wondrous but what I found was a slow story with almost no real direction. I ended up putting it...

  • Review: The Game Begins: An Introduction R. Caine High School Book 1

    Author Victoria Danann is at it again! This enchanting book is the beginning of a tale about the Gods of Old, their devious games, and the innocent children who are caught up in their shenanigans. It’s the brilliant start to her new Young Adult series....

  • Review: Dreamweaver Dreamwalker, #3

    Jessica Drake is one of the last Dream Walkers. Centuries ago, the Shadow began a campaign to eradicate all Dream Walkers and since that time they have continued their search, but somehow Jessica slipped through the cracks. Now that they know about her,...

  • Review: Battle Hill Bolero A Bone Street Rumba Novel, #3

    This was an exciting and fast paced end to the Bone Street Rumba trilogy. There is so much going on I'm not even sure how to sum it up for a review. This is definitely not a book that should be read as a standalone. The gang's all back and at war with...

  • Review: Hungry Ghosts Eric Carter #3

    Hungry Ghosts is the exciting, dark and sometimes bloody, third installment of the Eric Carter series. This book could be read as a standalone but shouldn't because it contains massive spoilers for books one and two. Eric is trying to avenge his sister's...

  • Review: Silverwolf Rowankind, #2

    “Silverwolf” is a fantasy with history added. It’s also the second book in the Rowankind series. This book comes after “Winterwood”. I would suggest you read Winterwood first. Silverwolf's world is like ours. The difference is our world doesn't have magic...

  • Review: Cyborg Heat Burning Metal Book 1

    "Cyborg Heat" is an enjoyable read, but it relies on many of the usual cyborg tropes and a rather improbable connection between Amanda and Adam. I liked Amanda for her courage and principles, but I wasn't quite buying why she was willing to put it all...

  • Review: Uncharted Brides of the Kindred, #18

    This story line never gets old. The author has once again managed to snare my attention immediately and to not let go until I've finished the book. I've been curious about Terex (as I am sure all fans have been) since he was first introduced. Now we find...

  • Interview: Night Owl Reviews Interviews Monica La Porta

    Hi Monica. Thanks for stopping in and chatting with us. Please tell us about your book "Bound by Water". Bound by Water is the story of Atreides, the last of the merman shifters. Calling Rome his home, Atreides is a famous painter who collaborates with...

  • Review: Last Ascension The Capes Book 3

    This is the third book in this series that reminds readers that super heroes are human too, complete with problems, families and jobs. It is set several years after the last book but continues the story about three special brothers and their super human...

  • Review: Mumbai Manhunt Corporate Services Book 2

    Romance fans who also enjoy great science fiction will love this story and author's style. JC Hay jumps right into the story and characters lives with a fast paced action scene that just doesn't let up. Think Jason Bourne in a world of cyborgs. I just...

  • Review: Children of Earth and Sky

    “Children of Earth and Sky” by Guy Gavriel Kay is one of those books I am really reluctant to pick up because I know it’s going to take some effort to work my way through it. The sheer cast of characters is always daunting to me, because I have to learn...

  • Review: Closer to the Chest Valdemar: The Herald Spy, #3

    “Closer to the Chest” by Mercedes Lackey provides a glimpse of Mags and Amily’s relationship and the way they have become integrated in their roles as Heralds with special duties. It is an interesting glimpse of the insidious effects of bullying and misogyny...

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    To be totally honest, this novel took my by complete surprise. It’s intriguing, enchanting, and gave me a whole new view on the mythos of Wonderland. It moves very smoothly, switching from Wonderland to the real world and back again with ease. It also...

  • Review: Winter Halo An Outcast Novel, #2

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  • Article: Butt in Chair by Russell Nohelty

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    Things blowing up, people disappearing and intrigue around every corner. Just another day for Rafe and Emma as they stumble through the prophecy that has driven Rafe’s life since birth. Rafe has rebelled against the expectations, resented his “brother”...

  • Review: A Season of Spells A Noctis Magicae Novel, #3

    I enjoyed this book. It has magic, mystery, mayhem and escaped prisoners all in a bundle. This is sure to keep you glued to the novel, but only if you don't mind historical settings. The setting is very much into respectability and manners, so be aware...

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    To read a Rebecca Zanetti novel, I would sacrifice sleep, miss a meal, and ignore my internet. So I couldn't wait to read part 3 in her Scorpius Syndrome series and even tried to read "Justice Ascending" over a few days to prolong my enjoyment because...

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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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