• Review: Steamed A Steampunk Romance

    Katie MacAlister gives us an exciting and zany book in Steamed, where the Victorian era and steam power are alive and well. She gives us a wonderful look into what steam punk really is and how two people from different times can fall in love. This was...

  • Review: Hell Fire A Corine Solomon Novel, Book 2

    Corine Solomon is on a mission to discover who had killed her mother and why. Her mother’s spell, cast right before she died gave Corine the handler power that has shaped her life. Chance, her former boyfriend, has promised to use his otherworldly...

  • Review: Tales of the Otherworld

    Rebirth When kind-hearted Aaron wakes from his slumber to find himself in the family crypt, he discovers that his mother has an unusual family heritage.  A few people from each generation re-awaken after death as vampires.  Learning that he...

  • Review: State of Decay Revivors Series, #1

    State of Decay: A Revivor Novel by James Knapp is a new series. A good blend of urban fantasy and sci-fi mixed. It’s a very original idea with the concept of zombies that keeps you on the edge of your seat. Nico is a FBI agent who comes upon another...

  • Review: Empire in Black and Gold Shadows of the Apt 1

    Empire in Black and Gold: Shadows of the Apt 1 is the debut book by Adrian Tchaikovsky and the first installment in his new fantasy trilogy. It’s an interesting epic fantasy that focuses on a war between insect-kin races. A land and peaceful people...

  • Review: Dead Matter Book three featuring the continuing adventures of Simon Canderous

    As an agent for the Department of Extraordinary Affairs, Simon Canderous has dealt with his share of crazy, paranormal stuff, like chupacabras and fashion zombies, but none of that has been as important as his latest investigation. When he founds out...

  • Review: Shalador's Lady

    Cassidy is set on being the best Queen she can be, doing whatever is necessary for the good of the people of Dena Nehele. Theran is still terribly unsupportive but Cassidy has the rest of her Court behind her whether she realizes it or not. First up is...

  • Review: Necessary Heartbreak A Novel of Faith and Forgiveness - Book One in the When Time Forgets Trilogy

    Michael is a single father struggling to keep things together. His beloved wife, Vicki, died on the same day his daughter, Elizabeth was born. That was 14 years ago. He’s coped the best he knows how but he doesn’t know how to...

  • Review: Where Angels Fear to Tread Remy Chandler Novel, Book 3

    Remy Chandler is an angel-turned-human-turned PI living in Boston and he has a new case to work. A woman just showed up saying that her ex-husband kidnapped her autistic kid and she wants him to find her little girl. At first, Remy thinks it's a pretty...

  • Review: Heretics Apotheosis: Book Two

    Several hundred years in our future, a future where distant planets have their own civilizations and AI creations are considered heresy, a couple of alien AIs are alive and well. They were created by the Race to protect them and destroy the Confederacy.  The...

  • Review: Genetopia

    Placed in what could possibly be our future, based on stone walls from long ago, Genetopia takes its readers on adventures through a culture and world where nothing is as it appears. It is very important to be a True. A True does not have any deviations...

  • Review: This Star Shall Abide Children of the Star #1

    As a mere villager in a rural town, Noren lives at the bottom rung of society. He longs for more education, but knowledge for the masses is restricted by the High Law and the Prophecy. Noren resents those who have access to more knowledge and despises...

  • Review: Plague War Plague Series, Book 1

    While it took me a bit to get into the book, I found Plague War to be a very good read. Part of it is that I found the characters and situation believable - not only within geographic and psychological frames, but within the scientific and socio-economic frames...

  • Review: Plague Zone

    Plague Zone was, for me, a little better read than Plague War , but that might be due to being familiar with the set-up.  While it is preferable to read the books in sequence, each can, I think, also be read independently of each other. I would have...

  • Article: Hiding Treasure and Providing Maps by Steven R. Boyett

    A man is arrested because he fits the description of a murder suspect. He refuses to provide an alibi or any information regarding his whereabouts the night of the murder. He doesn't want anyone to know he was with his best friend's wife, and would rather...

  • Review: Project Mendel

    Okay. Primarily this is a science fiction book with lots of romance and it's a page-turner thriller. I sat up until almost three in the morning reading this book because I couldn't put it down. Brynn Chapman has written a well-researched book...

  • Review: A Local Habitation October Daye Series, #2

    The events in A Local Habitation take place not long after Rosemary and Rue. I would advise reading these books in order. Toby Daye has gotten her PI license reinstated and is working cases in the human world as well as resuming active duty for her liege...

  • Review: The Twilight Herald Twilight Reign Series #2

    Now that Lord Bahl, reigning leader of the Farlan for over 200 years, has died, young Isak finds himself thrust into this leadership position. As a white eye, he is looked upon with mistrust. All white eyes are because they are larger than normal...

  • Review: Earth Ascendant Astropolis Series #2

    This is the second book in the Astropolis series and I would strongly recommend starting with the first book before reading this one. It is an epic soap opera military science fiction story that has a lot of twists. A lot happens in a short time. It is...

  • Review: Except the Queen

    Except the Queen by Jane Yolen and Midori Snyder is a book that is considered YA fantasy, but is just as enjoyable for adults. This is one of those books that takes a typical stereotype and twists it. Instead of a human becoming lost in the fairy land,...

  • Review: Flood

    Lilly Brooke, Piers Michaelmas, Gary Boyle and Helen Gray survived 5 years of being held hostage together in Spain. They make a vow to always look after each other. A vow that has long lasting and sometimes very personal consequences. But the world...

  • Review: The Stormcaller Book One of the Twilight Reign

    Born on Silvernight and killing his mother in the process, as all white eyes do, Isak was named by his grieving father as a joke against the Gods. Though his father beat and reticulated him growing up and could have declared him grown long before,...

  • Review: Timeshares

    Anthologies are always hit or miss for me.  Usually if I like the premise then I'm likely to find it harder to enjoy the individual stories.  If I am only mildly interested in the premise and picking the book up more for the authors included,...

  • Review: Selling Out Quantium Gravity Series #2

    In Keeping it Real we met Lila, Miss Cyborg Protector of the Year and Zal, Mister Improbable Elf Rocker.  Lila was to protect Zal, Zal just had to stay alive...it was pretty simple at first.  So of course things had to go hairy real quick, causing...

  • Review: Doppelgangster Esther Diamond Series #2

    An out of work actress, an eclectic mage, a cop and add some mafia hitmen who have had doppelganger's created of them and you have "Doppelgangster", a witty, suspenseful addition to the Urban Fantasy genre.   Esther's latest show has ended...

  • Review: The Spirit Lens A Novel of the Collegia Magica

    The Spirit Lens is a good, old fashioned fantasy book full of magic and mystery, every chapter of which I enjoyed and read non-stop from page one and had a hard time putting down.  The character building, world building and plot are wound together...

  • Review: What God and Cats Know

    Rebecca is going to help investigate the death of a part cat woman in the pride. And she is having the pride pay her because she is an outcast. She learns the victim was strangled and soon comes across Bran Hanover. He is a reporter who can help with...

  • Review: CodeSpell

    A brilliant blend of magic, high fantasy, and epic science fiction -- McCullough's Ravirn books are only getting better and better with each new addition. The use of internet and computer concepts to explain and play with magic is definitely a novel and...

  • Review: Terribly Twisted Tales Eighteen stories that offer a new twist on old fairy tales

    As a huge fan of the original Grimm fairytales, dark and forbidding tales before Disney sanitzed them for children, Terribly Twisted Tales was a wonderfully, decadent treat. Each short story was a retelling a childhood favorite, but reworked and retwisted...

  • Article: These Are the People in Your Neighborhood by Seanan McGuire

    These Are the People in Your Neighborhood by Seanan McGuire When I'm trying to explain Toby's world to people, I frequently find myself opening with Xena: Warrior Princess . "You know how ancient Greece wasn't really like that?" I'll say, and...

  • Article: Mixing Fantasy With YA by John Marco

    Mixing Fantasy With YA by John Marco First, I’d like to start by thanking Tammie King for inviting me here to guest blog.  It’s always fun for me to have the chance to talk about my work, and especially to talk about Starfinder , a book...

  • Review: The Light of Burning Shadows Iron Elves Series #2

    The Light of Burning Shadows picks up where A Darkness Forged in Fire left off. The Iron Elves have left Elfkyna and its Star and are headed south to Nuzulla Bay. Along the way they stop at a series of islands where they find the inhabitants...

  • Review: Hastur Lord

    Marion Zimmer Bradley started her last Darkover novel Hastur lord before her death in 1999; she was never able to finish it due to her deteriorating health. Her friend Deborah J. Ross completed the Hastur Lord for her after her Death. Ross does a excellent...

  • Article: What is it good for? by Stephen Deas

    Hello. I'm Stephen Deas , author of The Adamantine Palace . It's a blistering rollercoaster of murder, betrayals, sex, poisonings and dragons. Machiavelli meets Robert E Howard with added Smaugs. I'm here because I'm hoping that on the basis of that handful...

  • Review: The Enchantment Emporium

    This was a very cool book all around.  I do wish the back-story of the Aunties had been explained better, and some of the other relationships between people, such as Choosing.  Some things were just not clear to me because the characters all...

  • Review: A Girl's Guide to Guns and Monsters

    The sobering introduction to  A Girl’s Guide to Guns and Monsters reminds us that not all monsters are fictional and it requires a special kind of person who is willing to take a stand in order to defeat evil.  Editors Martin H. Greenberg...

  • Review: Roadkill Cal and Niko, #5

    Cal Leandros is not completely human. He's a mix between Auphe, an ancient race of nightmare-worthy beings and human. As such, he's pretty much hated by everyone and feared on sight. There's only one person who doesn't want him dead and that is his brother,...

  • Review: A Darkness Forged in Fire Iron Elves, Book 1

    Konowa Swift Dragon has been living alone in the forest after being discharged and drummed out of the military for killing a Viceroy. It didn’t matter that the Viceroy needed killing. His entire regiment was banished in disgrace far from...

  • Review: Wild Hunt Book 2

    I have never not finished a book, not even one that I really wasn't enjoying but unfortunately, I did not finish Wild Hunt. First of all, don't even bother reading it if you haven't read the first book, Spiral Hunt, as you will be lost just like I was....

  • Review: Keeping It Real Quantium Gravity Series #1 - Vol. 1

    I can honestly say it's hard to categorize Keeping It Real exactly.  There is definitely the science fiction element to it--Lila is a cyborg after all, and the end of Earth as we know it was presumably caused by a scientic thing (the Quantum Bomb). ...

  • Review: Deadtown A Deadtown Novel, #1

    Look out Boston, there's a new sheriff in town.  Ok, not exactly a sheriff but how about a Demon Slayer?  A demon slayer straight out of the heart of Deadtown, the designated zone for all those "not humans", including but not limited...

  • Review: Through Stone and Sea A Novel of the Noble Dead

    Through Stone and Sea is volume two of the second series of the Saga of the Noble Dead  by Barb and J.C. Hendee.  The sage Wynn Hygeorht continues her search for the texts that she removed from the ancient library of the Noble Dead which were...

  • Review: In the Courts of the Sun

    December 12, 2012 is the last day of the Mayan calendar. It is the day which is supposed to mark the end of the world. This is the story of Jed DeLanda, a Mayan descendant who is an expert at the “Sacrifice Game”. In the Courts of the Sun...

  • Review: Spells of the City

    I liked this book okay. The major problem was just that the stories ended at bad points I think. I wanted to know more. But I guess that is the way with short stories, there seems to be always more to them that is not told.   The thing I liked the...

  • Review: Marion Zimmer Bradley's Sword of Avalon

    Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Sword of Avalon is a thrilling book written by Diana L. Paxon about traitors to the heir to the throne. It is full of magic, thrilling action and tales of myth and legend. It is a perfect addition and prequel to the Avalon...

  • Review: Liberating Atlantis

    While, for me, the book started a little slowly, it picked up the pace and kept going. I really enjoyed reading Liberating Atlantis and seeing how Mr. Turtledove built up his world of Atlantis. I liked the book because I could say that, yes, Atlantis...

  • Review: The Halfling's Court A Bad-Ass Faerie Tale

    Danielle Ackley-McPhail brings us an exciting Bad Ass Faerie tale about motorcycle driving fairies. It’s action packed, with a touch of romance and loathing thrown in for good measure. It is one I will be sure to read again. If you like Bad Ass...

  • Review: Howling Legion Skinner, #2

    In Howling Legion we catch up once again with Cole Warnecki and Paige Strobel. They are still fighting the things that go bump in the night and keeping Chicago safe. But things are getting more and more interesting as time goes on. Cole is learning more...

  • Review: Sins and Shadows A Shadows Inquiries Novel, Book 1

    Lyn Benedict introduces her sardonically efficient heroine, Sylvie Lightner, in the novel Sins & Shadows .  This gritty urban fantasy blends characters from several pantheons in an interesting missing person case with a paranormal twist. ...

  • Review: Emperor Mage The Immortals Series #3

    The Emperor Mage is Tamora Pierce’s third novel in her The Immortals quartet.  It is set in the troubled land of Carthak where a delegation from Tortall has been sent to negotiate peace.  Daine, protégé of the mage Numair,...

There are 2,304 results matching your search criteria.
Game on Askole Game on Askole

Loncon 3

Sword & Laser and Open Road Media went to Loncon 3! Tom Merritt and Veronica Belmont took your burning questions to six great authors.

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 . . .