• 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,...

  • Review: Death's Mistress Dorina Basarab Series #2

    Death's Mistress is the second book featuring Dorina Basarab. She's a half-human, half-vampire hybrid, or dhampir, and pretty much the pariah of the vampire world but she's also the daughter of Micea, the senator of the North American vampire...

  • Review: TEKGRRL

    I grew up on the Marvel superhero universe so I was naturally attracted to a science fiction book where the main characters are all superheroes. Add in romance and I was even more interested, but I'm very picky about my SF, it has to meet some pretty...

  • Review: The Sapphire Sirens

    It’s 2070 and “I am Zachary Nixon Johnson. I am the last freelance PI on Earth. It can be a tough job. It can be a dirty job. But it’s a job somebody has to do. Might as well be me.” And so starts...

  • Review: Changing The World All - New Tales of Valdemar - Sixteen of today's hottest fantasy authors-including Tanya Huff, Mickey Zucker Reichert, Fiona Patton, and Judith Tarr-visit the world of Valdemar

    This was a great anthology with many different takes on Valdemar from many good authors. To a certain extent, I think that the reader would enjoy this anthology more if they had read the one preceding this because there are many familiar faces in this...

  • Review: Shadows Past Third book in the Borderlands series

    Lt Rabbit TwoTree’son has been named heir to the Iversterre kingdom by King Jusson. He’s come a long way from being a member of the Border patrol. Still his past has not left him as the king receives a letter from Lord Idwal of Mearden. ...

  • Review: Coils Of The Serpent

    Can science and religion co exist? "Coils of the Serpent" takes the reader through a scientific and Biblical debate like no other.   Three friends: Dan, an easy-going agnostic scientific genius whose father was a theology professor who...

  • Review: The Adamantine Palace

    The Adamantine Palace reminded me - very, very loosely - a little bit of Carol Berg's The Song of the Beast and, by the smidgen of a hair, of Anne McCaffery's Pern(c) series.  And both reminders are in a good way, since I am a fan of both authors....

  • Article: Starsight: An Epic Journey... Outside the Story by Minnette Meador

    A lot of people ask me how long it took to write Starsight. I've contemplated that question for a long time. The short answer; most of my life. The kernels started when I was in grade school; fresh ideas of Star Trek beaming through my head, the voices...

  • Review: Time Travelers Never Die

    If you found a way to travel through time, would you? More to the point, should you? What if it was to find a missing relative? Those are questions that Adrian "Shel" Shelbourne must ask himself when, after his father disappears mysteriously,...

  • Review: Sinbad's Last Voyage

    As the Earth readies itself for war with the invading Albegensi, Navajo Andrea Talltrees travels to the Thieves Quarter to hire halfbreed smuggler Sinbad sh’en Singh to find her fugitive-from-justice husband. When they meet, however, it’s...

  • Review: The Sharing Knife: Passage

    In case you don’t know, this is the third book in The Sharing Knife series. Make sure to start at the beginning with The Sharing Knife: Beguilement otherwise you will be lost at this point in the series. This volume takes place almost immediately...

  • Review: The Cold Minds Book 2

    Iain sen Paolo and Linnea Kiaho are two renegade jump pilots that are set on recruiting jump pilots. They know it's only a matter of time before the Cold Minds, that ruthless machine intelligence, try to take over the Hidden Worlds. But thing is that...

  • Review: Omega Games

    This is the eighth book in the Stardoc series. I wish I had known that when I requested it for review, but amazingly it didn’t hinder my reading, following, and thoroughly enjoying this futuristic tale! In case no one realizes it, S.L. Viehl is...

  • Review: Elphame's Choice Age: 13 and Older / Not Suitable for Younger Readers

    There is so much I want to say about this book I don't even know where to begin. First off, I LOVED the Parthenon series and P.C. Cast is quickly becoming my favorite author of all time. I loved her Goddess Summoning series as well, anyway...This book...

  • Review: Bad-Ass Faeries: Just Plain Bad Bad-Ass Faeries, #2

    Bad-Ass Faeries 2 gives us another 20 tales of faeries your mother wouldn’t want you to hang around or love. The Authors for the sequel of Bad-Ass Faeries 1 give us all the bad we can handle and then some. It was as much if not more as enjoyable...

  • Review: Vigilante A Major Ariane Kedros Novel

    First, you have to read the first book Peacekeeper in order to understand this book at all.  A good third of the beginning is given over to exposition that glances over the facts of the first book.  That said you can commence reading the second...

  • Review: At Empire's Edge

    Zak Cato has had better days; his entire unit murdered, their lone and very dangerous prisoner taken, and he had an awesome hangover. It was up to Cato to sober up, avenge his comrades in arms, and recapture a killer. Characters come to life in a vast...

  • Review: Bad-Ass Faeries

    Bad Ass Faeries is an Anthology of 20 stories by 21 authors about 5 types of faeries. Warrior, Outlaw, Wild, Street and Noir Faeries are explained in each story. You will find yourself thinking of a particular type of faerie as your favorite as you read...

  • Review: Granite Kiss

    Elena is a little bit psychic but that doesn’t bother her that is until she meets up with something that she thought only existed in the realms of make-believe. So how does she handle meeting up with a group of real live gargoyles? And what is she...

  • Review: Treason's Shore Book 4

    Inda has returned 'home' after winning against the Venn, the Marlovan traditional enemy, and is now Harskialdna (King's Shield) to King Evred - who is not only his liege, but a friend from youth as well as a relation.  The Venn are not defeated as...

  • Review: The Mermaid's Madness Princess Novels, #2

    Do you think you know the stories? Cinderella, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, the Little Mermaid? Everyone has heard of the beautiful young mermaid falling in love with a human prince, determined to be with him. But when he falls in love with another after...

  • Review: Soulless Book 1

    Alexia Tarabotti is an unusual young woman in Victorian England. She is a spinster, half-Italian, and soulless. She finds herself in quite the predicament when she is attacked at a ball by a vampire. He didn’t know that when he touched her he would...

  • Review: Enigma

    CF Bentley gives us a new world to explore in Harmony. Enigma’s characters are full of life and vigor. It brings us an interesting view of a religion based on happiness and harmony.   High Priestess of Harmony Laudae Sissy is on the Space Station...

  • Review: Silver Mage Silver Wyrm Series #4

    The Silver Mage by Katherine Kerr is the fourth and final installment in the Silver Wyrm Cycle.  Rori has been a silver dragon for several decades and still has an unhealing wound in his side.  His friends and allies are still searching for...

  • Review: Wireless

    Charles Stross's Wireless is a wonderful collection of stories that span from Earth's residents (and it's conflicts) being moved into another galaxy (never mind living on an extremely large disc and sharing that disc with other forms of life) in "Missile...

  • Review: The Trouble with Heroes Editor: Denise Little

    In school I was one of the students who would ask the smart aleck questions when the teachers would talk about wanting us to be more open with our opinions.  I remember one in particular in Film as Art class being along the lines of 'Its all well...

  • Review: Zombie Raccoons and Killer Bunnies

    Zombie Raccoons and Killer Bunnies is certainly true to its name.  Both highly interesting animals have their own stories attached to them, though I found I enjoyed the Killer Bunnies one (BunRabs by Donald J. Bingle) the more entertaining (and darkly...

  • Review: Born of Fire League Series #2

    Kenyon’s newest Science Fiction Romance is strongly character driven and has a very twisty plot. This is the second in the League series, but can stand-alone. I’ve read both and encourage readers to pick up both and start out with Born of...

  • Review: Dust

    Susan Berliner gives us an amazing mysterious supernatural story in Dust. It intrigues and holds the readers attention, while pulling them in and not letting them put it down. The characters are bold and full of life helping you feel everything they are...

  • Review: Chapterhouse - Dune

    I found the final book of the Dune series to be just as intense and compelling as the last six novels in the series. Frank Herbert has such depth and richness in his characters that you almost can feel what they are feeling. His attention to detail is...

  • Review: Heart's Blood Whistling Tor Series, Book 1

    Heartbreaking and brilliant -- I loved Heart's Blood. Julliet Marillier is in rare form in Heart's Blood. The plot moves along at a quick clip, events unfolding gradually to reveal all facets of the story, but the story itself never seems rushed. Marillier's...

  • Review: Gwenhwyfar The White Spirit (a Novel of King Arthur)

    I should preface this review with the statement that I usually dislike Arthurian stories a great deal. After all, by this point it's been done ad nauseum, and all the various permutations of who is good versus bad seems to have been pretty much exhausted......

  • Review: Heroes at Risk Hero Series, #1

    Shield Lee Mallorough and Source Shintaro (Taro) Karish have returned from the Southern Islands to High Scape, the city where the academy for Shields and Sources is.ÿThey returned to the residence where all graduated Shields and Sources stay while either...

  • Review: Ariel

    When Peter Garey looked up from bathing in the river, he never expected to see an unicorn, much less one that would become not only a familiar but also a friend. Ever since the Change five years ago made all technology useless, magic and humans have wandered...

  • Review: Rift in the Sky Stratification Series #3

    Julie Czerneda ends her Stratification Trilogy with “Rift in the Sky” as she continues to follow the clan made up of those of the Om’ray who can use the M’hir to teleport.  Aryl and her Chosen, Enris have survived the upheavals...

  • Review: Doubleblind The Jax Series, Book 3

    Jumper Sirantha Jax arrives on Ithiss-Tor for a diplomatic mission of vital importance, heaven help us all. The Ithtorians are an alien race similar in appearance to the preying mantis, to the point that some of the females have been known to behead the...

  • Review: Johannes Cabal the Necromancer

    Johannes Cabal, necromancer, has made a deal with Satan himself. The return of his soul for 100 souls provided he can procure them within a year’s time. Satan gives Cabal a carnival to help him to procure the souls. However the carnival is just...

  • Review: The Better Part of Darkness Charlie Madigan Series, #1

    On the surface, The Better Part of Darkness by Kelly Gay appears to be a typical debut in the urban fantasy genre. You have the kick-butt heroine, the long suffering partner, the complicated love life. But what sets it apart, besides the great writing...

  • Review: Born of Night League Series, Book 1

    Born of Night takes us on a journey to another time and galaxy. I awaited this books arrival with anticipation. For many of us Kenyon fans, Born of Night is a breath of fresh air. The Dark Hunter books have been fabulous, but it’s nice to have a...

  • Review: Crystal Healer Stardoc Novel # 9

    Dr. Cherijo Torin and her husband, Duncan Reever, have set out to find a way to stop the black crystal that kills everything it encounters. One of the few worlds that had no sign of the crystal is a primitive world inhabited by the oKiaf who have cut...

  • Review: Three Days to Dead Dead Series, #1

    Three Days to Dead by Kelly Meding was amazing! If I didn’t know that Ms. Meding was a debut author before I read this book, I wouldn’t have believed it.   Evy Stone wakes up on a slab in the morgue, confused and disoriented. It is obvious...

  • Review: Dragons and Dwarves Stories of the Cleveland Portal

    Now this was a fun one. I've always enjoyed urban fantasy, and this is a very good one.  I like the mystery aspect of each of the two books in the omnibus, I liked following the logic and the main character puts together the back story, and I like...

  • Review: Rosemary and Rue October Daye Series, #1

    I couldn’t wait to get my hands on Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire. I don’t remember where I first heard about this book but the title really piqued my interest. The more I read, the more I was chomping at the bit to get this book. San...

  • Review: Alien Penetration

    I was a bit disappointed by this latest story. I have been following Kaitlyn O'Connor's stories for years now, and her books have only gotten better -- but this one seems to be somewhat of a fluke.   Not to say that it wasn't diverting and interesting....

  • Review: Just My Luck Coletti Warlords, #1

    Kaylee is a walking shit magnet; her words, not mine.  If there is trouble or danger, she’s usually sitting in the front row.  But Kaylee is a warrior, a powerful psychic, and a “siren” for her world.  Call her an advance...

  • Review: The Dark Reaches The Dark Reaches, sequel to The Hidden Worlds and The Cold Minds

    The Cold Minds are ruthless machine intelligence that for years have enslaved humans. They destroyed Earth hundred of years ago and now they're back to take over the remaining humans whom have made their home on the Hidden Worlds. Pilot Linnea Kiaho and...

  • Review: Faery Moon

    This books makes more sense if you have previously read Hounding the Moon and Moon in the Mirror. Finally!  A female first-person narrative in which the main character does not believe she can take on the world all on her own, and using the people...

  • Review: Dark Legacy

    Madelyn "Maddie" Temple is a brilliant doctor, with a lot of secrets. Dr. Jarred Keith is Chief of Psychiatry at the hospital the two work at and has some pretty serious feelings for Maddie. Maddie and Jarred also seem to share a special psychic...

  • Review: Dark Legacy

    Maddie Temple is the “good” twin. She’s extremely bright and is working in a hospital ER as a doctor. For the past 3 months she’s been having nightmares brought on by her sister, Sarah.   Sarah is the “bad”...

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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 . . .