• 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,...

  • 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...

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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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