• Review: The Office of Shadow

    The Office of Shadow  by Matthew Sturges is a high fantasy story with lots of spy action. This story is a direct sequel to the events in Midwinter. However, I was not lost in this story though as it was satisfying in of itself. Silverdun is the new...

  • Review: The Queen of Sinister Dark Age Book 2

    The Dark Age: The Queen of Sinister  by Mark Chadbourn continues the story from  The Devil In Green  returning to the post apocalyptic England where a terrible plague forces a doctor to seek a cure in the Celtic Otherworld. Not only is...

  • Review: Shadow's Son

    Shadow’s Sun  is the fantasy debut of Jon Sprunk. In the holy city of Othir, Caim is a freelance assassin who is given what he believes is going to be a routine job that ends up thrusting him into the middle of a plot to change the political...

  • Review: Directive 51

    In the first of a planned trilogy of post-apocalyptic stories, veteran sci-fi author John Barnes takes an interesting premise—what would happen should Directive 51, the United States’ ultimate chain-of-command plan should everyone in the presidential...

  • Review: In Search of the Lost The MPire Trilogy, Book 1

    Mallory Towneson Haulm is a very successful businessman. He is owner and founder of Towneson Financial, which makes more than its fair share of money in the business world. He has the fancy clothes, too many cars, the perfect right-now woman, and lives...

  • Review: Song of Scarabaeus

    Kidnapped by rebel forces, Edie is at first unsure whether to be thankful for her release from the Crib empire or to be fearful of what the Fringe revolutionaries plan to use her and her abilities for. When she learns that the bodyguard, Finn, assigned...

  • Review: Ares Express

    Usually, when someone writes in a style far outside of what I am used to, and my tastes and vocabulary are wide and eclectic, I’m not terribly enamored of the book.  Of course, this is usually because this means it’s just poor writing. ...

  • Review: The Devil in Green Dark Age Book 1

    The Devil In Green: Dark Age book 1 by Mark Chadbourn is a fantasy novel that focus on what would happen if all the old rules regarding the Christian Church no longer work in a world where the old gods have re-awakened. Mallory, a knight of the Templar...

  • Review: Gardens of the Sun The Sequel to the landmark SF The Quiet War.

    Gardens of the Sun by Paul McAuley is an epic space opera. A sequel to Quiet War , the new book details what happens after the war is over. The majority of the first wave of humans leaving Earth have been forced into prison camps or escaped to other places...

  • Review: Heavy Metal Pulp : Pleasure Model

    Heavy Metal Pulp: Pleasure Model: Netherworld Book , 1 written by Christopher Rowley & illustrated by Justin Norman, is the first book in a trilogy. Detective Rook is investigating a murder where Plesur, a vat-grown human “sex toy”, is...

  • Review: Assassin's Creed Renaissance Assassin's Creed, #1

    Assassin’s Creed: Renaissance by Oliver Bowden is a novelized version of the video game Assassin’s Creed II. Unlike the game, the book is set only in the fifteenth century. A teenager in Italy trains to become an assassin after the murder...

  • Review: Kissing Steel Cyborg Seduction Book 2

    Stuck in a loveless marriage, Rena is pursuing a commission that could make her life bearable. But when the ships she is trying to recover turns out to be in the possession of Cyborgs, a race created by humans and believed to be destroyed, she finds herself...

  • Review: Nebula Awards Showcase 2010 The Year's Best SF and Fantasy

    The Nebula Awards® are selected by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America® (SFWA) to honor the best and brightest in the field.  The 2010 Showcase gives an overview of the development of the field from the brainstorm of publisher...

  • Review: Grounded

    One of Gillian Stone's ancestor’s many generations ago made a wish with a genie but didn't listen to the consequences. Her family may be rich and beautiful beyond belief, but they have a curse. The firstborn daughter of every generation is grounded...

  • Review: As Timeless As Stone

    As Timeless As Stone by Maeve Alpin is a nice little romp through the Steampunk world of mechanical men, time travel, and Paris in the early 1800's. I enjoyed the story and the use of an actual historical character. Ms. Alpin mixes some of my favorite...

  • Review: Valiant The Lost Fleet, #4

    Jack Campbell’s Captain John “Black Jack” Geary has already overcome countless examples of insurmountable odds, not least of which is his miraculous recovery after more than 100 years of existence as a piece of frozen space debris. ...

  • Review: From Hell with Love Secret Histories Series, Book 4

    The Drood family has been the guardian of Mankind for countless years.  Aided by mysterious material that grants them superhuman capabilities, the various members of the family function throughout the world in an endless struggle against the forces...

  • Review: The Affinity Trap Book I of the Structure Series

    With the good guys behaving badly and the bad guys seeming not altogether that bad, it’s hard to know who to root for as Delgado tries to find his way among all this while dealing with the discovery of where his true interests lie. Each new discovery...

  • Review: The Destiny Mask Book Two of the Structure Series

    Delgado continues his quest to defeat Myson this time with the help, and hindrance, of his two twin sons. Raised separately, the brothers don’t know of each other until the final tragic end, Delgado is unable to save both of his sons. Myson...

  • Review: Son of Man

    An intriguing journey down a path less taken is how one might end up describing this book. While an enjoyable and interesting story, the reader might be left with the feeling that the whole point of the philosophy course they just attended had been missed....

  • Review: Star Trek #11 : Yesterday's Son, Vol. 1

    Yesterday’s Son by A.C. Crispin gives us a new insight into our favorite Vulcan Mr. Spock. Crispin shows us more of his human side in this episode type novel, based on the T.V. show Star Trek. Crispin keeps with the spirit of Star Trek with each...

  • Review: Star Trek I.K.S. Gorkon #2 : Honor Bound

    Honor Bound is the second book in the series of I.K.S Gorkon by Keith R.A. DeCandido. DeCandido keeps along with Klingon tradition and actions in this series, it is action packed and full of excitement. You wouldn’t expect less from a Klingon now...

  • Review: Bewitched & Betrayed Raine Benares, #4

    Raine Benares is a seeker, that is someone who can find things. She had some magical ability and was doing okay for herself. That is until she became bonded with Saghred.   Saghred is a stone that loves to eat souls. It’s also...

  • Review: Hellfire Lounge

    This book is about Satan, Wicca Girl and her sidekick, Cheralyn (Satan’s own daughter) sitting at a bar telling stories of paranormal events.   There are some really good stories in this book; however, there are a few that didn't click well...

  • Review: City of Night The House War, #2

    As usual, Michelle West pulls no punches. Picking up from where The Hidden City left off, West tosses the reader into a world that is epic in its length and breadth. She shows us the depths of human depravity on one page and on the next reveals human...

  • Review: Xombies : Apocalypticon

    In Xombies: Apocalypticon, we meet a band of stranded humans living in a submarine after civilization was asphyxiated by blue-skinned devils. When Agent X came about, it infected first women then moved on to men and as it quickly spread worldwide,...

  • Review: Ghosts and Echoes A Shadows Inquiries Novel, Book 2

    Lyn Benedict continues her Shadows Inquiries series with Ghosts & Echoes .  Sylvie Lightner is trying to recover from the tragic events that occurred in Sins & Shadows but the minute that she returns from her respite away from the office,...

  • Review: Burning up Flint Cyborg Seduction Book 1

    Flint is overwhelmed the first time he sees Mira. She’s meant to be his and he takes her without a qualm. Together they are explosive and he is happy he’s found his mate. He has her branded and is ready to move on with his life as a bonded...

  • 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

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  • Review: Genetopia

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

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    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

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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    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

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    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,...

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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 . . .